Dancers 2015

MEET OUR 2015 DANCERS


    Rachel Coats

Ms. Coats, a native of Miami, Florida, received her primary instruction from Tony Catanzaro, as well as at the Mencia-Pikieris School of Dance and New World School of the Arts. She spent her summers studying on scholarship at the School of American Ballet and Boston Ballet. Ms. Coats has performed with both Nashville Ballet and Boston Ballet. She has received awards from the National Society of Arts and Letters and ARTS–NFAA Foundations. Since joining the Company, Ms. Coats has enjoyed dancing in Afternoon of a Faun, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Dark Elegies, Brahms Paganini, and End of Time, among many othersSome of her favorite roles have included Desdemona in The Moor’s Pavane, the title role in Firebird, the Stripper in Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, and Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. In the summer of 2013, Ms. Coats was proud to be a part of the first Kansas City Dance Festival where she performed works by Ma Cong, Salvatore Aiello, and Anthony Krutzkamp. This is Ms. Coat’s 2nd year performing with KCDF.


    Gabriel Davidsson

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Gabriel Davidsson began dancing at the National Ballet School in Gothenburg in 2000. After moving to the United States, he studied primarily with Jamey Leverett at the Timothy Draper Center for Dance Education in N. Y. (2001–2007). He finished his training at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D. C. with Anatoli Kucheruk (2007–2009). From 2009–2012 Davidsson was engaged at the Kansas City Ballet. Since 2012 Gabriel Davidsson is a soloist with the Estonian National Ballet. His repertoire includes Benvolio (Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet”), Tchaikovsky’s Prince and the Snow King (“The Nutcracker”) and pas de deux (“Swan Lake”), Pas d’esclave (Adam’s “Le Corsaire”), as well as leading roles in ballets by Robert Hill, Jessica Lang, Bruce Marks, Toni Pimble, George Balanchine, William Whitener, and Twyla Tharp. Gabriel Davidsson has performed in Festivals and workshops all over the United States. In 2011, he collaborated with his brother Jonathan Davidsson and danced original choreography in South Korea. This is Mr. Davidsson’s 2nd year performing with KCDF. Gabriel will be joining Finnish National Ballet for their 2015-2016 season.


    Marty Davis

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Marty Davis began his training at the age of seven in Los Angeles, California, with Meridith Baylis. When he was 13, he continued his training with Philip and Charles Fuller while attending Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Marty attended summer programs at San Francisco Ballet and at Boston Ballet, where he was invited to continue his studies through the company’s trainee program. He then went on to dance with Kansas City Ballet for six years. Marty just completed his 2nd season with Richmond Ballet and this is his 1st year dancing with KCDF. This is Marty’s 1st year dancing with KCDF.


    Michael Davis

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Ms. Coats, a native of Miami, Florida, received her primary instruction from Tony Catanzaro, as well as at the Mencia-Pikieris School of Dance and New World School of the Arts. She spent her summers studying on scholarship at the School of American Ballet and Boston Ballet. Ms. Coats has performed with both Nashville Ballet and Boston Ballet. She has received awards from the National Society of Arts and Letters and ARTS–NFAA Foundations. Since joining the Company, Ms. Coats has enjoyed dancing in Afternoon of a Faun, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Dark Elegies, Brahms Paganini, and End of Time, among many othersSome of her favorite roles have included Desdemona in The Moor’s Pavane, the title role in Firebird, the Stripper in Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, and Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. In the summer of 2013, Ms. Coats was proud to be a part of the first Kansas City Dance Festival where she performed works by Ma Cong, Salvatore Aiello, and Anthony Krutzkamp. This is Ms. Coat’s 2nd year performing with KCDF.


    Olivia Hartzell

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Born in Boston, MA, Olivia Hartzell received her training with the Boston Ballet School and Trainee Program as a recipient of the Cathryn S. Keith scholarship for Outstanding Talent. She graduated from the Hamburg Ballet School under the direction of John Neumeier. Ms. Hartzell began her career with Ballet du Capitole Toulouse under Nanette Glushak and went on to join the Royal Ballet of Flanders. In 2014 she joined the Pennsylvania Ballet. She has performed numerous soloist and principal roles in the classical repertoire (La Bayadere, La Sylphide, La Fille Mal Gardee) as well as in works by George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Jacopo Godani, Angelin Prejlocaj, Aleksander Ekman, to name a few. This is Olivia’s 1st year dancing with KCDF.


