Katrina Levental



Katrina Levental was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia and received her ballet training at the  world renowned Vaganova Ballet School in Saint Petersburg. After graduation, she performed with several prominent ballet companies in Russia, including Leningrad Musical Theater, before coming to the United States.  She was, also, a principal dancer at Troika Dance Folk Dance company in Saint Petersburg.

Since her arrival in the United States, she has worked as a lead choreographer for the Illinois Rhythmic Gymnastics center, where she trained the members of the United States Olympic Team.
Ms. Levental has been a faculty member at the Barat College, Columbia College and the Chicago Academy for the Arts. Katrina has also choreographed many musical numbers in various theater productions for European Repertoire Company and TUTA company in Chicago.

Additionally, Ms. Levental has been a guest choreographer at the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters on many occasions. Additionally, Katrina became Ruth Page School of Dance faculty member in 1993 and continues to teach ballet and character classes there.

Through her twenty years of teaching, Katrina was instrumental in development of  many talented young dancers, who went on to become the members of some of the most prestigious dance companies, including Hubbard Street Dance, Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, Pittsburg Ballet Theater, Ballet Austin, San Francisco Ballet, Alabama Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet Theater.

                                            About Character Dance
Character Dance can best described as traditional folk dance forms that had been stylized and transformed for the stage. These complicated stylizations require a much wider technical level than regular folk dance styles. The skills acquired in the study of character dance greatly complement the study of the classical ballet and aid the development of an advanced dancer.