• Alyce Andrews

    Towne Centre Branch Manager, Head of Training for Junior Division

    Alyce Andrews danced with the Nashville Ballet for three seasons before joining the Milwaukee Ballet from 1991-2002. She was trained by her mother, Pat Gillispie, with Classical Ballet Memphis. She studied at the ballet schools of Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet and received scholarships for San Francisco Ballet School as well as the National Academy of the Arts. In the summer of 1995, she completed the advanced examination for the Royal Academy of Dance and was one of two dancers in the United States to be awarded the coveted Solo Seal of the Academy. Recently, Alyce has joined dancers from all over the world to dance at the Feast of Tabernacles in Israel with the International Christian Embassy. Most recently, Alyce was the founder and director of the Steps of Grace Ballet from 2003-2018.

    Email: aandrews@milwaukeeballet.org

    Full-Time Faculty

  • Kristine Bachicha Hintz

    Kristine Bachicha Hintz grew up dancing in Colorado before continuing her dance education as a Dance Management Major at Oklahoma City University. While in school, she performed with the American Spirit Dance Company and in choreography showcases. Since graduation she branched off into the Denver theatre community performing in Bullets over Broadway, Tuck Everlasting, and The Sunshine Boys at Vintage Theatre and Mary Poppins at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse. She was also a member of the tap dance company Rocky Mountain Rhythm. Non-performance credits include the HersheyPark Entertainment Department, touring with Legacy Dance Championships, choreographing musicals, and teaching at multiple dance studios. She loves the ability to share her passion and knowledge for dance.

    Email: kbachicha@milwaukeeballet.org

    Part-Time Faculty

  • Parker Brasser Vos

    New York City native Parker Brasser Vos trained at American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School where he was coached by renowned artists  Edward Ellison, Lupe Serrano, Susan Jaffe, and Ethan Stiefel. While there, he created lead roles in Jessica Lange’s Inspired by, Kirk Peterson’s Renaissance Suite, and Leslie Browne’s Breakthrough and Doubleplay, as well as being awarded a full scholarship to study the neoclassical style and repertoire of George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins at the School of American Ballet.

    While a member of the Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II program, he danced principal repertoire, notably, Balanchine’s Who Cares?, Twyla Tharp’s Push comes to Shove,  the title role of Othello, and Thom Dancy’s To Venture from the Norm, which won the silver medal at the 15th McCallum Theater Choreographic Festival.

    As an Artist with the Milwaukee Ballet, Mr. Brasser Vos has been featured by esteemed guest choreographers’ works including Mathew Neenan’s Something Borrowed, Vincente Nebrada’s Our Waltzes, Trey McIntyre’s A Day in the Life, and Val Caniparoli’s Lamberena, as well as the roles of the White Rabbit of Septime Webre’s ALICE (in wonderland), The Genie of Kathryn Posin’s Scheherazade, Gurn in La Sylphide as staged by Dinna Bjorn, and Oberon in Bruce Well’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has had the honor of performing in numerous Michael Pink ballets and World premieres including Karl and Fritz in The Nutckracker, Shaunard in La Boheme, Prince Gustav in Mirror Mirror, and Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake.

    Email: pbrasservos@milwaukeeballet.org

    Part-Time Faculty

  • Randy Crespo

    Randy Crespo began dancing at age nine at the Cuban National Ballet School, where he won 2nd place at the International Competition of Ballet in 2009. Crespo joined The National Ballet of Cuba under the direction of Alicia Alonso in 2009. During his five seasons with the company, he performed in Swan LakeGiselleDon QuixoteCinderellaThe Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.

    In 2013, Crespo joined Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami where he performed leading roles in Le CorsaireFirebird and Spector of the Rose. He later joined Ballet Arizona under the direction of Ib Anderson, where he performed many classical ballets, contemporary pieces, George Balanchine repertoire, as well as original works by Ib Andersen and Nayon lovino. His most memorable roles are Golden Idol in La Bayadére, Arabian pas de deux in The Nutcracker and the pas de trois in Swan Lake, as well as Balanchine’s Four Temperaments and Western Symphony.

