Kautz Lillian

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Classical Ballet / Dancer

At the age of 8, Lillian saw a production of The Nutcracker and then decided to trade in her soccer cleats for a pair of dance shoes. She began dancing with Miss Peggy at Ballet Petit, and soon the staff recognized her natural artistic talents and strength. Since donning her first pair of dance shoes ten years ago, Lillian has performed as Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Dew Fairy, and Angel Princess in The Nutcracker; Swanhilda in Coppelia; Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, and Taglioni in Pas de Quatre. In addition, she has danced as an angel and solider in Oakland Ballet\'s Nutcracker.

Lillian has earned remarkable opportunities with such professional organizations as American Ballet Theater (ABT), Royal Danish Ballet, and Indiana University. While attending the summer program at Royal Danish Ballet\'s International Ballet Seminar in 2008, Lillian performed at the world-famous Tivoli Garden, and also worked with professionals from Alvin Ailey Dance Company in modern dance and jazz. Following two summers with ABT in Alabama, Lillian studied with ABT in Irvine, CA, in 2009 where she was a soloist in their production of Paquita. She also attended Indiana University\'s summer choreography seminar.

As a result of these opportunities, Lillian received a special commendation in 2009 from CA Assembly Majority Leader Albert Torrico for outstanding achievement in the arts.

In addition to ballet, Lillian is an accomplished musician in piano and violin, and has experience in video editing. She has been teaching at Ballet Petit for three years. She is currently attending Santa Clara University with a dance scholarship, working towards a double major in dance and communications, plus a minor in music. She will be performing with Santa Clara University in a ballet and modern dance performance in February 2011.

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