ADRIENNE CNATERNA (RESIDENT DIRECTOR)
Kirov Academy of Ballet scholarship graduate Adrienne Canterna is the recipient of numerous national and international awards including the 1998 Women's Junior GOLD Medal at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. Other prestigious awards include winning the title of "Teen Miss Dance of America" and the "Grishko Award of Excellence in Ballet." Adrienne has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean and more. As a Principal guest ballerina she danced the roles of Gamzatti in "La Bayadere", the Sugar Plum Fairy in "The Nutcracker", and Kitri in "Don Quixote" with the Universal Ballet in Seoul, Korea. She has also danced with the Washington Ballet and Complexions Contemporary Ballet in NYC. She has appeared in numerous galas worldwide including the Dance Open Festival in St. Petersburg, the Vail Dance Festival and Les Gala des Etoiles where she performed "Le Corsaire" pas de deux with international ballet star, Carlos Acosta. She appeared as a soloist in "Placido Domingo, Tribute to the Washington Opera," performing to "Stars and Stripes" directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen, airing on PBS. In 2002, she formed American Dance Artists, a company of nationally acclaimed young dancers. Adrienne travels the world as a dancer, teacher, choreographer and judge. She can be seen as a ballet soloist in the film "Step up". Ms. Canterna was featured in the international ad campaign for Mondetta Performance Gear. Adrienne is the choreographer & co-creator of the international hit dance show "ROCK the Ballet" and was a special guest performer with Rasta Thomas' BAD BOYS of DANCE on the hit tv show "So You Think You Can Dance". In 2013 she created & choreographed the world premiere of Rasta Thomas' "ROMEO and JULIET" in Europe to rave reviews from critics & audiences alike. Ms. Canterna is a proud ambassador for CAPEZIO! Adrienne was a Semi Finalist on Season 9 of "America's Got Talent" with BBD's brainchild BAD BOYS of BALLET.