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Hannah



























Hannah Joy Bontrager

Photos: Stephanie Urso

Hometown: Eugene, OR

College: BA, Dance and BA, English Literature, Clark Honors College/University of Oregon (summa cum laude)

Ballet Fantastique: Here since 2000, favorite role Scheherazade in Arabian Nights

Favorites: Almost any candy, almost any book, and Michael Kaiser’s Huffington Post arts admin blog

Pointe shoes: Grishko 2007s

Hannah studied the eight levels of the Vaganova Syllabus and Vaganova pedagogy with her mother, Donna Marisa Bontrager, while creating and performing works locally. In addition, she spent two summers at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. under Artistic Director Oleg Vinogradov (also Artistic Director of the Kirov Ballet in Russia), and was one of five students invited internationally to join renowned Kirov prima ballerina Mme. Alla Sizova’s advanced class. Hannah spent one concert season in Denver, under St. Petersburg Vaganova Academy graduate Inessa Pakri-Plekhanova, while concurrently training and performing with the company’s apprentices. Hannah has performed professionally with the Ballet Fantastique chamber company since its inception, and has also appeared in soloist roles for a number of other companies across the country, including Manassas Ballet Theatre in the Washington, DC metro area (Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker, and the lead in Vivandière/Markitenka). As a dancer with the Ballet Fantastique chamber company, Hannah has earned rave critical reviews in soloist and principal roles, including: Cindy in Cinderella: A Rock Opera Ballet set in 1964 (with Shelley & Cal and the Agents of Unity, 2015 performances); Kalypso and Circe in The Odyssey: The Ballet (with live looping electric violinist Cullen Vance, premiere 2015); Christmas Future in American Christmas Carol (with Halie Loren & band, premiere 2014); The Spirit in The Book of Esther: A Rock Gospel Ballet (with the UO Gospel Choir, premiere 2014), The Moon Princess in Tales from the Floating World (with Portland Taiko and international koto player Mitsuki Dazai, premiere 2014); Juliana de Romeo, the prissy heartthrob in ZORRO (with the LA-based band Incendio and violinist-composer Kim Angelis, premiere 2013); the flippant Lydia Bennette in Pride & Prejudice: A Parisian Jazz Ballet (with Gerry Rempel Jazz Syndicate, premiere 2013); Henriette, the feisty writer in The Misadventures of Casanova (premiere 2013); Simone, the Adventurous Dreamer in Cirque de la Lune (with Betty and the Boy, Mood Area 52, and Troupe Carnivale, premiere 2011); the Dancing Diva and Motorcycle Girl in Cinderella: A Rock Opera Ballet (with Shelley and Cal and the Agents of Unity, premiere 2012); Scheherazade in Arabian Nights (premiere 2011); Rosie, the lead in As You Like It: A Wild West Ballet (including on Ballet Fantastique's Italy tour in 2013; original premiere 2011); Peter Rabbit in Tales of Beatrix Potter (premiere 2010); Marguerite, the siren in Love at the Cafe Terrace (with composer Jeremy DeKyle Schropp and orchestra; premiere 2009); Aviary in Carnival of the Animals (including with Eugene Symphony, premiere 2008); the Nymph from Rusalka in “Song to the Moon”; and the Lover in “La Vie en Rose” (Visions d'Amour, premiere 2009).

Ashley


























Ashley Blake Bontrager

Photos: Woden Photography

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

College: BA, Journalism-Broadcasting, University of Oregon

Ballet Fantastique: Here since 2000, favorite role Marilyn in American Christmas Carol

