Harvard Ballet Company

About Our Dancers


Current Members


Grad/Ext School

Ilya Vidrin
Lina Colucci
Angela Burroughs
Rebecca Walker
Julianne VanWagenen
Glenna Clifton
Gina Quinn
Alexis Peterson


Class of 2017

Anna Riley-Shepard
Catherine Qin
Emma Santelmann
Gabriella Czarniak
Lia Kaynor
Lilly Riveron
Miriam Huettner
Oksana Moscoso
Sophie Carroll
Talia Rothstein


Class of 2016

Lisa Wang
Gabrielle Ledoux
Jacqueline Flood
Jeanne Gallee
Julia Springer
Madison Dildine
Matthew Walker
Maya Park
Nina Shevzov-Zebrun
Tessa Markewich


Class of 2015

Juan Aparicio
Breanna Johnson
Olivia Krusel
Bridget Scanlon
Jeffrey Wang
Helen Zhao
Javier Aranzales
Sally Justus
Sofie Rose Seymour


Class of 2014

Charlotte Chang
Andy Harris
Jennifer Hu
Florence Kuhl
Michelle Luo
Megan Murdock
Christina Russell
Jun Shepard
Rossi Lamont Walter, Jr.
Shanna Wiggins
Julie Yen
Christine Maroti
Julia Careaga

Alumni


Class of 2013

Ali Berman
Alyssa Botelho
Melanie Comeau
Sarah Farrell
Carina Fish
Talia Fox
Hazel Lever
Marissa Pan
Shayna Skal
Nina Yancy
Cici Yu


Class of 2012

Merritt Moore
Mari Sosa
Samantha Stockman
Katherine Szeto


Class of 2011

Ricky Kuperman


Grad/Ext School

Thom Hecht

Ilya Vidrin

Lina Colucci

Angela Burroughs

Rebecca Walker

Rebecca Walker hails from Colorado where she began he training with the Academy of Colorado Ballet and appeared in several of their productions. She then studied and performed with the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. for 2 years. Rebecca attended summer programs at Perry Mansfield in Steamboat Springs, CO and BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio. She danced with Boulder Ballet Company for 3 seasons and has performed in several performances with David Taylor Dance Theatre including The Nutcracker and Eclipsing Venus. Rebecca graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2005. This is her first season with Harvard Ballet Company.

Julianne VanWagenen

Julianne VanWagenen, a native of East Lansing, Michigan, grew up dancing at Newman Dance Foundation and then Happendance School under Diane Newman. In 1994 she was invited to dance with the San Francisco Ballet as they toured with The Velveteen Rabbit and she then joined Lansing's Children's Ballet Theatre, performing such ballets as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Coppelia. Julianne went on to university at DePaul U in Chicago where she was lucky enough to take classes with the Ruth Page Academy and then to Rome, Italy where she danced and performed with La Pirouetta Dance Company and Academy. Julianne is a graduate student in Italian studies at Harvard and plans to finish her PhD in/by 2017.

Glenna Clifton

Originally from Wayne, Pa, Glenna is a third year Ph.D. candidate in the Organismal and Evolutionary Biology department. She trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, with John White and Margarita de Saa, and at the Main Line Ballet Academy, with Edmund J. Novak. Glenna attended several summer ballet intensives including Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, Boston Ballet, Kirov Academy of Ballet, and the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts. She graduated magna cum-laude from Barnard College in 2010 with a double major in dance and physics and a minor in chemistry. While at Barnard she danced with the Columbia Ballet Collaborative and in pieces by Lisa de Ribere, Robert La Fosse, Nicholas Leichter, and Roseanne Spradlin.

Gina Quinn

Gina Quinn is studying psychology at the Harvard Extension School. She began her dance training at Dance ImagesDance Center in Methuen, Massachusetts, where she studied ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop. At the age of twelve, Gina began her training in classical ballet in the Young Dancers Program at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There she joined the Youth Works performing group and was also a part of the annual Nutcracker productions. Gina attended the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre summer intensives, as well as Etudes de Ballet in Naples, Florida, and spent a summer dancing in Prague. Gina studied ballet and modern at Palm Beach Atlantic University under the direction of Eileen Hebron and Kathleen Klien. There she was chosen to perform Unconfined, a piece by a guest choreographer Randall Flinn. She is very excited to be joining the Harvard Ballet Company this year!

Alexis Peterson

Harvard Graduate Student

Anna Riley-Shepard

Catherine Qin

Emma Santelmann

Gabriella Czarniak

Lia Kaynor

Lilly Riveron

Miriam Huettner

Oksana Moscoso

Sophie Carroll

Talia Rothstein

Lisa Wang

Lisa Wang is from Atlanta, Georgia and started training at the Georgia Ballet at a young age. She later trained at the Atlanta Ballet and attended their summer intensives throughout high school, studying modern, contemporary, and ballet. She has performed multiple roles in the Atlanta Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker" and the Georgia Ballet's productions of "Coppelia" and "Sleeping Beauty." Lisa is a freshman in Canaday and is looking forward to a great season with HBC! 

