Company Members 2015-2016

Company Members

 

 

Principal Dancers

 

Abbey ShullABBEY SHULL, age 18, is a student at Franklin High School and takes dance instruction at Studio 22.  She has fifteen years of dance experience including ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, lyrical and hip-hop. Her performance history includes 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 Drowsy Chaperone, FHS Knightette performances including Washington D.C. Memorial Day Parade and Heinz Field half-time shows and is currently the Captain,and ORB’s Alice in Wonderland, Bremen Town Musicians/Le Train Bleu, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, The Frog Prince, and Snow White and the Seven Merry Maids. She has been a dance instructor at Studio 22 for four years. Abbey was a member of Studio 22's competitive dance team for 8 years. Abbey also participated in the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Summer Intensive Program in 2010 and 2011, ORB Summer Intensive Programs, and the Rockettes' Summer Intensive in NYC in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Abbey will be attending Point Park University's Conservatory of the Performing Arts Program for dance in the fall of 2016. This is her seventh year performing with ORB. 

 

Trevor TREVOR RUNCO, is a nationally certified professional ballroom dancer and educator from Punxsutawney, PA. He began his dance career with figure skating at the age of ten and 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 also attended the Kent State University dance program where he performed with the American Collegiate Dance Festival and other collegiate activities. Trevor has performed in the televised performance of ABC's Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade as well. He is an accomplished musician, actively performing for weddings and accompanying dance classes. Trevor works full time as a Flight Instructor. This is his fourth year performing with ORB.

 

 

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 for 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 Greensburg, in productions like The Nutcracker, Equinox, Sleeping Beauty, Serenade, and many more. This is his second year performing with ORB.

 

 

 

Soloist

 

Alayna EarpALAYNA ROSE EARP, age 17, is a Senior at Cranberry High School and takes dance instruction from The Performing Arts Academy (TPAA) with Darin.  She has fourteen years of dance experience.  In addition to annual recitals, her performance history includes Lake Erie Ballet’s Performance of Hansel & Gretal, Alice In Wonderland and Summer Program at the BCT and most recently the Sugar Plum Fairy for TPAA’s Nutcracker performance in December 2015.  For the last 4 years Alayna has attended competitions with TPAA and was an Assistant Dance Instructor at TPAA for 3 ½ years.  For the last 2 ½ years she has been employed at the Oil City YMCA as a Ballet Instructor to the Gymnastics Team.  This is her third year performing with ORB.

 

 

 

Erin EdwardsERIN EDWARDS, age 18, is a student at Franklin High School and takes dance instruction at Studio 22. Erin has thirteen 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 four years. Her performance history includes Ballroom/partners dancing with Darin Paden, Dancing for Life, Studio22’s Beatrix Potter, Thriller, The Hard Nut, and The Jazzy Nutcracker, The Sound of Music, White Christmas, Applefest performances, FHS Knightette performances and current captain, 4th of July in the Park, The Drowsy Chaperone, and ORB’s Bremen Town Musicians/Le Train Bleu, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, and The Frog Prince and Snow White and the Seven Merry Maids, and ORB’s 2014 and 2015 Summer Intensive.   She is also a member of Studio 22’s competitive dance team and is a dance instructor at Studio 22. This is her sixth year performing with ORB

 

 

Victoria StachelrodtVICTORIA STACHELRODT, age 18, is a student at Franklin High School and takes dance instruction at Studio 22.  She has fifteen years of dance experience including ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical and modern. Her performance history includes, White Christmas, 4th of July in the Park, Thriller in the Park, The Drowsy Chaperone, Black Tie at the Barrow, FHS Knightette performances, and ORB’s Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, The Frog Prince, and Snow White and the Seven Merry Maids. Victoria has also been a member of Studio 22’s competitive dance team for three years. This is her fifth year performing with ORB.

