Roni Mahler is a former ballerina, trained by the renowned Madame Maria Yurieva Swoboda in her native New York City. She performed principal roles with American Ballet Theatre and the National Ballet of Washington (D.C.), after beginning her career as a teenager with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Ms. Mahler is currently the Artistic Associate of Dennis Nahat's Ballet San Jose in California, where she continues to perform caractère roles. Her New York City teaching credits include The Alvin Ailey School, Ballet Academy East, Ballet Tech,The Joffrey School and Juilliard.

Ms. Mahler's extensive repertoire has included Myrta, Queen of the Wilis, in Giselle; Swanilda in Coppelia, Odette/Odile in the full-length Swan Lake, the Flower Girl in Gaite Parisienne, the Female Matchmaker in Les Noces, the Elder Sister in Pillar of Fire, Emilia in The Moor's Pavane and, more recently, The Countess in District Storyville. Juliet's Nurse and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and Her Stepmother in Fall River Legend. She has also danced leads in Les Sylphides, Raymonda, The Four Temperaments and Serenade.

Following appearances as a guest artist with Australia's Sydney Festival Ballet and at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Roni Mahler spent six years as director of Dance at Kansas State University (1974-1980.) She initiated their Dance degree program, co-founded and co-directed the KSU Dance Workshop, received an Outstanding Teaching Award in 1975 and was selected as an Outstanding Young Woman of America for the year 1978. She is the creator of a series of educational recordings and manuals devoted to ballet technique, as well as a program entitled "Ballet Movement For the Athlete" which she eventually customized for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League.

In 1988, Ms. Mahler choreographed for Cynthia Gregory and Fernando Bujones at New York's City Center. She subsequently served as Artistic Advisor for Ms. Gregory and Company during their 1992 Taiwan tour.

Roni Mahler is the recipient of the 2003 President's Award from the Dance Masters of America, the 1992 the Dance Educators of America Award and the 1994 Artistic Achievement Award from the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. In 1996, she received the first annual Roni Mahler Award, established by Kansas State University and presented each year to honor outstanding effort on behalf of dance in the Manhattan community. In 1999, the University named a new ballet facility the Roni Mahler Studio.

Ms. Mahler is the creator of three ballet instruction videos: "How To Improve Your Ballet Technique," "How To Improve Your Pirouettes" and "How To Improve Your Pointe Technique." Her fitness video entitled "Stretch It!" improves flexibility and range of motion.

Since 1993, Roni Mahler has been an annual instructor at the acclaimed Rancho La Puerta Spa in Tecate, Mexico, where she is the guest presenter each year for its Ballet Weeks. She also taught ballet for Syracuse University's Tepper Semester in New York City and continues to offer master classes and seminars in this country and abroad. In 1996, she served as Guest Teacher-In-Residence for the inaugural semester of the School of Ballet San Jose.

 

Some of Ms. Mahler's Notable Roles

Role

Ballet and Choreographer

Myrta, Queen of the Wilis Giselle: Coralli, Perrot
Odette Swan Lake: Petipa, Ivanov
Grahn/Taglioni Pas de Quatre: Anton Dolin
Swanilda Coppelia: Frederic Franklin
Lucille Grahn Pas de Quatre: Anton Dolin
Marie Taglioni Pas de Quatre: Eugene Lister
Pas de Dix (principal) Raymonda: George Balanchine
Choleric Four Temperaments: George Balanchine
First & Second Violin Concerto Barocco: George Balanchine
Russian/Dark Angel Serenade: George Balanchine
Duchess of Alba Capriccios: Herbert Ross
Female Matchmaker Les Noces: Jerome Robbins
Elder Sister Pillar of Fire: Antony Tudor
Her Stepmother Fall River Legend: Agnes DeMille
Fourth Song Dark Elegies: Antony Tudor
Russian/Italian Ballerinas Gala Performance: Antony Tudor
Emilia The Moor's Pavane: Jose Limon
The Pink Girl Les Patineurs: Sir Frederick Ashton
The Dying Swan (Solo): Fokine, Swoboda
The Flower Girl Gaite Parisienne: Leonide Massine
2nd & 3rd Movement Leads Concerto: Kenneth MacMillan
Waltz Les Sylphides: Michel Fokine
Captain of the Amazons Con Amore: Lew Christensen
Sugar Plum Fairy/Snow Queen The Nutcracker: Frederic Franklin
Tom Boy Early Voyagers: Valerie Bettis
Chlorinda Le Combat: William Dollar
Pas de Deux Flower Festival at Genzano:
Auguste de Bournonville
Pas de Deux Le Corsaire: Petipa, Nureyev
Grand Pas de Deux Paquita: Gabriella Darvash
Pas de Deux Grand Pas Classique: Victor Gsovsky
Pas de Deux Walpurgisnacht: Gabriella Darvash
Lead Dance Hall Girl Billy the Kid: Eugene Loring
Bathilde Giselle: Coralli, Perrot
Gypsy Woman Petroushka: Michel Fokine
Black swan Pas de Deux Swan Lake: Ivanov
Don Quixote Pas de Deux Don Quixote: Petipa, Nureyev
Juliet's Nurse Romeo and Juliet: Dennis Nahat
Lady Capulet Romeo and Juliet: Dennis Nahat
Swanilda's Mother Coppelia: Dennis Nahat
Housekeeper/Mother The Nutcracker: Dennis Nahat
Giselle's Mother Giselle: Dennis Hahat
Madame Finard The Toreador: Flemming Flindt
Mother/Opera Diva The Red Shoes/Legs of Fire:
Flemming Flindt
Queen Mother Swan Lake: Dennis Nahat
The Countess District Storyville: Donald McKayle