Company Members 2013-2014

Company Members

 

 

Company Members 2013-2014

- 2013

Principle Dancers

Jessica StachelrodtJESSICA STACHELRODT is a proud graduate of Mercyhurst University with a B.A. in Dance. She danced as a company member of SoMar Dance Works for two years under the direction of Mark Santillano and Solveig Olson-Santillano. Throughout her experience she had the privilege of being featured in several roles. When in residency with Martin Lofsnes of 360 Dance Company, she was chosen to perform a solo in the original piece, 6-1. She has also had opportunities to work with artists such as Vernon Scott and Randy James.

This San Diego native began her dance training at Studio 22 in Franklin, PA where she was a member of the PEDA Competitive Dance Team for several years. She received additional training from Erie Dance Conservatory, Lake Erie Ballet, and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In addition for a love of performing, Jessica has a true passion for    choreography and teaching. Jessica has taught ballet, jazz, and hip-hop for institutions including Studio 22, Marguerite’s Academy of Dance, and Mercyhurst University. She has  also choreographed staged works for the Mercyhurst Dancers’ annual concert, Raw Edges. Her works have also been featured for the American College Dance Festival Association, Studio 22’s Fusion Competitive team, and Mercyhurst Liturgical Ensemble. She has also choreographed for the city of Erie’s Ghost Afloat.

Jessica is ecstatic to be back in her home town this year and is honored to be performing in    Oil Region Ballet’s fifth season as Tirina in ORB’s rendition of The Frog Prince.

 

Damien Martinez

DAMIEN MARTINEZ, was born and raised in Matanzas Cuba. He received his training from the Vocational School of Art in Matanzas, Cuba and the National Ballet School in Habana, Cuba where he performed several classical PDD rolls and contemporary works. He danced a year in the National Ballet of Cuba under the direction of Alicia Alonso, before becoming to the United States. He danced with Colombia Classical Ballet under the direction of Radenko Pavlovich and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. His professional work includes performances in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Rite of Spring, Street Car Named Desire, Wizard of Oz, Sherezade, Don Quijote and others. He has been teaching full time and guesting in the Pittsburgh area for the last 4 years at Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh and Dance Academy by Lori.

 

 

 

Soloist

 

Morgan Virginia JacobyMORGAN VIRGINIA JACOBY, age 21, is a student at Slippery Rock University majoring in dance.  She has 17 years of dance experience including ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, modern, tap, and hip-hop. This is Morgan’s 5th year performing with ORB. Dance performance experience:  PEDA competitive dance team, Dancing for Life, Applefest, Thriller, Arts Day at Oil City Schools, July 4th in the Park, White Christmas, The Hard Nut, Firebird, Jazzy Nutcracker, ORB’s Alice in Wonderland, Bremen Town Musicians/Le Train Bleu,  and Cinderella, and has attended the Rockette’s summer intensive program at Radio City Music Hall 2 years in a row.

 

 

 

TrevorTREVOR RUNCO, Trevor is a nationally certified professional ballroom dancer and educator from Punxsutawney, PA. He has started his dance in career with figure skating at the age of 10. Since that time he has had formal training in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz. Trevor dances with several companies in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, performing regularly throughout the year. He attended the Kent State University dance program where he has performed with the American Collegiate Dance Festival and other collegiate activities. This is Trevor’s 2nd year with Oil Region Ballet. Trevor has also performed in the televised performance of ABC's Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade. He is an accomplished musician actively performing for weddings and accompanying dance classes. Trevor works full time as a Flight Instructor.

 

 

Demi Soloist

Madison HenryMADISON HENRY, age 16, is a student at Franklin High School and takes dance instruction at Studio 22. Madison has 10 years dance experience including ballet, pointe, jazz, hip, hop, modern and lyrical. Madison is also a dance instructor at Studio 22. This is Madison’s 3rd year performing with ORB. She has performed in Red Cross, Applefest performances, Black Tie at the Barrow, The Hard Nut and Thriller in the Park, numerous dance competitions, Franklin Middle/High School Talent Shows, FHS Knightette/Captain performances, and ORB’s Cinderella and principle dancer in The Little Mermaid. She is currently a member of Studio 22’s competitive dance team Fusion.