    Since joining Milwaukee Ballet, Crespo has danced as Sinbad in Scheherazade, Karl/The Prince in The Nutcracker, James in La Sylphide, Harker in Dracula and King Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    Email: rcrespo@milwaukeeballet.org

    Part-Time Faculty

  • Kerensa DeMars

    Kerensa DeMars is a choreographer, performer and educator working in Flamenco dance. She has performed internationally at venues like the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Tivoli in Barcelona, Madrid’s Teatro Calderón and the Fort Mason Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

    The founding director of the San Francisco Flamenco Dance Company, Kerensa lived in Spain from 1997-2004 where she trained intensively with Spain’s foremost Flamenco artists. Kerensa is the recipient of major choreography commissions from the San Francisco Arts Commission, Theatre Bay Area/Dancer’s Group, the Azahar Dance Foundation and the Teatro Pradillo of Madrid. She has choreographed Flamenco productions both for and with young people including the critically acclaimed ‘¿Dónde está Don Quixote?’ which played at the SF International Arts Festival in 2018 and 2019.

    Kerensa is currently the director of Studio K Flamenco, Milwaukee’s home for the Flamenco arts. With programs like the annual Flamenco Nutcracker, the Compás Youth Project and the Studio K Presents performance series, Studio K is committed to furthering the art of Flamenco in Milwaukee and beyond.

    Guest Faculty

  • Bri George

    Bri George began her early training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary for 11 years. During her training at CPYB she performed in over 12 Balanchine Ballets including Serenade, Raymonda Variations, Stars and Stripes, Divertimento 15, Who Cares, and La Source, as well as classical ballets like Paquita, and La Bayadere.

    After attending summer training in 2007 at the School of American Ballet, she was offered a scholarship to Boston Ballet as a trainee where she performed in Swan Lake and The Nutcracker with the company.

    In 2008, she joined Orlando Ballet’s second company under Bruce Marks and Peter Stark. During her time with OBII she placed in top 12 for classical at YAGP, and 2nd in contemporary in Florida Regionals.

    In 2009, George was asked to join Orlando Ballet’s professional company by current director Robert Hill. During her six seasons with Orlando Ballet she performed many leading roles such as Odette from Swan Lake, Sugar Plum, Dew Drop, and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Ursula in The Little Mermaid, Witch from Snow White, Diane and Acteon variation, and Zulma from Giselle. She has also appeared in Touching Drops by Peter Chu, Again for the First Time by Abdur Rahim Jackson, and was featured in many new works from director Robert Hill.

    In 2015, she joined Ballet Arizona under Ib Anderson. She performed in Balanchine’s Rubies, Walpurgisnacht, Symphony in 3, and original work by Ib Anderson.

    Currently she is dancing her 3rd season with Madison Ballet. She has performed Dew Drop, Snow Queen and Russian in The Nutcracker, Giselle act II pas de deux, the principle in Balanchine’s Valse Fantasie, and original works by W. Earle Smith.

    She has been a guest artist with Hammond Ballet, Lake Arts Project, and Envision Ballet Theatre. Other career highlights include performing alongside Mariah Carey in Disney’s Christmas Parade, and choreographing with Cirque Du Soleil for A Choreographer’s Workshop.

    This is Bri’s 4th season teaching with Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy.

    Email: bgeorge@milwaukeeballet.org

    Part-Time Faculty

  • Itzel Hernandez

    Originally from Havana, Cuba, Itzel Hernandez began training at the Escuela Provincial de Ballet Alejo Carpentier. At age 12, she moved to the United States and earned a full scholarship at the Orlando Ballet School under Peter Stark, where she performed as Clara in Bruce Mark’s The Nutcracker. At the Harid Conservatory, Hernandez trained under Victoria Schneider, Olivier Pardina and Svetlana Osiyeva, and appeared in Mark Godden’s Fable and Corazon de La Llama. After graduating, she joined Orlando Ballet where she performed in La Danse by Telmo Moreira, the lead roles in Robert Hill’s Allegretto and Huapango, as well as Abdur Rahim Jackson’s premiere of aGain fOr tHe firSt tImE. Hernandez has competed in the Youth American Grand Prix, winning 3rd place in 2009 and 1st place Senior Contemporary in 2014. She joined the Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II Program in 2014, where she danced in Michael Pink’s Don QuixoteThe NutcrackerGiselle and Cinderella before being promoted to the Company in 2015. In 2016, she danced the title role in Kathryn Posin’s Scheherazade. This is her sixth season in Milwaukee Ballet’s Company.

