Laurel Ballet - An education you can count on! Performances you can be proud of!

Program includes classes in ballet,pointe, variations, conditioning, placement, modern, jazz and acting as regards performance

Cost per week is $325.00 plus a non-refundable $25.00 registration fee
Level 3's have the option of taking just the morning session at a cost of $162.50 per week plus the $25.00 registration fee

Full Day from 9:00-3:00
Half Day from 9:00-Noon

Age Level 8-18

Kelsey Bartman, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, began formal training with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School and Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Summers were spent studying at American Ballet Theatre New York, Jacob’s Pillow Jazz Program for two years and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School for several years. Kelsey then continued as a trainee with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. During that time, she choreographed works for PBT’s school and company. She then joined Nashville Ballet 2 in 2007 and was hired on as a Nashville Ballet Apprentice. She is a co-creator of Works in Progress Choreography Project, and has choreographed for Nashville Ballet, Nashville Ballet 2, and Texture Contemporary Ballet. Kelsey had her work Stills From Italy performed at White Wave DUMBO Dance festival, and The Rose was showcased at Dance Canvas in Atlanta. She has had the honor of dancing in Balanchine’s Four Temperaments, Theme and Variations, and Serenade, Sarah Slipper’s Postcards From the Boys, Paul Vasterling’s Adjustable Wrench and Carmina Burana as well as multiple works by Alan Obuzor and Gabriel Gaffney Smith. Ms. Bartman has taught for The School of Nashville Ballet, Evolve Productions, The Alloy School, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet,  and for Laurel Youth Ballet. She has recently had the privilege of teaching a workshop for the group Yaledancers of Yale University.
Kelsey is currently Associate Artistic Director, Choreographer, and Dancer for Texture Contemporary Ballet.

Christopher Bandy

Christopher Bandy grew up in West Virginia and took ballet starting at the age of 9 at the Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet School.  He would spend several weeks a year in NYC taking classes with David Howard on scholarship.  After high school he spent a year at the Princeton Ballet School before beginning a 14 year dance career with American Repertory Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Terpsicorps Theater of Dance in North Carolina, where he serves as ballet master during the month of June each year.  He has taught ballet for over ten years for professional dancers from Pittsburgh to San Francisco to Nashville. Three years ago Bandy co-founded a pre-professional program at Oglebay Institute in Wheeling. He is also an avid choreographer and has created works for Terpsicorps, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Texture Contemporary Ballet in addition to creating an original production of The Nutcracker on commission from the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra.

Robert Poe

Robert Poe is originally from Aiken, SC and began dancing with Carl Crosby at Crosby's School of Dance. Later, for high school, he graduated from the S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities with honors. Once graduated, Robert performed as a dance artist with the Columbia City Ballet, the Nashville Ballet, Cedar Lake II, The Missouri Ballet Theatre and even the Nashville Opera before finding his way to The Big Muddy Dance Company in St.Louis where he is walking into his 6th season. Robert's passion for dance education has led him to teach in studios all over Missouri, South Carolina, North Carolina, Nashville and Illinois while his choreography has been seen on the Nashville Ballet as well as their training company (NB II), Missouri Ballet Theatre, The Big Muddy Dance Company and most recently, Texture Contemporary Ballet. Beyond teaching and choreography, Robert is on fire for the Senior Embrace program that the company provides to the community and sits on the Senior Outreach Committee. Robert will also be serving as Rehearsal Assistant this season.

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