dancers

Danna Parker started dancing when she was 13 years old as a modern dancer.  She was accepted to Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences in Kansas City where her interests quickly turned to ballet.  She has danced with Southern Ballet Theatre in Orlando, Mark O’Brien Productions in Germany and Wylliams Henry Dance Theatre in Kansas City.  She also studied at The Alvin Ailey School in Kansas City and New York.  With her roots in Phoenix, Danna returned to the Valley in 1996 and danced with The Movement Source Dance Company for 6 seasons.  Wanting to branch out on her own, she created Terpsicore Dance Company which is now in its 10th season.

Belinda Irving began her ballet training in Worcester, Massachusetts with the Worcester Youth Ballet where she trained under former American Ballet Theater Principal Dancer, Jeremy Collins, and former Boston Ballet Company Member and Boston Ballet School Director, Dierdre Miles-Burger. With the Worcester Youth Ballet, she danced in many roles from The Nutcracker, Paquita, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, and Giselle. During the summers she trained at Boston Ballet under former Boston Ballet Soloist, Jennifer Glaze, and at David Howard’s Summer Dance Intensive. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bard College, where she studied French and Dance. At Bard College, Belinda was choreographer and soloist for a student-led ballet company. Belinda has also danced with Convergence Ballet Company. This is Belinda’s fifth season dancing with Terpsicore.

Mimi Ringness has been dancing since the age of four, and received her primary training under Alan Baker and Yvonne Mounsey (former New York City Ballet company members).  She further developed her technique under Colleen Neary and Thordal Christensen (formerly of New York City Ballet and the Royal Danish Ballet; Artistic Directors of Los Angles Ballet), Martine Harley (formerly of Houston Ballet), and Melissa Barak (formerly of New York City Ballet; Los Angeles Ballet).  She has performed soloist roles in Paquita and The Nutcracker with Ms. Mounsey’s pre-professional company Westside Ballet.  Mimi is currently a full-time student at Arizona State University and teaches ballet in Tempe.  This is her fifth season with Terpsicore Dance Company.

Kleiton Sistelos was born in Recife Brazil.  He studied Classical Dance in the Royal Method and graduated in 2006.  He also studied the Techinique Cubana from 2005 to 2007.  Kleiton has trained throughout the world in Brazil, the United States, and Europe, and also at the Teatro Carcano, Milan, Italy.  He has studied Jazz and Modern, specializing in the Horton Technique.  He has danced in festivals throughout Brazil and Europe including Latin American Tour, Milan, Dell'Art Festival in Genova, Festival Nice, France, and Festival of Valencia, Spain. He has performed in major productions on the stage and television in Rio de Janeiro, and his repertoire includes the Grand Pas de Deux from Don Quixote, Sugar Plum Cavalier in The Nutcracker, Blue Bird from Sleeping Beauty, Flames of Paris, and Cinderella.

Alissa Dill began training in classical ballet at the age of three in her hometown in Washington State. Even at the young age of three, Alissa fell in love with everything ballet and knew it would be something she pursued as a career. By the age of fourteen she was accepted into the company at Metropolitan Ballet of Tacoma. While performing many lead roles with MBT, her passion for dance grew stronger. During her teen years, she traveled the country to attend summer intensives at numerous companies including Evergreen City Ballet, Ballet Magnificat, Sultanov Russian Ballet Academy, and Paradosi Ballet. She also has done professional theater and dance work with Theater Northwest. Currently, Alissa is a dance education major at Grand Canyon University, and is on a full tuition scholarship for academics and dance performance. She is also a faculty-selected member of the Ethington Dance Ensemble in the dance department, and the vice president of GCU’s chapter of the Student Dance Education Organization. In addition to performing, Alissa finds joy teaching ballet and modern to all ages and levels, and intends to pursue a teaching career in her future. This is her first season with Terpsicore Dance Company and she excited to be working with such an amazing company.

Christa Poleshook grew up in Colorado where she began dancing at the age of 8.  She studied all forms of dance including modern, jazz, and tap, however found a great passion for ballet. She also had the privilege to attend several summer programs including, Kansas City Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet.  After receiving a dance scholarship for the University of Arizona, she packed her bags and began training with Nina Janik, Melissa Lowe, James Clouser, Amy Ernst, and Doug Neilsen.  It was through Nina Janik  that she was invited to perform in Rimini, Italy.  Upon completing her B.F.A. in Dance she decided to move to New York City, where she trained and studied under a variety of choreographers.  Needing a more laid-back lifestyle, Christa headed back to the desert to perform with Center Dance Ensemble under Frances Cohen.  Wanting to get back to ballet, she dusted off her pointe shoes and found herself dancing with Terpsicore!

Melissa Zervas Hahne was formally trained under the direction of Miss Charlotte Lyke in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. During her four years with Ballet Bartlesville she studied under Leo Ahonen and Soili Arvola for whom she performed numerous soloist roles including The Nutcracker, Giselle,  Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, Touché, Classical Symphony, and Cinderella.  In addition, she traveled to Long Beach Ballet Arts Center, Clearlake, TX with the Arvola-Ahonen Workshop, and was selected to study at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain. Melissa was a member of the TCU ballet co. for four years where she danced several roles under direction of the late Fernando Bujones, choreographer in residence.  While at Texas Christian Melissa was cast to dance La Bayadère–Kingdom of the Shades, To the Rhythm of Jazz, Forever 40s (in conjunction with Fort Worth’s Retrofest), and Raymonda–Act III. She continues to guest perform many works choreographed by Leo Ahonen and Soili Arvola such as The Nutcracker (Snow soloist, Rose), Giselle (Myrtha), Sleeping Beauty (The Lilac Fairy, Carabosse), Coppélia (Czardas, lead friend), Touché, and the original works of Soili Arvola, Samson and Delilah (Zura), and Tarzan (Chita).  This past spring, she performed Myrtha in the ballet Giselle with ballerina Olga Pavlova.  Melissa enjoyed teaching at the Pennsylvania Dance Conservatory for three years and was certified in Pilates at the Kane School in Manhattan, NY. Most recently she has joined TDC.  For the past year, Melissa served as president of a youth ballet organization, Ballet Formé. Melissa lives in Goodyear with her husband Josh and their three children.   