Gabrielle Ledoux

Jacqueline Flood

Jeanne Gallee

 

Jeanne Gallée is a sophomore at Wellesley College from Seattle, Washington. Her life in dance began when she was four, when her mother signed her up for a tap-ballet-jazz combo class at a small competition studio. At the age of eleven, she began focusing her studies on ballet at the International School of Classical Ballet. After participating in Pacific Northwest Ballet’s summer course in 2006, she enrolled in the school up until her graduation from Level 8 in June 2012. Jeanne spent her summers at the Kirov Academy, Boston Ballet, PNB, and Ballet Chicago. She has performed in PNB’s student performances of “Pinocchio” and “Snow White”, Kent Stowell’s “The Nutcracker”, and various student workshops. She is honored to be a part of HBC, and can’t wait to see where this next step in dance will take her!

Julia Springer

Madison Dildine

Matthew Walker

Maya Park

Nina Shevzov-Zebrun

Tessa Markewich

Juan Aparicio

Juan Aparicio discovered his love for ballet at the Central Los Angeles High School #9 for the Visual and Performing Arts, where he began studying classical ballet in 2009. He continued his training at the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute at the Colburn School and, not long after, became a junior apprentice to the Blankenship Ballet, under the tutelage of Bertha Blankenship (formerly of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba). In 2010, he performed as a supernumerary for the Joffrey Ballet's production of Cinderella at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles and, later that year, attended the California State Summer School for the Arts, where he was awarded the Herb Alpert Scholarship for Emerging Young Artists. Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Juan is a junior and Government concentrator at Harvard.

Breanna Johnson

Breanna Johnson is a sophomore in Mather House concentrating in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology. She is originally from Cary, North Carolina and danced with Cary Ballet Conservatory, performing roles such as Sugar Plum Fairy in Visions of Sugarplums, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, and Swanhilda in Coppelia. She has performed in Carolina Ballet as part of the corps in multiple performances; as well as attended the School of American Ballet in New York and the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. Additionally, Breanna was recognized in the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) in South Carolina and Pennsylvania, receiving second place in the contemporary division. She went on to perform at the YAGP finals in New York and was awarded a scholarship to the Rock School of Ballet. She is also on the Harvard Ballroom Dance Team. 

Olivia Krusel

Olivia Krusel, from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, discovered her love of dance at the tender age of three, and she has been communicating her passion on stage ever since! Olivia has trained extensively in both Cecchetti and Royal Academy of Dance ballet disciplines. Her multi-talented dance career includes ten years of classes, exams, performances and competitions in Ballet, Jazz (ADAPT), Tap, Lyrical, Modern, Irish and Musical Theatre. Olivia competitively danced in the USA and Canada, winning numerous prestigious titles, awards and trophies at the Provincial and National level. Most notably, Olivia won the title of “Canadian Junior Dancer of the Year” when she was eleven years old. She trained with Spectrum City Dance Company, Richmond Academy of Ballet, Ballet Victoria, yearly Summer Intensive Programs and performed as a soloist in numerous stage productions. Additionally, Olivia performed the lead role of Eliza in “My Fair Lady”, and she is a Provincial winner in Classical Voice and Opera. In her Freshman Year she also competed and trained with the Harvard-Radcliffe Varsity Lightweight Rowing Team. At Harvard, Olivia is a Pre-Med student concentrating in Neurobiology and Global Health. Olivia is ecstatic to be a member of the Harvard Ballet Company and is thrilled to be performing in the upcoming HBC productions!

Bridget Scanlon

Bridget began dancing at the age of three, and since then has explored a variety of styles of dance including ballet, modern, jazz, and tap. She trained at Creative Dance Arts in her hometown Clifton Park, New York, as well as at the National Dance Museum and American Dance Center in Saratoga, New York. She has performed solo in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Sleeping Beauty,” as well as performing with the Moscow Ballet in “The Nutcracker.” Bridget has also attended many intensive workshops, including those with Phyllis Latin and Finis Jhung. A junior this year, Bridget is thrilled to be a part of the Harvard Ballet Company!

Jeffrey Wang

Jeffrey is a sophomore at Harvard College studying Applied Mathematics. He was born in New York City and grew up in the Midwest. He began ballet with the Rockford Dance Company. He was trained in Lyrical and Hip-hop with the Rockford School District’s performing arts gifted program during high school. He also studied with the Joffrey Ballet in 2009 and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in 2010. His repertoire with the Rockford Dance Company included the Nutcracker and Coppélia under the artistic director, Margret Faust. He enjoys every minute strolling the campus at Harvard and cherishes the opportunity of dancing with many esteemed dancers at Harvard Ballet Company!

