Margot Aknin grew up in San Jose, California, where she trained at Los Gatos Ballet under Marcie Ryken for ten years. After high school, she spent three years in the Graduate Program at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, where she performed roles including the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and Nikiya in La Bayadère. Margot also performed with the company in Terrence Orr’s Swan Lake, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, La Bayadère, Sleeping Beauty, and Beauty and the Beast. Margot was a member of BalletMet 2 for their 2015–2016 season, performing corps and soloist roles in ballets by Edwaard Liang, David Nixon, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Gerard Charles, and George Balanchine. Margot is thrilled to be joining Dayton Ballet for her first season.
Joshua Beaver, from Thompsontown, Pennsylvania, began his early training with his mother, Cynthia Beaver, in her gymnastics studio, Movement Laboratory, and with American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive. He attended Boston Conservatory on full scholarship and graduated with a BFA in dance in 2011. While at the Conservatory, Josh performed works by Limon, Tudor, Sokolow, and Nikolais. After graduation he joined Teatrul de Balet Sibiu, Romania, where he spent three seasons rising to first soloist and choreographer. He was featured as Paris in Rotaru's Romeo and Juliet, Barbanto in Le Corsaire, and principal in Gardner's Four Seasons. During this time, Josh toured and performed in Germany, Austria, Sicily, Hungary, and New Zealand. In the summer of 2014, he joined Prague Chamber Ballet, touring to Mexico and also winning first place in the Lila Lopez Contemporary dance competition in Saint Luis Potosi, Mexico. Josh is thrilled to start his second season at Dayton Ballet.
Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Claire Bergman returns to Dayton Ballet for her second season. A graduate of University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, she performed roles in Serenade, Giselle, and other contemporary works and had the opportunity to dance in China with the Beijing Dance Academy. Her professional training began at age ten with Barbara Pontecorvo at Pontecorvo Ballet Studios. In 2007, she danced with Gem City Ballet and performed in ballets such as Raymonda, Who Cares, and Sleeping Beauty. Her favorite ballet is Swan Lake.
Case Bodamer was born and raised in Blue Point, New York, where he began his ballet training with Kathleen Kairns-Scholz at the American Dance Theatre of Long Island. He spent summers training at The Juilliard School, Ballet Austin, and New York State Summer School of the Arts. During high school he also studied at The Ailey School, and he continued there in The Ailey/Fordham BFA Program until he accepted a traineeship with Ballet Austin. Professionally, Case has spent his summers dancing with Ballet Montana, The Dayton Arts Project, and Boulder Ballet. Case’s favorite role to date has been performing “R.M. Renfield” in Stuart Sebastian’s Dracula, along with being part of Septime Webre’s D-Construction and Jon Rodriguez’s Bushido. Case was also honored to have received the prestigious Josie Award. Case is thrilled to be returning to Dayton Ballet for his ninth season. He would like to thank his beautiful wife Annalise and his family for their endless love and support.
Katy Bowlby is from Durango, Colorado. She received her training at Dance in the Rockies in Durango and worked closely with esteemed teacher/Artistic Director Valerie Madonia. Katy spent several summers training at The Jillana School and Ballet West; she also attended summers at The Joffrey Ballet in New York and Colorado Ballet on full scholarship. In 2011, Katy was a finalist in the Denver Ballet Guild competition for her performance of Odile’s variation from Swan Lake. She spent the 2011–2012 season with Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company. With Colorado Ballet she performed in Swan Lake, Michael Pink’s Peter Pan and community outreach programs. Her favorite roles include Swan Corps in Swan Lake, Gerald Arpino's Reflections, and Amy Seiwart's Chasing Ghosts. She is honored to be returning as an apprentice for her fifth year with Dayton Ballet.
Brittany Butler is a native of Pennsville, New Jersey. She began her training at The Academy of the Dance under the direction of Arthur Hutchinson. Brittany attended high school at NCSA with a major in ballet. After graduation, she was chosen by Adam Sage and Robert Philander to join Missouri Ballet Theater in their premiere season. Brittany spent one year training in St. Louis and then accepted a contract with Lexington Ballet. During her two seasons there, she worked with Luis Dominguez and Nancy Cole Dominguez, learning roles in ballets such as Firebird, Giselle, Cinderella and other repertoire pieces. Brittany then moved to Cincinnati Ballet to work in the Second Company, where Devon Carney, Johanna Bernstein Wilt, Suzette Webb, and director Victoria Morgan were her mentors and instructors. Brittany is very enthusiastic to be returning for her fourth season with Dayton Ballet.