Favorites: A very good glass of wine, yoga and strength training, real books

Pointe shoes: Gaynor Mindens

Ashley began her training at Buffalo City Ballet and the Conservatory of Classical Dance, and graduated from The Academy of Ballet Fantastique in 2004. As one of the founding members of Ballet Fantastique's professional contemporary chamber company, Ashley has performed many acclaimed soloist roles, including: the Muse and Princess Nausicaa in The Odyssey: The Ballet (with live looping electric violinist Cullen Vance, premiere 2015); Marilyn in American Christmas Carol (with Halie Loren & band, premiere 2014); Princess Cassandane in The Book of Esther: A Rock Gospel Ballet (with the UO Gospel Choir, premiere 2014), the Tennyo/Celestial Maiden and Princess Taema in Tales from the Floating World (with Portland Taiko and international koto player Mitsuki Dazai, premiere 2014); Isabel de Romeo, the tomboy in ZORRO (with the LA-based band Incendio and violinist-composer Kim Angelis, premiere 2013); Lizzy Bennette, the bold lead in Pride & Prejudice: A Parisian Jazz Ballet (with Gerry Rempel Jazz Syndicate, premiere 2013); Angela Catterina Tosello, the priest's niece in The Misadventures of Casanova (premiere 2013); Chiara, the Alluring Lion Tamer in Cirque de la Lune (with Betty and the Boy, Mood Area 52, and Troupe Carnivale, premiere 2011); Stepsister Stasia in Cinderella: A Rock Opera Ballet (with Shelley and Cal and the Agents of Unity, premiere 2012 + 2015 performances); the Genie in "The Tale of the 7th Night," part of BFan's Arabian Nights (premiere 2011); Annie Oakley in As You Like It: A Wild West Ballet (including on Ballet Fantastique's Italy tour in 2013; original premiere 2011); the Fox in Tales of Beatrix Potter (premiere 2010); Wanda, the floozy in Love at the Cafe Terrace (with composer Jeremy DeKyle Schropp and orchestra; premiere 2009); Fossil in Carnival of the Animals (including with Eugene Symphony, premiere 2008); Audrey in Breakfast at Tiffany’s; A Novel Experience (with the Oregon Mozart Players); and live with dozens of groups at home and on tour, including the LA-based band Incendio and the nationally-acclaimed Trio Voronezh. In addition to her work with Ballet Fantastique, Ashley completed a Journalism-Broadcasting major at the University of Oregon in 2008 with specializations in both news and documentary.






Jim









Jim Gordon Ballard

Photos: Stephanie Urso

Hometown: Midland, TX

College: Lane Community College

Ballet Fantastique: Here since 2013, favorite role Don Tomas de Romeo in ZORRO: The Ballet

Favorites: Cooking, scuba diving, exploring rivers and waterfalls

Jim's performance resume includes dozens of performances with the Shedd Institute of the Arts and Oregon Festival of American Music, including: Babes in Arms; South Pacific; Brigadoon; Kiss Me, Kate; White Christmas; Pal Joey; Girl Crazy; Sweet Charity; The King and I; Lady, Be Good; Singin' in the Rain; No, No, Nanette; The Music Man; Oh, Kay!; The Sound Of Music, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Jim has also performed at Cottage Theatre, Very Little Theatre, Lane Community College, and at the University of Oregon. With Ballet Fantastique, Jim has performed the roles of: Fairy Godmother's Boy in Cinderella: A Rock Opera Ballet (with Shelley and Cal and the Agents of Unity, 2015 performances); Peisander in The Odyssey: The Ballet (with live looping electric violinist Cullen Vance, premiere 2015); Bob Cratchit in An American Christmas Carol (with Halie Loren and her jazz band, premiere 2014); Hegai, keeper of the women in The Book of Esther: A Rock Gospel Ballet (with the UO Gospel Choir, premiere 2014); and Don Tomas de Romeo in ZORRO (with the LA-based band Incendio and violinist-composer Kim Angelis, premiere 2013).


