Costume Manager/Ballet Instructor
Dana Saether was born in Alexandria, Virginia and has lived in the Fredericksburg area for most of her life. She was a student at Stafford Ballet Academy, where she received eleven years of classical ballet instruction from Judith Kegg. In the studio’s productions she’s played a variety of different roles, including the snow queen and dew drop fairy in The Nutcracker and Swanilda in Coppélia, among others.
Dana is in her third year of school at the University of Virginia, pursuing a bachelor of science in biology. She is studying to become a marine biologist, specializing in conservation. She works at the Dancer’s Wardrobe (a local dancewear boutique) when she is not at Polaris, as well as models through an agency in Washington DC. At the studio, Dana manages costumes as well as works at the front desk. Teaching ballet to younger students is one of her greatest pleasures. Dana also has several years of experience with children outside of dance, working as a summer camp counselor and babysitter.
Aside from ballet, Dana enjoys other forms of art such as painting. She loves to spend time with her family, her dog and her hedgehog. She is an avid hockey fan. She has greatly enjoyed the art of ballet since she was young, and admires the intense skill behind it, and the constant effort it requires. Her favorite ballet, both to watch and perform, is Swan Lake, and her favorite company is Mariinsky.