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The New Faces of Milwaukee Ballet

If you came to Dracula (and I hope you did!) you may have noticed a few new faces on the stage. Last year saw the retirement of handful of our dancers, so the Company welcomed six talented artists from all over the world to the city of Beer and Ballet. I thought introductions were in order and I sat down with the new kids on the block in hopes we could get to know them a little better. Make sure to offer a "Bonjour", "Olá" or a friendly "Hello" to the six newest members of our family if you see them around town.

Florent Bouyat
Bouyat
Roles in Dracula: Villager, Soldier, Undead
Hometown: La Rochelle, France
Dance Training: Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon
Last Dance Company: Tulsa Ballet
Favorite Dancer to Watch: Manuel Legris, Carlos Acosta
Dream Role: Romeo
Thing You Miss Most About Home: Family
First Impression of Milwaukee: Perople were extremely friendly.
Favorite Dance Movie: "Footloose", "Dirty Dancing", "Billy Elliot"
Favorite Flavor if Ice Cream: Speculoos
Best Advice You Ever Received: "Dance as if no one were watching. Sing as if no one were listening. And live every day as if it were your last."

Alexandre de Oliveria Ferreira

Ferreira
Role in Dracula: Arthur, Villager, Undead
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dance Training: Escola de Danga Alice Arsa
Last Dance Company: Miami City Ballet
Favorite Dancer to Watch: Carlos Acosta
Dream Role: Romeo
Things You Miss Most About Home: My Family
First Impression of Milwaukee: Really Cold!!!
Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: White Chocolate
Best Advice You Ever Received: "Be the best you can be. Never try to do better than anyone else."

Brandon Funk
Funk

Roles in Dracula: Impresario, Villager, Soldier, Undead
Hometown: Hiram, Georgia
Dance Training: Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, Georgia Ballet, Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education
Last Dance Company: Atlanta Ballet
Favorite Dancer to Watch: Carlos Acosta
Dream Role: Romeo
Things You Miss Most About Home: Friends and Family
First Impression of Milwaukee: Beautiful
Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip
Best Advice You Ever Received: "Don't Think Too Hard."

Deonté Hansel

Hansel
Roles in Dracula: Villager, Soldier, Undead
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
Dance Training: Rock School, SCGSAH, Houston Ballet
Last Dance Company: Atlanta Ballet
Favorite Dancer to Watch: Carlos Acosta
Dream Role: Romeo
Things You Miss Most About Home: Family and Friends
Favorite Dance Movie: "Mao's Last Dancer"
Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Sherbert

Janel Meindersee

Meindersee
Roles in Dracula: One of the Three Female Vampires, Villager, Undead
Hometown: Vancouver, Washington
Dance Training: The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre
Last Dance Company: Nevada Ballet Theatre
Favorite Dancer to Watch: Noelani Pantastico, now a soloist with Les Ballets de Monte Carlo.
Dream Role: Juliet
Things You Miss Most About Home: Spending time with my parents and my two adorable little sisters.
First Impression of Milwaukee: People are friendly and the city is active.
Favorite Dance Movie: "Dance With Me"
Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Mocha Almond Fudge
Best Advice You Ever Received: "Hold on tightly to the voice of truth, know who you are, and don't allow any lie to rob you of this confidence."

Barry Molina
Molina
Roles in Dracula: Enthusiastic Bell Boy, Villager, Undead
Hometown: Bloomington, Minnesota
Dance Training: Studied with Peter Martens and Jack Soto, Summer Intensives at The American Ballet Theatre
Last Dance Company: The Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II Program

Wait! Don't stop reading here!
You're going to miss a chance to catch some of our freshest faces in action!

Milwaukee Ballet's studios aren't just home to our Company dancers, but to the artists of the Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II Program and many of the students of Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy. You can see our Milwaukee Ballet IIs (known affectionately as MBIIs) and the most advanced students of our Academy live in our studios this Saturday for our second annual Assemblé!

Assemblé, a ballet term which means "to join", gives these dancers valuable performance experience, while giving our Academy II students a prime opportunity to watch our MBIIs in action and see for themselves if ballet may be a career option for them. The show also gives dance afficionados a wonderful chance to see our young artists grow as performers in what is sure to be an inspired show. Where else you can find entertainment in this city for $10?! Just contact our Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy Manager Renee Griswold via rgriswold [at] milwaukeeballet [dot] org (email )or call her at |
(414) 902-2118 for more information.
Assemble 2011Photo by Petr Zahradnícek

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Marketing Associate

Headshots by Jessica Kaminski
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