Entries by jgaines

A Star is Born

On Thursday night, Caroline found her nirvana as she took center stage surrounded by a company of seasoned ballerinas. An energetic, gleeful scream escaped her mouth and her arms excitedly flapped. The twinkling stars in the background caught her interest but she didn’t run toward them because she knew she was part of an important […]

Jessica Smith

Jessica’s dance training began at the age of 3 in North Olmsted. She received the majority of her ballet training from Artistic Director Janet Strukley-Dziak. She has also trained under Cleveland Ballet Company members Jason Wang and Kathryn Tokar with additional guidance from Melaina Kampf and Elizabeth Radachi. Jessica additionally has done contract work with […]

Bernadette Benda

At four years old, Bernadette started her first ballet class. From there, she continued to explore different techniques of dance including tap, pointe, modern, and jazz. Many master classes have inspired her life of dance as well as exposure to different companies including: Verb Ballet, Ballet Magnificat, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Pilobolus, and Groundworks. She […]

Ian Richard Smith

Ian is a company member with North Pointe Ballet. He is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater with an Acting focus and a minor in Dance. His previous appearances include NEOS’ A 1940s Nutcracker,  NPB’s Cinderella and The Nutcracker, as well as Fyoo zh en (’14, ’15, ’16, ’17) at […]

Cole Rector

Cole Rector, eighteen, is an apprentice with NPB, and couldn’t be more excited to be performing the role of Dance Master in this take of Cinderella. Cole started training at age 13 with teacher Melania Kampf, and has fell in love with dancing since then. Some of Cole’s past roles include Nutcracker, party parents, Chinese, […]

Matthew Huefner

A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Matt Huefner began dancing at the age of 16 through his experiences at the Erie Playhouse. His interest in dance peaked during his time at Baldwin Wallace University, and he soon transferred to the Mercyhurst University dance department, where he is currently working to complete his B.F.A. in Dance. Matthew […]

Kathryn Tokar

Kathryn began her early training at the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood, Ohio, under the direction of Melanie Szucs. She continued her training at Ohio Dance Theatre (Oberlin, OH) with Janet Strukely-Dziak and at summer intensives with Cincinnati Ballet. As a student at Mercyhurst University’s Dance Department, she had the opportunity to work […]

Josh Landis

Josh has been performing, teaching, directing and choreographing for over fifteen years. His passion for the performing arts is seen through the care he takes for his students and performers both on and off stage. His award-winning choreography has been seen from churches and high schools to professional stages. He is also the artistic director […]