Rania Charalambidou is from Nicosia, Cyprus. She graduated Magnum Cum Laude with a BA in Dance Education and a Math minor from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. She trained at the Joffrey Ballet School and with Elena Kunikova at Steps on Broadway. Rania has been a company member with Sarasota Ballet, Columbia City Ballet, Ballet San Antonio and currently with Boulder Ballet. She has danced soloist and principal parts such as Adult Clara and Arabian Pas De Deux in The Nutcracker, Princess Vasilissa in Firebird, Lead Bride in Dracula, Summer Fairy in Cinderella, Scheherazade in Scheherazade, Beauty Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, The Assistant in Matthew Bourne’s Boutique. Also, Rania performed with the Asolo Repertory Theatre as ‘Trouble’ in Susan Stroman’s Tony-Award winning musical Contact. Rania guest performed with a number of companies such as Yellowstone Ballet, San Angelo Ballet, San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet, Diesel | Fusion Dance Theater, Dance Cyprus, Amfithdromo Chorotheatro, Florida Ballet, and Freespace Dance. She also performed in the 50th anniversary celebration of the independence of Cyprus in 2010. Rania is the co-owner of Long Body Yoga and 35° 33° Dance Company in Cyprus.
Ballet unifies people. It unifies the dancers as they, as a team, practice to put up a performance. It unifies the dancers with the musicians. And most importantly it unifies the audience members with the artists.
All in all, Ballet is an expression of spirit that brings people together and that’s what I love about it the most.