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Ivan Aguayo

Born in Chicago, IL, Ivan Aguayo graduated from Whitney M. Young High School. He began his dance training at the Lou Conte Dance Studio, continuing his studies at the Ruth Page School of Dance and Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center. Ivan has received scholarships to summer programs with American Ballet Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. After training, he began as a Studio Company member of Ballet Chicago. Under the directorship of Daniel Duell, he performed Classical and Neo-Classical roles in Stars and Stripes and Who Cares? by George Balanchine. Additionally, Ivan has danced contemporary works by Alejandro Cerrudo, Ted Seymour, and Victor Alexander. This is Ivan’s premiere season with Dayton Ballet.  
Margot Aknin

Dancer_Margot_AkninMargot 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 for her second season with Dayton Ballet. 

Claire Bergman

Dancer_Claire_BergmanBorn and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Claire Bergman returns to Dayton Ballet for her third 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

Dancer_Case_BodamerCase 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 tenth season. He would like to thank his beautiful wife Annalise and his family for their endless love and support.

Katy Bowlby

Dancer_Katy_BowlbyKaty 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 sixth year with Dayton Ballet.

Ivan Braatz  

Ivan Braatz was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He began his ballet training at the San Francisco Ballet School, where he trained for 6 years. He then trained at Houston Ballet Academy for one year. Ivan has performed corps de ballet roles with both companies. Highlights of his career thus far include performing in Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella, Stanton Welch’s Romeo and Juliet, and as Russian in Helgi Tomasson’s The Nutcracker. This is his first season with Dayton Ballet.      

Brittany Butler

Dancer_Brittany_ButlerBrittany Butler is originally from New Jersey and began her training in Delaware at The Academy of the Dance. When she was 16, Brittany attended the North Carolina School of the Arts for her junior and senior years of high school. Upon graduation she was chosen to dance for a premier company, Missouri Ballet Theater, in St. Louis, Missouri under the direction of Adam Sage and Robert Philander. From there she joined the Lexington Ballet Company in Kentucky under the direction of Luis Dominguez. She performed soloist and principal roles in Firebird, Cinderella, and Giselle as well as repertoire performances. Brittany then took a contract with Cincinnati Ballet’s second company, where she was privileged to work with Victoria Morgan, Devon Carney, Johanna Bernstein Wilt, and Suzette Boyer Webb. Her favorite performances while there were Septime Webre's Alice in Wonderland and Devon Carney’s Concerto 4. Brittany was then offered a contract with the Dayton Ballet, under the direction of Karen Russo Burke. While in Dayton, Brittany has had the opportunity to perform in Gerald Arpino’s Reflections, as Wendy in Septime Webre's Peter Pan, in Jessica Lang’s From Foreign Lands and People, in Amy Seiwert’s Finding Almost, as Lilith in Karen Russo Burke’s Dracula: Bloodlines, as Lady Capulet in Septime Webre’s Romeo and Juliet, and in Gina Patterson’s You Are Here. Brittany is looking forward to entering into her fifth season with the company. 

Brooke Fabian

Dancer_Brooke_FabianBrooke 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 second full season with Dayton Ballet. 

Paul Gilliam | Rehearsal Assistant

Dancer_Paul_GilliamPaul 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 twelfth season with Dayton Ballet in the last fifteen 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 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.

Gregory Goessner

Dancer_Gregory_GoessnerGreg Goessner is thrilled to be with the Dayton Ballet for his second 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, The Rock School for Dance Education, and 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 family, friends and mentors. 

Jocelyn Green

Dancer_Joceyln_GreenBorn and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Jocelyn Green trained under Donna Patzius-Hill for thirteen years. She attended summer intensives on scholarship with Atlanta Ballet, Ballet West, and American Ballet Theatre as well as with the Conservatory of Dance in Madrid, Spain. After high school Jocelyn studied at SUNY Purchase College, Conservatory of Dance, where a highlight was performing George Balanchine's Serenade at Jacob’s Pillow dance festival. Jocelyn spent two seasons with Nashville Ballet’s second company and enjoyed dancing in many outreach performances as well as in main stage productions. Some of Jocelyn’s favorite roles since joining Dayton Ballet have included Juliet in Septime Webre’s Romeo and Juliet, Sugarplum Fairy and Arabian in Karen Russo Burke’s The Nutcracker, Lillith in Burke’s Dracula: Bloodlines, and Tinkerbell in Webre’s Peter Pan. She has also loved working with contemporary choreographers Gina Patterson and Amy Seiwert. Jocelyn loves the community of Dayton and is excited to be back for her fourth season with the company! 

