Commonwealth Ballet Company

Group photo of Commonwealth Ballet Company 
2016-17

Photo by Mike Nyman Photography

Commonwealth Ballet Company 2016-17

Back row, from left: Stephen Marshall, Louisa Arnold, Ola Patykowski, Fiona Stevenson, Megan Muzilla, Ceci Villaseñor, Kayla Edwards, Sam Mayer
Middle row: Sadie Webster, Nicole Miller, Hannah Graham-Brown, Jennifer Lu, Amelia Maguire, Kate Zhong, Rachel Conti
Front row: Una Oljaca, Maris Ryba, Hannah Holgate, Alyona Osadcha.

Louisa Arnold

Louisa Arnold lives in Westford and joined the Company in 2015. She has enjoyed summer programs at Boston Ballet, Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater, Kaatsbaan and Ellison Ballet, and during the year she studies with Acton School of Ballet. Since the age of nine she has danced non-Company roles in Commonwealth Ballet's production of The Nutcracker; since joining the Company she has also performed in A Glimpse Beyond and The Nightingale. In this season's production of The Nutcracker Louisa danced the roles of Chinese Girl, Russian Girl, Merliton, Snowflake and Flower.


Rachel Conti

Rachel Conti resides in Boylston and started training with the Acton School of Ballet in 2007; she joined the Company for the 2015-2016 season as an apprentice. Rachel has attended summer programs at the Acton School of Ballet and Ballet Arts Worcester. In addition to dancing with this year’s company, Rachel also dances with the Graceful Dancers, the worship dance team at Grace Baptist Church in Hudson, Massachusetts. She has performed non-company roles in The Nutcracker, Beauty and the Beast, and The Secret Garden, in which she performed the role of Mary Lennox. With Commonwealth Ballet she has danced in The Nutcracker and The Nightingale. In this season's production of The Nutcracker Rachel danced the roles of Russian Girl, Snowflake and Flower.


Kayla Edwards

Kayla Edwards lives in Concord and has been training at Acton School of Ballet since 2006. She has attended summer intensive programs at Houston Ballet, Next Generation Ballet, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, Walnut Hill School for the Arts and Acton School of Ballet. Kayla joined Commonwealth Ballet in 2014 and has performed in The Nutcracker, Circadian Rhythm and The Nightingale.
In this season's production of The Nutcracker Kayla danced the roles of Columbine, Russian Girl, Snowflake and Flower.


Hannah Graham-Brown

Hannah Graham-Brown currently resides in Westford and began her ballet studies in Sweden with the Ekeby Dansstudio. She has continued her training at Acton School of Ballet since 2007, where she is currently a teaching assistant for a Pre-Ballet class. Hannah’s summer intensive programs include Bolshoi Ballet Academy in both Connecticut and New York, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and Acton School of Ballet. Since joining Commonwealth Ballet in 2015, she has performed company roles in The Nutcracker and The Nightingale. In this season's production of The Nutcracker Hannah danced the roles of Spanish Girl, Russian Girl, Neapolitan Girl and Snowflake.


Hannah Holgate

Hannah Holgate lives in Boylston, MA. She started training with the Acton School of Ballet in 2013 and joined the Company in 2015. She is also an assistant teacher in the Pre-Ballet class at Acton School of Ballet. Hannah has attended summer programs at the Charlotte Ballet, Acton School of Ballet, and Ballet Arts Worcester. Prior to attending the Acton School of Ballet, Hannah was a member of the Arts Movement Company where she performed a lead role in the Soul Cry production in New York and Massachusetts. She has performed Company roles in The Nutcracker and The Nightingale, and non-Company roles in The Nutcracker and The Secret Garden. In this season's production of The Nutcracker Hannah danced the roles of Spanish Girl, Merliton, Neapolitan Girl and Snowflake.


