Kiley Jo Stevenson – Advocate of the Arts, Mentor.
Kiley Jo Stevenson is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School and holds a B.S. degree of Psychology from Messiah College. She was born in Hutchinson, Kansas where she began dancing at the age of seven at Betsy Andrew’s Artistree (formerly known as Studio 3100). Here Kiley developed her love of movement and after a few years, began traveling to Wichita, Kansas to take more rigorous classes at Rogers Ballet Inc., where her passion continued to grow and she studied the Cecchetti Method under Sharon and Stan Rogers. It was while dancing here that she began auditioning for Summer Intensives at the age of 13 (accepted into ABT New York’s Intensive, Joffrey Midwest’s Intensive, Milwaukee Ballet’s Intensive, and SAB’s intensive) and ultimately attending Joffrey Midwest’s Summer Intensive after being discovered by Judy Rice and John Magnus for two summers where she danced the lead classical ballet pieces both summers (Raymonda: Dream Adagio Grand Pas de Deux and La Bayadere: Nikiya in Act II – Kingdom of the Shades). While dancing the lead role at Joffrey Midwest’s Summer Intensive the second year, she was scouted to join the National Ballet School of Canada’s summer intensive in Toronto, Ontario. After completing NBS’s summer intensive she was invited to join their Professional Ballet Division on full scholarship at the age of 15, where she graduated with honors in 2006. Kiley was injured her final year at ballet school and because of this pursued her degree in Psychology after graduation.
While dancing, Kiley had the opportunity to work under the direction of artists such as: Karen Kain, Mavis Staines, Deborah Hess, Lindsay Fischer, Sergiu Stefanschi, Jiri Kylian, Glenn Gilmour, James Kudelka, Alicia Alonzo, Laurel Toto, John Magnus, Judy Rice and Peggy Baker.
She currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she works in the BioMedical Sales space and is a board member of Rittenhouse Square’s Ball on the Square. Kiley is an advocate for the arts and sponsors the Pennsylvania Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet School. She enjoys using her experience to introduce people to the ballet and educating people about the exciting opportunities in the field. She hopes that sharing her experiences before, during and after ballet school help guide other young dancers on their paths!
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