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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.
This is Tiffany Braniff’s first year with Milwaukee Ballet School and Academy. 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, Braniff 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 Gotheiner. 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. Braniff 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.
Braniff is thrilled to be on faculty with Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy and is excited to establish her dancing roots in this wonderful city.
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.
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.
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 and Academy.
Kristin Herlache is originally from DeForest, WI and began her training at the Monona Academy of Dance under the direction of JoJean Retrum, Jason Cisler, and Alicia Alonso. In 2003, Herlache was named as a top ten finalist in the Youth America Grand Prix Competition in Chicago, IL for her contemporary solo. Ms. Herlache was also selected to represent Wisconsin for Regional Dance America’s gala performance at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi; where Sergei Kozadeyev created Divertisement on her. She spent her summers training at Virginia School of the Arts with the late Petrus Bosman, Joffrey Midwest Workshop with Judy Rice and the late John Magnus, and on scholarship with the Houston Ballet. Herlache was invited to continue her training on a full scholarship with the Houston Ballet Academy for two years where she worked with Stanton Welch, Claudio Muñoz, Dawn Scannell, Louise Lester, Shelly Powers, and Lazaro Carreño to name a few. While in Houston, Ms Herlache also performed alongside the Houston Opera.
Herlache was a member of the Colorado Ballet Studio Company during the 2007-08 Season where she was seen by audiences in Le Corsaire, Coppélia, The Nutcracker, Dracula, and as a soloist in Sandra Brown’s Synchronicity. She was a member of Milwaukee Ballet II from 2008-2010 and performed such esteemed roles as The Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy from Michael Pink’s The Nutcracker; along with solos from La Bayadere, Raymonda, Napoli, and Sylvia. Alongside Milwaukee Ballet, Herlache has performed Michael Pink’s Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, and Peter Pan.
Ms. Herlache started teaching at Pius XI Catholic High School in 2010 and was named the Artistic Director of the Dance Department in 2013 and Performing Arts Department chair in 2016. She is also a guest teacher for dance studios across Wisconsin and is a former member on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Dance Council.
Monica Isla is a native of Havana, Cuba. She received her training at the Professional National School of the Arts in Havana. While in Cuba, Isla danced with Ballet de Camaguey under the direction of Fernando Alonso. In 1993, she danced with the Pro-Danza Company as a principal dancer under the direction of Laura Alonso. In 1996, she was awarded a silver medal in The International Dance Competition in Nagoya, Japan, and was later invited to the International Dance competition in Jackson, Mississippi.
Isla has performed with and was part of the teaching faculty with the Neoclassic Company of the University of Mexico and Soloist of Ballet Concerto in Puerto Rico and on international tours to Argentina, Panama, Mexico, Canada, Jamaica, Peru and Uruguay.
A native of Ukraine, Tatiana Jouravel-Malinkine graduated from the Kiev Ballet Academy in 1992. After working with Hartford Ballet from 1992-1994 under direction of Kirk Peterson, and Boston Ballet from 1994-2001 under the direction of Bruce Marks and Anne Marie Holmes, she worked with Milwaukee Ballet as a Leading Artist from 2003 until 2010 under direction of Michael Pink.
Jouravel-Malinkine’s repertoire includes: Aurora and Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty. Marie, Sugar Plum Fairy, Dewdrop Fairy and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker. Kitri, Street Dancer and Marcedes in Don Quixote. Odette in Swan Lake. Lucy in Michael Pink’s Dracula. Olga in Winter Dreams by Kenneth MacMillan. Titania in Bruce Well’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. A title role in Carmen. Ben Stevenson’s Three Preludes and Dracula. A principal roles in Raymonda Divertisment and Kingdom of Shades from La Bayadere. Zorema in Le Corsaire. Gulnare in Bournonville’s Abdallah( Tales of Arabian nights). Cinderella in Michael Pink’s Cinderella. Tiger Lily in Michael Pink’s Peter Pan. She has danced in Twyla Tharp’s Waterbaby Bagatelles. George Balanchine’s Agon, The Four Temperaments, Rubies, Serenade and Symphony in C. Paul Taylor’s Company B and Lila York’s Celts and Coronach. Ms. Jouravel has also danced in works by Antony Tudor, Val Caniparoli, Mark Godden, Trey McIntyre, Christopher Wheeldon, Adam Hougland, Michael Corder, Kirk Peterson and others.
Ms. Jouravel won Grand Prix Prize at the Competition of the Soviet Union Ballet Schools in Minsk, Belorussia in 1992. Ms. Jouravel also won a Silver Medal at the New York International Ballet Competition in 1996.