 

 

 

 

Demi Soloist

 

Sydney Davis SYDNEY DAVIS, age 15, is a student at Saegertown High School and takes dance instruction at Allegro Dance Arts. She has thirteen years of dance experience in ballet as well as eight years in jazz and hip-hop. Sydney is also a member of Allegro’s Competitive team. Her performance history includes the roles of “Snow,” “Icicle,” and “Dew Drop” in The Nutcracker, and the roll of “Scar” in Allegro’s spring recital, the role of “White Rabbit” in Alice in Wonderland, and ORB’s Snow White and the Seven Merry Maids.   She has also attended NUVO Dance Conventions, ORB’s summer intensive, and a summer intensive at West Point Ballet. This is her second year performing with ORB.

 

 

Rachel Leech RACHEL LEECH, age 17, is a student at Meadville High School and takes dance instruction at Allegro Dance Arts.  She has fourteen years of dance experience in ballet, four years in tap, and three years in jazz.  Her performance experience includes The Nutcracker (featured as Snow Queen in 2014), Allegro Competition Team, NUVO dance convention, and ORB’s Alice in Wonderland, Bremen Town Musicians/Le Train Bleu, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, The Frog Prince, and Snow White and the Seven Merry Maids  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, she participated in West Point Ballet’s Summer Intensive 2014 and 2015.  This is her seventh year performing with ORB.

 

 

Eli Skelton ELI SKELTON, age 19, born and raised in Wichita Kansas.  Eli's dance career was launched when he began dancing on living room furniture trying to imitate “Bojangles” Robinson and Fred Astaire. In desperation, his parents drove him to Ballet Wichita and enrolled him in dance classes where he danced for 12 years. In college he has started exploring other forms of dance including Jazz, Contra dance, Character and continued on with his main interest, Ballet. He also studied gymnastics for many years at Gymnastic East from Mr. Jerry Murphy. In high school he was on the school wrestling team.  Eli continued his dance training with summer intensives at Kansas City Ballet and Texas Ballet Theater. Eli is a Freshman at Allegheny College where he is considering a major in Chemistry. He recently performed as the Nutcracker in Allegro Fine Arts’ Nutcracker Suite Ballet, 2014. This is his first year performing with ORB.

 

 

Corps de Ballet

 

Abigail Adams

ABIGAIL ADAMS, age 15, is a student at Cranberry High School and takes dance instruction from the Performing Arts Academy with Darin. She has 12 years of dance experience including ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, tap, and pointe. Abigail was an assistant dance instructor at TPAA for two years. Her performance history includes: multiple recitals, ORB's "Snow White", Christmas performances, demonstrations at local community events, and most recently TPAA's version of "Nutcracker". She has also performed in eight youth theatre productions put on by the Barrow Civic Theatre. Abigail has participated in many master classes including three of ORB's annual ballet master classes, ORB's summer intensive in 2014 and 2015, and many workshops at the Abby Lee Dance Company. This is her second year performing with ORB.

 

 

 

Maya AlizzeoMAYA ALIZZEO, age 13, is a student at Meadville Middle School and takes dance instruction from Allegro Dance Arts. She has nine years of dance experience including ORB’s Summer Intensive. She has performed in annual dance recitals, Allegro’s Nutcracker, ORB’s Snow White and the Seven Merry Maids, and several French Creek Community Theater productions including Annie, Oliver, Honk, A Christmas Carol, and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Maya also plays the piano and is on the Meadville YMCA Swim Team.  This is her second year performing with ORB.

 

 

 

 

Emilee BellEMILEE BELL, age 16, is a student at Franklin High School and takes dance from Studio 22. She has nine years of dance instruction.  Her performance history includes being a member of Studio 22’s competitive dance team Fusion, Applefest performances, Washington DC, and a variety of dance recitals.  Emilee is a member of the Franklin Knightettes.  This is her first year performing with Oil Region Ballet.

 

 

 

 

Devon ChaseDEVON CHASE, age 17, is a student at Oil City High School and takes dance from Studio 22. She has four years of dance instruction including ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, and tap. Her dance experience includes the Allego Dance Arts Acro Summer Intensive, Summer Dance Camp at Venango College, Summer Dance courses at Studio 22, three recital performances, and ORB's Snow White and the Seven Merry Maids. This is her second year performing with ORB.

