Adair Kempf – Associate Artistic director
Adair Kempf, from Greenville, SC, started dancing with Barbara Selvy at 7 years old and continued her training with Linda O’Brien Thompson and Mariaelana Ruiz. She attended the South Carolina Governor’s School for high school under the direction of Stanislav Issaev. During the summers, Adair studied on scholarship, at such schools as, The Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet, and Boston Ballet. She Graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance from Butler University in 2007. While there, she traveled to Poland and Russia to study dance, under the supervision of Marek Cholewa. She also performed the leading role of Swanhilda, in Butler Ballet’s “Coppelia”, for her graduation performance. In 2007 Adair joined Charleston Ballet Theatre, under the direction of Jill Bahr, for 1 season as a member of the company. In 2008, Adair returned to Greenville to join Carolina Ballet Theatre, and begin teaching with DanceArts Greenville. Adair performed such roles for CBT as, Sugar Plum Fairy in “The Nutcracker”, Aurora in “Sleeping Beauty”, Myrtha in “Giselle”, and many contemporary pieces by Francesca Genovese and Hernan Justo. She was also fortunate enough to be able to work with Alonzo King and Dwight Rhoden during her time with CBT. Adair is no longer dancing with the company, but serves as Associate Artistic Director. This will be her tenth year teaching for DanceArts Greenville, and third year serving as associate artistic director for CBT. For DAG, Adair teaches ballet to beginner ballet levels, ballet, pointe and variations to the advanced levels, and has taken numerous students to the prestigious ballet competition, Youth America Grand Prix.
She is excited for another wonderful year with DanceArts Greenville and her new position as Associate Artistic Director.