PAULINA WASKI
Photo by Renata Pavam

PAULINA WASKI

Corps de Ballet, American Ballet Theatre

Born in Greenwich, Connecticut, Paulina Waski began her ballet training at age 7 under the guidance of ABT alumni, Denise Lewis and Mark Grothman. Waski began attending American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive programs in NYC in 2006, and was invited to join the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School that same year. At age 12, she placed in the top twelve at the 2008 Youth American Grand Prix, junior division in Philadelphia. She was awarded the Laura and James Rosenwald Scholarship in 2010 and the 2010-2011 Scünci National Training Scholarship for ABT’s New York Summer Intensive.  While at the ABT JKO School, Waski performed the principal role in Susan Jaffe’s world premiere of We Insist. She also danced soloist roles in excerpts from Les Sylphides, Coppélia, Jerusalem Divertissement, and pieces choreographed by Jessica Lang and Kanji Segawa. She performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as part of The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50thAnniversary Celebration. In October 2011, Waski joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice at age 16 and became a member of the corps de ballet in May 2012.  Her roles include the Lead D’Jampe and Pas D’Action in La Bayadère, the Spanish Dance and one of the Nutcracker’s Sisters in The Nutcracker, a Carnival Dancer in Othello, Rosaline in Romeo and Juliet, the Fairy Candide (Sincerity) and the Sapphire Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, a big swan and the Hungarian Princess in Swan Lake, an Odalisque in Le Corsaire, Moyna in Giselle and roles in Bach Partita, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Jardin aux Lilas and Raymonda Divertissements. She created a role in Marcelo Gomes’ AfterEffect. In 2015, Waski was invited to perform as a guest artist dancing the role of Giselle in a full-length production under the direction of Xiomara Reyes and Rinat Imaev for Studio to Stage at The Hartt School. In August of 2015 Waski was awarded the 2016 OWPD Prix at IBStage, Barcelona, Spain.