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Charla Genn

Ms. Genn is currently on the ballet faculty of the Juilliard School. She also instructs professional ballet company classes at The Metropolitan Opera, Dance Theater of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Jessica Lang Dance and Ballet Hispanico, In addition she taught at Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance since its inception. Ms. Genn coaches professional ballet dancers, which include dancers from the San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theater, The Dutch National Ballet, Berlin Ballet, The Washington Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, and Dance Theater of Harlem. Ms. Genn is also a Dance Rehabilitation Specialist who works one on one with professional ballet dancers recovering from injuries and surgery.

She began her professional career in South Africa with Johannesburg City Ballet and Cape Town City Ballet under the directorship of David Poole; has danced as a soloist with Bat-Dor Dance Company (Israel) and the Eglevsky Ballet, under Edward Villella. After two years as ballet mistress and principal dancer with New York Festival Dance Theater, she became its Associate Artistic Director. In 1985, she co-founded Ballet Manhattan with her husband, Paul Croitoroo. As Ballet Manhattan's Artistic Director and principal dancer, she performed in the major theaters and opera houses in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Peoples Republic of China, and throughout Europe, Canada and the USA. Ms. Genn served as rehearsal director and assistant to Septime Webre, when he directed American Repertory Ballet.

Ms. Genn has appeared as a guest teacher at The Washington Ballet, The Royal Ballet School, The Alberta Ballet, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, LA Dance Project, Body Traffic, South African Ballet Theatre, Cape Town City Ballet, Batsheva Dance Company, The Hong Kong Ballet Academy, The Japan Ballet Society, Jacob's Pillow, Rocky Mountain Ballet Theater, and Royal Academy of Dancing Summer Schools, and Richmond School of Dance and Pro Arte in Vancouver. She has also taught at Steps Studio in NYC.

As a choreographer, Ms. Genn created several ballets for Ballet Manhattan and American Repertory Ballet. She has staged Sleeping Beauty for Merrill Ashley and John Meehan at Jacobs Pillow, Raymonda Pas de Dix for American Repertory Ballet, Giselle and Coppelia for the Washington Ballet, Don Quixote for Goucher College and Swan Lake for the Richmond Academy in Vancouver.