Helen Zhao

Helen Zhao, born and raised in Boston, started dancing ballet and traditional chinese dance at the age of six. She first started her ballet training at the Londonderry Dance Academy and later danced at the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre before transferring to Mass Motion Dance in Brighton, Massachusetts. At Mass Motion Dance, Helen was introduced to many different styles of dance including Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, and Hip Hop. There, she competed in national dance competitions under the Solo categories of Ballet en Pointe and Lyrical, earning awards at the high gold and platinum levels. As a freshman at Harvard, she is also involved in the Asian American Dance Troupe and Crimson Cheer. Helen is extremely honored and excited to be dancing with the Harvard Ballet Company!

Javier Aranzales

Sally Justus

Sofie Rose Seymour

Sofie Rose Seymour grew up studying the Vaganova syllabus at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet with John White and Margarita de Saa. In 2010, she was selected to study ballet and Russian language in Moscow at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth and Bolshoi Ballet summer intensive program, but has since tragically forgotten all of her Russian excluding her habitual use of "пойдем" and a fear of saying "hello" impolitely. In 2010 and 2011 she was respectively nominated for and won the Cappie Award for Best Choreography for her work with Harriton HS Theater Company. At Harvard, she performs, choreographs, and has served as Publicity Manager for HBC, as well as dancing with the Harvard Radcliffe Modern Dance Company, and performing in and choreographing for the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club. With HRDC, her choreography credits include RENTin the Oberon; assistant choreography credits include Cabaret and Sunday in the Park with George; and performance credits include Hair and At Last. She has also performed with the Harvard Dance Program in works by Pontus Lidberg and Dwight Rhoden, as well as under the direction of Jill Johnson in the Harvard Dance Project. In summer/fall 2013, she joined some awesome HBC alumni to work with Sightline Theater Co on My Machine is Powered By Clocks (Stage Manager), and went on to work with the American Repertory Theater on The Magic Fish (Dancer/Ensemble) and The Light Princess (Assistant Choreographer). She is also a First-Year Outdoor Program leader, Wilderness EMT, lover of leafpiles and mac and cheese, proud resident of Dunster House, and will be graduating a semester off-cycle. Many thanks to HBC for amazing friendships, endless laughs, and extensive knowledge of GIF-usage. 

Charlotte Chang

Raised in Shanghai, China, Charlotte received 13 years of rigorous training in Chinese dance before coming to the U.S. for college. Since her freshmen year at Harvard, Charlotte has enjoyed exploring new styles of movements in modern dance and ballet tremendously. She is now a proud resident of Adams House, concentrating in Psychology with a secondary degree in Economics.

Andy Harris

Andy Harris is a freshman at Harvard College in Canaday and is excited to be joining the Harvard Ballet Company. He began his dance instruction at the age of eight at the Kathy Blake Dance Studio. He then studied at and performed with the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theatre. For several seasons, he performed the title role in SNHDT's annual production of The Nutcracker. In addition to HBC, Andy is a proud member of FAP 16's Team Dance and the Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Company.

Jennifer Hu

Jennifer Hu is from Fairlawn, OH, where she has been dancing with the Dance Institute of the University of Akron since she was five, taking classes in ballet, jazz, and modern with an emphasis on ballet technique. Over the years, she has performed in many of Dance Institute’s productions, including the title role in Dance Institute’s The Snow Maiden. Jennifer has also had the opportunity to participate in the University of Akron Dance Company, a Taylor II workshop, and master classes taught by Alicia Alonso, Paul Taylor Modern Dance Company, and GroundWorks Dance Company. As a freshman at Harvard, Jennifer is looking forward to dancing with the Harvard Ballet Company, taking on exciting new extracurriculars, and concentrating in Biomedical Engineering.

Florence Kuhl

Florence Kuhl is originally from Ossining, New York, and has studied ballet since the age of three at Logrea Dance Academy. In 2005, Florence also began studying jazz and modern dance styles. In 2003, Florence became a member of the Westchester Ballet Company and throughout her years with the company, progressed to being a Senior Company Member, performing in the company’s annual “Nutcracker” as well as Spring Repertoire. She has performed roles such as flower soloist, gigue, Russian, and snow soloist in “The Nutcracker”, as well as a range of corps and soloist roles in “Graduation Ball”, “La Bayadere”, “Glenn Miller Nutcracker Suite”, “Coppelia”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and “La Boutique Fantastique”. Florence is a freshman and is super excited to be a new member of HBC and dance with such a wonderful group.

