About

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Paulina Waski was born in Greenwich, Connecticut and began her ballet training at the age of seven under the guidance of ABT alumni, Denise Lewis and Mark Grothman in Connecticut. In 2006, Waski began attending American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive programs in NYC, and was invited to join the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT that same year. At age 12, Waski placed in the top twelve at the 2008 Youth American Grand Prix, junior division in Philadelphia. The following year Waski accepted her invitation to join the JKO School under the direction of Franco De Vita and Raymond Lukens. Waski was awarded the Laura and James Rosenwald Scholarship in 2010 and the 2010-2011 Scünci National Training Scholarship for ABT's New York Summer Intensive. 

 

While at the JKO School, Waski performed the principal role in Susan Jaffe's world premiere of We Insist at the 2011 Spring Performance. She also danced soloist roles in excerpts from Les Sylphides, Coppélia, Raymond Lukens and Franco De Vita's Jerusalem Divertissement, and pieces choreographed by Jessica Lang and Kanji Segawa. Waski's roles with the ABT Studio Company included performing at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as part of The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration. Her roles also included Canzonetta pas de deux in Antony Tudor's Soirée Musicale, and a soloist role in August Bournonville's Napoli.

In October 2011, at age 16, Waski joined the main Company as an apprentice and became a member of the corps de ballet in May 2012. Her roles with the Company include the Lead D'Jampe and Pas D’Action in La Bayadère, the Spanish Dance and one of the Nutcracker’s Sisters in The Nutcracker, a Carnival Dancer in Othello, the Fairy Candide (Sincerity) and the Sapphire Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, a Big Swan and Hungarian Princess in Swan Lake, Rosaline in Romeo and Juliet, and roles in Bach Partita, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Piano Concerto #1, Jardin aux LilasRaymonda Divertissements and Jessica Langs Her Notes. She created a role in AfterEffect and Alexei Ratmansky’s Songs of Bukovina.

In 2015, Waski was invited to perform as a guest artist dancing the role of Giselle in a full-length production of Giselle under the direction of Xiomara Reyes and Rinat Imaev for Studio to Stage at The Hartt School. In August of 2015 Waski was awarded the 2016 OWPD Prix at IBStage, Barcelona, Spain. During the summer of 2016 Waski danced the role of Nikiya in La Bayadère staged by Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner, for Studio to Stage at The Hartt School, as well as performing her role as Giselle in An Evening of Pas de Deux for the Gala event of American Academy of Ballet at Purchase College, NY. Waski is the recipient of the Margaret King Moore Dancer Award and her performances with American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by David and Nancy Gavrin.

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