Director: Paula K. Shiff
Paula K. Shiff is the artistic director of the North Shore Civic Ballet. She has devoted her life to dance. She started training with E. Virginia Williams at the Boston Ballet School and studied in New York at the American Ballet Theatre and the Martha Graham Studio. Ms. Shiff performed with the Boston Ballet. She also had full academic training with a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts.
In 1971, Ms. Shiff opened the Marblehead School of Ballet. She also has served on the faculties of the North Shore Community College and Salem State College. The unusual range of her training and experience gives her a unique approach to dance education. Rather than adhering to one style of training, she draws the best from many styles. Primary emphasis is always placed on correct alignment and on a graded approach to material so that the dancers extend their skills in a balanced way, without injury. They are prepared to go on in their training in many forms of dance. The school also emphasizes the appreciation of music and the history of dance.
In 2009, Salem State College recognized Ms. Shiff's success and dedication with their Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts.
Christine Ploski has been a physical therapist for over 20 years. She is a pediatric specialist and has special interest in the prevention and treatment of dance injuries. She also has many years of dance training and is on the faculty of the Marblehead School of Ballet and the Boston Conservatory.
Ivan Korn is a native of Santiago, Chile. He performed there with the Companie Espiral. He earned his MFA in choreography at the Boston Conservatory and has performed in New England at the Boston Center for the Arts, Impulse Dance, Cyclorama, Copley Theatre of Boston, The Joyce Soho in New York, and at Jacobís Pillow in Becket, MA. He is currently starting his third season with Prometheus Dance. Ivan is also a guest artist with Zo?Dance. He has taught at the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, Ballet Etc. and is currently on the faculty of the Dance Workshop of Hanover. Ivan focuses primarily on a post-Limon style emphasizing proper alignment and the use of weight. His class is rhythmical and dynamic. In addition to being a dancer, teacher and choreographer, Ivan is also a composer.