Yellie Shustack, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio began her training at Cunningham School of Dance under Carla LeMaster and Naomi Cunningham. In 2000, Yellie joined the Ithaca Ballet Company and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2003. She danced the lead roles in Cinderella, Bolero, Sentimental Journey, Bluebird Pas de deux in Sleeping Beauty, Snow Queen and Dewdrop Fairy in the Nutcracker. Yellie also won choreographic workshops and had her works, Business of Love and Pieces Missing, performed by the company in 2002 and 2003.
Ms.Shustack’s summer studies include Ballet Regent, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, Studio Maestro, Julliard, Ballet Austin, as well as, merit scholarships for The Jilana School and Richmond Ballet. Yellie joined Ballet Austin’s trainee program in 2004, where she performed in outreach programs, as well as, works by Gina Patterson, Stephen Mills, and Kimmary Williams. She was selected to perform Serenade with the company.
Yellie joined the Alabama Ballet in 2007 where she stayed for seven seasons. She performed soloist roles including Benevolence Fairy and Sapphire Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, Autumn Fairy in Cinderella, The Turning Girl in Roger Van Fleteren’s Messin’ with Mozart, Bashful in Snow White, and Paquita. Demi soloist roles include La Sylphide and Allegro Brilliante. Yellie has also appeared in Swan Lake, Giselle, Be Major, Alice in Wonderland, and Marzipan in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.
Ms. Shustack moved to Arizona and danced with Ballet Tucson 2014-2017 and was featured as a Doublemint Twin in Sam Watson’s Hi Jinks , “The Funny Couple” in Daniel Precup’s Love Songs, and Cascades by Kim Robards, as well as, numerous other roles.
Yellie has taught all levels of ballet for seventeen years at various schools all over the United States and been on staff at major Ballet Companies. She is delighted to be joining the Northwest Dance Project faculty. She is also a certified yoga instructor and an Executive Consultant for Rodan+Fields Skincare.