Welcome To Yellowstone Ballet Company!
Incorporated in 1990, Yellowstone Ballet Company is one of the first Montana ballet companies. YBC began with an original production of Cinderella including guest dancers from Bozeman and Missoula and professionals from the Stuttgart Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. The following year we started annual The Nutcracker productions with tours to Bozeman, Great Falls and Lewistown. We gradually added classics such as Giselle, La Fille Mal Gardee, and Swan Lake to our repertoire.
Through partial funding from the Montana Cultural Trust we have produced original productions of Hiawatha, Hansel & Gretel ~ with a Twist, Romeo & Juliet of the Rockies, Elves & the Shoemaker and Pinocchio. Dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet, Boston Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet have highlighted our productions in principal roles.
Yellowstone Ballet Company is supported by donations, grants, ticket sales and volunteerism. Productions are open to dancers from all area dance schools through an audition process.
YBC Artistic Director, Kathleen Rakela, danced with the Sacramento Theatre Ballet and trained at the Royal Academy of Dancing, England. She has a teaching credential (AIST) with the the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, London, England in the Cecchetti Method of Ballet and is an ABT® Certified Teacher, successfully completing the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Rakela is the recipient of a Montana Dance Arts Association Fellowship and ia Montana Arts Council Fellowship for
the Performing Arts. Her choreography has been recognized internationally with excerpts from her original ballet Romeo & Juliet of the Rockies chosen for presentation at festivals in Amsterdam and Germany.