Ms. Jouravel has taught ballet at Boston Ballet School, Atlanta Ballet School, Georgia Dance of Academy, Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet (NY), Oak Creek Ballet (IL), and Milwaukee Ballet School. Ms. Jouravel is also a Certified Pilates Instructor since 2003.
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.
Anna was born and raised in West Bend WI and has been dancing since the age of 3. She received her dance education from Schauer School of the Arts, Academy of Dance Arts, Danceworks, Valley Academy for the Arts, and Milwaukee Ballet. She’s also taken an intensive course in the systematic teachings of Vaganova, Anatomy, Kinesiology and developmental movement with Anne Marie Abderholden. Performing in countless productions with Schauer Center, Storybrook Dance, Dance Alive National Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Valley Academy for the Arts, and Dance of Wisconsin has been a highlight for Anna. She has taken master classes from Patrik Kasper of Storybrook Dance Theater, Andre Valladon and Kim Tuttle of Dance Alive National Ballet, Karl Van Rabeneau, and Jennifer Miller, as well as attended Dance Masters of Wisconsin workshops and Milwaukee Ballet’s 6-week pre-professional summer intensive. Anna has professionally trained in ballet, pointe, contemporary and modern, with varying exposer in tap, funk, Irish, ballroom, African, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban, and Latin dance. Anna taught ballet at Schauer School of the Arts from 2015-2018 and continues to teach contemporary dance there. She’s assisted and choreographed modern and contemporary group and solo pieces, the Schauer’s 2016 showcase “The Toy Shop”, 2017 showcase “Dance of the Swans”, and 2018 showcase “A Story Through our Shoes”. She is excited to be teaching with Milwaukee Ballet, and is looking forward to helping your children develop into the best dancers and individuals possible.
Marilyn started her ballet training in a studio in Westerville, Ohio. She then 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 which consisted of 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 Tatiana Akinfieva-Smith as Artistic Director Emeritus. 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), as well as the Waukesha YMCA and Liberty Dance Center.
Ms. Miller is proud to a part of the Milwaukee Ballet organization for 28 years! She danced in Milwaukee Ballet for 16 seasons, rising to the rank of leading artist.
Ms. Miller received her formal dance training at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, PA under the tutelage of Marcia Dale Weary, Melinda Howe, and Richard Cook. Ms. Miller continued her studies at the Joffrey Ballet under Meredith Baylis, Choo San Goh, and Francesca Corkle; and with the San Francisco Ballet under Henry Berg, Irina Jacobson, Jonathon Watts, and Larissa Sklyanskya. While at CPYB during her youth, Ms. Miller danced in The Carlisle Project: a ground breaking choreographic workshop originated by Pennsylvania Ballet founder, Barbara Weisberger.
While dancing for Milwaukee Ballet, Ms. Miller had the privilege of dancing featured roles in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Scheherazade, Giselle, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Don Quixote, Dracula, Sleeping Beauty; and works by Trey McIntyre, Mark Godden, Choo San Goh, David Parsons, George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Paul Taylor, Peter Anastos, Antony Tudor, Eugene Lorring, August Bournonville, Lila York, Margot Sappington, Alvin Ailey and Michael Pink.
In the summer of 2005, Ms. Miller was invited along with Marc Petrocci to dance in the inaugural season of the Trey McIntyre Project, performing Trey’s work Reassuring Effects of Form and Poetry at the White Oak Plantation, Vail International Dance Festival and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.
In 2008, Ms. Miller retired from the stage to join the MBSA faculty, as well as to start a family with husband, Karl von Rabenau, another former MBC dancer and MBSA faculty member. During Ms. Miller’s years on faculty at the Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy, she has also taught at Danceworks in Milwaukee, Dance Arts Center in Racine, Valley Academy of the Arts in Neenah, and Steps of Grace in Brookfield. For the past 25 summers, Ms. Miller has had the honor to be invited back to teach at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet; she also teaches for Point Park University’s International Summer Dance. Ms. Miller is an established private coach, working with pre-professional dancers of all ages and levels as well as Youth America Grand Prix competitors, ballroom dancers, gymnasts, and Irish step dancers.
As a choreographer, Ms. Miller has created, or re-set works for Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet II, Central PA Youth Ballet, Point Park University’s International Summer Dance, Dance Arts Center and Erie Dance Conservatory. Four of her works have been performed at the Northeast Regional Dance Festival. She received the Monticello award for emerging choreographers for her work, Bach-Tanz, created on CPYB. At Last, a work choreographed by Ms. Miller and Karl von Rabenau for their own performance, has been set recently for Milwaukee Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet II.