Michelle Luo

 

Michelle grew up in Birmingham, AL and started taking dance classes at the age of six at the Birmingham Ballet Academy, where she studied under director Cindy Free as well as guest artists Irina Vacuoneeva (Bolshoi Ballet), Deirdre Carberry (American Ballet Theatre), and Alfonso Figueroa (Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Eliot Feld Ballet Tech Company). Since joining the pre-professional company in 2004, Michelle has performed in a number of soloist and principal roles, including Gretel in Hansel and Gretel and Tiger Lily in Peter Pan, and became the first student of the academy cast as Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. In 2009, she was invited as a charter apprentice of the Birmingham Ballet Repertory Dance Company, a developing professional wing of the Birmingham Ballet. In addition, Michelle has spent summers training at American Ballet Theatre in Tuscaloosa, directed by Charles Maple, and Kwak Ballet Academy, under Kyu Dong Kwak and Yoomi Lee of Nevada Ballet Theatre. Michelle is a senior at Harvard studying Computer Science. For the past year, she directed the Harvard Ballet Company with Bridget Scanlon, and with whom she created Crescendo, a tribute to HBC's 20th anniversary, and Gatsby, HBC's first narrative production.

Megan Murdock

Megan Murdock is originally from Hardyston, New Jersey and is currently a senior concentrating in Neurobiology with a secondary in Dramatic Arts. She has studied a variety of styles including ballet, modern, jazz, and tap, and started dancing when she was three years old at Dance Expression Dance Arts in Hamburg, New Jersey. She is a former director of the Harvard Radcliffe Modern Dance Company, and has performed with the Harvard Dance Project, Harvard Ballet Company, Harvard Radcliffe Modern Dance Company and been involved with various productions and installations on campus, including Hans Tutschku’s The Other Side, Chicago (dir. Brandon Ortiz), and Elizabeth Mak’s performance interpretation of the Graveyard Book. She was awarded an Artist Development Fellowship from the Office for the Arts in 2013–2014 and the Williams Traveling Fellowship to study traditional Ugandan dance for two months in southwestern Uganda. She was also awarded an Arts and Museums Fellowship as a choreography intern with the American Repertory Theater on Witness Uganda and in the Development Office at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, and is one of Harvard Dance Program’s Spring 2014 Emerging Choreographers. While at Harvard she has worked with artists including Jill Johnson, Dwight Rhoden, John Jasperse, Christopher Roman, Sidra Bell, Johnny McMillan, and Ellenore Scott.

Christina Russell

Christina Russell, raised in Greenwich Connecticut, started dancing at two years old, and has loved ballet ever since. She studied at the Scarsdale Ballet Studio under director Diana White, formerly a soloist with New York City Ballet, as well as with Jennifer Tinsley-Williams of NYCB, Pedro Ruiz of Ballet Hispanico, and Anastasia Edery of the Bolshoi Ballet. She has performed in several Balanchine ballets, including Serenade, Diamonds, Walpurgisnacht, La Valse, and Valse Fantasie. She has also performed as Gamzatti in La Bayadere, a soloist in Les Sylphides, Summer Fairy in Cinderella, and in Raymonda, Paquita, Swan Lake, and several original contemporary pointe pieces by Pedro Ruiz. She is currently a freshman and is very excited to be performing with the Harvard Ballet Company for the first time.

Jun Shepard

Jun Shepard was born in New York City, New York, where she trained in Ballet, Graham, and Horton techniques at the School at Steps on Broadway, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and Performing Arts, and the Alvin Ailey School. In addition, she studied at the Royal Danish Ballet School in Copenhagen, Denmark under the Bartholin International Ballet Seminar, where she performed principal roles in La Sylphide, Le Conservatoire, and The Sleeping Beauty. She has worked with choreographers including Earl Mosley, Bradley Shelver, Christian Von Howard, Endalyn Taylor, Daniel Gwirtzman, and H.T. Chen. She has also performed works by Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, and Martha Graham.

Rossi Lamont Walter, Jr.


"If my Brain strives for the richness of the spectrum of reality, then my human Body shall do the same.”

I began studying ballet in 2008-09 at the Dallas Ballet Center in Dallas, TX, my hometown. Under the instruction of Judy and Brent Klopfenstein, I performed as the toy soldier and in the Spanish pas-de-trios in The Nutcracker (2008) and in Le Corsaire (2009). That was really a thrill. At Harvard, I learned under Catherine Ulissey and Margot Parsons, who helped me immensely to improve my balance, among other technical qualities.

Generally, movements of the body make a sort of "raw sense" to me. At my time at Harvard, this sense has been continually refined by instructors of the dance (Jill Johnson, Liz Lerman, Elizabeth Mak, Bex Kwan, John Jasperse, Jorma Elo, Desmond Richardson, Olivier Besson and Andrea Miller, to name a few). Again, there is infinite space to fill, or leave empty. The notion that "Nothing is given," which I explore through my studies in the Department for History of Science and Medicine, compels me to press on with questions, trials, failures and the thrill of the on-going investigation. One day, I hope to collaborate with scientists and researchers as an equal contributor, together in serve of the education of the general public.

