Antonio Anacan, now in his sixth season with the company has been featured as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Hans in The Nutcracker, Michael in Bruce Steivel’s Peter Pan and Tommy in Toni Pimble’s Tommy The Ballet. Previously Antonio trained with the San Francisco Ballet School and the Central Pennslyvania Youth Ballet and performed in Balanchine’s Valse Fantasy, Raymonda Variations, La Source, and as the Cavalier in The Nutcracker and the Waltz Boy in Serenade. He is an instructor at Eugene Ballet Academy, a photographer and co-creator of #instaballet
Miranda Atkinson is the #instaballet board’s vice president. She is a faculty member at the Eugene Ballet Academy and a freelance professional ballet and modern dancer. She has worked as a dance teacher for 15 years in Oregon, Iowa and Missouri, teaching ballet technique, pointe, variations, contemporary, and lyrical. Primarily focusing on classical ballet, Miranda began her training with Halcyone Ewalt Perlman in Columbia, Missouri, specializing in the Cecchetti method of ballet technique. While earning her B.S. in Psychology at Iowa State University, she taught ballet through the Accelerated Pre-Professional Ballet Program at the Robert Thomas Dancenter, serving as the program coordinator in 2005 and 2006. Additionally, she served as ballet mistress, and board member for the Iowa Youth Ballet. She has performed as a guest artist with the Iowa State Center’s production of The Nutcracker and Mid-Missouri Dance Theatre. In 2009, she danced professionally with Missouri Contemporary Ballet. Miranda has an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology and works as the Associate Director for Student Services in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon.
Cory was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. He received his training from Sacramento Ballet and Northern California Dance Conservatory studying with Jen Bradford and Theodore Constant. He has performed at the prestigious Jacobs Pillow Summer Festival in Beckett, MA, and toured throughout Germany, Italy & Austria with the Young Tanszommer performance group. In 2010 he was awarded first place senior soloist at Youth American Grand Prix in San Francisco. Cory has been featured by EBC in such ballet’s as A Midsummer Nights Dream, Carmina Burana, Stephanie Martinez’s Wandering On, Amy Seiwert’s White Noise & Toni Pimble’s The Great Gatsby. This summer, Cory played the role of Specs in the regional theatre premier of the Broadway Musical Newsies at Pacific Conservatory Theatre. He returns for his fifth season with Eugene Ballet.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Ali trained at the School of Cleveland Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts and Miami City Ballet, with summers at Canada’s National Ballet School, Chautauqua Institution, Jacob’s Pillow, and BalletX. Ali has danced professionally with Texas Ballet Theater, Eugene Ballet Company, and Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance. She danced as Clara in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and was invited on the National Tour. Ali performed Balanchine’s Serenade at the Hollywood Bowl Opening Night Gala. She is featured in Steve Childs’ documentary, And We Will Dance. Ali relocated to New York City in August 2014 to pursue a career as a freelance artist. She has worked as a soloist with the Edward Morgan Ballet, as a company member with Eglevsky Ballet, and as a dancer for Pointe Barre NYC and Arch Contemporary Ballet. She is currently pursuing a degree at Columbia University.
Originally from Paradise, CA, Marilyn began her training at Northern California Ballet under the direction of Trudi Angel where she had the opportunity to train with widely established teachers such as Richard Gibson, Leslie Crocket, and Evelyn Cisneros. She attended the 2007 Joffrey Ballet Workshop in San Antonio. This is Marilyn’s third year as an Aspirant in training with EBC. Previously she completed two years with the Eugene Ballet Academy trainee program. She has also danced as a guest artist with Northern California Ballet performing roles including the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Marilyn has performed with EBC in Toni Pimble’s Mowgli–The Jungle Book Ballet, Tommy the Ballet, The Nutcracker, Bolero, The Great Gatsby, and Swan Lake.
Born and raised in Vermont, Vivien trained for 12 years under the direction of Alexander and Kirsten Nagiba of Vermont Ballet Theatre. After attending their summer program at age 17, Vivien was invited to join Miami City Ballet’s year round pre-professional division. The following year she furthered her training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. Vivien joined Eugene Ballet as an Aspirant in 2015 and was promoted to the corps in 2017.
