Sally Turkel began her ballet training at Cary Ballet Conservatory in Cary, North Carolina. At age 14, she was accepted to the residential high school ballet studies program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
After performing with Houston Ballet, Carolina Ballet, Steifel and Stars, and Houston Ballet II, Ms. Turkel joined 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.
Ms. Turkel joined Ballet San Antonio for the 2013 season and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2014.
While with Ballet San Antonio, Ms. Turkel danced the roles of Mina in Gabriel Zertuche’s Dracula, Cinderella and Fairy God Mother in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, the Sugarplum Fairy and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, and Gabriel Zertuche’s Valsa de San Valentino.
In February 2015 Ms. Turkel danced the role of Juliet in Ben Stevenson’s Romeo and Juliet. 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].
Other notable roles include the Lead Girl in Balanchine’s Donizetti Variations In addition, she has worked with choreographers such as Stephen Mills, Twyla Tharp, Michael Pink, Emery LeCrone, and Stanton Welch.