COMPANY

Company

2017-2018 Makaroff Youth Ballet Dancers

Maggie Baus is a junior at Xavier High School in Appleton.  She has been dancing since she was four years old and this is her second year with MYB.  Ballet is an escape and release for Maggie as it provides a creative outlet from the stresses of academic life.  In her free time Maggie enjoys reading, doing puzzles and hanging out with friends.  Her future plans include attending the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Reagan Blohowiak is a senior at Xavier High School in Appleton.  This is her ninth year of classical ballet training and her sixth year dancing with MYB.  This year, she fulfills her dream of performing the role of Snow Queen in the Nutcracker at the PAC in December.  Besides the ability to maintain top physical condition, ballet gives her a sense of accomplishment, discipline, and perseverance.  Her classical ballet training has influenced every aspect of her life and equips her with the confidence to succeed in all areas of life.  After high school, she plans on attending a four year university, earning a degree in neuroscience and attending medical school to become a neurosurgeon.
Ava Dunsirn is in 8th grade at Shattuck Middle School in Neenah.  This is her first year with MYB, however, she has studied ballet since she was three.  Some favorite ballet memories include attending the Bolshoi Ballet Summer Intensive in Connecticut, A&A Ballet seminars in Chicago and competing in YAGP (Youth America Grand Prix) with the variations of Kitri (Don Quixote) and Gamzatti (La Bayadere).  In particular, the memory of getting ready in the dressing room for her first Makaroff performance stays close to Ava’s heart; it was her first taste of what it feels like to be in a professional youth company.  She is excited to be part of MYB as it embraces her ambition to become the best dancer she can be and is constantly challenging her to do better and be better.  Ava’s ballet dream roles are Kitri, Odette/Odile and the Snow Queen.  Outside of ballet Ava enjoys playing tennis, travel, singing and academics.
Emily Hopp is an 8th grader at Einstein Middle School and began dancing at age two.  She is now in her third year as a company member of MYB.  Some of her most cherished MYB memories to date are performing her first Nutcracker at the Fox Cities PAC in 2014, reliving that performance with MYB members during a recent viewing and the overactive smoke machine incident of the Spring 2017 recital, complete with fire alarm, evacuation and fire truck.  Emily is thankful for the confidence and the outlets to be herself that ballet provides.  Participating in the 2017 Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Summer Intensive was an additional step towards someday dancing the roles of  Dew Drop, Odette and Kitri.  As she works towards these goals she keeps Jeanette Makaroff’s words in mind:  “Ballet is like running a marathon and taking the ACT at the same time.”  When not dancing, Emily likes playing golf and traveling during vacation.
Lily Mittlestadt is a freshman at Appleton North High School.  She has been dancing since she was seven years old and this is her third year with MYB.  Lilly’s favorite memory is dancing the role of Lead Flower in the Nutcracker and being able to perform with her friends on stage.  Ballet has given Lilly focus and grace as well as discipline.  Her dream roles include Odette/Odile (Swan Lake) and Snow Queen (The Nutcracker).  Outside of ballet, Lilly enjoys learning French and hanging out with her friends.  After high school Lilly plans on attending college.
Laurene Rottier is a sophomore at Kimberly High School.  She has been dancing since she was three and with Makaroff School of Ballet since she was six.  This is her third year with MYB.  Laurene’s favorite ballet memory was her first pointe class because it was the first time she felt she had achieved something special and important.  Ballet is an avenue of escape for Laurene and gives her the opportunity to stop all the swirling thoughts in her head and just focus on one activity.  Her dream ballet roles include Lilac Fairy (Sleeping Beauty) or Juliet (Romeo and Juliet).  Outside of ballet Laurene loves hanging out with her friends, as well as reading and watching movies. After high school Laurene plans on attending college, minoring in dance and pursuing a career in the medical field.
Annika Schmidt is a freshman at Appleton North High School.  She has been dancing with Makaroff School of Ballet since she was four years old and this is her third year in MYB.  Annika’s favorite ballet memory is getting her first pair of pointe shoes and wearing them around the house because she was so fascinated by them.  She loves ballet because she gets a chance to perform and share what she loves to do.  Annika’s dream roles include Odette (Swan Lake) and the Lilac Fairy (Sleeping Beauty).  Outside of ballet Annika plays the cello and piano and enjoys movies and foreign languages. She is currently learning French, Chinese Mandarin, Irish (Gaelic) and Latin.  Annika’s plans after high school include going to college and studying biology with the goal of becoming a wildlife biologist.
Keanna Schulz is a junior at Valley New School in Appleton.  She has been dancing with Makaroff School of Ballet since she was five years old and has been a part of MYB for the past five years.  Keanna’s favorite ballet memory is performing in the 2014 Makaroff Nutcracker as Clara.  Her favorite ballet that MYB has performed was Appalachian Spring in the Spring of 2017.  Ballet provides Keanna with a strong sense of discipline and reinforces a good work ethic while allowing her to perform for others.  Her dream ballet role would be to perform Odette/Odile from Swan Lake.  Outside of ballet she enjoys playing the violin, reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends.  After high school Keanna plans on studying medicine and becoming an occupational therapist.