Ms. Miller, along with her husband, Karl von Rabenau, founded Milwaukee nonprofit, Lake Arts Project, whose mission is to give young people an experience immersed in art, teaching them that art is an essential part of life. Through community collaborations and performances involving pre-and professional artists of multiple disciplines, Lake Arts Project is dedicated to enriching arts education and nurturing artists
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.
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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.
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, and Catey Ott Dance Collective. Natasha’s “day job” is a schoolteacher at Fernwood Montessori School. She earned her teaching certification at UW-Madison where she graduated with honors. Natasha then began integrating the arts into education with her project “Language Arts Learned Through the Creative Arts.” As an artist-in-residence at Schenk Elementary School in Madison, Natasha taught classes that combined dance with reading, writing, and arithmetic to the whole school. She has led teacher-training workshops through Very Special Arts-Wisconsin where educators are taught how to integrate movement with students of all abilities.
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.
Adam Sterr began his ballet training in his hometown of Green Bay, WI. He continued his studies at Butler University, earning a BFA in Dance while spending summers at intensives on scholarship at both Boston Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. Upon graduation, he danced with the Richmond Ballet before joining the Milwaukee Ballet where he performed a wide variety roles from the classical and contemporary repertoire, working closely with many celebrated choreographers such as Michael Pink, Val Caniparoli, Mark Godden, Jessica Lang, Trey McIntyre, Kirk Peterson, Paul Taylor, and Lila York.
In 2009, Sterr began pursuing a freelance performing career as well as taking his first initial steps as a choreographer. Since then he has developed a great love for choreography, his works being featured in festivals along the east coast from Charleston, SC to Portland, ME, as well as presentations by Portland Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet II, American Repertory Ballet II, and Circus Maine. Sterr spent two seasons on the artistic staff of Portland Ballet working as ballet master and rehearsal director and has taught on faculty for the Portland School of Ballet, the Wayne Center for Dance Education, and the Princeton Ballet School — the official school of American Repertory Ballet — working to enhance and expand outreach initiatives and develop training curricula. Mr. Sterr is excited to be returning to Milwaukee as a member of the Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy faculty.
Victoria (Tori) Stevenson
Schauer Center Branch Manager
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.
Karl von Rabenau
Raised in Duluth, Minnesota, Karl von Rabenau received his early dance training at the Duluth Ballet, now Minnesota Ballet. He continued his training at Minnesota Dance Theatre, the Boston Ballet School, and the San Francisco Ballet School. Mr. von Rabenau began his career as a member of Boston Ballet II and apprentice to Boston Ballet. Mr. von Rabenau has also danced for Omaha Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. He danced his final ten seasons as a soloist for the Milwaukee Ballet. His wide repetoire included dancing soloist and principal roles in works by Alvin Ailey, George Balanchine, Jean-Paul Comelin, John Cranko, Agnes De Mille, Lisa DeRibere, Choo San Goh, Jose Limon, Eugene Loring, David Parsons, Marius Petipa, and Bruce Wells. Highlights of his career include, touring to Taipei, Taiwan with PBT, dancing the roles of Iago in Jose Limon’s The Moor’s Pavane, and The Blue Bird Pas de Deuxfrom Sleeping Beautyand fulfilling the dream of dancing in Balanchine’s Tarantella Pas De Deux.
Mr. von Rabenau’s second passion in life is teaching ballet. He has had the true pleasure to do this for the past 26 years throughout the Midwest and Eastern United States. Mr. von Rabenau has been on faculty with The Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy for 15 years and also works with the Milwaukee Ballet II as one of the principal faculty. During the summer months Mr. von Rabenau returns to Pennsylvania where he has been invited to teach at Point Park University for the past 20 years and the world renowned Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, PA for the past 26 years.
As a choreographer, Mr. von Rabenau has created numerous works for Point Park University’s International Summer Dance Program. He has had works performed in the Regional Dance of America Festivals in both the Northeast Region by CPYB and Lake Erie Ballet School, and also Southeast Region by Classical Ballet of Memphis. Mr. von Rabenau was invited to choreograph a pas de deux, Speranzafor a Milwaukee Ballet presentation at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
In 2013 Mr. von Rabenau in partnership with his wife, Jennifer Miller, created Lake Arts Project, which is a collaborative non-profit organization that finds new and innovative ways to further enhance arts education in high schools. Each year Lake Arts Project has collaborated with local high schools in the Milwaukee area to create one of a kind performances. Each year visual art and written word provided by the local high school students are transformed by professional choreographers into world premier ballets and dances that are performed by professional and high school dancers.
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.