Janet Wentling,

Ballet Instructor

Janet received her earliest training in the Royal Academy of Dance method in Los Angeles, CA. 

Janet has performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Dance Spectrum, and Minnesota Dance Theatre where she portrayed numerous roles in both classical and contemporary ballet. 

Janet completed pedagogy courses at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School and was recipient of the Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant to explore dance education at the International Dance Festival in Cologne, Germany.

She has been on faculty at the Minnesota Dance Theatre School, Ballet Arts, Pacific Northwest Ballet School and the University of Minnesota Dance Department.


Katherine Johnson
Artistic Director & Certified Professional Instructor

Born in Spencerport, New York, Katherine's passion for ballet began at age three, inspired by her mother, a dancer with the Lake Erie Ballet for many years.  

Katherine studied at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School (RWB) for four years under the tutelage of Ms. Johanne Gingras, Teacher Training Program Director and Ms. Arlene Minkhorst, School Director, Professional Division. While studying at RWB, Katherine also had the honor of training with several world renowned dancers and ballet instructors such as Glen Gilmour of The National Ballet of Canada and Suzanne Plante of The Royal Ballet in London.  

Kayleigh Danowski,

Ballet Instructor 

Kayleigh Elizabeth Danowski is originally from Northeast Ohio.  She received her training from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School Graduate Program. She also received training from summer programs at Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Jacob’s Pillow under Anna-Maria Holmes. Kayleigh then joined the Montgomery Ballet, dancing soloist roles. Kayleigh has also performed as a guest artist with the Albany Berkshire Ballet. Before moving to Rochester she danced with Ballet Quad Cities. Kayleigh

is very excited to have joined the New York State Ballet in 2016 and to teach at Ballet Prestige.

Sarah Rothrock-Rickel, Assistant Artistic Director

Sarah Rothrock-Rickel began her dance training in her hometown

of Princeton, N.J. Her studies continued in NYC at the Joffrey Ballet

School, American Ballet Theatre School, and the Harkness House

for Ballet Arts, where she received a full scholarship to their

professional training program under the direction of master teacher

David Howard. Sarah’s professional career began when she joined

the Deutsche Oper Berlin Ballet in West Berlin, working alongside

of ballet greats Rudolph Nureyev, Natalia Makarova, Valery Panov,

Eva Evdokimova and Peter Shaufuss among others. Rising to the

rank of soloist, Sarah danced nationally and internationally with

the BalletMet, the Milwaukee Ballet, the Tennessee Festival Ballet

under the direction of Anna Marie Holmes, Michael Mao Dance

and as a guest artist with the Eglevsky Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet, and James Sewell Dance. Sarah has performed principal roles in the classical works of Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella among others, as well as in neoclassical and contemporary works by Balanchine, Ailey, Kylian, Taylor and  many others.

Upon retiring from the stage, Sarah studied arts administration, served as an intern for the New York State Council on the Arts, and embarked on what would become a lifelong love of the art of teaching. Upon marrying and expecting her first child, Sarah and her husband moved to upstate NY where she began teaching upper division ballet at Dance Centre North and at Syracuse University. While in Syracuse, Sarah served as the principal choreographer and artistic director of the fledgling Central New York Ballet. Her commissioned works include two presentations for the Syracuse Symphony Family Series where she choreographed original works “The Ugly Duckling” and “Carnival of the Animals”, as well as a work for the symphony’s Celtic Festival and a presentation of an evening of original repertory dance with live accompaniment from the Syracuse Symphony, assisted by a 25,000 dollar grant from state senator D’Fransisco. Sarah also received a choreographic commission for contemporary work from the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse. She has been a guest teacher and choreographer for Columbus Dance Theater, Dance Arts Los Alamos, Pittsford Dance Studio and Dance Spectrum.

On moving to Rochester, Sarah taught upper division ballet and choreographed in ballet at Little Red Dancing School under director Lisa Allain, where her work received numerous platinum and outstanding choreography awards, were highest scoring pieces in both regional and national competition, and received five perfect scores at national competition as well. Sarah joined the faculty of the Draper Center for Dance Education in 2010 where she continued to train upper division levels, choreograph for competitions, workshops and demonstrations, coach students for the Youth American Grand Prix and teach company class for the Rochester City Ballet. Sarah is an ABT certified teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT teacher training intensive in primary through level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.

Sarah’s greatest achievements are her two daughters, Jessica and Margaret, and her marriage of over 23 years to professor Stan Rickel of RIT. Sarah is joyful and excited to start this next chapter as Assistant Artistic Director of New York State Ballet and to share her knowledge with the students of Ballet Prestige.




Zach Frazee,

Dance Instructor

A company member of New York State Ballet, Zach specializes in classical ballet, modern ballet and rhythm tap. His training includes a BFA degree in Dance from SUNY Brockport,Ballet Prestige, Flower City Ballet, and Jody B’s Studio of Dance. 

Frazee has worked with multiple dance companies across the country including Garth Fagan Dance, Northwest Dance Project, Hubbard Street Chicago, Cas Public and Nevada Ballet Theatre. Frazee has danced with James Hasen/Assemblage Dance, William Evans, Northwest Dance Project, as well as performed at multiple dance festivals and events nationwide including Rochester Fringe Festival, Pasadena Dance Festival, DUMBO Arts Festival, and the Richmond Choreographer’s Showcase. 

Katherine graduated from Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School (RWB) with professional certification in the Cecchetti Method and Vaganova System of ballet technique and training. While teaching in Maryland, Katherine also benefitted from the tutelage of Ms. Misako Aoki-Oda at Misako Ballet (Columbia, MD).

Professional Teaching Experience
Katherine’s professional ballet teaching experience includes positions with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School (Winnipeg, Canada), Peoria Ballet (Peoria, IL), Flower CIty Ballet (Rochester, NY), Western New York Youth Ballet (Rochester, NY), and Ballet Theatre of Maryland (Annapolis, MD).

Katherine is one of the only ballet instructors in the greater Rochester area with professional certification in the Cecchetti Method and the Vaganova System of ballet technique and training, which she uses as the basis of all of her dance classes. 

Choreography Experience:
Katherine has also choreographed major portions of several professional ballet performances, most notably of a full-length adaptation of The Nutcracker and excerpts from The Sleeping Beautyfor Ballet Prestige, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for Western New York Youth Ballet.  She also choreographed pieces performed at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division’s “First Steps” Choreographic Competition.

As a student, Katherine danced in various professional ballet performances such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Le Corsaire, Paquita, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.