KRISTIN KINGSLEY, Executive Artistic Director, originally hails from Kansas City, MO where she danced professionally with the Kansas City Ballet. She began her studies with Diana Adams, Una Kai, and Todd Bolender. She continued her studies with Sandra Jennings, Bart Cook, and John Prinz. She enjoyed the teaching of Victoria Fedine, Maria Tallchief, Allegra Kent, and Melissa Hayden. Her professional performance repertoire favorites include Dance of the Hours from Coppélia, Alvin Ailey’s The River, Violente Fairy from The Sleeping Beauty under the direction of John Prinz, Kitri in Don Quixote, Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker, and Autumn Fairy in Cinderella.
Ms. Kingsley formed the LDT Academy to offer a pre-professional ballet school and after many years in the community, it is still the premier pre-professional ballet school in Longmont. Alumnae have gone on to work with Ballet Chicago (Danny Duell), Atlantic City Ballet, Louisville Ballet, and Ballet Austin. Students have been accepted to summer intensive programs such as: Ballet Met (Columbus, Ohio), Ballet West (Salt Lake City, Utah), Kansas City Ballet (MO), Orlando Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet (NY, NY), Julliard (NY, NY), Jillana’s Technique in Taos (Taos, NM), Pacific Northwest Ballet (Seattle, WA), American Ballet Theatre (divisions in Detroit, California and Atlanta). LDT Academy students have been accepted to the following schools: CU Boulder, UNC Greeley, AMDA, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Boston College, University of Michigan, San Francisco Conservatory, NYU, and the University of Utah. Ms. Kingsley is the founder and Executive Artistic Director of CSB.
Board of Directors
STEPHANIE TULEY, President
KIMBERLY TAYLOR, Vice President
Kimberly grew up dancing and playing sports in Binghamton, NY. Her home studio was Encore Dance Studio where she took ballet, tap and jazz. However for her, the area where dancing made the biggest impact was when she would wow teammates and fans by doing a full split as a 1st baseman on the softball diamond. Kimberly and her husband, Paul, moved to Longmont in 2000 after graduating from the University at Buffalo MBA program. Today, Kim and Paul live in Northeast Longmont and both of their sons, Connor and Griffin, attend Longmont High School. Kimberly’s younger son, Griffin, is a danseur with Centennial State Ballet and is enrolled in the Pre-professional Ballet Intensive Program (PBIP) at Longmont Dance Theatre Academy. As a strong proponent and supporter of the arts, most specifically ballet, Kimberly joined Centennial State Ballet’s Board of Directors in 2016 and was elected to be the CSB Board Vice President in 2019. In addition to volunteering extensively for Centennial State Ballet, she became the CSB representative to the Longmont Performing Arts Initiative (LPAI). LPAI, found in June of 2017, is a collaborative group made up of Longmont’s six major nonprofit performing arts organizations and is involved with the advocacy and support of the performing arts (www.LongmontPerforms.org). Kimberly also owns Loco Threads (an apparel decorating business), is a member of the Longmont Rotary Club and is the President of the Longmont High School Education Foundation. Kimberly would like to thank Kristin Kingsley for bringing professional level ballet performances to Longmont but especially for providing her son, Griffin, with a challenging yet loving ballet home.
MORIAH SULLIVAN, Secretary
Moriah chose to volunteer her time with CSB because she LOVES ballet! She also loves the professional ballet experience and the opportunities CSB brings to the community. She has a long history with dancing. Moriah started her ballet education in 1976 in Maryland with Frederick School of Classical Ballet and performed with Maryland Regional Ballet. She danced and performed there for 13 years. Then, after a 10-year absence from ballet and moves all over the country, she landed in the Boulder area. She revisited her dance background and started taking local and company classes. Eventually, Moriah moved to Longmont and stumbled upon Longmont Dance Theatre Academy. She believes LDTA offers the best classes she has experienced since her move to Colorado. She continues to take adult ballet classes, and her three boys take ballet and tap classes as well. They love it! This led to performance opportunities for her and her children with Centennial State Ballet. Her passion for the organization led to a position on the board and eventual election to president. Moriah is a successful local business owner in the Longmont community, a mother of small children who have come to love the rewards that go hand-in-hand with performance and ballet, and a true and long-time lover of the performing arts. She chose to volunteer her time with CSB to help bring to life the artistic vision of unbelievably talented Executive Artistic Director, Kristin Kingsley, and to foster her love for ballet with the local community.
