Vilia Putrius

School Director

Born in Lithuania, Ms. Putrius received her early training at the Vilnius Ballet School. Following graduation, she joined the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre where she was a soloist. From there, she joined Ballet Arlington in Texas as a principal dancer and then joined the Boston Ballet. In 2006, she became a Festival Ballet Providence company member. Ms. Putrius traveled with the company in 2008 for a multi-city tour of Venezuela and in 2011 for the Belgrade Dance Festival which was televised and broadcast throughout Europe. Putrius performed with Festival Ballet as a leading dancer for 11 seasons, performing lead roles in major productions like The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Giselle, and many other roles including principal roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Viktor Plotnikov, and others. With 16 years of teaching experience, Putrius is an experienced educator and coach for aspiring dancers. She is married to Mindaugas Bauzys, current Ballet Master of the Company.

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