Position: School Director
Affiliation with organization: 2020 – Present
Years active at YAGP: –
Racheal Nye joined Oklahoma City Ballet as the Yvonne Chouteau School Director in 2020. Racheal was previously Principal of Kansas City Ballet School where she created and oversaw their Pre-Professional Day Program. She also worked as Children’s Ballet Coach and staged children’s roles in the company’s productions including Devon Carney’s The Nutcracker which toured to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of the Kirov Academy in Washington, D.C., where she attended on scholarship and studied with Nikolai Morozov, Alla Sizova, and Elena Vinogradova. She then joined Ballet Internationale in Indianapolis and continued training with Irina Kolpakova and Vladien Semenov. In 2000, Racheal joined Nevada Ballet Theatre and was promoted to principal in 2006. Racheal has danced leading roles in Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Cinderella, Balanchine’s Serenade and Who Cares?, as well as works by Twyla Tharp, Choo San Goh, Val Caniparoli, and many others. She has performed internationally including in Luxembourg, Korea, and Portugal.
She is a Master Teacher and Judge for Youth America Grand Prix and her students have been awarded scholarships to international ballet schools. She has been teaching, coaching, and staging ballet professionally for 20 years and is Pilates and PBT certified. Racheal is married to Ballet Master Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye.