Kaley Kirkman was four years old when she started taking tap, jazz and ballet at Talent Plus in Lubbock, Texas. Ballet quickly became her passion and she pursued classical ballet training in Lubbock. Upon moving to Arkansas, Kaley attended Adonai Ballet Academy, where she performed many lead roles including Cinderella in ABA’s original “Change Me: A Cinderella Story”.
In 2011, Kaley moved to the Northwest Arkansas Conservatory of Classical Ballet in Bentonville, AR. She also became a charter member of NWA Ballet Theatre where she performed leading roles, The Sugar Plum Fairy and The Dew Drop Fairy in the Conservatory’s production of “The Nutcracker” and Aurora in NWA Ballet Theatre’s MasterSeries 1: The Sleeping Beauty, to name a few. While at the Conservatory, she pursued training in The Royal Academy of Dance vocational exams under Peggie Wallis and Mariah Bordovsky, ARAD, RTS. Kaley completed all required vocational exams receiving scores of Distinction on each one. She has danced in several community outreach projects in and around Northwest Arkansas, including participating in Carnegie Hall’s LinkUp educational program, opening for Ballet Emmanuel at John Brown University, performing in Art on the Creeks art festival and fundraising for the Northwest Arkansas Arts Foundation. During her training, Kaley has been privileged to attend several Summer workshops on scholarship which have provided her the opportunity to train under Lauren Anderson, Steve Brule, Krissy Richmond, Janie Parker, Adam Sklute, Devon Carney, Bruce Wells, Larissa Ponomarenko, Tina LaBlanc, Wendy Whelen, and William Whitener, to name a few.
Last year, Kaley was accepted into Texas Ballet Theater School’s Professional Division. While there, she was given the opportunity to perform in Ben Stevenson’s “The Nutcracker” as a Snowflake and in Harald Lander’s “Etudes” during Texas Ballet Theater’s Spring rep, Classic Combination. She was also privileged to be choreographed on by Ben Stevenson in his reimagined “Pas de Fiancee”. During her training there, Kaley worked with many other choreographers/master teachers such as Vincent Hardy, Caleb Mitchell, Maiqui Manosa and Christina Johnson, as well as the TBT Artistic staff and TBTS faculty.
Kaley is excited to be joining Ballet Arkansas as an apprentice for the 2016/17 season.