Milena Grgas


Photo by Kamron Zohoori

Milena Grgas is a graduate student at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Claremont’s Drucker School of Management pursuing a degree in Art Business, studying the development of art market centers. Although visual art and academia have always been primary focuses for Milena, she is grateful for her time as a member of the San Pedro City Ballet. She began her training at the age of fourteen, when she took a few classes at the San Pedro Ballet School to strengthen her ankles after a basketball injury. Instantly falling in love with dance, Milena became a member of SPCB II that fall and was promoted to senior company status the following year. In college, Milena continued to pursue her dance studies while a student at New York University, taking open courses under the instruction of former Joffrey, NYCB, and ABT dancers and faculty. Dancing to original choreography under the direction of Cindy Bradley, Milena is a three-time Miss America local titleholder and three-time state finalist in the Miss California Pageant. Additionally, she was a member of NYU’s Ballroom & Latin Dance Team, winning numerous prizes at UPenn, Harvard, Columbia, and NYU Syllabus Competitions.

Holding a self-designed degree in Mediterranean Cross-Culture, with a minor in Art History, Milena is working toward her ultimate career goal of becoming an Art Conservator-Restorer. Upon graduation from Sotheby’s, Milena plans to promote LA-based artists on the gallery scene while pursuing her next degrees: an advanced certificate in Art Conservation and a PhD in Art History. In her “spare” time, Milena serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the San Pedro City Ballet, is an active alumna of Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority, the Design Team Lead for TEDxClaremontColleges, VP of Events for the Drucker School Student Association, and sits on the committees of both the Miss Beach Cities Organization and the Miss Central California Regional Organization.