Charlottesville Ballet is delighted to begin the professional company’s 6th performance season in the beauty of our new Charlottesville facility!
Hannah Deveny is originally from Akron, Ohio and began dancing at the age of three. She studied at the Dance Institute of the University of Akron for eight years primarily with Ana Lobe of the National Ballet of Cuba as well as Gladisa Guadalupe, Christina Foisie, and Andrew Carroll. During her high school studies, she performed lead roles in The Snow Maiden and earned college credit while performing with the University of Akron Dance Ensemble. She attended summer programs at The Washington School of Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Salzburg International Ballet Academy, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Hubbard Street. Hannah recently earned her BFA in ballet from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where she studied with Qi Jiang, Deirdre Carberry, Michael Tevlin, Ka-Ron Lehman Brown, and Shellie Cash. She enjoyed performing soloist roles in Giselle, Paquita, La Bayadère, Roger Van Fleteren’s Serenade for Strings, and Ka-Ron Lehman Brown’s Soul of Grace as well as original works created by CCM faculty and students. She has also performed as a guest artist in Kentucky Ballet’s productions of Dracula and Cinderella. Hannah is thrilled to begin her second season with Charlottesville Ballet.
Originally from Bozeman, Montana, Caitlin Lennon began her intensive training at the Queen City Ballet. While a student there, she was given the honor of performing such roles as Sugar Plum, Dew Drop, and Snow Queen in the Nutcracker, as well as Aurora and the Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty. Caitlin competed in the Youth America Grand Prix in 2006 and placed in the Top 12, in both classical and contemporary. She spent her summers studying at Julliard, American Ballet Theatre New York, Atlanta Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Ballet West on scholarship. Her travels across the country ended at the Richmond Ballet, where she was accepted into the trainee program on full scholarship. While at the Richmond Ballet, Caitlin performed as a demi-soloist in Waltz of the Flowers and in Balanchine’s Who Cares? In the Trainee workshop performances, she appeared as the Dryad Queen in Don Quixote, Paquita in Paquita and in Ariadne Conner’s who’s it all for anyway?. In addition to working with Charlottesville Ballet, Caitlin is a teacher for the Charlottesville branch of the Minds In Motion outreach program, bringing dance to the public school system. This is Caitlin’s sixth season with Charlottesville Ballet.
Check out Caitlin’s “Meet the Artist” interview from July 2010.
Emily fell in love with ballet at the age of five. She began dance classes at Roanoke Ballet Theatre in her hometown of Roanoke, VA and continued her training with Unurbat Gunaajav and Michele Goacher. She performed in collaborative shows with Opera Roanoke, the Mill Mountain Theatre, and with Radford University as the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker. She has attended summer intensives at the Richmond Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and on scholarship with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Emily spent her senior year of high school at the Virginia School of the Arts in Lynchburg, VA under the late Petrus Bosman. Upon graduation she joined the Richmond Ballet as a trainee and worked with school children in Richmond Ballet’s Minds In Motion program. In 2008, Emily relocated to Charlottesville to join the Charlottesville Ballet and to attend the University of Virginia, where she completed her bachelor of arts in Nonprofit Management & Arts Administration. Emily serves as the Co-Director of Charlottesville Ballet, the Principal of Charlottesville Ballet Academy, and performs with the professional company. She is delighted to achieve balance through her multiple roles as administrator, teacher, and performer and is thankful to all who’ve made this journey possible.
A native Virginian, Cristina Page grew up dancing at the Roanoke Ballet Theatre near her hometown of Salem, Virginia. As a teenager, she spent a short time in the Washington School of Ballet’s pre-professional training program under Victoria Lee, Rudolf Kharatian, and the late Rebecca Wright. She also performed alongside the Washington Ballet’s Studio Company in Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker. In 2006, she returned to Salem to finish high school and continue her training under Unurbat Gunaajav. Cristina recently earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia in Modern Studies, through which she merged her love of Modern Literature and Modern Dance. She also choreographed and performed in many of null concerts. Cristina received training in intensive programs at the Kirov Academy, American Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor II, and American Dance Festival. While dance will always be a part of her life, she hopes to transition into a career in the health sciences. She completed a graduate program in Advanced Biomedical Sciences this year through Georgetown and George Mason universities, and is currently applying to medical school. Cristina is honored to spend the season with such an incredible group of artists at the Charlottesville Ballet.
