Artistic Staff

Jennifer Reiter Hand

Artistic Consultant 

Following in her mothers footsteps, Ms. Reiter began dancing at the age of six at the Peoria Ballet. She danced in numerous productions of Nutcracker and held the role of Clara from 1984-1986. She received her Masters degree in dance from New York University's Tish school of Arts and her BFA in dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, both of her degrees are in dance and choreography. Ms. Reiter has taught and produced choreography for private studios, universities, summer intensives and theater companies in the Midwest including: DanceArts in Champaign, IL; Champaign Ballet Academy; Millikinn University in Decatur, IL and University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. Her work in the Northeast includes: the East Coast (D'Valda & Sirico in Fairfield CT; Longwood Performing Arts Academy in Kennett Square PA; and in New York City at Ballet Hispanico, Broadway Dance Center and Ballet Arts. As a teacher she specializes in ballet, pointe/variations, modern, improvisation, choreography, adult beginner dance, dance vocabulary, and movement for actors. Her students are presently performing in national tours, in ballet and modern dance companies, for Disney, and on Broadway. Ms. Reiter believes that to learn to dance well, dancers must find joy in the simple act of moving. To that end, she constructs an environment that encourages a sense of play, experimentation, community, and humor while working in an organized and respectful way not only towards everyone participating in the class, but also to the noble tradition of dance, a tradition she believes is beautiful and worthy of reverence."Dance should never hurt the body or force it into feelings of strain or tightness. Instead, I believe dance can open the body and create a freedom from within that can be pleasurable for your emotional and spiritual self, as well as the physical."

Mary Price Boday

Artistic Adviser 

Mary Price Boday, Master Teacher for Revolutionary Principles of Movement is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Tahlequah, Oklahoma. After graduating on the Dean’s List from the University of Oklahoma with two Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a Master of Fine Arts, she moved to New York City and danced professionally with the Leonard Fowler Ballet, Mary Anthony Dance Theatre, Pearl Lang Dance Company, Larry Richardson Dance Company, and the Gaku Dance Company (Dick Gain, Dick Kuch, and Sophie Maslow).  Also, in New York City, she taught and choreographed for the Harkness Ballet Trainee Company, where she worked with David Howard and Maria Vegh.  From New York, she moved to Switzerland to dance with the St Gallen Stadt Theatre Ballet and the Zurich Ballet.  Mary has been teaching for over 35+ years and some of the places include Harkness Ballet, ballet mistress in St Gallen, the Zurich Opera House, the University of Illinois, Cornish College of Seattle, David Howard Summer Workshops, Dance Director of the Mercyhurst College Dance Department, and Artistic Director and Founder of the Illinois Ballet, and Associate Professor of Dance at Oklahoma City University.

 

When Mary was working on her master’s degree, she formed the Mary K Price Dance Company of twelve dancers that performed all over the state of Oklahoma.  In 1988 she formed the not for profit dance company in Seattle, Washington called Mary and Friends.

 

Mary has been choreographing for over 30 years with works on the Harkness Ballet Trainee Company in New York City; the St Gallen Stadt Theatre Ballet in Switzerland; the University of Illinois, the National Ballet of Illinois, Mary and Friends, Mercyhurst College, Lake Erie Ballet, Peoria Ballet, Illinois Ballet, Opera Illinois, The Public Theater Company, and Bradley University.

Carole Krohn
​Youth Program and Business Development Consultant 

Carole Krohn, a central Illinois native, formerly of Peoria Ballet and long time Colorado resident is thrilled return to the greater Peoria area after many years of study, performance and teaching classical ballet in Chicago and Colorado. In Colorado, Carole performed and received pedagogical training under Mrs. Julie Sneden Carlson, Artistic Director of Ballet Northwest, and performed several seasons with Steamboat Dance Theater. Highlighting her repertoire are roles as soloist, character and corp de ballet in many classical works including, The Firebird, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Dracula, Rodeo and The Nutcracker, in addition to many contemporary and original works. As a dedicated student of classical ballet for over 40 years, Carole has received training at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts under the direction of Mr. Larry Long, Steamboat Springs Ballet under the Master Classes of Michael Vernon, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, Aspen-Santa Fe Ballet, Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Academy, Denver Dance Center, Vail International Festival of Dance, The Academy of Colorado Ballet, Dance Aspen, Purdue University, Colorado Mountain College and the University of Illinois. Carole received a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors from Purdue University, Phi Beta Kappa, where she was a member of the Purdue Golduster Dance Team and a founding member of the Purdue Gymnastics Club. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1989. In addition to being a sought after ballet instructor in both Colorado and Illinois, Carole has maintained an active law practice for over 25 years and has served as Guardian ad Litem for the State of Colorado, Office of the Child’s Legal Representative. Carole teaches all levels of ballet from the very youngest of students to adults and professionals and is particularly interested in early grade ballet program and curriculum development as well as nurturing and guiding the youngest students in their first steps on stage to and to instill in them a life long appreciation for music and performing arts as part of early and middle childhood development.

Central Illinois Ballet  Board of Directors

President of the Board

Joshua Gullett 

Secretary/Treasurer

Rebekah von Rathonyi

Board of Directors

Doug Coartney

Spencer Null

Elizabeth Spanier 

Anton Bommersbach

Bethany Pappalardo

 

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