Director of Marketing & Communications/Preschool and Ballet Instructor
Kristen joined the ABJ team in January 2010. With over 15 years of dance experience, she has studied many different dance styles in her hometown of Memphis,TN and has taught various ages and styles. She received the bulk of her training from Nadine Smith and Jackie Chartrand at NVS Dance, one of Tennessee’s Top 3 dance schools. Under Nadine and Jackie’s instruction, she won numerous local and national championships in Jazz, Tap, and Pom.
Kristen also studied Vaganova style ballet under Nora Curran at Allegro Ballet Academy and was a member of the Oakland Youth Ballet. There she apprenticed with Jan McCollum, the Director of Pre-Ballet, and quickly rose to co-teacher and then instructor in just six short months.
After teaching there for a year, she found her place as Director of Pre-Dance and Director of Enrollment at House of Talent in Cordova,TN. Her students at House of Talent were invited to perform all around the city and her competitive students received top honors at competitions such as Co.Dance, Hollywood Vibe, and more!
At ABJ, Kristen has trained undere Ms.Susu and Ms.Tessa and has so enjoyed being a part of the fabulous program ABJ provides. Her love of teaching ABJ's smallest dancers as well as working with the company dancers is shown everyday at the studio. Ms.Kristen also serves as the Director of Marketing and Communication, designing and maintaining the website, ABJ's social media and designing and overseeing many of the promotional materials created throughout the year!
Kristen is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a BA in Dance. While at the University she thrived in her dance education classes and was invited to teach dance at many area public schools. She is thrilled to be teaching here at Academy of Ballet and Jazz and cannot wait to share her passion for teaching with all of ABJ’s amazing students.