Jennifer Lu

Jennifer Lu lives in Acton and has studied ballet at Acton School of Ballet since 2004. She is currently a teaching assistant for the Level 2 class. Her summer intensive programs include American Repertory Ballet's Princeton Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet (New York City and Connecticut), Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Acton School of Ballet, and Angel Dance Company where she was a member from 2006 to 2013. She joined Commonwealth Ballet in 2013 and has performed company roles in The Nutcracker, The Secret Garden, Circadian Rhythm, and The Nightingale. In this season's production of The Nutcracker Jennifer danced the roles of Maid, Arabian Girl, Merliton, Snow Queen and Dew Drop.


Amelia Maguire

Amelia Maguire lives in Groton and has studied ballet at Acton School of Ballet since 2004, where she is currently a teaching assistant for Level 2. Her summer intensive programs include Bolshoi Ballet Academy NYC, American Repertory Ballet's Princeton Ballet School, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and Acton School of Ballet. She joined Commonwealth Ballet in 2012 and has performed Company roles in The Nutcracker, Intrigue, The Secret Garden, Adjustable Wrench, Circadian Rhythm and The Nightingale. In this season's production of The Nutcracker Amelia danced the roles of Governess, Merliton, Snow Queen and Dew Drop.


Samuel Mayer

Sam lives in Acton and began studying at Acton School of Ballet in 2009. His summer intensive programs include Ballet Austin, American Repertory Ballet's Princeton Ballet School, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, Walnut Hill School for the arts and Acton School of Ballet. Joining Commonwealth Ballet in 2014, he has danced roles in The Nutcracker, Circadian Rhythm and The Nightingale. In this season's production of The Nutcracker Sam danced the roles of Harlequin, Spanish Boy and Neapolitan Boy.


Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller lives in Acton and began dancing at the age of three. Since 2005, Nicole has studied ballet at Acton School of Ballet where she is currently a Teaching Assistant for Pre-Ballet. She has attended Summer intensive programs at Festival Ballet Providence, The American Repertory Ballet at Princeton Ballet School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, American Academy of Ballet, Briansky Ballet Center, Southern New Hampshire Dance Theatre, and Acton School of Ballet. Nicole joined Commonwealth Ballet in 2015 and has performed company roles in The Nutcracker and The Nightingale. In this season's production of The Nutcracker Nicole danced the roles of Spanish Girl, Merliton and Snowflake.


Megan Muzilla

Megan Muzilla resides in Acton and since 2004 has studied at the Acton School of Ballet, where she is currently a teaching assistant. Megan has attended summer intensive programs at Miami City Ballet, Boston Ballet, The School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre in New York, Walnut Hill Summer Youth Dance and Acton School of Ballet. Megan joined Commonwealth Ballet in 2013 and has performed company roles in The Nutcracker, Adjustable Wrench, The Secret Garden, Circadian Rhythm, and The Nightingale. In this season's production of The Nutcracker Megan danced the roles of Governess, Arabian Girl, Merliton, Snowflake, Snow Queen and Dew Drop.



Alyona Osadcha

Alyona Osadcha lives in Acton and began dancing with Commonwealth Ballet in 2014. She had attended summer intensives at the Acton School of Ballet, Koltun Ballet, American Repertory's Princeton Ballet, and Charlotte Ballet. Alyona has performed in several Commonwealth Ballet productions including; The Nutcracker, Circadian Rhythm and The Nightingale, along with non-company roles in The Secret Garden. In this season's production of The Nutcracker Alyona danced the roles of Spanish Girl, Chinese Girl, Merliton, Snowflake and Flower.


Ola Patykowski

Ola Patykowski lives in Stow and began her ballet studies in 2004 at Acton School of Ballet, and later at Boston Ballet School. She now studies ballet at Acton School of Ballet. Her summer intensive programs include Ballet Summer School in Poland, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Chautauqua School of Dance, and Acton School of Ballet. She joined Commonwealth Ballet in 2013 and has performed in The Nutcracker, The Secret Garden, Circadian Rhythm, and The Nightingale. In this season's production of The Nutcracker Ola danced the roles of Maid, Columbine, Arabian Girl, Chinese Girl, Merliton and Dew Drop.


