Karissa Kralik was raised on Long Island, New York, where she trained with Mme. Valia Seiskaya until 2010 in Vaganova-based ballet and character techniques. She came in second place in the senior division of American Ballet Competition in 2010. Karissa attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education with a Musical Theater minor in 2014. There, she continued her training under faculty including Christine Cox (BalletX), Eva Szabo, Andrew Pap, Anne White (PA Ballet), and Scott Jovovich (Joffrey Ballet). Karissa studied modern techniques, including Horton with Kim Bears-Bailey (Philadanco) and Graham with Jennifer Binford-Johnson (Martha Graham Dance Company), as well as varied styles of jazz with Wayne St. David and Donald Lunsford (Philadanco). She enjoyed opportunities to perform works choreographed by Helen Simoneau and Douglas Becker (Frankfurt Ballet). Karissa joined Ballet Theatre of Maryland as an apprentice in 2016 and was promoted to demi-soloist in 2017. She has enjoyed performing roles in ballets such as Gypsy Doll and Lead Merliton in The Nutcracker, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and a partnered girl in Italian Symphonette in 2019’s Innovations. Karissa is excited for her fourth season with Ballet Theatre and to continue working with Artistic Director Dianna Cuatto.
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