ASPEN DISTRICT THEATER
DECEMBER 8, 7:30PM
DECEMBER 9, 2:00PM & 7:30PM
DECEMBER 10, 1:00PM
SCENE I THE PARTY
Fritz……………….Cristian Montes (Evenings),
Cole Honey (Matinees)
Uncle Drosselmeyer……………Steven Cook
Lorraina Boyette, Genevieve Boyle,
Elijah Hartley, Brooke Huebner,
Timur Kan, Cristina Landeros,
Angel Alexandro Romero-Najera
Savannah Buckingham (Evenings),
Emelia Farah (Matinees),
Cole Honey (Matinees), Perrin Jones,
Chase Landeros, Edythe Lozner,
Christian Montes (Evenings),
Angel Tadeo Garcia,
Elsa Skagen (Matinees),
Elliana Windholz (Evenings)
Little Party Children…………….ASFB School
Giada Del Grasso (Evenings),
Daniel Nuñez, Cecilia Valentino (Matinees)
Emerson Hemstreet, Alyson Stallings
Violet Long (Matinees),
Danielle Palmer (Evenings)
December 8, 7:30 & December 9, 2:00
December 9, 7:30 & December 10, 1:00
Jack in the Box………………..Dominic Godoy
SCENE II THE BATTLE
Nutcracker Prince………………….Timur Kan
Rat King……………………….Michael Bushman
Maggie Brockman, Ava Marie Carr,
Lowri Hembury, Karis Henderson,
Olivia Mandelblatt, Anna Riley, Fiona Rippy
Elora Dean, Maggie Fitzgerald,
Sara Kershow, Violet Long (Evenings),
Spencer Novak (Evenings),
Danielle Palmer (Matinees), Gwen Procter,
Italia Ramirez, Sydney Romeyn (Matinees),
Toy Soldiers………………………….ASFB School
Neva Brotherson, Sterling Drake,
Angel Tadeo Garcia,
Cole Honey (Evenings),
Chase Landeros, Fernando Mercado,
Christian Montes (Matinees)
December 8, 7:30PM
Piper Anderson, Lydia Hancock,
London Lathrop, Araminta Grimmett,
December 9, 2:00PM
Aubrey Bates, Alia Bigges, Maisie Lopez,
Rowan Satterfield, Elly Halsey
December 9, 7:30PM
Piper Anderson, Ashton Berg,
London Lathrop, Elliana Manka,
December 10, 1:00PM
Finley Carlson, Charlotte Carper-Bell,
Lily Dougherty, Vial Neiman,
Oshun Gonzalez Noyola
SCENE III KINGDOM OF SNOW
Snow Queen…………………Jackie McConnell
Snow King……………………Micheal Bushman
Snow Prince………………………Lucas Tischler
Hannah Argyle, Lorraina Boyette,
Genevieve Boyle, Lizzie Devanney,
Nikki Ferry, Brooke Huebner,
Arianna Hughlett, Devin Larsen,
Savannah Lyle, Alison Ramoran,
Emily Ridings, Mary Ann Schaefer,
A CAROUSEL TRIP AROUND THE WORLD
Sugar Plum Fairy……………….Haley Schwan
Spanish Flamenco………………………..La Emi
Arabian Silk Dance………..Katrina Amerine
with Michael Bushman
Dunhuang Ribbon Dance………..Isabel Shi
Chinese Fu Dog……………………ASFB School
Maggie Fitzgerald, Sara Kershow
French Mirlitons…………………..ASFB Artists
December 8, 7:30 & December 9, 2:00
with Brooke Huebner and Devin Larsen
December 9, 7:30 & December 10, 1:00
with Genevieve Boyle and Arianna Hughlett
Candy Canes…………………………ASFB School
Sofia Baldwin (Evenings),
Francesca Forero, Clementine Garfield,
Isla Gilmore, Beatrice Muresan,
Hazel Parenti, Sofia Lopez (Matinees),
Meera Pradham, Sabrina Sztykiel
Fernando Mercado, Cristian Montes
Jalisco Celebration………….ASFB Folklórico
Martin A. Camacho-Perez, Ayelen Chavez, Jaqueline Flores, Joel Garcia,
Jose Maurico Horta, Lizbeth Horta,
Cristina Landeros, Juan Lemus,
Athziri Lopez, Jose Lopez, Gael Meraz,
Vanessa Mercado, Cristian Montez,
Stephanie Nunez, Andrea Romero,
Angel A. Romero Najera
Waltz of the Flowers…………….ASFB Artists
Hannah Argyle, Lorraina Boyette,
Genevieve Boyle, Lizzie Devanney,
Nikki Ferry, Brooke Huebner,
Arianna Hughlett, Devin Larsen,
Savannah Lyle, Alison Ramoran,
Emily Ridings, Mary Ann Schaefer,
Dew Drop…………………………….Sadie Brown
Cloe Baldwin, Leola DelGrasso,
Rowan Doherty, Maisey Ferrell,
Alaina Gelroth, Araminta Grimmett,
Annalee Kenner, Zora Lahr, Elise Schuller,
Anna Sparnins, Eliza Sztykiel,
Janney Garcia Zuniga
August Fierstein, Henley Haack,
Elly Halsey, Olivia Harris, River Hassos,
Lillian Kraemer, Alice Nagey,
Jordan Pimentel, Olivia Schube,
Eva Shtirkova, Ellie-Madison Vargas,
