Owner/Director, Scranton Civic Dance Centre, Artistic Director, Scranton Civic Ballet Company, Rostered Artist with Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Former Director of Dance, Marywood College, Trained in Scranton, New York City, Kingston, Ontario and Toronto, Canada, Member, Royal Academy of Dance, London, England
Ms. Gaus has instituted a program called "Youths for Ballet". This program, which was funded by the City of Scranton and the Lackawanna Regional Cultural Council, gives underprivileged and economically disadvantaged youths the opportunity to learn dance and gives them greater appreciation of the arts as well as instilling a sense of pride and accomplishment that will influence them in the future. She has also taught and trained many of our area's dance teachers, Ms. Gaus has taught children from the Scranton State School for the Deaf, and has also taught dance in surrounding public schools for the past ten years as a PA Council for the Arts Rostered Artist.
Instructor: Teacher at Ballet Theatre of Scranton, Ballet Mistress of Ballet Theatre from 1959 to 1978., Polish Women's Dance Alliance for 15 years, Abington's Dance Academy for 15 years, N.E.I.U. Summer Program at P.E.E.C. and Keystone Junior College, Choreographer of Polish National Union's Annual Debutante Ball since 1980, Choreographed Polish Women's Alliance Debutante Ball for 10 years, Choreographed local television commercials as well as special Hatchy Milatchey children's TV programs and mall shows, Choreographed musicals for local high schools, Choreographed for Opera IV of Scranton and Mostly Opera.
Awarded: Marywood College Order of St. Genesius Award, Lackawanna Arts Council William L. Connell, Jr. Award, 1983 Chamber of Commerce Award for 25 Years of Teaching Excellence, The Scranton Times Woman Of The Week, 2007 Northeast Intermediate Unit (NEIU) Teacher of the Year.
Recently Miss Helen Gaus has celebrated her 50th anniversary of teaching. The advantage of dancing at Scranton Civic is the chance to truly appreciate this petite dynamo with perfect poise, tenacity of elephant’s skin, a quick sense of humor, a true love of dance and children, and extraordinary creativity and talent.