Taryn Klassen, LCSC-CICB, Enrico Cecchetti Final Diploma
Head of Junior School, Professional Division
Taryn Klassen, a native Calgarian, received her early training under Gillian Howatt. She began her professional training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and then at Canada's National Ballet School, where Ms. Klassen was one of the youngest students to choreograph in the 1999 Stephen Godfrey Choreographic Workshop.
Ms. Klassen later returned to Calgary where she continued her training at the School of Alberta Ballet under the direction of Murray and Nancy Kilgour - and was a member of the inaugural graduating class of the Professional Graduate program (formerly pre-professional). Ms. Klassen performed with Alberta Ballet in performances including Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker and Christopher Wheeldon’s A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream. She also spent two summers at the Banff Center for the Arts Summer Dance Program and was a part of the National Artist’s Program performing at the 2003 Canada Winter Games.
After suffering several injuries, Ms. Klassen began her teaching career in Calgary. She joined the faculty of the School of Alberta Ballet’s Professional Division as a full-time faculty member in 2011 and has worked to refine her skills under the mentorship of esteemed teachers such as Murray and Nancy Kilgour, Joyce Shietze (Chair of the Cecchetti Society of Canada) and Ashley McNeil (Ballet Principal, School of Alberta Ballet). Ms. Klassen was promoted to Head of Junior School, Professional Division in 2013.
Ms. Klassen holds her Licentiate with the Cecchetti Society of Canada and was the 2013 recipient of the Margaret Saul Scholarship Award for Professional Development. She is also one of few that holds the prestigious Enrico Cecchetti Final Diploma, the highest qualification in the method, and achieved this honor through the mentorship and guidance of Nancy Kilgour. Ms. Klassen is also a certified Fitness Table T.C.P instructor.
Ms. Klassen's “eye” for anatomical detail and attention to artistic quality have earned her the respect and love of her peers and students.