    Email: ihernandez@milwaukeeballet.org

    Part-Time Faculty

  • Calvin Hilpert

    Raised in Round Rock, Texas, Calvin Hilpert began his dance training at 11 with the local ballet studio, Metamorphosis Dance Academy. One year later he was offered a full scholarship to the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School where he trained and performed with the school and company for three years. At 15, Calvin accepted a full scholarship to continue his studies at the San Francisco Ballet School (SFBS) where he had the pleasure of working extensively with the company in multiple productions. Following his year at SFBS, Calvin was offered a contract to dance with KUNST-STOFF dance company where he danced on multiple international tours. At 17, he was invited to be a guest at the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz in Dresden, Germany where he began to expand his contemporary dance knowledge. While at the school in Dresden he accepted a contract to dance with the Saarländisches Staatstheater, after which he returned to KUNST-STOFF as an Artistic Contributor as well as dancer. During this time, he received extensive mentorship in classical and contemporary pedagogy and was given the opportunity to assist and co-teach with his mentor at the University of Utah. After multiple seasons with KUNST-STOFF dance company, Calvin took a step back from performance to focus on teaching and creation before returning to the stage with the Budapest Dance Theatre. As a result of injury, he retired from performance fully and began directing the ballet program for a dance school outside of Austin, Texas. His choreography has been performed in festivals and showcases throughout Europe and the United States and has been teaching classical ballet and contemporary dance for the past 8 years.

    Email: chilpert@milwaukeeballet.org

    Full-Time Faculty

  • Tatiana Jouravel-Malinkine

    Head of Training for Academy and Pre-Professional Divisions

    A native of Ukraine, Tatiana Jouravel-Malinkine is a graduate of the National Ballet School of Ukraine and is Russian/Vaganova trained.

    After working as a professional dancer with Hartford Ballet 1992-1994 and Boston Ballet 1994-2001, Tatiana joined Milwaukee Ballet as a principal dancer in 2003 and danced for 8 seasons.

    Tatiana’s repertoire includes: Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Marie and Sugar Plum in The Nutcracker, Kitri in Don Quixote, Odette in Swan Lake, Lucy in Michael Pink’s Dracula , Titania in Bruce Wells’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Kingdom of Shades in La Bayadere, Carmen in Carmen, Divertissement in Raymonda, Cinderella in Michael Pink’s Cinderella, and Tiger Lily in Michaels Pink’s Peter Pan. She has danced in Twyla Tharp’s Waterbaby Bagatelles, George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Rubies, Serenade, and Symphony in C, Allegro Briliante, the lead in Agon , Paul Taylor’s Company B and Lila York’s Celts and Coronach. She has also danced in works by  Kenneth MacMillan, Antony Tudor, Mark Godden, Trey McIntyre, Christopher Wheeldon, Adam Hougland, Petr Zahradnicek,  Michael Corder, and Kirk Peterson.

    Tatiana was awarded the Grand Prix Prize at the Competition of the Soviet Union Ballet Schools in Minsk, Belarussia in 1992. In 1996, she won a silver medal at the New York International Ballet Competition.

    Tatiana has taught ballet classes at Boston Ballet School, Chautauqua Ballet (New York), Atlanta Ballet School, many other schools and, since 2003, at Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy part-time and, after her retirement in 2010, full-time. Tatiana also taught at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and for Milwaukee Ballet II for five years.

    Tatiana is a Pilates Certified Instructor since 2003.

