Elana Irwin Perkins
Adult and Pre-professional Ballet
Elana Irwin Perkins grew up in Milford, DE., and began taking dance lessons at the age of 9 at the Marion Tracy Dance Studio in Dover, DE under the direction of Cherie Noble. In 1977, when Ms. Elana was 12 years old, she was offered a full ballet scholarship at the Prestigious School of American Ballet, an affiliate of the New York City Ballet Company. Elana then went on to attend High School at the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts on a full dance scholarship from 1981 to 1983 before joining the Basler Ballet Company in Basel, Switzerland in 1984. While dancing professionally with the Basler Ballet Company, Ms. Elana gained worldwide touring experience and performed in Italy, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Yugoslavia, Belgium, and Liechtenstein. Over the years, she has performed with the Delaware Regional Ballet Company, The Basler Ballet Company, The North Carolina Dance Theatre, The N.C.S.A. Student Company, Atlantic Dance Theatre, The North Carolina Ballet Company, and the San Francisco Ballet Company in California. Ms. Elana now resides in Harrodsburg, Kentucky and has been teaching dance in Delaware, North Carolina, and Kentucky for the past 28 years.
Ballet, Circus Flow Arts, Conditioning, Contemporary, Tap, Youth
Dorothy Smith began her dance training at the Frankfort School of Ballet at age 8 and never stopped dancing. Because of the excellent instruction she received at FSB, she was able to graduate into the pre-professional program at Lexington Ballet, where she appeared in a number of productions including Coppelia and Les Sylphides. Dorothy began to incorporate circus, fire, and flow arts into her dancing and has danced professionally with Calypso Flow Performance Arts and Spun out Fire in both Kentucky and New York. She is looking forward to continuing her ballet studies later this summer with a term at the Detroit Ballet, and she is training for a certification in Acro Yoga.
Acro, Ballet, Modern, Praise Dance
Asher Taylor-Dawson is a company member of Gale Force Dance and CirqueLouis and an apprentice at Lexington Ballet. Born in Connecticut, he trained in ballet and modern dance at Greater Hartford Academy for the Arts (Hartford, CT) and Louisville Ballet, and in aerial arts and group acro at Suspend Louisville. He has attended summer intensives at International Gymnastics Training Center, Lexington Ballet, Mam-Luft & Co, and Pilobolus. Asher holds a BS in Psychology from Indiana University with a concentration in neuroscience that informs his approach to dancing and teaching.
Ballet Technique, Contemporary, Broadway Jazz, Adult Tap
Kay Kissick has been a dance instructor for 36 years. For 8 years, she owned a dance studio in Winchester, Kentucky, called Arts Studio of Kentucky, and she has taught for many other studios, including the Frankfort School of Ballet. Kay has been Adjunct Faculty at both Indiana University Northwest in Gary, IN, and Valparaiso, IN, where she taught collegiate level courses and directed the universities’ dance companies. Kay is a charter member of the Nashville Ballet and danced professionally for 12 years, both in the ballet company and in off-Broadway musicals. Kay received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Oklahoma City University in 1987.
Abigail Rank has been performing in various forms of dance since she was 2 years old. She has studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Pointe, and Stunting during her dance career. In addition to dance, “Abby” is also an accomplished pianist while excelling on 3 other instruments. She is currently majoring in Exercise and Sports Science at Eastern Kentucky University with a focus in Athletic Training. Upon graduation, she intends to become a personal fitness trainer and a dance therapist, which is a rising form of rehabilitation for injured athletes, performers, and children. Having undergone spinal fusion for scoliosis, Abby has a passion to help others who are going through similar trials in their lives. Abigail brings to Frankfort School of Ballet her passion and experience and is looking forward to sharing her knowledge with budding young dancers.
Kathy Gale received her dance training in Chatsworth, California, studying first with Donald P. Journeaux and later with Sheila Rozann. Her favorite style of dance is ballet, and as a child she was often seen leaping down hallways and using countertops in place of a barre. She was thrilled to get back into dance as an adult when her daughter, Shannon Gale, opened the Frankfort School of Ballet. Kathy began teaching at FSB in 2003, and currently teaches Adult Ballet and Level I Pre-professional Ballet. She is also a company dancer with Gale Force Dance.
She is looking forward to another inspirational year of dance and performance with both new and returning students, and as always, she will be attending FSB's upper level ballet classes because they keep her in great health.
As the owner of the Boogie Boutique, she is happy to help dancers find the dance attire they are looking for and will gladly special order items that are not in stock. The Boutique is open during class hours and by special appointment.