 

 

 

Rachel LeechRACHEL LEECH, age 15, is a student at Meadville High School and takes dance instruction at Allegro Dance Arts.  She has 12 years of dance experience in ballet, 4 years in tap, and 3 years in jazz.  Dance performance experience includes The Nutcracker, Allegro Competition Team, NUVO dance convention, ORB’s Alice in Wonderland, Bremen Town Musicians/Le Train Bleu, and Cinderella, and The Little Mermaid, a variety of recitals and creative shows, as well as roles in French Creek Community Theater productions.  Rachel also has participated in the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Summer Intensive program for 5 years.  This is Rachel’s 5th season dancing with ORB.

 

 

 

Abbey ShullABBEY SHULL, age 15, is a student at Franklin High School and takes dance instruction at Studio 22. She has 13 years of dance experience including ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, lyrical and hip-hop. This is Abbey’s 5th year performing with ORB. Dance performance experience: Lake Erie Ballet Performance of “Hansel & Gretel”, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, White Christmas, Studio 22’s The Hard Nut, Firebird, Beatrix Potter, Thriller, July 4th in the Park, Dancing for Life, Jazzy Nutcracker, The Drowsey Chaperone, FHS Knightette performances, and ORB’s Alice in Wonderland, Bremen Town Musicians/Le Train Bleu, Cinderella and The Little Mermaid. She is a member of Studio 22’s competitive dance team Fusion and has been a dance instructor at Studio 22 for 2 years. Abbey participated in the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Summer Intensive Program in 2010 and 2011 and the Rockette’s Summer Intensive in NYC in 2013.

 

 

 

Corps de Ballet

 

Caroline Coulter

CAROLINE COULTER, age16 is a student at Grove City High School and takes dance instruction at Dance Center Studios.  She has 11 years of dance experience including ballet, tap, Jazz and lyrical.  She has danced in all 11 recitals and has been part of the Advance 2 Company for 5 years.  She has danced 2 minor roles in ballet performances at DCS and has been part of the DCS competition team for 4 years.  Caroline is an assistant teacher at DCS for 4 years and still finds time to dance in her school show choir group and on her school’s dance front for marching band.

 

 

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Lily Dunn LILY DUNN, age 14, is a student at Grove City Middle School and takes dance instruction at Dance Center Studios.  Lily has 10 years of ballet instruction and 6 years of jazz.  She has danced in 10 recitals and became part of the Jr. Corp at Dance Center Studios 2 years ago performing in Cirque de Paris (a ballet in one act.) and The Ribbon Seller (a ballet in one act)  Lilly has attended the New York City Dance Alliance convention in Pittsburgh.  This is Lily’s 2nd year with ORB and her performances include: The Little Mermaid.

 

 

 

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Alayna Earp ALAYNA ROSE EARP, age 15 is a student at Cranberry Jr/Sr High School and takes dance instruction from The Performing Arts Academy with Darin .  Alayna has 12 years of dance experience (Age 3 Thomas School of Dance; Ages 5-13 Forestwood Performing Arts; Ages 13-15 The Performing Arts Academy with Darin) . Dance experience includes: Lake Erie Ballet’s Performance of Hansel & Gretel,   and Alice in Wonderland and Summer Program at the BCT.    Alayna was a member of the Competitive Dance Team for TPAA during 2012-13 and is Team Captain of the newly formed TPAA Prep Team for the 2013-14 year.  This is her 3rd year as an Assistant Dance Instructor at TPAA.  Alayna also is a Cheerleader at Cranberry Jr/Sr High for Basketball and Wrestling. 