Isaac Jones 

Originally from Michigan, Isaac Jones studied under the direction of Cyndi Buczek and Sergey Rayevskiy. He also trained at the summer intensives of Ellison Ballet, BalletMet, and the Russian Ballet Festival. He has danced as a trainee with Sarasota Ballet and as a company dancer with Eugene Ballet Company and the interactive performance group #instaballet. Isaac has also danced as a guest artist for Northern California Ballet, Ballet East, Detroit Dance City Festival, and the Brighton Dance Festival. He has performed featured roles in works by Toni Pimble, Septime Webre, Amy Seiwert, Suzanne Haag, and Stephanie Martinez. His repertoire includes works by Sir Frederick Ashton, Matthew Hart, Dennis Spaight, Ricardo Graziano, and Bruce Steivel. Some of Isaac's favorite roles include Tom Buchanan in Pimble’s The Great Gatsby, Solo Boy in Webre’s Fluctuating Hemlines, Cousin Kevin in Pimble’s Tommy: The Ballet, and Haag’s The Surrounding Third. He is also featured in Chris Rupp’s music video “I Can Only Imagine.” This is Isaac’s first season with Dayton Ballet. 

Leonard Pérez

Dancer_Leonard_PerezLeonard 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 second season with Dayton Ballet.   

Evan Pitts

Dancer_Evan_PittsEvan Pitts, from Jacksonville, Florida, began his training under the direction of Christina McDonald of Fascinatin' Rhythm Studio of Dance. He continued his dance training with Rhonda Stampalia at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and was given the opportunity to learn from names such as Eddy Toussaint, Edgar Zendejas, Cleo Parker Robinson, Adam Sage, and Robert Philander. Evan attended summer dance programs with Florida Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet to further his dance education. Professionally, Evan danced for Missouri Ballet Theatre and Lexington Ballet before joining Dayton Ballet in 2012. He is very excited to be entering his sixth season with the company. Over his career, Evan has performed many soloist and principal roles, as well as working with acclaimed choreographers. Personal highlights include Prince Ivan in Firebird, Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow, Prince Charming in Cinderella, Peter Pan in Peter Pan, and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. Evan has performed pieces from established choreographers including Gerald Arpino, Stephen Mills, Amy Seiwert, Jessica Lang, Stuart Sebastian, and Septime Webre. Evan would like to thank his family, as well as his fiancée and fellow company member, Brittany Butler, for their continued love and support. 

Nathaly Prieto

Dancer_Nathaly_Prieto 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 sixth season with Dayton Ballet.

Daniel Rodriguez 

Daniel Rodriguez was born, raised, and trained in New York City. After graduating from LaGuardia High school and completing his ballet training under the direction of François Perron, he joined North Carolina Dance Theater 2 in 2010. After two seasons in Charlotte, Daniel joined the Sarasota Ballet as a corps de ballet member, being promoted to a Coryphée in 2015. He has performed feature roles in ballets by choreographers such as Balanchine, Sir Frederick Ashton, Ricardo Graziano, Mark Diamond, Dwight Rhoden, Paul Taylor, Anthony Tudor, and Marius Petipa.   

Halliet Slack

Dancer_Halliet_SlackHalliet 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 fourteenth 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

Dancer_Annalise_WollerAnnalise 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 eighth season. She would like to thank her husband, Case Bodamer, and her family for their continual love and support. 

Catherine Wootten 

Catherine Wootten, a native of Des Moines, Iowa, trained under the direction of Melissa and Emery Uyehara. During summer intensives, she trained at The Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet, The Washington Ballet, American Ballet Theater, and Milwaukee Ballet on scholarship. She danced with the Minnesota Ballet for six seasons, beginning in 2010 as an apprentice, and she was promoted to a company member in 2011. While in Minnesota, she performed principal roles as Cinderella, Jeanne in Flames of Paris, George Balanchine’s “Who Cares?” as The Turning Girl, Columbine in the Harlequinade Pas de Deux, and the Snow Queen, Dew Drop, and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Catherine is very excited to join Dayton Ballet this season. 

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