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Celeste Birr-Gucanac



Biography

Celeste Birr-Gucanac grew up in Two Rivers, WI, where she began her dance training at the Jean Wolfmeyer School of Dance. Celeste continued her training through high school as a full scholarship student at the Virginia School of the Arts and the Harid Conservatory studying with teachers such as Marjorie Tallchief, Maria Tallchief, Petrus Bosman, and Violette Verdy. Her summers were spent in New York City training at the School of American Ballet.  In 1995 Celeste moved to Richmond, VA, and danced with the Richmond Ballet after successfully completing their trainee/apprentice program. Among some of the teachers who inspired her are Malcolm Burn, Bart Cook, and Arnott Mader. She enjoyed performing in ballets such as Balanchine’s Apollo and Concerto Barrocco, John Butler’s Carmina Burana, and Mauricio Wainrot’s From Far Away. She returns to The Suzanne Farrell Ballet after dancing with the company in 2001 in performances of Divertimento No. 15 in the Kennedy Center’s Balanchine Celebration. Celeste is currently a senior on the dean’s list at Virginia Commonwealth University and is looking forward to continuing on for her master’s degree in English. She has a newfound love for working with children and enjoys teaching ballet and creative dance at the Richmond Dance Center and Pilates, Dance and More.
Celeste Birr-Gucanac