2023 turning pointe guest
Lenore Pavlakos Morales
Ms. Morales is a native of Brooklyn, NY and graduate of The Juilliard School where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in dance. Her professional career includes Eglevsky Ballet, Maryland Ballet, and Eugene Ballet before joining The Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) under the direction of Arthur Mitchell. She quickly rose through the ranks and was promoted to Soloist then Principal dancer. In her 11-year tenure with DTH she worked with masters such as Fredrick Franklin, John Taras, Suzanne Farrell, Jacques D’Ambroise, and Geoffrey Holder. Featured roles include: Waltz Girl in Balanchine’s Serenade, Medea in Michael Smuin’s Medea, Desdemona in Jose Limon’s Moors Pavane, Princess of Unreal Beauty in John Taras’s Firebird and Myrta in Fredrick Franklin’s staging of Creole Giselle. In addition to dancing, she served as Assistant Rehearsal Director to the company and Master Teacher for their “Dancing through Barriers,” outreach program both in the US and abroad. Ms. Morales performed as guest artist to various companies in the United States. She was a featured model for Capezio ads, has been seen in Oprah, Mademoiselle, Pointe, and Dance Magazine as well as Italy’s Io Donna.
Following her performing career Ms. Morales served as director to The Harkness Youth Ballet @ 92nd Street Y and later Ballet Mistress to Staten Island Ballet. Currently, she is on faculty at New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble, a pre-professional training school in Summit New Jersey. Ms. Morales is a sought-after master teacher and coach and has worked with schools and festivals such as West Virginia Dance Festival, Scarsdale Ballet Studio, Academy of Dance Arts, Marymount Manhattan College, Tremaine Dance Conventions. She is a certified teacher of Zena Rommett Floor-Barre® technique.