Gale Force Dance is happy to host the first annual Ballet in the Bluegrass, an outdoor celebration of dance, summertime, and our beautiful landscape! This year, Gale Force Dance presents Happy Dance, a family friendly professional performance of ballet, contemporary dance, tap, and fire spinning! Happy Dance will express all of the good things in life--alternatingly exuberant, languorous, and playful. We know that when you get good news or achieve a goal, you have your own happy dance—we are going to make you want to get out of your seat and dance for joy!

There will be two showings of Happy Dance at Ballet in the Bluegrass:

July 27 at the Paddock at the Woodford Inn, at 8:00 pm. Relax at this renowned Versailles, KY, establishment with excellent food and drink. Admittance is $15/adult, $5/child at the gate.

August 3 at Ward Oates Amphitheatre in Frankfort, KY, at 8:00 PM. Bring a picnic blanket or camp chairs, and enjoy the offerings of food trucks on site. A Preshow at 7:30 PM will highlight local dance students from Frankfort School of Ballet's Circus Camp, Fairy Ballet Camp, and Summer Intensive, as well as First Christian Church Frankfort's True Colors camp. Admittance is $15/adult, $5/child at the gate.

For more information, visit or call or text (502)226-6443.

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Read about our Beautiful Bodies performance in the February edition of FRANK Magazine, put out by the State-Journal!

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Gale Force Dance is an eclectic and beautiful group of professional dancers who perform high quality, original, delightful dance in a variety of genres including but not limited to: ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, tap, and circus arts.


The mission of Gale Force Dance is to bring joy through performance art to people of all walks of life. One of the qualities that makes Gale Force Dance extra special is that we have a wide range of age, body type, and style of dancer; we believe this makes our presentations easier for the audience to relate to and appreciate.


We are especially excited when we get to introduce dance to audiences who have not experienced live performance, and so our programs are designed to be easily accessible and pleasurable to watch. Even so, our dancers’ superb technique developed through rigorous training as well as our original choreography make our programs a delight also for those within the dance industry.


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Inaugural Season 2018-19


December 8, 2:00 & 6:30 PM at The Grand Theatre

See Gale Force Dancers along with FSB students in this wonderful holiday classic. Click here for more details.


Valentine's Day 2019

Treat your sweetie to the most decadent artistic sight in town. Gale Force Dance presents “Beautiful Bodies,” a celebration of the human form and all of the love it contains. Regional professional performers of ballet, contemporary dance, modern dance, opera, circus arts, tap dance, and magic bring their beautiful bodies—of many different types, sizes, and qualities—as their means of expressing the emotion and soul at the core of their being, with special attention to the affection and intimacy between men and women whose bodies meet and complement each other in magical ways. Enjoy well-known love songs and a wine bar! Run time is an hour and twenty minutes, allowing plenty of time for a romantic dinner in a downtown Frankfort restaurant before or after the show. Reserve your seats at 


Summer 2019

Gale Force Dance performers use movement to celebrate all of the good things in life, alternatingly exuberant, languorous, and playful. Happy Dance is a family friendly celebration staged outdoors in the beautiful fresh air of Central Kentucky. We know that when you get good news or achieve a goal, you have your own happy dance—we are going to make you want to get out of your seat and dance for joy! A preshow will highlight local dance students.  


Tentatively: Halloween season 2019

Enjoy this well-loved Halloween tale!

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Kay Kissick, Angelito Anacan, Shannon Gale, Katrina Goulbourne, Kathy Gale, Dorothy Smith, and EveMarie Bessenbach following the debut of GALE FORCE DANCE in Frankfort School of Ballet's Nutcracker at The Grand Theatre on Dec. 8, 2018. This photo and all company portraits by Jim Tincher Photography.

EveMarie Bessenbach currently is also a company artist with Allegro Dance Project & teacher at UK. She has performed professionally with Lexington Ballet, Dance Theatre of Tennessee, Hosanna Sacred Arts, Missouri Ballet Theatre, Butler Ballet, & Butler Chamber Dance.  Her choreography has been presented at Lexington Ballet, Dance Theatre of Tennessee, BalletMet Dance Academy, Missouri Ballet Theatre, Riverfront Dance Festival, American Dance Troupe, Butler University, Governor’s Derby Celebration, Capital City Expo, & Junior Miss. 

Angelito Anacan has performed professionally with Allegro Dance Project, Kentucky Ballet Theatre, Lexington Ballet Company, & Dance Theatre of Tennessee.

Dorothy Smith performs professionally with Calypso Flow Performance Arts and Spun out Fire in both Kentucky and New York, and she has performed pre-professionally with the Lexington Ballet Company.

Katrina Goulbourne is the Artistic Director and Lead Teacher of the Frankfort School of Ballet. She is currently studying vocal performance in classical/opera as a scholarship student at Kentucky State University.

Kay Kissick is a charter member of the Nashville Ballet and danced professionally for 12 years, both in the ballet company and in off-Broadway musicals. As a dance teacher of 36 years and studio owner of 8 years, she has experience as a choreographer in many genres.

Abby Rank has performed professionally with Bluegrass United Performing Arts Project and as a guest artist with Allegro Dance Project. She teaches at Winchester Christian Ballet, and is training to be an Occupational Therapist, specializing in dancers.

Claire Wolfe grew up dancing competitvely at a studio in CIncinnati, Ohio.  She continued dancing in college at Appalachian State University performing in the dance ensembles each semester and on the ASU Elite Dance Team.  She continues dancing now by taking classes at Frankfort School of Ballet.  

Kathy Gale is making her debut as a professional performer in this production. She has taught dance at Frankfort School of Ballet since 2003, and she is the owner of the Boogie Boutique.

Shannon Gale is the namesake and founder of Gale Force Dance. She opened the Frankfort School of Ballet in 1997 and has performed professionally as a guest artist throughout the region for three decades. She also owns Vibrant Life and Helpful Editor.

It was a delight to be joined in Beautiful Bodies by Guest Artist William Geoghegan, former student of Frankfort's own Capital City Dance Studios.

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