Long, Artistic Director - Elizabeth
Long began her training at the Perlman
School of Ballet and graduated from
Stephens College with a B.F.A. in Dance.
After graduation Elizabeth danced for
Modern America Dance Company in St.
Before moving to Ketchikan, Elizabeth
worked as the Art Education and Outreach
Coordinator for the Goddard Center for
Visual and Performing Arts and danced
for Ardmore Contemporary Dance Company
in Oklahoma. She has received additional
training at the Louisville Ballet, Webster
University, Oklahoma City University,
Pineapple Studios in London and Peridance,
Steps and the Ailey Extension Center
in New York City.
Schafer, 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.
Newsom, Instructor - Kelsey was born
in Wichita, Kansas on May 8, 1990 and
began dancing at the age of 6, at the
Performing Dance Arts studio in Navarre,
Florida with classes in Ballet, Jazz,
Modern, Tap, Hip Hop and Acro under the
instruction of Jana McCain.
became a company dancer in 1997 and
attended and received honors and awards
from Dance Makers, Inc., Tremaine, Company
Dance, International Dance Challenge
and Applause Talent dance conventions
2004 Kelsey became an instructor for
the Performing Dance Arts Studio in
the areas of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and
Acro/Hip Hop. She went on to instruct
at A Time To Dance, a faith-based studio
associated with the Navarre United Methodist
Church in Navarre, Florida, and performed
a part in the famed Jazz Funeral,
a common name for a funeral tradition
with music developed in New Orleans,
Louisiana. The dance was performed at
the Pensacola Arts Festival by several
selected dancers from local studios
across the Florida panhandle.
received training from professionals
such as Kacy Combs, Miguel Pereira,
Frank Hatchett, the late Steven Boyd,
Hank Crabtree, Joan Lather, Pam Bolling,
Karen Hebert, Al Gilbert, Keith Cross,
Janice Barringer, & Tommy Alexander.
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
Kircher - Instructor: Susan Kircher
began her training at age four in Corpus
Christi, Texas. She obtained her BFA
in Dance from Purchase College Conservatory
of Dance in New York. While there she
performed twice with NYC American Ballet
Theatre and worked with well known choreographers
such as Robert Hill and Stanton Welch.
has performed in numerous ballet productions
such as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty,
The Red Shoes, Spring Waters, The Firebird,
and George Balanchine's Stars and Stripes
and Serenade. She has performed lead
roles that include the Firebird, Sugar
Plum Fairy, and Arabian. In addition
to performing, Susan has also choreographed
for various productions. Mrs. Kircher
has relocated back to Ketchikan from
South Carolina and is excited to be
back on the teaching staff at KTB.