    James Idhe

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A native of Kent, Ohio, James Ihde began his ballet training at the Dance Institute of the University of Akron, where he studied for eight years. In 1993, he came to Philadelphia for a summer session at The Rock School for Dance Education. Upon completion, he was invited to join Pennsylvania Ballet as an Apprentice for the 1993-1994 Season. In 1995, Mr. Ihde joined the Corps de Ballet and was promoted to Soloist in September 2003.

During the 1996-1997 Season, Mr. Ihde received rave reviews for his featured role in Lar Lubovitch’s Waiting for the Sunrise. Since then, he has danced featured roles in several ballets including John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet (Paris), Paul Taylor’s Company B, Jerome Robbins’ Interplay and In the Night, Lubovitch’s Concert Six Twenty-Two, Margo Sappington’s Rodin, Mis En Vie, Matthew Neenan’s Penumbra, Christopher Wheeldon’sPolyphonia, Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, John Butler’s Carmina Burana, William Forsythe’s In the middle, somewhat elevated, the world premiere of Jorma Elo’s Pulcinella, and George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments (Second Theme and Third Theme), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius, Theseus, and Titania’s Cavalier), and Serenade.

Mr. Ihde’s principal roles include Ivan in James Kudelka’s The Firebird, the pas de deux in Wheeldon’s After the Rain and Balanchine’s Agon and Emeralds from Jewels, the Black Couple in Kylián’s Forgotten Land, Pas de Deux 1 in Forsythe’s Artifact Suite, and the title roles in Balanchine’s Apolloand Ben Stevenson’s Dracula. In May 2014, Mr. Ihde originated a role in the world premiere of Trey McIntyre’s The Accidental. This is James’s 1st year dancing with KCDF.


    Suzette Logue

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   Charles Martin

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Charles Martin received his primary ballet training from Penny Askew at the Western Oklahoma Ballet Academy in Clinton, Oklahoma. He also studied intensively at the American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet School in New York, and the Glenda Brown Choreography Project in Austin and Kansas City. He has performed extensively with the Western Oklahoma Ballet Theatre in addition to guest performances with Allegro Ballet of Houston, Texas, and Remix Dance Group touring Austria. Mr. Martin has also had 12 choreographic works selected for the Regional Dance America/Southwest Festival concerts, two receiving special recognition from the Monticello Foundation. He has taught at Summer Intensives in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Clinton, Oklahoma, Victoria and Denton, Texas. With Kansas City Ballet, he has been featured in soloist roles in Brahms Paganini, Piano Concerto #2, Lambarena, Concerto Grosso, As Time Goes By, Nine Sinatra Songs, A Solo in Nine Parts, The Moor’s Pavane, the Friar in Romeo & JulietCommon People, Huck Finn in Tom Sawyer, and Renfield in Dracula. This is his eighth season with Kansas City Ballet.


   Tempe Ostergren

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Tempe Ostergren studied on full scholarship at The School of American Ballet in New York City. After graduating, she went on to join the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle where she danced numerous solo and principal roles. Among some of her favorites were Sugar Plum in Stowell’s Nutcracker, Balanchine’s Divertimento #15, Martin’s Fearful Symmetries, Stowell’s Quaternary, and Caniparoli’s Torque.  She then joined Boston Ballet where some of  her repertoire included Dew Drop and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Stepsister in Kudelka’s Cinderella, Effy in La Sylphide, Jumping Girl in Balanchine’s Who Cares?,  Wheeldon’s Polyphonia, soloist ballerina in Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Kylian’s Falling Angels and Six Dances as well as numerous roles in the classics such as pas de trois in Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, and Amour in Don Quioxte.  With Kansas City Ballet, Ms. Ostergren was thrilled to perform the title role in Giselle, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Titania in Whitener’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Waltz Girl in Serenade, and most recently Sanguenic in The Four Temperaments. Ms. Ostergren just completed her 5th season with Kansas City Ballet and this is her 3rd year performing with KCDF.


