We believe in hiring the very best instructors and giving them the freedom to do their best work in classroom and on the stage. With many years of professional dance experience, managing and teaching at professional companies, our faculty is the most experienced in the Valley and sets us apart from other studios. Don’t get us wrong, we love our teenagers – but they don’t teach here! For more information on our outstanding faculty continue to scroll down the page.
Ms. Katharine Frey received her training from International teachers at Indiana University, the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre School and the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen Denmark.
Ms. Frey began her professional ballet career right out of high school and danced with Atlanta Ballet, Wisconsin Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet and Ballet Arizona. After retiring from dancing she served as the Rehearsal Director for Ballet Arizona. She has taught children for over 40 years. Ms. Frey has taught at ACB since it opened in 2005. She specializes in pointe, creates original choreography and teaches variations to our older dancers.
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Scott Martin holds an M.S. in Ballet Performance from Indiana University and a Masters degree in Psychology. He has professional appearances with Pittsburgh Ballet, Tehran Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet. Scott also held a position as Director of the professional company at Ballet Arizona. Scott owns Rolfing and Associated Arts and teaches at Grand Canyon University.
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Nicole O’Kelley began her dance career in France at the Academie de Danse Classique d’Arcachon. She graduated from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in London. Her professional apperances include Grands Ballet Canadiens, les Ballets de Marseille Canadian Tour. Madame O’Kelley is also a professional artist and a number of her paintings hang in homes across the USA.
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Kristen Lucero holds a B.A. in Dance Education from ASU. Her training included modern, ballet, production, choreography, rhythmic theory, kinesiology, dance history and dance pedagogy. She has taught at ACB since it opened in 2005. Kristen’s trained at a variety of local studios in the Phoenix Area. She is currently the dance teacher at Sandra Day O’Conner High School in the Deer Valley Unified School District.
Heather Harr’s professional ballet career spanned more than twelve years. During that time, she danced with the Hartford Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre and Ballet Arizona. Heather’s repertoire includes performing in classical ballets of Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Ramonda, Les Sylphides and many versions of the Nutcracker. Heather shares her love of dance with students of all ages at ACB. Her ultimate joy is caring for her three young daughters.
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Juliana Fisher trained in her hometown of Phoenix under Katharine Frey, Madame O’Kelley and Scott Martin of ACB. She also trained with Arizona School of Classical Ballet. Juliana graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in Ballet Performance and a minor in Spanish. Upon graduating, she danced with Georgia Ballet, Oklahoma Festival Ballet, Convergence Ballet Company, Dance Canvas and Terpsicore Dance Company. Juliana has been teaching ballet to students of all ages and levels.
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