Kelsey grew up in Athens, Ala., where she began her training under the direction of Beth Cannon and Julie George. She continued her studies at the University of Alabama and graduated in 2012 in Dance Performance and Choreography. During this time she performed leading roles in The Nutcracker, La Bayadère, Les Sylphides and Jose Limon’s There Is a Time. After graduation, Kelsey joined the Atlanta Ballet Fellowship Ensemble. She has performed with the Company in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush and Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker. During her first season with the Ballet, she was featured in roles such as a Ponytail Girl in David Bintley’s Carmina Burana and the Rose soloist in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Requiem for a Rose. Kelsey would like to thank her family for their continuous love and support. She looks forward to learning and growing with the Atlanta Ballet.
Kiara began her ballet training at age 6 in Cary, N.C., at Cary Ballet Conservatory. She spent summers training at Boston Ballet, Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive and Pacific Northwest Ballet. After graduating from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, she continued her training as a Professional Division student at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School on full scholarship. As a student, she performed with Pacific Northwest Ballet in the corps de ballet of George Balanchine’s Le Baiser de la Fée and Coppélia, and in Kent Stowell’s Nutcracker. Her most memorable moment with Atlanta Ballet was performing Ohad Narahin’s Minus 16. Outside of ballet, she enjoys discovering new things in Atlanta, live music, and arts and crafts. Kiara thanks her parents, sisters and friends for everything they have done to encourage her to follow her passion.