Ariel Gilliam began her dance training when she was 8 years old at the school of Ballet Ariel. She has also studied at Miller’s Dance Studio, Avante-Garde School of Dance, the school of Ballet Nouveau Colorado (now Colorado Conservatory of Dance), Kim Robards Dance, and Classic Dance Academy. Ariel enjoys studying various dance styles including jazz, lyrical, tap, and hip-hop, but her passion is classical ballet and contemporary dance. As a student, she performed lead roles in many classical ballets including the roles of Sugarplum Fairy, Dew Drop Fairy, Snow Queen, and Clara in the Nutcracker, Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, and the title role in Cinderella. Ariel apprenticed with Ballet Ariel for one year before being promoted to the company.
Angela Lisa Fiorini
Angela Lisa Fiorini is happy to dance with Ballet Ariel for a second season. Here she has performed Spanish in The Nutcracker, Pas de trois in Paquita, and the Autumn Fairy in Cinderella. Angela spent the 2014/2015 season cofounding Nashville Dance Initiative professional ballet company in TN. Angela spent two seasons with Dance Theatre of Tennessee, performing as Gretel in Hansel & Gretel, Soldier Doll in The Nutcracker, and Cygnets in Swan Lake. She received the Ruth DeYoung Kohler Scholarship for Arts Excellence and attended the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where she graduated in the spring of 2013 with a BFA in Classical Ballet and a Minor in Communication. While a student at CCM, Angela Lisa had the opportunity to perform professionally with DTT, Dayton Ballet, and Tevlin Ballet. In addition, she spent a season teaching on staff at the Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy. Originally from Wisconsin, Angela Lisa trained on full scholarship with the Milwaukee Ballet Academy after receiving the Schomer Lichtner Award. While training with MB, Angela Lisa performed annually in Michael Pink’s The Nutcracker. She has also trained with Atlanta Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre while her earliest training began with Pat Keller, Sue Darrow and Jean Wolfmeyer.
A native of Pennsylvania, William Gasch is joining Ballet Ariel for his first full season. He trained for eleven years at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School as well as summer intensives including the School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre in New York. In 2013, Will received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. While at CCM, Will had the honor of being coached by Maria Calegari and the late Frederic Franklin for Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht and Pas De Dix. He also guested with Cincinnati Ballet for Victoria Morgan’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Will has danced professionally with Cincinnati Ballet, Nashville Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet.
Chloey Hillerman grew up in Colorado and started taking ballet classes at the late age of 15. She has studied at various schools around Colorado, but completed most of her training at Denver Ballet Theatre Academy, where she graduated. Chloey has also spent summers at Next Generation Ballet, Kirov Academy of Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and Oklahoma City Ballet. At Denver Ballet Theatre Academy she has gained performance experience dancing in full length ballets such as Nutcracker with the role of Clara, and Coppelia as the role of Prayer Variation and Scottish Doll. During her year in Colorado Ballet’s Pre-Professional Program she also got the opportunity to perform in the Snowflake corps with the company during the Nutcracker. Chloey is excited to be joining Ballet Ariel for her first season!
Jennifer Kuhn is originally from the North Bay area of San Francisco. She is honored to be in her fourth season as a principal artist with Ballet Ariel. She began her formal training with the Marin Ballet, studied with Joffrey Ballet in New York, Richmond Ballet, Ballet West, and Alonzo King’s Lines Contemporary Ballet. She attended the University of Utah on scholarship, receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Master of Fine Arts degree with a teaching and choreography emphasis. Ms. Kuhn has performed with Utah Ballet, Montgomery Ballet, Boulder Ballet, 7 Dancers, Jayne Persch’s Briah Danse, Zikr Dance Ensemble, and Winifred R. Harris’s Between Lines Productions. Ms. Kuhn was a principal dancer for many years with Dawson/Wallace Dance Project, formerly David Taylor Dance Theatre where she also served as a Rehearsal Director and Répétiteur. She enjoyed being a muse in the creation of many contemporary ballets and collaborating with a variety of choreographers. Ms. Kuhn is honored to have the opportunity to perform classical roles as well as original works with Ballet Ariel. Some of her favorites include Cinderella, Lise in La Fille Mal Gardee, Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara in Nutcracker, the wife in Appalachian Spring, Quireme!, and Raymonda Grad Pas de deux.
Jessica Mariner is originally from Chicago, IL. She began dancing at an early age and trained at Dmitri Roudnev School of Ballet, Salt Creek Ballet and at the Studio Company of Ballet Chicago. While a student, she was given the opportunity to perform exciting ballets such as Serenade, Concerto Barocco, and Giselle. She then continued her education at the University of Utah, obtaining a B.F.A in Ballet Performance. While at the university, she danced with the performing company Utah Ballet. After graduation, she began her professional career dancing as an apprentice with Ballet Nebraska and then joined Missouri Ballet Theatre as a company artist performing corps de ballet and soloist roles in Nutcracker, Cinderella and new contemporary works. Jessica is very excited to be joining Ballet Ariel this season.
