Kelly was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine with a focus on her professional dance career while being a full time college student.
Kelly was born in Canton, Ohio. She has been a professional ballet dancer and teacher for 13 years. She began studying ballet at The School of Canton Ballet on scholarship at the age of ten, where she then received scholarships to prestigious ballet schools such as Pacific Northwest Ballet, The School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and The Chautauqua Institution. Kelly danced professionally in corps de ballet, soloist, and principal roles for The Cincinnati Ballet and The Sarasota Ballet. She choreographed a world premiere on The Sarasota Ballet Company in 2014, as well as solos and group pieces at multiple dance schools. She taught at the Sarasota Ballet School, and Haven Dance School in Northport, Florida. She has been a regular guest teacher at The School of Canton Ballet, as well as many other schools all around the country. She is a faculty member of the national touring dance programs, Ballet Matters, and TRIBE, directed by Jeff Wolfe and Seth Robinson, as well as a judge for their Fire and Ice Dance Scholarship Competition. Kelly is well versed in teaching all age ranges, ballet class, pointe class, variations, pas de deux, contemporary, choreography, as well as pilates and injury prevention classes. She served as a faculty member at The Cincinnati Ballet School and was heavily involved with outreach programs that focused on bringing ballet to struggling areas. While dancing professionally, Kelly also studied at the University of Cincinnati on a full dance scholarship and was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Pedagogy, as well as a heavy emphasis on the Spanish language (Kelly is a certified tutor) and emphasis on anatomy and physiology. She is well equipped to educate our dancers in Pilates, proper stretch and strength techniques and injury prevention. Some of her favorite roles include William Forsythe’s New Sleep pas de deux, “Russian Girl” in George Balanchine’s Serenade, and “Kitri” in Don Quixote.
This is a preprofessional ballet company for the serious dancer wishing to focus on proper ballet, pointe and contemporary training. The majority of dancers in Ballet Academy North Company have aspirations of dancing in college and/or dancing professionally. It is a rigorous program designed to help the students be adequately prepared should they desire a future in dance. The students learn and rehearse professional, classical and contemporary repertoire, the same as professional dancers in a company would. They have opportunities to perform these roles, as well as compete at the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix, “the world’s largest international student ballet competition which awards $250,000 in scholarships each year to dance schools within the United States and internationally.” They are prepared to know how to audition for prestigious ballet schools and educated on what the life of a dancer is truly like from our Ballet Director, Kelly Yankle(see full bio for details). In addition to technical and artistic training; dedication, discipline, strong work ethic and perseverance are expected from all Company Members. Grades in school must be kept up in order to be a member of the company. This program is a commitment. The Company has two branches; First Company and Second Company. First company is typically made up of the older more advanced dancers. They have more required classes and rehearsals and must be at least age 11 and have had one year of pointe to be eligible for the 1st Company. 2nd Company was designed for the younger students in training with hopes of training and eventually getting into the 1st company. The ages usually range from 8-11. The 2nd company members are not yet on pointe, and do not have as many required classes and rehearsals. See Ballet Academy North Page for prerequisites and requirements. To try out for Ballet Academy North Company, please contact Director, Kelly Yankle to set up an audition class.
- Studio Ballet Level 1 is a beginner level class.
- Studio Ballet Level 2 is an intermediate level class.