Verbal communication being so relied upon, I study French, German and Hebrew. More will come with time.

Shanna Wiggins

Shanna Wiggins began her ballet training at the age of two at various dance studios in her hometown of Methuen, Massachusetts. During her high school years, she danced competitively at the Carlene Nazarian Dance Center and studied ballet intensively with the New England Civic Ballet under the direction of Roshni Pecora and Phyllis George. While dancing with NECB, she performed in various community presentations as well as in multiple roles in The Nutcracker. During her summer vacations, she studied in myriad summer dance programs at schools such as The Joffrey School in NYC, Syracuse University, the Rock School for Dance Education, and The American Academy of Ballet. Shanna is very excited to begin her first year here at Harvard and to be spending it with the HBC!

Julie Yen

Julie Yen began dancing at age four in her hometown of Concord, Massachusetts. She received most of her ballet training at José Mateo Ballet Theatre in Harvard Square. At JMBT, Julie was as a member of YouthWorks and performed several roles in The Nutcracker, including Clara in 2007. Julie has also trained at Boston Ballet summer intensives. When she is not dancing or studying, she enjoys baking and reading Jane Austen novels.

Christine Maroti

Julia Careaga

Ali Berman

Ali Berman grew up in Hewlett, NY and began dancing at a young age. She became more focused on ballet at age 8 when she started dancing at the Eglevsky ballet school on Long Island. She then attended the School at Steps on Broadway, where she was taught by Leslie and Ethan Browne. She has spent her summers dancing at USDAN, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive. Ali has performed in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Who Cares?, Raymonda, and Coppelia. Ali is now a junior and is so excited to be performing with HBC!

Alyssa Botelho

Alyssa Botelho is a junior at Harvard College and a proud member of HBC. Before attending Harvard, she studied ballet for fourteen years at the North Carolina School of Dance under Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. She trained in the pre-professional division and was a member of the school’s Repertory Ensemble since 2004. During past summers, Alyssa has attended the Boston Ballet Summer Dance Program, the Chautauqua Institution School of Dance Festival Program, the Atlanta Ballet Summer Program, and the Chautauqua Institution School of Dance Workshop II Program. She is a Molecular and Cellular Biology concentrator with a Secondary Field in History of Science, and also enjoys writing for the Harvard Crimson and conducting research in an MCB lab.

Melanie Comeau

A native of Pittsfield, MA, Melanie began dancing at the age of three with her two sisters. Studying with the Albany Berkshire Ballet, Melanie toured each fall with their production of The Nutcracker, throughout high school performing corps and soloist roles. With the Albany Berkshire Ballet, Melanie also performed the feature roles of Rosie in Rosie the Riveter, Princess Florine in Aurora’s Wedding, and the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland. Melanie moved to Pittsburgh, PA her senior year of high school to train in the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School’s Pre-Professional Division, where she danced the role of Swanhilda in Coppelia (excerpts), and soloist in La Bayadere (excerpts). Melanie also likes many other kinds of dance, and tries to dabble in them as much as possible! She has trained with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and was invited to perform in their 14th Anniversary Gala at the Joyce Theatre in New York. At Harvard, Melanie loves being a part of the Harvard Ballet Company, dances with the hip hop group Expressions, and has been in productions of Chicago and RENT with the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club. Melanie studies Human Evolutionary Biology and is also a Drug and Alcohol Peer Advisor.

Sarah Farrell

Born and raised a Southern California native, Sarah began her classical ballet training at age eleven at Riverside Ballet Arts of California Riverside Ballet under the tutelage of Glenda Carhart, Damien Diaz, David Allen, and Kathleen Ricker. During her summers in high school, Sarah attended the School of American Ballet’s ’05, ’06, ’07, and ’08 summer programs with full-tuition scholarship. Sarah has performed in David Allen’s Nutcracker as the Arabian soloist, Snow Queen, Dew Drop Fairy and Sugar Plum Fairy. Other roles performed with California Riverside Ballet include Swan in David Allan’s Swan Lake (2005), soloist in David Allan’s Concerto in G Minor (2006), principle dancer David Allan’s Holberg Suites (2007), R. Clinton Rothwell’s Concerto in G Minor (2006), and Damien Diaz’ Urban Revolution (2007). Sarah joined Harvard Ballet Company in the fall of 2009. She has since danced variations from Coppelia and Balanchine’s Faust, as well as performed in original choreography by Claudia Schreier and Lotsie Cash. She served as Publicity Manager for the Spring and Fall of 2010 and is currently the rehearsal director for the comapany’s 2011 season. Hoping to encourage a passion for the arts in young people, Sarah began teaching ballet classes for children of Harvard students and faculty in the fall of 2010. Sheoffers two thirty minute classes each week to students between the ages of three and five. Sarah is a Chemistry concentrator with an Economics secondary in Adams House and loves to take yoga, watch documentaries, and catch-up with friends in her spare time.

