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    Dance Day at the Depot
    Sunday, April 27
    1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
    Free dance presentations
    by School of the Minnesota Ballet
    celebrating National Dance Week!

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    School of the Minnesota Ballet Student Performance
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    Adult $14 and child/student $7.

    Performance is at the DECC Symphony Hall
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  • 2013-2014 company dancers

    Michael Agudelo


    From Spartanburg, South Carolina, Michael began studying at Ballet Spartanburg. He studied at the Harid Conservatory and at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts under the guidance of Stanislav Issaev,Varna Gold Medalist. As a Trainee, Michael danced in Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker. As a member of Milwaukee Ballet II he danced in Milwaukee Ballet’s productions of Michael Pink’s Nutcracker, Dracula and Peter Pan. He won Second Place in Youth America Grand Prix 2010 Regionals and was selected as a finalist for YAGP New York. Now in his second season with the Minnesota Ballet, Michael has danced such roles as Renfield in Dracula, Russian dancer in The “Manhattan” Nutcracker, and Pyotr in Firebird. The News Tribune praised his “sharply articulated performance” as Harlequin in Harlequinade Pas de Deux.




    Suzie Baer

    A Stillwater, Minnesota, native, Suzie trained at a local studio before joining the School of the Minnesota Ballet in 2003. She has also studied at the Joffrey Midwest Workshop, and on scholarship at Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet and Point Park University. Now in her fifth year as company member of the Minnesota Ballet, she has danced such roles as Dew Drop Fairy and the grown-up Clara in The “Manhattan” Nutcracker, the Greedy One in Three Virgins and a Devil, and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has also danced in the pas de deux of Penelope Freeh’s Flying Over Greenland and in the pas de trois of Ms. Freeh’s Two Andantes. She delights in dancing in menacing roles: Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty, Vampiress in Dracula, and the one-eyed monster Cyclops in Firebird.



     Marco Clemente

    Marco began studying ballet at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago in 1996. In 1997 he performed in the last production of The Chicago Tribune Charities Nutcracker, under the direction of Larry Long and Dolores Lipinski-Long. In 2003 they invited him to join the Civic Ballet of Chicago, where he had many opportunities to perform soloist and principal roles. He graduated from the Ruth Page School of Dance in 2008. Marco spent the 2011–2012 season with the Dayton Ballet. Now in his second season with the Minnesota Ballet, he has danced such roles as Dr. Van Helsing in Dracula, Harlequin in Harlequinade Pas de Deux, and Vasily in Firebird.





     Alana Gergerich


    Alana is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she trained with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School in its Schenley High School and graduate program. While in the graduate program, Alana performed and toured with the dancers of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in productions including Coppélia, La Sylphide, Swan Lake, and The Nutcracker. She also performed with the Omaha Theater Ballet in Nebraska for the 08–09 season. In 2011 Alana graduated magna cum laude from Point Park University, in Pittsburgh, with a B.A. in Ballet Performance. During her time at the university Alana had the opportunity to perform in many great works, including George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie and Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain. Now in her second season with the Minnesota Ballet, she has danced such roles as Miss Ina Wells in Dracula, Arabian Princess in The “Manhattan” Nutcracker, and Natasha in Firebird.


    Kevin James

    Kevin James is from Atlanta, Georgia, where he trained with the Atlanta Ballet. In 2009, he graduated with honors from Butler University with a BFA in Dance Performance. Summer programs have included Chautauqua Institution, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and ConfiDance in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In Amsterdam, he performed Gafsa, a duet choreographed by Maurice Causey. He comes to Minnesota from the Sarasota Ballet, where he performed in George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son, Yuri Possokhov’s Firebird, Sir Peter Wright’s Giselle, John Cranko’s Pineapple Poll, André Prokovsky’s Vespri, and James Buckley’s Anne Frank. Now in his third season with Minnesota Ballet, he has danced such roles as the Mouse King and Prince in The “Manhattan” Nutcracker, Dr. Seward in Dracula, and Oleg in Firebird.






    Kelanie Murphy

    Kelanie, who grew up dancing, acting and modeling, is originally from Crystal Lake, Illinois, where she began her formal dance training at Judith Svalander School of Ballet. Kelanie continued her training at the University of Missouri Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance, where she earned her BFA in dance. She attended summer programs at Kansas City Ballet and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. While at UMKC, Kelanie had many performance opportunities, including dancing in Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie and in other works by guest artists and UMKC faculty; and she was an apprentice with Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, performed annually with Kansas City Ballet in Todd Bolender’s Nutcracker, and danced in Kansas City Ballet’s production of Giselle in 2011. As a Minnesota Ballet company apprentice, she danced such roles as a Snowflake soloist in The “Manhattan” Nutcracker, a monster in Firebird, and in Penelope Freeh’s Two Andantes. This is her first year as company member.




