Palkens has trained and performed with Orlando Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Escuela de Ballet del Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Chile and The Dance Syndicate, Montana. As a principal dancer with Orlando Ballet, Palkens performed in the world premiere of Robert Hill's Homage at the Grand Opening Gala of the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando. After joining Cincinnati Ballet in 2011, Palkens quickly rose through the ranks to Soloist in 2012. Following a last-minute stand-in—and wildly successful—performance as Romeo in 2012-2013’s Romeo & Juliet, Palkens was promoted to Senior Soloist for the 2013-2014 50th Anniversary Season.
Favorite role: Ali, Le Corsaire
"Palkens' solo perfection brought contemporary moves and attitude to the floor with style, class and edge." - D. Huffman, West Orlando News
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