 

 

 

Erin EdwardsERIN EDWARDS, age 15, is a student at Franklin High School and takes dance instruction at Studio 22.  Erin has 11 years of dance experience including ballet, jazz, modern, tap, hip-hop, and pointe.  She is a United Country Western Dance Circuit (UCWDC) 2nd Place Champion at the Worlds Competition in January 2011. This is Erin’s 3rd year performing with ORB. Dance performance experience: Ballroom/partners dancing with Darin Paden, Dancing for Life, Studio22s Beatrix Potter, Thriller, Hard Nut, and The Jazzy Nutcracker, White Christmas, Applefest, FHS Knightette performances, 4th of July in the Park and ORB’s Bremen Town Musicians/Le Train Bleu and Cinderella. She is a member of Studio 22’s competition dance team Fusion. 

 

 

 

JusticeJUSTICE GRAY , Justice is an 18 year old senior at Meadville Area High School. She takes dance at Allegro Dance Arts in Meadville. She has 15 years dance experience training in ballet, pointe, jazz, urban jazz, tap, and hip hop . This is her first year with ORB. Justice teaches at Allegro and has performed with their competition team for the past 10 years. She cheers at MASH and has choreographed a number of their routines. Justice's dance experience includes a variety of recital and creative shows, Cat, the Arabian dancer in the Nutcracker, Shadow Man in the Princess and the Frog, as well as acting, singing, and dancing in numerous productions at the Academy Theater. Justice frequently attends dance conventions such as "The Pulse on Tour", Nuvo", and "Monsters". Justice has also competed in the "ARTS" talent showcase in Orlando, Florida and Columbus, Ohio, winning overall dance and entertainment award and an unlimited scholarship.

 

 

RACHELL HOWARDRACHEL HOWARD, age 11, is a student at Clarion Area Elementary and takes dance instruction at Clarion Center for the Arts. Rachel has 8 years of dance instruction including ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, checchetti, lyrical, hip-hop, and contemporary. She previously danced at Dancer’s Studio in Clarion. Dance performance experience includes: Clarion University’s Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and the BCT children’s production of The Little Mermaid. This is Rachel’s 1st year with ORB. She also plays violin, piano, oboe and clarinet in addition to participation in FUMC, Clarion’s Kids to Kids Mission group and Pathfinder’s Choral Group.

 

 

 

Morgan Virginia JacobyTAYLOR KENDZIOR, age 17, is a student at Franklin High School and takes dance instruction at Studio 22. Taylor has 12 years of dance experience including ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, modern, lyrical, and pointe. She also is an instructor at Studio 22. Dance performance experience includes; Dancing for Life, Studio22s Firebird, Thriller, The Hard Nut, White Christmas, Applefest, Black Tie at the Barrow, Franklin High School's Musical Broadcast, FHS Knightette performances, The Gift, 4th of July in the Park, The Drowsy Chaperone, and numerous dance competitions. She is also a member of Studio 22’s competition dance team, Fusion, and a new member to the Oil Region Ballet Company. Taylor is a member of her high school choir as well as its Madrigal group, and she went to the District 10 Chorus Festival both last year and this year.

 

 

 

Kayla McCandlessKAYLA McCANDLESS, age 16, is a student at Oil City High School and takes dance instruction at The Performing Arts Academy with Darin. She has 5 years of dance experience including ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop and pointe. Kayla is a member of the TPAA dance team. Her dance performance experience includes 5 dance recitals, OCHS musical Crazy For You, Halloween performance at Justice Park and OCHS dance team. This is Kayla’s first year performing with ORB.

 

 

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Audrianna MontgomeryAUDRIANNA MONTGOMERY, age 12, is a student at Franklin Middle School and takes dances instruction at Studio 22. This is Audrianna’s 3rd year performing with ORB. She has 9 years of dance experience including ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop. Her dance performance experience includes The Nutcracker, 4th of July in the Park, ORB’s Cinderella and The Little Mermaid, and Applefest. She currently is a member of Studio 22’s competitive dance team Fusion and assistant dance instructor.