Lily Selthofner is a sophomore at Green Lake High School, has been dancing for eleven years and is in her second year as a company member of MYB.  Having attended the Milwaukee Ballet Summer Intensive in 2016 and the Boston Ballet Summer program in 2017, Lily is grateful for these experiences which have grown her as a dancer and bettered her as a person.  This Erich Fromm quote helps keep her life in focus:  “The ultimate choice for man, in as much as he is given to transcend himself, is to create or destroy, to love or hate.”  Lilly loves the freedom of expression through movement as well as the exercise of mind and body that ballet brings.  Someday, she hopes to perform the role of Swanhilda in Coppélia.  Apart from ballet, Lily enjoys drawing, reading, acting and performing.  She is also fond of spending time with her cats and pet lamb, Teenie.
Maria Tretinyak is a sophomore at Appleton North High School.  She has been dancing since she was three years old and this is her first year with MYB.  A favorite ballet memory is going to the Milwaukee Ballet Summer Intensive with her good friend Lily.  Her favorite MYB memory was getting to know her fellow company members at her cottage this past summer.  Ballet has helped Maria develop a “thick skin” and strong work ethic. Through ballet she is challenged mentally and physically to become the best dancer she can be.  Maria’s dream ballet role is Odette from Swan Lake.  Outside of ballet she enjoys spending time with her ballet friends.  A favorite quote that inspires Maria is: “Hold the vision, trust the process.”  Her plans after high school include going to college while continuing to dance in her free time.
 Sophie Ulman is a sophomore at Appleton North High School.  She has been dancing with Makaroff School of Ballet since she was four years old and has been an MYB company member for the past four years.  Ballet gives Sophie an appreciation for an art form that not many people know about.  Over the years ballet has taught her discipline and how to be very independent.  It has also taught her how to work with many different types of people and how to persevere through a difficult challenge.  Ballet means the world to Sophie as it is all she knows and loves.  Outside of ballet she enjoys spending her free time with her ballet friends.  After high school she plans on attending college.
Kodi Bagwell  is an 8th grader at Classical School in Appleton. Dancing since she was three and with Makaroff School of Ballet since she was nine, this is her first year with MYB.  Kodi’s favorite memory is her first Makaroff Nutcraker in 2016.  Ballet gives Kodi discipline, grace and strength and a sense of accomplishment when she does well.  Her dream is to dance the title role in Giselle.   Outside of ballet Kodi enjoys other dance styles, doing Pilates Reformer and Gyrotonics.   Kodi enjoys traveling to different cities, attending Ballet Summer Intensives and meeting new friends.  In 2016, she attended Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive in Chicago and in 2017, was in Austin, Texas at the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive. Kodi’s plans after high school are to get into a good college, major in dance and join a dance company.   A favorite quote is:  “You never know your limits unless you push yourself to them.”
Izzy Collar is a 7th grader at Kaleidoscope academy in Appleton.  This is her first year as a member of Makaroff Youth Ballet. She is excited to reprise her role as Clara this year at the Fox Cities PAC, after enjoying the role in 2016 at Lawrence University.
Maddi Kedrowski is a junior at Appleton North High School.  Dancing since the age of two and having recently relocated from Boston, this is her first year with MYB.  Maddi’s favorite ballet memory is attending Boston Ballet’s Nutcraker and being inspired by the beauty and grace of the professional dancers.  Ballet gives Maddi skills she needs to live a successful life, teaching her dedication, responsibility and discipline.  Her dream role is Odette/Odile from Swan Lake.  Outside of ballet Maddi enjoys being a part of DECA, hanging out with friends and training in all styles of dance.  After high school she would like to double major in dance and marketing at University of Arizona or Butler University.  The quote that keeps her motivated is:  “Nothing worth having comes easy.”
Rilla Rice is a Fox Valley Lutheran freshman.  This is her ninth year of classical ballet training.  MYB’s “Water Music” from 2017 is her most cherished stage memory, which combined her love of Regency fashion, Handel, and pointe work all in one performance.  Ballet brings Rilla satisfaction, even in academics.  The consistency of training at Makaroff School of Ballet has afforded her improved aptitude in school performance and learning.  When not dancing, Rilla likes history, music, Jane Austen, and making things beautiful.  Having enjoyed intensives at A&A Ballet and having received the honor of an invitation to their full-time pre-professional program, she prefers staying home with family and MYB.
 Hope Sitzberger is a senior at Xavier High School in Appleton.  She has been dancing since she was two years old and has been training in classical ballet for seven years.  This is Hope’s first year with MYB.  Being a part of MYB has taught Hope perseverance and the joy of achieving new goals.  Her favorite ballet memory took place this summer in New York City.  She attended an ABT performance at the Metropolitan Opera featuring Misty Copeland in a piece from Swan Lake.  Hope has attended summer intensives in Miami with Joffrey Ballet in 2013 and 2014.  She also has enjoyed taking classes in NYC at Steps on Broadway (She was lucky enough to be in a class with Misty last fall!) and Broadway Dance Center to continue training in other dance styles.  When not dancing, Hope enjoys writing poetry and spending time with family and friends.  Hope is currently auditioning at colleges throughout the country to pursue a degree in Dance and also Journalism.
Photos courtesy of  Sarah Celine Photography