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 where she sustained a professional performing career in the rank of First Artist, working with 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 The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy), Swan Lake (Odette/Odile), title role in Cinderella, and Balanchine’s Serenade (Waltz Girl, Dark Angel).
As a teacher, Strukely-Dziak brings a strong sense of technique, anatomical knowledge, and artistic presence to the classroom. She is trained and certified in Jacques D’Amboise’s National Dance Institute, holds a teaching license in dance through the Ohio Department of Education and has taught master classes and workshops for both students and teachers throughout the region. She served as Director of Dance Education for Olmsted Performing Arts, where she has also directed and choreographed many full-length ballets and musical theater productions.
Janet founded “North Pointe Ballet,” a professional ballet company, with the passion to make classical ballet more accessible to the community. She is committed to making beautiful productions easy to understand, bringing dance into the community, and directing both professionals and students with respect and positivity. Janet lives in North Ridgeville, Ohio, with her husband, Josh, and two children; Lucas, 5 and Natalie, 2.