The teachers at Ballet Arts NW are dedicated and professional. They are motivated to share their love of dance with all students who come through the doors. A positive and caring environment allows everyone a chance to excel!
Kelli Pinkerton RAD RTS
Artistic Director/Ballet Instructor
Kelli Pinkerton began her own dance education as a very young child in Arkansas with the Broadway star, Sally Riggs, where she studied ballet, tap and jazz. Upon moving to Oregon, her passion for ballet took over when she earned a role in Eugene Ballet Company’s, “The Nutcracker”. She danced as a student for the production for 5 more years and became the first local Salem student to be chosen to dance the role of Clara. After her time as a student, she was chosen to dance at Eugene Ballet Company’s professional level.
As a student, Kelli studied the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus with Marjorie Soriano and Elfie Stevenin and passed all examinations with high marks. Kelli has been accepted into nationally acclaimed programs with Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Joffery Ballet and Houston Ballet. Kelli also studied dance at Cornish College of the Arts where she danced with their company in original works by Pat Hon and Magali Messac.
Ms. Kelli started her teaching career by being an assistant at the ripe old age of 10! She has taught in many local schools over the years and has students currently in dance programs at college levels as well as dancing with professional companies. Ms. Kelli has choreographed original works for competitions that have received high marks and created her very own rendition of “The Nutcracker” with a cast of over 50 students. As an academic student at McKay High school, she frequently filled in as assistant dance teacher and choreographer assistant. She performed in Brigadoon, Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls and Fame on the McKay stage under the direction of Kristin Andersen and Dee Montgomery-Smith. Teaching her peers became a pivotal moment in learning how to teach. Seeing that not everyone learned in the way she did, really opened her eyes and fueled her passion to teach.
Ms. Kelli is a Registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance.
Aside from the dance world, Kelli is married with three children. She home schools her children and is also active in her church. She has also been a certified CPR/First Aid instructor for 10 years.
Emily Steinbach began her study of dance at the age of two and one half, at the Discovery School of Dance in Salem, Oregon. Upon reaching the studio’s highest level of Tap, Emily moved to City Dance Theatre in Keizer, Oregon, to continue her study of Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop. Emily was asked to join the CDT Performing Company. This group performed on stage at Disneyland, in addition to local venues in the Salem and Keizer area. At competitions, CDT dancers earned Emerald and Diamond Awards. In 10th grade, Emily auditioned to be a part of the Eugene Ballet Company’s Nutcracker performance at the Elsinore Theatre, in Salem, and was selected to be a part of “Waltz of the Flowers”. Emily graduated high school knowing she wanted to keep dance in her life, so she enrolled in dance classes at Western Oregon University. Due to life events, Emily left school to find a full time job and embraced her other passion: Animals. Emily currently works full time as a Veterinary Assistant in West Salem, as well as teaching Tap and Jazz at BANW.
Samantha McLean grew up in Salem, Oregon and began dancing at the age of four studying at various studios in the area. At the age of ten she began training at American Ballet Academy under directors Annie Joslin and Dana Bliss, focusing on ballet and jazz techniques. Her senior year of high school she was accepted into the Junior Artist Generator program at BodyVox in Portland, Oregon where she had the opportunity to perform with the main company. She graduated from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music in 2019 with a BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance with an emphasis in pedagogy. While at The Conservatory, she worked with choreographers like Tommie Waheed-Evans, Yury Yanowsky, and Gregory Dawson. She also performed in a reconstruction of "Gloria" by Mark Morris staged by Marjorie Folkman. Samantha has spent summers training with NorthWest Dance Project and Addo Platform in Vancouver, Canada. Most recently, she attended One Body, One Career in Melbourne, Australia under the direction of Anouk Van Dijk and Nina Wollny where she continued to develop her passion for Countertechnique. In 2019 Samantha was invited to perform with Heather Stewart Dance at the Boston Dance Alliance Gala. She is excited to continue her research through pedagogical studies and performance art.
Brinsley Hammond-Brouwer is a junior in high school, pursuing an International Baccalaureate diploma at South Salem High School. She has taken ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap and contemporary classes (all at BANW). She assisted Ms. Kelli in the younger classes and is overjoyed to be able to share her love of dance with her students, as well as the values it teaches them. Her favorite pieces to dance were This is Me, because she could speak out about concepts that matter to her, and the Nutcracker pas because it was fun to step out of her comfort zone. When she is not at the studio, Brinsley can be found reading, doing art, and studying French (she loves French and will be traveling to France next summer!).
Hip Hop Instructor
Kora is currently a full time Junior at West Salem High School and is very involved in the orchestra and choir programs. She Has taken Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Character and more. In the summer of 2018 Kora had the opportunity to study Ballet as well as other styles of dance at Brigham Young University. This past summer (2019) she attended Colorado Ballet Academy’s five week Summer Intensive Program. There she had the opportunity to study under Amanda McKerrow and John Gardener, former principal ballet dancers from American Ballet Theater, as well as Maria Monsina, a former principal from Colorado Ballet and other members of the Colorado Ballet. Kora also has been certified to teach Progressing Ballet Technique by Marie Walton Mahon. Some of Kora’s favorite roles/pieces she’s been in consist of: Reed Flute soloist (Nutcracker) Ballerina Doll (Nutcracker) This is me, Rewrite the stars, Can’t Stop the Feeling, and many more. Kora has assisted in many Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop classes over the years. Last but not least, she loves to share her passion for dance and is thrilled to teach and help young dancers grow their passion as well. When Kora is not at the studio she loves to sing and make music!