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.
Administrator, Marcella Cox
MARCELLA COX is CSB’s Director of Operations. Marcella received her Bachelor’s Degree from Metro State University of Denver in Human Services (2013). Marcella has been involved with Centennial State Ballet in a variety of capacities since its inception in August 1998. As a 2008 alumna of Longmont Dance Theatre Academy, Marcella began with the company as a performer in numerous CSB productions. Her favorite roles include: the stepmother in Hansel and Gretel, Spanish soloist in The Nutcracker, the duck in Peter and the Wolf, the gypsy soloist in Pinocchio, and the Door Mouse in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Her love for CSB and for ballet has only grown since she took on an administrative role within the organization. Marcella is passionate about Centennial State Ballet’s vision of sharing the art of ballet with the Colorado community and is looking forward to watching the organization grow.
Matthew Helms, Criss Smidt
Board of Directors
President, Moriah Sullivan
MORIAH SULLIVAN 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.
Vice-President, Jeanine Hedström
JEANINE HEDSTRÖM has had a love for dance ever since she was three years old. She was hooked after her first dance recital and has continued dancing since that time. After moving to Longmont from Sweden, she began looking for a dance studio for her five-year-old daughter and stumbled upon LDTA. She was impressed with the level of professionalism, technique, and performance quality of the pre-professional performance program. Jeanine supports Centennial State Ballet because of the invaluable performance opportunities it offers the dancers and the ways in which the organization enriches the community with the art of dance. She is a dance instructor, choreographer, and Pilates instructor with a BA in Dance from the University of Iowa. Jeanine has been teaching and choreographing in studios and high schools in Iowa and also abroad in Norway and Sweden. She is a proud mother of four and continues to take ballet class at LDTA.
Secretary, Susan Burton
SUSAN BURTON has been passionate about the art of classical ballet since her first childhood dance classes. She supports Centennial State Ballet because she believes that its pre-professional ballet program offers an invaluable arts experience to the local community. Susan is a practiced dance instructor and choreographer with an MA in Dance and related arts from Texas Women’s University. She has taught in studios in Phoenix, AZ, Fort Worth, TX, Fort Collins and Loveland, CO, and in junior colleges in Texas and New Mexico. From 1987 to 2001, she was the owner and artistic director of The Academy of Ballet in Alamogordo, NM. She also served as choreographer at several musical theater groups in Alamogordo. In New Mexico, Susan served on the Boards of the Alamogordo Youth Theater and the Otero County Community Concerts Association. She also served on the Board of the Rialto Theater Guild in Loveland, CO.
Treasurer, Sarah Burrowes
SARAH BURROWES has enjoyed office work all her life, beginning as a part-time typist at CU right out of high school. After experiences in other fields, she has returned to that first love as office manager for Sullivan Appraisal Services. She also serves in a part-time capacity for Centennial State Ballet and Longmont Dance Theatre Academy as bookkeeper. It was through her work as bookkeeper that she was selected to the Board of Centennial State Ballet. Sarah has no background in dance, either personally or through her children (now all grown and with children of their own). However, she has always enjoyed the beauty of dance and in particular of classical ballet, and was delighted at the opportunity to contribute in a small way to Centennial State Ballet, where the standard of performance is exceptionally high.
EILEEN HICKEY has been an engineer in high-tech industries for her entire career. Starting at Xerox as an intern prior to graduating from Cornell University’s Electrical Engineering school with a minor in Art History, she has been on the forefront of design in the personal computer age. Her first project involved a microprocessor-controlled copier – replacing years of cam and shaft designs. She has gone on to work in California and Michigan, landing finally in Colorado when her oldest child was turning two. Celebrating more than 30 years on the Front Range while working for both local startups and global companies, Eileen continues to enjoy all the benefits of being a techie. Luckily, as her daughter, Kiera, became interested in dance, Eileen met Kristin, and Kiera moved to Kristin’s care and tutelage the year Kristin moved to Longmont. Eileen and Kiera were both awestruck watching Kristin’s performances in productions in Boulder, Longmont, and Fort Collins. Despite and because of various health issues, Kiera enjoyed spending many, many hours at Kristin’s dance studio. Since they lived a good distance away, Eileen got involved in costume sewing, directed by various head seamstresses over the years. Having had a child move through the ranks and having watched so many children enter the studio and mature to enchanting dancers and people through their many performances, Eileen is dedicated to providing the energy necessary for this incredible opportunity to continue. Being on the Board of Directors creates many opportunities to support performance production on a frugal-but-effective scale. Eileen also continues to rip and tack as needed on the costume front.
DAVID KINGSLEY served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1965 after graduation from high school in the public schools of Polk County, Florida. After leaving the Army, David attended the Kansas State Teachers College, graduating in 1969 with a Bachelor of Music Ed with a focus in French Horn Performance. He went on to graduate from ESU (formerly Kansas State Teachers College) with a Masters in Music Ed in 1973, again with a focus in French Horn Performance. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree, David taught public school from 1969-1974 in Bucklin and Shawnee Mission, KS. He went on to work in federal service, working for the Social Security Administration from 1974 until his retirement in 2001, serving as a claims authorizer, technical advisor, systems manager, and unit manager. David is the father of Kristin Kingsley, Owner and Executive Artistic Director for Centennial State Ballet, David has been involved in various capacities with CSB since its inception.
DOLORES KINGSLEY has been involved with the arts starting at the tender age of two-and-a-half, taking dance classes and performing “I’m A Little Teapot.” Dolores has performed in musicals, sung in church choirs, choreographed line dances, and taught line dancing. She taught elementary school for 30 years in Kansas, teaching third through sixth grade, before retiring. During her daughter Kristin’s training, performance, student apprenticeship, and role as a company member of the State Ballet of Missouri (now the Kansas City Ballet), Dolores was introduced to the Ballet Boutique and volunteered for every performance. She has brought that knowledge to CSB’s performance boutique. It is a pleasure and great fun to be involved with the purchase and stocking of the boutique for all of CSB’s performances. Being involved with CSB since its inception, she has seen the organization’s growth into the pre-professional ballet school it is today. She has watched many students as they advanced from performing as an angel to their graduation, especially all of her grandchildren during her performances as Grandmother in the Nutcracker. CSB’s teachers, students, families, and friends have become a second family to Dolores and her husband, David Kingsley. CSB is a very important part of the local community, bringing professional ballet performances to the public and showcasing the talented students from the Longmont area. Her 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. She also hopes to work on finding a larger, permanent performing arts center to house all the arts in Longmont.
RICH MARSH 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.
CRISS SMIDT brings 12 years as a professional ballet dancer and over 20 years of teaching classical ballet. Criss understands the requirements of a non-profit organizations and ballet companies. With
a Masters degree in Acupuncture and the owner/operator of Colorado Art of Acupuncture LLC. Criss recognizes the demands and needs that a business requires to grow and develop in a small communities.
Additional board members include Mindy Brooks, Keith Bobo, and Kim Taylor. Bios coming soon!