Christine Welker

Education Director

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Born in Sacramento California, Christine began her training with Barbara Crockett at the School for the Sacramento Ballet and continued her training at the San Francisco Ballet School on full scholarship under the direction of Lola De Avila. Christine has danced with the Sacramento Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Ballet West, and the Atlanta Ballet where she danced for 19 years in principle roles after joining in 1995. Memorable highlights include Juliet in Michael Pink's Romeo and Juliet, Kitri in Don Quixote, the Summer Duet in James Kudelka's The Four Seasons, Lady Capulet in Jean Christophe Malliot's Romeo et Juliette, and Waltz Girl in George Balanchine's Serenade. Several, of many original roles created for Christine include Sinfonietta Giacosa, and The Rite of Spring, by acclaimed choreographer and Artistic Director of Scottish National Ballet, Christopher Hampson. Along with touring internationally to South Korea, Mexico, and Scotland's Edinburgh Dance Festival, she also has had the honor of touring to London, England, performing the role of Wendy in John Mcfall's Peter Pan, as part of the year 2000 Millennium festivities. During the course of her career Christine has had the pleasure of working with many world-renowned choreographers; including Wayne McGregor, Twyla Tharp, Lila York, Helen Pickett, Michael Pink, Stanton Welch and Amy Seiwert. For six years, Christine served as mentor and co-director of the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education's Professional summer program. She has served as rehearsal assistant for Ohad Naharin's Minus 16, alongside Bhatsheva's Rachel Osborne and Danielle Agami.  Currently, Christine teaches as an adjunct professor at Kennesaw State University’s Department of Dance, and also serves as repetiteur and rehearsal director. From March of 2016 to July of 2017 Christine served as Principal to Atlanta Ballet’s Powers Ferry school. Christine is also a Level 1 certified STOTT Pilates instructor at Inspire Health Atlanta.



Angelina Pellini

Stage Manager

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Angelina Pellini holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Kennesaw State University. She recently graduated Summa Cum Laude and with Honors distinction. At KSU, her focus was drawn to dance production and stage management. She served as the student assistant under Production Manager, David Tatu, and worked on countless performances for the KSU Dance Company and the KSU Dance Festival. She also had the opportunity to travel with the company to the American College Dance Association South Conference in 2017 as the stage manager and assistant lighting designer. During her time as a student, she also performed “Tetraktys” by McCree O’Kelley in the KSU Dance Company’s performance of Ten as well as at the Alabama Dance Festival and KSU Dance Festival. As a freshman, she received the first ever Outstanding Dance Production Scholarship at KSU in 2015. Now, she works as a stagehand for professional rentals in KSU’s new Marietta Dance Theater. Before attending KSU, Angelina grew up training in classical ballet at Cumming Ballet Theatre in Cumming, Georgia where she now serves as a teacher and choreographer. She is also a proponent of dance scholarship. She received the Joan Harrell Annual Dance Scholarship for her research in 2017, and her honors thesis on dance education in private dance studios is currently being published in the Kennesaw Journal of Undergraduate Research. Most recently, Angelina spent her summer in Colorado working as a production intern for the Vail Dance Festival under the artistic directorship of Damien Woetzel.