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#ARBdancefirsts: "I'm glad we made you proud, but I'm proud, too!"

Interview conducted by and responses compiled by Kaleen Butterfield, ARB intern and Rider University student
Interviewee: Kel Vallery, DANCE POWER Teaching Artist and Princeton Ballet School faculty

What is the most rewarding part of being a Teaching Artist?

Miss Kelly: Turning Passion into Practical

by Kaleen Butterfield, ARB intern and Rider University student
Kel Vallery does not just go to work everyday; she is living a dream 22 years in the making. A 7 a.m. wake-up call and she is out the door an hour later. Princeton, New Brunswick, Highland Park, and even a stop across the border to Pennsylvania are part of the many miles she clocks during her workweek. A 12-hour day is not uncommon for Vallery, but she would not have it any other way.


by ARB Access & Enrichment Department intern Kaleen Butterfield

I #loveARB and Open Enrollment Classes for Adults

Rider University student Kaleen Butterfield is working as an intern in ARB's Access & Enrichment Department during her spring semester. Here, she writes about her experience as a Princeton Ballet School student taking Open Enrollment classes for adults:

What has dance given to me? (Part 2)

by ARB alum Annie Woodside Gribbins

Maybe this isn’t something dance actually “gave” to me, but I will say that my years as an avid student and professional ballet dancer have certainly had a great impact on me as the mother of a son who loves sports.

Let me just say this first—my children do not dance. My daughter Shannon took ballet for nine years with my wonderful colleagues at Princeton Ballet School, but did not really have the passion to continue beyond the milestone of getting her pointe shoes.

What has dance given to me?

by ARB alum Annie Gribbins

What has dance given to me? Well, that is, besides some aches and pains, arthritis, and a sore back?


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