2022/23 MBII Dancers

We are thrilled to welcome 22 talented young dancers to the Milwaukee Ballet II (MBII) program for our thrilling Season of Timeless Tales!

Joining us are dancers from eleven different states and six countries including Mexico, Japan, Switzerland, Canada and Australia. Ten dancers are returning MBII from the 2021/22 Season.

  • Carly Anderson

    Sponsored by Heidi & Kevin Sjostrom

    Carly trained at Gulfshore Ballet, Houston Ballet Academy, and as a trainee at Sarasota Ballet. She attended Summer Intensives on scholarship at Sarasota Ballet, Houston Ballet, Next Generation Ballet, PBT’s Company Experience Program, Richmond Ballet. She also works with hospice dogs.

  • Carly Bartel

    Sponsored by Mark & Anne Weitenbeck

    Carly trained at Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy and in the Pre-Professional Program, as well as at the University of  North Carolina School of the Arts.  She attended Summer Intensives at American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Ballet West, and Milwaukee Ballet. 

    Carly was recipient of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Milwaukee Ballet Friends’ Schomer  Lichtner Scholarship. This is her second season with Milwaukee Ballet II.

  • Jacqueline Bertault

    Sponsored by Jeffrey A. Jaeger

    Jacqueline trained at School of Ballet Arizona, Scottsdale School of Ballet, Ecole Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower in France, Houston Ballet Academy, and Joffrey Ballet. She attended Summer Intensives at Paris Opera Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, and Houston Ballet Academy. She also participated in masterclasses in Prague and workshops in Marseilles, Barcelona, and Cannes. She was a guest performer with Ballet Nice Méditerranée.

    Jacqueline is pursuing her degree in psychology, with a global studies minor, at Arizona State University. This is her second season with Milwaukee Ballet II.

  • Katelyn Cecil

     

    Sponsored by Stephanie Thompson

    Katelyn trained at Belliston Academy of Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, and in Charlotte Ballet’s Trainee Program. She participated in Summer
    Intensives with Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Charlotte Ballet, and Milwaukee Ballet.

  • Mila Garza

     

    Sponsored by Sue & Tim Frautschi

    Mila trained at Joffrey Academy Chicago in their Trainee Program and Conservatory Program, Escuela Superior de Musica y Danza de Monterrey, and Dalirys Valladares Estudio de Danza. She attended Summer Intensives with English National Ballet and Kirov Academy Washington D.C.

  • Sophie Graham

    Sponsored by Robert & Faith Einhorn

    Sophie trained with New England Academy of Dance in Connecticut and Joffrey Ballet. She attended Summer Intensives at American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell.

    Sophie placed in the Top 12 Youth America Grand Prix Semi-Finals in Worcester, Massachusetts, and received Third Place in The Connecticut Classic. This is her second season with MBII.

  • Gabriel Hartman

    Sponsored by Rev. David E. Cooper

    Gabe trained with Indiana Ballet Theatre and was an A&A Ballet youth company member. He attended Summer Intensives at Milwaukee Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, Boston Ballet, and Joffrey Academy of Dance. He was also a guest performer with Chicago Opera Theatre, Peoria Ballet, and Illinois Ballet Academy.

    Gabe received a scholarship to the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, was a finalist at F.A.M.E. Chicago, is a winner of the Youth Arts Award in Performing Arts (Northwest Indiana Regional Arts Council), and placed in the Top 12 in Senior Classical at the Youth America Grand Prix Semi-Finals in Chicago. This is his second season with MBII.

  • William Heide

     

    Sponsored by Laurie J. Kirsch & Rodney J. Gasch

    William trained at The Studio of Classical Dance Arts, Ballet Theater of Carmel, and Joffrey. He attended Summer Intensives at Joffrey Texas, Houston Ballet, and Joffrey Chicago. Outside of dance he is an avid cyclist and plays in a local fusion band.

  • Joanna Heup

     

    Sponsored by Mrs. R. Goeres Hayssen

    Joanna trained at Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy, including in the Pre-Professional Program. She also attended Summer Intensive at Milwaukee
    Ballet.

  • Reira Ikeda

     

    Sponsored by Gregory & Susan Milleville

    Reira trained with Cheng Ballet Academy and with Atlanta Ballet 2. She attended Summer Intensive at Atlanta Ballet. She is currently pursuing a
    degree in Health Science.

  • Alexander Koulos

    Sponsored by George Hanneman

    Alexander trained at The McDonald College of Performing Arts in Australia and Joffrey Ballet Academy in Chicago, as well as in the Houston Ballet Academy’s Pre-Professional Program. He attended Summer Intensives at Dutch National Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Ballet Arizona.

