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Department of Theatre and Dance
Arts and Communications Building, Room AC 306
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
Cosima Stadnik has been an adjunct faculty member at Ball State University since 2012 where she instructs courses in ballet technique and dance history.
After studying classical ballet in Australia she gained recognition as a prize winner at the Prix de Lausanne, Switzerland in 1987. She continued her studies on scholarship at the San Francisco Ballet School and then moved to Europe to study at the State Ballet School in East Berlin, (department of Stage Dance) from which she graduated in 1989.
Cosima’s professional career began in Dresden, Germany dancing with the Semper Opera State Ballet. During her tenure, she was coached by Safronova to dance the Pas de deux from Paquita with principal dancer Raymond Hilbert. In 1991 she was offered a contract with the Ballet of the Vienna State Opera, Austria.
Her repertoire there included Swan Lake, Giselle, La fille mal gardée, Romeo and Juliet, Manon, Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as making guest appearances for more contemporary companies such as Tanz Atellier Vienna.
In the summer of 1993, Cosima was invited to Russia to perform in Swan Lake with the St. Petersburg Ballet Miniatures lead by Askold Makarov. In 1994 she was given the opportunity to dance as soloist with the Russian State Ballet of Moscow (Dir. Gordeyev) and toured with this company throughout Europe, Mexico and Asia for one year. In Moscow she performed in solo roles at the Kremlin Theatre in both The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.
In 1995, she began her studies to be a teacher at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, Rimsky Korsakov, Department of Choreography and Dance. In the summer 1998 she danced in the ballet scenes at the Bayreuth Festival, Germany, conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
After studying with such notable professors as Komleva and Dolgushin at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, she graduated in 1999 with honors and thereafter moved to Zurich, Switzerland to teach at the Professional school for Swiss Dancers (since renamed Zurich Tanz Akademie, Dir. Oliver Matz).
Cosima coached dancers of the State Ballet of Lithuania, Vilnus for their production of Sleeping Beauty and taught for the 2004 summer program of the Russian Ballet Society in Edinburgh, Scotland. The following year she moved to the USA to become Assistant Principal of Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education. Since 2006, she has taught master classes and workshops in New Mexico where she resided for 5 years.
She enjoys bringing her knowledge of the world of ballet and theatre to her courses at Ball State University.
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