Kathy Callaghan comes to the school of the Nashville Ballet after working for 35 years as a teacher and Artistic Director of Centennial Youth Ballet. During that time she staged productions specifically geared toward young people including abbreviated and narrated Mini-Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty as well as kid friendly versions of Coppelia, Raymonda and Paquita.
Ms. Callaghan received her early dance training in Oak Ridge, Tenn. She majored in ballet at Butler University, where she was a principal dancer with the University Ballet Company. Her career as a professional dancer included Pennsylvania Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Dayton Ballet, and the Oakland Ballet. She danced the lead role in Giselle with the Tennessee Dance Theatre in 1981.
She was accredited as a Certified Teacher after completing the national training curriculum at the American Ballet Theatre in New York. She has spent four summers studying the Vaganova syllabus with John White and has completed teachers’ courses at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Canada’s National Ballet School, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Additionally, she has studied with Dmitri Roudnev, Stanislav Issaev, Andre Ustinov, Bryan Koulman, Finis Jhung and Ruth Petrinovic.
Ms Callaghan has served on the board of the Tennessee Association of Dance where her duties included chairing the organization’s scholarship committee. In 2009 TAD recognized her with the Tennessee Outstanding Dance Educator award.