Sophia has been training in classical ballet for the past six years. Her training began with Holmes Center for the Arts at the age of 12 and has included over the past three summers, attending summer programs through Ballet Magnificat in Mississippi and The University of Utah. In the short amount of time Sophia has been training, some of the notable roles she has had the honor to perform are; Snow Queen, Arabian Coffee (2016), Drew Drop Fairy (2017) and Sugarplum Fairy (2018) through Holmes Center. Along with, Marzipan (2018), and Precious Jewels (2019) through North Pointe Ballet. Sophia is extremely excited to be going into her second season with North Pointe Ballet. Being part of a professional ballet company is considered a dream come true. Along with sharing the stage with the incredible company, having the opportunity to be part of North Pointe Ballet’s Chance to Dance program has been an experience that she will forever be grateful for.
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 Champagne Creative Group out of Las Vegas, has performed during the Christmas season as the Ballerina in the Christmas Tower City Show in Cleveland, and has been featured in two short films. Jessica’s most notable performances are Sleeping Beauty (Good Fairy #1, 2015), Swan Lake (Big Swan, 2015), Cinderella (Summer Fairy, 2017), and The Nutcracker (Snow Queen, Spanish Principle, Marzipan, Chinese Principle, 2012-2016). As a hobby Jessica enjoys working on her marksmanship skills as she is considered a Distinguished Expert with a small bore rifle and has competed locally, within the state, and even nationally. Jessica is currently in Nursing school and has the great pleasure of working for the Cleveland Clinic when she is not dancing. She would like to thank her family and friends for all of their support and the whole company of North Pointe Ballet who has been so welcoming in her first official season with them.
Athena has been dancing since she was nine years old. Her first major ballet role was that of a mouse in The Nutcracker at age 10. Since then, Athena has performed in several productions of The Nutcracker with both Olmsted Performing Arts’ Ballet Series and North Pointe Ballet as a student cast member. This is Athena’s first year with the company where she was seen in The Nutcracker. In addition to ballet, Athena has studied other forms of dance including jazz and contemporary. When she is not dancing, Athena enjoys reading, writing, and performing in theater productions.