Artistic Director – Katherine Polaski

Katherine Polaski
Artistic Director & Certified Professional Instructor

Born in Spencerport, New York, Ms. Polaski’s passion for ballet began at age three, inspired by her mother, a dancer with the Lake Erie Ballet for many years.  

Education:
Ms. Polaski studied at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School (RWB) for four years under the tutelage of Ms. Johanne Gingras, Teacher Training Program Director and Ms. Arlene Minkhorst, School Director, Professional Division. While studying at RWB, Ms. Polaski also had the honor of training with several world renowned dancers and ballet instructors such as Glen Gilmour of The National Ballet of Canada and Suzanne Plante of The Royal Ballet in London. 

Ms. Polaski graduated from Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School (RWB) with professional certification in the Cecchetti Method and Vaganova System of ballet technique and training.

While teaching in Maryland, Ms. Polaski also benefitted from the tutelage of Ms. Misako Aoki-Oda at Misako Ballet (Columbia, MD).

Professional Teaching Experience

Ms. Polaski’s professional ballet teaching experience includes positions with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School (Winnipeg, Canada), Peoria Ballet (Peoria, IL), Flower CIty Ballet (Rochester, NY), Western New York Youth Ballet (Rochester, NY), and Ballet Theatre of Maryland (Annapolis, MD).

Ms. Polaski is one of the only ballet instructors in the greater Rochester area with professional certification in the Cecchetti Method and the Vaganova System of ballet technique and training, which she uses as the basis of all of her dance classes.


Choreography Experience:
Ms. Polaski has also choreographed major portions of several professional ballet performances, most notably of a full-length adaptation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for Western New York Youth Ballet.  She also choreographed pieces performed at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division’s “First Steps” Choreographic Competition.




Performances:
As a student, Ms. Polaski danced in various professional ballet performances such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Le Corsaire, Paquita, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. 


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