JENNIFER KINGSLEY-SAPIEN, Treasurer
DOLORES KINGSLEY, Board Member
Dolores Kingsley has been involved with the arts starting at the tender age of 2 1/2 taking dancing and performing “I’m A Little Teapot”. She went on to perform in musicals during her time with the University of Hawaii and with church choirs in Hawaii, Washington, and Missouri. She currently teaches line dancing and choreographs line dances for her students in Picayune, Mississippi and for line dancers around the national community. Ms. Kingsley taught elementary school, 3rd thru 6th grade, for 30 years in Kansas before retiring. Full disclosure, Dolores is Kristin Kingsley’s proud mom and during her daughter’s training, performance opportunities, student apprenticeship, and becoming a company member of the State Ballet of Missouri, now the Kansas City Ballet, she was introduced to the Ballet Boutique and volunteered for every performance. With this knowledge, Ms. Kingsley ran the CSB Boutique from 1999 until 2017. She always had so much pleasure and fun while being involved with the purchase and fabrication for boutique items and now is proud to pass off this duty to her first daughter, Jennifer Kingsley-Sapien. Being involved with CSB since its inception, she has seen CSB‘s growth into the local youth pre-professional ballet company it is today. She has watched many students as they advanced from performing as an angel to their graduation, especially all her “grandchildren“ during her performances as grandmother in The Nutcracker. CSB‘s artistic staff, administration, students, families and friends have become a second family to my husband and me. CSB is a very important part of the Longmont community bringing to the public professional ballet performances showcasing the talented youth from the Longmont area. My goal for the board is to increase awareness of CSB‘s professional place in Longmont and to help find funds needed to produce these wonderful productions. I am also dedicated to collaborating with other arts organizations to create a permanent performing arts center to house all the arts in Longmont.
RICH MARSH, Board Member
Rich is a lawyer in Longmont. Mr. Marsh has served on other nonprofit boards, specifically helping with legal due diligence and documentation; but the CSB board is a new direction for him. Rich has been a long-time supporter of ballet performances, as his daughters took dance and ballet lessons when they were young and he has been a regular patron of DCPA’s Nutcracker production. Beyond that, Mr. Marsh’s experience with ballet is pretty limited and he is fortunate that the other board members are well acquainted with classical dance, leaving him to focus on legal due diligence matters for the organization. Rich would like to add: he is now also a HUGE fan of CSB’s Nutcracker production.
JULIA RAMOS, Board Member
As a lifelong dancer Julia is excited to be a part of CSB. At four years old she entered her first ballet class which turned into a passion that carried through to today. Julia is currently a member of the Desi Caliente Bollywood Performance Troupe which most recently showcased at a variety show in North Boulder. The poise and grace Julia learned with Kristin Kingsley at Longmont Dance Theatre Academy, a training ground for CSB, greatly helped her as she navigated her career and adult life. Julia believes that the arts cultivate empathy and creativity that are critical for young people to develop a well rounded approach to the world. The diversity of skill sets and discipline that is called for within the art community and ballet specifically is extremely helpful to grow confidence for children and youth. In her professional life Julia is a cyber security professional for a national health care provider and assists with anti-human trafficking initiatives locally, nationally and internationally.
ALEX SEDROWSKI-TIMMER, Board Member
DAVID KINGSLEY, Board Member Emeritus