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Teresa Memches is a teacher of classical dance and ballet mistress. She is a graduate of the Roman Turczynowicz State Ballet School in Warsaw and the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in Leningrad (now: St. Petersburg), where she trained as ballet master with Fyodor Lopukhov, Natalia Kamkova, and Pyotr Gusev. She also attended the Agrippina Vaganova Dance Academy in Leningrad, where she completed a two-year course in classical dance teaching methodology under Vera Kostrovitskaya. She also completed a one-year traineeship at the Leningrad conservatory studying the methodology of reproducing choreographies of Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, Alexander Gorsky, and Mikhail Fokin. In 197074 she was a teacher of dance and classical repertoire at the Warsaw ballet school, and in 1974-79 she taught at the Poznań ballet school. In 197074 she taught classical dance to the Mazowsze State Folk Song and Dance Ensemble. From 1974 to 1979 she worked at the Polish Dance Theatre in Poznań. In 1979 she returned to Warsaw and has been working at the Roman Turczynowicz Ballet School ever since. From 1979 to 2000 she was also a teacher and ballet mistress with the Teatr Wielki Polish National Opera. She has taught classes at the Deutsche Oper, the National Ballet of Mexico, and the Palucca Schule in Dresden. As of 2009 she rejoined the Polish National Ballet as guest teacher. She has received a Silver Cross of Merit (1988) and a Gold Cross of Merit (1999), as well as a Gloria Artis Silver Medal for Merit to Culture (2009).

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