So Danca will be hosting a "in-house" pointe shoe seminar this coming sunday the 17th, presented by our very own Anne Polajenko, most of you know of Mrs. Polajenko but for education's sake here is a bio detailing her accomplishments and training. We will be having a series of events like this coming up at our home showroom in Deerfield Beach, Florida, these events are invite online and when a sign up is available it'll be for a limited number of people so be sure to keep your eyes open and sign up early!
-----------Anne Polajenko Bio-----------
French born ballerina, Anne Polajenko, enjoyed a long professional career with major European ballet companies, during which time she performed every classical ballet and had works created especially for her. She worked with such diverse choreographers as George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Nicholas Beriosoff and Serge Golovine. The culmination of her career came when George Balanchine became Artistic Advisor to the Geneva Grand Theatre Ballet and for the next four years she had the privilege of dancing 14 of his ballets, most notably such master works as “Symphony in C”, “Serenade”, “4 Temperaments”, “Agon” and “Concerto Barocco”. At the same time, she became company Regisseur and, under Balanchine's expert tutelage, she learned the intricacies of company management. Retired from the stage in 1973, Mrs. Polajenko devoted herself to teaching and coaching future generations of dancers. Her teaching credits include Point Park College (Pittsburgh, PA), Houston Ballet (Principal Teacher and Ballet Mistress), Ballet Florida, Harid Conservatory and Miami City Ballet where she was appointed Children’s Ballet Mistress in charge of restaging Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker.” From 1976-88 she was the Artistic Director of Houston Dance Center, a school and company she helped found and whose students joined such companies as San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Cleveland Ballet and Joffrey II. Mrs. Polajenko has been a guest teacher or choreographer for schools and companies throughout the Southeastern United States, as well as for Dance Masters of America. She has been honored by the City of Houston and the State of Texas for her commitment on behalf of the arts, and recognized by the National Foundation for the Arts as a Teacher of a Presidential Scholar. Her biography appears in the Cambridge Who’s Who.
In 2002, Ms. Polajenko joined So’Dança, one of the world’s leading dancewear manufacturers, as Pointe Shoe Specialist and Public Relations officer for North American operations. In October 2002, she was invited to represent the United States on the jury of the 1st International Cecilia Kerche Ballet Competition in Brazil and again, since 2006, as a Master Teacher and Jury member for the Passo de Arte competitions. For several years she has been a speaker at the Dance Retailer News Expo in Las Vegas and at the Dance Teacher Conference in New York. She works extensively with dancers, teachers and retailers and conducts professional company shoe fittings throughout the United States and Canada.
We look forward to seeing those are will be attending this coming Sunday 7/17/2011 for it's sure to be a fantastic event,
We also hope you all have a fantastic weekend and a glorious Friday,
Love from your humble blogger,