Birchwood Ballet Staff
Kathleen Baffert has been teaching dance for 30+ years to children and adults and is inspired by watching others find their love for dance. Kathleen received her dance training in Chicago, Illinois, and performed in the Judith Svalander Ballet Company for 6 years. Kathleen was educated at Columbia College, Hubbard Street Dance and the Joffrey Ballet. Kathleen spent 15 years teaching and studying dance in Southern California. Kathleen has performed in numerous shows including The Nutcracker Ballet, West Side Story, Exodus, Gate' Parisian, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Swan Lake, Copelia, and Rhapsody in Blue. Kathleen is a National Platinum Award Winning Ballet and Pointe Choreographer, and has co-directed a charity Nutcracker for the past 7 years. Kathleen is the lucky Mom of two wonderful daughters.
A Minnesota native, Will has been a part of the competition and ballet dance scene since 2005. Will started dancing in the Twin Cities area, as well as attended St. Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts. After high school Will went on to study dance from Dominican University of California under the LINES Ballet dance company. During his junior and senior years he was invited to dance with the LINES Ballet company as a guest artist.
In 2016 Will joined NW Dance Project, dancing professionally full time. While with NW Dance Project he collaborated in the creation of many dance works by choreographers predominantly based in Europe, as well as toured nationally and internationally performing with the company.
In 2020 Will decided to return to Minnesota to teach as a VDP faculty member after being connected with VDP as a guest teacher since 2012. Will primarily teaches Ballet, Contemporary and Technique classes. Will is also working towards his dream of going back to school for his doctoral in Physical Therapy.