Company Members 2014-2015

Company Members

 

 

Company Members 2014-2015

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Principle Dancers

HECTOR SANTOSHECTOR SANTOS, was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico where he studied Visual Arts and developed an acute sense for detail and respect for the body and the amazing things it can do. While there, he studied drawing, painting, sculpting, architecture, and theatre. Later, Hector had the opportunity to join the Tabernacle Company in Jerusalem, Israel where he was part of the Feast of Tabernacles four different years. He was also part of the Way of Life Acrodramance Company in Florida and had the opportunity to travel around the globe several times with that company. Hector has spent the past decade in Pittsburgh where he was able to perform in some of the most renowned theatres and companies in the tri-state area, such as the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, The Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh, and the Laurel Ballet Company in Greensburgh, in productions like The Nutcracker, Equinox, Sleeping Beauty, Seranade, and many more.

 

 

Morgan Virginia JacobyMORGAN VIRGINIA JACOBY, age 21, is a student at Slippery Rock University majoring in dance.  She has 18 years of dance experience including ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, modern, tap, and hip-hop. This is Morgan’s 6th 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, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, and The Frog Prince and has attended the Rockettes’ summer intensive program at Radio City Music Hall 2 years in a row.

 

 

Soloist

Trevor TREVOR RUNCO, 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

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CAROLINE COULTER, age 16, 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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Madison Henry MADISON 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 16, is a student at Meadville High School and takes dance instruction at Allegro Dance Arts.  She has 13 years of dance experience in ballet, 4 years in tap, and 3 years in jazz.  Dance performance experience includes The Nutcracker (featured as Snow Queen in 2014), Allegro Competition Team, NUVO dance convention, ORB’s Alice in Wonderland, Bremen Town Musicians/Le Train Bleu, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, and The Frog Prince, as well as a variety of recitals and creative shows.  Rachel participated in the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Summer Intensive program from 2009-2013 and last summer participated in West Point Ballet’s Summer Intensive.  This is Rachel’s 6th year performing with ORB.

 

 

 

Ryan SchifferRYAN SHIFFER, age 17 is a student at Oil City High School and takes dance instruction from The Performing Arts Academy with Darin. He has 3 years of dance experience and has performed in multiple year-end shows, community events, and musical productions both at his school and at the Barrow-Civic theatre. He also participated in The Performing Art Academy’s Summer Program. This is his first year with ORB.

 

 

 

 

Abbey ShullABBEY SHULL, age 16, is a student at Franklin High School and takes dance instruction at Studio 22.  She has 14 years of dance experience including ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, lyrical and hip-hop.  This is Abbey’s 6th year performing with ORB.  Dance performance experience: Lake Erie Ballet Performance of “Hansel & Gretel”, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, White Christmas, A Christmas Carol, 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,  The Little Mermaid and The Frog Prince. She is a member of Studio 22’s competitive dance team Fusion and has been a dance instructor at Studio 22 for 3 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 and 2014.

 

Corps de Ballet

 

Abigail AdamsAbigail Adams, age 14, is a student at Cranberry Jr/Sr High School and takes dance instruction from the Performing Arts Academy. She has 11 years of dance instruction including ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, tap, and pointe. This is her 2nd year as an assistant dance instructor at TPAA. Dance performance experience includes a variety of recitals and community performances as well as singing, acting, and dancing in 8 youth theatre productions at the Barrow Civic Theatre. She has also participated in many master classes including two of ORB’s ballet master classes, multiple classes at the Abby Lee Dance Company, and most recently the ORB Summer Intensive. This is her first year performing with ORB.

 

 

 

 

Devon ChaseDEVON CHASE, age 16, is a student at Oil City High School and takes dance from Studio 22. She has 3 years of dance instruction including ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, and tap. Her dance performance includes the Allegro Dance Arts Acro Summer Intensive, Summer Dance Camp at Venango College, Summer Dance courses at Studio 22, and two recital performances. This is her ____ year performing with Oil Region Ballet.

 

 

 

 

Sydney DavisrSYDNEY DAVIS, age 14, is a student at Seagertown Jr./Sr. High School and takes dance instruction at Allegro Dance Arts. She has 11 years of dance experience in ballet as well as 8 years in jazz and hip-hop. Sydney is also a member of Allegro’s Competative team. Her dance performance experience includes the roles of “Snow,” “Icicle,” and “Dew Drop” in The Nutcracker, and the roll of “Scar” in Allegro’s spring recital. She has also attended NUVO Dance Conventions, ORB’s summer intensive, and a summer intensive at West Point Ballet. This is her __year with ORB.

 

 

 

 

Lily DunnLILY 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.

 

 

 

 

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 16, is a student at Franklin High School and takes dance instruction at Studio 22. Erin has 13 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 and has danced the UCWDC circuit for 4 years.  This is Erin’s 4th 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, The Sound of Music, White Christmas, Applefest, FHS Knightette performances, 4th of July in the Park, The Drowsey Chaperone, and ORB’s Bremen Town Musicians/Le Train Bleu, Cinderella, and The Little Mermaid. She is a member of Studio 22’s competition dance team and is a dance instructor at Studio 22.

