Artistic Director: Gregory M. George
CBT is proud to continue its relationship with Artistic Director Gregory M. George. A native of Michigan, Mr. George began dancing at age eight in Wayne, Michigan. From age 12 to 18 he studied at the Jordan College of Music, a division of Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana with George Verdak (formerly with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo). Becoming professional at the age of 16, he danced with the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre. He then continued his studies with a full scholarship at the Ruth Page Foundation Chicago Ballet School, directed by Larry Long. For four years Mr. George danced leading roles for the Ohio Ballet in Akron, Ohio, touring extensively throughout the United States and performing pieces by Ruthanna Boris, Paul Taylor and Balanchine. He performed in several festivals including Jacob’s Pillow and the Spoleto Festival in Italy, as well as performing in original works reviewed in Dance Magazine. Returning to the Indianapolis Ballet, he performed leading roles in Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Swan Lake, Sylvia, Raymonda and Gaite Parisienne.
Mr. George has a well-earned reputation as a respected dancer, teacher, choreographer and director for companies and universities across the Midwest. He has performed and choreographed musicals for Wisconsin University, Ann Arbor Civic Players and Bay View Theater Arts, in addition to TV commercials, plays and fashion shows as well as ballets for many companies as a guest resident director, dancer and choreographer. Over the past ten years with CBT, he has produced full-length ballets such as Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Swan Lake, Anastasia and Nutcracker, and has choreographed over 100 other repertory works for other CBT performances.
Mr. George treats his students as young professionals, interjecting into his teaching techniques information regarding his vast experience with stage direction, lighting, set design, history and of course, wonderful stories of his adventures along the way. Mr. George’s 41 years of experience allows him to collaborate with dancers of all ages.
Ballet Mistress: Elzbieta (Ela) Alabuszew-Kutek
Elzbieta (Ela) Alabuszew-Kutek is an accomplished teacher, choreographer and professional dancer trained at the National Ballet School in Warsaw and Gdansk, Poland, with an MFA in pedagogy and choreography from the National Institute of Theater Arts in Moscow, Russia. Ela performed, taught, directed, and choreographed performances in Poland, Russia, England, Germany, France, United States, Denmark and Norway. She has received many awards including Special Contribution in Developing Education for Artists (Poland,1994), Outstanding Choreography Achievements (1995), and as a Meritorious Artist of Culture (Poland,2000). She continues her artistic efforts as a master teacher, choreographer, and director at Lansing Community College, Mark Taylor School of Dance, and throughout the state and nationally. She was nominated for the Teacher of the Year and for nine years, Ela was co-Artistic Director of Lansing Chamber Dance. She is a recognized dancer/adjudicator for Dancing with the Local Stars, a member of the National Dance Education Organization, and is the Lansing area representative to the Michigan Dance Council. She recently received the Inspirational Teacher Award in Appreciation of Support and Encouragement from East Lansing HS.
Jenifer Muzer is a CBT alumnus from 2006. She studied various forms of dance for 20+ years including modern, lyrical, tap, jazz, ballet, Irish step dancing, and hip-hop. Jenifer competed on competitive dance teams from 10-18 years old with various studios around the Lansing area. She spent three years on her high school Pom team and was a member of the Mid American All Star Pom Pon team. Jenifer was a member of Orchesis Dance Theatre while at Central Michigan University. She moved to Chicago, IL for two years where she earned an MA in Counseling Psychology. During this time Jenifer took modern dance classes at a local studio and created a creative movement program for children 4-5 at a local community center. Jenifer also took ballet at Lansing Community College where she choreographed for the summer showcase and Community Dance Project.
Molly Nevins graduated from MSU with her BS in Kinesiology and Health Promotion in 2010. Her certifications include; ACSM Health Fitness Specialist, AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, Benderball, Cycling, Zumba, Zumba Step, Kettlebell and more. She was a gymnast in her younger years and went on to teach gymnastics through high school. In college she fell in love with group fitness and has continued to teach classes to people of all ages. She loves to share her passion for fitness with others and watch it change their lives.