Hannah Krejci – Artistic & Academy Director
Pamela Krejci – Office Administrator & Managing Director
Hannah Krejci – Pre-Ballet, Intro to Ballet, Beginning Ballet-A, -B, -C, Intermediate Ballet-A & Pre-Pointe, Intermediate Ballet-B Classical Ballet en Pointe, Intermediate Ballet-C and Advanced Variations en Pointe
Haleigh Davis – Creative Movement-A, -B, Tiny Tappers
Jodilyn Bush – Pilates-A, -B
Faryn Kelly – Modern
Becca Warta – Contemporary-A, -B
Spring Semester Guest Instructors
David Goud – Intermediate Ballet-C, Advanced Ballet, Pas de Deux
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, David trained in the martial art Tae Kwon Do until he started ballet classes at age 15. Two years later he became a dance major at Butler University, and at age 19 he accepted a contract with the Louisville Ballet under the direction of Alun Jones and Helen Starr. David rose quickly through the ranks of the Louisville Ballet and became its youngest Principal Dancer.
In 1991, the Mayor proclaimed May 11th as “David Goud Day” in recognition for his talent and community outreach. An explosive and dramatic dancer, David performed a variety of roles with the Louisville Ballet including, “Apollo” and “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” choreographed by George Balanchine, The King in David Parsons’ “The Envelope,” Basilio in the full- length “Don Quixote,” Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet,” The Cavalier and Snow Prince in “The Nutcracker,” The Young Boy in Antony Tudor’s “Little Improvisations,” and appeared in numerous other works by international choreographers.
During his tenure with the Louisville Ballet, David taught technique and pas de deux classes for the Company and apprentices. In 2000, David left the Louisville Ballet to dance, teach and choreograph around the country, and became a resident guest artist and teacher for the University of Louisville Dance Academy, Chattanooga Ballet and the Northwest Florida Ballet. In 2006, David was awarded the Tennessee Arts Commission Fellowship in Dance Performance.
From 2002-2011, David designed and delivered dance outreach programs for New Performing Arts and was nominated for the Kentucky Arts Council’s Governor’s Award for Arts Education in 2011. From 2011-2013, David was a teacher for the Northwest Florida Ballet Academie and a Principal Dancer with the Northwest Florida Ballet. David enjoys traveling the country and is passionate about sharing his love for classical ballet.
Messy Laffitte – Intermediate Pointe -B/-C and Advanced
Meisy Laffitte was born in Havana, Cuba and graduated from the National School of Arts, soon after becoming a member of the National Ballet of Cuba under the direction of Alicia Alonso.
While in school, she participated in several International Ballet Workshops and won the Silver Medal at the International Ballet Competition of Cuba in the Junior Division. Her repertoire includes soloist roles such as Blue Bird in Sleeping Beauty, Kitri in Don Quixote, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Flames of Paris Pas de Deux, La Bayadere Pas de Deux and others.
Ms Laffitte came to the United States in April of 2013 joining the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida in Miami. Since joining KBT in 2014, Ms. Laffitte has performed soloist roles in The Merchant & the Slave Pas de Deux from Le Corsaire, Paquita, La Sylphide, The Night Before Christmas, Beauty & the Beast, Cinderella, Raymonda, Calles de Tango, Waltz for Two, Divenire, Hoops, Fairy Doll, Little Mermaid, Degas, and Beethoven.
This will be Meisy’s third season with Kentucky Ballet Theatre and has been featured at Ballet Under the Stars for three summers. Ms. Laffitte is also a lead faculty member in the KBT Academy.
Jorge Barani – Intermediate Ballet Tech -A/-B and -C/Advanced
Jorge Barani, graduated from the National School of Arts in Havana, Cuba in 2010. His professional career started in National Ballet of Cuba where he performed important roles in ballets such as Fairy Doll, Romeo and Juliet, La Fille Mal Gardee, Dracula and others.In 2012, he joined Ballet de Monterrey in Mexico and in 2013, Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida in Miami. Previously, Mr. Barani has also been invited to perform with the London’s Royal Ballet. His international roles include Le Corsaire Pas de Deux, Black Swan Pas de Deux, Don Quixote Pas de Deux, Flames of Paris Pas de Deux to mention a few of them.
In 2013 Mr. Barani won the Gold Medal in the World Competition in Orlando, Florida, in July 2015 he won the Silver Medal in the Korean International Ballet Competition, and in January 2016, Jorge won the Silver Medal at the Vienna International Ballet Experience (VIBE) competition. This past summer he won the Silver Medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria.
At KBT his Principal roles include The Merchant & the Slave Pas de Deux from Le Corsaire, Lucien in Paquita, James in La Sylphide, Gustav in Beauty & the Beast, Prince Desire in Cinderella, the Prince in The Little Mermaid, lead male in The Talisman, Diana and Acteon Pas de Deux, and the Spring Waters Pas de Deux. He has also performed lead roles in The Nught Before Christmas, Beethoven, Degas, Hoops, Gitanos, Cuban Sugar, Calles de Tango, Classics & Cuba as well as other cassical and contemporary works.
This will be Jorge’s third season as the principal male dancer with Kentucky Ballet Theatre and his third Ballet Under the Stars. Jorge also performs as a principal guest artist for galas and special performances in the United States and Europe.