    Email: tmalinkine@milwaukeeballet.org

    Full-Time Faculty

  • Tiffany Kadani

    Tiffany Kadani trained in the Royal Academy of Dance method with Pamela Hayes in Sacramento, California. She went on to major in ballet and modern dance at Brigham Young University where she performed with both the ballet and contemporary dance companies and studied dance education. Upon graduation, she danced as a principal with Dangerous Lorraines Dance Theatre for seven years. During that time, she taught dance at California State University, Sacramento and at the Northern California Dance Conservatory. She then accepted a faculty position at the Washington School of Ballet with The Washington Ballet. While there, she was a Performance Ensemble choreographer, ballet teacher, contemporary teacher, and heavily involved in their outreach program. She was nominated for a scholarship at American Ballet Theatre through Project Plie to become a certified teacher with ABT. This experience led her onto a path to focus on helping all dancers achieve their ballet dreams by focusing on correct alignment, dance medicine, and dance science. As well as teaching in the studio, she’s also member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and runs her own practice as a private ballet instructor specializing in corrective movement and injury prevention.

    Email: tbraniff@milwaukeeballet.org

    Full-Time Faculty

  • Nick Kepley

    Born in Asheville, NC, Nick Kepley trained with Sandra Miller and spent summers at School of American Ballet and The Juilliard School. Concert dance: Ballet Austin, Kansas City Ballet. Broadway/NY stage: Mary Poppins (Broadway), Camelot (Lincoln Center), American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (Joyce Theatre). TV/Film: SMASH (NBC), Great Performances (PBS). Kepley served as Ballet Master of Ballet Austin II from 2013-2015, and represented the company nationally on their summer intensive audition tour. In 2010, he founded MOTION Dance Theatre, a summer choreographic residency program in Asheville, NC, and served as artistic director until 2015. His choreographic credits include Broadway and Off-Broadway assistant and associate credits, as well as works for Kansas City Ballet’s In the Wings program, Ballet Austin II, Mystic Ballet, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Manhattan Youth Ballet, and various regional theaters across the country. Kepley taught company class regularly for Dance Lab/NY from 2015-2018, and has served as a regular guest faculty member for both Broadway Dance Center and Ballet Conservatory of Asheville.

    nkepley@milwaukeeballet.org

    Full-Time Faculty

  • Marilyn Magnano

    Marilyn started her ballet training in a studio in Westerville, Ohio and went on to earn her BA in Theatre with a minor in Dance from the SUNY University at Buffalo, where she also served as a Teacher Assistant for an Introduction to Dance class (Ballet and Jazz). Upon graduation, Marilyn preformed in a variety shows in the Buffalo area, as well as Intervarsity’s missions conference “Urbana.” Marilyn then moved to Milford, DE where she taught at First State Academy of Dance and performed various roles in Diamond Dance Company’s “The Nutcracker” under Artistic Director Emeritus Tatiana Akinfieva-Smith. Marilyn also was a substitute dance instructor at Sussex Central High School in Georgetown, DE.

    In 2010, Marilyn returned to Buffalo, NY where she taught at Amazin’ Grace Dance Studio in Lockport, NY and led a Ballet Master Class for Carmarie Dance Studio. Since relocating to Wisconsin, Miss Marilyn has been excited to share her passion for dance with her students at the Milwaukee Ballet School and Academy (where she has served since 2016).

    Email: mmagnano@milwaukeeballet.org

    Part-Time Faculty

  • Rachel Malehorn

    Rachel Malehorn began her ballet training at Midland Festival Ballet under the tutelage of former Milwaukee Ballet Principal Dancer Susan Clark. During high school, she trained with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School’s Pre-Professional Program, which included a rigorous combination of ballet, pointe, partnering, jazz, modern, and Pilates training. She appeared on-stage with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and spent her summers attending Milwaukee Ballet’s Summer Intensive Program, often on full merit-based scholarship. Upon graduation from high school, she was offered a Milwaukee Ballet II contract. During the two years she spent in MBII, Malehorn appeared in Milwaukee Ballet productions, participated in outreach programs in local schools, represented the arts in Milwaukee at a conference in Washington, D.C., and continued her training. In 2006, Malehorn was offered a professional contract with the Milwaukee Ballet. During her eleven years dancing with the company, she appeared in work by Artistic Director Michael Pink, Petr Zahradnicek, Timothy O’Donnell, Alejandro Cerrudo, Darrell Gran Moultrie, Matthew Neenan, Mark Godden, Gabrielle Lamb, Nelly van Bommell, Maurice Causey, Matthew Tusa, Steven Mills, and Val Caniparoli. Known for her on-stage presence, power, and dramatic storytelling, Malehorn’s career deepened her knowledge of the classical balletic form and various contemporary and modern modalities. She was named Creative Consultant alongside Timothy O’Donnell, working with the marketing team to photograph and design season brochures and marketing materials. Malehorn also co-founded and currently sits as President of the Milwaukee Ballet Dancers’ Fund, a non-profit organization which provides educational grants to dancers preparing for their career transitions. Now retired from her professional performance career, Malehorn is currently pursuing her BFA at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, majoring in Dance and minoring in Business and Non-Profit Administration. She maintains an active photographic presence in the Milwaukee community, and has recently begun creating dance for film.

