Meet the advanced dancers of Oakley Ballet Center…

 

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Alicia Panzer
15 years old, Camarillo

Favorite Roles: Russian was fun! I love dancing in Snow because the music is beautiful and covers the whole realm of snow, from gently falling snow, quick flurries to intense storm.

Favorite Ballet: Romeo and Juliet, because it has so many male dancers and several sword fighting scenes.

Who inspires you? Jesus

What do you like to do in your free time? Read good books, dabble on the piano, play games with my siblings, and diagram sentences for fun!

What do you love about dancing? I like the logic behind the technique of classical ballet. It all just makes sense.

 

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Amanda Perez

 

 

Ariana

Ariana Castillo
16 years old, Ventura

Favorite Roles: The Sugar Plum Fairy (in The Nutcracker) and Snow White

Favorite Ballet: Swan Lake, which I was very lucky to perform in Oakley Ballet Center’s SIM (Summer In Motion) performance.

Who inspires you? Professional ballet company members from all around the world truly inspire me. They show grace and passion on the outside, but put a tremendous amount of work into their dancing.

What do you like to do in your free time? Spend time with family and friends, and go to the beach!

What do you love about dancing? The ability to express ourselves without the use of words. I believe there is no better way to show our emotions and passion.

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Ava Barnum
14 years old, Ventura

Favorite roles: Snow, Russian, Cook

Favorite ballet: Coppelia

Who inspires you? Nana and Grandpa because they always encourage me to go after my dreams.

What do you like to do in your free time? Going to the beach

What do you love about dancing? Dancing clears my mind and refreshes my soul.

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Ava Gallo
Ventura

 

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Bridget Boland
14 years old, Ventura

Favorite roles: Squirrel, Wolf, Fritz

Favorite ballet: Great Galloping Gottschalk

What inspires you? Beautiful classical music

What do you like to do in your free time? Anything and everything at the beach

What do you love about dancing? The friendships I have made.

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Emily van Deinse
15 years old, Ventura

Favorite roles: Arabian in The Nutcracker and Deer in Snow White 

What do you like to do in your free time? I like to read, watercolor, and play with my cat.

What do you love about dancing? I love ballet because it is something that I can control and rely on when life gets busy.

 

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Evelyn Augros
17 years old, Santa Paula

Favorite roles: Summer Fairy in Cinderella

Favorite ballet: Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice in Wonderland

Who inspires you? Artists like Yuhui Choe, Aurelie Dupont, and Natalia Osipova

What do you like to do in your free time? Drawing, painting, listening to music, going for walks

What do you love about dancing? The artistry, the structure, and the sense of self it gives me.

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Gaby Jackson
16 years old, Ventura

Favorite roles: Flowers demi soloist, Spanish soloist (Nutcracker); Shadow Fairy (Snow White)

Favorite ballet: Giselle

Who inspires you? Michaela DePrince

What do you like to do in your free time? Spend time with family and friends, and play with my dogs

What do you love about dancing? Performing, and being with ballet friends.

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Grace Story
15 years old, Ventura

Favorite roles: Snow Sprite, Doe, Sugar Plum Fairy, Queen of the Land of Sweets (what a mouthful), Clara, Cat

Favorite ballet: Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella

Who inspires you? My family (to be kind, loving, loyal, truthful, and strong), Evelyn Augros (to push myself harder and keep my head up), Mikaela Roth (to keep smiling and finding the joy in the world), my theatre teacher (to not be afraid to leap out of my comfort zones)

What do you like to do in your free time? Bake, dance, listen to music

What do you love about dancing? Dancing allows me to strive for perfection and helps me to practice when it’s time to let go of that perfection and just dance. It gives me the opportunity to make people smile. It gives me the opportunity to feel truly free.

Jessie

Jessica White
15 years old, Ventura

Favorite roles: Doll from Coppelia and Spanish Chocolate from Nutcracker

Favorite ballet: Cinderella

Who inspires you? Keri Mclanahan, my pilates instructor, who pushes me to be stronger

What do you like to do in your free time? Baking, spending time with friends, target shooting, watching adventure movies and going to the theater

What do you love about dancing? It’s a beautiful sport with no loud whistles or dog-piling

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Jordan Kopp
16 years old, Ventura

Favorite roles: Sleepy the dwarf and Owl soloist in Snow White

Favorite ballet: Giselle

Who inspires you? Jeni Vargas, my Bible study leader.  She cares so much for us.

What do you like to do in your free time? I like to hang out with friends, go shopping, and relax.

What do you love about dancing? I love that I can go to ballet to forget about other things happening outside the studio and just focus on ballet.

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Maya Holbrook
15 years old, Ventura

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Mikaela Roth
16 years old, Camarillo

Favorite roles: Cooks, Reed Flutes, Rat King, Russian Nesting Dolls, and the Evil Queen in Snow White

Favorite ballet: Swan Lake and Manon

What do you like to do in your free time? Playing volleyball, reading, painting, and being with friends

RileyK

Riley Knouse
17 years old, Ventura

Favorite roles: Carabosse in the SIM performance of Sleeping Beauty, Fritz, Arabian Coffee Corps

Favorite ballet: Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Giselle

Who inspires you? My peers

What do you like to do in your free time? Bake, sleep

What do you love about dancing? Performing

Taylor

Taylor Lilly
15 years old, Ventura

Favorite roles: Chinese Girl (with Maya Holbrook)

Favorite ballet: Cinderella

Who inspires you? Zoe Sugg

What do you like to do in your free time? Baking and listening to music

What do you love about dancing? I love dancing on stage because you get a rush of excitement and after you feel really proud of yourself for getting through it.

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Tessa Gallagher
16 years old, Ventura

Favorite roles: Fritz and Russian from the Nutcracker as well as a skunk in Snow White

Favorite ballet: Great Galloping Gottschalk

Who inspires you? I am inspired by a variety of things and people but that tends to change on a daily basis so it is very hard to pinpoint just a few!

What do you like to do in your free time? When I am not dancing and am completely free of homework (which is a strange and rare event), I am usually taking these opportunities to have a social life or eat.

What do you love about dancing? I really love to perform and to convey new characters.