Title: Ballet Instructor
Dept/Program: Dance Institute
Kay Eichman received her early ballet training from Pat Leclercq in New Orleans. She later studied on full scholarship at: The National Ballet, Washington DC; The National Ballet of Canada; The Conservatoire de Nice, France; and Joffrey’s American Ballet Center in New York. Kay left the Joffrey II company to join Cleveland Ballet in its inaugural season. A distinguished 15-year career ensued, including principal and soloist roles in numerous traditional and contemporary works. Among these were Theme and Variations, The Four Temperaments, Agon, Concerto Barocco, Serenade, Rodeo, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, and The Nutcracker. She also had the opportunity to perform at the prestigious Edinburg Fringe Festival in Scotland. Kay spent one season in Germany as Principal Guest Artist with the Geissen Ballet. Ms. Eichman has served on the faculties. The Minnesota Ballet, The University of Akron (UA) Dance Program and Cleveland School of the Arts. She is currently Ballet Mistress at Tri-C Creative Arts Dance Academy and on the faculty at UA’s Dance Institute. Ms. Eichman is the recipient of 2016-2017 School of American Ballet National Visiting Fellow. She was also named Outstanding Teacher by Dance Institute and received an Appreciation Award from CSA for commitment, dedication and outstanding works. In addition to teaching at numerous local studios, she has also taught company class for Verb Ballets, August Wilson, and Greene Works Project. Kay is on the faculty of IABD conference, and Joffrey Ballet Summer Session. Miss Eichman has served as a talent judge throughout the United States with “Dance Caravan, Dance Explosion, Dynamite,” and others.