Janet Strukely-Dziak began her training in Louisville, Kentucky with Cynthia Bronner and Chuck Bronson, where she was cast as a little mouse in Louisville Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker and fell in love with ballet. She continued to train with many talented instructors and institutions in Northeast Ohio. She attended Mercyhurst University and studied dance performance, choreography and pedagogy under Tauna Hunter, Michael Gleason, Mark Santillano, Christopher Tabor and Noelle Patusch. She received her first professional contact with Lake Erie Ballet under the direction of Christina Maria.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Mercyhurst University with a B.A. in Dance, Janet joined the Saint Louis Ballet under the direction of Gen Horiuchi, working with acclaimed choreographers such as Christopher D’Amboise, Francis Patrelle and Jessica Lang. She has also performed as a guest artist with Ohio Dance Theater in Oberlin, OH and Ballet Concerto in Fort Worth, TX. Her performing career highlights include soloist roles in Paquita and Raymonda; Sugar Plum Fairy and Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker; Odette/Odile in Swan Lake; title role in Cinderella; and Waltz Girl and Dark Angel in Balanchine’s Serenade.
Janet founded North Pointe Ballet in 2016 with a commitment to direct both professionals and students with respect and positivity. Choreographic highlights for NPB include full-length ballets Cinderella, Peter Pan, The Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker as well as contemporary works, I’m With the Band, Dolce Droga, The Chase, and Because of You.
Janet currently serves on the board of directors for OhioDance on its Education and Community Engagement Committee, and is on teaching staff at Jillian Rian Dance School. She lives in North Ridgeville, Ohio, with her husband, Josh, and two children; Lucas and Natalie.