    Sam Neale


    Australian born and raised, Sam began his training at the Atelier School for Classical Ballet under Joanne Neale before being accepted on scholarship into The McDonald College, where he was also a member of Premier State Ballet. Sam stayed there for two years under Josephine Jason and Allan Cross. Sam then spent the summers of 2009 and 2010 at Milwaukee Ballet Summer Intensive, then was accepted into Milwaukee Ballet II, where he danced 2010–2012. Sam’s repertoire includes Sleeping Beauty’s “Blue Bird,” Paquita, Diana and Acteon, Salvatore Aiello’s Clowns and Others, Jiri Kylian’s Symphony in D, Nicole Teague & Isaac Sharratt’s There’s This. While in MBII he also performed with Milwaukee Ballet in Michael Pink’s Nutcracker, Esmeralda, Coppélia, Dracula, Peter Pan, Mauro de Candia’s Something I Had in Mind and Lila York’s Celts. Now in his second season with Minnesota Ballet, he has danced such roles as Werewolf in Dracula, Toreador in The “Manhattan” Nutcracker, and Kostchei in Firebird.



    Emily Reed


    From Monee, Illinois, Emily began dancing when she was three. She studied at Faubourg School of Ballet and then the Ruth Page Center of the Arts, where she trained under beloved ballet master Larry Long and was also a member of Civic Ballet of Chicago. Emily was one of the first trainees for Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, where she danced with the company in Paquita at the Joffrey Gala. She spent 2010–12 in the Milwaukee Ballet II program, where her main teachers were Mireille Favarel, Rolando Yanes, and Karl von Rabenau. Some of Emily’s favorite dances she performed with MBII include Diana and Acteon, Pas de Quatre, Tarantella, Clowns and Others, and Mauro de Candia’s Something I Had In Mind. While in MBII, she also performed with Milwaukee Ballet in Michael Pink’s Esmeralda, Nutcracker, Coppélia, Dracula, Peter Pan and in Lila York’s Celts. Emily attended summer intensives at Boston Dance Lab, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Kaatsbaan, Orlando Ballet, BalletMet, and Milwaukee Ballet. Now in her second season with Minnesota Ballet, she has danced such roles as Lucy in Dracula, Sugar Plum Fairy in The “Manhattan” Nutcracker, and Svetlana in Firebird. For her portrayal of Columbine in Harlequinade Pas de Deux, the News Tribune praised her “pristine lines that are the signature part of her style as a dancer.”

    Branden ReinersBranden web

    Branden studied on scholarship at the San Francisco Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre, and School of American Ballet, and also on scholarship at such summer programs as the Rock School and the Kirov Academy. He has danced in the San Francisco Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker; George Balanchine’s Western Symphony in the San Francisco Ballet School’s Spring Showcase; the Boston Ballet’s Coppélia, La Bayadère, and The Nutcracker; the American Ballet Theatre’s Sleeping Beauty; and the New York City Ballet’s The Nutcracker. This is Branden’s first year as company member of the Minnesota Ballet.






    Reinhard von Rabenau

    A Duluth native, Reinhard began studying at the School of the Minnesota Ballet in 1997. He also studied in summer programs at Point Park College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. Now in his ninth season with the Minnesota Ballet, Reinhard has danced such roles as the Feckless Youth in Three Virgins and a Devil; Lion in “The Lion and the Lamb” variation in Sleeping Beauty, Jonathan in Dracula, Prince in The “Manhattan” Nutcracker; in Penelope Freeh’s Flying over Greenland and Two Andantes, and in Balanchine’s Who Cares?. The Duluth News Tribune pronounced his portrayal as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream “an absolute joy on stage, from the moment he awakens until he bids us goodnight.”






    Megan Wolfson

    From Palm Springs, California, Megan began her ballet training under the tutelage of Cynthia Kaye. She has attended summer intensives at the Minnesota Ballet and Backhaus Dance Company as well as master classes most recently taught by Nina Watt, Ron Brown, and John Pennington. Promoted from apprentice to company member beginning with the 2011-12 season, Megan has danced as the grown-up Clara in The “Manhattan” Nutcracker, Swanilda in Coppélia, and Mina in Dracula. For her portrayal of the Firebird, the News Tribune praised her “ massively expressive eyes, eloquent limbs and an ability to make the Firebird’s mercurial changes of direction and emotion seem elegantly subtle and quite bird-like.”