Leela Fazzuoli danced with Ballet Arizona from 2007 to 2009. She trained at prestigious schools including American Ballet Theater, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and Ballet Arizona. She recently attended ODC's workshop for professionals and was able to perform with them. Leela attended Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and American Ballet theater's summer intensives. She has studied with Keejuan Han, Truman Finney, Ib Andersen, Joanna Burman, Nadya Zubkov, Wilhelm Burman, and Daniel Baudensteindel. She has performed in many productions including leading and soloist roles in The Nutcracker, Theme and Variations, Nappoli, Coppelia, La Byadere, Etudes, and Swan Lake. This is her second season with Terpsicore Dance Company.

Aubree Dagilis started dancing when she was three at the Dance Studio in Prescott, Arizona.  In 2004, 2005, and 2006, she attended the summer programs of Southwest Classical Dance Institute, directed by Natasha and Joshua Brooksher.  The attendance of their summer programs made her more interested in ballet, thus beginning her classical ballet training with The School of Ballet Arizona in 2007.  She studied with SBAZ from 2007-2010 under the direction of Nancy Crowley. The school year of 2010/11, she continued her ballet  training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.  In 2011, she returned to Arizona to continue her training under Daniel Baudendistel.  In 2012, she started dancing at Master Ballet Academy under Slawomir and Irena Wozniak, and continues to dance under their direction.  She has attended many summer dance programs, including Southwest Classical Dance Institute's summers of 2004, 2005, and 2006, School of Ballet Arizona 2007 and 2012, Boston Ballet summer of 2008, School of American Ballet summer of 2010, CPYB summer of 2011, and American Ballet Theatre summer of 2013.  She has also competed in the Youth American Grand Prix in 2010 and 2013.  In 2010, she was invited to take workshop classes with the YAGP finalists in NY.  She also competed in World Ballet Competition summer of 2013.  This is her first season dancing with Terpsicore Dance Company.

Alexandra Papazian began her formal dance training with the School of Ballet Arizona where she trained for 12 years. She also trained in the summer intensive dance programs of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, The Washington of Ballet, Walnut Hill School, BalletMet Academy. and The Rock School for Dance Education. After graduating high school, she trained for a year in the graduate program at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School and a year at the Jordan College of Fine Arts at Butler University. Currently, she is training with renowned dancer and choreographer Daniel Baudendistel in Phoenix while she pursues her BS degree from Arizona State University. Her performance experience is varied, having danced roles in the Corps de Ballet of Ballet Arizona, The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, the Butler Ballet and as a guest dancer with the Southern Illinois Music Festival.

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Aidan Schubert began her classical ballet training at the age of 13.  She received her primary training in the pre-professional programs of both the School of Ballet Arizona, under the direction of Nancy   Crowley and later Carlos Valcárcel, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School on scholarship, under the direction of Marjorie Grundvig and.  Dennis Marshall.  She was invited to spend her summers dancing at American Ballet Theatre in New York City, Boston Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, School of Ballet Arizona, Saratoga Springs Dance Intensive, and Vail Valley Dance Intesive.  She has been privileged to study under teachers such as Ib Andersen, Daniel Baudendistel, John-Paul Comelin, Patricia Wilde, Anna Marie Holmes, Marianna Tcherkassky, Janet Popeleski, Li-Chou Cheng, Carrie Cheng, Roberto Munoz, Melinda Roy, Françoise Thouveny-Doyle, Gil Boggs, Jock Soto, Darci Kistler, Robert Fairchild, and Daniel Ulbright, and others.  While at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, In addition to her student roles in Pittsburgh Ballet Theatres Nutcracker, Aidan understudied Flowers and was invited to learn Snow.  Her favorite student role at School of Ballet Arizona was the Dawn Variation from Copelia.  As well as other roles in student productions and student roles in Ballet Arizonas productions of The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Romeo and Juliet, Aidan was invited to perform with Ballet Arizona in both Sleeping Beauty (Vision) and Balanchines Episodes.  She is looking forward to her first season with Terpsicore!

Richelle Trebilcock began dancing classical ballet at the age of 5.  She developed a love for all styles of dance including ballet, modern, jazz, flamenco and character at School of Ballet Arizona and Arizona School of Classical Ballet.  She has attended several ballet intensives across the nation such as Ballet Magnificat, Paradosi, Milwaukee Ballet Company, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and The Rock.  Currently, Richelle is studying athletic training and dance education at Grand Canyon University (GCU).  While in college, Richelle has performed with the GCU Dance Team, developing a style in hip hop, pom and contemporary and competing nationally this past year. She will attain a license in Athletic Training, a certification in Pilates Instruction, and graduate with a dance education minor within the current academic year.  She has also performed alongside professional companies among Ballet Arizona, Center Dance Ensemble, and Movement Source Dance Company.  Currently Richelle is actively pursuing a career of sports medicine within the performing arts.