T i e k k a T e l l i e r
BALLERINA, FOUNDER, INSTRUCTOR
“I have always been in love with ballet.”
During her sixteen-year career in professional ballet Tiekka danced starring roles on many of the world’s great stages. She was a Principal Dancer with Houston Ballet and performed internationally as a Guest Artist. Her dance career spanned an extensive repertoire—providing a deep working knowledge of both the iconic standards of classical ballet and many of the most important contemporary and modern works of the twentieth century.
As a ballerina, Tiekka has been recognized with medals at the Prix de Lausanne and the USA International Ballet Competition. She has been featured on the cover of Dance Magazine and is also the recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Award in dance.
As an instructor, Tiekka has taught ballet at all levels (children to professionals) at dance studios and ballet companies across the US. She is also extensively trained in yoga, pilates, and dance rehabilitation exercise.
In addition to her lifelong ballet experience, Tiekka has authored an educational book entitled Microcultures: Ballet Dancers. She also holds a B.A. in Art History from Columbia University, where she graduated as Salutatorian of her class.
Tiekka has created Everyday Ballet using her deep love and knowledge of ballet in order to offer a uniquely effective and inspiring fitness practice that makes the exquisite mind-body benefits of real ballet technique accessible to all.
Everyday Ballet Instructors
“I hope to help people develop a love for ballet while discovering their body and mind’s highest Potential.”
From the moment Sarah could walk, she began to dance, and she hasn’t stopped moving since! Sarah’s passion for ballet has taken her all over the country. She earned a BFA in Ballet Performance at the University of Utah (where she also holds a BA in International Studies). In Chicago she did freelance work and studied on scholarship at Lou Conte Dance Studio to expand her familiarity with contemporary dance. Currently Sarah performs as a freelance dancer with several ballet companies in New York City.
Sarah has taught ballet to all ages in several schools in and around the city. Always eager to expand her knowledge base, she is also a NASM-certified personal trainer and is currently completing Pre and Postnatal Exercise Specialist training.
Sarah’s knowledge and passion for ballet combine with her fitness training expertise to bring exceptional energy and unique depth to her Everyday Ballet classes!
photo: Jason Riker
“I truly believe that ballet is one of the most beautiful things someone can do. Dancing transports your mind and body together to a higher level, molding muscles as well as inner poise.”
Kara Cooper has been dancing professionally in New York for 10 years. She began her ballet training in Baltimore, Maryland and went on to major in Ballet Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. After moving to NYC, she continued her studies at the Martha Graham School of Dance.
Kara has a busy ballet career as both a performer and teacher. She currently dances with the American Swiss Ballet and performs as a guest artist with Ballet INC. Kara also teaches young dancers at New American Youth Ballet and the Rose Academy of Ballet in Queens.
We are so fortunate to have Kara’s love, knowledge, and inspiration as a part of the Everyday Ballet experience!