Courtney Catalana received her dance training from the Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education in Rochester, New York. Courtney joined Rochester City Ballet in 2009 and remained with the company until the summer of 2013. Her favorite roles with the company include Snow Queen in The Nutcracker and Russian Girl in George Balanchine's Serenade. She also had the opportunity to perform work by Artistic Director Jamey Leverett at Jacob's Pillow. Courtney later joined BalletMet Columbus, where she danced roles such as Cygnets from Swan Lake and was a featured soloist in Edwaard Liang's Of Heaven and Earth. She was chosen to compete in the prestigious New York International Ballet Competition in 2009 and the Boston International Ballet Competition in 2012. Courtney is thrilled to be in her third season with Dayton Ballet and thanks her family and friends for their support and love.
Brooke Fabian, from Downingtown, Pennsylvania, spent her early years dancing at Lionville School of Dance. In high school, she furthered her dance education by attending Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Philadelphia Dance Theatre, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. Upon graduating, Brooke was accepted into the University of Cincinnati, where she currently double-majors in ballet and communication/public relations. As a freshman, she also danced as a trainee in Cincinnati Ballet's Second Company. In Brooke's sophomore year, she was invited to perform in Dayton Ballet's The Nutcracker and was offered the opportunity to join the company for the remainder of the 2015–2016 season. Brooke is happy to be back for her first full season with Dayton Ballet.
James “Jimmy” Folsom, from San Marino, California, started his dance training at Pasadena Civic Ballet at the age of three. He enjoyed summer dance intensives with ABT, Miami City Ballet, and Ballet Austin. At age 15 he accepted a scholarship to study at The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC. While at Kirov, he had an internship with The Susanne Farrell Ballet and performed in Prodigal Son and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue at the Kennedy Center. He graduated from Kirov in May of 2014 and then spent a season with Ballet Austin as a Butler Fellow from 2014 to 2015. In addition to dance and choreography, Jimmy enjoys photography and is fascinated by auto racing. He would like to thank his family for all the support they have given him. Jimmy is very excited to be starting his second season with Dayton Ballet.
Paul Gilliam| Rehearsal Assistant
Paul Gilliam started his ballet training in Ardmore, Oklahoma and finished it in 2002 at the Houston Ballet Academy. Paul is happy to be in his eleventh season with Dayton Ballet in the last fourteen years; while away he performed many leading roles, including “Franz” in Coppelia; Diana and Acteon; “Basilio” in Don Quixote; Esmeralda pas de deux; and roles in many contemporary works. During his seven years with the Dayton Ballet he has performed as “Escamillo” in Carmen, “Renfield” in Dracula, “Peter” in Peter Pan, “D’Artagnan” in The Three Musketeers, and an “Ugly Stepsister” in Cinderella. He was a featured artist in Trinity and has performed many featured roles in The Nutcracker.
Greg Goessner is thrilled to be joining the Dayton Ballet for his first season! Originally from southeastern Wisconsin, he began dancing at Accent On Dance studios in Waukesha, WI. From there he continued his training at the MainStage Academy of Dance, Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, The School at Jacob's Pillow, and The Rock School for Dance Education. Last year he had the opportunity to be part of the inaugural year of the Professional Training Program at the Cary Ballet Conservatory. Some of his favorite roles include the Pas de trois from Paquita, the Pas de deux from Coppélia, and the Ballet Master from The Konservatoriet. He is incredibly grateful for all of the support from his friends, family, and mentors.
Jocelyn Green is excited to be with Dayton Ballet for her third season. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she trained under Andrea Patzius and Donna Patzius-Hill for thirteen wonderful years. Jocelyn spent several summers studying on scholarship at Atlanta Ballet, among others. Following high school, she attended SUNY Purchase, Conservatory of Dance, where she performed classical and contemporary works by choreographers such as Jessica Lang, Nicolo Fonte, Paul Taylor, and Bettijane Sills. Jocelyn also guested with Neglia Ballet in Buffalo, New York. For the past two seasons, Jocelyn danced with Nashville Ballet's second company. While in NB2, she performed in many outreach ballets for children across Tennessee, including the title character in Gina Patterson's Anne Frank as well as in main company shows such as Paul Vasterling's Nashville's Nutcracker and George Balanchine's Serenade. Jocelyn thanks her parents for their never-ending support and her beautiful sisters who inspired her to dance.
Peter Kurta was raised in the small town of Marietta, NY, and began his ballet training at age 4. In 2006, he continued in the Professional Division of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, where he trained for five years. In 2011, he transferred to The Rock School for Dance Education (Philadelphia), where he performed soloist roles in Balanchine’s
Symphony in C and The Nutcracker. He was a member of Tulsa Ballet II for their 2014–2015 season and BalletMet II for their 2015–2016 season. Peter has performed corps and soloist roles in ballets by Edwaard Liang, James Kudelka, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, George Balanchine and many more. He is very excited to be joining Dayton Ballet for their 2016–2017 season.
