Scranton Civic Ballet Company
Founder & Artistic Director
For the past fifty-seven years, Miss Gaus, our founder and artistic director, has defined the Scranton Civic Ballet Company with her brilliant choreography, and more importantly, her caring tutelage of our dancers. She is a retired PCA Rostered Artist having worked with school children in Northeastern Pennsylvania for ten years. She spent three years as the owner and operator of the Ballet Academy of Baltimore and has also taught students from the Scranton State School for the Deaf. In addition, she has directed and choreographed local television commercials, special programs and mall shows, as well as various summer works with children in the Musical Theater Camp in Southlake, Texas. Miss Gaus was awarded an “Arts Engage!" grant from Lackawanna County Council on the Arts and Children and Youth Services for a new multi-discipline art camp in June 2009.
Miss Gaus maintains membership with the Royal Academy of Dance in London, England and the Mostly Opera Company in Pennsylvania. She has also received numerous awards including Marywood College Order of St. Genesius, Lackawanna Arts Council for outstanding contribution to the arts, Northeastern Pennsylvania Woman of the Week award from the Scranton Times, the 1983 Chamber of Commerce Award for 25 years of Teaching Excellence, American Heart Association Commitment Award, the Easter Seal Award for 25 years of service and the Achievement Award for MDA, and Northeast Intermediate Unit's Artist of the Year for 2007.
Miss Gaus began her formal dance education with Constance Reynolds. She later became her assistant and taught for nineteen years. She was a featured soloist and ballet mistress with Ballet Theatre of Scranton since their first performance in 1958 until 1978, working with outstanding choreographers such as Hilda Butsova, Stanley Herbett, Henry Danton, Evelyn LeMone, Paul Glover, Michael Falatico, Paschel Guzman and Valerie Deakin.
Miss Gaus furthered her studies in Canada at Queens College, Kingston, Ontario and the National Ballet School in Toronto, as well as various schools in New York City. She has studied under the direction of prominent teachers such as John Burker, Bettina Byers, Marjorie Haskins, Betti Olyphant, Sonia Chamberlain, David Howard, Jack Stanley, Paul Draper, Ernest Carlos, Charles Kelly, Luigi and Roye Dodge.
Miss Gaus has taught traditional ethnic dance for the Polish Women's Alliance. She also taught for several years at the Jewish Community Center, was on the faculty at Marywood College as the director of dance and was the director of the Abington Heights Dance Academy for fifteen years.
Julio was born and raised in Mexico City and recieved his training from the National Arts Center and the Centro de Educacion Artistico Frida Kahlo. Upon moving to the United States, he entered the Joffrey Ballet School's training program on scholarship and has also studied at the Boston Ballet School, The Banff Center for the Arts in Canada, Ballet Hispanico, Ballet Academy East, and Ballet Austin.
Julio has danced for companies and choreographers in Mexico, Canada, Europe, and the United States, including Dance Theater of Harlem, Alabama Ballet, Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Gelsey Kirkland Studio Company, Eglevsky Ballet, Atlantic City Ballet, Merce Cunningham Trust, Ardentia, Bronx Opera Company, and Compania Nacional de Danza (Mexico City)
Julio has studied with such famed instructors and choreographers as Gelsey Kirkland, Eleanor D'Antuono, Cheryl Yeager, Darla Hoover, Nadege Hottier, David Howard, Luis Fuented, Peter Frame, Richard Bowman, and Fabrice Herrault.
Since June 2015, Julio Alegria taught ballet at Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center in New York City.
Gwyn "Ginger" Cruz
Assistant Ballet Instructor
Ginger has been with the Scranton Civic Ballet Company since the age of three. Some of the roles that Ginger has enjoyed performing throughout the years include: Odile, the Black Swan in Swan Lake, Swanhilda in Coppélia, White Cat in The Sleeping Beauty, Pas de Deux in Stars and Stripes, Soloist in Masquerade, Clara, Arabian Pas de Deux, Soldier Doll, Dew Drop Fairy (Waltz of the Flowers Pas de Deux & Soloist), Snowflake, and Flowers in the Scranton Civic Ballet Company’s annual production of The Nutcracker.
Ginger has attended Ballet Austin’s 6 week summer intensive in Austin, Texas in 2017 and 2018. Since 2015, Ginger has been a guest performer for the Mostly Opera’s annual Concert every October along with the UNICO Foundation since 2016.
Assistant Ballet Instructor
Robert has been apart of the ballet company and training with Miss Helen Gaus since 2013. Some of the major roles that Robert has performed throughout the years include: Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Franz in Coppélia, Puss-in-Boots in The Sleeping Beauty,
Pas de Deux in Stars and Stripes, Principal Dancer in Masquerade & Invitation to the Dance, Arabian Pas de Deux, Soldier Doll, Snow King, Waltz of the Flowers Pas de Deux and the Cavalier in the Scranton Civic Ballet Company’s annual performance of The Nutcracker.
Robert has attended the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary’s annual 5 week summer intensive in 2014 and 2015. He then moved on for the summer of 2016 and 2017 for 5 weeks to train at Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick Massachusetts and received a merit scholarship both summers. In 2018, he attended the Boston Ballet's summer intensive program.
This summer, 2019, Robert will be attending the American Ballet Theatre in New York City for their summer intensive program with a half scholarship.
Since 2015, Robert has been a guest performer for the Mostly Opera’s annual Concert every October along with the UNICO Foundation since 2016.