Krystal Hennager began dancing at the age of 3. At 10 she left her small town school in TN and began studying with the Van Metre School of Dance; training personally with Royal Academy of Dance graduate Cheryl Van Metre. At age 12, Krystal auditioned for senior company status with the Appalachian Ballet Company; becoming only the 2nd ever 12 yr old to achieve this accomplishment. By the age of 13, Mrs. Hennager was accepted to Boston Ballet’s Advanced Summer Intensive, a program reserved for age 15+.
Shortly after Krystal received lead soloist status with Appalachian and by 15 she was honored as a gala performer with the South East Regional Ballet Association. Thereafter, she stepped into her role as principle dancer, as one of only two performers in the award winning short ballet “Flight”.
Mrs. Hennager’s young career made it possible for her to focus on teaching by the age of 22. While still performing part time, she became Artistic Director and Business Director of Arts In Motion II in TN. She also accepted the position of Tap Dept. Director with the Cumberland County Playhouse. For nearly 10 yrs she committed herself to the development of young to professional dancers, in both the disciplined world of Ballet and the triple threat world of Musical Theater. It is during this time, she won the coveted “Tennessee Governors School, Outstanding Teacher Award”.
Krystal believes it is teachers, not talent that blessed her with this career and hopes to be that difference in her students. Other notable masters Krystal has trained in length with include: Lilia Valieva of the Vaganova Ballet Academy/ Kirov Ballet, David Howard of Broadway Dance Center NYC and William Pizzuto of Boston Ballet. Also she was a repeated student of Savion Glover known for “Happy Feet” the movie and “Bring in Da Funk” and Randy Skinner, most famous for his direction of Broadways “42nd Street”.
As a professional dancer, Mrs. Hennager enjoyed roles such as, ‘The Nutcracker” Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen, “Beauty and the Beast” Fifi, “Swan Lake” Baby Swan; as a slave assistant in the Robert Goulet opera tour “Aida” and lead rhythm dancer in the living art exhibit “Duke Ellington’s, Sophisticated Ladies”, a Knoxville Museum of Art’s Cabaret.
In 2012, in support of her husband Steven and his career, Krystal and their son Brycelyn moved to Louisiana. The family now lives in Hammond. Mrs. Hennager is excited about her work with the students and staff of Main Street Dance. With her past, primarily in touring ballet and musical theater companies, she hopes to educate her students not only in technique but life lived experience.