Arlene Begelman’s experience and ability as a teacher, director and choreographer has made her a true treasure in the New Milford area. Her 60+ years of dedication to the performing arts is second to none. From 1942 to 1948 she was a scholarship student at George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet, and from there she went on to join his company, The New York City Ballet. From 1963 to 1972 she choreographed and/or staged 20 community theatre productions in New York City and Connecticut. She was the Artistic Director of Actor’s Repertory Theatre of Connecticut and Connecticut Stage, Inc., directing dozens of plays and musicals. In 1981 Arlene became Artistic Director of The School of the Performing Arts (S.O.P.A), a professional training school for dance, voice and theatre. At S.O.P.A. she staged ballets such as Peter and the Wolf, Swan Lake, Les Sylphides as well as many other original ballets. Her high standards, dedication, and undying love for the arts is unparalleled and reflected in her students at S.O.P.A. and Fineline, many of whom have gone on to professional careers in the arts.