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Nutcracker Tickets On Sale!

Friday 12/10 & Saturday 12/11

Don't miss the chance to be a part of this long standing Northshore holiday tradition! Only two shows remaining!

Tickets are on sale at the Pineapple Gallery Mon-Fri 10-3, in the studio during studio hours, or inquire by email or by phone at (985)789-8718.


Class Registration

There is still time to be a part of the premier ballet school on the Northshore, KFortier Studios which is the home of the non-profit ballet company, Ballet Apetrei, and The Artwalk. We hope you'll check us out. Registration for the 2021-22 year is now open.


Ballet Apetrei Company Auditions

Saturday, August 28th

Ballet Apetrei will be holding auditions for company members for the 2021-22 season on Saturday, August 28th for dancers 12 and up with at least one year of pointe work. Please see the the Company Audition Form for more information.


Ongoing Events

  • Class Registration
    Click on Dancenter for more information
    Click on Dancenter for more information
    We are currently registering dancers for the 2021-22 year.
  • Virtual Performances
    YouTube Apetrei Dancenter
    YouTube Apetrei Dancenter
    We had an amazing Summer Intensive with 10 dancers!

Kelly Fortier

Artistic Director

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Kelly is a native of New Orleans, where she received her early training. She also trained and danced with the Houston Ballet, the Hartford Ballet, and in New York City. She danced as a soloist at the Dallas Opera from 1984 until 1988 when she retired from her performance career. In 1988, Kelly and Constantin Apetrei opened the Apetrei Dancenter and founded Ballet Apetrei. Kelly has choreographed several ballets for Ballet  Apetrei including Requiem, Guide Me  Home, and Symphony Classique. She is known for her great understanding and teaching of the classical ballet technique. Kelly is very involved in arts in education and giving back to the community. Ballet Apetrei has received the Legacy Award from St. Tammany Parish Chamber of Commerce, been recognized by the St. Tammany School Board for involvement in the Special Ed Workplace Program, and arts in education, as well as providing tickets and transportation to the less privileged in our community to attend the Nutcracker performance. The company volunteers in our area by performing in community events such as Fall and Spring for Art, Three Rivers At Festival, White Linen Night, and helping build homes for Habitat for Humanity. Kelly has started a dance program and scholarship program for the Boys and Girls Club of Covington this season and is excited to bring her love and knowledge of dance to these children in our parish. Kelly has also formed a collaboration with local artists called The Artwalk, which provides the Ballet Apetrei Studio as a forum to display their work. The non-profit organization's mission statement is to provide ballet training and performances to the community with international artists alongside the dancers of St. Tammany Parish.


Registration Request

Complete this form to request information about enrolling your child in the Apetrei Dancenter today!

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