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
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.
Cate Feinen ~ Eleanor Kraatz ~ Hanna Laible-Seif
Janie Lee ~ Emma Rypka ~ Zoey Rypka ~ Emily Shunk
Ava Teague ~ Farah Willenbrock ~ Grace Williams Kim
Annika Drasgow ~ James Griffiths ~ Irene Kim
Daisy Grace Lewis ~ Claudia Lundsgaard
Janaki Raj-Underhill ~ Elizabeth Seong ~ Wes Shunk
Shanley Davis ~ Trae Griffiths ~ Jimin Kim
Sarah Lee ~ Victoria Mahaffey ~ Christina Rao
Lydia Stevens ~ Emma Tong ~ Samantha Walden
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.
Nora Anderson ~ Nora Croop ~ Lenora Donohue
SB Gergen ~ Jett Lewin ~ Belle Lewis ~ Kate Lippert
Lahori Mitra ~ Sameena Raj-Underhill ~ Eleanor Rypka
Fletcher Sowers ~ Elise Yang
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.