Genevieve Szaly was born and grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, the land of the midnight sun. She began her ballet, jazz, and modern dance training at Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy, and also spent time studying tap, musical theatre, hip hop, Mexican dancing, and acting with Alaska Dance Theatre, Underground Dance Company, Xochiquetzal-Tiqun, and TBA Theatre. One highlights of her training at Alaska Dance Theatre included working with tap legend and protege of Gregory Hines, Diane Walker. While training in Alaska, Genevieve enjoyed dancing roles in various productions including, Aurora, A Tale of the Northern Lights with Anchorage Ballet, The Nutcracker with Oregon Ballet Theatre and then later with Eugene Ballet Theatre, and Quq Yucq (An Alaska Swan Lake), choreographed by Gilmer Duran of Eugene Ballet, as well as the lead role in Into the Jungle with ADT Company II. In 2012 Genevieve was honored to be a recipient of a scholarship from the Garold Gardner Foundation. Genevieve spent two years in the Trainee Program, from 2013-2015, with many opportunities to perform Ballet 5:8 original works alongside the company and school. Her favorite role at Ballet 5:8 so far has been Satan in The Carpenter’s Son. In 2015 she returned to Alaska to teach ballet and choreograph for Studio 49. Her pieces Blood, and Safety Dance won several awards at both local and regional competitions, including the Nuvo Award for the most technical and entertaining piece. She also enjoyed guest teaching for Underground Dance Company, Pulse Studio and Rhythm of Light. Genevieve is excited to return to Ballet 5:8 this year and is looking forward to share her passion for teaching dance as part of the teaching staff for the Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts.