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Towne Centre Branch Manager, Head of 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.
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.
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.
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 Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.
In 2013, Crespo joined Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami where he performed leading roles in Le Corsaire, Firebird 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.
Pam Ebeling is a native of Wisconsin and has been working with Milwaukee Ballet for 18 years as a dresser backstage during Company performances. She has been teaching since September 2016 at the Towne Center location for Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy. She studied with: Milwaukee Ballet, Aviva Sorkin from The Sybil Shearer Dance Company, and Lucas Hoving from both the Jose Limon Dance Company and The Lucas Hoving Performance Group. She is a graduate of the UW-Milwaukee with a bachelor’s in Fine Arts. Ebeling has been active in local and community theater for over 20 years as both a performer and production/backstage assistant.
Milwaukee Ballet II Artistic Director
Mireille Favarel was born in Toulon, France. After studying with Rosella Hightower at the Centre de Danse International in Cannes, Lydia Menchova from the Bolshoi, Robert Bestonso from the Royal Ballet, and Raymond Franchetti from the Paris Opera, Ms. Favarel began her professional career at seventeen with Ballet du Rhin in Strasbourg. She subsequently joined Royal Ballet of Flanders in Belgium as a soloist, where she performed her first principal role as Swanilda in the August Bournonville version of Coppelia, at nineteen. Ms. Favarel later joined Ballet der Deutsch Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, Germany, as a soloist, under the direction of Paolo Bortoluzzi, and Ballet du Nord in Roubaix, France, under the direction of Alphonso Cata, as a principal dancer.
In addition to appearing with the Ballet du Nord during many of its international tours, Ms. Favarel represented France in the first New York International Ballet Competition. She was invited to perform in the gala performance for the next competition, and later returned as a coach and teacher for the NYIBC.
Ms. Favarel joined Milwaukee Ballet as a principal dancer in 1989, where she performed all of the major roles in the company repertoire. The most memorable are her interpretations of Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, Coppelia, and Giselle. In 1990, dance critic Tom Strini named her “Dancer of the Year” for her interpretations of Swan Lake, Serenade, and Coppelia. During her time with Milwaukee Ballet, many choreographers created works for her, including Kathy Posin’s Tehillim and Bach’s Lunch, and Simon Dow’s Spartacus. In May, 2000, Ms. Favarel gave her farewell performance, and became Ballet Mistress for the company.
Mireille Favarel is currently Associate Director of the Milwaukee Ballet II. She also teaches and coaches the Milwaukee Ballet company and MBII. Mireille is a frequent guest teacher at major ballet schools and companies in Bulgaria, California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Texas, including Chicago, Albuquerque, Palm Beach, Kansas City, and in her native country of France. In March of 2012, Ms. Favarel was invited to stage Kathy Posin’s Scheherazade for the National Ballet of Bulgaria, in Sofia. She staged Scheherazade again for the Milwaukee Ballet in 2016. She continues to perform character roles for Milwaukee Ballet, most recently as James’ mother in La Sylphide, and the Queen in Swan Lake.
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.
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 Quixote, The Nutcracker, Giselle 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.
Head of Training of Academy and Pre-Professional Divisions
A native of Ukraine, Tatiana Jouravel-Malinkine is a graduate of the National Ballet School of UKraine, and is a 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 -Sugar Plum in The Nutcracker, Kitri in Don Quixote, Odette in Swan Lake, Lucy in Michael Pink’s Dracula , Titania in Bruce Wells Midsummer Night’s Dream, Kingdom of Shades in La Bayadere, Carmen in Carmen, Divertissement in Raymonda, Cinderella n 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 , leading girl in Agon , Paul Taylor’s Company B and Lila York’s Celts and Coronach. Ms. Jouravel 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.
Ms. Jouravel 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.
Ms. Jouravel-Malinkine has taught ballet classes at Boston Ballet School , Chautauqua Ballet (New York), Atlanta Ballet School, and other many schools and, since 2003, at Milwaukee Ballet School as part time and after her retirement full time since 2010.
Ms. Malinkine taught in UWM and MB2 for five years.
Tatiana has also been a Pilates Certified Instructor since 2003.
Prior to living in Wisconsin, she taught for five years with The Washington School of Ballet of The Washington Ballet under the leadership of Xiomara Reyes and Julie Kent. While with The Washington Ballet, she was a choreographer for the school’s performance ensemble and a répétiteur for the school’s performances with the company.
Originally from California, Kadani studied pre-professionally with Pamela Hayes in the Royal Academy of Dance Methodology and graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in dance, where she performed with both BYU’s ballet and modern dance companies. Upon graduation, she went on to perform as a soloist with Dangerous Lorraines Dance Theater from 2007-2011 and then with Lorelei Bayne Dance Projects from 2011-2013. She trained with Repertory Dance Theater in Utah where she had the opportunity to learn solos and duets by Anna Sokolow and Zvi Gothenier. While attending Laban University in London, England, she studied Graham technique with David Zurak and Limon technique with Gianluca Vincentini. She also had the opportunity to study choreography under the tutelage of Fleur Darkin of Fleur Darkin Dance Theater.
Prior to moving to the East Coast, she was on faculty at Northern California Dance Conservatory and adjunct faculty with California State University, Sacramento. Her ballet and modern choreography has been performed across the nation. Kadani was a recent recipient of American Ballet Theatre’s Project Plie scholarship and had the opportunity to study with American Ballet Theatre’s Franco De Vita to become certified in their curriculum.
Kadani is thrilled to be on faculty with Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy and is excited to establish her dancing roots in this wonderful city.
Sarah Kasdorf began her dance training at a local studio in Brookfield, WI, and moved on to Milwaukee Ballet School at age 14. After high school, she studied in the UW-Milwaukee Dance Program for a year and transferred to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, to pursue a physical education degree. In college, Sarah taught ballet for the Greater Grand Rapids Figure Skating Club and was a choreographer for the Calvin College Dance Guild.
Since she graduated in 2000, Sarah received her personal trainer certification from the American Council on Exercise and worked for the Downtown Milwaukee YMCA as a fitness coach.
She began teaching for Milwaukee Ballet School in 2002 and currently teaches classes in the Children’s and Student Division. In addition, Sarah thoroughly enjoyed working as a repetiteur for the younger students in The Nutcracker through 2015.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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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 Coppèlia, Cinderella, The Red Shoes, The 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 Wall, Talk to Me, and more truth than poetry.
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.
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.
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.
Lucy Pudner (Milwaukee Ballet II) began dancing at age 8 at Variations Dance Studio in Auburn, Alabama. After placing Top 12 Junior Classical and Contemporary categories at Youth America Grand Prix 2017 regional competition, she transferred to Alabama Ballet School in Birmingham, where she trained with Roger VanFleteren, Frederick Lee Rocas, Luiza Boaventura and Nadine Barton. There she was privileged to perform with Alabama Ballet in several productions, including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Romeo and Juliet, and danced Snow, Flowers, and Spanish in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Lucy was invited to participate in the YAGP New York Finals in 2018 and in 2019, when she placed Second in Senior Classical category at the Atlanta Regional; and at the 2020 Winston-Salem Regional, she placed First in Senior Contemporary and Third in Senior Classical categories. She has attended Summer Intensives at Ballet West, Houston Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. This year, she began her professional career as a member of Milwaukee Ballet’s second company.
Hailee Rodriguez is from Jacksonville, Florida where she began her ballet training at the Florida Ballet at Jacksonville. While at the Florida Ballet, Hailee attended their full time conservatory program where she had the opportunity to compete in the Youth American Grand Prix and American Dance Competition. These competitions led to scholarships to summer intensives to Miami City Ballet, HARID Conservatory, and the Orlando Ballet School. During the summer of 2017 she was offered a scholarship to become a trainee with the Orlando Ballet where she trained for two years. During her time with the Orlando Ballet she performed in many company performances including The Nutcracker, Wonderland, Fast Forward, and Beauty and the Beast. She attended Milwaukee Ballet’s Summer Intensive in 2019 where she was offered a second company contract for the 2019-20 season. During her first season with Milwaukee Ballet II (MBII) she performed in the company’s production of Coppelia and The Nutcracker and was featured in Momentum, MBII’s official performance. She is now in her second year as a second company dancer with Milwaukee Ballet. While she is still dancing, she is following her passion for teaching and is pursuing a degree in behavioral healthcare from the University of South Florida.
A Milwaukee native David has been a professional dancer, educator and choreographer for almost 20 years. An alumni of the Milwaukee High School of the Arts he’s had the pleasure of traveling the world working and preforming for Royal Caribbean International. David was honored to write the Jazz curriculum for the Milwaukee Ballet School and Academy, and pass on his knowledge and inspiration to the next generation of young artist. David is also trained in Thai Body Work and Gyrotonics to bring a unique perspective on how the body moves and injury prevention and strength training to the classroom. When not in the studio you can find him choreographing for Skylight Music Theater and the Milwaukee Rep as well as various schools and educational outreach programs.
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.
Victoria (Tori) Stevenson
Riverpoint Branch Manager, Head of 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.
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.