Wausau Dance Theatre

Bios

Annaluna Karkar

Executive Director

Annaluna began dancing before she could walk with her mother, Madame Karkar at the Central Wisconsin School of Ballet, and as a scholarship student at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. She continued her training with Dame Margot Fonteyn and Wayne Stewarte, both of the Royal Ballet. Moving from in front of the audience to behind the scenes, her extensive background in production includes work in Los Angeles, CA for Telepictures, LMNO Productions, Warner Brothers, and Universal Studios. Her many interesting experiences include work for the Ford's Theater Benefit under the Clinton Administration.

Annaluna has been a panelist for the Wisconsin Arts Board since 2001 and a speaker at many conferences most notably the Arts Midwest Conference and Arts Day 2007. She has been on the Board of Directors of United Cerebral Palsy, Chairs and Cares Model Accessible House, Inc., CSSW, and the WI Alliance for Arts Education for which she served as interim Executive Director. She is currently a Board member of the Women's Community, Inc. and the WI Alliance for Arts Education. Annaluna is the recipient of the YWCAs Women of Vision award and five consecutive National Endowment for the Arts Awards for works in performance and education. Annaluna recently earned a 1st degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon do.

 

Patrik Kasper

Artistic Director
Patrik began his career in dance movement as a professional dancer, training with the Joffrey Ballet in New York City and the Central Wisconsin School of Ballet. He danced professionally with companies throughout the country and in 1992 was a finalist in the Varna International Ballet Competition. As Artistic Director for the acclaimed Wausau Dance Theatre, he is constantly calling upon his professional dance and production experience as well as his heralded success in working with children.

Patrik has been recognized for his work by Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher magazine, various national publications and the State Department of Tourism. Bringing dance and movement to children has been one of Patrik's missions. Fittingly, he founded Sneaker Moves® , an outreach program delivered in schools throughout the state to get kids moving and living healthier, happier lives. It has been recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as a best-practice fitness program. Its delivered through the 21st Century Grants program and has expanded to include Sneaker Moves® Pilates, Yoga for Kids, A Moving Adventure and Making The Connection.

Waltraud G. Karkar

Artistic Consultant
Waltraud Karkar is the founder of the Central Wisconsin School of Ballet & Wausau Dance Theatre, had her training in Europe and in the United States, and has completed the Vaganova (Russian) Grades with Madame Vilu Vecsey, Prima Ballerina, Budapest, Hungary. During her career as a teacher, she studied with and was coached by Joan Lawson, a well-known author, teacher, and former coach of The Royal Ballet; Stone-Camryn School of Ballet in Chicago and the Joffrey Ballet, New York City. Madame Karkar is the recipient of the first honorary degree from the Isadora Duncan International Institute to teach Isadora Duncan for Children, and writes a monthly column for the Wausau Daily Herald on dance. In the September 1998 issue of DANCE MAGAZINE, she was featured in the "Great Starts Series" as one of the great American teachers.