Haley Schwan began her dance training at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C., and later at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2010, she joined Staatsballett Berlin as a member of the corps de ballet. In her five seasons there, she performed a vast repertoire of classical and contemporary works, including solos created for her in Marco Goecke’s And The Sky on that Cloudy Day and Itzik Galili’s Open Square.
Her classical repertoire includes George Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial, Patrice Bart’s Swan Lake, Giselle, and The Nutcracker; John Cranko’s Onegin and Romeo & Juliet, Nacho Duato’s The Sleeping Beauty, Vladimir Malakhov’s Four Seasons, La Peri, La Bayadère, and Alexei Ratmansky’s Namouna. Her contemporary repertoire includes works by Maurice Béjart, Nacho Duato, Marco Goecke, Giorgio Madia, Tim Plegge, and Angelin Preljocaj.
Schwan moved to New York City in 2015 to explore her art form from a new perspective as a freelance dancer and choreographer. She worked with Emery LeCrone and Twyla Tharp, tried her hand at acting in the immersive theater production of S. Dylan Zwickel’s Here We Dance, and choreographed Iggy Azalea & Rita Ora’s performance of “Black Widow” for the MTV VMAs.
Schwan joined Boston Ballet as an artist of the Company in 2017. She was promoted to second soloist in 2020 and soloist in 2022.
Patrick Yocum began his ballet training in his home state of Pennsylvania. After graduating high school, he continued his training with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School before joining Boston Ballet’s Trainee Program as its Sydney Leonard scholar. Yocum joined Boston Ballet II in 2009. BBII provided him many performance opportunities, including the works of August Bournonville (Napoli Pas de Six, Le Conservatoire) and Jorma Elo (Pointe Off, Carmen/Illusions and Plan to B).
He has appeared in leading roles in classical repertoire including Giselle (Albrecht), Frederick Ashton’s Sleeping Beauty (Prince Desire), August Bournonville’s La Sylphide (James), John Cranko’s Onegin (Vladimir Lensky) and Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), Ivan Liska’s Le Corsair (Konrad), and Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake (Siegfried) and The Nutcracker.
He has especially enjoyed leading roles in neoclassical and contemporary works from esteemed choreographers including George Balanchine, Val Caniparoli, Merce Cunningham, Alexander Eckman, Jorma Elo, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Wayne Macgregor, John Neumeier, Justin Peck, Helen Pickett, Jerome Robbins, and Leonid Yakobson. He has created roles in works, such as Karole Armitage’s Bitches Brew, Jorma Elo’s Fifth Symphony of Jean Sibelius, William Forsythe’s Playlist (EP), and Jose Martinez’ Resonance.
He has performed internationally in Spain, the U.K., Canada, France, Finland, South Korea, and in many cities in the United States.
Yocum joined Boston Ballet’s corps de ballet in 2011, was promoted to the rank of soloist in 2015, and became a principal dancer in 2017.
Katrina Amerine was born and raised in southern California. A dancer from a young age, she graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and has been a long-time member of Nancy Evans Dance Theatre as a dancer, choreographer and recently designated costume designer. Through her exploration of dance, she found aerial arts. She has performed with production companies such as Way 2 Much Entertainment, Jumbo Shrimp Circus, and also coaches at Womack and Bowman the Loft. Her specialties are silks, hammock, single point trapeze and aerial straps. She is happy to be returning as a guest artist with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.