    Catherine Wootten

    A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Catherine trained under the direction of Melissa and Emery Uyehara at Capital City Dance Center. During summer intensives, she trained with John Magnus and Judy Rice at Joffrey Midwest; Rochelle Zide-Booth at Boston Ballet; Kee Juan Han, Carlos Varcarcel, and CeCe Farha at Washington Ballet; Leslie Browne at American Ballet Theatre; and Nadia Thompson at Milwaukee Ballet. Catherine has performed as a soloist with the Des Moines Symphony. Her favorite roles include Kitri in Don Quixote, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, and Gamzatti in La Bayadère. Promoted from apprentice to company member beginning with the 2011-12 season, she has danced such roles as Columbine in Harlequinade Pas de Deux and Yelena in Firebird. She has especially enjoyed dancing the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Ice Fairy inThe “Manhattan” Nutcracker, a role the News Tribune praised for “her adept display of high-speed turns.”




    Nikolaus Wourms

    A native of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Nikolaus began studying ballet at the Academy of Dance in Dickinson, North Dakota, then studied at the Myles Reif Performing Arts Center in Grand Rapids. He also studied at the Cecchetti Council of America’s summer program in Holland, Michigan. A graduate of the School of the Minnesota Ballet, Nikolaus is in his ninth season with the Minnesota Ballet. He has danced such roles as the Prince and Cavalier in The “Manhattan” Nutcracker, Von Rothbart in Swan Lake Act II, Prince in Sleeping Beauty, Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Count in Dracula, and in George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie. His role as the Devil in Agnes de Mille’s Three Virgins and a Devil won the praise: “While already a powerful performer, Wourms’ characterization as a rude, arrogant, smarmy Beelzebub displayed his theatrical potency.” Last season Nikolaus received a Fellowship Initiative Grant from the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of the New York City Ballet, to develop a work for the Minnesota Ballet.



    Madeleine Surges, Apprentice

    Madeleine began studying ballet in Reno, Nevada, at age three and joined the School of the Minnesota Ballet when she was four. She has studied with American Ballet Theatre at age thirteen, earned scholarships to Joffrey in New York City, and The Rock School in Philadelphia, and this past summer studied with the Milwaukee Ballet at the Pre-Professional Tech Six level. In the pre-professional program at the Minnesota Ballet, she has danced with the Corps de Ballet, appearing in numerous ballet productions including Csárdás in Coppélia, “Waltz of the Snowflakes” and “Waltz of the Flowers” in The “Manhattan” Nutcracker, and Fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. After serving as Trainee in the 2012–13 season, she was promoted to Apprentice for the 2013–14 season.





    Caroline Touhy, ApprenticeCaroline web

    From Grand Haven, Michigan, Caroline began her dance training at Lakeshore Ballet Arts. Later at the Michigan Ballet Academy in Grand Rapids, she studied under the direction of Akop and Gaiane Akopian. While a student at MBA, she danced the Sugar Plum Fairy, Arabian Soloist, Spanish variation, and other roles in The Nutcracker; “The Dying Swan”; and Café and Mowgli, which are original contemporary works by Akop Akopian. While with the Montgomery Ballet she danced in Giselle, Liberty Bell, Lights Will Guide You Home, and The Nutcracker, as well as “The Dying Swan” and The Sleeping Beauty, performing the roles of Candide Fairy and the White Cat. She would like to thank her family for their unending love and support and is excited to join Minnesota Ballet.




    Nancy Cole, TraineeNancy web

    Nancy is from Michigan, where she began her ballet training. She continued her studies at the Joffrey Ballet School, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Joffrey/New School BFA program. After completing her degree she joined Ballet Tucson, where she performed in Anthony Tudor’s Continuo and John Gardner and Amanda McKerrow’s staging of Swan Lake, among others. In 2008 she joined the Sarasota Ballet, where her repertoire included Giselle, Paquita, Frederick Ashton’s Two Pigeons, Matthew Bourne’s Boutique, and works by George Balanchine. She has also danced two seasons with Ballet Quad Cities in Rock Island, Illinois. This is Nancy’s first season with Minnesota Ballet.

    Naomi Doty, Supplemental Dancer

    Naomi began her dance training in California at Riverside Ballet Arts under the guidance of Glenda Carhart. As a student she performed the roles of Snow Queen, Arabian, Spanish dancer, “Flowers” soloist and “Snow” corps member in David Allan’s Nutcracker. She has also performed Sleeping Beauty variations: Lilac Fairy, Bluebird, Golden Vine, and George Balanchine’s Tarantella solo for Riverside Ballet Art’s In Studio Concert; and for the Ballet’s Art Walk, the roles of Carmen, Titania and Aurora. She has also performed modern works by Sofia Carreras and contemporary works by Jessica Adams. Naomi was awarded a scholarship to Texas Ballet Theater for the Summer Intensive with Ben Stevenson. Additional training includes summer workshops with Katrina Killian from School of American Ballet. Naomi was invited to the Anaheim Dance Festival to take master classes with Darci Kistler and Edward Villella.