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 from the Balanchine Preservation Initiative. In 2012 she was promoted to Ballet Mistress.
She started her 18 year performing career at the Richmond Ballet. Ms. Gallagher served as Rehearsal Assistant and 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 subsequently has staged his works for Point Park University, Aspen Ballet Company and Cincinnati Ballet. Ms. Gallagher has taught as a guest teacher all over the east coast and when not working with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, she teaches in Richmond, VA.