Ballet Northeast Director Karla Kovatch Preparing Dancers For ‘The Nutcracker’
By ANDREA O’NEILL
Correspondent
Karla Kovatch

Mountaintop resident Karla Kovatch is the new Executive Director of Ballet Northeast, a local youth ballet company that is preparing for its upcoming production of the Nutcracker.

Kovatch started dancing at the age of eight, for the same reason most eight year olds start something –a friend was doing it. Karla stuck with it though, and by the age of 17 she had her first professional job and was teaching full time not long after.

As her own daughter began dancing, Karla started teaching with her first teacher, Kristin Degman-Boonan. Degman-Boonan, along with her husband, had started the Degman Ballet Conservancy and Ballet Northeast; a non profit ballet company that accepts dancers from schools across the area and puts on several performances per year, one of which is, of course, The Nutcracker.

Ballet Northeast, located at the Dorothy Dart Center at Wilkes University, is a non profit dance company comprised of students ages 9 and up. The company holds auditions every fall and puts on two large performances per year, as well as several small performances for senior groups or special events. The Nutcracker, Karla explains, is the signature show for most ballet companies, as it casts the most students and draws the biggest audience with its holiday tradition appeal.