Cate Feinen Eleanor Kraatz Leo Lewis Emma Rypka
Lorenzo Pantano Ava Teague Grace Williams Kim
Annika Drasgow Daisy Grace Lewis Claudia Lundsgaard
Janaki Raj-Underhill Elizabeth Seong Wes Shunk
Shanley Davis Irine Kim Lydia Stevens Emma Tong Samantha Walden
Samuel Drasgow Victoria Mahaffey Rosy Odum
Quincy Payton Christina Rao Mia Sherman
Junior Company Dancers
Channon Goodrum Jett Lewin Belle Lewis Lahori Mitra
Sameena Raj-Underhill Eleanor Rypka Fletcher Sowers
Nora Anderson Mia Beeton Nora Croop Lenora Donohue Lillian Hinds
Emma Lan Kate Lippert Rachel Riha Elise Yang
Nathaniel Batsie Connor Croop Alaina Davis Gabriela Mackay Ellery Messer
Hazel Powell Jeannette Saenz Tate Sowers Seth Stevens Isabel Tanner-Lane
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elijah Ochs, 2023 Farah Willenbrock, 2022 Hanna Laible-Seif, 2021
Isaac Lee, 2019 Irina Cheng, 2018 Angie Song, 2017 Nick Hittle, 2015
Maeva O'Brien, 2013 Erica Johnston, 2010 Olivia Cangellaris, 2007