Amy Russell is from Paw Paw, Michigan. She started dancing at the age of 4, the beginning a life-long love of dance. This passion has driven her to recognition as a prima ballerina for a semi-professional company. There, she partnered and collaborated with professional artists from the Grand Rapids Ballet Company and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Her favorite roles as prima ballerina include the lead in Giselle, Kitri in Don Quixote, Odette in Swan Lake, and Swanhilda in Coppelia.
In September 2016, Amy launched her own ballet company called Ballet Kalamazoo to share her love for ballet and passion for helping others. Amy's choreography has been featured in original ballet stories such as “Snow White”, “Rapunzel ~ A Fairytale Ballet” and Princess Aurora ~ The Sleeping Beauty.
Amy was the proud recipient of a 2013, 2016 and 2018 Kalamazoo Artistic Development Initiative Grant with the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo which funded her teacher studies with American Ballet Theatre and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.
Amy is committed to continuing education and preserving the high standard of technique required as a ballet teacher and dancer. Amy Russell is an AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.
Amy most recently attended the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Teacher Training Workshop and Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 4-day Intensive Teacher Training Seminar. In August 2016, she trained in the ABT® National Training Curriculum Teacher Training in Levels 4 and 5 in Detroit, Michigan. Amy is proudly certified in the innovative Progressing Ballet Technique and with “If I was A Bird Yoga” for children ages 2-13 years old. Amy is certified in Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED.
Amy and her husband Kirk have two daughters named Sylvia and Juliet and live in Downtown Kalamazoo.