Jenni Hankey began her dance training at age four with New Castle Regional Ballet, where she had the opportunity to travel to festivals with Regional Dance America, a national association for pre-professional ballet companies. She attended the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts in Erie, PA and then received dance and academic scholarships to continue her dance education at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Later, she earned her degree from Ball State University, majoring in architecture and minoring in technical theater. Currently, she teaches children and choreographs modern adaptations of classical ballets at her company, Cleveland Modern Ballet. She started the school in 2011 in Bedford, OH where she produces a 1920’s-inspired The Nutcracker as well as a summer pop-ballet. She also enjoys sewing costumes for her students and designing set pieces for her shows. Jenni has danced with Ohio Dance Theater and MorrisonDance and is excited to perform in her first season with North Pointe Ballet!
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 role has been as Curly, one of the Principle Lost Boys in North Pointe Ballet’s recent production of Peter Pan. When Bernadette is not dancing she is pursuing a career as an author of speculative fiction novels.
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 has performed with the Mercyhurst Dancers, SoMar Dance Works, and Lake Erie Ballet, and has appeared as a guest artist with the Ballet Eddy Toussaint du Montreal in their original production of Dracula. In his free time, Matthew enjoys knitting, or playing cards with his family.
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 with artists such as Tauna Hunter, Lesley Bories-Scalise, Melissa Bobick, Amanda Edge, and Rick McCullough. Kathryn spent her summers training with Bruce Marks, Peter Stark, Deidre Carberry, Melissa Bowman, and Raymond Lukens at the Next Generation Ballet, ABT Austin, and ABT Collegiate intensive programs. She has performed in ballets such as The Sleeping Beauty (Aurora), Pas de Quatre, Valse Fantaisie, La Fille Mal Gardée, Paquita, and The Nutcracker, as well as modern works like Jose Limon’s Waldstein Sonata during her college career. Kathryn was also chosen to perform in an ensemble at the NYC Finals for the YAGP competition in 2012 and in the NYCDA Destiny Rising Gala at the Joyce Theater in 2014 with Mercyhurst Ballet Theatre. In addition, she was one of two dancers from the Mercyhurst Dance Department offered an apprentice contract with the Liaoning Ballet of China. Kathryn began her professional career as a founding member of the new Cleveland Ballet, where she worked with artists such as Gladisa Guadalupe, Cynthia Graham, and Ramon Ollér in his new production of Coppélia. She is now a company member at Lake Erie Ballet, under the direction of Lesley Bories-Scalise, where she will perform in The Nutcracker as the Snow Queen in mid-December.
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 for Academy for Dramatic Arts in Berea, Ohio and one of the founding producers of Schultz & Schultz Productions. Josh holds a B.A. in Dance from Eastern University where he specialized with theatre as well. He loves taking the time to perfect his own craft by being on stage, taking classes, and dancing around his living room with his two boys, Gabe and Eli, his daughter Selah, and his lovely wife, Melissa.
Celia is a person who values humans, art, and real connection. She loves that dance is a place you can tap into all of those things at once, and is happy to be sharing those things at NPB.
Celia got her start dancing under the instruction of Donna Ranked, She went on to continue her training at The School of Ohio Dance Theatre under the Instruction of Denise Gula, Nancy Brunstahl, Janet Dziak, and Kyle Primous, where she performed alongside the professional company through adolescence. Celia Is a choreographer and teacher through out the North Eastern Ohio area, working in teaching and directional roles with organizations including, Harbor Town Fine Arts Center, Midview High School Drama Department, Dance Arts By Regina,and Olmsted Performing Arts.
She has been spotted dancing around town in productions with ODT, The Cleveland Dance Project, and Neos Dance Theatre.
Celia is also a freelance photographer who’s work can be spotted in some of NPB’s marketing material!
Celia has been dancing with NPB since their inaugural season in 2016. She’s been playing, working, and having fun! Her
favorite roles include, The Nutcracker Maid, Peter Pan’s Sea Queen, The Clumsy Stepsister In Cinderella, and Eurydice [redacted].
She wants to genuinly thank you all for supporting dance and art!
Elizabeth is a founding member of North Pointe Ballet and also serves as the Development Director for the company. Between these positions, she is excited to be able to help NPB expand its presence in the community as it works diligently to fulfill its mission to make ballet experiences available to everyone. Her favorite projects include NPB’s A Chance to Dance program and the sensory-friendly performances, both of which allow her to utilize skill acquired from her professional work as an educator and behavior analyst.
Perhaps the most thrilling part of her dance career is the opportunity to share the stage with her family. Elizabeth has had the privilege of performing alongside both her son, Alexander, who is also in this production and her husband, Patrick, who is a member of the NPB band.