Carina Fish

Raised right here in Cambridge, MA, Carina trained at Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre formerly the Ballet Theatre of Boston School. Between school years, she attended several summer intensives including American Ballet Theatre, Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, Jeannette Neil Dance Studio, and Joffrey Ballet. She spent an interim year at Northeast Youth Ballet in Melrose, MA. She has performed parts in The Scarf Dance from La Bayadère, The Garland Dance from Sleeping Beauty, and numerous roles in The Nutcracker.

Talia Fox

Talia Fox is from Ossining, New York, and has been dancing since she was four years old. Upon attending Logrea Dance Academy in 2003, she began intensive training in ballet, jazz and modern, and in 2005 joined the Westchester Ballet Company. Throughout high school, she performed in the WBC’s annual productions of the Nutcracker and Spring Repertoire, achieving the level of Senior Company Member and performing roles such as the Marzipan Reed Flute and Snow Soloist in The Nutcracker, the Cat in Peter and the Wolf, and soloist in excerpts from Les Sylphides, Graduation Ball, La Bayadere, Glenn Miller Nutcracker Suite, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, and Coppelia. During the summers, Talia has trained at the Ballet Academy East, Ellison Ballet, and Boston Ballet Summer Intensives, and attended Belvoir Terrace, a fine and performing arts camp at which she pursued one of her other loves, musical theater! Talia is currently a senior in Cabot House, and one of HBC's Co-Directors. She is beginning to feel nostalgic already, and is indebted to HBC for all of the extraordinary opportunities to dance, perform, and laugh these past three years.

Hazel Lever

Hazel Lever is a senior concentrating in History and Science from Spartanburg, South Carolina, where she began her dance training at the age of 3 at Ballet Spartanburg under the direction of artistic director Carlos Agudelo and ballet mistress Lona Gomez. As an apprentice and then a company member, she trained and performed there through her graduation. In 2007, she attended the summer dance program at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. In the winter of 2008, she had the opportunity to perform with Amy Marshall Dance Company, and later that spring she received the South Carolina Dance Association’s College Scholarship. Also that spring, she performed in Debbie Allen’s musical “Brothers of the Knight.” In the summer of 2008, she attended the Joffrey Midwest Workshop in Flint, Michigan, and the following summer attended Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet’s summer intensive. With HBC, she has danced in pieces by guest choreographers Josie Walsh, Serena Mackool, Owen David, Peter Pucci, Boyko Dossev, and Darcy Naganuma as well as many student choreographers. She choreographs for HBC and choreographed Hair (spring 2012) and Cabaret (fall 2012) for Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club. She is currently serving as the Co-Producer of Harvard Ballet Company after having previously served as the Director, Secretary, and Ballet Mistress.

Marissa Pan

Marissa is originally from the ATL and is currently a Senior at Harvard. She began dancing at the age of 11 at North Atlanta Dance Academy where she studied under the tutelage of Michael Garrison and Tatiana Dubois. As a member of the company, she had the opportunity to dance lead roles in Sleeping Beauty, Carmen, Paquita, and Esmeralda. In the Nutcracker, her favorite roles to perform included Arabian, Spanish, and Dewdrop Fairy. She has spent her summers training under scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet and Orlando Ballet School. With Harvard Ballet Company, Marissa has served on the Board for four terms and is enjoying her current position as Social Chair. Since joining HBC, she has performed works by Balanchine and Peter Pucci as well as classical works such as Les Sylphide and Don Quixote. In her free time she loves eating, exploring, reading, and Cheez-its.

Shayna Skal

Shayna Skal began her study of ballet at the age of four under the instruction of Gay Porter and Bridget Young at the Charlotte School of Ballet in Charlotte, NC. Following both the Cecchetti and Royal Academy of Dance syllabi she has risen through the levels of both methods, travelling to Toronto in 2009 as the only American to present that year for the RAD’s pinnacle examination, the Solo Seal Award. She has danced as a member of the Charlotte Youth Ballet, Queen City Jazz Company, and the Harvard Ballet Company, and has performed original works by Bridget Young at North Carolina School of the Arts’ Festival of Winter Dance, in the Moscow Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, and in the premiere of Fred Ho’s Take the Zen Train. She has also danced at programs held by the Cecchetti International Summer School, the Atlanta Ballet, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, and LINES Ballet, studying with John Gardner, Amanda McKerrow, Alun Jones, Helen Starr, Arthur Leeth, Alonzo King, and David Howard, among others. Her repertoire includes Spanish and Christmas Rose (The Nutcracker), Knave of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland), Prelude and Mazurka (Les Sylphides), Cygnet and Big Swan (Swan Lake), Autumn Fairy (Cinderella), Fouetté Girl (Graduation Ball), First Shade (La Bayadère), Fairy of the Crystal Fountain and Princess Florine (Sleeping Beauty), and Giselle. Shayna is a sophomore physics concentrator in Quincy House.

