Ketchikan Theatre Ballet

The mission of Ketchikan Theatre Ballet is to provide high quality dance instruction to support each student’s talent and creativity, while developing a strong sense of self-awareness and self-discipline. We strive to inspire and delight audiences while highlighting our students.

Ketchikan Theatre Ballet has the honor of being the oldest school of dance in Southeast Alaska. Founded in 1961, KTB strives to provide the highest quality of dance education to Ketchikan’s youth and proudly presents the community with four performances each year.

We at KTB continue to teach not only dance, but also develop discipline, organizational skills, and positive self-image. Our seasoned staff has combined teaching experience of over 50 years and loves to share their passion for dance with their students.
Class offerings include ballet, jazz, tap, creative movement, pre-ballet, and teen/adult sessions.

All are welcome here at Ketchikan Theatre Ballet. Come dance with us!

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Today on our staff spotlight - Chelsea Goucher!

Chelsea Goucher was born and raised in Ketchikan, Alaska and was a student of KTB from 1995 until graduating high school in 2006. In the ten years she attended KTB, Chelsea studied ballet and jazz and enjoyed performing the roles of Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Chelsea continued to dance for several years while at Lewis and Clark College and took a closer look at choreography and modern dance. Chelsea is currently employed full-time at Alaska Marine Lines as an Account Representative. She tries to get onstage as much as she can and enjoys being involved with Gigglefeet, First City Players, and the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council. Chelsea is proud to call Ketchikan her home and is excited to be returning to KTB!

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Next up on our staff spotlight - Lauren Gates!

Lauren Elizabeth Gates enrolled in her first ballet class at KTB at the age of seven. She studied ballet throughout high school, and her fascination and love for the style lead to her enrolling in tap and jazz as well. While studying at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Lauren became a member of the school’s Dance Ensemble, instructed by Brian Jefferey, and learned a whole new kind of passion for dance through her studies of modern dance, body percussion and modern jazz. Lauren was involved with First City Players during her high school years and has also studied basic yoga and multiple types of Indian dance while on her exchange to India.

Lauren plans to continue her dance career and graduate with a BFA in the future. Until then she is honored and thrilled to be an instructor at the dance studio that became a second home to her and is where she found her true passion. She hopes to pass on her love of dance to her students and looks forward to the many lessons she is bound to learn in return. Lauren loves the community in Ketchikan and is very excited to be giving back to the place that has supported her throughout her life.

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Our next Senior Spotlight is Meagan Jorgensen!

Meagan sat in the audience watching The Nutcracker and Spring Gala performances for many years as a little girl. She dreamed of dancing on stage but feared it would not be possible. At age 11, Meagan decided to pursue her dream - no matter what obstacles she faced.

She has been dancing at Ketchikan Theatre Ballet for 8 years. She started training in jazz and later ballet and tap.

Some of Meagan's favorite roles in past Nutcrackers include Chinese and a solider in the battle scene. She was very excited to dance the Dew Drop Fairy in this year’s Nutcracker!

Meagan would like to thank her parents, instructors and everyone for their encouragement and support. She would like to give a special shoutout to Jess, "Thank you for pushing me out of my comfort zone and reminding me why I love dance!" Even though this is one of Meagan's

last performances with KTB, the memories and people she met will always be a part of her.

She’d also like to send a special message to younger dancers: When things seem impossible -TRY ANYWAY!

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