Valentina Kozlova joins Columbia Classical Ballet for the 2020-21 Season as Artistic Advisor.

Valentina Kozlova

Artistic Advisor

Columbia Classical Ballet Artistic Director Radenko Pavlovich has been close friends with Valentina for years and many of his students have won gold or silver medals at Valentina’s Annual Ballet Competition (VKIBC). With Valentina and Radenko’s creative energy and collaboration audiences will be treated to the finest ballet in the Region. Join us as a member this fall to see why CCB Fans return year after year saying,“THIS is Ballet!”

Valentina Kozlova is a Soviet-born, Russian American ballerina and founder of Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition. In 1979, while on tour as a young principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet, Kozlova defected to the United States, where she became a principal dancer with New York City Ballet and later, opened her own ballet school. Perhaps best known as a lyrical and expressive ballerina, Kozlova is also re-nowned as a private coach, producing students who have gone on to garner prestigious prizes and positions in many of the world’s greatest Ballet companies.

Currently Seeking Qualified Candidates for Ballet Master/Mistress


Sarah Waters:

Assistant to the Artistic Director

Sarah Waters of Newburgh, IN, grew up as military child and has been dancing since the age of 4. Her early training was at the Florida Ballet Conservatory under the direction of Noreen Poppell followed by training at Evansville Ballet under the direction of Mark Bush near her home in Newburgh. While there, her repertory included such roles as Snow Queen and Dew Drop in Nutcracker, the Wicked Queen in Snow White, Grandmother Mermaid in Little Mermaid (televised on PBS), and Tiger Lily in Peter Pan.

Ms. Waters continued her training for two more years in the Professional Training Division of Nashville Ballet in Nashville, TN. She also attended summer programs at Evansville Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Louisville Ballet, and Nashville Ballet.

Ms. Waters joined Columbia Classical Ballet in August 2017 as a member of the corps de ballet. She has danced roles in Aladdin, Cinderella, Don Quixote, Giselle, Imagine: Ballet Rocks, Le Corsaire, LifeChance, The Nutcracker, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. She enjoyed touring with the company for performances of The Nutcracker and Imagine: Ballet Rocks.

In addition to returning for her third season dancing with Columbia Classical Ballet, Ms. Waters has been an instructor at Pavlovich Ballet School since February 2018, teaching students in Pre-Ballet, levels 1 through 4, and the school's summer intensive programs. This is Ms. Waters first season as Assistant to the Ballet Master / Mistress.



Simone Cuttino:

Resident Choreographer

Simone Cuttino, who hails from Koblenz, Germany, studied Ballet at the Academie of Dance in Cologne, Germany. Her teachers were Ursula Bormann and Peter Vondruszka. Mrs. Cuttino finished her studies at the John Cranko Ballet School in Stuttgart, Germany.

Her professional career began in Krefeld/ Monchenglabach where she performed well over 1,000 classical and modern ballets, including Romeo & Juliet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Giselle, The Three Musketeers, Rite of Spring, and The Gershwins. Her favorite solo roles include Warenka in Anna Karenina, Venus in Primavera, and the lead in Carmina Burana. As Director of the Ballet Department at Stepping Out Studio, her choreographies have won gold and platinum awards.

Mrs. Cuttino performed with Columbia Classical Ballet in the King and I, LifeChance 2000, and Madame Butterfly. She returned to the company as resident choreographer in 2006. Mrs. Cuttino has choreographed full length productions of Oz, Nutcracker, Robin Hood, Aladdin, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood for Columbia Classical Ballet. Her Choreographies have also included pieces for the yearly Studio Series and LifeChance Gala.



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