Nina Yancy

Nina Yancy is a sophomore at Harvard College and a native of Dallas, TX. A newcomer to Harvard Ballet Company, Nina's dance abilities also span to the realms of hip-hop and contemporary. She has spent summers training in Los Angeles, CA at EDGE Performing Arts Center and Millennium Dance Studio as well as in New York, NY at Broadway Dance Center. Outside of HBC, Nina performs hip hop with Expressions Dance Company and teaches dance to students in the Cambridge Public School District as a member of CityStep. She is excited to join the HBC family this semester!

Cici Yu

CiCi is a senior psychology concentrator in Pforzheimer House. She began dancing at the age of 5 at the New Tampa Dance Theatre in Tampa, Florida. For seven seasons, she performed with NTDT's The Nutcracker in such roles as Dew Drop Fairy, Snow Queen, and Spanish Lead. In addition to HBC, CiCi has choreographed for and danced with the Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Company and will be premiering a contemporary interpretation of "Romeo and Juliet" for Counterpoint on the Mainstage in Fall 2012. CiCi has been a stage manager, lighting/sound designer, and producer for various dance productions on campus, including Dancers' Viewpointe 11, Dance Program 2012 Spring Performances, Harvard Dance Jam, and ARTS FIRST DanceFest. Additionally, she is currently serving as co-executive producer of CityStep.

Merritt Moore

Merritt Moore danced professionally with the renowned Zurich Ballet Company 2008-2009 performing works such as William Forsythe's full length Artifact, Don Quixote, Le Sylphide, and many of Heinz Spoerli's original works and toured with the company to China. That same year, she had the opportunity to perform as a guest soloist with Alonzo King Lines Ballet during their Italian tour. She was a semi-finalist at the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland in 2006 and has attended numerous summer programs around the world such as London Royal, American Ballet Theatre in New York, as well as programs in Prague, Rome, Korea, France and Austria to name a few. Through the Harvard Ballet Company, she has had the privilege to perform Twyla Tharp's Sinatra Suite, Trey McIntyre's Blue Until June, and Balanchine's Apollo. She is a physics major at Harvard.

Mari Sosa

Born in Cortland, NY, Mari has been dancing ballet since the age of five. During high school she trained with the Ithaca Ballet, where she performed leading and soloist roles in classical ballets such as Raymonda, Paquita, La Bayadere, Cinderella, and The Nutcracker. She has had additional training in modern and contemporary dance. In the summer of 2007, she attended American Repertory Ballet’s Princeton Ballet School, where she began her training in choreography with artistic director Graham Lustig. Since then, she has choreographed for the Ithaca Ballet, the Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Company, and the Harvard Ballet Company, setting her pieces titled “Cynosure” in Silhouettes and Arts First 2010, “Exit Tension” in Barre None 2010, and “Between the Present” in Contours 2011. For HBC, she has danced in works by George Balanchine, professional alumni Larissa Douglas Koch and Nina Stoller-Lindsey, and guest choreographers Owen David, Boyko Dossev, and Darcy Naganuma. Outside of dancing, she served as HBC Treasurer from 2009-2011 and as Finance Manager for Momentum 2009. Mari is currently a senior in Dunster House, concentrating in Neurobiology with a language citation in Spanish.

Samantha Stockman

Samantha Stockman started dancing at the age of three, studying ballet, jazz, and tap. At age eight she became a serious student of ballet with Northern Plains Ballet in Bismarck, ND, quickly improving both her artistry and technique. She had many performance opportunities, and at age 15 she joined the Northern Plains Ballet professional company as a paid apprentice, where she continued to dance soloist roles and performed in cities throughout the Midwest. At 13 Sam competed and placed in the Denver regionals of the Youth America Grand Prix. A year later she entered and won a spot on Bravo TV's On With the Show artistic essay contest, joining 49 other young, talented teenagers in a weekend-long Broadway show workshop in New York City. At 16 she competed at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. She spent the next two summers studying at Boston Ballet's Summer Intensive, where she was invited to train as a year-round student and was selected to model for Nikon's Hands-on Guide to Creative Lighting instructional DVD, working with award-winning National Geographic travel photographer Bob Kirst and world-renowned photojournalist Joe McNally. Sam is currently a junior in the College of Communication at Boston University, and is training and performing with both the Harvard Ballet Company and the Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Company.

