Faculty

Kristin Hakala

Kristin Hakala

Kristin received her formative training in Michigan, along with studies at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and San Francisco Ballet School. She began her professional career at the age of sixteen with the Nashville Ballet. Most recently, Kristin was a Principal Artist with Ballet West, where she performed the title roles in many ballets such as “Sleeping Beauty”, Amedeo Amodio’s “Carmen”, Birgit Cullberg’s “Miss Julie”, Ronald Hynd’s, Rosalinda and Ben Stevenson’s “Cinderella”, as well as a full range of contemporary, classical, and neoclassical works. Her experience includes the work of acclaimed choreographers such as George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Paul Taylor, Choo-san Goh, Hans Van Manen, and Jerome Robbins, to name a few. She has performed intenationally in China and Europe, including appearances in the 2004 Edinburgh International Festival. She appeared as “Sugar Plum Fairy” in a nationally televised broadcast on PBS. Kristin is also a certified yoga teacher, a practice she finds particularly complementary to the demands of ballet training. She has taught for places such as Ballet West and Ballet West Conservatory, Michigan Ballet Theatre, Hilton Head Dance Theatre, and Wittenberg University. For two years, she taught as an adjunct professor at Wright State University and as a faculty member of Pontecorvo Ballet School/Gem City Ballet, in addition to teaching national master classes. Her husband, Tong Wang, is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Dance at Butler University.