Mikal Kirshner Cichy Casalino (Miki)

The majority of Miki's training was done in her hometown, New York City.

This is just a partial list of the wonderful schools and teachers she has studied with:

Andre' Eglevsky, Mme. Anderson-Ivansova, Mme. Nevelska, School of American Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, American Ballet Theater, Robert Joffrey, Michael Lland, Bill Griffith, Edward Caton, Muriel Stewart, Bea Tompkins, William F. Christensen, Maddy Gavers, Bene Arnold, Finis Jhung, David Howard, and others.

After graduation from Professional Children's School in New York City, she attended New York University, and holds a BFA, Magna Cum Laude; ballet, from the University of Utah.

Performing experiences include:

Artist with Ballet West; SLC, UT.
Hunter College; NY
Children's Ballet Theater; NY
Anchorage Civic Ballet, Principal Guest Artist and choreographer
Ballet Ensemble; UT. Principal Artist
Young Audiences; UT. Principal Artist
Miki turned down the opportunity to be a member of the Radio City Music Hall Ballet Company

Teaching has been her love for over 30 years, beginning in Colorado Springs at the Rocky Mountain Ballet School.
Not only was she the sole owner and teacher of three Ballet Schools in Anchorage, AK.,

she has also taught at:

Cottonwood Elem. School; UT., Royal's School of Dance; UT., Posey School of Dance; NY.,
Ballet West, Ballet Aspen, and the University of Utah.
She has guest taught for various functions in the state of Utah, as well as elsewhere in the USA.
For the past 23 years she has been the owner and Artistic Director for
The Casalino School of Creative Arts.

Among other credits are:

Nomination for Outstanding Young Women
President of the Utah Ballet Teacher's Association
Member of the Board of the UBTA
Presently, secretary of the UBTA
Published an article on ballet technique in "Dance Technique", 1997
Created a syllabus for strict classical ballet technique.
Former member of the Salt Lake Ballet Guild
An active member of the "online" ballet community,
belonging to both Alt. Arts Ballet, and Dance-Ballet newsgroups.
Coached numerous dancers for performances with Ballet West, as well as other dance competitions.

When Miki is not teaching, directing, administering for her school, choreographing, designing costumes, creating and sewing costumes, or creating stories for ballets, she loves to work and play on her computer, watch videos, and read. She is the proud mom of two fine young children, Joseph,III and Alesandra. Joe, Jr and Miki are looking forward to their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary in January, 1999.

Miki CLOSED her studio on May 1, 1999 due to health reasons. She has continued her creative works by making jewelry, and by trying to overcome the many chronic ailments which caused her to close the school.

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