Zoleen Rypka, Ballet Instructor
Zoleen Rypka has trained with Deanna Doty and guest instructors at Champaign Ballet Academy since 2016. She started dancing at the age of 7 with Champaign Park District’s Dance Arts program, where at 13, she began assisting and teaching classes for younger students. In 2017, she was selected for the Dance Ensemble at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. In 2019, She attended the FAA High School Summer Intensive at the University of Illinois. Zoleen is a fourth-year company member and has performed in Champaign Urbana Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Paquita. Zoleen took part in Champaign Ballet Academy’s teacher training program starting in the summer of 2018. She joins the staff of Champaign Ballet Academy in 2021. Zoleen is currently an accounting major at Parkland College.