    Email: rmalehorn@milwaukeeballet.org

    Part-Time Faculty

  • Lisa Moberly

    Lisa has been dancing since the age of 6. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point with a Bachelors of Arts in Dance. While in college, Lisa spent 2 summers in New York taking classes with the Nicolas Lois Summer Intensive and Alvin Ailey School. During the academic year, Lisa taught children dance classes and became the Assistant Director of Turning Point Dance Academy in Stevens Point.

    After graduation, Lisa danced professionally for Kanopy Dance , under Artistic Director Chris Stevens, in Madison, Wisconsin. After moving to Milwaukee, she began performing with Dancecircus, under Artistic Director, Betty Salamun. Lisa has helped create children shows for the Symphony’s Artist and Children Education shows (A.C.E), as well as teaching masterclasses and still performing. Lisa moved to Chicago to continue learning and dancing. While living there, she did pick up performances for individual artists and taught advanced modern for Sherry Morray at Academy of Dance Arts pre professional students.

    Because of her exposure to Pilates in college, Lisa chose to complete an 800 hour teacher training program while living in Chicago. She trained with Gary Calderone, Kathy Grant, Michelle Larsson, and Fran Ahrens. She has been fully certified since 1999.

    In 2007, Lisa’s love of movement led her to GYROTONIC® and in 2013, she completed her level 1 training to become a certified trainer.

    In May of 2017, Lisa completed a 10 month training for Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) and is now a certified MAT Specialist. Adding this skill, allows Lisa to test range of motion in her clients and students, find a limitation, and strengthen the muscles not functioning to their best ability.

    Lisa is thrilled to be sharing these skills with students at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Dance department where she teaches Pilates, the Milwaukee Ballet School, Danceworks Inc, where she teaches a variety of styles and ages dance, and at her own studio, Enhanced Body Movement, in Mequon.

    Email: lmoberly@milwaukeeballet.org

    Part-Time Faculty

  • Aisling Nussear

    Aisling Nussear is native of Florida and started her ballet training at Mount Dora School of Ballet. In 2009, she began training at the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington D.C. under the direction of Marat Daukayev and Martin Freedmann. From there she moved on to train at Ellison Ballet in New York City under the direction of Edward Ellison and Erin Forrest. She preformed in various roles such as Swan Lake, la Bayadere, Coppelia, Don Quixote, and Le Conservatoire. Upon graduation, she pursed her degree in Business Administration through Ave Maria University and obtained her teachers certification through The Bolshoi Ballet Academy. She began teaching at Milwaukee Ballet in 2020.