Hannah Argyle is a professional ballet dancer from Salt Lake City, Utah. Hannah danced for Ballet West as a Trainee while studying ballet at the University of Utah on scholarship. In 2022, she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Ballet. Following graduation, Hannah has danced professionally with Chrysalis Ballet, dancing principal roles and traveling with the company to Italy for the Florence Dance Festival. Hannah is a guest artist for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and loves performing in The Nutcracker.
Hailing from Charlotte, NC, Lorraina Boyette began her training at Charlotte Ballet under Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. She spent multiple summers at Ballet West before joining the company as a Trainee. She performed with Ballet West in Cinderella (Ashton), Swan Lake (Sklute), and The Nutcracker (Christensen). Lorraina has been a recurring guest artist with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and participated in two artist exchange programs with the Berlin State Ballet School. Following her time with Ballet West she joined Nashville Ballet under Paul Vasterling, performing classical and contemporary repertoire with the company. Lorraina is honored to be a two time Jacob’s Pillow Alumni (‘20,’22) working closely with program director/choreographer Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, and had the privilege of being a part of their 90th Anniversary Gala. Lorraina is currently a freelance artist based in Charlotte, North Carolina and is excited to return for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s Nutcracker again this year.
Genevieve Boyle was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. She began her training at Salt Lake Dance Center and then went on to Ballet West Academy. She attended high school at Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts where she focused on ballet and contemporary ballet. After graduation, she moved to Chicago and trained at Ballet Chicago under the guidance of Patricia Blaire and Dan Duell. After a year in Chicago, she was accepted into the Ballet Program at the University of Utah to further her training and education. While at the University, she choreographed a piece titled Subjects of Ymir involving her fellow students and which was performed at the Marriott Center for Dance. At the University she performed in many works including Carmina Terra by Susan Jaffe, Sur le Fil by Penny Saunders, Carmen by Chun-Lin Tseng and Jay Kim and Becoming by Sayoko Knode. The summer before her senior year she was chosen to perform in the Choreographic Institute at the University of Utah. She worked with select choreographers from around the country on their premier pieces. This included Christina Ghiardi, James Kopecky and Jenelle Figgins. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, she joined Diablo Ballet as a Senior Trainee.
Sadie Brown began her professional career with The Grand Rapids Ballet as an apprentice in 2010. She was promoted to full company member after her first season and a new creation of Romeo & Juliet. Her role as Juliet took her to Slovakia and Austria where she guested with Ballet Bratislava. In January 2013 she joined Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Here, she was the original cast of 10 world premieres and performed leading roles in ballets by renowned choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Jorma Elo, Nicolo Fonte, Cayetano Soto and Alejandro Cerrudo. Her international touring has taken her to stages around the globe in 9 countries. Sadie was with ASFB for 8 seasons before the dissolution of the professional company. She joined the Cirio Collective for their 2023 season where she performed works by Lia Cirio and Jeff Cirio. Sadie now resides in Boulder, CO with her husband and acts as artistic consultant for the Boulder Ballet.
Micheal Bushman was born in Los Angeles, California. He received his training from Wilhelm Burmann, Ballet West, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Manhattan Youth Ballet, and Lisa Cuizon at Cuizon Ballet Center. He also danced Ballroom with Meagan Mendoza, competing, and winning multiple awards. Mr. Bushman moved to New York to train with Wilhelm Burmann and Manhattan Youth Ballet. While there he danced in many Balanchine ballets such as Divertimento No 15, Western Symphony, Serenade and Who Cares?. He then furthered his studies at the Pacific Northwest Ballet, where he danced the lead role of Beast and Prince in Bruce Wells’ Beauty and roles in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, and Kent Stowell’s Swan Lake. Mr. Bushman joined Ballet West II in 2022 where he performed in Les Noces, The Sleeping Beauty, John Cranko’s Onegin, Willam Christensen’s The Nutcracker, and the pas de trois in Paquita.
