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
Stephanie is a choreographer and ballet teacher. She has choreographed or staged many ballets and contemporary dances, including Giselle, Winterreise, Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka, and various shorter pieces. She was co-choreographer with Kristin Kingsley for the 2011 Longmont Dance Theatre productions A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker. She has served as ballet mistress on various operas and ballets. Stephanie has danced professionally with Alaska Dance Theatre, Utah Festival Opera, and Peoria Ballet. She was co-salutatorian of her graduating Interlochen Arts Academy class, where she majored in dance. Stephanie went on to receive dual B.S. degrees in Ballet (with high honors) and Mathematics (with highest honors) at Indiana University in Bloomington with a minor in Contemporary Dance. At IU, Stephanie had the privilege of working with ballet luminaries including Violette Verdy, John Clifford, Julie Kent, and Gouping Wang. After graduating, Stephanie served as Violette Verdy’s personal assistant. Stephanie received her MFA in Dance, with a focus on ballet history and pedagogy, from the University of Colorado at Boulder. While at CU, Stephanie conducted a four month research study in Australia funded by an Endeavour Research Fellowship from the Australian government on the historical development of pedagogical practices in Australian ballet. Her research was conducted at The Australian Ballet School, The National Library of Australia, Queensland Ballet, and The Queensland University of Technology. While at CU, she was also awarded the Charlotte York Irey Scholarship and the Katherine Lamont Award. Stephanie started teaching ballet at Interlochen Arts Camp, where she was on faculty for five summers. She went on to teach at many other schools, including Indiana University (Adjunct Faculty), Indiana University Precollege Program, Nashville Dance Studio, The School of Alaskan Dance Theatre, and CU Boulder. In addition to teaching ballet technique classes at CU, Stephanie also taught lecture courses on dance history and theory. She has also prepared and presented workshops for math and elementary school teachers on how to teach math concepts through movement. Stephanie taught at Longmont Dance Theatre in 2009, becoming the Ballet Mistress at Centennial State Ballet in its founding year. She currently stays at home with her three year old son and two Newfoundland dogs while advocating for the arts and Centennial State Ballet in her free time.
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 SAPIEN, Treasurer
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
Alex hails from the icy tundra of Michigan and is a diehard Detroit sports team fan & a MSU Spartan for life. She has been acting and performing since second grade where her first laugh told her she had the soul of a performer. She attended Michigan State University where she majored in theatre, French, Spanish, and Pre-law. She graduated from the Honors College and promptly moved to Chicago where she worked professionally doing wardrobe and wigs for the theatre community there. She moved to Los Angeles with her now husband Joe in 2006 to become a professional actor. She performed as the lead role in Why We Have A Body at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica alongside acting legend Barbara Bain. Other theatre credits include: King O’ the Moon, Woyzek, MacBeth, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Anything Goes, and Annie. She has also been featured in the following web series and films: 2 Hopeful Spinsters, Keeping Up With The Downs, Lucky, and Waiter From Hell. She graduated from The Second City Hollywood Conservatory after writing, producing, and performing in her class conservatory show Me, My Selfie, and I. She and her husband moved a few more times cross country before landing in Longmont in 2016 where her involvement with CSB began through repairing The Nutcracker mask and writing and performing in the Murder Mystery fundraiser. She joined the board in 2019 and is most excited that her daughter just began her first tutu and tappers class!