MORE ABOUT KELLY KILBURN LANNIN
In 1989, Mrs. Lannin was appointed Artistic Director of LBT and now continues to guide the company with the highest standards of professionalism. Her choreography, both classical and contemporary has received many awards, and she has successfully directed and staged productions of The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Coppelia, Swan Lake – Act II, Pas de Quatre, The Little Humpbacked Horse, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, The Little Match Girl, Peter and the Wolf, Stars and Stripes, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Carmina Burana, The Soldier’s Tale, and more thus providing her students with a vast repertoire of performing experience.
The accomplishments of her students are proof of Mrs. Lannin’s exceptional instruction and guidance as her dancers are regularly accepted to the major dance institutions throughout the country. Her students have been accepted and or received scholarships to School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, National Ballet School of Canada, Joffrey Ballet, Houston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet’s Rock School, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Juilliard, Harid Conservatory, Kirov Academy, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and others. In addition, many of her former dancers are dancing professionally or have received college scholarship offers and degrees from the dance departments at T.C.U., S.M.U., Juilliard, Marymount Manhattan, Boston Conservatory, University of Oklahoma, University of Utah, Indiana University, Pointe Park University and Booker T. Washington H.S. for the Performing Arts.
Her students, young and old, have won many 1st place honors at many competitions including the Youth America Grand Prix’s prestigious Grand Prix winner, Hope Award winner, and a New York Finals Bronze medalist as well as a semi-finalist at the International Ballet Competition in Helsinki, Finland. Mrs. Lannin’s choreography of “Lacrimosa” performed by Steven Loch was selected to be performed at the YAGP “Stars of Today Meet Stars of Tomorrow Gala” at New York City Center and also at the Miami International Dance Festival. The Youth America Grand Prix organization honored Mrs. Lannin with their “Outstanding Teacher” award in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010. Mrs. Lannin was also honored with an “Angel” Award from the Lewisville Arts Council for volunteering her talents to the community and was commended by the former Honorable Mayor Bobbie Mitchell for the outstanding quality of LBT productions.
In 2002, Mrs. Lannin was the first recipient of the Arts Council’s “Community Angel Award” for bringing recognition to the City of Lewisville through the Arts. She is an honorary board member for the Lewisville Lake Symphony and an active board member for LakeCities Ballet Theatre. Mrs. Lannin served for three years on the board of directors for the Dance Council of North Texas and was co-chair for Dance Planet. She is happily married to Ken Lannin, and they have one daughter, Kendall, who brings her the greatest joys in life.