Steven Cook joined the Chicago Ballet at age 16 and followed the company director Ben Stevenson to the Houston Ballet before coming to New York to appear on Broadway in the musical “Doonesbury”. He also danced with DANCERS, NYC, and Contemporary Ballet at City Center, NYC. In 1995 he joined the faculty of Stella Adler Studio of Acting where he was a full-time professor and director for more than 20 years. He created 12 original works and directed over 20 plays during his tenure at Adler. He founded MAD (Movement and Dance Theater) as a performing wing of the Adler Studio. As an actor he has performed with Riverside Shakespeare, Pulse Ensemble, Vermont Shakespeare and Adler’s Harold Clurman Lab among many others. He choreographed a full-length Cinderella for St. Louis Ballet, as well as original works for Arlington Dance Theater and Eglevsky Ballet. He has taught movement technique for The National Shakespeare Conservatory and The National Theater for the Deaf. Mr. Cook has had the honor to serve as an artistic advisor to the Margie Gillis Foundation along with his ongoing association as a guest artist with Stella Adler Studio. Mr. Cook is an avid Argentine tango dancer and has taught and performed tango in the United States, Argentina, and Europe.
Born in Bel Air, MD, Lizzie Devanney began her training with Dance Conservatory of Maryland and continued with University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA.) After graduating from UNCSA, she was invited to join the professional division at Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB). She attended summer programs at Pacific Northwest Ballet, School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet, Carolina Ballet, and Next Generation Ballet. In 2020, Ms. Devanney was selected for the Royal Danish Ballet – PNB Exchange Program and was also selected as one of 25 young dancers awarded a scholarship from the American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet. Her repertoire includes Kent Stowell’s Cinderella, Helen Pickett’s Petal, and principal or soloist roles in Ethan Steifel’s The Nutcracker, Kingdom of the Shades from Natalia Makarova’s La Bayadére, and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Concerto Barocco and Serenade. Ms. Devanney is a company dancer with Diablo Ballet.
Nikki Ferry grew up in Carbondale, Colorado where she first began ballet at the Glenwood Dance Academy, followed by the School of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. As a junior in highschool, at the age of 16, she left Colorado and moved to Pennsylvania to begin training with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, under the direction of Marica Dale Weary. From there, Nikki moved to Salt Lake City, Utah continuing her training for three years as a student of the Ballet West Academy. In addition to her year around training, Nikki has also attended summer programs with Colorado Ballet, The Harid Conservatory, Milwaukee Ballet, The City Ballet of San Diego, and Boston Ballet. Nikki recently graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ballet Department of the School of Dance.
Dominic Godoy, 17 years old, graduated from the Monterrey High School of Music and Dance with a degree in classical dance and is currently a trainee at the Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago. He has participated in one of the most noted competitions for young dancers, Youth American Grand Prix throughout his career where he has been awarded more than 21 scholarships for different international schools. Although specializing in contemporary and classical ballet, he has experience in jazz, musical theater, acting, and character dance. He is currently preparing for the most important ballet competition in the world—the Prix de Lausanne, representing his teachers in Mexico and the Joffrey Ballet.
Elijah Hartley is from Montesano, Washington. He began dancing at eight years old in small studios throughout Washington and Oregon. He then moved to Salt Lake City, UT in 2017 to join Ballet West Academy. In 2021 he joined Ballet West’s second company and performed in many of Ballet West’s productions, including: Jerome Robbins’ Glass Pieces, Willam Christensen’s The Nutcracker, Michael Smuin’s Romeo + Juliet, John Cranko’s Onegin, and Bronislava Nijinska’s Les Noces. He joined Diablo Ballet in Walnut Creek, CA in 2023.
Brooke Huebner was born and raised in Newport Beach, California. She trained at Classical Dance Academy, under her mother & former Joffrey Ballet dancer, Elizabeth Molak-Huebner. She trained summers at Ballet West Academy, American Ballet Theatre New York City, and Radio City Rockettes invitational. She graduated from the University of Utah Ballet Department in 2018, where she performed in works from notable choreographers like Gerald Arpino, George Balanchine, August Bournonville, Penny Saunders, Michele Wiles, and more. After graduating, she danced with Nevada Ballet Theatre, under Roy Kaiser, where she worked with Ben Stevenson, Septime Webre, Tiit Helmets, along with Cirque du Soleil. In 2021, Brooke was an invited performer in Nervi, Italy at the Nervi Music Ballet Festival. Besides performing, Brooke loves teaching, choreographing and sharing her passion for dance with the future generations. She was awarded the Outstanding Choreography award twice at the Youth America Grand Prix international ballet competition. Brooke is currently performing in Las Vegas, NV, in the Tournament of Kings show at the Excalibur. She enjoys dancing 6 nights a week, doing what she loves. Brooke is so excited as this is her 3rd season performing with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet!
