A native of the Czech Republic, Ms. Jelinkova received her early training at the National Conservatory of Dance (Prague), where she studied not only classical ballet technique, but a variety of other dance forms, including Eastern European folk dance. Upon graduation, she was invited to join the Opera Ballet of the National Theatre in Prague, where she danced and toured worldwide for ten years. She later attended the Academy of Fine Arts, receiving a Master’s Degree in ballet and pedagogy. Slavka taught extensively in the Czech Republic, including at the National Conservatory. In 1993 she was awarded a Dutch State Arts grant to complete pedagogical studies at both the schools of modern dance and at the Conservatory of Ballet in Rotterdam, The Hague, and Amsterdam. In 1999 Slavka moved to Ann Arbor, where she has served on the faculties of the Flint School of Performing Arts, Arts in Motion, the Russian Classical Ballet Academy, and the Brighton Ballet School, among others. The past three years she taught character dance classes and choreographed for the summer program of American Ballet Theatre. For several years, she continued to perform as a free-lance artist with Michigan area choreographers. Additionally, she has had considerable experience in choreographing works for her students. In 2010 Slavka danced and choreographed the world premiere, held in Sydney, Australia, of Apple Train, a Czech song cycle by famed composer Sylvie Bodorová, written for her, pianist Timothy Cheek, and soprano Laurie Lashbrook. Slavka is also a nationally certified massage therapist specializing in sports massage.
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