Madison Braaksma of Atlanta, Georgia began her serious ballet training with Fiona Fairrie at the age of 13. She continued her training at Georne Aucoin’s International City School of Ballet and in summer programs at the Royal Ballet School, Paris Opera Ballet School, ABT, Orlando Ballet, and Kansas City Ballet, some of which were attended on scholarship. Ms. Braaksma received the bronze and silver medal at Youth America Grand Prix in 2015 and 2016 and top 15 at ADC IBC in 2015. Ms. Braaksma has danced with A&A Ballet’s Youth Company and in the corps de ballet with Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company. This is her second season with Ballet Palm Beach.
Rafael Ferreras received his early ballet training in New York with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Joffrey Ballet School. Audiences know him for his leading roles in Romeo and Juliet, Dracula, The Firebird, Angels in the Architecture and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty. He danced with Ballet Memphis, Tulsa Ballet, Hartford Ballet, New Jersey Ballet and Elisa Monte Dance before joining Ballet Palm Beach in 2019.
Danielle Glynn of Saint Petersburg, Florida, trained with Florida West Ballet and at the Academy of Ballet Arts. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance with a BFA in Dance. While she was there, she performed in The Nutcracker, Giselle, and Serenade with the Kansas City Ballet. After graduation, Ms. Glynn danced with the Montgomery Ballet and the Albany Berkshire Ballet. Ms. Glynn joined BPB in 2015 and enjoyed dancing soloist roles such as Dew Drop in The Nutcracker and The Jumping Girl in Who Cares?.
Originally from Brazil, Aurélio Guimarães moved to the United States in 2000. He began ballet training at the age of sixteen with the Diablo Ballet School and Contra Costa Ballet. At Robert Hill’s Orlando Ballet, he graduated from Trainee to Second Company member and performed soloist roles in Hill’s original productions. In 2015, he joined the Washington Ballet as a Trainee, performing lead roles such as Don Jose in Webre’s Carmen. After being contracted with Utah Metropolitan Ballet in 2016, he performed leading roles in works including Balanchine’s Who Cares? and The Nutcracker among other neoclassical and contemporary works. Mr. Guimarães is honored and excited to begin his second season with Ballet Palm Beach.
Originally from Taiwan, Sunny Hsieh immigrated to Toronto, Canada at the age of five. He began his dance training at the age of twelve to improve his balance for martial arts and quickly became obsessed with ballet. He began training seriously under Evelyn Hart and later joined Orlando Ballet School as a Trainee. Over the years he has been honored to work with many talented choreographers and teachers including Bridgett Zehr, Roberto Campanella, and Louis Laberge-Côté. This is his second season with Ballet Palm Beach.
Magali Johnston-Viens has been dancing since the age of 2. At age 11, she was accepted to the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, D.C., and studied there through her high school years with the exception of a semester at the American Academy of Dance of Paris in France. After graduation, she danced with the Goh Ballet Youth Company in Vancouver, B.C., Canada and with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater’s Graduate program. She also attended summer programs at the Paris Opera Ballet, Estonia National Ballet, and the Royal Danish Ballet where she was awarded the Birger Bartholin scholarship award. Magali is delighted to begin her first season with Ballet Palm Beach.
LILY OJEA LOVELAND
Lily Ojea Loveland is in her eleventh season with Ballet Palm Beach. Among many favorites, the roles of Juliet; Giselle; Marie/Sugarplum; Balanchine’s Tschailovsky Pas De Deux and Who Cares?; and Colleen Smith’s In The Mood, Turtle B, Simple Symphony, and Because I Said So; stand out as her personal tops. She is excited to premiere contemporary and modern works in new venues throughout the season with Ballet Palm Beach. She adores her husband and two children, Wesley and Magnolia, and can be found at leisure and play with them whenever she finds time. Her favorite Bible verse is Psalm 37:4.
Madeleine Miller grew up in Palm Beach County and began her ballet training with Ballet Palm Beach Academy at age five. In 2011 Ms. Miller 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. Ms. Miller 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.
