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Master Classes

EDC is proud to be able to gather teaching artists from around the country to provide master classes to our contestants.



Étoile Dance Competition : Baltimore
March 5th 2022

Kirov Academy of Ballet full scholarship graduate Adrienne Canterna is the recipient of numerous national and international awards including winning the GOLD medal at the 1998 USA International BALLET Competition at just 15 years old. Other prestigious awards include the Grishko Award of Excellence in Ballet, Teen Miss Dance of America and more. Ms. Canterna is a proud brand ambassador for the global brand CAPEZIO. Adrienne tours the world as a dancer, choreographer, model & juror. As a Principal guest ballerina she danced the roles of Gamzatti in "La Bayadere", the Sugar Plum Fairy in "The Nutcracker", and Kitri in "Don Quixote" with the UNIVERSAL BALLET in Seoul, South Korea under the direction of Oleg Vinogradov. She has also danced with the Washington Ballet and Complexions Contemporary Ballet in NYC where she was partnered by dance superstar Desmond Richardson. She has appeared in numerous galas worldwide including the "Vail International Dance Festival", "Dance Open" in RUSSIA, "Gala de Danza", "Dance Against Cancer" in NYC, YAGP and "Les Gala des Etoiles" where she performed "Le Corsaire" pas de duex with international ballet star, Carlos Acosta. She appeared as a soloist in the PBS television tribute to Placido Domingo, in a segment directed and choreographed by dance icon, Debbie Allen. She can be seen as a ballet soloist in the movie “STEP UP”. Ms. Canterna has modeled for the athleisure brand MPG Sport. Adrienne is the choreographer & co-creator of the international hit dance show "ROCK the Ballet". After touring over 30 countries since 2008, RTB continues to wow audiences across the globe. Adrienne was a special guest performer & choreographer on "So You Think You Can Dance". In 2013 she created & choreographed the world premiere of “ROMEO & JULIET" in Europe to rave reviews from critics & audiences alike. In 2014, Adrienne founded BAD BOYS of BALLET & they became Semi-Finalists on Season 9 of the hit TV show "America's Got Talent". During her run as Juliet on the West End in 2015, prestigious UK dance critic Graham Watts wrote "Adrienne created a ballet for the Snapchat age. Dancing as Juliet in her own choreography, Canterna’s exciting portrayal is delivered with a cocktail of personality and movement that mixed a quirky dollop of Lady Gaga, a touch of burlesque, the length of Sylvie Guillem’s limbs and the hyper-flexible spine of an Olympic gymnast". In 2016, Adrienne was invited by VOGUE editor Anna Wintour, to walk in the “Made for History” fashion show at NYFW. She was also a featured dancer/model for an editorial in SELF magazine. In 2019, Ms. Canterna choreographed, directed & starred in the world premiere of “Rock the Ballet X”. Die Welt culture critic in Germany wrote “Adrienne Canterna’s spectacular and ingenious choreography rendered the audience breathless”. After it’s premiere 10 week European tour seen by over 50,000 fans, RTBX continues to tour Europe to sold out audiences. Ms. Canterna is the Founder of SweetBird Productions and the Artistic Director of the SweetBird Summer Intensive. Adrienne has taught/judged at ADC IBC, Ballet West Academy, Joffrey Ballet School, Dance Masters of America & countless others around the world. Ms. Canterna proudly joined the Transcend faculty in 2021. Adrienne proudly serves on the Artistic Faculty of the Kirov Academy where she teaches ballet, contemporary & choreography. Adrienne is married to Brandt Martínez & is the proud mother of Anami Halo.


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