Katia Marzolf Borione
Arts Education Directorkatia@ensembleespanol.org
About Katia Marzolf Borione
KATIA MARZOLF BORIONE, Arts Education Director, began her career as a young dancer studying with the former Chicago City Ballet, founded by Maria Tallchief. By age 15, she became a Junior Company member. She studied Spanish Dance and Flamenco under the director of Dame Libby Komaiko during the CCB Summer Intensive program. Katia majored in dance at Lincoln Park High, under the Direction of Efe (Cheryl) McWorter, and attended classes/private lessons with Homer Hans Bryant at the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center. She attended an 8-week intensive summer workshop at the School of American Ballet, and participated in workshops/master classes with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Ballet of Helsinki and the University of Kalamazoo, MI. In 1996, Katia graduated from Butler University with a B.A. in Dance Pedagogy, and began working with the Madam Walker Foundation providing underserved children a chance to take classes in the arts. Upon returning to Chicago, she taught dance through the Chicago Park District and become the director of the “Jump Company” Dance Team at Peterson Park. After leaving the Parks in 2002, Katia taught dance with the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago, the Wilmette Park District, Dancercise Kids of Fun Kids, Inc., and spent 14 years at Alphonsus Academy & Center for the Arts pioneering and developing the Dance Arts Integration program as the Dance Teaching Artist-in-Residence, and as the Director of Arts & Culture/Director of Arts Integration. She has also participated in numerous continuing education opportunities with The Joffrey Ballet, Zephyr Dance Chicago, DePaul University, Chicago Arts Educator Forum, the Danielson Group and, in August of 2016, attended Harvard Graduate School of Education’s “The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning” conference in collaboration with The Silk Road Project with Yo-Yo Ma. Katia is thrilled that her career has come full circle to bring her experience and passion to the Arts Education and Outreach Program here at Ensemble Español.