Atlanta Ballet's prima ballerina joins Kennesaw State

Atlanta Ballet's Prima Ballerina Christine Winkler in "Sleeping Beauty."

Atlanta Ballet’s prima ballerina Christine Winkler has joined Kennesaw State University…

Georgia (Jun 5, 2014)

Atlanta Ballet’s prima ballerina Christine Winkler has joined Kennesaw State University’s Department of Dance as a part-time instructor for ballet technique. In the fall, Winkler will teach setting classical repertory and a pointe class, following her retirement from Atlanta Ballet after 19 seasons.

Ivan Pulinkala, chairman of the Department of Dance, said, “Christine’s pedagogical and performance skills will be a valuable addition to dance majors at KSU. We are thrilled that our association with Atlanta Ballet has continued to leverage reciprocal advantages, and we are honored to welcome Christine Winkler to the faculty in the Department of Dance at KSU.”

Sharon Story, Atlanta Ballet’s dean of Centre for Dance Education and ballet mistress, said, “Christine has shared so many of her talents with the Atlanta Ballet audiences that her evolution has been nothing less than stellar. Whatever role Christine performs it is always of the highest artistic and physical integrity. She is a rare gift in the world of dance and an amazing teacher.”

Since joining Atlanta Ballet in 1995, Winkler has had many professional highlights including Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Juliet in Michael Pink’s Romeo & Juliet, Odette in John McFall’s Swan Lake, and Mina in Michael Pink’s Dracula. She’s also worked with world-renowned choreographers.

Winkler will utilize her diverse experience to inspire the students. “I am excited about strengthening classical ballet technique at Kennesaw State and expanding students’ musicality within classical technique and artistry,” Winkler said.

-- Kathie Beckett; Photo Courtesy of Atlanta Ballet




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