Dance Instructor/ Office Administrator
Claire Sophia Bednarek is a performer and instructor originally from Denver, CO. She began dancing at the Colorado Ballet at the age of age four and continued her training at the Dance Conservatory of Denver under the direction of Jennifer Jones Micek, Cori Lucero and Staci Kinkead-Fox. Here she performed principal, soloist and corps roles in The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. Claire also studied at the Denver School of the Arts as a dance major, opening her training to many diverse styles. Claire placed an additional emphasis on choreography, setting numerous solo and group pieces for the Dance Conservatory of Denver. Claire additionally studied at summer intensives including but not limited to the Kirov Academy of Ballet, Boston Ballet School and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In the summer of 2016, Claire had the opportunity to tour and perform with Butler Ballet across Eastern Europe. Claire graduated Cum Laude from Butler University with a BA in Dance Pedagogy. At Butler, she trained rigorously in a variety of different styles under the direction of Marek Cholewa, Rosanna Ruffo, Derek Reid, Ramon Flowers, Laura Byram, Cynthia Pratt and Susan McGuire, among others. She performed soloist and corps roles in full story ballets, as well as featured roles in new choreographic works. Claire is an experienced teacher of classical ballet and jazz dance for dancers of all ages. In her spare time, Claire enjoys hiking, reading and snuggling her cat, Steven.