Amanda Kay Coleman









Amanda Kay Coleman

Photos: Jamie Jones

Hometown: Eugene, OR

Ballet Fantastique: 2012 season, now back! Favorite role CeCe in As You Like It: A Wild West Ballet

Favorites: Yoga, Oregon Coast, ice cream

Pointe shoes: Gaynor Mindens

Amanda grew up in Eugene, training at the Eugene School of Ballet. As a student, she attended Regional Dance America Festivals both regionally and nationally. There, she was awarded the title “honor student” and consecutive scholarships to prestigious CRAFT of Choreography workshops. Amanda attended summer intensives on scholarship at prestigious schools such as Joffrey Ballet School NY, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Ballet Austin, and Portland Festival Ballet. At age 16, Amanda began her professional ballet career as an Apprentice with the Eugene Ballet Company. She spent two performance seasons with EBC, touring across the the Northwest performing Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Dracula, American in Paris, The Nutcracker, and original works by Toni Pimble and Gillmer Duran. Amanda first danced with Ballet Fantastique for the 2011 season, performing as the Macaw Bird in Northwest composer Charles Gurke's "Cincuenta Años de Soledad/50 Years of Solitude" in Ballet Fantastique's bossa/brasil (premiere 2011) and as CeCe in As You Like It: A Wild West Ballet (premiere 2011). Amanda then moved to Portland to study under the late John Magnus, where she performed roles such as Sugar Plum Fairy, Dew Drop Fairy, Snow Queen, and Arabian in The Nutcracker, Fairy Queen in Hansel and Gretel, and original choreography by Les Watanabe. Amanda presented her own production of contemporary choreographic works, Chiaroscuro, with Emily Schultz, Amelia Unsicker, Melissa St. Clair, and Lavinia Magliocco. Amanda danced as a company member with Moxie Contemporary Ballet under Artistic Director Gina Candland. She performed the soloist role La Lune in the holiday production of Noel, and in "Water Wheel," "Brain Crane," and "Monsters" in A La Mode. In addition, Amanda performed original pieces by internationally-recognized choreographers such as Michele Oliva, Jourdan Epstein, Emery LeCrone, Doug Baum, Marie Zvosec, and Drew Jacoby. Amanda is very excited to reunite with Ballet Fantastique.




Leanne


























Leanne Michelle Mizzoni

Photos: Woden Photography

Hometown: Burke, VA

College: BFA, Dance/Pedagogy, The Hartt School/University of Hartford (cum laude)

Ballet Fantastique: Here since 2009, favorite role Esther in The Book of Esther: A Rock Gospel Ballet

Favorites: Macaroni, gummy bears, West Side Story

Pointe shoes: Grishko 2007s

Leanne started her training under Susan Blazy at the Metropolitan Ballet School. She later studied at Virginia Ballet, where she trained under former Ballets Russes dancers Oleg Tupine and Tania Rousseau. Leanne continued her training at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School, where she graduated cum laude with a BFA in Dance Pedagogy. There, Leanne trained under Peggy Lyman, Peter O’Brian, Alla Nikitina, and Hilda Morales. She performed with American Ballet Theatre in The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet. Leanne also attended summer programs at the Joffrey Ballet and Virginia School of the Arts. Leanne was a company dancer for four years with Manassas Ballet Theatre, performing many soloist roles including Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Michaela in Carmen. Since joining Ballet Fantastique, Leanne has appeared locally and on tour in soloist and principal roles such as: Mercury in The Odyssey: The Ballet (with live looping electric violinist Cullen Vance, premiere 2015); Judy in American Christmas Carol (with Halie Loren & band, premiere 2014); Esther in The Book of Esther: A Rock Gospel Ballet (with the UO Gospel Choir, premiere 2014), Miyuki, the samurai's daughter in Tales from the Floating World (with Portland Taiko and international koto player Mitsuki Dazai, premiere 2014); Light in the Night in ZORRO (with the LA-based band Incendio and violinist-composer Kim Angelis, premiere 2013); Kitty Bennette, the raucous little sister in Pride & Prejudice: A Parisian Jazz Ballet (with Gerry Rempel Jazz Syndicate, premiere 2013); Faustina, the famous opera singer in The Misadventures of Casanova (premiere 2013); Estrella, the Lonesome Diva in Cirque de la Lune (with Betty and the Boy, Mood Area 52, and Troupe Carnivale, premiere 2011); the Sunnydale Fairy Godmother in Cinderella: A Rock Opera Ballet (with Shelley and Cal and the Agents of Unity, premiere 2012 + 2015 performances); the Diamond Statue in Arabian Nights (premiere 2011); Cupid in As You Like It: A Wild West Ballet (including on Ballet Fantastique's Italy tour in 2013; original premiere 2011); Squirrel Nutkin in Tales of Beatrix Potter (premiere 2010); Chloe, the waitress in Love at the Cafe Terrace (with composer Jeremy DeKyle Schropp and orchestra; premiere 2009); and many others.