Leonard Pérez, from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, has trained in Spanish dance with the Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater and in ballet and modern dance at the Ruth Page School of Dance. He has studied on scholarship at Northeastern Illinois University and has been awarded full scholarships to summer intensive programs at Dance Theater of Harlem, The Ailey School, River North Dance Chicago, Thodos Dance Chicago, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, and The Ruth Page School of Dance. He danced with Milwaukee Ballet II during the 2015–2016 season and has performed works by Ron de Jesus, Michael Pink, Septime Webre, Randy Duncan, Ruth Page, Lee Wei Chao, Ilya Kozadayev, Brian MacDonald, Victor Alexander and Spanish dance duo Angel Rojas and Carlos Rodriguez. Leonard has performed in the Chicago Dancing Festival, Jacob's Pillow International Inside/Out Dance Festival, Dance for Life Chicago, and St. Louis Spring To Dance Festival. This is his first season with Dayton Ballet.
Evan Pitts, from Jacksonville, Florida, began his training under the direction of Christina McDonald of Fascinatin' Rhythm Studio of Dance at age eight. Evan was a member of a performing group called The Moving Company, also based in Jacksonville. He shared his talents with the community by performing in the Community Nutcracker, where he performed many soloist roles. Evan continued his training with ballet mistress Rhonda Stampalia and Dr. Phyllis Penney at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts for three years. In 2009, after being given the opportunity to work with Adam Sage and Robert Philander of Missouri Ballet Theatre, he moved to St. Louis as a full-time company member. From Missouri, Evan moved to Kentucky, where he spent two seasons dancing under Luis Dominguez of the Lexington Ballet. Evan is excited for his fifth season with Dayton Ballet.
Daniel Powers grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, and has trained with BalletNova, The Washington School of Ballet and Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy. He was a member of The Orlando Ballet Second Company in the 2008–2009 season and was a Ballet Austin Trainee in the 2010–2011 season. Daniel has spent summers at The Kirov Academy of Ballet, The Rock School for Dance Education, Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Colorado Ballet. In the summer of 2013 he attended the Ballet Program at The School at Jacob’s Pillow on scholarship. Daniel has danced with Cincinnati Ballet for the past four seasons, performing a variety of works by choreographers such as Yuri Possokhov, George Balanchine, James Kudelka, Adam Hoagland, Septime Webre, Victoria Morgan, and Devon Carney. Daniel is looking forward to a great second season with the Dayton Ballet.
Nathaly Prieto was born in La Habana, Cuba, where she began her training at the Provincial School Alejo Carpentier. At age 15 she danced in the production of Giselle with The Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, directed by Pedro Pablo Peña. She joined the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet in 2007, where she performed several lead roles in Don Quixote, Paquita, La Bayadère, and Le Corsaire under the direction of Ruth Wiesen. Nathaly received her Associates in Arts from New World School of the Arts, where she performed works by Peter London, Gerald Ebitz, and Tina Santos. She attended the Dance Theatre of harlem and Joffrey Ballet School summer intensives in New York City. Nathaly was a member of the Joffrey Ballet School Performance Company from 2011 to 2012 under the directorship of Davis Robertson. She has danced many contemporary works with choreographers such as Africa Guzman, Julie Bour, Brian McSween, Catherine Miller, Endalyn Taylor, Robert Garland, Michael Uthof, Gerald Ebitz and Davis Robertson. This is Nathaly's fifth season with Dayton Ballet.
Halliet Slack is originally from Louisiana and received her early training from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Her training was further strengthened by attending programs at the Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet Academy, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Professionally, Halliet has danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Richmond Ballet, and Ballet Montana. Halliet is thrilled to be returning to the Dayton Ballet for her thirteenth season. Some of her favorite roles include the Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, and Dew Drop in Karen Russo Burke and Dermot Burke's The Nutcracker, Blanche in Karen Russo Burke's Streetcar Named Desire and Mina in Stuart Sebastian's Dracula. Halliet has also enjoyed performing the works of George Balanchine, Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, and John Butler.
Annalise Woller| Rehearsal Assistant
Annalise Woller is originally from Boulder, Colorado, and began dancing at Boulder Ballet when she was six years old. She later attended the Boston Ballet Summer Dance Program and the Juilliard Summer Dance Intensive, among others. Annalise went on to study dance at Goucher College. After only three years, she graduated from Goucher College with Honors in Dance Performance and a minor in mathematics. In 2009, Annalise returned to Boulder to dance with Boulder Ballet, where she was promoted to principal and featured as Aurora in Sleeping Beauty. She also greatly enjoyed being a part of Delusions of Grandeur Productions and The Dayton Arts Project. Since joining Dayton Ballet, some of her favorite roles have been dancing Freudian Slip by Karen Russo Burke, Orchids by Gregory Robinson, and From Foreign Lands and People by Jessica Lang. Annalise is very excited to be returning to Dayton Ballet for her seventh season. She would like to thank her husband, Case Bodamer, and her family for their continual love and support.