Lake Erie Ballet Company, Artistic Director
Christina Maria Adelhardt is considered one of the leaders in dance of Erie, PA. She arrived here, after dancing with Boston Ballet, as one of the first members of the professional company at the former, Lake Erie Ballet. The Erie Times News reviews, “Christina Maria, with her musicality and relaxed stage presence, was the pin that held…succeeds in one of dance’s toughest challenges-projecting warmth and personality from the stage…gives the impression of not simply repeating what she has been taught, but expressing something she really feels.” In addition, she was the Artistic/Executive Director of the former, Lake Erie Ballet for nine successful years as well as being instrumental in bringing dance in the Greater Erie area together in the first Erie Festival of Dance. Training dancers to excel and capture the love of dance is her greatest passion.
Early training began at Charmaine’s School of Dance in Roseville, MI. Christina eventually moved to Dallas, TX to train with Natalia Krassovska, former prima ballerina Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo then later to Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, Honor Company of the Southwest Regional Ballet Festival under the direction of Ann Etgen and Bill Atkinson. She also received training during the summers at School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School and after graduation she joined Boston Ballet II. She has also appeared with Boston Ballet, Et Tois, Tu Danses (Milwaukee, WI) and several other guest performances in the nation. She danced with the former Lake Erie Ballet for 14 years and was the Artistic/Executive Director for nine years before retiring to raise and home school her children. During her time at the former Lake Erie Ballet, she created many original ballets for the company which were toured throughout the region. She is widely respected in the dance community and has taught and advised in several area schools as an independent instructor including adjunct faculty for the Mercyhurst University Dance Department and Gannon University.
Most recently, she has reprised her role as Artistic Director for Lake Erie Ballet Company formerly known as Lake Erie Ballet. This fresh new direction has brought community collaboration and has inspired the World Premiere of Erie's Nutcracker Reimagined.
Lake Erie Ballet Company, formally known as Lake Erie Ballet, is under new direction and will continue this glorious tradition at the Warner Theater. “Erie’s NUTCRACKER Reimagined” is coming to the stage as a true WORLD PREMIERE right here in our amazing city.
With tremendous community support, this newly revitalized Nutcracker will include the glorious history and beautiful landmarks of our amazing city set as a video backdrop and script! As we collaborate with Corella Productions, Patty Corella, assistant director for the Party Scene, Sovereign Ballet, Cadence Dance Ensemble from Collegiate Academy performing in Battle Scene and Chinese, Marguerite School of Dance performing Russian, Patterson School of Ballet performing Marzipan while the fabulous Robert Martin, Shawn Clerkin, and Christina Maria have infused dialogue and singing to the unchanged score of Tchaikovsky under the baton of Jonathan Moser and the Lake Erie Ballet Company Orchestra along with the traditional choreography we’ve come to love. You can only see this kind of multimedia extravaganza in the world, right here in our hometown of Erie, PA! This will truly be an event of the season!