Education & Training:
University of Cincinnati, Butler University, trained under Barbara Pontecorvo at Pontecorvo Ballet Studios and Gem City Ballet. Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music
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What is your favorite thing about being a dancer?
I have a lot of favorite things: I love moving and creating everyday. I love the feeling of freedom I have when I dance. I love being competitive with myself and seeing if I can push myself to be better than I was before. I learn new things about my movement and I feel very in-tune with my body.
What teacher inspired you the most?
I have a lot of teachers that inspired me to be a dancer but the most influential would be Barbara Pontecorvo. She provided amazing opportunities for me at such a young age.
What are your biggest career highlights?
Performing onstage in China with the Beijing Dance Academy! I did a performance that consisted of four George Balanchine ballets: Serenade, Valse-Fantaisie, Concerto Barocco, and Who Cares? Also performing Gerald Arpino’s Trinity!
Do you have any pets?
I have 2 dachshunds: June and August (Augie).
What do you want patrons to know about you?
I have lived in Dayton my whole life and I am really passionate about the arts and everything that Dayton has to offer. I am also a new mom and still dancing! I feel that it has really enhanced my dancing.
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Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Claire Bergman returns to Dayton Ballet for her seventh season. Her professional training began at age ten with Barbara Pontecorvo at Pontecorvo Ballet Studios. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BFA in Ballet Performance. There she had the opportunity to dance in China with the Beijing Dance Academy and performed roles in Serenade, Giselle, and works by Michael Bearden, Anthony Krutzkamp, and Tong Wang. Claire also danced with Gem City Ballet and performed in ballets such as Balanchine’s Raymonda Variations, Who Cares, and Valse-Fantaisie. Since joining Dayton Ballet, she has enjoyed performing Jiří Kylián’s Sechs Tänze, Ron Cunningham’s The Great Gatsby, Stephen Mills’ Five Flights Up, Amy Seiwert’s Chasing Ghosts, and Karen Russo Burke’s Dracula Bloodlines. Claire would like to thank her husband and daughter for their love and support.