 

 

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Audrianna MontgomerySKYLAR MORRELL, age 14, is a student at Cochranton Jr./Sr. High School and takes dance instruction at Allegro Dance Arts. Skylar has 11 years of dance experience including ballet, pointe, jazz, urban jazz and tap. This is her 1st year performing with ORB. Dance performance experience includes: The Nutcracker, numerous roles in French Creek Theatre productions, dance recitals and creative shows. She is a member of the Allegro Dance Arts competition team.

 

 

 

 

Erica PerryERICA PERRY, age 15, is a student at Rocky Grove High School and takes dance instruction at Studio 22. This is Erica’s 4th year performing with ORB. She has 8 years of dance experience including ballet, pointe, lyrical, hip hop, and jazz. Dance performance experience includes Dancing for Life, 4th of July in the Park, Firebird, FHS Marching Band, and ORB’s Bremen Town Musicians/Le Train Bleu, Cindrella, and The Little Mermaid. She is a member of Studio 22’s competitive dance team Fusion

 

 

 

 

Victoria StachelrodtVICTORIA STACHELRODT, age 16, is a student at Franklin High School and takes dance instruction at Studio 22. She has 13 years of dance experience including ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical and modern. This is Victoria’s 3rd year performing with ORB. Her dance performance history includes, White Christmas, and 4th of July in the Park, Thriller in the Park, The Drowsey Chaperone, FHS Knightette performances, and ORB’s Cinderella and The Little Mermaid. Victoria was previously a member of Studio 22’s competitive dance team.

 

 

 

 

TaylorT2014TAYLOR THOMAS, age 14, is a student at Oil City Senior High School and takes dance instruction at iDance. She has 10 years of dance experience in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and pointe. Taylor has been in 10 dance recitals and has 2 years of competitive dance. This is her 1st year with ORB. Taylor is also an assistant teacher at iDance and is a member of her high school cheerleading squad and competitive squad.

 

 

 

 

 

Shannon WolffSHANNON WOLFF, age 16 is a student at Cochranton Junior Senior High School and takes dance instruction at Allegro Dance Arts. She has 10 years of dance instruction including ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip-hop, urban jazz, high heels, and tumbling. This is Shannon's 5th year performing with ORB. Dance performance experience: ORB's performances of Alice In Wonderland, Bremen Town Musicians, LeTran Bleu, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid. She is a member of Allegro Dance Arts Competitive Dance team and participants in the biennial performance of The Nutcracker. She has participated in NUVO Dance Convention, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Summer Intensive and Clarion University's Summer dance program. She is the former Junior Miss Waterfowl 2012 and the Miss Crawford County's Outstanding Teen 2013. She is also a member of the Cochranton Cardinals Varsity Cheering squad.

 

 

 

Hannah Young HANNAH YOUNG, age 13, is a student at Rocky Grove Jr/Sr High School and takes dance instruction at Studio 22. This is Hanna’s 5th year performing with ORB. She has 10 years of dance experience including ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop. Dance performance experience: July 4th in the Park, Hard Nut, Oil Region Ballet’s Alice in Wonderland, Bremen Town Musicians/Le Train Bleu, Cinderella and The Little Mermaid. She is a member of Studio 22’s competitive dance team Fusion and assistant dance instructor.

 

 

 

 

Supporting Role

Rick LoeffertRICK LOEFFERT Retired from state service, is currently working part-time as a speech
language pathologist for the Easter Seals’ Early Intervention Program. This is
Rick’s second year performing with ORB. He was in last year’s production of
Cinderella.  His     A performance experience also includes being on stage with the
Barrow Civic Theatre (BCT). Those roles have included parts in Scrooge, Annie,
Titanic, Oliver and the Messiah. He also enjoys singing with the Joyful Noise Men’s
Quartet from the First United Methodist Church in Franklin.

 

 

 

 

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