LILY OJEA LOVELAND- principal
Lily Ojea Loveland is a graduate of Ballet Palm Beach Academy, and has danced professionally with The Alabama Ballet, Hosanna Sacred Arts and New Orleans Ballet Theater. Her favorite roles include Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Marzipan Lead in Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Giselle in Giselle and Queen Esther in For Such a Time as This: The Story of Queen Esther. Lily is certified under the Petrinovic teacher training program (Revolutionary Principals of Movement) and has taught ballet for the Alabama Ballet School and Ballet Palm Beach Academy. She is also mother to two beautiful children!
STEVEN MELENDEZ- principal
Steven Melendez was born in New York City and started his ballet training as part of the LIFT Scholarship Program at Ballet School New York at the age of 7. Later, he studied at the School of American Ballet and attended summer intensive programs with the San Francisco Ballet Academy, Houston Ballet Academy and Kaatsbaan International School.
In 2001 Steven joined New York Theatre Ballet as an apprentice and in 2006 was promoted to principal. While there, he performed leading roles in works by Fredrick Ashton, George Balanchine, John Butler, Agnes DeMille, Donald Mahler, Antony Tudor, and others. In 2004, while dancing with New York Theatre Ballet, he graduated from the American Ballet Theater Studio Company Associate Program. He toured extensively as a guest artist with Ballet Concierto in Buenos Aires and as a principal with Vanemuine Theater Ballet Company in Tartu, Estonia.
A protégé of David Howard, he received a diploma at the 5th Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Competition in Budapest, Hungary, was a recipient of the Van-Lier Fellowship, and was a 2012 Clive Barnes Foundation Award Nominee.
Danielle Glynn of Saint Petersburg, Florida, trained with Florida West Ballet and at the Academy of Ballet Arts. Danielle attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, graduating with a BFA in Performance and Choreography in Dance while dancing in the Kansas City Ballet corps de ballet. After graduation, Danielle danced with the Montgomery Ballet and the Albany Berkshire Ballet. Danielle joined BPB in 2015 and enjoyed dancing soloist roles such as Spring Fairy in Cinderella and Big Swan in Swan Lake.
Tyveze Littlejohn is a 2011 graduate of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and apprenticed with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company in Denver, Colorado. In 2012, he toured throughout Mexico with Ballet Eddy Toussaint de Montreal. For the past two years Tyveze danced with the Lexington Ballet where he danced leading roles Giselle and The Nutcracker. He also danced in Nicaragua’s International Ballet Gala where he also worked with children with disabilities. Tyveze joined BPB in 2015, dancing the title role in Gatsby.
Aaron Melendrez graduated from Cuba’s Escuelas Nacionales de Arte in 2011. Before joining Ballet Palm Beach, he also danced with Laura Alonso Ballet in principal roles for Giselle, Dracula, Swan Lake, and Don Quixote. With Ballet Palm Beach, he has danced the Prince in Cinderella and Arabian in The Nutcracker. This is his second season with Ballet Palm Beach.
Madeleine Miller grew up in Palm Beach County and began her ballet training with Ballet Palm Beach Academy at age five. In 2011 Madeleine moved to Columbus, Ohio for two years to be a part of Ballet Met’s Pre-Professional Program, and she was given opportunities to perform and tour with the company’s Nutcracker. Madeleine returned to Ballet Palm Beach in 2014. Her favorite roles while performing with BPB are Cinderella in Cinderella, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, and Myrtha in Giselle.
Sarah Wilson of Columbus, Ohio, received her training at BalletMet Columbus and danced with BalletMet as a company trainee. Before joining Ballet Palm Beach, she spent a year in the Richmond Ballet trainee program. Ms. Wilson has enjoyed performing works by numerous choreographers such as Gerard Charles, David Nixon, Lynne Taylor Corbett, Maria Glimcher, Christopher Bandy, and Malcolm Burn. With Ballet Palm Beach, Sarah created the title role in Smith’s Snow White. Sarah would like to thank her family, friends and teachers for their endless love and support.
Nineh Irving was born in Pretoria, South Africa and started dancing at the age of six after her family moved to the USA. She began her ballet training at Ballet Palm Beach Academy at the age of nine. This is her second year as a trainee. Some of her favorite roles include the Summer Fairy in Cinderella and Arabian in The Nutcracker.
Kayla Kotko is from Miami, Florida. She trained at Ballet Etudes, Florida Arts and Dance Company under the direction of Loretta Miller, and the St. Lucie Ballet under the direction of Rogelio Corrales. She received a 2017 international scholarship to Italy and was a guest artist at ballet fest for Muñecos, a Cuban classical ballet. This is her first season with Ballet Palm Beach.
Victoria Longworth trained at the Amazing Grace School of Dance and at Ballet Palm Beach Academy. She has previously danced with the corps de ballet in BPB’s main stage productions and participated in Ballet Ambassadors. This is her first season as a trainee with Ballet Palm Beach. While dancing, she is also attending Indian River State College.
Shannon Murray started her training at Ballet Palm Beach Academy at the age of 4. She attended the Ballet Ambassadors outreach programs to Russia, Croatia, Cuba, and Hungary. She is a graduate of Dreyfoos School of the Arts and Ballet Palm Beach Academy and is currently enrolled at Palm Beach State College and BPB’s Trainee program.
Adriana Salazar is a graduate of both Ballet Palm Beach at The Esther Center and Dreyfoos School of the Arts. This is her second year as a trainee with BPB. She is a full time student at Palm Beach State College and hopes to become a speech pathologist, specifically working with autistic children. Her favorite roles include Military Doll and Spanish in The Nutcracker; White Cat in Sleeping Beauty; and White Rabbit in Wonderland. She has been a part of Ballet Palm Beach’s Ballet Ambassadors trips to Russia, Croatia, Bosnia, Paris, and Cuba.
Daylan Sleva started dancing at Ballet Palm Beach Academy when she was five years old. After graduating, she went on to Valencia State College and received her AA in Dance Performance under Dr. Suzanne Salapa and Ms. Lesley Brasseux Rodgers. Her favorite roles include Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, Swanhilda’s friend in Coppelia, and the lead in Escapades by Alvin Ailey set on Valencia Dance Theatre. Daylan has since graduated from Valencia and has returned to Ballet Palm Beach to continue to pursue her love of dance.
Tiffani Weckerly of Nashville, TN trained at the Centennial Youth Ballet with Kathleen Callaghan and Matthew Christensen and at the Vanderbilt Dance Program with Jennifer McNamara and Thomas Shoemaker. Additionally, she spent a year dancing in the Dance Theatre of Tennessee’s student ensemble, performing in Cinderella and The Nutcracker. This is Tiffani’s first season as a trainee with Ballet Palm Beach!