Colette Tilinski

From Atlanta, Ga.
With Nashville Ballet since 2017

Training and Education
Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, Orlando Ballet School, Nashville Ballet


An Atlanta, Georgia native, Colette Tilinski began her ballet training at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre (MBT) under the direction and mentorship of Maniya Barredo. During her 12 years of pre-professional training at MBT, Tilinski developed a strong sense of technique and artistry from teachers and coaches including Robert Barnett, Andrea Pell, Olivier Muñoz, and Roscoe Sales. To further studied the artform, Tilinski also attended summer intensive programs at Orlando Ballet and Nashville Ballet.

Tilinski even attended Nashville Ballet’s Summer Intensive in 2017 from which she was selected to join NB2. While in NB2, Tilinski developed an impressive resume. She wowed audiences in Colby Damon’s contemporary Heart and performed the role of Blind Girl in Paul Vasterling’s Frank N. Stein, which toured throughout Middle Tennessee as a community engagement ballet for middle and high school students. Tilinski also performed corps roles in many works alongside Nashville Ballet’s company; she danced in The Sleeping Beauty, George Balanchine’s Western Symphony, Nashville’s Nutcracker, and even toured with the company to Charleston, S.C. to present Paul Vasterling’s Carmina Burana.

At the start of the 2018-2019 season, Tilinski had the privilege of performing in the company’s production of Swan Lake, which she cites as her favorite ballet to dance for the ways in which this iconic production challenges dancers physically, emotionally and artistically. Excelling in the face of these challenges, Tilinski greatly impressed Nashville Ballet’s artistic leaders and was subsequently offered an apprenticeship with the company. Since becoming an apprentice, Tilinski has danced many roles notably Val Caniparoli’s The Lottery.

In addition to a full-time career as a dancer, Tilinski is also currently studying in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports and Health Sciences. Through dance, she has developed an interest in the human body’s structure, ability to move and healing capabilities and hopes to follow her professional ballet career with a career in physical therapy.