New instructor coming to UP Dance Academy


KINGSFORD — The U.P. Dance Academy is adding a new instructor.

Roni Mahler is a former ballerina who was trained by Madame Maria Yurieva Swoboda.

Mahler performed principal roles with American Ballet Theatre and the National Ballet of Washington D.C., after beginning her career in her teens with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.

For 30 years, Mahler was the artistic associate of Dennis Nahat’s Ballet San Jose in California, helping to run the company while performing “character” roles with that troupe.

A native of New York City, Mahler’s teaching credits include The Alvin Ailey School, Ballet Academy East, Ballet San Jose School, Ballet Tech, The Joffrey School and The Juilliard School.

A former tenured assistant professor and director of dance at Kansas State University, Mahler initiated the KSU Dance degree program. Kansas State honored her with the Roni Mahler Ballet Studio and an annual award in her name.

Mahler also choreographed for Cynthia Gregory and Fernando Bujones during their City Center season in New York, created “Ballet Movement for the Athlete” — a fitness program she customized for the Cleveland Browns NFL football team — and is a certified Pilates instructor.

Owned and directed by Kathrine Trempe, U.P. Dance Academy has studios in Kingsford, Norway, Iron River and Negaunee.