Welcome To Yellowstone Ballet Company!

YBC is a classical Montana ballet company founded by Kathleen Rakela who began teaching ballet in Livingston in 1987 and incorporated the non-profit performing company in 1990. 

YBC is supported by donations, grants, ticket sales and the hard work of many volunteers. Through partial funding from the Montana Cultural Trust we have staged the classics: Swan Lake, La Fille Mal Gardee, Cinderella, Giselle and The Nutcracker, and produced original ballets: Hiawatha, Hansel & Gretel ~ with a Twist, Romeo & Juliet of the Rockies, Elves & the Shoemaker, The Little Mermaid and Pinocchio.

Dancers from Russia, Cuba, Mexico, Germany, Canada and France have enhanced our productions in principal roles, including those from some of the finest ballet companies: Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet, Boston Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet,  Houston Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, and Paris Opera Ballet.

Area dancers can train at their individual studios and perform in company productions through an open audition process.

YBC Artistic Director, Kathleen Rakela, danced with the Sacramento Theatre Ballet and trained at the Royal Academy of Dancing, England and the Joffrey Ballet School. She has a teaching credential (AIST) with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, London, England in the Cecchetti Method of Ballet.

Rakela is an ABT® Certified  Teacher, successfully completing the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.  Her students have been accepted into and received scholarships to some of the most prestigious ballet schools in the world including London's Royal Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre,  National Ballet of Canada, School of American  Ballet,  San  Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Academie de Danse Classique Princess Grace.

Rakela is the recipient of a Montana Dance Arts Association Fellowship and a 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.

For handicap accessibility questions please email: yellowstoneballet@gmail.com or phone 406-222-0430.