Boston - Pre-Professional Program
Kathleen Mitchell joined Boston Ballet’s Faculty in 2003 after an illustrious twenty years with the San Francisco Ballet as Soloist, Faculty Member and Ballet Mistress. She works with Trainee and Pre-Professional level students and stages Repertoire for both the Boston Ballet School Ensemble and the Annual Next Generation Performances. Miss Mitchell teaches Company Class and has also worked as Rehearsal Assistant for Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen’s Nutcracker production.
Miss Mitchell is Boston Ballet’s Shoe Manager. Her extensive knowledge of how to fit pointe shoes has helped both professional dancers and students find the pointe shoe that best allows proper use of the foot.
Miss Mitchell was featured in both classic and contemporary works throughout her performing career. She danced in works by Ashton, Balanchine, Bintley, Caniparoli, Lew Christensen, D’Amboise, Forsythe, Kudelka, Donald MacKayle, Mark Morris, Robbins, Michael Smuin and Helgi Tomasson.
Invited by Helgi Tomasson to join the Faculty of the San Francisco Ballet School, Miss Mitchell taught at all levels and staged numerous ballets from Repertoire. In addition to staging ballets by Balanchine, Christensen, and Tomasson, she staged all student roles in San Francisco Ballet Company productions such as Giselle, La Sylphide, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty.
Miss Mitchell’s students have joined companies both nationally and internationally. These include Alberta Ballet, Ballet Austin, Ballet Met, Ballet West, Ballet Tucson, Boston Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Houston Ballet, Lines Contemporary Ballet, Miami City Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, New York City Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Orlando Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, Richmond Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Smiun Ballet and Zurich Ballet.
Miss Mitchell was a guest artist with Alonso King’s Lines Contemporary Ballet, the San Francisco Opera, and a member of the Lawrence Pech Dance Company.
Receiving her early training in Seattle, Washington at what is now the Cornish College of the Arts, Miss Mitchell continued her studies on Ford Foundation Scholarships to the School of American Ballet where she attended Professional Children’s School. She also received full scholarships to attend Pennsylvania Ballet School and San Francisco Ballet School.
Miss Mitchell taught for the Harvard Dance Department, is a guest teacher for the Cecchetti Council of America, and has taught at summer programs across the US and in Canada.
Miss Mitchell holds a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California.