Jessica Hofmann, Assistant Artistic
Director & 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
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.
Amber Kile, Instructor - Amber Kile
is from Ketchikan, Alaska. Amber started
her dance career at Ketchikan Theatre
Ballet, attended Cornish college of the
Arts in Seattle, WA and then returned
to KTB from 1993-1996 as assistant artistic
director. Leaving Ketchikan in 1996, Amber
went on to teach ballet and dance in Atlanta,
GA, Pensacola, FL, and Milton, FL. Amber
volunteered for and served on the board
of directors for Saenger Theatre, Sacred
Heart Hospitals benefiting children. Ambers
teaching style puts a strong emphasis
on technique, musicality, and enjoying
dance. Amber is also a tri-athlete, runner,
and avid cyclist.