kaley kirkman

was 4 years old when she started taking tap, jazz and ballet at Talent Plus in Lubbock, Texas.  Ballet quickly became her passion and she pursued classical ballet training with Lara Hinds of Christ in the Arts in Lubbock.  Kaley furthered her study of ballet under Rachel Staff at Adonai Ballet Academy in Springdale before transferring to the Northwest Arkansas Conservatory of Classical Ballet in Bentonville where she studied advanced levels and received pre-professional training. While at The Conservatory, Kaley successfully completed the Royal Academy of Dance curriculum, passing all of her vocational examinations with marks of Distinction. Kaley's performance credits include dancing numerous lead roles in original choreographic works with ABA. She also performed in The Nutcracker with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Western Arkansas Ballet, Infiniti Dance, and most recently as Dew Drop Fairy and Sugar Plum Fairy as a Guest Artist from NWA Ballet Theater for the Conservatory's production of The Nutcracker. As a charter company member of NWA Ballet Theater, she has performed many roles including Aurora in Ballet Theatre's MasterSeries I: The Sleeping Beauty. She has danced in several community outreach projects in and around Northwest Arkansas, including participating in Carnegie Hall's LinkUp educational program, opening for Ballet Emmanuel at John University, performing in Art on the Creeks art festival and fundraising for the Northwest Arkansas Arts Foundation. She has participated in summer intensives at Ballet Magnificat!, Kansas city Ballet School, and Ballet West/University of Utah in Salt Lake City. This past summer, attending KCBS with scholarship, Kaley was chosen as one of 14 dancers to showcase KCB Artistic Director, Devon Carney's reimagined Waltz of the Flowers choreography, which will debut in the 2015 season. In addition to working with Mr. Carney, Kaley's experiences have provided the opportunity to train under outstanding ballet talent such as Adam Sklute, Bruce Wells, Larissa Ponomarenko, Megan Fairchild, Daniel Ulbricht, Andrew Veyette, Tina LaBlanc, Wendy Whelen, William Whitener and Christiana Bennett. 


Creating beautiful performances that will thrill audiences is every dancers dream. It takes them many years of training, long hours in rehearsals, and a lot of pointe shoes and performance wear. 

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