    He was a finalist at Youth America Grand Prix in New York City, and has a National Association of Sports Medicine Elite Master Trainer Certification. This is his second season with MBII.

  • Amanda Lewis

    Sponsored by Clair & Mary Baum

    Amanda trained at Natalya’s Turning Pointe in Ohio and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, as well as in Milwaukee Ballet’s Pre-Professional Program. She attended Summer Intensives at American Ballet Theatre, School of American Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

    This is her second season with MBII.

  • Raven Loan

     

    Sponsored by Linda L. Sell

    Raven trained at The HARID Conservatory and Terry Simpson Studios. She attended Summer Intensives with Ballet Summer Estonia, The Washington School of
    Ballet, The HARID Conservatory, and School of American Ballet.

  • Faith Marshall

    Sponsored by Anne H. Vogel

    Faith trained with Illinois Dance Conservatory and in Milwaukee Ballet’s Pre-Professional Program. She attended Summer Intensives at Ballet Arizona and Milwaukee Ballet.

    This is her second season with MBII.

  • Emery Meroni

     

    Sponsored by Jason & Wanetta Fricke

    Emery trained with Massachusetts Academy of Ballet, and the HARID Conservatory. He attended Summer Intensives at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, the
    HARID Conservatory, and the Washington School of Ballet.

    This is Emery’s first season with MBII.

  • Nanaho Nakajima

     

    Sponsored by Carla H. Hay

    Nanaho trained at Kawakami Keiko Ballet Schoo, HARID Conservatory and with Goh Ballet Academy Youth Company. She attended Summer Intensives with
    Bolshoi Ballet Academy (NY), and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

    This is her first season with MBII.

  • Logan O'Neal

    Sponsored by James L. McFarland & Jaime Sebastian Andres

    Logan trained at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre in Georgia and Richmond Ballet in Virginia. He attended Summer Intensives at Nashville Ballet, Orlando Ballet, and Richmond Ballet. He was also a guest performer with Charleston Ballet Theatre, Southeast Alabama Dance Company, and First State Ballet Theatre.

    Logan earned his associate’s degree in biology, graduating summa cum laude, and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in exercise science at the University of Wisconsin in Superior. This is his second season with MBII.

  • Lucy Pudner

    Sponsored by Anonymous

    Lucy trained at Variations Dance Studio and Alabama Ballet School. She attended Summer Intensives at Ballet West, Houston Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

    Lucy placed in the Top 12 in Junior Classical and Contemporary at the Youth America Grand Prix Regional Competition; Second Place in Senior Classical at YAGP in the Atlanta Regional; First Place in Senior Contemporary and Third Place in Senior Classical at YAGP in the Winston-Salem Regional. She also competed at the YAGP Finals in New York City.

    This is her second season with MBII.

  • Sophia Shahani

     

    Sponsored by Alicia Vogel

    Sophia trained at California Dance Academy, Texas Ballet Theater, and as a Joffrey Ballet Trainee. She attended Summer Intensives with San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and Texas Ballet Theater.

    Sophia is also a classically trained pianist. This is her first season in MBII.

  • Sage Simons

    Sponsored by Jean Baumgartner McGrath

    Sage trained with Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy and in the Pre-Professional Program. He attended Summer Intensives at Ellison Ballet, Houston Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and A&A Ballet.

    Sage was the recipient of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Milwaukee Ballet Friends’ Schommer Lichtner Scholarship. He also received Second Place in Classical at the Youth America Grand Prix Semi-Finals in Kansas City, and competed in the World Championships of Irish Dance in Glasgow, Scotland.

    This is his second season in MBII.

  • Flynn Stelfox

    Sponsored by Paul Faustino & Charles Barlow

    Flynn trained at Ringwood Ballet Group and in The Australian Ballet School’s full-time program. In 2020 he won the Graeme Murphy AO Contemporary Dance
    Award and The Areti Boyaci Spanish Dance Award. Outside of dance he loves to learn languages, including French, Italian, Bahasa Indonesian, and Greek.

  • Jacqueline Sugianto

    Sponsored by Linda Fedorczak

    Jacqueline trained with Canada’s National Ballet School, Evelyn Hart Conservatory, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. She danced the role of Marie in the National Ballet of Canada’s Nutcracker twice, and was selected to dance in the opening Ceremony of the 2015 PanAmerican Games.

    This is her first season with MBII.

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