    Email: anussear@milwaukeeballet.org

    Part-Time Faculty

  • Timothy O’Donnell

    Sponsored by Donna and Donald Baumgartner

    Resident Choreographer, Milwaukee Ballet II Rehearsal Director

    Timothy O’Donnell commenced his dance training at his mother’s ballet school at age seven. In 2001, he joined The Australian Ballet School, where he received several awards, including the Jacob Bloch Memorial Award and first place in The Australian Institute of Classical Dance’s national choreographic competition. After graduating in 2004, he joined West Australian Ballet where he performed multiple principal and soloist roles in ballets such as CoppèliaCinderellaThe Red ShoesThe Nutcracker, and Romeo & Juliet. O’Donnell has also worked closely with many celebrated international artists, such as Paul Lightfoot, Petr Zuska, Simon Dow, Matjash Morzewski, and Ivan Cavallari. In 2007, he won the “Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer” award at the West Australian Dance Awards. O’Donnell continued to choreograph while dancing at West Australian Ballet. In 2009, he entered Milwaukee Ballet’s International Choreographic Competition, Genesis, where he was awarded first place and the Audience Choice Award for his work, The Games We Play. He returned to Milwaukee Ballet in 2010 to create another new work, Boléro-Let There Be Light. That same year, he became a co-director of Ludwig, an Australian dance company, where he worked for major dance events including the Australian Dance Awards. He also appeared as a choreographer on “So You Think You Can Dance-Australia.” Since joining Milwaukee Ballet in 2012, O’Donnell has appeared as Marcello in La Bohème and Verdigris (the green stepsister) in Cinderella, and staged his world premieres of Children of the WallTalk to Me, and more truth than poetry.

    Email: todonnell@milwaukeeballet.org

    Part-Time Faculty

  • Catey Ott Thompson

    Catey Ott Thompson, director of Catey Ott Dance Collective (CODC) since 2005, has a BFA and MFA in dance from UWM under the direction of Ed Burgess, Marcia Parsons, Janet Lilly, and Simone Ferro. Catey now resides in Milwaukee after dancing in NYC for 14 years for Soundance, Heidi Latsky, Allyson Green, Sean Curran, Bill Young, Li Chiao-Ping, Eun Jung Choi, Aviva Geismar, Chris Ferris, Shannon Hummel, Carrie Ahern, and many others. She toured to Slovakia and Budapest with Allyson Green and to France with Carrie Ahern. Catey studied ballet with Christine Wright for 12 years at Gibney Dance Center in NYC. In Milwaukee, she danced for Danceworks Performance Company, Wild Space, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, and others. Her company, CODC, has performed at a variety of prestigious venues in NYC and also throughout Wisconsin. She has been a personal trainer (AFAA), yogi, and Pilates (Kane School of Core Integration) instructor since 2000, and worked for Park Slope Yoga Center/Devi, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and Brouk Moves in NYC for many years. Since 2012, Catey has been teaching contemporary modern, adult ballet, dance history, composition and choreography, improvisation, and repertory at Marquette University, Milwaukee Ballet, and Danceworks, while also directing MKE Dance Theatre Network.

    Email: cottthompson@milwaukeeballet.org

    Part-Time Faculty

  • Jayne Pink

    Director of Pilates

    Born in London and trained with Madame Sulamif Messerer, and Francesca Highfield. She became a Cecchetti Scholar and was awarded the Cyril Beaumont scholarship to the Royal Ballet School. On graduation, she joined the UK’s Northern Ballet and went on to establish herself as one of the finest dramatic dancers of her generation. It was through the mentorship of Christopher Gable and Michael Pink that she created the leading roles In Dracula, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Swan Lake, Giselle. Since that time Jayne has coached dancers both here and internationally. She is a fully certified Pilates teacher, specializing in the training of dancers, utilizing ‘CaST’ her Connection and Strength technique. Jayne has also choreographed for First Stage Children’s Theatre.

    Email: jpink@milwaukeeballet.org

  • Ashley Platow

    Ashley Platow started dancing at the age of three, crafting her art at multiple studios throughout the Milwaukee area. These studios gave a wide range of opportunities to learn and perform dance in exciting new ways including; preforming at Disney World, participating in conventions and workshops, and traveling to LA to study at the Edge Performance Arts Center. She later went graduate from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater with a BBA in International Business with minors in French and Dance. During her time at Whitewater, she participated as a dancer and choreographer in the Dancescapes performances and American College Dance Association festivals. Ashley has been teaching in the Milwaukee area since 2016. She has experience teaching classes in ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary at all age levels. She crated and managed a performance company at a local dance studio. She hopes to inspire students to love dance as much as she does and to find a safe haven in dance.