KELLEY ANN MITCHELL
Kelley Ann Mitchell began her training in Mobile, Alabama under Winthrop Corey and Pam Thompson. In 2013, she moved to Pennsylvania to attend Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. In 2015, she was a trainee with Charlotte Ballet and was fortunate to have Patricia McBride as one of her main teachers. The next year she joined Nevada Ballet Theatre under the direction of James Canfield, where she was able to perform in A Choreographer’s Showcase and work with artists from Cirque du Soleil. Most recently, she spent two seasons dancing with City Ballet of San Diego where she performed multiple works by Elizabeth Wistrich and George Balanchine, including her favorite ballet Serenade.
Shannon Murray grew up in Palm Beach County and started training at Ballet Palm Beach Academy at the age of four. She is a graduate of Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Ballet Palm Beach Academy, and has received her Associate of Arts degree from Palm Beach State College. She has attended the Ballet Ambassadors trips to Russia, Croatia, Cuba and Hungary. She was featured as Alice in Colleen Smith’s Wonderland as an apprentice in 2019. She enters her fourth season with the company as a corps member.
Adriana Salazar is a graduate student of both Ballet Palm Beach Academy and Dreyfoos School of the Arts, and she has received an Associate’s Degree from Palm Beach State. She is a college student working on her Bachelor’s, with goals of becoming a speech pathologist, specifically working with autistic children. This will be her fifth season with the company. Her favorite roles include Columbine Doll in The Nutcracker, Princess Florine in Sleeping Beauty, Fall Fairy in Cinderella, and the Youngest Daughter in Christopher Huggins’ The List. She has been a part of Ballet Palm Beach Ambassadors trips to Russia, Croatia, Bosnia, France, and Cuba.
Emily Thompson began training in her hometown of Fort Worth, Texas at the age of two after ballet classes were prescribed to help treat her Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. She later furthered her training at Ballet Academy of Texas and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School before joining Oklahoma City Ballet as an Apprentice. She then moved to Toronto, Canada in order to train under Evelyn Hart. Ms. Thompson is thrilled to be starting her second season with Ballet Palm Beach.
REINHARD VON RABENAU
Reinhard von Rabenau began training at the School of Minnesota Ballet at the age of eight years old. He has also studied at Point Park University in Pittsburgh and Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. As a company member with the Minnesota Ballet for nine years, Mr. von Rabenau has danced as Jonathan Harker in Dracula; Prince, Chinese, Russian, and Toreador in The Nutcracker; Slave in Le Corsaire; Pas de Trois in Balanchine’s Who Cares?; Pas de Deux in Harlequinade Pas; and Blue Bird in The Sleeping Beauty.
Mary Calvino was born and raised in Tampa, Florida where she started her ballet training at the Tampa Ballet Centre at seven years of age, under the direction of Robin Pollara. She also trained at Acanthus Ballet under the direction of Richard Ploch. Her favorite roles are townsgirl in Romeo and Juliet and Russian Dancer in The Nutcracker. She is very excited for her second season as a Ballet Palm Beach Trainee, and would like to thank the Artistic Staff for their amazing care and support.
Lyn Guinsatao is from Chicago, Illinois and began dancing at the Judith Svalander School of Ballet where she trained under Mrs. Svalander, Julie Hirsch, and Greg Begley. Since graduating high school, she has been attending Palm Beach Atlantic University and will be graduating with her B. A. in Dance Performance and Choreography in May 2020. Ms. Guinsatao has had several performing opportunities through the PBA Dance Ensemble, which is led by Dr. Kathleen Klein. Such opportunities include choreography by Gina Buntz, Donna Murray, Erika Squire, Jacquie Lopez, and re-staged excerpts of Who Cares? by Steven Caras and Wilhelmina Frankfurt.
Faith Newcomb was born and raised in Palm Beach County. She has trained at Ballet Palm Beach Academy for all of her ten years of dancing and is thrilled for her first season as a trainee. Ms. Newcomb would like to thank her family, friends and teachers for their abounding love and support.
Simone Williams, a native of Palm Beach County, trained with Ballet Palm Beach Academy. She has been featured alongside select Ballet Palm Beach Academy students and company members for Revolutionary Principals of Movement’s Youtube channel. This is her first season as a trainee.