Keegan O’Brien graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology – Exercise Science. Always looking to increase his experience with different types of exercise, he began taking ballet – and immediately fell in love. In 2010, he started dancing with Corpus Christi Concert Ballet, where he was fortunate enough to be able to perform in the annual Young Tanzsommer festival held in throughout Austria – twice! As a personal trainer and dancer, Keegan developed his own exercise program – BodybuildingBallet – to combine his passions for fitness and dance. Implementing his program, Keegan was awarded first place in novice, and second place in the overall physique categories at the annual MuscleMania Mile High competition.
Callie Peterson hails from St. Paul, MN and began her training at age six with St. Croix Ballet. She continued her professional training throughout high school with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division and St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. She has spent summers training with the Kansas City Ballet, Kirov Academy of Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The School at Jacob’s Pillow Ballet Program, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. In 2015, she graduated from Butler University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance and Arts Administration. Prior to Ballet Ariel, she danced for Eisenhower Dance in Detroit, MI and The Big Muddy Dance Company in St. Louis, MO. Callie is thrilled to be joining Ballet Ariel this season.
Melissa Pite began performing at the age of six in Boulder, Colorado where she was a member of Expressions Jazz Dance Company for five years. Melissa began her formal ballet training under Ana Claire Davison, Peter Davison, Rob Kuykendall, and Becky Jancosko at the Boulder Ballet School in 2003, where she resided until she graduated from Boulder High School in 2010. With Boulder Ballet’s Second Company (BBII) Melissa performed in numerous productions including The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Marry Poppins, and Pepito. Melissa has also attended several summer ballet training intensives including the Briansky Saratoga Ballet in New York State for three years and the Joffrey Ballet in New York City. After Graduating from Boulder High School, Melissa attended the University of Utah Ballet Department where she trained for two years under Jay Kim, Calvin Kitten, and Maggie Wright-Tesch. She had many performing opportunities including works with Val Caniparoli, and Carol Iwasaki. In 2012, Melissa transferred to Colorado State University where she began training with Jane Slusarski-Harris, Chung-Fu Chang, Carol Roderick, and Judy Bejarano. At Colorado State University, Melissa has enjoyed performing in Swan Lake, Pas de Quatre, The Nutcracker, Etudes, student, faculty, and guest artist performances. In 2015, Melissa graduated from CSU where she studied Dance and Human Nutrition.
Madison Oleson from Denver, CO. I started taking classes at Mattie Springfield’s in Park Hill in 1999 and continued there as it changed ownership to Brian Bender’s The Dancer’s Advantage through high school in 2011. In high school I attended the Pittsburgh Summer Intensive in 2008, ABT Alabama Summer Intensive in 2009, and The Dance Theatre of Tennessee’s Summer Intensive in 2011. Then she moved to Nashville to dance with The Dance Theatre of Tennessee for three seasons. This past year she has performed with Park Hill Dance Academy as a guest artist and taught in their academy. This is her second season with Ballet Ariel.
Jose Mario Chicas Chanduvi
Jose Mario Chicas Chanduvi was born in Montreal, QC and moved to Plattsburgh NY in 1997. Jose has always had a desire to dance. At the age of seven he began training and performing as a dancer with the Langlois Racine Dance School; beginning with tap, jazz and ballroom. In the summer of 2006 he began his training in ballet with the Adirondack Dance Company where he has been in several productions such as The Degas Ballet, Swan Lake, Les Patineurs, Snow White, The Little Mermaid and more. He has also been in The Nutcracker for the North Country Ballet Ensamble dancing roles such as The Nutcracker, Mouse Major, Russian, Chinese and Party Dad. Jose graduated from Plattsburgh High School in the spring of 2009, going on to attend Genesee Community College, where he later became a Choreographer for the Genesee Cheer and Dance teams. Jose was also named Solo National Grand Champion in the U.S finals in Myrtle Beach, SC in the dance category while attending GCC. Jose has also trained at Steps On Broadway in New York City, Royal Dance Theatre in Buffalo NY and has learned more dance styles such Modern, Contemporary and Acro. Jose moved to Colorado this year and is excited to join Ballet Ariel as a company member for his first season.
Bonnie Tomson was born and raised in Franktown, Colorado. She started her dance training when she was just three years old with Parker Dance Academy. After high school Bonnie was accepted into the dance division at Colorado State University. She studied under Judy Bejarano, Chung-Fu Chang, Jane Slusarski-Harris, Carol Roderick, and Sayaka Ruggles using the Russian ballet syllabus as well as various styles of modern dance technique including Graham, Horton, and Limon. Bonnie directed and choreographed for CSU’s Theatre Division’s Kids Do It All Program for four consecutive years. Bonnie received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and minor in Arts Administration through the LEAP institute in May of 2016. This is her first season as an apprentice for Ballet Ariel.
Katherine Boden began her dance training at the age of seven, at Miller’s Dance in Parker, CO. She went to high school at Denver School of the Arts, where her passion for contemporary dance was fostered. Katherine has taken classes with the Colorado Ballet and Classical Ballet of Colorado. After high school, Katherine continued her dance training at Denver Ballet Theatre, while teaching at Miller’s, Inspirations, DBT, and Center Stage Starz, while attending online college courses toward a degree in Early Childhood Education and a certification in Barre Fitness. Katherine continued to diversify, performing jazz and hip-hop with the performance group HER. Her professional accomplishments include choreography and performing pas de deux. She is very excited about her opportunity to work with Ballet Ariel.