Lillian Barbeito has a BFA from The Juilliard School where she studied on a 4 year, full-tuition scholarship awarded by Tomorrow’s Leaders of America for her essay on the world dancing together in harmony. Lillian had an extensive performance career that took her to Europe, New York, and then finally to Los Angeles, where she founded BODYTRAFFIC with Tina Berkett.
She is passionate about mentoring dancers of all ages and abilities and has taught internationally for organizations such as CalArts, Idyllwild Arts Academy, L’Ecole de Danse de Quebec, Northwest Dance Project, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures and Loyola Marymount University where is currently on faculty. Lillian is one of 28 teachers in the world who is certified in Anouk van Dijk’s groundbreaking Countertechnique. She honored and excited to be the first instructor to bring this valuable training system to The School at Jacob’s Pillow this summer.
She has choreographed over 50 works for high schools, universities, competitions, and professional dance companies throughout the US and Canada. Lillian is deeply grateful to her family, especially Grant, Oliver, and Forest, for their love and support.
Tina Finkelman Berkett
grew up in New York City. Under the tutelage of Michele Cuccaro Cain, she trained and learned to love dance. Tina attended Barnard College, Columbia University and graduated summa cum laude with degrees in math and economics. Upon graduation she joined Aszure Barton & Artists and performed with the company throughout the United States, including at Jacob’s Pillow and Spoleto festivals. Tina became Aszure Barton’s assistant and taught alongside Barton both in the US and abroad. She had the incredible honor of being a founding member of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance, where she also served as the company’s dancer liaison.
In 2007, she moved to Los Angeles and founded BODYTRAFFIC with Lillian Barbeito. Tina often says BODYTRAFFIC is the dream come true, that she never knew she had. She is so thankful for the past 10 years and feels so in debt to all who have played a part in this incredible journey. In particular, Tina must thank her family and her son Jack for being her greatest inspirations and supports.