Entries by jgaines

Sophia Beachy

Sophia Beachy is the daughter of Keith and Amanda Beachy and resides in Sugarcreek Ohio. She is in the 12th grade and homeschooled. Sophia has been taking classes from Holmes Center for the arts for five years. Over the past three summers she has attended summer programs through Ballet Magnificat in Mississippi and The University of Utah. In […]

Abigail Wengerd

Abby started dancing when she was thirteen years old and has received most of her training at Holmes Center for the Arts under Holley Johnson, Abi Fedor, Lydia Fedor, and Ethan Ralston. She has also attended Ballet Magnificat!’s summer dance program for the past two years. When she is not dancing, Abby likes to ride […]

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

Bernadette, a dancer and a writer, has been training in ballet and other dance forms for 18 years. Classes and intensives with different companies have inspired her love of dance, including Verb Ballet and the Kent Summer Workshop with Limon Dance Company. She has performed under North Pointe Ballet in multiple productions. Her most favorite […]

Ian Richard Smith

Ian Richard Smith 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 ‘Captain Hook’ in NPB’s Peter Pan, NEOS’ ‘A 1940s Nutcracker,’ NPB’s ‘Cinderella’ and ‘The Nutcracker,’ as […]

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 […]