The Once Upon a Dance books were created by a mother-daughter duo during Covid-19. Our journey started with amateur videos encouraging kids stuck at home to join ballerina Konora in movement and dance for exercise and meditation. While the site is targeted toward a younger audience than the Dancing Shapes series, readers can check it out at www.OnceUponADance.org.
Konora is a full-scholarship trainee at Ballet Idaho under Artistic Director Garrett Anderson. Prior to COVID, she was a Professional Division student at Pacific Northwest Ballet under Artistic Director Peter Boal.
She’s a YAGP regional first-place winner and took a contemporary duet to YAGP (Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition) New York finals.
Her previous ballet training includes Ballet West Trainee Program (Adam Sklute, Artistic Director) and Emerald Ballet Academy (Viktoria Titova, Artistic Director).
Her professional performances include:
· Ballet Idaho
· Pacific Northwest Ballet
· Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
· Seattle International Dance Festival.
She attended summer programs at:
· LINES Ballet, Alonzo King, Artistic Director
· Hubbard Street, Johnathon Alsberry, Artistic Liaison
· Grand Rapids Ballet, James Sofranko, Artistic Director
· Pacific Northwest Ballet, Peter Boal, Artistic Director
· ArtEmotion Choreographic Workshop, Allison BeDona and Rex Tilton, Artistic Directors
· Ballet West, Adam Sklute, Artistic Director
· Ballet Austin, Stephen Mills, Artistic Director
· Ballet Chicago, Daniel Duell, Artistic Director
· Oregon Ballet Theatre, Kevin Irving, Artistic Director
Konora’s mother taught creative movement and ballet for decades. She was honored to be chosen and recognized by her local City Council for embodying the spirit of partnership and commitment to children in our community for her work with young dancers.
Her early training included Ballet Met and The Louisville Ballet. Before having children, her dance classes were for older kids and adults, but she developed toddler and preschool curriculums after witnessing the joy her young daughter found in dance. She was selected for and completed a nine-month certification program with King County Arts Commission on teaching arts to children.
Complementing extensive dance experience, she served as a Program for Early Parent Support Board Member as well as Bellevue College’s Family Advocate and has studied child development and early childhood education. As a Peace Corps volunteer, she spent two years teaching English and dance.
She lives in Washington with her husband, dancing son, and a handful of hard-luck-case cats.
The team looks forward to creating additional Dancing Shapes and Dance-It-Out adventures.
Hugs from Konora