SCRANTON — Five students of the Scranton Civic Ballet Company will attend boarding intensives for aspiring professional dancers this summer.

Earning acceptance are:  Julie Mazaleski, of Duryea, Pa. to the American Ballet Theatre, Austin, Texas, Gwyn Antoinette “Ginger” Cruz, of Dallas, Pa. to Ballet Austin, Austin, Texas, Robert Zaloga of Moosic, Pa., to Boston Ballet, Boston, Massachusetts, and Abby Lazecki of Pittston, Pa. and Meta Mihalchik of Laflin, Pa. to Joffrey Ballet School, New York, New York.

“I knew they had the talent, and with their parents supporting their efforts they were able to attend the auditions,” said Miss Helen Gaus, who founded The Scranton Civic Ballet Company in 1978.

“This is what they want to do with their lives – they aim to pursue careers in dance.”

To see more of these students and their peers, see them perform when the Scranton Civic Ballet Company presents In Concert on Sunday, April 15, 2018 beginning at 2 p.m. at the Theatre at North in Scranton. Under the artistic direction of Miss Helen Gaus, students will perform dances from Midnight Masquerade, The Selfish Giant, and Swan Lake.


In Concert offers a diversified program featuring students of ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and hip hop.

Tickets for the public performance, hosted at the Theater at North, 1539 North Main Avenue, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18508, can be purchased at the studio, 234 Mifflin Avenue, Suite 1, Scranton, Pennsylvania, and at the door at a cost of $16. For ticket information, call 570-343-0115.

The professional standard of instruction at the Scranton Civic Ballet Company is focused on achieving a disciplined technique centered on strength, flexibility coordination, grace, musicality, body alignment and poise. The resume of the Scranton Civic Ballet includes the first modern ballet performed and presented in Scranton by a resident dance company; Scranton Civic Ballet was the first company in the area to become a member of Regional Dance America. To learn more about the 501©3 non-profit organization, visit or call 570-343-0115.