Amy Russell is from Paw Paw, Michigan. She started dancing at the age of 4, beginning a life-long love of dance. This passion inspired her to pursue ballet training in the Vaganova Method of classical ballet at Farrell Ballet Theatre at Kalamazoo College at 12 yrs old. In 2003, she became a principal dancer in the company. There, she partnered and collaborated with professional artists from the Grand Rapids Ballet Company and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Amy had the privilege of experiencing classical ballets and the opportunity to dance her favorite roles: Odette in Swan Lake, Giselle, Kitri in Don Quixote, and Swanhilda in Coppelia.
In September 2016, Amy launched her own youth ballet company called Ballet Kalamazoo in Downtown Kalamazoo to share her love for ballet and passion for helping others.
She was the proud recipient of 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.
Annually, she studies the Proven Teaching Syllabus © developed by Marcia Dale Weary, one of the nation’s foremost instructors of classical ballet at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Amy is proudly certified in the innovative Progressing Ballet Technique. She 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.