Summer


























Summer Redwing Reed

Photos: Michael Auer

Hometown: New Salem, PA

Ballet Fantastique: First season

Favorites: Zelda (my dog), baking, and fitness

Pointe shoes: Freed Maltese Cross

Summer is from New Salem, Pennsylvania. She began her ballet training locally, expanding to include studying privately with Mansur Kamaletdinov, former principal dancer and acting director of the Bolshoi Ballet and summer training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. In 2011, Summer joined Kentucky Ballet Theater(KBT) as a Trainee and advanced to Apprentice in 2013. While with KBT, she had the privilege of dancing many soloist roles, including those in Nisi Dominus and Boleros; Demon Queen in Dracula; Mercedes in Carmen; Canary Fairy in Sleeping Beauty; and Arabian, Nutcracker Doll, and Spanish in The Nutcracker. This past season, Summer danced with the Grand Rapids Ballet company under the direction of Patricia Barker. She was honored to have the opportunity perform several soloist roles, including Arabian in The Nutcracker, after being chosen to work closely with renowned choreographers, including Val Caniparoli, Sagi Gross, and Gina Patterson. Summer is very excited to be joining Ballet Fantastique and is looking forward to a great season!

Anthony Rosario









Anthony Rosario

Photos: Stephanie Urso

Hometown: Bronx, NY

Ballet Fantastique: First season

Favorites: Spending time with family and friends, outdoors, flamenco

Anthony was born in the Dominican Republic, and moved to New York City at the age of three. He started dancing when he was fifteen at Ballet Hispanico, and studied ballet, flamenco, jazz, Latin jazz, and modern. Anthony danced flamenco professionally with Flamenco Revolution, during which time he performed at Jacob's Pillow in Massachusetts and various theaters in New York City. In 2010, Anthony received a full scholarship for Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet (GKA). Anthony graduated from the Academy and joined The Gelsey Kirkland Ballet (GKB) in 2013. Anthony has danced various demi-soloist, soloist, and principal roles in GKA's and GKB's performances. Anthony performed in repertory including The Nutcracker, Raymonda, Le Corsaire, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Marius Petipa's Harlequinade, as well as works by the Danish choreographer Auguste Bournonville, such as La Ventana, Ballabile, and Jocky Dance. Anthony also taught ballet on faculty at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy Summer Intensive. In October 2014, Anthony competed in the New York Flamenco Certamen--a Flamenco competition held at Lincoln Center, New York City--and won 2nd place. Anthony continues to study Flamenco in his spare time, and recently traveled to Spain to study under Raquel Heredia, a very respected dancer in the Flamenco world.




Martino Sauter









Martino Sauter

Photos: Stephanie Urso

Hometown: Galax, VA

Ballet Fantastique: First season

Favorites: Lemon head candy, hiking, cheese

Tino started his training at the Conservatory of Dance and Theatre in Galax, Virginia under the direction of Barbara Johnson. Soon after, Martino found his passion and went away to prestigious schools, such as The Rock School for Dance Education and Joffrey Ballet. He then continued his dance education at the renowned Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts in Torrington CT, from which he later graduated. While at Nutmeg, Martino trained under Eleanor D'Antuono, Victoria Mazzarelli, Kirk Peterson and Timothy Melady. Upon graduation from Nutmeg, he signed a contract with Ballet Metropolitan in Columbus, Ohio. He also joined MOMIX Dance Theatre; while with MOMIX, Martino performed all over the US and Europe. Martino has performed soloist and principal roles from many classical and contemporary ballets, including: The Nutcracker, La Bayadere, Giselle, and Swan Lake. He has also guested for many other productions with various companies.