    aplatow@milwaukeeballet.org

    Part-Time Faculty

  • Natasha Posey

    Natasha Posey, a Georgia native, began her dance career performing with Augusta Ballet Company. She earned a BFA in dance from Point Park College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has since performed with Lynda Martha Dance Company (Chicago), Wisconsin Ballet Theatre (Green Bay), Ballet Madison and Danceworks Performance Company. Natasha is a MPS Montessori-trained teacher who teaches at Fernwood Montessori School. She earned her teaching certification at UW-Madison where she graduated with honors. She has led teacher-training workshops through Very Special Arts-Wisconsin where educators are taught how to integrate movement with students of all abilities. Natasha has run the summer dance camps for young children with MBS for over 20 years. She stays active performing as a current member of Catey Ott Dance Collective.

    Email: nposey@milwaukeeballet.org

    Part-Time Faculty

  • Sophia Schwinghammer

    Sophia Schwinghammer started formal ballet training in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Charlotte Ballet Academy (CBA). There she trained in ballet, variations, modern, jazz, and character, received coaching from Patricia McBride (former principal with New York City Ballet), and participated in master classes from Mark Diamond (former dancer with Milwaukee and Hamburg Ballets). In 2016, she trained with Open Door Studios (ODS) Pre-Professional Program, where she broadened her range by studying Limon, Safety Release, Graham, and Horton, as well as classical and contemporary ballet. She also performed soloist rolls in original contemporary works by Pauline Legras and Dr. D. Andrew Carr PhD. Sophia had the opportunity to explore creating movement in ODS’s Student Choreography Showcase and was awarded first place in 2016 and 2017. The following year, she was a Pre-Professional dancer with the School of Ballet Arizona, and danced in their full-length ballets Swan Lake and Don Quixote. There, she added Flamenco to her classical Contemporary, Modern and Ballet training. At the recommendation of School director Maria Simonetti, she attended Milwaukee Ballet’s Summer Intensive under scholarship, and was accepted into their Pre-Professional Program. In 2019, she performed in Milwaukee Ballet’s Coppelia and the Milwaukee Ballet II performance of Swan Lake. A year later, she joined MBII. The 2020-21 season is her first professional year with the second company.

    Email: sschwinghammer@milwaukeeballet.org

    Part-Time Faculty

  • Victoria (Tori) Stevenson

    Riverpoint Branch Manager, Head of Training for Student Division

    Victoria Stevenson is originally from Chino Hills, California where she received her ballet training at Inland Pacific Ballet. She continued her training at Pasadena Dance Theatre and performed various demi-soloist roles. Victoria received multiple summer scholarships to study at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet and Orlando Ballet. At seventeen she was offered a contract to dance with Nevada Ballet Theatre where she performed Blue Girls in Le Patineurs, Who Cares?, Rubies, and Serenade, to name a few. In 2009, Victoria joined the Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II Program. As an MBII, she performed with Milwaukee Ballet in Michael Pink’s Esmeralda, Snow and Flowers in The Nutcracker, Mazurka in Coppélia and as a Summer Fairy in Cinderella. Stevenson has worked as the répétiteur for Septime Webre’s ALICE (in Wonderland), Bruce Wells’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Michael Pink’s The Nutcracker, Beauty and the Beast and Swan Lake. Victoria is currently teaching for Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy and for the esteemed Milwaukee Ballet Community Outreach department. She is the head coordinator for the Relevé program, and has been teaching for the program for seven years.

    Email: vstevenson@milwaukeeballet.org

    Full-Time Faculty

  • Peggy Morgan Strimple

    As a highly sought after choreographer, Peggy’s spectrum of work includes large scale musicals, visual adjudications, clinician workshops and a teaching artist for educational venues. In 2019 alone she averaged over 1000 performers trained under her direction in all levels of abilities. She was chosen as a primary teaching artist for Disney’s Musicals in Schools, and a multiple recipient for “Outstanding Choreography” for the Overture Center of the Arts’s Jerry Awards, achieving excellence in high school musical programming.

    A Kids From Wisconsin Alumna, Peggy has proudly served the organization since 2014 as its Choreographer. The production shows are seen across the Midwest by 100, 000 people during the summer . Also for the organization, she designs and continues to coordinate the “Realize Your Dream” projects offering FREE experiential programming inspired by the performing arts.