Maris Ryba

Maris Ryba lives in Acton and began training at Acton School of Ballet in 2009. She joins Commonwealth Ballet for the 2016-2017 season. She has attended summer ballet intensives at Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Kaatsbaan, and Acton School of Ballet. Maris has performed in non-company roles in Commonwealth Ballet’s productions of The Nightingale, The Secret Garden, Beauty and the Beast and The Nutcracker, in which she appeared as Clara in 2014. In this season's production of The Nutcracker Maris danced the roles of Party Teen, Arabian Corps, Snowflake and Flower.


Fiona Stevenson

Fiona Stevenson lives in Acton and began her ballet training at the age of four. She has attended summer ballet programs at Ballet Austin, American Repertory Ballet in Princeton, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, Summer Stages: The Apprentice Program, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and Acton School of Ballet. Fiona joined Commonwealth Ballet Company in 2014 and has performed in productions of The Nutcracker, Circadian Rhythm, and The Nightingale. In this season's production of The Nutcracker Fiona danced the roles of Maid, Columbine, Merliton, Spanish Girl and Snow Queen.


Ceci Villaseñor

Ceci resides in Acton and began studying ballet at Acton School of Ballet in 2007. She has attended summer intensive programs at Bolshoi Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and Acton School of Ballet. Ceci joined Commonwealth Ballet in 2014 and performed in productions of The Nutcracker, Circadian Rhythm, and The Nightingale. In this season's production of The Nutcracker Ceci danced the roles of Columbine, Merliton, Neapolitan Girl, Snowflake and Flower.


Kate Zhong

Kate Zhong lives in Acton and started to dance at the age of three. She has studied at Acton School of Ballet since 2006. Her summer intensive training includes: Bolshoi Ballet in NYC, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, Walnut Hill School of Arts, Back to Ballet Boot Camp, and Acton School of Ballet. Kate joined Commonwealth Ballet Company in 2014, and has performed in The Nutcracker, Circadian Rhythm, and The Nightingale. In this season's production of The Nutcracker Kate danced the roles of Chinese Girl, Neapolitan Girl, Snowflake and Flower.


Apprentices

Stephen Marshall

Stephen started dancing with Acton School of Ballet in January of 2015, and joins the company as an apprentice for the 2016-2017 season. Prior to his time at Acton, he danced as an apprentice with the Dance Prism Company in West Concord. Stephen spent time at The Broadway Dance Center in New York City during the summer of 2014, and during the summers of 2015 and 2016 he danced in Texas at the Ballet Austin Summer Intensive. Following his time in Texas during 2016, Stephen trained in Seattle at The Pacific Northwest Ballet School. In this season's production of The Nutcracker Stephen danced the roles of Peter, The Nutcracker and Russian Boy.


Una Oljaca

Una Oljaca lives in Concord and joins the company as an apprentice for the 2016-2017 season. She has attended summer intensive programs at Acton School of Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet in Connecticut, Back to Ballet Boot Camp, and American Repertory Ballet’s Princeton Ballet. Una began her training in New Mexico before joining Acton School of Ballet in 2014, and she has performed non-company roles in The Nutcracker and The Nightingale. In this season's production of The Nutcracker Una danced the roles of Party Teen, Spanish Corps, Snowflake and Flower.


Sadie Webster

Sadie Webster resides in Sudbury and began her ballet studies with the Washington School of Ballet in Alexandria, Virginia. She has continued her training at Acton School of Ballet since 2010. Sadie has attended summer intensives at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Chautauqua Institute, and the School of American Ballet. Sadie joins the Company for the 2016-2017 season as an apprentice. She has performed non-Company roles in The Nutcracker and The Secret Garden, in which she performed the role of Mary Lennox. In this season's production of The Nutcracker Sadie danced the roles of Party Teen, Arabian Corps, Snowflake and Flower.