Atlanta Ballet’s prima ballerina to teach at Kennesaw State University


Christine Winkler retiring from Atlanta Ballet after 19 seasons

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Kennesaw, GA (May 22, 2014)–– Kennesaw State University’s Department of Dance is pleased to announce that Atlanta Ballet’s prima ballerina Christine Winkler has joined the faculty as a part-time instructor for ballet technique. In the fall, Winkler will teach setting classical repetory and a pointe class, following her retirement from Atlanta Ballet after nineteen seasons.

Sharon Story, Atlanta Ballet’s Dean of Centre for Dance Education and Ballet Mistress, said, “Christine has shared so many of her talents with the Atlanta Ballet audiences that her evolution has been nothing less than stellar. Whatever role Christine performs it is always of the highest artistic and physical integrity. She is a rare gift in the world of dance and an amazing teacher.”

Ivan Pulinkala, Chairman of the Department of Dance, said, “Christine’s pedagogical and performance skills will be a valuable addition to dance majors at KSU. We are thrilled that our association with Atlanta Ballet has continued to leverage reciprocal advantages, and we are honored to welcome Christine Welker to the faculty in the Department of Dance at KSU.“

Winkler has had many professional highlights since joining Atlanta Ballet in 1995, including Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Juliet in Michael Pink’s Romeo & Juliet, Odette in John McFall’s Swan Lake, and Mina in Michael Pink’s Dracula. She’s also had the pleasure of working with world-renowned choreographers.

She will utilize her diverse experience to inspire the students. She said, “I am excited about strengthening classical ballet technique at Kennesaw State and expanding students’ musicality within classical technique and artistry.”

“Kennesaw State University Department of Dance is so very lucky to have Christine join the staff.  Her generosity of spirit, supreme knowledge of the art form and magnetic personality will shine throughout the department. She is a rare gift in the world of dance and an amazing teacher. I may even come take class!” added Story.


About Christine Winkler: A California native, Christine trained with Barbara Crockett and furthered her studies with the San Francisco Ballet School. She then joined Ballet West, where she met husband John Welker. Memorable highlights since joining Atlanta Ballet in 1995 include Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Juliet in Michael Pink’s Romeo & Juliet, Odette in John McFall’s Swan Lake, and Mina in Michael Pink’s Dracula. Christine has worked with choreographers Christopher Hampson, Lila York, James Kudelka, Val Caniparoli, Wayne McGregor, Twyla Tharp, Darrell Moultrie, Gina Patterson, Jorden Morris, Helen Pickett and Juel Lane. Guest appearances include American Repertory Ensemble, Chamber Dance Project and New Orleans Ballet Theatre. To learn more, visit

About Kennesaw State Department of Dance: The largest dance program in the state of Georgia, the Department of Dance is a leader in undergraduate dance education in the Southeastern United States. Students choose from ballet, modern/contemporary or jazz concentrations, and are taught by regionally and nationally accomplished faculty and guest artists in state-of the-art dance facilities.  Students also benefit from partnerships with Atlanta Ballet, gloATL, Dance Canvas, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, and the Rialto Center for the Arts. To learn more, visit or call 770-423-6614.

About Kennesaw State University: Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.