Jessica HofmannDesiree 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 dance story.

Jessica HofmannJessica Berto, Instructor -
Jess Berto 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 a few.

Elizabeth 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.

Carol 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.

Kimberly 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.

Lani 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.


Upcoming Performances in Ketchikan

The Nutcracker
Dec. 5, 7:30pm
Dec. 6, 2:00pm
Kayhi Auditorium

Studio News

Fundraising Projects

Board Meeting

3rd Tuesday of
each month, 6:00pm

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