Cori Kolasinski began taking ballet classes at the age of four, and from that moment has loved dance ever since. A year later, she attended Le Ballet Petit’s performance of Coppélia and knew immediately the stage was her aspiration. Fulfilling her desire, she performed the principal roles in LBP’s Cinderella, Swan Lake, Coppélia, and The Nutcracker. For nine years, her ballet training was further advanced by studying under Willy and Evie Shives, Patti Eylar and artistic director Daniel Duell at the School of Ballet Chicago, for two years at the Betsy Herskind School of Dance, and continuing today at various dance studios around the city including the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of the Joffrey Ballet. She has gone on to expand her dance repertoire in other styles by taking classes in Tap with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Matt Crowle, and Mark Yonally, Pointe, Jazz, Flamenco, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Modern, and Ballroom. She had the extraordinary opportunity of being accepted into Maggie Daley’s After School Matters Gallery 37 Dance Ensemble Program for five consecutive summers, some of the best of her life. She also earned a scholarship with the dance company Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, studying under artistic director Billy Siegenfeld, who originated the distinctive style of Jump Rhythm® Technique. Even though Cori has studied many different styles of dance under a variety of respected instructors, she has always been drawn to the elegance of ballet.
Since 2004, Cori has been a part of the Le Ballet Petit teaching staff and continually discovers that children’s dance education is always an incredibly rewarding experience for both the instructor and the student.
When not at her second home, the dance studio, Cori loves being swept away by watching the magic of old movie musicals and new stage productions!