    Alexander Peters

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Alexander Peters began his training at Deborah Anthony’s Allegheny Ballet Academy under the guidance of Cristin Burwell, Cherie Noble, and Richard Cook. Mr. Peters was accepted to The School of American Ballet in Summer 2006 and attended as a full-time student from 2007-2010 as a recipient of the Andrei Kramarevsky Scholarship. While at SAB, Mr. Peters had the privilege of participating in several New York Choreographic Institute projects, the annual SAB Workshops, and the 2008 Jerome Robbins Celebration with New York City Ballet. He also participated in an international exchange program with the Royal Danish Ballet after receiving a scholarship from the Danish American Society.

Following SAB, Mr. Peters danced with Kansas City Ballet under the direction of William Whitener. He later joined the Pennsylvania Ballet in 2011 and was promoted to Soloist in 2014 and Principal in May 2015. Some of his repertoire  includes featured roles in George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son, Allegro BrillianteA Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck and Oberon), Jewels, Twyla Tharp’s Push Comes to Shove, Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free and N.Y Export: Opus Jazz, Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, and Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake (Siegfried and Pas de Trois). He has most recently originated featured roles in works by Matthew Neenan, Trey McIntyre and Nicolo Fonte.

Mr. Peters is a recipient of the 2008 Princess Grace Award and the 2010 Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise. This is Alex’s 2nd year dancing with KCDF.


    Ariel Rose

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Ariel Rose began his training at Ballet Academy East in New York City. He also studied at the LaGuardia High School for Music and Art and the Performing Arts, and at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre. As a young dancer, Rose received an honorable mention in the National Young Arts program.

Upon graduating, Rose went on to Boston where he performed extensively with Boston Ballet II as well as with the main company. While there, he originated a role in Jorma Elo’s One Concerto. He then spent three years dancing with the Richmond Ballet where he performed works by many contemporary choreographers such as Ma Cong, Val Caniparoli, William Soleau, Salvatore Aiello and Jessica Lang. He joined Miami City Ballet’s corps de ballet in 2013 where has danced many featured roles such as Paris in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, the Gyspy King in Don Quixote, Nacho Duato’s Jardi Tancat and others. In 2010, Rose performed as a guest principal with Ballet Municipal in Lima, Peru, dancing the role of Franz in Alicia Alonso’s Coppélia.In 2015, Rose was selected to participate in the Resident Fellows choreographic program with the Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University, an international institute for scholars and artists of ballet and its related arts and sciences. This is Ariel’s 1st year dancing with KCDF.


    Abigail Sheppard

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Abigail Sheppard began her professional ballet training in 2002 at Canada’s National Ballet School. While studying, she had numerous performance opportunities with the school, as well as with The National Ballet of Canada. In 2011, she moved to Amsterdam to study with the Dutch National Ballet Academy. During this time she performed in Dutch National Ballet’s productions of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” (chor. Rudi van Danzig) and “The Nutcracker & The Mouse King” (chor. Wayne Eagling). Since August 2012, Abigail is the member of the Estonian National Ballet. Her most significant role is Glauce in Schiavoni’s “Medea” to the music of Stravinsky, Schnittke and Dead Can Dance. This is Ms. Sheppard’s 2nd year performing with KCDF. Abigail will be joining Finnish National Ballet for their 2015-2016 season.


    Morgan Sicklick

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Morgan Sicklick, originally from Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, received her training at the Irine Fokine School of Ballet under the direction of Irine Fokine, Eugene Petrov and Jeanette Hoffman. Ms. Sicklick has attended summer and winter programs at Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, Ellison Ballet, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, American Ballet Theater, and the American Dance Festival. She also has toured internationally to train and perform at the Polish National Ballet School, the Rimsky-Korsakov Music Conservatory, and Neva’s Rainbow International Dance Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2013, Morgan graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Marketing from Butler University. She had the privilege of dancing principal roles in Tong Wang’s Hong,The Nutcracker, and Coppélia, Myrtha in Giselle, The Mistress in Paul Taylor’s Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rehearsal), and Nacho Duato’s Por Vos Muero. In August 2013, Ms. Sicklick became an inaugural member of Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company. Her repertoire over the past two seasons includes works by Michael Pink, Victoria Morgan, Septime Webre, George Balanchine, Todd Bolender, Devon Carney, and Anthony Krutzkamp. In August 2015, Morgan will be joining Wonderbound in Denver, Colorado as a company artist. This is Ms. Sicklick’s 1st year performing with KCDF.


 

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