 

 

 

 

Megan DavisMEGAN DAVIS, age 13, is a student at Saegertown Jr./Sr. High School and takes dance instruction at Allegro Dance Arts. She has been dancing since the age of two including instruction in ballet and hip-hop. Her performance history includes the roll of “Chinese Doll” and “Lead Flower” in Allegro’s Nutcracker, the roll of “The Turtle” in Allegro’s recital, Alice in Wonderland, and ORB’s Snow White and the Seven Merry Maids.    She is also a member of Allegro Dance Arts Competition Team, and has attended NUVO dance conventions (where she received a scholarship award for ballet) and ORB’s summer intensive. This is her second year performing with ORB.

 

 

 

Lily Dunn LILY DUNN, age 16, is a student at Grove City High School and takes dance instruction at Dance Center Studios. Lily has twelve years of dance instruction including eleven years of ballet and seven years of jazz. She has danced in ten recitals and became part of the Jr. Corp at Dance Center Studios two years ago, performing in Cirque de Paris (a ballet in one act.), The Ribbon Seller (a ballet in one act), and Fantastic Boutique (a ballet in one act).  She has also appeared in ORB’s The Little Mermaid, The Frog Prince, and Snow White and the Seven Merry Maids. Lily attended the New York City Dance Alliance convention in Pittsburgh and is a two year member of the GCHS Silk line as well.  This is her third year performing with ORB.

 

 

 

Danielle Guth DANIELLE GUTH, age 13, is a student at Franklin Middle School and takes dance instruction at Studio 22. She has ten years of dance experience (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 summers of 2014 and 2015, the Fusion Competition Team since 2012, and ORB’s Master Class 2015. This is her third year performing with ORB.

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth HookELISABETH HOOK, age 14, is a student at Redbank Valley High School and takes dance instruction at the Clarion Center for the Arts.  She has 11 years dance experience including ballet, tap, jazz, cecchetti, point, lyrical, contemporary, and acrobatics.    Her performance history includes Dance the World and Dance Masters of America.   Elisabeth also enjoys being a Bible Club leader, youth group, and singing in her church.  This is her first year performing with ORB.

 

 

 

 

RACHEL HOWARDRACHEL HOWARD, age 13, is a student at Clarion Area Jr. High School and takes dance instruction at Clarion Center for the Arts.  Rachel has ten years of dance instruction including ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, checchetti, lyrical, hip-hop, and contemporary. Rachel has competed at Dance Masters for a number of years and has participated and placed in Cecchetti Council Competitions. Her dance performance history 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, Snow White and the Seven Merry Maids, and Clarion Area High School’s West Side Story.  She has also participated in Walt Disney World’s Performing Arts program, Dance the World.  Rachel 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 her third year with ORB.

 

 

Gabriella KeeblerGABRIELLA KEEBLER, age 15, is a student at Titusville High School and takes dance instruction at Studio 22. She has 12 years dance experience.  She also took dance instruction from The Forestwood Performing Arts, The Performing Arts Academy with Darin, Joan Van Dyke & Company, and Forest Dancing.  Her performance history includes Titusville School District’s Fiddler on the Roof, Music Man, Mulan, Annie, and Into the Woods.  Her performances also include Children of Eden at the Barrow Civic Theatre and Ugly Duckling with Van Dyke and Company.  This is her first year performing with ORB.

 

 

 

Justus LindJUSTUS LIND, age 12, is a student at Franklin Middle School and takes dance instruction from Studio 22. She has eight years of dance training including ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, modern, lyrical, and pre-pointe. Her performance history includes, five years with Studio 22’s competitive dance team, Fusion, performances at Applefest, end of the year performances, and a guest roll in ORB’s The Little Mermaid, and ORB’s Frog Prince and Snow White and the Seven Merry Maids.  She also participated in ORB’s Summer Intensive in 2014 and 2015. This is her second year performing with ORB.

 

 

 

Emily MattocksEMILY MATTOCKS, age 17, is a homeschooled junior and takes dance instruction at Allegro Dance Arts.  She has twelve years of dance experience and has performed various roles including "Clara" in The Nutcracker and "White Rabbit" in Alice in Wonderland.  She has also performed in numerous recitals, creative shows, dance seminars (including one with the Duquesne Tamburitzans), and 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 2014-2015 title of Master Livestock Showman of Crawford County.  Emily performed in the premier year of Alice in Wonderland and last year's performance of Snow White and the Seven Merry Maids. This is her third year performing with ORB.

