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Kimberly Norberg is from Parker, Colorado. Her ballet trainingn at the Colorado Ballet Academy where she studied with Galina Vorotynova. She received her professional pedagogical training in a Vaganova-based syllabus from Carol Roderick at Colorado State University. She holds a BA in Performing Arts, dance concentration and a BS in Business Administration, management concentration. At CSU, Ms Norberg worked with guest artists such as Wes Chapman, Katie Elliot, Private Freeman, Rodney Gustafson, Viktor Kabaniaev, and Andrew Skeels. She was a member of the CSU Ballet Repertory Ensemble and appeared in La Bayadère (Act III), Chopiniana, Paquita, Pas de Quatre, Spanish Suite and Waltz of the Flowers. She also performed as a guest artist for the Canyon Concert Ballet, the Dance Theater of Loveland. In 2010, her choreography was selected for performance in the New Visions Dance Festival in Fort Collins, CO. Ms Norberg served as ballet mistress for Chopiniana at CSU and for Queen City Ballet’s production of Cinderella (Helena, MT.) Before joining SPCB, she was program director for North Ballet Academy in Rogers, MN where she directed and choreographed their production “Swan Lake of the Woods.” She is dedicated to providing students with the highest standards of ballet training through a culturally-adapted Vaganova syllabus, and is passionate about fostering a healthy and well-rounded environment for students of all levels to pursue the art of ballet.
Ballet Instructor and Curriculum Advisor
Barbara received her training with the Andaházys and is dedicated to the rich tradition of the Russian method, on which she bases her teaching. Barbara has studied with artists including Gabriela Komleva, Luba Gulyaeva, Marina Stavitskya, Alla Sizova, Vladimir Davidoff, Jurgen Schneider, and Carol Roderick. Barbara performed in classical ballets and original works including, Les Sylphides, Pas de Quatre, Scheherazade, Los Seises, Vivaldi Concerto and Miraculous Stag. She is proficient in knowledge and implementation of the Vaganova Syllabus.
Young Children’s Instructor
Mary studied dance at Luther College, Decorah IA, graduating in 1984. This is her 11th year at SPCB and she has enjoyed teaching dance technique and choreographing. Not only has Mary worked in the studio classroom, but also preschool environments, workshops and festivals, churches, Jr. and Sr. High Schools, and camp settings. She has witnessed great benefits to integrating brain-compatible dance education, the Kodaly method of music education, and yoga techniques in her classroom. Mary lives in St. Louis Park with an awesome husband Curtis, and two joy-filled children, Elisabeth and Rahila.
Rebecca trained at the Milwaukee Ballet School and received her B.A. in Dance from Western Michigan University. She has continued her professional development through intensive training in teaching the Vaganova Method with John White and a workshop with Carol Roderick. She developed a boys-only dance program and served as an adjudicator for the Ballet Conservatory at Dayspring School of the Arts in Saint Louis, Missouri. Rebecca began dancing with the Saint Paul City Ballet Company in 2009, and has danced professionally with several ballet and modern companies, including the Wisconsin Dance Ensemble/Madison Ballet, Western Dance Project, Modern American Dance Company (MADCO), and Nancy Hauser Dance Company.
Originally from Minneapolis, Anna started her training with the Andaházys and Minnesota Dance Theater. She has over 25 years of teaching and performing experience from the Midwest to Boston. She studied jazz at the Lou Conte studio in Chicago and the Luigi studio in New York. She currently performs with Saint Anthony Sacred Dance Company. Anna has continued ballet training in the Vaganova syllabus with Carol Roderick and Gabriela Komleva.
Ballet Instructor, SPCB Company
Andrew Lester graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BFA in Dance. He began his formal dance training with Carlos Stroia in Central Minnesota. Mr. Lester has performed professionally with the Eclectic Edge Ensemble, Ethnic Dance Theater, Continental and Metropolitan Ballet companies and Shapiro and Smith Dance. He is a founding member of Saint Paul City Ballet Company. Mr. Lester teaches ballet and modern dance, as well as assisting with partnering class and administration.
