Dancers

Bonnie Ziegler Award Recipients

 

The Bonnie Ziegler award was established in 2007 and is given to a dancer in recognition of outstanding leadership, commitment to excellence, and a positive attitude.

 

Isaac Lee, 2019  ~  Irina Cheng, 2018 ~ Angie Song, 2017 ~ Nick Hittle, 2015

Maeva O'Brien, 2013 ~ Erica Johnston, 2010 ~ Olivia Cangellaris, 2007

 

Contracted Dancers

 

Kevin Burnside, Soloist

Lauren Frost, Soloist

Elijah Ochs

 

Senior and Junior Company

 

Dancers ages 13 and up with ballet experience audition for the Company simultaneously with a role in The Nutcracker. Company dancers are required to maintain participation in ballet classes and must attend the Company class prior to rehearsals on Saturday afternoons.  Company dancers are required to complete service hours to benefit the company. All company members participate in Champaign Urbana Ballet’s spring production.

 

Senior Company

 

Alexander Hynes ~ Isaac Lee ~ Farah Willenbrock

Amalia Bollero ~ Ilana Cohen ~ Oscar Lewis ~ Addison McClure

Janie Lee ~ Kiera McCoy ~ Lorenzo Pantano ~ Emma Rypka ~ Emily Shunk

Beatrice Ebel ~ Hanna Laible-Seif ~ Grace Williams-Kim ~
Eleanor Kraatz ~ Rosy Odum ~ Ava Teague

 

Junior Company

 

Catherine Feinen ~ Cale Helfer ~ Caroline Lovin
Lily Belle Rice ~ Mia Sherman ~ James Smith

 

Apprentices

 

Children age 10-12 with ballet experience audition for the Apprentice program. Apprentice dancers are required to maintain participation in ballet classes and also must attend the Apprentice class prior to rehearsals on Saturday afternoons. Apprentice dancers are encouraged to give volunteer hours back to the company. Apprentice dancers may participate in Champaign Urbana Ballet’s spring production.

 

Leyla Cohen ~ Annika Drasgow ~ Jimin Kim ~ Sarah Lee
Daisy Grace Lewis ~ Claudia Lundsgaard ~ Aubrie Murray
Ahyun Nam ~ Janaki Raj-Underhill ~ Elizabeth Seong
Ethan Stogsdill ~ Emma Tong ~ Samantha Walden ~ Renee Wang

 

Trainees

 

Children ages 8-10 are eligible for nomination into the Trainee program, which is a preparatory step to the Apprentice program. Trainees are selected for the program in the fall of the year and attend weekly seminars throughout the spring.  Trainees participate in a 45-minute seminar for 10 consecutive Saturday mornings beginning the 2nd weekend of January.  Members of the Senior Company guide young dancers through the Trainee program, which culminates at the end of the year with the Student Production. Trainees are invited to participate alongside Apprentice and Company dancers in this entirely student led production -- from choreography to costumes. Trainees build strong peer relationships in a fun and supportive environment. Trainees are expected to maintain participation ballet classes and may be invited to participate in Champaign Urbana Ballet’s spring production.

 

Alumni

 

Alexis Hedge
Ballet Memphis

Kathyrn Hosier
National Ballet of Canada

Devon Teuscher
American Ballet Theatre