Mitchell Gill began his studies at the Appalachian Ballet School under the direction of Amy Morton, and later with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. He has studied at the summer schools of San Francisco Ballet School and Orlando Ballet, and danced professionally with Orlando Ballet II. He studied with Washington Ballet, performing in Septime Webre’s The Great Gatsby and WAM. Last season he was featured as John Darling in Bruce Steivel’s Peter Pan.
Suzanne began her dance training at the School of the Hartford Ballet and then attended Butler University in Indianapolis where she received her degree in Dance and Arts Administration. Now in her 15th season with Eugene Ballet Company, Suzanne has been featured as Edith Frank in Mauricio Wainrot’s Anne Frank, the title role in Toni Pimble’s Red Pony, in George Balanchine’s Who Cares?, as Calliope in Melissa Bobick’s Apollo and as Clara in The Nutcracker. An instructor with Eugene Ballet Academy, Suzanne is an ABT® Certified Teacher, successfully completing the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Suzanne is also a co-creator of the local interactive performing group #instaballet. In 2016, Suzanne choreographed her first ballet for Eugene Ballet, Look, and created a second ballet, The Surrounding Third, for the company last season. In July she was one of 4 choreographers chosen from throughout the United States to participate in the National Choreographer’s Initiative in Irvine, CA.
Born in Eugene, Victoria began her professional ballet training in Portland, OR, and continued her studies at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division, graduating in 2007. Since joining Eugene Ballet Company, she has had the pleasure of performing in Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain, Septime Webre’s Fluctuating Hemlines, as Arabian in The Nutcracker and as the Russian Dancer, Pas de Trois and Lead Swan in Swan Lake. In the 2015/16 season Victoria was featured as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella and as Mrs. Walker in Toni Pimble’s premiere of Tommy the Ballet. Last season Victoria was featured in Carmina Burana, danced the White Cat and the Fairy of Generosity in The Sleeping Beauty and the lead role of Daisy Buchanan in Pimble’s The Great Gatsby.
Born and raised in Colorado Springs, Erin began her training with Rozanne David at The Dance Center of Colorado Springs, and continued her training with Zamuel Ballet School under German and Valentina Zamuel. She then attended Texas Christian University’s School for Classical and Contemporary Dance and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet and minor in General Business. While at TCU, Erin performed soloist and principal roles in ballets such as Le Corsaire, Bournonville’s Napoli, Giselle, George Balanchine’s Valse-Fantaisie, and Four Temperaments staged by Michele Gifford. Erin joined Eugene Ballet as an Aspirant in 2016 and has performed roles such as Prudenza in Pulcinella, as well as Princess Wei Lo and Harlequinade in The Nutcracker. Erin was also featured in Stephanie Martinez’s Wandering On, and also in Val Caniparoli’s Tutto Eccetto il Lavandino.
Originally from Michigan, Isaac studied under the direction of Cyndi Buczek and Sergey Rayevskiy. He has danced as a trainee with Sarasota Ballet, as a company dancer with Eugene Ballet Company, #instaballet, Dayton Ballet, and has been selected as a dancer for the National Choreographers Initiative. He has also danced as a guest artist for Northern California Ballet, Ballet East, Detroit Dance City Festival, and Brighton Dance Festival. He has danced featured roles in works by Jiří Kylián, Toni Pimble, Septime Webre, Amy Seiwert, Suzanne Haag, Stephanie Martinez, and Karen Russo Burke. His repertoire also includes works by Sir Frederick Ashton, Ron Cunningham, Matthew Hart, Dennis Spaight, Ricardo Graziano, and Bruce Steivel.
