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Russian professional dance teacher leads students in Jay

August 7, 2014
By CHARLES POTTHAST JR. - Correspondent , Lake Placid News

JAY - "Dance at Jemz," a dance recital held in June at the Amos and Julia Ward Theater in Jay, was well received by a full house. The night of entertainment was provided by the dance students of Instructor Natalia Balina-Zborowska, who lives in Jay.

Balina-Zborowska is a professionally trained dancer, instructor and choreographer. She was born in the town of Tobolsk in the Siberian region of Russia. In Russia she studied five years of ballet at a collegiate level.

"I always admired dance and moving," she said. "I saw ballerinas when I was young and always wanted to be one." She danced professionally in Russia and was part of one of the first modern dance companies in the country. She also was educated in choreography and attended the State University of Culture and Arts in St. Petersburg.

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Natalia Balina-Zoborowska, right, presents her student dancers onstage at the Amos and Julia Ward Theater in Jay.
Photo — Charles Potthast Jr.

While working in a musical theater in Poland she met her husband, Robert. They immigrated to the United States in 1994 and lived in several states before settling in Jay in 2011. She continued to study dance, which included attending classes at Vanderbilt University and Tulane University. She studied and danced both jazz and modern dance. With the New Orleans Ballet Association, she started teaching intensive programs including character dance. She danced with private dance groups and started an ethnic group called Komenka.

As well as offering private instruction at the Amos and Julia Ward Theater in Jay, she has taught character dance at the School of Ballet at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. She has also choreographed the local production of "The Nutcracker."

"Teaching gives me the ability to reach young people," she said. "I am ready to pass on my knowledge, and it is an opportunity I really enjoy." She teaches a variety of dance styles - including ballet, creative, modern and jazz - to both children and adults. Adult classes include workout, ballet barre, center, modern, Pilates-like exercises followed by floor exercises for core strength, stretching and flexibility. Children's classes are geared to be playful and creative while teaching proper techniques and dance movements.

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Dance students

3-4-year-oldsAutumn Whitney, Aubrey Bombard, Natalie Tromblee, Zoe Lackey, Jordyn Fish and Orra Sprague
5-6-year-oldsAlexys Vincent, Liana Shambo, Cloe Silverstein and Schuyler Durant
9-12-year-oldsSilas Green, Maegan Shambo, Megan Quinn, Lily Potthast and Rebecca Ford
AdultsCharlene Newman, Jim Newman and Casper Green.

Balina-Zborowska will hold registration for both adult and children's dance instruction. Children are grouped by age and ability. Classes are open to youngsters 3 years of age and up. If you are interested in registering for a class or would like more information, contact her at or 504-655-0320.



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