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Marek Cholewa

Professor - Dance Dance - JCA
Marek Cholewa

Marek Cholewa, Professor of Dance at Butler University, came from the National Ballet of Panama where he was Associate Artistic Director/Master Teacher/Répétiteur/ Choreographer. He obtained his master's degree from The Rimsky-Korsakov Music State Conservatory in St. Petersburg (Russia), as Répétiteur/Choreographer in 1982. Prior to this Mr. Cholewa studied at the National School of Ballet in Poznan, Poland. From 1976-'78, he was a Soloist with the National Ballet of Poland where he performed principal roles from XIX and XX century classical ballet repertory.

In 1982 he joined the Ballet Nacional de Panama where he was collaborating with Dame Margot Fonteyn 'til 1988. In Panama, he was performing, teaching, and coaching, both classical and contemporary repertory, as well as choreographing new ballet productions for the Company.
From 1983 to 1985 he served as the Dance Advisor for the Latin-American Dance Chapter to the Panamanian Ministry of Culture. In 1984 he was co-founder of Patronato Pro-Ballet Nacional, an organization that set forth to fund and promote ballet in Panama. The following four years he served as the Artistic Director for Patronato Pro-Ballet Nacional. In 1986 the city of New Orleans bestowed him the title of International Honorary Citizen.

In 1988 Mr. Cholewa, was invited by Butler University to join the Dance Faculty in teaching and choreographing for dance majors at the university.

As of1988 he has served as a member of the Advisory Council for Poland of International Dance Alliance LTD.

In December of1989 he received the Butler University Faculty Fellowship to bring the complete Vaganova Syllabus of Russian Ballet Technique to the Dance Department of Butler University.

In June of 1990 he served as a judge for the Qualifying Rounds of the U.S.A.International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. As part of the U.S.A.International Ballet Competition he served as a teacher for the International Dance School.

In November of 1990 he was the recipient of the Butler University Academic Grant to produce a Ballet-Oratorio in two acts The Messiah. This production was presented in April of 1992 by Butler Ballet in collaboration with Butler University Chorale and members of the Butler Symphony.

In November of 1993 he was collaborating with the Government of India to participate and direct the film titled, Temple of the Swan.

In the Spring of 1995 he was granted tenure and promoted to the position of the Associate Professor of Dance at Butler University.

Since 1999 he has been a member of the Board of Directors and Officers of the New Orleans International Ballet Conference. Mr. Cholewa was Chairman of the Exhibit for the Celebration of Ballet Russes in Americas, from 1999-2000. This exhibit was presented at the Museum of Fine Arts in New Orleans, LA starting June 1 ‘til end of August 2000. In May of 2000 at the National Ballet Competition of the National Society of Arts and Letters in Chicago, IL he served as a Judge and Master Teacher.

The following year, in May of 2001, he was the recipient of the Creative Renewal Art Fellowship Award from the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
In April of 2002, Marek Cholewa was presented with the Presidential Award in recognition for his contributions to the Polish Cultural Society of Indiana.

In July of 2002, he was selected for a Fulbright Scholar award to conduct dance research, choreograph and teach in Poland. The following year from February till May, as a Fulbright Scholar in Poland, he taught ballet classes at the Opera Houses in Warsaw and Poznan. At the Opera House in Poznan he was coaching the ballet productions of Swan Lake, Don Quixote and Greek Zorba. Mr. Cholewa was also invited by the Ministry of Culture to serve as a Judge for the XIII Polish National Ballet Competition in Gdansk.

In January of 2010 he was the Chairmen of the First International Ballet Competition in Panama City, Republic of Panama.

As a master teacher, Mr. Marek Cholewa has taught for international dance programs in Russia, Denmark, Rep. of Panama, Taiwan and Poland. In the United States, he has taught at Boston Ballet Company and Boston Ballet's summer dance programs, Indianapolis Ballet Theater (Ballet Internationale), Richmond Ballet and a number of regional ballet schools and dance companies. Directors, ballet masters and world-renowned dancers have noticed Marek Cholewa’s expertise and skills:

 “Marek Cholewa is a teacher with areal passion for the art of ballet. His excellent education has enabled him to pass on the rich history and deep understanding of ballet to his students.”

Sarah Lamb

Principal Dancer

The Royal Ballet

London, England

"I was lucky enough to have an opportunity to work with Marek Cholewa on a few occasions. And I would like to say that Marek is an amazing man! ,Wise, humble and kind, who had an extensive professional career around the world!

Highly educated, he is a top level professional in the field of ballet Art! And is one of the most talented, knowledgeable, experienced and charismatic teachers I've ever worked with!"

Larissa Ponomarenko

Ballet Master

Former Principal Dancer

Boston Ballet

 “I have known and worked with Marek Cholewa for many years. He is an excellent teacher and is versatile at being able to teach very good classical as well as character classes. He cares about his students and has a wonderful report with them.”

Anna-Marie Holmes

Former Artistic Director

Boston Ballet

 “Marek Cholewa is both a scholar and an exceptional teacher of dance. He brings to his classes a deep knowledge of classical ballet's history and traditions, and a thorough understanding of the methodology that has produced many of the world's most renowned dancers. In addition, he has boundless energy and inexorable enthusiasm for the art form. Run, don't walk, to class if given the opportunity to study with Mr.Cholewa!”

Gordon Wright, Director

The HARID Conservatory

As a professional choreographer, Mr. Cholewa has been working on a commission basis since 1982, and his work has been shown throughout the United States, Central and South America, Asia, and Europe. For 20 years (1990-2010), he has worked in Panama as a guest Artistic Director/Choreographer by staging,choreographing and directing many ballet productions such as; The Nutcracker,Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadère, Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, La Vivandière,Esmeralda, Simfonia Simple, La Simfonia de una Vida.

Mr.Cholewa has spent many years helping and cultivating dancers nationally (United States) as well as internationally, his influence is present with many dancers throughout the world. As noted by one professional dancer:

 “Marek always helped me find what looked best on my particular body - what fit most with my unique abilities. Without changing choreography, he helped me find ways to get inside the choreography and achieve my best possible performance.

He is a joy in the studio – positive, knowledgeable, passionate and encouraging –with that little bit of toughness that forces you to do more!”

Christina Salerno

Former Soloist with The Royal Ballet

London, England

Since 1995 he has directed and choreographed number of international tours for Butler Ballet, performing in St. Petersburg, Russia; Taipei, Taiwan; Tbilisi,Rep. of Georgia; Poland (Warsaw, Poznan, Gdansk, Cracow); Bratislava, Slovakia and Prague, Czech Republic. It is Marek’s dedication and devotion to expanding the experience for dancers on a global scale that truly leaves an impression as note by those that have worked with him in that capacity.

 “For nearly two decades, I have had the privilege to know a great master of the ballet, choreographer, Marek Cholewa.Sixteen years ago, I had the pleasure of collaborating with him in the art of dance, involving both Butler University and the Georgian College of the Arts,the first collaboration of its kind. Not only did we put together a very successful performance at the Georgian Opera House, but also as the first collaboration between USA and Georgia it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.Mr. Cholewa, to this day continues to exude the very same high quality of workmanship that continues to situate Mr. Cholewa top the internal elites of Ballet, and I for one would welcome the chance to work with him again.”

Nikoloz Makhateli

Former Principal Dancer of Republic of Georgia, People’s Artist of the Georgia Professor of Ballet and Choreographer.

“I performed twice as a guest artist in Panama City, Panama u