Kristen Gallagher (Ballet Mistress) has been a part of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet since its inception in 1999. She danced with the company until 2007 and continued to work with the company as the Artistic Assistant. She has assisted in staging and rehearsing many Balanchine ballets including those of The Balanchine Preservation Initiative. In 2012 she was promoted to Ballet Mistress. Kristen started her 18 year performing career at the Richmond Ballet. While dancing in Richmond, she also served as Rehearsal Assistant. She danced many principal roles including 20th century classics such as Balanchine's Serenade and Apollo, Jose Limón's The Moors Pavane, Agnes de Mille's Rodeo, and Antony Tudor's Jardin Aux Lilas, to name a few. She was also part of many new works that choreographer Val Caniparoli produced for Richmond Ballet and has subsequently staged his works for Cincinnati Ballet, Aspen Ballet Company, Point Park University, and Jacksonville University. When not working with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, she lives and teaches in Richmond, V.A.