The Starchevski School of Ballet was founded in 1992 with the goal of helping young dancers develop their potential in dance and perform in dance productions.
The Academy founders, Kristof Star and Hanna Starczewski have both performed internationally as Principal and Soloist dancers while members of respected dance companies. The Starczewskis have a deep love and appreciation for the discipline, resulting in quality instruction rarely found outside of Europe. Their extensive international performing and teaching backgrounds have led to many of their students being accepting into professional companies.
Artistic Director, teacher, former principal dancer. Mr. Star is a graduate from the State Ballet School in Gdansk, Poland and is former dancer of Alberta Ballet, Ballet Austin in Texas, Grand Theater of Lodz and Polish Dance Theater of Conrad Drzewiecki in Poznan, Poland. During the course of his international career, he has performed throughout many worldwide centers including New York, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Stuttgart, Lyon, Moscow and Toronto to name a few. He worked with Conrad Drzewiecki, Brigit Culberg, Irena Fokina, Adam Hanuszkiewicz, Irina Kolpakova, Lambros Lambrou, Brian Macdonald, Ali Pourrfarokh, John Taras, Gray Veredon and Ewa Wycichowska among others. Mr. Starczewski has taught dance internationally in National Ballet School of Poland, Ballet Austin Texas, University of Calgary, Calgary Opera and Starchevski School of Ballet
Ms. Starchevski obtained her Master Degree in Dance Pedagogy from the prestiges University of Frederic Chopin in Warsaw, Poland. Ms. Starczevski was a professional dancer and soloist for 15 years and is also a Professor of Dance, choreographer and a member of Royal Academy of Dancing. She had her early dance training at the National Ballet School of Poland, and then she joined the Poznan Opera-Ballet House and Grand Theater in Lodz. . After becoming a dance professor at the National Ballet School of Poland Ms. Starczewski, together with her husband, has dedicated her professional experience to conduct a ballet school in Calgary, the Starchevski School of Ballet Inc.
Cynthia started dancing at the Starchevski School of Ballet at age 6. She is a very committed dancer, attaining major roles at the school’s productions and recitals every year, mostly notably as Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker, and as Cinderella in Cinderella. She also studies Chinese dancing, performing in international festivals. Cynthia strives to improve as a dancer and plans to continue her dancing and teaching career by pursuing a joint degree in Dance Performance and Kinesiology at the University of Calgary.
Alison began dancing at Sitter School of Dance in Saskatoon, studying various disciplines including ballet, character, tap, jazz, musical theatre, lyrical, and hip hop. She believes ballet forms a strong foundation for all types of dance and progressed to advanced level ballet in the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus. She was accepted to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet summer school division and danced various children’s roles in Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Alison knows firsthand the benefits of life-long ballet dancing. She believes in instilling a love of movement and musical expression at a young age and enjoys watching her students discover their love of ballet.
Brianna and Madison started dancing at the Starchevski School of Ballet at the age of 2 in Parent & Tot class. Since then they attended all levels of ballet, currently they are in Intermediate/Advance class. Brianna and Madison has been assisting Mrs. Starczewski on Saturday classes with Pre-ballet and Primary ballet levels. They are very committed and responsible students and young teachers. Each year they participate in main parts of Starchevski School of Ballet productions. Their skills during 13 years with Starchevski School of Ballet are remarkably beneficial to Saturday's pre-ballet classes.
During 2019/20 dance season Ms. Francesca will be absent from teaching at our school. Franceska Ambrosino graduated from the Starchevski School of Ballet, where she studied ballet and character dance under the guidance of Mr. and Mrs Starczewski. Ms Franceska is very dedicated, responsible and passionate about teaching.