About the Director

Jennifer FelknerThe school's director, Jennifer Felkner, began her ballet training at the State Ballet of Missouri with Diana Adams, Una Kai and Flora Klenklein, under the directorship of Todd Bolender. She simultaneously studied with Tatiana Dokoudovska at the School of Russian Ballet. Jennifer spent summers on scholarship at the Briansky Saratoga School in New York, working with Oleg Briansky, Suki Schorer and Violette Verdy, among others.

 

Furthering her study of the Russian technique, Jennifer trained in Chicago with Dmitri Roudnev (former Bolshoi soloist) at the Roudnev Ballet of Chicago, where she also taught on the faculty. Later moving to New York City, Jennifer studied intensively with teachers Alexander Filipov and Kirill Matveev (formerly of the Kirov).

 

Jennifer has danced professionally with ballet companies in Texas, Chicago, and New York, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the Conservatory at the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC). For several years she has instructed students of all ages in the art of ballet. Her goal is to utilize the great traditions of the past to help create the great dancers of the future.