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2017-2018 Makaroff Youth Ballet Dancers

Maggie Baus is a senior at Xavier High School.  She has been dancing since the age of three. Her favorite performance memory, from the three years she has been a part of Makaroff Youth Ballet, is dancing in THE NUTCRACKER at the Fox Cities PAC.  When asked what ballet means to her, Maggie says, “Ballet offers me the freedom to express myself and to forget about my worries. This is especially evident when I have had a stressful school day and I can use ballet as my escape.”  When not dancing, Maggie enjoys being with her friends and going to the movie theater. After graduating high school, she plans on attending university with a major in biology. An Oscar Wilde quote encourages her through life’s challenges: “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”

 

Maddi Kedrowski is a senior at Appleton North High School.  Studying ballet, contemporary, and jazz since the age of two, this is her second year as a Makaroff Youth Ballet company member.  Maddi’s favorite ballet memory is dancing the Arabian solo in MYB’s 2017 NUTCRACKER at the Fox Cities PAC. Her dream is to dance in a professional contemporary company, but she also has an aptitude for business.  She has been working with the Willems Student Marketing Team, helping Fox Valley businesses grow through advertising, social media, and graphic design. Maddi states that because of ballet, she has the skills and confidence needed to continue on to University of Arizona, where she will pursue a double major in dance and marketing.   Of her time with the ballet company, she says, “Being a member of MYB has been a very special experience in my dance career; we all push each other to be the best dancers and people we can be.”

 

Keanna Schulz is a senior 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 six years. Keanna’s favorite ballet memory is performing in the 2014 Makaroff Nutcracker as Clara. However, her favorite ballet that MYB has performed is Appalachian Spring. Ballet provides Keanna with a strong sense of perseverance and reinforces a good work ethic. Her dream ballet role would be to perform Odette/Odile from Swan Lake. Outside of ballet she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. After high school, Keanna plans on attending St. Catherine University, majoring in psychology and obtaining a doctorate in occupational therapy.

 

Maria Tretinyak is a junior at Appleton North High School.  She has been dancing since she was three years old and this is her third year with MYB.  A favorite ballet memory is going to the Milwaukee Ballet Summer Intensive in the summer of 2016 .  Her favorite MYB memory was getting to know her fellow company members at her cottage in the 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.

Lily Mittelstadt is a sophomore at Appleton North High School. It is her fourth year in the company and eighth year studying at Makaroff School of Ballet. Ballet teaches Lily how to have a strong work ethic and have self discipline but also that hard work will pay off. Being of member of MYB is important to Lily because of the feeling of teamwork while working towards a common goal. Lily is grateful for the opportunities to perform around the Fox Cities and her favorite memory was performing Dewdrop in the 2017 Fox Cities PAC Nutcracker. Another favorite memory was the excitement of getting her first pair of pointe shoes. Lily’s dream role is to be Snow Queen in the Nutcracker. When Lily is not dancing she enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family. After high school, Lily plans on going to college to study in the medical field.

 

Rilla Rice is a Fox Valley Lutheran sophomore.  This is her 10th year of classical ballet training.  Handel’s “Water Music” from 2017 and the C.P.E. Bach piece from Spring 2018 are her most cherished stage memories.  Ballet brings Rilla satisfaction, even in academics. The consistency of training at Makaroff School of Ballet affords her improved aptitude in school performance and learning, plus she enjoys the challenge of mastering new and complex choreography.  The hard work ethic and positive attitude learned from the many hours of rehearsal is carried beyond the studio and benefits all areas of her life. When not dancing, which is rare, Rilla enjoys the beauty of nature, family, friends, reading, and student life at FVL.  This is her second year belonging to Makaroff Youth Ballet Company.

 

Annika Schmidt is a sophomore at Appleton North High School.  She has been dancing with Makaroff School of Ballet since she was four years old and this is her fourth 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.

 

Kodi Bagwell is Freshman at Appleton North High School. She began dance at the age of three, joined Makaroff School of Ballet in 2013 and is in her second year with MYB. Outside of Makaroff, Kodi has traveled widely and attended ballet summer intensives at Joffrey Ballet Chicago, American Ballet Theatre in Austin, TX, Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. and, most recently,  CPYB in Carlisle, PA. Ballet has positively influenced every aspect of Kodi’s life, giving her discipline, grace, strength and a sense of accomplishment. Her dream is to dance the title role in Giselle.  Kodi enjoys Pilates Reformer, conditioning her body for ballet and hanging out with friends.  Kodi’s favorite quote is: “You never know your limits unless you push yourself to them.”

 

Emily Hopp is a freshman at Appleton North High School. She has been dancing since the age of two and started taking classes at Makaroff School of Ballet when she was 9 years old. She has been a member of MYB for the past 4 years.  Emily is thankful for the opportunity to perform in MYB’s “The Nutcracker” on the Fox Cities PAC stage in 2014 and 2017, and particularly enjoyed dancing the roles of Fritz, Spanish, and Lead Flower. During the summers of 2017 and 2018, she attended the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Summer Intensive, where she made many wonderful friends from across the country. Ballet means the world to Emily. It has taught her grace, determination, discipline, independence and the importance of teamwork. Emily loves the challenge of ballet, always working to improve her technique and artistry while constantly striving for perfection. Outside of ballet, Emily enjoys traveling and golfing on the Appleton North High School girls golf team.

