Growing up, Bridget Biliunas was surrounded by art centered parents. Her mother was a former ballet dancer with Cleveland Civic Ballet and her father brought her up on a steady diet of classical music and polkas. After leaping through the grocery store cereal aisle one too many times and a great deal of pleading, Bridget was enrolled in classical ballet with the same Cleveland ballet teachers that had taught her mother.
Bridget Biliunas was formally trained in Russian Classical Ballet by Cleveland ballet teachers Marguerite Duncan and Nancy Arcury and danced in Northcoast Ballet Theatre from 1991 to 1998 (formerly Cleveland Civic Ballet.) During that time, she accompanied children’s ballet classes and student-taught under Sonja Kraljevic. At this same time, she was a full time student at Cleveland State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.
Bridget went on to dance with Cleveland Dance Theater while studying with Kay Eichman of The Cleveland Ballet. She has attended dance and science somatic seminars in Cleveland, Chicago, New York City’s Broadway Dance Center and participated in Food For Thought, an emergent choreography program. Bridget has performed at the Cleveland Playhouse, The Masonic Temple, Cleveland’s Connor Palace Theater, and mostly excitingly Tower City Productions as an illusionist’s assistant (cut in half–no, levitation and metamorphosis– yes!)
She has a strong folk dance background, dancing with Serena Polish Folk Group and Gorale Polish Folk Dancers, appearing in local televised holiday showcases. She was co-artistic director of Grandinele Lithuanian Folk Assemble and choreographed dances for its 50th Jubilee performance. She has taught accredited ballet classes at Lakeland Community College. In competition, Bridget’s choreography was awarded Best Showmanship (first place.) Outside of the classroom and inside of the ice rink, Bridget is a ballet consultant for figure skating.
Her former students have studied and performed with Pittsburgh Ballet, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Greensboro Ballet, and the National American Miss Pageant.
For the past five years, Bridget has been establishing adult therapeutic ballet classes for dancers who may be returning to dance, who have had injuries, or who are looking to maintain and improve their physical well being. Most recently, she returned from Royal Academy of Dance training with her Silver Swan license.
You can find her teaching intermediate and advanced level ballet and adult ballet classes at Interpretations Dance Academy and Cleveland City Dance. You may find her husband with her, who accompanies her advanced ballet classes. You may also find her still leaping down the grocery store cereal aisle with her two daughters.