Artistic Staff


The Apetrei Dancenter and Ballet Apetrei Artistic Director, Kelly Fortier Apetrei, is a native of New Orleans, where she received her early training.  She also trained and danced with the Houston Ballet, The Hartford Ballet and in New York City.  She danced as a soloist with the Dallas Opera from 1984 until 1988 when she retired from her performance career.  Kelly has choreographed several ballets for Ballet Apetrei including Requiem, Guide Me Home, and Symphony Classique.  She is known for her great understanding and teaching of the classical ballet technique.  Kelly is very involved in arts in education and giving back to the community.

Kelly and Constantin Apetrei opened the Dancenter in 1988 after retiring from professional ballet careers. Constantin is a native Romanian who graduated with highest honors from The Bolshoi Ballet in Russia. He has performed with the Fantasio Ballet in Romania, and various ballet companies in the U.S. including the Dallas Ballet.  Kelly and Constantin have four sons and are a very active family in our community.




The Apetrei Family ~ Casey, Sean, Kelly, Constantin, Nathan, and Neal

after “Mr. C” accepted the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD  from the St. Tammany Parish Arts Council.

Click here to see a video of “Mr. C”s acceptance speech…


The Apetrei Dancenter was also presented with the Legacy Award by the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce

in appreciation for bringing art to our area for over 25 years!



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