Tiffany KoepkeTiffany feels artistically fortunate to be working with San Diego Ballet, having performed the principal role of Titania in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Slavic Princess in The Seven Beauties, the Giselle pas de deux; Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, as well as roles in Don Juan, Firebird, Romeo et Juliet, Alice in Wonderland and many other SDB original works. She states, “Having worked with Javier Velasco and his choreography is an honor to be a part of and is truly special. Every day I get to explore outside my abilities knowing the next great masterpiece is ahead.”

A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin Tiffany began her ballet training at The Milwaukee Ballet. She received the Schlomer Lichner scholarship for most outstanding and promising dancer and at age fourteen, she was the first student to dance the lead role as Marie in the Milwaukee Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. She danced many roles there, including Sleeping Beauty and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Tiffany also danced in Edinburgh, Scotland at the widely renowned Fringe Festival. Tiffany also attended summer programs at Boston Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre summer programs.

She later moved to California and joined The California Ballet Company. Her notable roles included four cygnets in Swan Lake, Dewdrop and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, and the title role in Snow White. Tiffany made her first musical debut in Chorus Line when she played the role of “Val.” (Tiffany admits this was her first attempt at a singing role but cannot say it will be her last.) With The Ballet Studio and Fine Arts Network, she has performed the title roles of Giselle, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White as well as Odette in Swan Lake and Kitri in Don Quixote.

She was also featured in the award winning film “The Making of The Nutcracker” a behind the scenes movie about the California Ballet’s annual Nutcracker production.

Tiffany currently lives in Temecula and commutes for her passion and looks forward to all that is in store for the future.

More about Tiffany…

Who influenced you most to become the dancer you are today?

I was influenced as a child by watching the professional dancers rehearsing at Milwaukee Ballet. I would go to class early so I could see the art and beauty of ballet. I knew I wanted to be a professional ballerina. I believe there is nothing more beautiful or elegant.

What was the funniest episode(s) you’ve experienced in your career?

I once drove almost halfway to dance on Monday, which is our day off (and I live an hour away)…..I don’t know what I was thinking. I pulled over to the side of the fwy and starting laughing to myself.

What goes through your mind just before you perform?

This is the moment to let go of striving towards perfection and instead let my passion take control. Just breathe and enjoy as if it’s my last time on stage. There’s nothing better.

What do you like/admire most about San Diego Ballet?

I admire having the opportunity to dance so many different roles. No two are alike and that is thanks to Javier’s choreography. Everyday is a great joy to work with someone so creative and talented a choreographer. I am also grateful to be in gorgeous San Diego.