Denise Dabrowski trained at the California Ballet School and danced as the Prima Ballerina of the California Ballet Company for nearly two decades. She was also a member of the Joffrey Ballet, dancing in works by Joffrey, Arpino, Fokine, Ashton, De Mille, and others. 


Performing in more than 70 ballets in the California Ballet Company repertoire, she received much critical acclaim for her outstanding interpretations of her roles, many of which she originated for the Company. Her favorite roles include Giselle, Juliet, Aurora, Odette-Odile, the Sugarplum Fairy, and Lucy in “Dracula.”

Denise now serves as Ballet Master for the California Ballet Company. Her work includes coaching principals and soloists of the Company, maintaining the integrity of works in the CBC’s repertoire, and assisting choreographers on new works.

Denise's intelligence and intuition for dance and her experience and delight in working with young dancers make her a compassionate and inspiring teacher and mentor. She served as a faculty member for over 40 years at the California Ballet School and as former instructor and co-Director of the Whitman College Summer Dance Lab.

Denise has received numerous awards from California Ballet and Starlight Opera, an NEA Fellowship Grant, and three San Diego Dance Alliance Tommy Awards.

Denise thanks the dancers and choreographers who inspire her as well as all her beloved students whom she so dearly loves, and looks forward to teaching, coaching, and mentoring all those who devote themselves to our beautiful art.