Sarah Kosterman began her ballet training at the age of 6 in her hometown of Sacramento, California with Pamela Hayes. She continued her dance studies as a Dance Performance major at Butler University. While at Butler she studied ballet, as well as modern and jazz, under Marek Cholewa, Patrick Hinson, Michelle Jarvis, Stephan Laurent, Derek Reid, Cynthia Pratt, and Susan McGuire. She had the opportunity to perform principal and soloist roles with Butler Ballet including the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Columbine Doll in The Nutcracker; Fairy Miettes Qui Tombent in The Sleeping Beauty; and also in George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie. In the summer of 2014 she toured Eastern Europe with Butler Ballet and took classes as well as performed with the National Schools of ballet in Warsaw and Poznan, Poland and the National Conservatories of Bratislava, Slovakia and Prague, Czech Republic. Sarah graduated from Butler University in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and a minor in business. During her first season with Eugene Ballet she had the opportunity to perform as the Chinese soloist and a Harlequinade in Toni Pimble’s The Nutcracker. This is her 2nd season as a Eugene Ballet Academy Aspirant in training with Eugene Ballet Academy.
Yamil studied with The Sarasota Ballet School with teachers Isabel and Javier Dubroc, Pavel Fomin and Wendy Johnson. He danced with Sarasota Ballet and Miami Classical Ballet and as guest artist with Brandon School of Dance Arts in the role of Basilio in Baryshinikov’s Don Quixote. In 2014 he won first place in the classical senior men’s division of the 2014 Youth American Grand Prix in Atlanta, Georgia, and in 2017 he competed in the Moscow International Ballet Competition. Yamil’s repertoire with the Eugene Ballet includes peasant pas in Giselle, the Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Pulcinella in The Nutcracker and he was featured in Stephanie Martínez’s Wandering On and Suzanne Haag’s Look.
Beth hails from Florida and began her training at Pofahl Studio. She is a graduate of The HARID Conservatory where she received the Rudolf Nureyev Education Fellowship. Her International experience includes festivals in Japan and Brazil, and finishing in the top 12 of the Senior Women’s Category at the 2012 Varna International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria. She has worked for Alaska Dance Theatre, Eglevsky Ballet, as a Principal with Dance Alive National Ballet, and has performed Kim Tuttle’s ballet Dream for HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco. Since joining EBC in 2013, Beth’s featured roles in Toni Pimble’s ballets include Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, the roasted swan in Carmina Burana, Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby, Clara in The Nutcracker, Stepsister Clarinda in Cinderella and Tinkerbell in Bruce Steivel’s Peter Pan. This past summer she performed new works by Tom Gold and Stephanie Martinez at the National Choreographers Initiative, and was featured in new ballets by Amy Seiwert, Nicole Haskins and Val Caniparoli with Amy Seiwert’s Imagery in San Francisco.
Originally from Ohio, Emma began her training at the Schrader Youth Ballet. She graduated with a BFA in dance with a ballet emphasis from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.
She has danced with the Louisville Ballet and the Eugene Ballet, and is currently in her 4th season with Nevada Ballet Theatre. Some repertoire highlights include Adam Hougland's Rite of Spring, Gerald Arpino's Light Rain, peasant pas de deux from Giselle, Clara in James Canfield’s The Nutcracker, principal roles in Balanchine's Who Cares? and Serenade, a little swan in Cynthia Gregory's Swan Lake, Tinkerbell in Jorden Morris' Peter Pan, Paul Taylor’s Company B, Beauty in Lew Christensen’s Beauty and the Beast, and the title role in the world premiere of James Canfield and Tara Foy's Cinderella.
While at NBT, Emma has also had the opportunity to perform in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil at the Mystère Theater.
Reed began his ballet studies in his hometown of Corvallis, OR. He later had the privilege of studying under Franco de Vita at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of American Ballet Theater. Reed has had featured roles in many EBC productions including: All You Need is Love, Idyll for Eight, Tommy The Ballet, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Concerto Grosso, as well as Jessica Lang’s Solo in Nine Parts, and Septime Webre’s Fluctuating Hemlines. Last season Reed danced the role of Hans in The Nutcracker and George Wilson in Toni Pimble’s The Great Gatsby.
Originally from Rochester, MN, Sara began her formal ballet training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Professional Division. Following a year of training with Edward Ellison in NYC, Sara began her professional career with EBC. Now in her seventh season with the company, highlights of Sara’s repertoire include: Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain, Petits Cygnets in Swan Lake, Summer Fairy in Cinderella, White Cat and Fairy of Courage in The Sleeping Beauty, Toni Pimble’s The Great Gatsby, and Suzanne Haag’s Look. In addition to her work with EBC, Sara has danced in numerous #instaballet installations and appeared in the Lonely Town Pas de Deux in OFAM’s 2016 production of On the Town. Last season Sara was delighted to be featured as the Rose in The Snow Queen, in Stephanie Martinez’s Wandering On. and as Spanish and Mechanical Doll in The Nutcracker.
