Professional Dancers of Ballet 180

Ballet 180 dance company

Bridget Carlin

Bridget began dancing at the age of 3 at the Conservatory of Music and Dance. She graduated summa cum laude from West Chester University with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Dance. She received the Barbara J. Lappano Dance Scholarship in 2014. She performed in and presented work at the Ladek Zdroj International Dance Festival in Poland in 2013. Her work, Ambiguity, was presented at the American College Dance Association (ACDA) Conference in 2015. This is Bridget’s third season with Ballet 180.


Kate Capato

Though Kate started dancing at the age of six, at age thirteen, she took her dance education to another level when entering a pre-company and studying Cechetti technique at Lancaster School of Ballet. Attending Kent State University and Palm Beach Atlantic University, she expanded her dance skills learning contemporary and modern techniques. Upon graduating from PBA in 2010, Kate worked for Ballet 180 and MM2 Modern dance company where she choreographed and performed both locally and overseas in places like Canada and Italy. She has since continued to create as a freelance choreographer overseas and locally, performing in places like the Opera Del Doumo Museum in Florence Italy. Recently returning from abroad, Kate has rejoined Ballet 180 this season.


dsc_1374Elizabeth Strenge

Elizabeth began her training with the Dance Conservatory in Levittown at age three. She continued her training from age thirteen through eighteen at the Princeton Ballet School in NJ. After graduating high school, Elizabeth joined BalleMet’s  pre professional program in OH where she also had the opportunity to perform with the company. She then moved to Columbia, SC to dance with Columbia Classical Ballet, performing in ballets such as Swan Lake, La Bayadere, The Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty. After moving back to Pennsylvania she joined the apprentice program at The Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet under Melinda Pendleton, John White, and Margarita DeSaa.  This is Elizabeth’s second season with Ballet 180.


Annie Fortenberry

Annie’s training began at the age of 11 with a local Jazz ensemble in Westchester, New York with whom she performed at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Later, she began training at Logrea Dance Academy, performing with the Westchester Ballet and spending summers at Peridance, the Joffrey School, the Ailey School and Boulder Ballet. In 2015, Annie graduated Cum Laude from Goucher College with a degree in Dance and French. While at Goucher, she spent semesters at Taipei National University of the Arts in Taipei, Taiwan and at Rick Odums Centre International de Danse Jazz in Paris, France. Since graduating, Annie has performed with Dissonance Dance Theatre, Charm City Ballet, Impetus Dance Company and Ballet Nouveau. This is Annie’s first season with Ballet 180.

Matthew Zimmerman

Matthew found his love for dance at the age of 8. He trained the last 6 years at Horizons Dance Conservatory and previously with Melanie Wright and Berks Ballet Theatre. Matthew is trained in all genres but finds his true passion in Contemporary & Ballet. While at Horizons, he was a Student-Teaching Intern for 5 years. Matthew also attended the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet and the Joffrey New York City Jazz & Contemporary Intensives. He has performed with the Philadelphia Dance Theatre and the Reading Symphony Orchestra. This is Matthew’s first Season with Ballet 180.