Taryn Ouellette is a graduate of New York University, with a Master of Arts degree in Dance Education with a focus in Ballet Pedagogy. She has been teaching ballet for over fifteen years, also working as a choreographer and coach for pre-professional ballet students. Taryn received her early ballet training at Terpsichore School of Dance in Iowa City, IA, and continued her training at Kansas City Ballet School under the guidance of Lisa Thorn, Sean Duus, and Kimberly Cowen, as well as at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. She attended summer intensives at Kansas City Ballet School, Milwaukee Ballet School, Connecticut Ballet, and Ballet Nouveau Colorado. She has had the privilege to train extensively in New York, at Steps on Broadway and at Peridance Center, also pursuing opportunities as a freelance performing artist living in NYC. Taryn has enjoyed having the opportunity to work with multiple Kansas City area dance companies as a dancer, teacher for company class, and choreographer. She is an American Ballet Theatre certified teacher, having successfully completed the ABT teacher training intensives in Pre-Primary through Level 7 and Partnering, of the ABT National Training Curriculum. She has attended the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Teachers Workshop, studying the CPYB teaching syllabus and methodologies developed by Marcia Dale Weary. Taryn is a fully certified Pilates instructor, with training through both Stott Pilates and the Kane School. She received her Pilates training and certifications in New York, furthering her studies by attending the Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries (FAMI) workshop at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She greatly enjoys teaching people of all ages and abilities and is very happy to be a part of Kansas City Ballet School.