Mercyhurst University

Lesley Bories-Scalise

Artist in Residence

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Lesley Bories-Scalise is a freelance teacher and choreographer.  She trained at the National Ballet of Canada, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Interlochen Arts Academy, North Carolina School of the Arts and was one of six young dancers chosen from across the U.S. to attend a summer intensive with Suzanne Farrell and Paul Mejia in New York.   

Mrs. Bories-Scalise began her training in Flint, Michigan under the direction of Gala Zukevich.  At age 12 she was invited, under full scholarship, to attend the National Ballet of Canada in Toronto, Ontario and continued studying at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Interlochen Arts Academy and North Carolina School of the Arts. She was also one of only six dancers chosen from across the U.S. to attend a summer intensive with Suzanne Farrell and Paul Mejia in New York. Her professional career consisted of dancing with Chicago City Ballet under the direction of Maria Tallchief, Ballet Chicago under the direction of Daniel Duell and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre under the direction of Patricia Wilde and Terrrence Orr.  She has performed numerous principal roles, some of which include: Balanchine’s Square Dance, Western Symphony, Jewels, Apollo, The Four 

Temperaments, The Nutcracker, Daniel Duell’s Hansel and Gretal, Marius Petipa’s Sleeping Beauty, David Parson’s Hairy Night On Bald Mountain and Lisa de Ribere’s Amazing Grace. Mrs. Bories-Scalise has served on the teaching faculty of The Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, Point Park University, New Castle Regional Dance, and Greater York Center for Dance Education.  Mrs. Bories-Scalise was formerly the 

Executive/Artistic director of the Lake Erie Ballet School and Company where she choreographed an extensive repertoire of ballets including the full-length production of The Nutcracker. She continues to teach master classes locally and throughout the U.S. and is currently Artist In Residence with the Mercyhurst University Dance Department.