Kara Malloy is a resident of Stamford. She has dedicated the last 25 years to the world of dance, as a student, performer, teacher and choreographer. At age 5, she began her dance training at the American Ballet Academy under the direction of Carol Sumner. Her experience there allowed her to perform with some of the most famous dancers from New York City Ballet including Patricia McBride, Merrill Ashley and Judith Fugate during Balanchine’s production of THE NUTCRACKER in Stamford. Kara also spent several summers in Saratoga Springs performing with New York City Ballet during their summer season at SPAC.
During her teen years, Kara started to expand her technique by taking tap and jazz classes in addition to ballet at D’Valda and Sirico Dance Centre in Fairfield. She was a soloist and a featured dancer with the D’Valda & Sirico Dance Company winning numerous regional and national awards from many prestigious competitions. While there, she trained and passed all of the Royal Academy of Dance exams with distinction, the highest possible level.
Following graduation, Kara trained as a scholarship student at Theatre Dance and Broadway Dance Center. Some of her teachers included Charles Kelly, Jack Hertzog and Frank Hatchett. In addition to performing with New York City Ballet, Kara danced with Connecticut Ballet, SUNY Purchase Dance Company and Classics Dance Theatre.
Dedicated to sharing her knowledge of correct techniques and age appropriate development of dancers, Kara eventually found her way back to her original training ground and began teaching. She had the opportunity to be rehearsal assistant for the same production of THE NUTCRACKER where she had been an original cast member years before. Kara was given the responsibility of teaching the dances to the children in parts she had danced herself. To get to know the production on a different level made her appreciate even more all the hard work that goes into such a lavish production.
As a teacher she has also discovered a new and exciting challenge in not only creating dancers but dances as a gifted choreographer. Kara has earned many gold and high silver choreography awards. Her talent has been showcased at many dance schools in Fairfield and Westchester Counties. She has continued her training at the Dance Master’s of America Teacher’s Training School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Teacher’s Seminar and is a member of Dance Educators of America. Kara continues her own professional development by attending classes and seminars locally and in New York City.
Kara also enjoys her position at St. Cecilia’s Elementary School working in their Pre-Kindergarten class. Her experience and patience with young children is helpful in both of her chosen professions.