Commonwealth Ballet Company

Group photo of Commonwealth Ballet Company 
2016-17

Photo by Mike Nyman Photography

Commonwealth Ballet Company 2017-18

Back row, from left: Sadie Webster, Alyona Osadcha, Una Oljaca, Sam Mayer, Sarah Hoover, Louisa Arnold, Rachel Conti
Middle row: Kate Zhong, Kayla Edwards, Ola Patykowski, Maris Ryba, Julia Solowey, Ceci Villaseñor, Chloe Vernillet
Front row: Nicole Miller, Bronwyn Smith, Katrina Sousounis, Ava Lublin.

Louisa Arnold

Louisa Arnold lives in Westford, MA and joined the Company in 2015. She has enjoyed summer programs at Bolshoi Ballet in NYC, 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 productions of The Nutcracker; since joining the Company she has also performed in A Glimpse Beyond, The Nightingale and Edge.


Rachel Conti

Rachel Conti resides in Boylston, MA 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, The Nightingale and Edge.


Kayla Edwards

Kayla Edwards lives in Concord, MA and has been training at Acton School of Ballet since 2006. She has attended summer intensive programs at The Washington Ballet, 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, The Nightingale and Edge.


Sarah Hoover

Sarah lives in Concord, MA and joins the Company for the 2017-18 Season. She has enjoyed summer programs at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Burklyn Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, and Charlotte Ballet. During the school year Sarah studies at Acton School of Ballet. She has danced non-Company roles in Commonwealth Ballet's production of The Nutcracker, The Secret Garden, and The Nightingale.


Ava Lublin

Ava began studying ballet at Acton School of Ballet in 2015. Previously, she was a competitive gymnast at Brestyan’s American Gymnastics and danced at Setting the Barre Dance Academy in Concord, MA. She has attended American Repertory Theatre’s Summer Intensive in Princeton, NJ and the Back to Ballet summer program at Acton School of Ballet. Recently, Ava danced in the non-company role of Lead Angel during Commonwealth Ballet’s 2016 production of The Nutcracker. Ava resides in Concord, Massachusetts and is thrilled to join the Company this season.


Samuel Mayer

Sam lives in Acton and has been dancing with Commonwealth Ballet since 2014. In 2009 he began dancing at the Acton School of Ballet, where he still dances along with additional training at the Brookline Ballet School. Sam has attended summer intensives at Charlotte Ballet, Ballet Austin, American Repertory’s Princeton Ballet School, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Back to Ballet Bootamp, and Acton School of Ballet. Since joining the company he has danced roles in The Nutcracker, A Glimpse Beyond, Circadian Rythmn, The Nightingale, and Edge.


Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller lives in Acton, MA 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 Level 1. She has attended summer intensive programs at American Academy of Ballet, Festival Ballet Providence, The American Repertory Ballet at Princeton Ballet School, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Prior to joining Commonwealth Ballet in 2015, Nicole performed non-company roles in Commonwealth Ballet’s productions of The Nutcracker, The Nightingale, Secret Garden and Beauty and the Beast. Nicole has performed company roles in productions of The Nutcracker, The Nightingale, A Glimpse Beyond, and Edge.


Una Oljaca

Una Oljaca lives in Concord, MA and began dancing with Commonwealth Ballet in 2016. She has attended summer intensive programs at Acton School of Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet in Connecticut, Back to Ballet Boot Camp, Princeton Ballet, and Houston Ballet. Una began her training in New Mexico before joining Acton School of Ballet in 2014, and she has performed several non-company roles. In addition, she has danced company roles in Edge and The Nutcracker.


Alyona Osadcha

Alyona Osadcha lives in Acton, MA and began dancing with Commonwealth Ballet in 2014. She has 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, The Nightingale and Edge, along with non-company roles in The Secret Garden.


Ola Patykowski

Ola Patykowski lives in Stow, MA and began her ballet studies at Acton School of Ballet in 2004. Her summer intensive programs include Ballet Summer School in Poland, Chautauqua School of Dance, Acton School of Ballet, and Walnut Hill School for the Arts, where she just concluded her seventh summer. She joined Commonwealth Ballet in 2013 and has performed in The Nutcracker, The Secret Garden, Circadian Rhythm, The Nightingale and Edge.


Maris Ryba

Maris Ryba lives in Acton, MA and began training at Acton School of Ballet in 2009. She joined 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.


Bronwyn Smith

Bronwyn lives in Acton, MA and began dancing at Acton School of Ballet in 2005 at the age of four. She has attended summer programs at Koltun Ballet Boston, The Brookline Ballet School, Back to Ballet Boot Camp, and Acton School of Ballet. Bronwyn joins the Commonwealth Ballet Company for the 2017-2018 season. She has performed non-company roles in Commonwealth Ballet's productions of The Secret Garden, and Beauty and the Beast, in addition to dancing the roles of the Kitchen Maid in The Nightingale, and Clara in The Nutcracker.


Julia Solowey

Julia lives in Sudbury, MA and began her ballet studies at the age of three. She has trained at Acton School of Ballet since 2005. Julia has attended summer intensive programs at American Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, and Acton School of Ballet, and now joins the Company for the 2017-2018 season. She has danced non-Company roles in The Nightingale, The Secret Garden, Beauty and the Beast, and The Nutcracker.


Katrina Sousounis

Katrina lives in Acton, MA and began dancing at the age of three. She has trained at Acton School of Ballet since 2007 and joins Commonwealth Ballet for the 2017-2018 season. Katrina's summer ballet intensives include: Boston Ballet School, Central School of Ballet in London, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, and Acton School of Ballet. Katrina has performed non-company roles in Commonwealth Ballet's productions of The Secret Garden, The Pharaoh's Daughter, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast and The Nutcracker, in which she appeared as Clara in 2014.


Chloe Vernillet

Chloe lives in Acton, MA and joins the Company this season. Having danced at Acton School of Ballet since she was 8 years old, she has performed non-Company roles in The Nutcracker (as Lead Angel and in the Arabian corps) and in The Nightingale. In the summer of 2017, Chloe attended Bolshoi Ballet Academy's Summer Intensive in New York City.


Ceci Villaseñor

Ceci resides in Acton, MA 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, The Nightingale and Edge.


Sadie Webster

Sadie Webster resides in Sudbury, MA 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 joined 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, and Company roles in The Nutcracker and Edge.


Kate Zhong

Kate Zhong lives in Acton, MA and started to dance at the age of three. She has studied at Acton School of Ballet since 2006. Her summer intensive training includes: Houston Ballet, 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, The Nightingale and Edge.