Cary, North Carolina
Ms. Turkel began her ballet training at Cary Ballet Conservatory in Cary, North Carolina. She was just 14 years old when she was accepted to the residential high school ballet studies program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Ms. Turkel joined Ballet San Antonio in 2013 and was promoted to principal dancer the following season. Since joining the company, she has danced leading roles in Dracula, Cinderella and The Nutcracker. She delivered a touching performance as Juliet in Ben Stevenson’s Romeo and Juliet and the reviews were stellar. About her performance it was reported:
“Turkel maintains the character arc from impudent and reluctant girl to the grieving and horror stricken widow-too-young, with a richness of feeling that goes beyond her obvious prowess as a dancer.” [Tami Kegley, The Rivard Report].
In the 2015-16 season, Ms. Turkel gave an exquisite performance in Swan Lake, a technically demanding role reserved only for a ballerina exhibiting the highest caliber of dance artistry. She also charmed audiences in her portrayal of Wendy in Peter Anasto’s Peter Pan. Her other notable roles with the company include: the lead in Balanchine’s Donizetti Variations and the Fairy God Mother in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella. Ms. Turkel has worked with a vast list of choreographers including, Twyla Tharp, Michael Pink, Emery LeCrone, and Stanton Welch.
Additional credits to Ms. Turkel’s career include Houston Ballet, Carolina Ballet, Steifel and Stars, and Houston Ballet II, Ms. Turkel was also a member of the Colorado Ballet in Denver, Colorado where over five professional seasons she performed a variety of classical and contemporary roles including some of her favorite roles: Serenity Fairy and Puss and Boots in Sleeping Beauty, Little Swans in Swan Lake, and George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations.
As leading ballerina for Ballet San Antonio, Ms. Turkel looks forward to another wonderful season of dance.