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Student Spotlight for May, 2017

The IBA Career & College Guidance Program is pleased to feature Ellen Kilby in its Student Spotlight for May, 2017. Each month (September - May) for the past three years, a different student has been featured in the spotlight.  This month the IBA Directors selected from those who have been featured before, and who are still training at the academy, as IBA's "Encore Performer".   IBA is happy to recognize Ellen, who has blossomed into a strong, confident dancer during her time at IBA.


Ellen began dancing at the age of 3 and trained for many years at the School of Carolina Ballet Theatre before enrolling in International Ballet Academy in 2014, where she has studied with Vlada Kysselova, Victoria Yanchuck, Irina Ushakova, Alexander Tressor, and Juliana Jordan. This is her third year as an International Ballet Senior Company member. Ellen is also in her final year of studying  ballet and modern dance at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville under Jan Woodward. She has performed in mainstage productions with Carolina Ballet Theatre and with International Ballet, in the Greenville Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday at Peace, as well as at Greenville’s Artisphere. She performed at the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association's (SERBA) Fall Adjudication in Atlanta and at the 2016 SERBA Festival in Durham, NC.


Ellen’s roles/ repertoire with International Ballet include Spanish, Snow, and Waltz of the Flowers in The Nutcracker; Hungarian Dance in Swan Lake, Act 3; Wili and Village Girl in Giselle; “Tarentella” soloist; Nayada and the Fisherman, “Drum Dance” from La Bayadere; “Masquerade Waltz” (choreographed by Vlada Kysselova); “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” (choreographed by Melanie Benson), “Royal Sec: Champagne Galop" (choreographed by Hennadii Bespechnyi),“Valse Magnifique”; Alexander Tressor’s Central Park, which she will perform at Artisphere on May 13, 2017; and in Juliana Jordan’s Biography, El Condor Pasa (with DRUM Percussion Studio), ”Playground Paradox”,  To Mother with Love, and We Regret to Inform You. With Carolina Ballet Theatre, Ellen danced as Clara, Snow, and Waltz of the Flower’s in The Nutcracker, as well as in roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White. With the Fine Arts Center, she performed in Kate Sharpetowka’s “Love Is for the Poets” and in Tyler Gilstrap’s “Turbulent Wake”.


Ellen has attended summer intensives at International Ballet Academy, Nashville Ballet, American Ballet Theatre North Carolina and The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia. She is a member of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. In May, 2015, Ellen was selected by the International Ballet artistic staff as Student of the Month. This month Ellen will graduate from Greenville High School, where she is an Honor Roll student and a member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society. She has done volunteer work with her senior high youth group at her church, and she served on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2015. She will attend Florida State University as a dance major beginning in Fall, 2017. She is the daughter of Thomas and Carol Kilby of Greenville.


 Photo by Karl Trump Photography


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