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 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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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