dellas3DANZEOFF is incredibly excited and honored to have Mme. Adrienne Dellas Thornton as a member of our faculty for our 2017 dance convention and competition. Her experience and passion for dance is almost unmatched.

Adrienne Dellas began learning ballet at the age of four. She studied with many of the best teachers, including Enid Ricardo, Hector Zaraspe, Robert Joffrey, Barbara and Richard Thomas, Alexandra Danilova, Birger Bartholin, Perry Brunson, Vera Volkova, and Ludmila Morkovina. She turned to teaching at the age of 20, after an accident that ended her dancing career.

Adrienne Dellas has coached and trained incredible dancers all over the world. She was invited to launch the new Ballet Department of the Little Angels Arts Middle and High School in South Korea. After its success, she established Seoul’s internationally-acclaimed Universal Ballet Company. While serving as the company’s Founding Artistic Director, she choreographed many original full-length ballets, as well as re-staging a great number of classic ballets.

While at the Universal Ballet Company, Ms. Dellas choreographed an original full-length ballet called “Shim Chung,” which was performed for the tenth Asian Games Arts Festival in 1986 and at the 1988 XXIV Olympic Games Seoul Arts Festival. In 1988 the Korean president awarded her the Gold Medal for Artistic Achievement in Teaching and Choreography.

After she returned to America, she taught for 10 years at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC. As the only American teacher among the Russian faculty at the Kirov, she trained hundreds of dancers. Many of the dancers she trained at the Kirov are now principal dancers for major international ballet companies. During her time at the Kirov, she was invited to choreograph and teach students at the world-famous Vaganova Academy of Classical Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia.

As the Academy Director at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles from 2001 to 2008, she directed the master teachers of ten programs ranging from classical ballet to hip-hop dancing.

Adrienne Dellas is internationally known for her expertise in teaching and choreographing for ballet companies, television, and cultural events, as well as serving as a director and teacher for ballet intensives. She also judges competitions, creates and conducts specialized teacher seminars, and coaches professional dancers.


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