Arianna Hughlett, from Kansas City, Missouri, began her training at Kansas City Ballet School and studied under Racheal Nye. She received additional formative training at Kansas School of Classical Ballet from Juan Pablo Trujillo and attended summer programs at The Royal Ballet School, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and San Francisco Ballet School. Arianna joined Boston Ballet School as a Trainee in 2019 under the direction of Margaret Tracey. She entered the Graduate Program a season later, training with Kathleen Mitchell and Peter Stark. There she performed with Boston Ballet in the Company’s productions of Swan Lake, Chaconne, Giselle, and The Nutcracker as well as multiple featured roles in Boston Ballet II performances, including works by George Balanchine, Jorma Elo, and Mikko Nissinen. In 2022, she joined Grand Rapids Ballet as an Apprentice where she danced ballets such as Balanchine’s Who Cares? and Serenade. Additionally, she has choreographed works for Boston Ballet School, Boston Ballet’s virtual season, Grand Rapids Ballet, and Boardwalk Ballet Project.”
Timur Kan began his professional training at the A. Seleznev Almaty Choreographic School in Almaty (Kazakhstan) at age 11. His ballet training is based on the Vaganova Method. Besides ballet, he also studied character, contemporary, and traditional folk dances as well. Upon graduating from the A. Seleznev Almaty Choreographic School where he received Associate of Fine Arts degree in ballet, he also was awarded to become a member of the Union of Choreographers of Kazakhstan. Timur joined the Abay State Opera & Ballet Theatre in Almaty, where he performed in a variety of classical ballet productions, such as Don Quixote, Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Flame of Paris and The Nutcracker. Timur also danced with The Samruk Contemporary Dance Theatre in Almaty (Kazakhstan), Joburg Ballet in Johannesburg (South Africa), Albany Berkshire Ballet in Albany (New York), Providence Ballet Theatre, and currently is with Newport Contemporary Ballet in Newport, Rhode Island. He is a laureate of many international dance competitions and has also had the privilege to work and train with notable teachers and choreographers from all over the world. Timur is excited to join Aspen Santa Fe’s Nutcracker production this year.“
La Emi began her flamenco journey at the age of four and has emerged as a teacher and performer acclaimed for her artistry and craft. La Emi started studying flamenco with the Maria Benitez Institute for Spanish Arts (ISA) when she was four years old and began working with the Institute’s youth company, Flamenco’s Next Generation, at the age of 10. Just two years later when she was only 12 – she started teaching within the Northern New Mexico public school
system. She began teaching for Moving Arts Española in 2005 and ISA in 2006. As a performer, La Emi has danced on stages from New Mexico to Spain, appearing in the production of “El Pintor” at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque (2010), Entreflamenco, the company of Antonio Granjero and Estefania Ramirez, at the Lodge at Santa Fe (2011, 2012 and 2015), Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe (2013, 2014 and 2016) and Compañia Chuscales y Mina Fajardo (2010-2014). In 2011, La Emi was nominated and selected as one of the 12 young and emerging artists in Pasatiempo, and she received the 2012 Santa Fe Mayor’s Melissa Engestrom Youth Artist Award for Excellence in the Arts. La Emi studied intensively in Spain with Carmela Greco and La Popi as well as José Galván, Juana Amaya, Yolanda Heredia, Iván Vargas Heredia, Torombo, Rocio Alcaide Ruiz and many others. She has performed under the direction of Carmela Greco, José Galván, and Torombo and at major venues and events including the Carmela Greco Seminario de Flamenco y Danza Española and Café de Chinitas in Madrid; Cuevas Los Tarantos in the Sacramonte of Granada and the Teatro Alameda Festival Flamenco in Sevilla. La Emi currently teaches and directs at the EmiArteFlamenco Academy, as well as performing in many venues throughout the country. In the summer of 2018, she launched her professional career with Heritage Hotels and Resorts producing performances at the Benitez Cabaret at The Lodge at Santa Fe.