 

 

JusticeJUSTICE GRAY, age 18, is a 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 HOWARD RACHEL HOWARD, age 12, is a student at Clarion Area Jr. High School and takes dance instruction at Clarion Center for the Arts.  Rachel has 9 years of dance instruction including ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, checchetti, lyrical, hip-hop, and contemporary. Rachael has competed at Dance Masters for a number of years and has participated and placed in Cecchetti Council Competitions. Her dance performance experience includes Clarion University’s Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and the BCT children’s production of The Little Mermaid, as well as Orb’s The Frog Prince. She also plays violin, piano, oboe and clarinet in addition to participating in FUMC, Clarion’s Kids to Kids Mission group, Youth Fellowship, and The Pathfinder’s Choral Group. This is Rachel’s 2nd year with ORB.

 

 

 

Emily MattocksEMILY MATTOCKS, age 16, is a homeschooled sophmore and takes dance instruction at Allegro Dance Arts. She has 11 years of dance experience and has performed various roles including Clara in The Nutcracker and Nala in The Lion King. She has also performed in numerous recitals, creative shows, dance seminars (including one the the Duquesne Tamburitzans). She has also participated in several Summer Intensives with the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Company and ORB. Emily is a violinist with the Allegheny College Civic Symphony Orchestra and she holds the 2014-15 title of Master Livestock Showman of Crawford County. Emily returns to ORB for her second year after performing with the company in our premiere year.

 

 

 

Kayla McCandlessKAYLA McCANDLESS, age 17, is a student at Oil City Senior High School and takes dance instruction at The Performing Arts Academy with Darin.  She has 6 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 6 dance recitals, OCHS musicals Crazy For You and Guys and Dolls, a Halloween performance at Justice Park, the TPAA Christmas Recital, and the Oil City High School dance team.  She is also a Dance Instructors Assistant at TPAA. This is Kayla’s second year performing with ORB.

 

 

 

 

Audrianna MontgomeryAUDRIANNA MONTGOMERY, age 13, is a student at Franklin Middle School and takes dances instruction at Studio 22. She has 11 years of dance experience including ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop.   Her dance performance experience includes The Nutcracker, The Hard Nut, 4th of July in the Park, studio dance recitals, and Applefest, as well as ORB’s Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, and The Frog Prince. She is currently a member of Studio 22’s competitive dance team, Fusion. This is Audrianna’s 4th year performing with ORB.

 

 

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Skyler MorrellSKYLAR MORRELL, age 15, is a student at Cochranton Jr/Sr High School and takes dance instruction at Allegro Dance Arts. She has 12 years of dance experience including ballet, pointe, jazz, urban jazz, and tap and is also a class demonstrator at Allegro Dance Arts. Skylar has performed in a variety of recitals and creative shows including, the role of Clara in Allegro’s biennial production of The Nutcracker, ORB’s The Frog Prince, and French Creek Community Theatre productions. She is a member of Allegro Dance Arts Competition Team and participated in ORB’s 2014 Summer Intensive. She has also performed in Walt Disney World, Florida with French Creek Community Theatre and attended Disney Broadway magic and Disney Sings Performing arts workshops. This is her second year performing with ORB. 

 

 

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 15, is a student at Oil City Senior High School and takes dance instruction at the Performing Arts Academy with Darin. She has 11 years of dance experience in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical and pointe as well as experience with summer intensive classes, master classes, summer dance camps, and competitive dance. She is an assistant dance instructor and has been in several productions at the Barrow Civic Theatre including Alice in Wonderland and the Frog Prince, Oil City High School’s musical Guys and Dolls and numerous community performances. She also participates in varsity football/basketball cheerleading. This is her second year with ORB.

 

 

 

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 14, is a student at Rocky Grove Jr/Sr High School and takes dance instruction at Studio 22. This is Hanna’s 6th year performing with ORB. She has 11 years of dance experience including ballet, pointe, 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, The Little Mermaid, and The Frog Prince. She has also been a member of Studio 22’s competitive dance team “Fusion” for seven years and is participating in her first year with the Franklin Knightettes.

 

 

 

 

Petite Apprentices

 

Maya AlizzeoMAYA ALIZZEO

 

 

 

 

 

Megan DavisMEGAN DAVIS, age 11, is a student at Seagertown Elementary School and takes dance instruction at Allegro Dance Arts. She has been dancing since the age of 2 including instruction in ballet and hip hop. Her performance experience includes the roll of “Chinese Doll” and “Lead Flower” in Allegro’s Nutcracker, and the roll of “Baby Nala” in Allegro’s recital. She is also a member of Allegro Dance Arts Competition Team, and has attended NUVO dance conventions (where she received a scholarship award) and ORB’s summer intensive. This is her first year with ORB.

 

 

 

Danielle GuthDANIELLE GUTH, age 12, is a student at Sandycreek Elementary School and takes dance instruction at Studio 22. She has 8 years of dance instruction and has just started her 9th year (Studio 22 from 2006-2009 and 2011-present, Forestwood Performing Arts in 2009, and Franklin YMCA in 2010). She has also participated in the Oil Region Ballet Summer Intensive Program in the summer of 2014 and the Fusion Competition Team since 2012.

 

 

 

Justus LindJUSTUS LIND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 fourth year performing with ORB. He was in OBR’s productions of The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, and The Frog Prince.  His performance experience also includes roles with the BarrowCivic Theatre including parts in Scrooge, Annie, Titanic the Musical, Oliver, and three years performing in Hee-Haw and the Messiah. Rick also enjoys singing with the Joyful Noise Men’s Quartet from the First United Methodist Church in Franklin and singing for local service organizations and area churches. He recently returned from singing with his three brothers in the “Loeffert Barbershop Quartet” at the Mayberry Days Festival Parade in Mt. Airy, N.C.

 

 

 

Rick LoeffertDREAMA NELSON,

 

 

 

 

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