The Club was joined by professional ballet dancer Jan Burkhard from the Carolina Ballet. Jan shared her background with us then answered questions about the profession and Carolina Ballet.

Carolina Ballet is one of America’s premiere arts organizations. website named them in the top 5 American ballet companies to watch. Launched as a professional dance company in 1997 under the direction of Artistic Director/CEO Robert Weiss, Carolina Ballet has since garnered critical praise from the national and international media, staged 80 world premiere ballets, and toured internationally in China and Hungary. Weiss, former artistic director of the Pennsylvania Ballet and principal dancer at New York City Ballet under the legendary George Balanchine, programs traditional ballets by legendary masters and new works by contemporary choreographers. The Carolina Ballet has a budget of $5,676,255 employs 34 dancers.

About Jan

Jan Burkhard began her professional training at the School of American Ballet at the age of 9. She performed numerous ballets with New York City Ballet and was involved in the New York Choreographic Institute. Upon completion, she was also the recipient of the Mae L. Wien Award in 2005 for Most Outstanding Promise. In the fall of 2005, she became a member of Carolina Ballet’s corps de ballet. In 2009, she was nominated for the Princess Grace award. She rose through the ranks and was promoted to Principal in 2011. She has performed principal roles including Princess Aurora, Juliet, Firebird, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Giselle. Her repertoire also includes George Balanchine’s Tarantella, Valse Fantaisie, Apollo, Who Cares? and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux; August Bournonville’s La Sylphide and Flower Festival; Zalman Raffael’s Rhapsody and Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2; Robert Weiss’s A Classical Ballet, Intimate Voices, among others.

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