Madeline Cantarella Culpo  is the Company’s Founder and Artistic Director. She was a member of the first dance class at the Julliard School, studying with such legendary teachers as Margaret Craske, Antony Tudor, Alfredo Corvino and Martha Graham. She studied extensively at Jacob’s Pillow and performed in Ted Shawn’s Mountain Whippoorwill. She served on the board of directors at the Pillow and was a faculty member there for five seasons. Ms. Culpo is a nationally recognized teacher of dance, having taught throughout the United States. In 1955, she opened the Cantarella School of Dance from which evolved into  the Berkshire Ballet. Many of her have entered the world of professional ballet, dancing with internationally known companies; The Boston Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Ohio Ballet and others. A recipient of three choreography fellowships from the NEA; she has choreographed many of the works in ABB’s extensive repertoire, including The Rockwell Suites, Nutcracker, and Mushabiuyyah. Ms. Culpo was featured in “Dance Magazine: in an article entitled “Great Starts American Teacher Series”- “A Tribute to Teachers Who Have Produced Outstanding Results.”