Josie Ketten

On the day rpm dance opened, in walked little Josie Ketten. As the story goes, Mrs. Renee went home and said, “that little girl is going to be VERY good at ballet”…and she was right. Having studied for over ten years at rpm dance, perfecting her technique under Mrs. Carol Hinman, Josie Ketten was accepted into American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive at age 14. That Summer was followed by Intensives with Richmond Ballet and Nashville Ballet.

Josie auditioned for the Governor’s School for the Arts and was accepted as a Dance major with a ballet focus. After graduation from High School, Josie was looking for a University with a strong ballet program in an equally competitive academic setting. She found that in the University of South Carolina, which has one of the nation’s top Honors programs and also boasts an exclusive ballet program with strong ties to New York City Ballet. Josie is triple majoring in Global Studies, Anthropology, and Dance Performance & Choreography.

When you first meet Josie on the dance floor, your first impression will be how totally comfortable she is en Pointe, as if she was born in her pointe shoes. But if you dig a little deeper, you will find a girl who was very committed to the Down Syndrome kids at the wonderful program designed at TR Dance, and who also used her gift of dance recently at an orphanage in Panama. Josie embodies the rpm dance core value of developing your artistic gifts for excellence, AND for service to humanity. Meet rpm dance Alumna, Josie Ketten…