Ballet & Pointe
Cassandra Punzo began as a gymnast and transitioned to a formal ballet education at age thirteen with the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts. Here, she trained under mentors Eleanor D’Antuono, Alexei Tchernichov and Kirk Peterson, and performed in roles such as Sugarplum, and Juliet. During her high school years, she studied the Vaganova ballet technique with the masterful Bolshoi Ballet in New York City under mentor Svetlana Ivanova. Upon graduation in 2016, she studied as a Trainee with Charlotte Ballet where she worked with Balanchine and Contemporary Ballet masters such as Patricia McBride, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, and Dwight Rhoden. In Charlotte, Cassie furthered her dance knowledge in Ballroom Show Dance where she and her partner performed and competed in professional competitions across the country, including Entertainer of the Year 2018 in Louisville, where they were the winners. In 2018 she danced with Columbia Classical Ballet and then was brought to South Texas for ballroom endeavors and became a Soloist with Corpus Christi Ballet, performing roles including Snow Queen in “The Nutcracker” and Lilac Fairy in “Sleeping Beauty.” In 2021, Cassie joined the TRD and VBT companies and is thrilled to be teaching for the Academy this season.