We are please and excited to present the premier performance of Vision Dance Theatre - Valley Academy for the Arts’ pre-professional dance company. The performance will be:
Saturday, March 9, 2019
at The Grand Oshkosh
Kaleidoscope presents the work of several renowned choreographers. In this series, please meet our choreographers:
Karl Von Rabeneau - Milwaukee Ballet School and Academy
Raised in Duluth, Minnesota, Karl von Rabenau received his early dance training at the Duluth Ballet, now Minnesota Ballet. He continued his training at Minnesota Dance Theatre, the Boston Ballet School, and the San Francisco Ballet School. Mr. von Rabenau began his career as a member of Boston Ballet II and apprentice to Boston Ballet. Mr. von Rabenau has also danced for Omaha Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. He danced his final ten seasons as a soloist for the Milwaukee Ballet. His wide repetoire included dancing soloist and principal roles in works by Alvin Ailey, George Balanchine, Jean-Paul Comelin, John Cranko, Agnes De Mille, Lisa DeRibere, Choo San Goh, Jose Limon, Eugene Loring, David Parsons, Marius Petipa, and Bruce Wells. Highlights of his career include, touring to Taipei, Taiwan with PBT, dancing the roles of Iago in Jose Limon’s The Moor’s Pavane, and The Blue Bird Pas de Deuxfrom Sleeping Beautyand fulfilling the dream of dancing in Balanchine’s Tarantella Pas De Deux.
Mr. von Rabenau’s second passion in life is teaching ballet. He has had the true pleasure to do this for the past 26 years throughout the Midwest and Eastern United States. Mr. von Rabenau has been on faculty with The Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy for 15 years and also works with the Milwaukee Ballet II as one of the principal faculty. During the summer months Mr. von Rabenau returns to Pennsylvania where he has been invited to teach at Point Park University for the past 20 years and the world renowned Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, PA for the past 26 years.
As a choreographer, Mr. von Rabenau has created numerous works for Point Park University’s International Summer Dance Program. He has had works performed in the Regional Dance of America Festivals in both the Northeast Region by CPYB and Lake Erie Ballet School, and also Southeast Region by Classical Ballet of Memphis. Mr. von Rabenau was invited to choreograph a pas de deux, Speranzafor a Milwaukee Ballet presentation at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
In 2013 Mr. von Rabenau in partnership with his wife, Jennifer Miller, created Lake Arts Project, which is a collaborative non-profit organization that finds new and innovative ways to further enhance arts education in high schools. Each year Lake Arts Project has collaborated with local high schools in the Milwaukee area to create one of a kind performances. Each year visual art and written word provided by the local high school students are transformed by professional choreographers into world premier ballets and dances that are performed by professional and high school dancers.