Moira Price was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland and received the majority of her ballet training at the school of the Ballet Theatre of Maryland. She performed as an apprentice to the company from 2005-2007, most memorably in Willam Christensen’s Swan Lake. Moira recently graduated magna cum laude with her BFA in ballet from Point Park University, where she studied extensively with Susan Stowe, Lindy Mandradjieff, Jason McDole, Peter Merz and Kiesha Lalama. She had the great honor of performing Kiesha Lalama’s Patterns at the 2009 Youth American Grand Prix New York finals. Other favorite performances include Balanchine’s Raymonda Variations, Patrick Frantz’s Cote Jardin, and several pieces by Peter LeBreton Merz. In 2011, Moira joined Charlottesville Ballet as an Apprentice; she is delighted to return as a company member for her third season with Charlottesville Ballet. In addition to her work on the stage, Moira is currently completing her Master of Arts Administration degree at Goucher College. She serves as Charlottesville Ballet’s Studio Theatre Manager and continues her passion for dance education as a faculty member at the Charlottesville Ballet Academy.
Originally from Spokane, WA, Eryn received the majority of her training at Ballet Arts Academy under Peggy Goodner Tan and Ballet School of Coeur d’Alene under Ceci Klein. During this time she was a company member with Theatre Ballet of Spokane Civic Company as well as performed solo roles with Ballet School of Coeur d’Alene. She attended summer programs at Boston Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Ballet West. Eryn recently graduated with her BFA in Ballet Performance from the University of Utah where she trained with Maureen Laird, Maggie Wright Tesch, Calvin Kitten, Jay Kim, Victoria Stocki-Kim and Richard Wacko. She performed in a number of original works by both the U of U faculty and students and was a soloist in Gerald Arpino’s Birthday Variations. Eryn has also been invited to perform internationally in San Jose, Costa Rica and Kyiv, Ukraine as a member of the ballet department’s Character Dance Ensemble, in which she performed traditional folk dances as well as the Lilac Fairy from Sleeping Beauty. This is Eryn’s first season with the Charlottesville Ballet.
Samantha Holland was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania where she received her training from the Brandywine Ballet Company under the direction of Donna Muzio. During these years she had the pleasure of working with such artists as Nancy Page, Matthew Neenan, Christine Cox, Meredith Rainey, Martha Chamberlain, Ronen Koresh, and Scott Jovovich. Upon graduating high school, she proceeded to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in dance at Point Park University where she studied with Dana Arey, Lindy Mandradjieff, Peter Merz, Susan Stowe, Doug Bentz, Jason McDole, and Kiesha Lalama. It was at Point Park that Samantha had the privilege of performing various works choreographed by Val Caniparoli, Alan Obuzor, Gina Patterson, and Gerald Arpino. Samantha graduated from Point Park University in May 2013, and is overjoyed to join Charlottesville Ballet as an apprentice this season.
Mary Steward started dancing at a very young age at the National Ballet School (now located in Annapolis, MD) under the direction of Helen and Pamela Moore. While there, Ms. Steward eventually performed corps and soloist roles with the National Ballet Company in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Bolero, and Memories of the Green. At the age of 17, she received her Cecchetti Diploma from the Cecchetti Council of America and participated in the Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition as a semifinalist in Calgary. Mary furthered her dance education at Point Park University‘s College of Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, PA. During her college career she had the opportunity to work with an array of renowned teachers including Dana Arey, Lindy Mandradjieff, Peter Merz, Susan Stowe, Doug Bentz, Jason McDole, and Pearlann Porter. She also had the opportunity to develop her choreography skills through the program’s Student Choreography Project in which she created two original contemporary works entitled Synesthesia and The Meeting. Mary graduated in 2013 magna cum laude with a B.A. in Dance with a dual concentration in both ballet and jazz. Mary joins the Charlottesville Ballet as a Company Apprentice for the 2013-14 season.
Trainee Program 2013-14
Annie Boczek, Lauren Mort, Dylan Summers, Jessica Grant, Rachel Leonard, Anna Daught, Courteny Thornton, Stephanie Hammer
Special thanks to Andrea Shirey Photography for creating Charlottesville Ballet’s 2013-2014 artist portraits!