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2016-2017 Makaroff Youth Ballet Dancers

blohowiak Reagan Blohowiak is a Junior at Xavier High School in Appleton. This is her eighth year of classical ballet training and her fifth year dancing with MYB. She enjoyed dancing on the PAC stage for MYB’s 2014 production of The Nutcracker and she describes “looking out into the audience and hearing the roaring applause” as her most memorable ballet moment. Besides the ability to maintain top physical condition, ballet gives her a sense of accomplishment, discipline, and confidence. Reagan’s dream roles are Swan Lake‘s Odette/Odile and The Nutcracker’s Snow Queen and Dew Drop. Reagan enjoys traveling, boating, skiing, swimming, watching her brother/best friend Pierce’s baseball games, and spending time with family.
desrochers Abbey DesRochers is a Senior at Appleton North High School. This is her fourth year dancing with MYB. She has been dancing since she was three years old and has been training at the Makaroff School of Ballet since she was 10 years old. Ballet gives her discipline, dedication, a good work ethic, and an art form that allows for self-expression. Abbey also enjoys playing piano, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. After high school, she would like to attend college.
hopp Emily Hopp is in 7th grade in Appleton. She has been dancing for 11 years, has been dancing at the Makaroff School of Ballet for four years, and is excited to begin her second year with MYB. Emily loved her role as Fritz in MYB’s 2014 production of The Nutracker and enjoyed hanging out with her friends backstage and meeting and watching the professional guest artists. Ballet gives her great pride, grace, and concentration. Her dream roles include Dew Drop, Clara, Spanish, and Columbine from The Nutracker. In her free time, Emily enjoys baking, golfing, playing the violin, and playing games.
lasecki Elisabeth Lasecki is a Senior at Notre Dame Academy. She has been dancing for 14 years, and this is her sixth year in MYB. She has attended ballet intensives at the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago and Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her favorite memory with ballet is performing the role of Clara in The Nutcracker in MYB’s debut at Appleton’s PAC. Her dream roles include Romeo and Juliet‘s Juliet and Giselle‘s Giselle. Ballet has given her a strong sense of determination, self-control, and a love for the performing arts. After high school, Elisabeth plans to attend college and minor in Dance. Outside of ballet, she enjoys playing classical piano and oboe. She also enjoys traveling and learning about new cultures by experiencing them.
mcdonald Mary McDonald is a Senior at Stevens Point Area Senior High. This is her second year dancing in MYB, and she has been dancing for a total of 13 years. One of her favorite ballet memories is being accepted into and attending Boston Ballet’s Summer Dance Program. Ballet gives Mary the freedom to express herself and be an artist and a way to escape from daily life to work on all the beautiful steps that keep her captivated. Her dream roles include Juliet, Giselle, and Odette. While she hopes to continue dancing after high school, she is looking at possible careers in medicine or finance. Outside of ballet, she enjoys playing golf, taking voice lessons, traveling, sewing, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
mittlestadt Lily Mittlestadt is in 8th grade at Kaleidoscope Academy in Appleton. This is her second year with MYB, and she has been dancing for six years. Her favorite memory with ballet is being a shepherdess in MYB’s 2014 production of The Nutcracker because she got to dance with her friends. Lily’s dream role would be to dance the Lilac Variation in Sleeping Beauty, and she would love to become a professional ballet dancer after high school. Ballet makes her feel strong and graceful and teaches her discipline and the importance of hard work. She also loves learning French.
rottier Laurene Rottier is a Freshman in DePere. She has been dancing at the Makaroff School of Ballet since she was six years old and this is her second year dancing with MYB. She enjoyed playing the wolf in the MYB’s 2014 production of The Nutcracker at the PAC. Ballet gives Laurene great joy, happiness, and relief from everyday life. Her dream roles include Arabian from The Nutcracker and Giselle from the ballet Giselle. She would love to join a ballet company someday or go to school to become a physical therapist. Outside of ballet, she likes to sing and act.
 salm Maeve Salm
schmidt Annika Schmidt is in 8th grade at Einstein Middle School in Appleton. She has been dancing for nine years, and this is her second year dancing with MYB. Her favorite memories with ballet include sewing her pointe shoes for the first time and attending pointe class. Annika’s dream roles are Arabian and Spanish from The Nutcracker. In her free time, she enjoys art, math, playing cello and piano, singing, and reading. Ballet gives her time to forget any worries and do what she loves: dance.
schulz Keanna Schulz is in 10th grade at Valley New School in Appleton. This is her third season with MYB, but she has been dancing for 10 years. Her favorite memory with ballet has been MYB’s production of The Nutcracker in 2014, where she was featured as the role of Clara. Ballet gives Keanna the joy of being able to perform for others and appreciates the good work ethic that it reinforces. After high school, Keanna would like to attend medical school. In her free time, she enjoys playing violin, horseback riding, and piano.
ulman Sophie Ulman is a Freshman in Appleton. She has been dancing for 11 years and this is her second year in MYB. Her favorite memory with ballet so far has been getting her pointe shoes. Ballet gives Sophie a challenge and the opportunity to meet friends with whom she shares the same interest in ballet. Her dream roles are Odette/Odile from Swan Lake and Sugar Plum from The Nutcracker. She would like to become a vet or a nurse someday. Outside of ballet, Sophie’s interests include art, baking, and doing anything outside.