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. Ms. Turkel has danced with Houston Ballet II, Carolina Ballet, Houston Ballet and Stiefel and Stars.
Ms. Turkel danced professionally for five seasons with Denver’s Colorado Ballet. There she performed a wide variety of classical and contemporary roles, including the Serenity Fairy and Puss and Boots in Sleeping Beauty, Little Swans in Swan Lake, and George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations. In addition, she has worked with choreographers such as Stephen Mills, Michael Pink, Emery LeCrone, and Stanton Welch.
In 2013, Ms. Turkel joined Ballet San Antonio. She has performed numerous roles including Cinderella and Fairy God Mother in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, the Sugarplum Fairy and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, and Gabriel Zertuche’s Valsa de San Valentino. Ms. Turkel was promoted to First Soloist following the 2013-2014 and promoted to Principal Dancer in December 2014. In February 2015, she danced the role of Juliet in Ben Stevenson’s Romeo & Juliet.