Philena Goscinski | Company Dancer
Philena is new to the St. Louis area. Born and raised in California, Philena studied dance at Civic Dance Center in Bakersfield, CA for 17 years. There, she trained under Cindy Trueblood, Ann Conrad and Erica Ueberroth. Studying primarily ballet, Philena also trained in modern under Natalia Mallory. At the age of 14 Philena began teaching ballet at Civic Dance Center. Over her seven years as faculty she expanded to teach tap, jazz, pointe and modern as well. A favorite part of teaching was being able to choreograph her students' end of year performance pieces.
A main performance with Civic Dance Center was the annual Nutcracker, performed with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra. Some of the parts that Philena performed over her 12 years of participation include: Flower, Snow Maiden, Spanish Maiden, Arabian Harem and Reed Flute. In high school she also began helping out in rehearsals with the younger dancers. In college Philena became an official rehearsal assistant to the director, Cindy Trueblood. In 2008, Philena became an apprentice in Imagine Ballet Company (IBC), Kern County's premier pre-professional ballet company under Kristen McLaughin. In 2015 Philena was made a full member of Company I. IBC is a member of Regional Dance America/ Pacific (RDA/P), and therefore Philena was able to attend their annual festival. The festival consist of workshops and master classes as well as performances. Here, Philena was exposed to many different styles of dance including: Salsa, Taylor Modern, and actual Broadway choreography. In both 2009 and 2015 Philena performed at the festival in the "Emerging Choreographer" category, and in both years the pieces that IBC presented were awarded the Monticello Award. Philena attended California State University, Bakersfield where she earned her Bachelors in History.
In 2015, as a part of her senior thesis Philena choreographed Solidarity on IBC I. The music for this piece was composed by Zikmund Schul, a Jew in a Nazi Concentration Camp during the Second World War. For the academic section of her thesis, Philena wrote on the different ways that music was used in Nazi Concentration Camps. Solidarity was performed in IBC's spring showcase as a way to highlight the humanizing contribution of music to camp life.
This is Philena's first season with Consuming Kinetics Dance Company and she is excited to start this new chapter of her dance career.