Devin Larsen is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah. She received her pre-professional training from the Ballet West Academy, studying for 10 years prior to joining Ballet West as a Trainee on scholarship. Devin is currently a company member with Chrysalis Ballet in Salt Lake City, Utah. Devin has also danced professionally with Ballet Memphis, Oklahoma City Ballet, and Central West Ballet, performing works by choreographers such as Rene Daveluy, Agnes De Mille, George Balanchine, Dennis Spaight, Garrett Smith, Shani Robison, Jennie Creer King, and Danielle Diniz, along with many others. Devin is also an established teacher and finds joy helping her students develop their own unique qualities and talents. In 2017 she was featured in Pointe Magazine. This will be Devin’s 4th season performing in Aspen Santa Fe’s production of “The Nutcracker” and is very grateful to be back!
Savannah Lyle trained with Classical Ballet Academy until the age of 14, then was offered a full tuition scholarship with Ballet West and trained with Ballet West until she was offered a position in their second company. She worked for Ballet West II for two years until the pandemic hit. After that, she was fortunate enough to dance in Swan Lake, Jewels (where she performed Rubies, Emeralds, and Diamonds), she performed in Beauty and the Beast as the lead, and she was in the nutcracker for aspen Santa Fe ballet in 2022. She is currently teaching ballet at Utah Dance Academy as their ballet director as well as the collective dance studio
Jackie McConnell, from Salem, Oregon, trained with Pacific Northwest Ballet School and received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has danced with Nevada Ballet Theatre, Oakland Ballet Company, Post: Ballet and the San Francisco Opera. In 2015 McConnell joined Diablo Ballet, based in Walnut Creek, CA. In her seven seasons with the company she has performed principal roles in Carousel (A Dance) by Christopher Wheeldon, Apollo and Who Cares? by George Balanchine and in the company’s new production of The Nutcracker by Julia Adam.
Alison Ramoran trained at South Bay Ballet (now known as Ballet California) in Torrance, California, under the instruction of Diane Lauridsen. In 2017 she received the Daily Breeze “Making a Difference Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Arts” by the California Legislature Assembly at the Torrance Performing Arts Consortium. Upon graduating in 2018, she was given a contract with Oklahoma City Ballet’s second company. She was then promoted to apprentice in 2020, and corps de ballet in 2021. While there, she performed works by August Bournonville & Michael Pink, and was featured in ballets by Septime Webre, Robert Mills, Ryan Nye, Nicolo Fonte, Jerome Robbins, and Jessica Lang. Miss Ramoran joined Smuin Ballet in 2022, where she performed works by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Osnel Delgado, Rex Wheeler, Nicole Haskins, Val Caniparoli, Kate Skarpetowska, and Amy Seiwert. She has also performed with Amy Seiwert’s Imagery in San Francisco, and has joined Diablo Ballet for their 30th anniversary season.
Emily Ridings was born and raised in Aspen Colorado. She started her training at a young age with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet School. In 2015 she placed top 12 for Contemporary solo at the Youth America Grand Prix (Denver). She was also granted a full scholarship from US State Department for the National Security Language Initiative for Youth, allowing her to study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. At the end of the scholarship, she was accepted to train at the academy in their four-year program, graduating in 2019. She went on to dance as an apprentice at State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, and Ballet Fantastique in Oregon. During the 2020/2021 shut down, she returned home to Aspen Santa Fe Ballet as a teacher. Emily is excited to return to ASFB’s Nutcracker!
MARY ANN SCHAEFER
Mary Ann Schaefer, from Memphis, TN took her first ballet classes at the Allegro Ballet Academy with instructor Norah Curran. After moving to Indianapolis, IN at age 12, she studied at the Clara R. Noyes Academy of Ballet Internationale and continued her training under the instruction of Alyona Yakovleva, Tatiana Pali, and Sergey Sergiev at the Russian Ballet Academy of Indiana. In 2007, she won first place in the classical division at the Youth America Grand Prix competition, and in 2010, she competed at the World Ballet Competition, where she received a Jury Award and full scholarship to Ballet West’s summer program and year round trainee program in Salt Lake City, UT. In 2012, Artistic Director Adam Sklute invited Mary Ann to join Ballet West II, where she performed in Ballet West productions for two seasons and stayed on as a supplemental corps artist for their 2014-2015 season. In 2015, Mary Ann performed Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” for two seasons under Artistic Director Tom Mossbrucker, and was also a member of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet for two seasons, where she had the honor of performing numerous Balanchine ballets including Stars & Stripes, Tzigane, & Gounod Symphony on tour and at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
In 2017, Mary Ann returned to Indianapolis, IN as a founding company member of the Indianapolis Ballet. Over her four seasons there, Mary Ann performed many soloist roles, including “Dark Angel” in Serenade, “Tall Girl” in Rubies, & “Katerina” in The Firebird. Mary Ann is currently a faculty member at Ballet West’s Park City campus.
