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In recognition of artistic excellence, GALE FORCE DANCE has been selected to participate in the Performing Artists Directory, a program of the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, which is supported by state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.



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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Later this Season...


Summer 2020

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.  

To reserve tickets, contact (502) 226-6443 or

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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.


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.

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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.  


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.


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.


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 2019 by Guest Artist William Geoghegan, former student of Frankfort's own Capital City Dance Studios.