 

 

Kayla McCandlessKAYLA McCANDLESS, age 18, is a student at Oil City Senior High School and takes dance instruction at The Performing Arts Academy with Darin. She has eight years of dance experience including ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop and pointe. Her performance history includes seven dance recitals, ORB’s The Frog Prince and Snow White and the Seven Merry Maids, TPAA's Christmas Recital and The Nutcracker, OCHS's musicals Crazy For You, Guys and Dolls, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, as well as TPAA's dance team, OCHS's dance team, and the Halloween performance at Justice Park. This is her second year as a dance instructor's assistant at TPAA. Kayla has participated in ORB's summer intensive program and TPAA's summer program and boot camp. She is also president of the OCHS's National Honor Society. This is her third year performing with ORB.

 

 

Audrianna MontgomeryAUDRIANNA MONTGOMERY, age 14, is a student at Franklin High School and takes dances instruction at Studio 22. She has twelve years of dance experience including ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop.   Her performance history includes The Nutcracker, The Hard Nut, 4th of July in the Park, studio dance recitals, and Applefest performances, as well as ORB’s Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, and The Frog Prince and Snow White and the Seven Merry Maids. She has been a member of Studio 22’s competitive dance team, Fusion, for nine years. Audrianna participated in ORB’s 2014 Summer Intensive and is a member of the Franklin Knightettes. This is her fourth year performing with ORB.

 

 

 

Skyler Morrell SKYLAR MORRELL, age 16, is a student at Cochranton Jr/Sr High School and takes dance instruction at Allegro Dance Arts. She has thirteen years of dance experience including ballet, pointe, jazz, urban jazz, and tap and is also an assistant teacher 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, the “March Hare” in Alice in Wonderland, ORB’s The Frog Prince, Snow White and the Seven Merry Maids, and French Creek Community Theatre productions including the role of “JoJo” in Seussical the Musical. She is a member of Allegro Dance Arts Competition Team and participated in ORB’s 2014 and 2015 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 third year performing with ORB. 

 

 

Grace MorrellGRACE MORRELL, Age 12, is a student at Cochranton Jr./Sr. High School  and takes dance instruction at Allegro Dance Arts.  She has 10 years of dance experience including ballet, pointe, jazz, urban jazz, tap, hip hop, and tumbling.  She is a class demonstrator at Allegro Dance Arts.  She has performed in several creative shows and recitals including the role as the “Cheshire Cat” in Alice in Wonderland and in Allegro’s biennial production of The Nutcracker as “Russian”.  She is a member of the Allegro Dance Arts Competition Team and participated in ORB’s 2015 Summer Intensive.  This is her first year performing with ORB.

 

 

 

Erica Perry ERICA PERRY, age 17, is a student at Rocky Grove Senior High School and takes dance instruction at Studio 22. She has eleven years of dance experience including ballet, pointe, lyrical, hip-hop, and jazz.  Her performance history includes Dancing for Life, 4th of July in the Park, Firebird, FHS Marching Band, and ORB’s Bremen Town Musicians/Le Train Bleu, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, and The Frog Prince, Snow White and the Seven Merry Maids. She is a member of Studio 22’s competitive dance team, Fusion. This is her fifth year performing with ORB.

 

 

 

 

Halle PlowmanHALLE PLOWMAN, age 12, is a student at Sandycreek Elementary School and takes dance instruction at the Performing Arts Academy with Darin and has taken instruction at the Forestwood Performing Arts.  She has eight years of dance experience which includes ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, modern, and pre-pointe.   Her performances history includes studio dance recitals, and is a member of the competitive dance team for TPAA.  She has participated in ORB’s 2015 Summer Intensive.  This is her first year performing with ORB.