Isabel Shi is incredibly excited to be performing with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet for the first time as the Chinese Ribbon Dancer. Based in New York City, Isabel has been studying Chinese classical and folk dance since 2009 and also trains in ballet, modern, and jazz styles. She began studying under Zhongmei Li in 2018, with a special focus in Dunhuang dance. Isabel is currently a first-year undergraduate student at Yale University, interested in studying biology, economics, and theater & performance studies.
Lucas Tischler began dancing at the Metropolitan Ballet Academy in Pennsylvania. At age 12 he joined the School of Pennsylvania ballet and performed roles in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker and Christopher Wheeldon’s Carnival of the Animals with the main company. At age 16 he moved to Manhattan, New York to join Ballet Academy East. At BAE he worked with teachers such as Wendy Whelan, Maxim Beleserkovsky, and Darla Hoover. Mr. Tischler performed the principal male role in George Balanchine’s Donizetti Variations and works by Alan Hineline, Claudia Schreier, and Jenna Levin. During the summers, Mr. Tischler studied with the American Ballet Theater, Bolshoi Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet. At age 18 Mr. Tischler moved to Chicago to join The Joffrey Ballet as a trainee and had the opportunity to perform Episode 31 by Alexander Ekman. He then joined Oklahoma City Ballet and performed works by Robert Mills and Michael Pink. Mr. Tischler’s repertoire includes The Nutcracker, Dracula, Romeo and Juliet, La Sylphide, and The Firebird. Since joining Diablo Ballet in the Fall of 2021, he has danced in The Nutcracker Suite and Cinderella’s Wedding by Julia Adam, Coppélia, Flames of Paris Pas de Deux, and works by Penny Saunders and Michael Wells.
Demi Trezona is from Eugene, OR and began her training at the Eugene Ballet Academy under the direction of Sara Lombardi. She performed and toured extensively with the Eugene Ballet Company, directed by Toni Pimble. Demi attended summer programs on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, International Dance School, San Francisco Ballet School, and was a part of Boston Ballet’s inaugural Choreographic Intensive. Demi attended Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s Professional Division program, training and performing with the company in numerous ballets. She guested with Grand Rapids Ballet under the direction of Patricia Barker performing George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments in spring of 2013 before joining the company that fall. During her four years at Grand Rapids Ballet, Demi danced many soloist and principal roles, including Sugarplum Fairy in Val Caniparoli’s The Nutcracker and the lead in Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain. Demi danced with Czech National Ballet in Brno, Czech Republic during the 2017-2018 season and has worked with Eugene Ballet, Quixotic Fusion, and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. She joined Boston Ballet in the fall of 2021 and danced numerous works by Mikko Nissinen, George Balanchine, William Forsythe, among others. She is currently based in New York City as a freelance artist.
ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET SCHOOL
Education is essential to ASFB’s mission. With over 80 classes taught weekly, reaching over 500 children, education forms our very roots and gives children a needed creative and social outlet. Strong in our belief that dance education should be available to all children, ASFB awards over $40,000 in scholarships each year. We take pride in our alumni who have gone on to study at prestigious schools such as: Ailey/Fordham University, American Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Boston Ballet, Interlochen Arts Academy, Joffrey Ballet School, North Carolina School for the Arts, Pacific Northwest Ballet and San Francisco Ballet School. The joyful optimism in the faces and bodies of aspiring young students fuels our resolve to preserve and strengthen our educational offerings.
ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET FOLKLÓRICO
Diversity and equity take center stage in this unparalleled community enrichment program. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklórico, now in its 23rd year, has enriched the lives of thousands of local children through free after-school classes in traditional Mexican folkloric dance. Serving multiple locations in Roaring Fork Valley and Santa Fe area public schools, the program promotes positive youth development, creative expression, and the crossing of cultural boundaries. This truly unique program builds community by connecting families and keeping traditions alive.