Spring 2021 – Choreographer Bios

Katarzyna Skarpetowska
ChoreographerTerminus

Skarpetowska is a native of Warsaw, Poland. She is an alumna of the NYC High School of Performing Arts and received a BFA from The Juilliard School in 1999 under Artistic Director Benjamin Harkarvy. In 1992, at age 15, she was the youngest cast member of the Broadway show, METRO, directed and choreographed by Janusz Jozefowicz. Kate was a member of Parsons Dance from 1999 until 2006 where she performed lead roles in the company’s repertory including the iconic CAUGHT.

From 2007 until 2014, she danced for The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company performing at many reputable venues such as New York City’s City Center, Washington DC’s Kennedy Center and Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater. Over the years, she repeatedly appeared as a guest artist first with The Battleworks Dance Company and then The Buglisi Dance Theater and in 2007, she was one of two featured dancers during the Glimmerglass Opera Festival. In 2008 she toured Italy with WHY BE EXTRAORDINARY IF YOU CAN BE YOURSELF, a show by Daniel Ezralow. Skarpetowska has worked as a repetiteur and assistant choreographer to Lar Lubovitch, David Parsons and Robert Battle setting works on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Introdans, Oldenburgisches Staatstheater, Ballet Austin, Atlanta Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Repertory Dance Theatre, and Mikhailovsky Theater in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

As a choreographer, she has been commissioned by BalletX, Richmond Ballet, Parsons Dance, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater II, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Buglisi Dance Theater, Big Muddy Dance Company, Owen/Cox Dance Group, Bruce Wood Dance Project, and The Juilliard School. For her choreographic achievements, Kate was named Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2016 and was nominated for a NY Dance and Performance Award, The Bessie, in the emerging choreographer category in 2017. In 2018, Kate choreographed an Opera Theatre of Saint Louis production of Orfeo and Eurydice, in collaboration with director Ron Daniels and maestro Pierre Vallet.

Skarpetowska is also a freelance teacher holding workshops throughout the world. Kate has been on the faculty of the American Dance Festival, American Ballet Theater summer program, School of American Ballet, Boston Conservatory summer program, Key West Modern Dance, Peridance, Washington Ballet @THEARC and UC Irvine. She resides in New York City.

www.skarpetowska.com

J. Wyatt Pendelton
Choreographer – System : Start

Wyatt Pendleton, born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, started dancing musical theater at Kids Unlimited at the age of 11. He discovered his love of ballet at 16 and attended Ballet Arts Tucson to formalize his ballet training. He graduated from the University of Utah with a B.F.A in Ballet where he danced principal roles in Cinderella, Coppélia, and Balanchine’s Walspurgisnacht.

After graduation he spent two years with Milwaukee Ballet II and then joined Rochester City Ballet in 2018. Wyatt has continued to grow as an artist and enjoyed ever increasing success including Snow King in The Nutcracker and the Blue Bird in Sleeping Beauty.

Wyatt attended the prestigious Nationals Choreographers Initiative, in the summer of 2019, where he worked with notable choreographers in the creation of new works.

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