Milwaukee Ballet Welcomes Three New Dancers to the Company

New Dancers
Julianne Kepley, Joshua Reynolds and Tanner Schwartz will debut during the 2010-11 season

Milwaukee, Wis. – May 24, 2010 – Milwaukee Ballet announced today it will welcome three new dancers to its Company for the 2010-11 season: Julianne Kepley as a Leading Artist; Joshua Reynolds and Tanner Schwartz join as Artists.

“We are thrilled to add these talented, experienced dancers to our Milwaukee Ballet team,” said Michael Pink, Artistic Director. “As the Ballet moves into the upcoming season, we continue to strengthen our Company with versatile members.”

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Julianne Kepley has been a member of Atlanta Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and most recently, San Francisco Ballet. During her time with San Francisco Ballet, she danced principal and soloist roles, and worked to create ballets with Val Caniparoli, Stanton Welch, James Kudelka, Christopher Wheeldon and Julia Adam. Julianne received her training at Atlanta Ballet, School of American Ballet in New York and Boston Ballet. Milwaukee audiences may fondly recall her performance as Juliet in the Ballet’s 2007 production of Romeo & Juliet.

Joshua Reynolds began his training at the Georgia Academy of Dance, and continued his training at The Rock School in Philadelphia and the School of American Ballet. Prior to joining Milwaukee Ballet, Joshua was a member of Atlanta Ballet, where he performed leading roles in Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Michael Pink’s Dracula and The Great Gatsby.

Originally from California, Tanner Schwartz began dancing at Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica. He continued his training at the School of American Ballet, and was the 2002 recipient of the Danish American National Cultural Exchange (DANCE) Scholarship for a six-week apprenticeship with the Royal Danish Ballet. Tanner honed his professional talents as the member of the Pennsylvania Ballet II and the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago.

Milwaukee Ballet kicks off its 2010-11 season October 28-31 with Esmeralda, a dramatic twist on Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Other season shows and performance dates are as follows: The Nutcracker (December 10-26, 2010), Genesis: International Choreographic Competition (February 10-13, 2011), Three (March 31-April 2, 2011), and Coppélia (May 19-22, 2011).

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About Milwaukee Ballet
Founded in 1970, Milwaukee Ballet strives to inspire its audiences to think within and beyond traditional ballet through the presentation of quality performances and the implementation of educational opportunities. Milwaukee Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet School are recognized among the top companies in the nation. Milwaukee Ballet School is the only professional dance school in the Midwest accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. With an annual operating budget of more than $5 million, Milwaukee Ballet presents more than 40 performances to more than 50,000 people each year. Its resident company includes 25 professional dancers along with 16 trainees in its Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II program and is one of the few dance companies in the country to maintain its own symphony orchestra. Milwaukee Ballet School, the official school of the Ballet, has an enrollment of more than 1,000 students at three locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.