 

 

 

 

Noelle RaszmanNOELLE RASZMAN, age 18, is a home education graduate. She has seven years of dance instruction from A Dancer's Reflection and Studio 22 (Titusville) including ballet, jazz, pointe, theatrical, modern, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop. She was also a student instructor at A Dancer's Reflection. Her performance history includes Titusville Youth Theater's Captain Bree and Her Lady Pirates, The Pied Piper, Wagon Wheels West, Nifty Fifties, and Hurricane Smith. Her performance history also includes Titusville School district's Beauty and the Beast. She is a former member of the Reflections Performance Group. This is her first year performing with ORB.

 

 

 

Alexandra SchwabALEXANDRA SCHWAB, Age 17, is a student at Oil City High School and takes dance at The Performing Arts Academy with Darin.  She has thirteen years of dance experience including ballet, jazz, pointe, hip-hop, tap, acro, modern, and hip-hop.  Her performance history includes a variety of recitals, competitions, and community performances.  She has participated in Summer Intensive and Master Classes.  This is her first year performing with ORB. 

 

 

 

 

TaylorT2014 TAYLOR THOMAS, age 16, is a student at Oil City Senior High School and takes dance instruction at the Performing Arts Academy with Darin. She has twelve 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 ORB’s The Frog Prince and Snow White and the Seven Merry Maids.  Oil City High School’s musical Guys and Dolls, and numerous community performances. She also participates in varsity football/basketball cheerleading. This is her third year performing with ORB.

 

 

 

Kinsey Grant WaiteKINSEY WAITE, Age 13, is a student at Meadville Area Middle School and takes instruction from Allegro Dance Arts.  She has had ten years of dance experiences including ballet, point, jazz, hip-hop, and tap.  Her performance history includes The Nutcracker as the Chinese soloist “Snow” in 2014, Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, and private lessons with Traci Finch.  She has participated in the 2014 Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive and is a member of Allegro’s competitive Dance team.  This is her first year performing with ORB.

 

 

 

 

Hannah YoungHANNAH YOUNG, age 15, is a student at Rocky Grove High School and takes dance instruction at Studio 22. She has twelve years of dance experience including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and hip-hop. Her performance history includes July 4th in the Park, Hard Nut, and ORB’s Alice in Wonderland, Bremen Town Musicians/Le Train Bleu, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, and The Frog Prince, and Snow White and the Seven Merry Maids. Hannah has participated in ORB’s 2015 Summer Intensive and Master Classes, and has been a member of Studio 22’s competitive dance team “Fusion” for eight years and is participating in her second year with the Franklin Knightettes. This is her seventh year performing with ORB.

 

 

 

Supporting Role

 

Baylee CutchallBAYLEE CUTCHALL, age 10 is a student at Valley Grove Elementary and takes dance instruction at Studio 22.  She has five years dance experience in ballet, pre-pointe, tap, jazz, and hip hop.  Her performance history includes dance recitals and is a two year member with the Fusion competition team.  She has participated in ORB’s Summer Intensive 2015 and Master Classes.  She had a guest roll in ORB’s Snow White and the Seven Merry Maids.  This is her second guest performance with ORB.

 

 

 

 

Dreama NelsonDREAMA NELSON, 22, is a graduate of Great Lakes Institute of Technology. She has sixteen years of dance instruction from Studio 22 including ballet, tap, hip-hop, jazz, pointe, lyrical, and modern. She was also previously a dance instructor at Studio 22. Her performance history includes White Christmas, Firebird, ORB’s Alice in Wonderland, Bremen Towne Musician’s, Le Train Bleu,  Cinderella and The Little Mermaid,  and Snow White and the Seven Merry Maids.  She is a former member of Studio 22’s competitive dance team as well. This is her sixth year performing with ORB.

 

 

 

Madison PhillipsMADDI PHILLIPS, Age 10, is a student at St. Patrick’s Elementary School and takes dance instruction at Studio 22 and Allegro Dance Arts.  She has eight years of dance experience including ballet, pointe, jazz, hip-hop, tap, modern and lyrical.  Her performance history includes four years of Studio 22’s competitive dance team Fusion, Applefest performances and a variety of dance recitals.  She has participated in ORB’s 2014 and 2015 Summer Intensive and The Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Summer Intensive 2012. This is her first year performing with ORB.

 

 

 

 

 

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