    She received intense dance education from the legendary Jean Wolfmeyer in Manitowoc, WI, while also studying as a scholarship student at the former National Academy of the Arts, Gus Giordano Dance and Lou Conte Dance Studio of Chicago. Peggy enjoyed over 15 years as a professional dancer/entertainer in multiple productions for Disney World, Las Vegas and cruise ships and revue shows around the world, commercials and films, mostly in featured roles and invited to collaborate and assist directors/choreographers in all aspects of the performing arts.

    Email: pmorganstrimple@milwaukeeballet.org

    Part-Time Faculty

  • Madyun Wilson

    Dancer, teacher, and visual artist Madyun Wilson is a first-generation Sudanese-American. With over 8 years as a professional artist. They have dedicated their entire spirit to the classical arts becoming an experimental movement artist and creative director in the process.

    Madyun (they/them) began their pre-professional dance education when in high school at The Milwaukee High School of the Arts. While studying at MHSA, Madyun was awarded many merit based scholarships to continue their studies at Milwaukee Ballet, The Ailey School, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Boston Ballet School, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

    Madyun studied abroad in France as a Student Professor de dans also in classical technique at the La Manufacture, Incubateur Choreographic in Aurillac where they received both a Ballet E.A.T. and a B.F.A. awarded by the Ministry of Culture in 2019.

    Their first professional performance experience includes the following credits: Evinrude Motor Company Wisconsin’s Sports Event choreographed by Cedric Gardner. In addition, they have also performed in concert works by internationally acclaimed choreographers such as Vendetta Mathea, Christopher Rudd, Kham Saunders, Robert Garland, Andrew Winghart, and Suzette Brisset to name a few. Wilson has also worked with Chief Productions as a main dancer for Sam Smith’s “One Last Song” Music Video in the UK.

    Today, Madyun is currently working with dance organizations such as DanceWorks Milwaukee on the classical faculty. Madyun is also the founder and director of Biopunk Dance, a Milwaukee based dance company founded on the pursuit of dance industry inclusion, research, and developing experimental performances utilizing conceptual sciences.

    Email: mwilson@milwaukeeballet.org

    Part-Time Faculty

  • McKenna Winders

    Born in Lubbock, Texas, McKenna Winders began her training at Ballet Lubbock under the direction of Yvonne Racz Key. Following her senior year, McKenna spent two years in Columbus, Ohio, as a member of the BalletMet Trainee Program. At BalletMet, she performed in George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco and Serenade, as well as performed alongside the company in Edwaard Liang’s GiselleDorthy and the Prince of Oz, and Don Quixote. McKenna joined Milwaukee Ballet II for the 2019/20 season, where she performed in Michael Pink’s Coppelia and The Nutcracker, as well as performing in many outreach shows for the youth and seniors of Milwaukee. During the 2020/21 season, McKenna taught a variety of levels at Indiana Ballet Theater, and also performed as Cinderella in IBT’s production of Cinderella. McKenna is thrilled to be back in Milwaukee joining the MBSA faculty.

    Email: mwinders@milwaukeeballet.org

    Part-Time Faculty

  • Joshua Yang

    Joshua Yang is one of the many bright, young minds in the professional dance world today. Partaking in multiple choreography opportunities, Joshua seeks to expand his reach. As a teacher, Joshua works hard to spark confidence, passion, and ambition for his students by creating opportunities in which their light may be liberated. His classes have a reputation for combinations that are intricate, challenging, and physically demanding. Joshua has become a leader in the community of young dancers and recently established an open dance company called “Origins”. He has also been invited to choreograph multiple shows across the Midwest, establishing the first hip-hop program at the Milwaukee Ballet Academy, and became a reoccurring faculty member for the Milwaukee Ballet Summer Intensives. Along with dancing, Joshua enjoys being behind the camera. He has found a passion for directing and videography, both of which are assets to his brand. Joshua’s artistic mind and unique ambition are what sets him apart from the rest.

    Email: jyang@milwaukeeballet.org

    Part-Time Faculty

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