– Founding & Artistic Director at Danceworks Ballet Academy in London
Prior to her work in education, Kim White was a professional ballet dancer in New York and the first American chosen to dance at the prestigious Prix de Lausanne. She grew up in a ballet family where her grandmother and mother were both ballet dancers and teachers. Her sisters have also carried on the tradition and both run prestigious dance organizations in America. Her early training started on scholarship at the School of American Ballet, later winning a National Merit Scholarship at the National Academy of the Arts. Kim’s professional ballet career ended prematurely due to an injury. Since then she has spent over 30 years developing a dance curriculum that trains young children to achieve excellence. She has taught at many top schools in New York such as Steps, Broadway Dance Center, Eglevsky Ballet and at schools throughout Europe.
She is the Founding Artistic Director of Los Angeles Youth Ballet, Ballet Romand, Ballet Riviera, The International Youth Festival and the Vevey Youth Ballet School in Switzerland. In 2004 she was awarded the Le Prix de L’Eveil in Switzerland recognising her commitment and work with young people in dance. A premier teacher and coach, Kim studied under the direction of greats such as George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Alexandra Danilova, Melissa Hayden, Oleg and Mireille Briansky.