Karl von Rabenau
Raised in Duluth, Minnesota, Karl von Rabenau passion for dance grew out the need to move during the long winter months. He began his dance training at the age of thirteen with the Duluth Ballet (now known as Minnesota Ballet). He continued his training at Minnesota Dance Theatre, the Boston Ballet School, and the San Francisco Ballet School.
Mr. von Rabenau began his career as a member of Boston Ballet II and apprentice to Boston Ballet. After a short stint with Omaha Ballet, he danced for five seasons with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. While dancing with PBT, he toured to Taipei, Taiwan, and fulfilled the dream to dance Balanchine’s Tarantella Pas De Deux. Mr. von Rabenau also danced works by George Balanchine, John Cranko, Bruce Wells, Agnes De Milles, Alvin Ailey. Throughout his tenure in Pittsburgh, Mr. von Rabenau also was a frequent guest artist with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, where among the roles he performed were Harlequin pas de deux and the lead in Divertomento No. 13.
Mr. von Rabenau danced the final ten seasons of his career as a soloist for the Milwaukee Ballet Company. Some of the highlights from his tenure with MBC were dancing such roles as Iago in Jose Limon’s The Moor’s Pavane, and The Blue Bird Pas de Deux from Sleeping Beauty. Mr. von Rabenau has also performed the lead roles in Choo San Goh’s In The Glow of the Night and Unknown Territory as well as George Balanchine’s Rubies, The Four Temperaments, Tchaikovsky Pas Deux, Serenade, and Allegro Brilliante.
Mr. von Rabenau’s second passion in life is teaching ballet. He has had the true pleasure to do this for the past 19 years throughout the Midwest and Eastern United States. He is currently on staff at the Milwaukee Ballet School and Danceworks Studio 1661 of Milwaukee. Each summer, Mr. von Rabenau returns to Pennsylvania where he has been invited to teach at Point Park University’s International Summer Dance Program for the past 13 years, and the world renowned Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, PA for the past 19 years.
As a choreographer, Mr. von Rabenau has created works for Point Park University’s International Summer Dance program for the past 13 years and has had works performed in the Regional Dance of America Festivals in both the Northeast Region by CPYB and Lake Erie Ballet School, and Southeast Region by Classical Ballet of Memphis. In 2002, Mr. von Rabenau was invited to choreograph a pas de deux, Speranza, which was presented by the Milwaukee Ballet at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
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