Choreographer at the Hungarian National Ballet Institute
Kornélia Mráz started studying ballet when she was still in nursery school. When she reached school age, she was fortunate enough to study at a ballet school founded by dancers from Budapest's opera house, learning from such greats as Imre Dózsa, Tamás Koren, Vera Szumrák and Ferenc Barbay.
She continued her studies at the Hungarian State Ballet Institute. On graduating in 1980, she signed with the Hungarian State Opera, where she first featured in the corps de ballet before appearing as a semi-soloist for 28 years, right up until her retirement. In addition to fulfilling her duties as a corps dancer, she performed several roles, among them the Big Swan and Little Swan, as well as a Bride, in Swan Lake, solo parts in the waltzes of the flowers and snowflakes, both in The Nutcracker, the Princess in Sleeping Beauty, the Solo Wili in Giselle and one of the Two Girlfriends in Don Quixote. She also danced in the László Seregi choreography Variations on a Nursery Song.
She began teaching during her years at the Hungarian State Opera, initially working with athletes, such as the talented ice dancing pair Klári Engi and Attila Tóth. She later also became familiar with the world of rhythmic gymnastics. Her students from those days have now become coaches, and it is in this capacity that they now benefit from her specialised knowledge. She has worked with the Hungarian junior rhythmic gymnastics team, and is currently ballet mistress for the adult national team. With a handful of brief interruptions, she has taught in her own private ballet school for more than 20 years. From 2005 to 2009, she was a ballet mistress at the Hungarian Dance Academy. In this period, she came across the discipline of Pilates, a technique she also employs in her ballet teaching.
Since the 2016/2017 teaching year, she has been a teacher at the Hungarian National Ballet Institute.