Roan, Executive Artistic Director -
Desiree Roan completed her formal ballet
education in Ft. Worth, Texas with the
Southwest Ballet Center studying Bournonville
and Vagonova ballet techniques under
the direction of William Martin-Viscount.
She has been coached by and studied
with such ballet legends as Madame Nathalie
Rassovska, Madame Yvonne Chouteau, Kirsten
Ralov, and Kirov Prima Ballerina, Irina
Kolpakova. She has studied contemporary
with Bill Evans at the University of
New Mexico and Jamie Jacobson at the
University of Central Oklahoma.
Desiree has over 30 years professional
dance experience as a performer and
educator. She has served numerous dance
companies/schools and universities;
as a faculty member, guest instructor,
choreographer and director.
Desiree and her husband, Charles, are
thrilled to be invited to Ketchikan.
As the new executive artistic director
of Ketchikan Theater Ballet, Desiree
can't wait to share her passion for
dance with KTB dancers and their families
and embark on this new chapter of her
Hofmann, Instructor -
Jess Hofmann began her dance career
right here at Ketchikan Theatre Ballet.
At the age of sixteen she left home
to continue her dance training at the
performing arts high school, Idyllwild
Arts Academy in Idyllwild, California.
Upon graduation, Jess continued her
education and dance training in New
York City at Marymount Manhattan College.
She soon transferred to University of
Arizona where she graduated Cum Laude
with a B.F.A. in Dance.
Jess is a former member of the professional
dance company 7Dancers and a former
instructor at Cherry Creek Dance, both
of which are located in Denver, Colorado.
She has also danced professionally with
3rd Law Dance and Evolving Doors Dance,
both based out of Boulder, Colorado.
Jess has also studied at San Francisco
Conservatory of Dance, Alvin Ailey,
Dance New Amsterdam, Steps on Broadway,
and Broadway Dance Center, just to name
Avila, Instructor -
Elizabeth Schafer began
her dance training at Ketchikan Theatre
Ballet School of Dance and received
her B.F.A. in Dance from Stephens College.
Upon graduation Elizabeth danced with
Pivot Dance Company and performed in
Oregon, Washington, and Europe. Elizabeth
has spent the past few years teaching
and performing in New York City. She
also studied at the Taylor School, Peridance,
Steps, and New Dance Group.
Schafer, Instructor -
Carol Schafer developed her passion
for dance in the studios of Ketchikan
Theatre Ballet. After finishing college,
she began teaching with KTB and learned
the joys of sharing movement and technique
with students of all ages. After 8 years
teaching ballet, jazz, and tap at KTB,
she returned to school to pursue a graduate
degree in physical therapy. Despite
a divergent career path, Carol's passion
for movement and sharing dance with
others continues to grow and she is
thrilled to again be teaching with KTB.
Stone, Instructor -
Kimberly Stone was born and raised in
Ketchikan, AK, and recently graduated
from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma,
WA. Kimberly became involved in the Ketchikan
arts community at a very young age when
she enrolled at Ketchikan Theatre Ballet.
KTB fostered her love of the arts and
dance training until she graduated from
high school. Her love of dance led her
to explore other art forms, and she discovered
another passion in music. This led her
to pursue her Bachelor of Music Education
degree at PLU.
During her time at PLU, Kimberly studied
secondary choral and elementary music
education and performed with music and
dance ensembles. She was a dancer and
choreographer for the University Congregation
liturgical dance group, and performed
and toured internationally with the Choir
of the West, University Symphony Orchestra,
and University Jazz Band. She had the
opportunity to teach elementary music
and high school choir in practicum and
student teaching settings and attended
workshops and conferences to learn new
teaching techniques and learn how to advocate
for arts education. For two years, she
volunteered with underprivileged youth
on the Tacoma hilltop, providing a positive
influence and teaching them to dance,
sing, play, and have fun.
Kimberly believes that art education is
an imperative part of childhood education
and a strong tool for developing confidence.
She is excited to share her love of dance
and music with her students.
McElroy, Instructor & Office Assistant
Lani McElroy began her dance career at
Dominique's Studio of Dance in Morgan
City, Louisiana. During her 17 years there,
she performed many roles in the annual
spring productions, including the lead
role in Willy Wonka, Macavity in "Cats'",
and the female lead in the director's
own creation, "Le Chapeau Noir."
She served as a student demonstrator and
was a member of the Besse Dance Troupe,
the studio's competition team.
Lani has performed at various community
events, including Mardi Gras balls and
local festivals, and danced the lead role
of Clarisse in the St. Mary Arts and Humanities
Council production of "Nutcracker:
La Louisianne." She attended Louisiana
State University where she earned a minor
in dance and was a member of the LSU Theatre
Department's Dance Ensemble. Her performances
included participating in the 2010, 2011,
and 2012 Dance Concerts. After graduating
in 2012, Lani returned home to teach and
choreograph at Dominique's Studio.