For many seasons, leading roles in Charleston Ballet productions were performed by principal Kim Pauley. In May 1989, Ms. Pauley assumed the additional position of director/choreographer for the civic troupe, following in the footsteps of her mentor, the late Andre Van Damme, founder and director of the Charleston Ballet from 1956-1989. In addition to her association to Van Damme, she studied in New York with David Howard, Simon Dow, Irina Kolpakova, Oleg Briansky, the Joffrey Ballet School, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and with Laura Alonso and Haydee Gutierrez.
Ms. Pauley also assumes the position of resident choreographer. She created many original works for the company including THE SEASONS, DANCE IN A MAD HOUSE, AFRICAN IMAGES, ANOTHER LIFE, FIVE NOVELETTES, SHE LOVES YOU, ROMANIAN FOLK DANCES, ELEMENTS, DOODLE DANDY, RHAPSODY IN BLUE, and original staging of ONDINE. She has also staged and co-staged the traditional full-length classics LES SYLPHIDES, LA FILLE MAL GARDEE, COPPELIA, SWAN LAKE, GRAND PAS DE QUATRE, SLEEPING BEAUTY, THE NUTCRACKER, LA BAYADERE and GISELLE.
During her career, Ms. Pauley has partnered with many outstanding principal dancers in a wide range of dancing styles. Some of these principal dancers include William Starrett, now director of the Columbia City Ballet, Simon Dow, Australian Ballet, Petter Jacobson, former Artistic Director of Royal Swedish Ballet, Raymond Rodriguez, former Cleveland Ballet principal, Yves de Boutieller, Ariel Serrano, William Pizzuto, former soloist with Boston Ballet, and extended partnerships with Boston Ballet principal Devon Carney, now artistic director with Kansas City Ballet ,with Miguel Campaneria, former principal dancer with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and Olivier Wecxsteen, former principal dancer with Boston Ballet and Les Grand Ballets Canadians.
She has been the recipient of the Mayor's Award for outstanding Individual Artist given by the Fund For The Arts. The Charleston Ballet received the outstanding organization award in 1998. She has also received the award from the YWCA for Women of Achievement (2006) and honorary doctorate degree of Fine Arts from University of Charleston in 2007.
She has danced in and presented a wide variety of different works including MADAM BUTTERFLY PAS DE DEUX, choreographed by prize-winning Japanese choreographer Saeko Ichinohe, A lecture/demo with Steven Annegarn of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Michael Kaiser, Virginia Ballet Theatre, called THINK ON YOUR FEET for WV Governor's Honors Academy and Snowshoe Institute.
Many original ballets have been created for her by Van Damme, the premiere of MISS EMILY, choreographed by Jerry Rose, REFLECTIONS and DELIRIUM by Miguel Campaneria.Ms. Pauley had the opportunity with Devon Carney to present the American premiere of world-renown choreographer Oleg Briansky's ROMEO AND JULIET pas de deux. The three presented a world premiere in February 1995 called COUNTRY MOON (songs by Patsy Cline).
Season performances have included Laura Alonso's staging of EPITAFIO, PAQUITA with Hartford Ballet principal Tim Melady, Yves de Bouteiller's ALICE IN WONDERLAND, the world premiere of TWIN SOUL, choreographed by Petter Jacobsson, Campaneria's Spanish MAJISIMO and James Canfield's THIRD STAGE, LES SYLPHIDES, and revival of Van Damme's THE FLAPPERS. Past credits have been GRADUATION BALL, full-length SWAN LAKE with Raymond Van Mason, Shane O'Hara's modern work LISBOA, premiere of LEYENDA DEL RIO, RAYMONDA pas de deux, NUTCRACKER in Warren, Ohio with Ariel Serrano, and full-length COPPELIA with Armando Seda in Port au Prince, Haiti. She has made an appearance with Olivier Wecxsteen as guest artists presenting SWAN ACT II and TANGOS for the West Virginia Dance Festival, WHO CARES?, CRUMBLING choreographed by Canadian Edgar Zendejas, ANOTHER LIFE with music of Sting, the premiere of REPETITION, the premiere of INTROSPECTIVE and QUARTET 42 ,choreographed by Wecxsteen, premiere of SHE LOVES YOU to music of the Beatles, and several collaborations with the Montclaire String Quartet, WomanSong, and the West Virginia Symphony for the annual performances of THE NUTCRACKER. A unique collaboration was with the WV Catholic Diocese for its Eucharistic Festival, and the Snowshoe Institute performing the pas de deux from DON QUIXOTE. She and Wecxsteen danced a full-length GISELLE and Luis Montero's BOLERO for the company's 50th anniversary. She has choreographed the Broadway show WEST SIDE STORY for the West Virginia Symphony, the world premiere of PINOCCHIO composed by Evan Mack. Recent stagings and choreographies have been full-length LA BAYADERE with Radenko Pavlovich’s Columbia Classical Ballet in SC and SQUAREDANCE to WV Senator Robert C. Byrd’s fiddle music.