Danielle received her early training from Connecticut Dance School and attended the University of Utah where she graduated with a BFA in Ballet Performance and a BS in Business Management. She joined Eugene Ballet Company in 2008 as an apprentice, was promoted to the corps de ballet in 2011, and principal in 2015. Danielle has been featured as Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Myrtha in Giselle, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, as Carmen, the title role in Toni Pimble’s world premiere of The Snow Queen, and most recently as Anitra in Peer Gynt. She has also been featured in various contemporary ballets including Stephanie Martinez’s Wandering On, Amy Seiwert’s White Noise, Jessica Lang’s Solo in Nine Parts, and Val Caniparoli’s Tutto Eccetto Il Lavandino. Danielle is an instructor for Eugene Ballet Academy and teaches throughout the northwest with her husband and fellow dancer Mark Tucker. She has also had the opportunity to perform as a guest artist with Ballet Hawaii in Septime Webre’s Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Peter Pan, and as the Dark Angel and Waltz Girl in George Balanchine’s Serenade.
Mark Tucker grew up in Hawaii and began his early training with Maria Jose Beltran, Paul Maley, Pamela Taylor-Tongg, and Daniel Nelson. He continued his training at The North Carolina School of the Arts where he graduated high school and obtained a BFA in Classical Ballet with a minor in Modern Dance. Mark started his professional career at 19 as a freelance artist and joined Eugene Ballet Company at 20, where he has been for the past ten seasons. Mark has defined his career as a strong partner and has had the opportunity to be a part of the creation of some of Toni Pimble’s more modern ballet’s including Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon and “I Want You” in Pimble’s All You Need is Love. Mark began dancing principal roles with EBC in 2012 as the lead male in Rite of Spring and Cavalier in The Nutcracker the following year. He has been featured as the lead male in Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain and he also enjoys bringing characters to life onstage in roles such as Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and Von Rothbart in Swan Lake. In 2015 Mark starred alongside his wife, EBC Principal Dancer Danielle Tolmie, in Pimble’s Carmen. “Dancing the role of Don Jose across from my wife was one of the most memorable and powerful moments I have ever experienced on stage.” After his promotion to Principal Dancer he has had the privilege of dancing Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty and Jay Gatsby in Toni Pimble’s ballet based on the American classic novel among other roles.
Hayley Tavonatti began her training in Tracy, CA under the direction of Deborah Skinner. In 2011 she began training full time at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet in New York City where she performed soloist and corps roles in The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Harlequinade, Cavalry Halt, and The Little Humpbacked Horse. She received additional training from the Peninsula Ballet Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Most recently, Hayley spent two years as an apprentice with Oklahoma City Ballet where she danced in Giselle, Paul Vasterling’s Peter Pan, George Balanchine’s Serenade, and Robert Mills’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Lahna Vanderbush was born in Nagoya, Japan and raised in Eugene, Oregon. She began her training at the Eugene Ballet Academy, later finishing at the San Francisco Ballet School under the direction of Gloria Govrin and Lola de Avila. She began her career in 2007 at Alberta Ballet. In 2009, she guested with the Norwegian National Ballet and Eugene Ballet Company, later joining Ballet San Jose (now known as Silicon Valley Ballet), where she performed roles varying from corps to principal. She has also danced in world premieres by Amy Seiwert and Yuri Zhukov, and performed with the San Jose Opera and Collage Dance Collective. Vanderbush has toured Canada, United States, China, and Spain with Alberta Ballet and Silicon Valley Ballet. This is her first season with Milwaukee Ballet.
Harmony first trained with Clarissa Boeriu in Ventura, CA, and was later accepted at The Rock School for Dance Education for the last two years of her high school career. In 2013, Harmony was accepted into EBC’s Aspirant training program and was featured in Toni Pimble’s Dark Flight and performed in Ms. Pimble’s Bolero and Les élméns. This is Harmony’s second season as an Aspirant with EBC.