Kristin Herlache is originally from DeForest, WI and began her training at the Monona Academy of Dance under the direction of JoJean Retrum, Jason Cisler, and Alicia Alonso. In 2003, Ms. Herlache was named as a top ten finalist in the Youth America Grand Prix Competition in Chicago, IL for her contemporary solo. Ms. Herlache was also selected to represent Wisconsin for Regional Dance America’s gala performance at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi; where Sergei Kozadeyev created Divertisement on her. She spent her summers training at Virginia School of the Arts with the late Petrus Bosman, Joffrey Midwest Workshop with Judy Rice and the late John Magnus, and on scholarship with the Houston Ballet. Ms. Herlache was invited to continue her training on a full scholarship with the Houston Ballet Academy for two years where she worked with Stanton Welch, Claudio Munoz, Dawn Scannell, Louise Lester, Shelly Powers, and Lazaro Carreno to name a few. While in Houston, Ms. Herlache also performed alongside the Houston Opera.
Ms. Herlache was a member of the Colorado Ballet Studio Company during the 2007-2008 Season where she was seen by audiences in Le Corsaire, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Dracula, and as a soloist in Sandra Brown’s Synchronicity. Ms. Herlache was a member of Milwaukee Ballet II from 2008-2010 and performed such esteemed roles as The Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy from Michael Pink’s The Nutcracker; along with solos from La Bayadere, Raymonda, Napoli, and Sylvia. Alongside Milwaukee Ballet, Ms. Herlache has performed Michael Pink’s Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, and Peter Pan.
Ms. Herlache started teaching at Pius XI Catholic High School in 2010 and was named the Artistic Director of the Dance Department in 2013. Ms. Herlache is also a guest teacher for dance studios across Wisconsin and on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Dance Council.
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