Killian Stephens


Killian received her early training with Suzanne Stalley-Katsarsky of the San Francisco Ballet, the Ballet West Academy, and the University of Utah Department of Ballet. Under the guidance of Sharee Lane, Deborah Dobson, and Attila Ficzere she performed with Ballet West and was a principal with the Utah Ballet. During the summers, Killian continued her training as a scholarship student with the Boston Ballet, The Harid Conservatory, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, and American Ballet Theater. Killian’s contemporary dance training includes The Juilliard School, Ballet British Columbia and ODC/San Francisco. At 17, Killian returned to California to train with Margaret Swarthout of the Marin Ballet Theater. In 2004, Killian was a Youth American Grand Prix New York City finalist and in 2007 was the first ballerina awarded the prestigious Silver Level commendation by Mikhail Baryshnikov for the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts YoungArts competition. Killian danced professionally with Ballet Arizona (soloist), Nova Ballet (soloist), Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (guest artist), and the Allegro Ballet Theater. She has worked with noted choreographers Val Caniparoli, Julia Adam, Michael Smuin, Adam Hougland, Ib Anderson, Robert Dekkers, Olga Evreinoff, David Palmer and Yanis Pikeris.

Her repertoire includes: Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Don Quixote, Giselle, La Esmerelda, La Sylphide, La Bayadere, Le Corsaire, Paquita, Swan Lake, Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Stravinski Violin Concerto, Theme and Variations and Las Sonnabula.

Notable coaches include: Margaret Swarthout, Maria Vegh, Sharee Lane, Bene Arnold, Deborah Dobson, Atilla Ficzere, Joanna Berman, Alexandra Wells, Rebecca Wright, Edward Ellison, Nadia Kovtun, Sibylle Acatos, Yuri Possohkov, Alexi Zubiria, Svetlana Osiyeva, Melinda Darlington-Bach, Olivier Pardina, Daniel Baudenistel.

As an instructor/private coach, Killian’s ballet students have been accepted to ballet summer intensives including: San Francisco Ballet School, Joffrey Ballet School, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, and Alonzo King’s LINES. University dance programs include University of Utah and University of Arizona. Her students have won top honors at National competitions, including top 12 at YAGP. As a choreographer, Killian has choreographed award-winning pieces for several regional and National competitions.

Killian is currently enrolled in Saint Mary’s College of California Liberal Education for Arts Professionals (LEAP) a Bachelor of Arts/performance program designed for dance professionals.