THE ARTISTIC STAFF
Meet the Artistic Staff of Phoenix Ballet's 2017-2018 Season
Slawomir Wozniak, artistic director
Phoenix Ballet is under the Artistic direction of Slawomir Woźniak, former Principle Dancer of Teatr Wielki in Łόdź and The National Opera in Warsaw. Mr. Woźniak began his work with Phoenix Ballet in 1989 as a guest artist and became Artistic Director in 2007. He is known worldwide throughout the ballet community with extensive experience as a performer, choreographer and educator. Mr. Woźniak began his early training at the Poznań Ballet School in Poland and more recently graduated from the University of Music in Warsaw.
Albert Blaise Cattafi, Resident choreographer
Director and Choreographer ALBERT BLAISE CATTAFI was happily born to parents Albert Sr. and Geraldine in 1985 and has upheld that same vivacious demeanor ever since. Raised in northern New Jersey of Italian descent, his artistic journey began at the age of five while watching his sister Eléna attend dance lessons.
Ten years after his first dance class, Cattafi began training at the world renowned Joffrey Ballet School in NYC, simultaneously continuing his studies in all dance forms at a studio in New Jersey, For Dancers Only. This well rounded understanding of movement would prove to be beneficial throughout his career. Upon high school graduation, Cattafi won the prestigious title of Mr. Dance of America and shortly after, he was honored to receive a full scholarship into the dance program at Montclair State University; he attended for only 48 hours when he departed to begin his professional life. (Don’t worry; his mother has since forgiven him.)
In the years following, Cattafi enjoyed an illustrious performance career appearing in several episodes of Saturday Night Live, as a guest artist on So You Think You Can Dance, and was featured in an international Coke Zero Commercial. He has performed on the Video Music Awards for Florence and the Machine, and on the American Music Awards with Kelly Clarkson. Known for his technical prowess and artistry, Cattafi was an original member of both internationally recognized dance companies, Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance, and LA based company Shaping Sound. To great acclaim, he has worked with Tony Award winning directors Des McAnuff as the first human to ever play Toto in The Wiz, and Jerry Mitchell in Peepshow, featured with Holly Madison and Spice Girl Mel B. No stranger to the flashing lights of Las Vegas, Cattafi later returned as a member of Cirque Du Soleil in The Beatles LOVE. He was The Walrus.
Choreographically, Albert Blaise was the assistant choreographer on Franco Dragone’s INDIA. He has assisted some of the country’s top choreographers, including Emmy Award winner, Mia Michaels, and Broadway ’s Tony Award winning, Sergio Trujillo. A lover of theater, Cattafi was happy to assist in the production of several major Broadway shows including Spiderman, Billy Elliot, Tarzan, and Flash Dance. As a choreographer, he has set work for John Legend, Cirque Du Soleil, recording artist Nikhil Korula, and the film Opid with music by Sigur Ros. In 2015, Albert premiered his first full length contemporary ballet, String Of Thoughts, on the Phoenix Ballet at the Lodz International Ballet Festival in Poland.
Currently Albert Blaise Cattafi is a faculty member of Los Angeles based dance convention, L.A. Dance Magic, and is the Resident Choreographer for Phoenix Ballet.
THE COMPANY | 2017-2018 SEASON