Rochester, New York
Joined Ballet Arizona: 2017
Training: Draper Center for Dance Education, Indiana University
Colleen Buckley grew up in Rochester, New York. She began her professional ballet training at the Draper Center for Dance Education under Jamey Leverett, Beth Bartholomew, and Fidel Orrillo Puga. Over the summers, she continued her training at Milwaukee Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet on scholarship. She also attended Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music on scholarship, and had the privlege of studying under Violette Verdy, Christian Claessens, Shawn Stevens, and Michael Vernon. During her time at IU, she performed in Balanchine’s Swan Lake, Rubies, Concerto Barocco, Serenade, and Divertimento 15, as well as Michael Vernon’s The Nutcracker and the premeire of Sasha Janes’ Saudade. She graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Ballet and an Outside Field in Political Science. After college, she joined the Rochester City Ballet under the direction of David Palmer. She joined Ballet Arizona in 2017 and looks forward to her first season with the company.