Katherine Szeto

In June 2008, Katie graduated from the Greenwich Ballet Academy where she studied both classical and contemporary ballet technique under Michael Shannon (Bolshoi Ballet). Before joining GBA, Katie studied at the Ballet School of Stamford and also attended numerous summer programs, including the Houston Ballet Academy, Miami City Ballet, the Kirov Ballet Academy in Washington, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. While a student, Katie performed frequently; her classical repertoire includes the Mazurka from Chopiniana, Kitri's Act I variations from Don Quixote, the third shade in La Bayadère, the Lilac Fairy's Act I variation from Sleeping Beauty, the third Odalisque from Le Corsaire, and Myrtha (Queen of the Wilis) from Giselle. Her contemporary repertoire includes several original works by Michael Shannon: Spring Awakening, What's the Pointe?, Goodbye Lenin, Tchaicotic, Yumeji, and Madame Bovary. In January 2008, Katie made her professional debut as an apprentice with the Configuration Dance Theater in a premier production of Goodbye Lenin at the Albright-Knox Museum in Buffalo, New York. She returned to perform several times with Configuration Dance Theater, including a performance of Tchaicotic at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater. Katie is currently a junior at MIT.

Ricky Kuperman

Ricky Kuperman received his formal training in a variety of dance styles at Vlad’s Dance Company in Toronto, Canada. His study of jazz, tap, ballet, modern, acrobatics, and hip-hop influences his eclectic dance style and shapes his innovative choreography. Ricky has performed and competed across the United States and Canada, winning titles at the national level. He has toured with the Harvard Contemporary Dance Ensemble, with whom he performed at the Merce Cunningham Studios in New York City and at the American College Dance Festival. Some of Ricky's TV and film credits include Gemini award-winning director Moze Mossanen's Nureyev, YTV's movie musical King of the Camp, and MTV's upcoming Turn the Beat Around. Recent choreography includes the critically acclaimed One Arm and a Leg which ran Off Off-Broadway this past summer, and his work Film Noir, which premiered at Symphony Space in NYC as part of the Young Choreographer’s Festival. Other works include “to dust.” presented on the Loeb Mainstage, as part of the Ivy Dance Exchange concert, and at the American College Dance Festival; The Space Between (dir. Videt, Loeb Mainstage); Bat Boy (dir. Bohrer, New College Theater), staging and fight choreography for The Pillowman (dir. Radulian, Loeb Experimental Theater); and his work for Harvard Ballet Company’s Premiere, which was also presented at the annual ARTSFirst Dance Festival. Ricky currently attends Harvard University, where he studies psychology and the dramatic arts. More info at: www.kupermanbrothers.com

Thom Hecht

Thom Hecht is a Visiting Fellow at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University in affiliation with the Committee on Women, Gender and Sexuality. He is also a doctoral candidate at Texas Woman’s University, pursuing a Ph.D. in Dance with a doctoral minor in Women’s Studies. Thom graduated from London Contemporary Dance School at The Place (London, UK) with an M.Phil. in Contemporary Dance, and he holds a Master degree in Performance Practices from Central School of Speech and Drama (London, UK). Thom has presented conference papers and workshops around the globe and taught extensively in higher education institutions in the U.K., the U.S., Germany, and Switzerland. His scholarship is published in peer-reviewed journals (Journal of Performing Arts Leadership in Higher Education and Theatre Arts Journal), and excerpts of his choreographic works are published in Practice-as-Research in Performance (edited by B. Kershaw et al.). He authored several book chapters on cultural and historical studies with an emphasis on fashion and dance costumes, and co-edited (with Dagmar Fischer) Dance, Movement, and Spirituality (German Society for Dance Research). Thom also held a fellowship as Visiting Assistant in Research at the Psychology Department at Yale University, where he developed a dance curriculum that focuses on emotional skills and competencies (Emotionally Intelligent Dance Training). He is currently focused on combining his dance training with social entrepreneurship by organizing community dance projects in prisons. Thom is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. He is very excited to further pursue his artistic passion with the Harvard Ballet Company. 


 

Creating a collaborative and welcoming environment, HBC allows a wide range of dancers to pursue their love of the art form, while striving to maintain a high level of professionalism. Several of the company's dancers have studied at prestigious schools such as the School of American Ballet and the Boston Ballet School, and have pursued, or go on to pursue, careers with professional dance companies including New York City Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet and Ballet Zurich. A growing number of HBC dancers continue to pursue dance after college and former members are currently dancing with American Ballet Theatre, Los Angeles Ballet, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor II and The Forsythe Company.

 

Press Coverage on our Dancers

Lauren Chin '09

Merritt Moore '11

Madelyn Ho '08

Larissa Koch '09

Molly Altenburg '07

Jordan C. Walker '07

Rebecca J. Alaly '05