Kathy Koester, LCUSA, Artistic Director : BS in Business, Ms. Koester holds her Licentiate in the Cecchetti Method of Dance. She was the Assistant Artistic Director of NCBE for 20 years before opening her own studio and forming Adirondack Dance Company. During her tenue with NCBE, she rehearsed numerous divertissements and corps pieces for NCBE's The Nutcracker along with choreographing pieces for the Spring, directing Spring Shows and starting the Liturgical Dance Troupe. After forming her own company and studio, Ms. Koester focused her attentions on large, different spring productions each year plus performances during the year of the Liturgical Dance Troupe at Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, Churchs, and other special events. The Liturgical Dance Troupe was selected twice to attend the United Methodist Church's General Conference in Pittsburgh, PA and Fort Worth Texas. This event is held every 4 years and brings in Clergy and Lay leaders from around the world.

Ms. Koester serves on the Cecchetti USA East Coast Committee and has been on the committee for two terms. She recently help host the Cecchetti International Classical Ballet International Competition in Richmond, VA., August, 2014. She has attended CUSA Residential Summer Courses for the past 12 years in Fl, CA, CT, TX & VA. She is the only instructor in the area to attend ISTD Cecchetti members Summer Course in Chichester, England. Her students have attended the summer courses for CUSA, plus were accepted in the Cecchetti summer course in England. Students have been accepted in numerous summer programs including Joffrey, Winnepeg, Boston Ballet & National Ballet. Ms. Koester also has successfully entered students in the Cecchetti Teaching Certificate 1 & 2, and is currently working with the teachers on Associate. There are scheduled teacher classes to help the teachers reach their full potential. Ms. Koester has entered students from Primary through and including Grade 9 (Advanced 1) successfully.

She has a specific method of teaching pointe work along with strengthening of the feet to help prevent injuries to the dancer. Cecchetti Exams are offered to eligible dancers when applicable.
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