Artistic Director & Instructor
Molly discovered her love of movement at an early age. She began her dance training when she was three, in a West African dance class in rural Wendell, Massachusetts. By the age of seven she was enrolled at the Gervais School of Performing Arts where she studied tap, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop. When Molly was thirteen, she discovered modern dance, and fell in love.
Molly went on to dance and perform with the Amherst Ballet and Theater Company, where she remained until High School graduation in 2007, studying ballet, jazz, and modern intensively. Molly also attended the Bates College Dance Festival for summer intensives for three consecutive years, where she had the opportunity to study with master teachers such as Shonach Mirk-Robles, Martha Tornay, and Michael Foley in the styles of ballet, modern, jazz, improvisation, contemporary, and Caribbean dance.
Molly attended Concordia University in Montreal where she majored in Contemporary Dance with a specialization in choreography, at the culmination of which she completed a B.F.A. thesis project on healing and preventing dance injuries. At the conclusion of her degree program at Concordia, Molly traveled in Europe for several months, where she walked the Camino Pilgrimage Trail nearly one thousand miles from the South of France to the coast of Northern Spain.
Upon her return from Europe, Molly began teaching dance and conditioning classes back at home in Western Mass. Molly has worked as a personal trainer and taught many styles of fitness classes in addition to her work as a dance and yoga instructor. She is an Embodyoga 500 hour certified teacher, and is currently a candidate in Goddard College’s M.F.A. degree program in Interdisciplinary Arts, for the class of 2017. Molly has staged four full-length works of contemporary dance for the Amherst Ballet Theatre Company from 2013 – 2017. Her recent performance piece about religious intolerance, Parallax, received funding through the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and was performed at the Shea Theater Arts Center in April 2017. Molly now works as the Artistic Director of Amherst Ballet in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she continues to choreograph and produce work for the company and as an independent artist.
Instructor (Pre-Training, Lower School, & Upper School)
Katherine Bervera received her training from Gail Giere Collins and Jana Fugate at Pioneer Valley Ballet (PVB) where her early training included extensive performing experience. At PVB she performed in Bournonville’s Napoli and Konservatoriet, as well as in works by Christopher D’Amboise, Frances Patrelle, Joseph Lacarro and the roles of Snow Queen and Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker. As a student she received merit scholarships to summer programs at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Boston Ballet.
Bervera began teaching in Berkley, California in 2000. She has taught at Amherst Ballet, Northeast American School of Dance, Pioneer Valley Ballet, East Street Dance Center and Northampton School of Dance. She completed Vaganova teacher training covering levels 1 through 3 with Rose Marie Flachs, artistic director of the Massachusetts Academy of Ballet. Bervera performed with Spectrum in Motion under director Olivia Llano Davis, Savage Jazz, Berkley Ballet Theater and independent choreographers including Patricia Banchik. She danced with the Lisa Leizman Dance company from 2003-2007.
Bervera founded and directed her own ballet school for ages 3 through 18, Academy of Ballet Arts, from 2005 through 2011. She directed and produced both a mini Nutcracker for several years at the Northampton Center for the Arts, as well as a full length Nutcracker performed at Amherst Regional High School. Bervera choreographed and directed annual spring performances including Peter and the Wolf. Her students performed for four years at the Academy of Music for the First Night Festival of Dance.
Instructor (Lower School)
Heather Reichgott trained at the Professional Dance Academy in Willow Grove, PA with Eva Szabo (formerly of the Hungarian National Ballet), at the Dance Theatre of Pennsylvania with Marilyn Budzynski, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Oakland Ballet, and at Ohio Dance Theatre. Her performance credits include five seasons with Dance Theatre of Pennsylvania and Ohio Dance Theatre. Reichgott’s choreography twice won choreographic competitions while she was at Dance Theatre of Pennsylvania.
Reichgott is an accomplished musician, teaching piano privately and accompanying for ballet classes through the Five Colleges. Her ballet class CD A Musical Feast for the Ballet Class is available through www.CDBaby.com.
Josh Pearson graduated from Long Island University with a B.F.A. in acting. He continues to perform both nationally and internationally and loves every minute of it. He worked for the American University in Cairo and the Financial Times, giving him a wide range of experience that he brings to Amherst Ballet. Josh has a wife who grew up dancing in Western Mass and a young son that makes him laugh every day.