Kenna Draxton

Rapid City, South Dakota
Joined Ballet Arizona: 2003
Training: Ballet West Conservatory, University of Utah Department of Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet
Other Companies: The Suzanne Farrell Ballet

Video – Get to know Kenna

Kenna received her early training at the Ballet West Conservatory and in the University of Utah’s Department of Ballet. She continued training at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and performed with PNB in Cinderella, Stars and Stripes, and George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 1998 Kenna was a semi-finalist at the Prix de Lausanne, where she performed Lambarena and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. Since joining Ballet Arizona in 2003 Kenna has originated featured roles in Julia Adam’s Before, and in several works by Ib Andersen: “Danse Bohème” from Carmen, Mosaik, Elevations, 2B, and Play. Additionally, Kenna performed soloist roles in La Sylphide, Paquita, Raymonda, and Swan Lake; Andersen’s Coppélia, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Nutcracker. Kenna has danced soloist roles in Balanchine’s Agon, “Rubies” from Jewels, and The Four Temperaments. During the 2009/10 season Kenna was also a member of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet. Kenna is the proud mother of two young children and serves as the president of The Artist Relief Fund which puts on an annual benefit performance “Dancers’ Choice”, and provides tuition assistance and financial support in emergency situations to the Dancers of Ballet Arizona.