Director, Megan Yackovich
Megan Yackovich, is the founder and director of Ballet Taos. During her successful career as a professional ballet dancer, which began at the age of seventeen, Megan concentrated on the restaging of classical ballets for professional companies across the United States. She created full length contemporary works and eventually, fell in love with teaching. Her current focus is on the technical development and artistic refinement of young dancers at the pre-professional level.
In the classroom, she provides a nurturing environment conducive to the needs of the young artist, while inspiring her dancers to meet the technical and physical demands of classical ballet and contemporary dance. Proper body alignment, strength, flexibility, consistency in “turnout,” and injury prevention are at the forefront of every class, ensuring a lifelong career in dance for her students.
After retiring from the stage, Megan served 10 years as the Artistic Director of The Peak Ballet Theatre and The Peak Ballet Theatre II. She had the privilege of working alongside her mentors, Meelis Pakri, David Taylor, Mark and Sandra Carlson, Milenko Banovich, German Zamuel, and Valentina Kozlova. Her students have enjoyed the success of receiving scholarships, acceptance to and recognition from professional ballet companies and schools worldwide, most notably, ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School; NYCB’s School of American Ballet; The National Ballet School of Canada; The Harid Conservatory; North Carolina School for the Arts; The Royal Ballet School (upper and lower divisions); Walnut Hill School for the Arts; Nutmeg Conservatory; Boston Ballet School; and The Kirov Academy.
At present, some of her students are enjoying professional careers with Pennsylvania Ballet; Houston Ballet; Ballet West; Colorado Ballet; National Ballet of Toronto; and Chicago’s Hubbard Street Dance.