For the month of October, 2016, International Ballet Academy directors chose one student from the LOWER DIVISION of the academy (Ballet I & II) to be featured in its Student Spotlight. We are pleased to announce that the student selected is Kayleigh Earnest.
Kayleigh, 7, began dancing at age 3 at Artistic Edge Dance Center before joining IBA in 2013, where she studies with Lena Forster, Liz Blackwood, and Ashley Martin. She took summer classes with IBA’s intermediate students in 2016, being invited to do so by the academy directors. She is cast as a Baby Mouse in International Ballet’s The Nutcracker with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, which will be held in December, 2016.
Besides ballet, Kayleigh also plays piano and clarinet. Representing her school, she was the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Gold Medal recipient of the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) in piano. She was awarded Division I State Honorable Mention in the South Carolina Music Teachers Association Pre-College Piano Audition in 2016. She was named to the Principal’s List at her school for first grade, and she was designated as a “Terrific Kid” in 2014 and 2015. She has a yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Kayleigh enjoys reading, especially the Nancy Drew mysteries, as well as art, Legos, and ice skating. She is the daughter of Scott and Fiona Earnest.