 

Isabella Collar is an 8th grader at Kaleidoscope Academy. She started dancing at Makaroff School of Ballet when she was 8 years old and has been in the company for one year. Izzy finds ballet very rewarding as it gives her a sense of accomplishment. Her favorite memory at MYB was dancing as Clara in THE NUTCRACKER at the PAC. Her dream roles are Dew Drop fairy and Snow Queen from THE NUTCRACKER. Outside of ballet she enjoys cooking, drawing, reading and hanging out with friends and family.
 Brianna Meyer is an 8th grader at Chilton Middle School. She has taken classes at Makaroff School of Ballet for four years, and this is her first year with MYB. Brianna enjoys dancing with fellow members of MYB and looks forward to upcoming performances. In past years, Brianna has enjoyed dancing in MYB’s Nutcracker. Outside of ballet, Brianna is actively involved in her family’s dairy farm and enjoys showing her cattle at many shows at the state and national level. One of her favorite quotes include, “ Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”

Lucy Hittle is a 6th grader at Odyssey Elementary School. She has been dancing at Makaroff since she was 8, and this is her first year with MYB. Her favorite ballet memory was being a Shepherdess in 2017 The Nutcracker. She looks forward to the rest of her time in MYB, and can’t wait for all of the memories that she will make while with MYB. Her dream roles are Alice (Alice’s Adventures  in Wonderland) and Snow Queen (The Nutcracker). Lucy enjoys the expression and strength that ballet gives her. Ballet has taught her to never give up, but also to be herself. Ballet is Lucy’s passion, and she loves it more than anything else in her life. Without ballet, Lucy would not be the same person as she is now. Outside of ballet, Lucy enjoys reading, drawing, and spending time in nature.  

 

 

Apprentices:
Kathryn Tam is a sophomore at Fond du Lac High School. This is her first year in MYB and she has been taking classes at Makaroff School of Ballet since age 14. Her dream roles are Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Giselle, and Dew Drop (The Nutcracker). After high school, she hopes to attend college and then medical school.
Sophia Syring is a freshman at Appleton East High School. She has been dancing since she was two years old and has been taking classes at Makaroff School of Ballet for five years. This is her first year with MYB. Sophia’s first Nutcracker performance at the Fox Cities PAC in 2014 is a memory she will always hold close to her heart. Sophia’s ballet experience has taught her the rewards of discipline, perseverance and dedication in achieving her goals. Her dream roles include Snow Queen (The Nutcracker) and Aurora (Sleeping Beauty). When not dancing, Sophia enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends. After high school Sophia plans on attending college.
Gretta Tripp is in eighth grade at Kaleidoscope Academy. She started dancing when she was 2 years old, and began studying classical ballet at Makaroff School of Ballet at age five. This is her first year as a part of MYB Company. Gretta is passionate about ballet as it motivates her to strive to do her best in all aspects of life. Ballet also allows Gretta to express herself through a beautiful art form. Additionally, Gretta enjoys playing the violin, learning French, and math. Following high school graduation, Gretta hopes to study marine biology and work at a rescue and rehabilitation center for marine life. For now though, Gretta is focused on the honor and privilege of being part of the company, and dancing her best.
 Audra Jenike is a seventh grader at Magellan Magnet School. She has been dancing at the Makaroff School of Ballet for five years since the age of eight, although this is her first year in MYB. Her favorite ballet memory so far has been the 2017 performance of The Nutcracker at the Fox Cities PAC. Ballet gives her a grasp of perseverance and a good work ethic, helping her to grow not only physically but mentally as well. Being a member of MYB is important to Audra because it gives her a taste of what company life is like, including the enormous amount of time, effort, strength, and intelligence that must be put into it. Her dream roles include the Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker) and Odette/Odile (Swan Lake). Outside of ballet Audra enjoys writing, mathematics, and piano. A quote that she likes to keep in mind while dancing is “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”

Kylie Van Elzen is a 7th grader at St. Ignatius Catholic School in Kaukauna. She started dancing at age 3 and this is her 6th year at Makaroff School of Ballet. Kylie is thrilled to be part of MYB this year. Her favorite ballet memory is her roles in the Nutcracker as a sheep and a party girl. Kylie loves ballet because it inspires her to physically and emotionally challenge herself more than she ever thought possible. Outside of ballet, she enjoys playing volleyball, piano and hanging out with her friends.  Kylie plans to pursue a career as a chiropractor. Her favorite quote is “Dance is the hidden language of our soul.”

 

 

 

Olivia Feng, a 6th grader at Odyssey Elementary School, started her classical ballet training when she was 6 years old. She has been dancing with Makaroff School of Ballet for 5 years. This is her first year dancing with MYB. Ballet teaches Olivia to always work hard, always do her best, have self-discipline, and have self-confidence. Throughout these years, classical ballet has made her a more successful person in life. She hopes to pursue her dream role as Odette from Swan Lake. Outside of ballet, she enjoys singing, reading, drawing, and hanging out with family and friends. A favorite quote of hers is: “There is no substitute for hard work”.

 

Talia Roselaar is a 6th grader at Appleton Bilingual School. She has been dancing at Makaroff School of Ballet since she was five years old. At the age of two, she watched her brother, Saul, and her sister, Naomi perform in the Nutcracker, with Saul dancing the role of the Nutcracker. During the battle scene, she cried when it seemed that the Mouse Queen had killed him. She still laughs at the memory and has performed in the Nutcracker four times since. In 2012, she enjoyed watching Naomi and Saul fight against each other as the Mouse Queen and the Nutcracker while she performed on the PAC stage for the first time as the smallest ginger baby. She can still remember the excitement of waiting in the wings, about to go out on stage to perform for the very first time. Outside of ballet, Talia enjoys reading and writing as well as playing the violin and piano.

 

Photos courtesy of Duyen Bagwell