Director of Dance Administration
Kirsten received her dance education at The School of Performing Arts where she studied ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip-hop, and modern for 15 years under the training of a wide variety of gifted teachers. She performed and competed as a member of the Dance Ensemble for 11 years. At the age of 9, Kirsten was selected as a member of the Joffrey Ballet Nutcracker Children’s Cast under the direction of Gerald Arpino and performed in various roles for three years. She was accepted into the Radio City Rockettes Summer Intensive program in New York City when she was 16. Kirsten attended Illinois State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a minor in Dance Performance. While at Illinois State she was part of the ISU Competitive Dance Team where she had to the opportunity to be the team captain as well as a team choreographer competing at the national level. Since college she has worked with dancers ranging from preschool to high school hoping to inspire the same love for dance in her students that she feels. Kirsten attributes her success and continued passion for dance to the quality education she received through The School of Performing Arts and is thrilled to be returning as a member of the dance faculty!