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  • Paul Abrahamson

    Director, Master Teacher

    Paul received the major part of his ballet training while he was on full scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. He performed professionally with Joffrey Ballet II, American Ballet Theatre, Bejart’s Ballet of the XXth Century, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Radio City Music Hall. After joining Pittsburgh Ballet Theater in 1986, he choreographed two short ballets, and was asked by Artistic Director, Patricia Wilde to create a new work for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. That request made Mr. Abrahamson the first Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dancer ever commissioned for its subscription series.

    Mr. Abrahamson’s choreographic talents first gained international attention after winning first place at international choreographic competitions in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1994, Mr. Abrahamson choreographed a three-act version of Robin Hood that premiered at the National Opera House in La Havana, Cuba. The following year, he was the first American ballet teacher to go through the teacher training program and has become an advocate for the Cuban syllabus. Mr. Abrahamson has taught and had his works performed in Spain, Finland, France, Switzerland, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, and throughout the United States.

    Mr. Abrahamson founded the Chicago Ballet in 2001. In 2005, he opened the school of Chicago Ballet in Logan Square.  In 2014, the Chicago Ballet Center moved to Portage Park.

     
  • Alison Rootberg

    Community Programs Director

    Alison Rootberg is an educator and artist whose primary focus is in dance, yoga and technology. She completed her MFA in Dance and Integrated Media at the California Institute of the Arts. Rootberg also has a BFA in Dance and a BS in Inter-Arts and Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed her 200 hour yoga certification in 2011.

    While in Los Angeles, Rootberg developed/initiated new class curriculum for over 60 public and private schools. She also taught art/technology classes at over 30 public and private schools.

    Since returning to Chicago in 2010, she has taught/developed programming for grades PreK-12 for over 100 Chicago Public Schools. Rootberg has also taught/developed workshops for hundreds of students at the Allstate Arena, Mayor Daley’s Book Club Conference, Millennium Park and the Taste of Chicago. Additionally, she has taught at CorePower Yoga, Jewish Child and Family Services, Lurie Children’s Hospital, Rock Solid Health, Roosevelt University, and Zen Yoga Garage.

    Her work has been presented throughout the United States, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Rootberg was selected/attended the Sydney Kahn Summer Institute at the Kitchen in New York, the Music and Dance Exchange at Dartington College of Art in Devon (United Kingdom), and STEIM in Amsterdam (Netherlands) for a residency in the Electronic Performance Arts. She has also been accepted to and presented her work at the Artificial Reproduction Technologies Conference (NY), the Bellingham Electronic Arts Festival (WA), the International Computer Music Conference, the International Digital Media and Arts Conference, the MacWorld Conference, and the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. Rootberg has served as a board member of the New West Electronic Arts and Music Organization (NWEAMO) and the Dance Resource Center (DRC).

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