Ballet Instructor, SPCB Company
Michelle graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of St.Thomas with a double major in K-12 education and Spanish, as well as a dance minor from Macalester College. She comes from an eclectic background ranging in studies of hip hop, modern, tap, and contemporary dance to classical ballet studied primarily under the direction of Juli Mickelson and the Dance Endeavors team. She has studied intensively through both the Joffrey ballet program in New York City and the Magnus Midwest program in Flint, Michigan. Local performances have included modern and contemporary ballet choreography with Macalester College and pieces in the 2010 Minnesota Fringe festival under the direction of Sharon Varosh. Michelle is also dancing a third season with the St. Paul City Ballet Company where she has had the chance to perform roles in Sleeping Beauty (Jewels), Cinderella (Spring Fairy), The Enchanted Toyshop (Noelle), as well as other classical and neoclassical works.
Karen Paulson Rivet
Karen began her early training in St. Paul with the Andaházy School of Ballet and has been a classical ballet instructor for more than 32 years. Karen spent considerable time augmenting her training with classes from Gabriela Komleva, Luba Gulyeva, Marina Stavitskya, Carol Roderick, Michelle Lucci, and Ted Kivitt. She was previously on the faculty of Saint Paul City Ballet until 2005 in the roles of ballet instructor, Director of the Performing Ensemble, choreographer and repetiteur. Karen’s teaching background includes Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, Ballet Arts Minnesota, Minnesota Dance Theatre and Continental Ballet among others. She is in high demand in the Twin Cities as a Master Teacher. Karen performed with the Andaházy Ballet Company, Saint Paul City Ballet, Continental Ballet and Minnesota Dance Theatre in ballets including but not limited to Scheherazade, Pas de Quatre, Les Sylphides, The Golden Bough, Coppelia, Cinderella and The Nutcracker Fantasy. While on the faculty of Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists(SPCPA) and Minnesota Dance Theatre, Karen staged and choreographed multiple classical, character and contemporary works. She returns to SPCPA often to participate in J-Term as classical ballet choreographer. Her full length ballet A Christmas Carol, The Ballet was created for Saint Paul City Ballet in 2004 and was featured in Saint Paul and Saint Cloud. Karen continues her pedagogical work in teacher seminars with Carol Roderick of Colorado State University, DePaul University, Oberlin College and the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia as well as conferences with Minnesota Dance Medicine Foundation. Karen is thrilled to return to SPCB and coming back to her roots.
Ted grew up in Minneapolis and trained with Frank Bourman before joining Minnesota Dance Theater, where he danced for both Loyce and Lise Houlton. He has danced extensively with Minnesota DanceTheater. While a soloist with Washington Ballet, he toured China, the Phillipines, and performed in the Olympic Arts Festival in Seoul, Korea. He has been a member of American Repertory Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theater and Southern Ballet Theater as well as performing as a guest artist with a variety of companies throughout the U.S. Having performed many works by choreographers including Sal Aiello, Vicente Nebrada, Judith Jamison, Alvin Ailey, William Forsythe, Balanchine and Petipa has made him at home in classical or contemporary roles. He also extensively toured Japan with Ballets Grandiva performing a variety of classic, contemporary and comedic ballets. He has been with SPCB for five years and enjoys working with the students as well as the company.
A ballet instructor for more than 30 years, Christina Onusko began her early training in the Russian Vaganova technique in her native Pennsylvania. She performed with the Hartford Ballet and principal roles with Ballet West Virginia, where she also served as Assistant Artistic Director for five years. Prior to moving to the Twin Cities, Onusko taught for Ballet West Virginia, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet and directed one of the branch schools for the School of the Hartford Ballet. Onusko spent a fulfilling 15 years as a core ballet instructor and choreographer for Ballet Arts Minnesota, as well as instructing and guest choreographing for several other dance schools in the Twin Cities. In addition to ballet instruction and choreography, she conceived and directed the Maypole Dances for the Minnesota Renaissance Festival for 13 years, casting more than 125 dancers with original and unparalleled choreography. A certified Pilates mat and reformer instructor, Onusko was drawn to the Stott Method of Pilates in 1998 for the precise mind/body control for core strengthening and body lengthening. A natural teacher, Christina Onusko’s innate passion for dance and movement inspires students of all ages. Commenting on teaching, Onusko believes “it’s having the ability to give a gift for your students to take for life, wherever life takes them.” Says Chris, “To be able to share an intimate part of your being, your passion, with students, and guide them solidly and safely through the mastery of technique, is exhilarating.”
Sonia Hupalo, Studio Manager