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 Miki-Kawamura

Miki Kawamura (with permission from Oklahoma City Ballet)

Miki started her ballet training at the age of 10 in Sapporo, Japan. She also trained at Pacific Dance Arts in Vancouver, Canada before joining Eugene Ballet/Ballet Idaho. Later she danced with City Ballet of San Diego and Charleston Ballet Theatre where she danced principal and soloist roles. She has also danced as a guest artist in Flower Festival in Genzano for Evenings of Russian Ballet, Snow Pas de Deux for the Iowa State Center Nutcracker and in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s Very Merry Pops. With Oklahoma City Ballet she has danced Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, Sugarplum Fairy inThe Nutcracker, Principal in George Balanchine’s Valse Fantasie, Principal in Paquita and Napoli Divertissements, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Caroline in Antony Tudor’s Lilac Garden, the title role in Carmen, Belle in Beauty and the Beast and works from Gerald Arpino, Margo Sappington and Nicolo Fonte. She has also created roles in new works by Jessica Lang, Alan Hineline, Matthew Neenan and Artistic Director Robert Mills. Ms. Kawamura joined the company in 2010 and in 2013 was promoted to Principal Dancer. She is also a faculty member of The Dance Center of OKC Ballet and an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through level 5 of the American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum .
Ezlimar-Dortolina

Ezlimar Dortolina (with permission from Oklahoma City Ballet)

Ezlimar Dortolina started her ballet studies in the Classical Ballet School in Venezuela, where she graduated in 1996. She became an apprentice with the Classical Ballet of Camara at the age of 13. In 1996, she participated in the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. After this competition, Ezlimar obtained a scholarship in order to continue her ballet studies at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. She received a full scholarship from the UNESCO to study ballet at the Ecole Superieure de Danse Rosella Hightower in Cannes, France. She has worked as a soloist in Ballet Clasico de Camara, Ballet Teresa Carreño, Ballet Contemporaneo de Caracas, as a guest artist in Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico to perform Mercedes in Don Quixote, and was a member of Tulsa Ballet. In 2006, Ezlimar participated in the Jackson International Ballet Competition. Ezlimar also danced with the Colombian Classical Ballet, State Street Ballet, and Charleston Ballet Theatre. With Oklahoma City Ballet Ezlimar has danced The woman from his past in Antony Tudor’s Lilac Garden, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, the title role in Carmen and leading roles in Robert Mills’ Paris Rouge and Pushing Pennies. Ezlimar joined the corps de ballet in 2012 and was promoted to soloist in 2014.
 

Seth Bradley (with permission from Oklahoma City Ballet)

Seth is in his third season with Oklahoma City Ballet. Seth comes from New Windsor, New York where he began training with Natasha Bar and Angie Kimple. Seth was awarded a full scholarship at San Francisco Ballet School where he studied with Lola De Avila, Parish Maynard, Jorge Esquival, and Jeffrey Lyons. While at San Francisco Ballet, Seth danced in Helgi Tomasson’s D’Isoline and The Nutcracker. Before San Francisco Ballet School, he also studied for two years on full scholarship at Florida’s Harid Conservatory. With OKC Ballet, Seth has danced in Margo Sappington’s Cobras in the Moonlight, Robert Mills’ Pushing Pennies and Swan Lake among other ballets. Seth enjoys teaching at The Dance Center of Oklahoma City Ballet as an American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum certified teacher. When not dancing, Seth enjoys snowboarding, swimming, playing pool and spending time with his three dogs.
Randy Crespo

Randy Crespo

 

Zoe Marinello-Kohn

Zoe was born in Los Angles California. She received her training at the San Francisco Ballet School and the Academy of Ballet in San Francisco. As a student Zoe performed in the San Francisco Ballet's productions of Giselle and Sleeping Beauty and danced the role of Flower in the Nutcracker. Zoe has attended the Boston Ballet summer program as well as American Ballet Theater summer programs in New York and Orange County. Upon completing her training at the San Francisco Ballet School, Zoe was offered a traineeship with the Cincinnati Ballet. Zoe currently dances with the San Diego Ballet where she has danced several soloist roles. Her favorites include the Lead Merliton in the Nutcracker and Javier Velasco's pas de deux "When a Man Loves a Woman." Zoe is excited and honored to be a part of the Osage ballet, Wahzhazhe.
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Tristan Sean Steigerwald

Tristan Sean Steigerwald trained at the Academy Dance Company and Roswell Dance Theatre in Marietta, Georgia. He received additional training at the Nutmeg Conservatory, Houston Ballet, and Orlando Ballet. Sean earned a B.F.A. from University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2010. He trained with world-renowned artists Melissa Hayden, Fernando Bujones, and Gerald Freedman. Sean has performed with Georgia ballet for three seasons. This will be Sean's fourth season with Wahzhazhe.
 Katherine Boatright

Katherine Boatright

Katherine Boatright is a native of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She has trained with Inspirations Dance Studio, Bartlesville Civic Ballet and The Dance and Performing Arts Academy. She also attended Summer Wind, Quartz Mountain, Joffrey and American Ballet Theatre summer intensives. Now, Katherine is attending Mercyhurst University as a Dance Performance Major with a Minor in Arts Administration. Katherine currently dances with Ballet Nebraska.
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Jenna Smith

Jenna Smith is Osage and Cherokee. She received her ballet training with Pavel Rotaru in Roswell, GA and Maniya Barredo at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre in Alpharetta, GA. She was accepted into the ballet program at North Carolina School of the Arts where she trained with world-renowned artist Melissa Hayden. She also studied at Ballet Adriatico in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet Tivoli, NY, and Tulsa Ballet. She was a cast member at Walt Disney World, and has been a guest artist at Albemarle Dance Academy’s Nutcracker. In 2010 she graduated from Oral Roberts University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance.  In 2012 she choreographed Wahzhazhe, an Osage Ballet which was performed at the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian) in March of 2013 and most recently at Festival of Families in Philadelphia for the Papal visit.  
 

Amity Bevard

Amity Bevard, (Osage, Ponca, Comanche), was born and raised in Oklahoma and received her training at the Doran-Vossen School of Dance under the instruction of Debra Vossen. She has danced various leading  roles in the Central Oklahoma Ballet’s Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Cinderella and Coppelia.  She has spent her summers dancing with Race Dance Company and the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain. She teaches ballet at Pointe of Grace Dance Center. This will be Amity's 4th year with the Osage Ballet, Wahzhazhe.
 Kelci Pickering

Kelci Pickering

Kelci Pickering began her training at the Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education under renowned former professional dancers Stephanie Murish, Pia Russo, Liudmila Polonskaya, and Daniil Gaifullin. She performed in Wahzhazhe in 2014 as well as the Papal visit in 2015. She is currently training under ballet dancer and choreographer, Jenna Smith, at Dance Maker Academy of Performing Arts, where Kelci is also a teacher. She has had the opportunity to train with distinguished choreographer Angela Harris at the prestigious OSAI program at Quartz Mountain. Kelci is actively pursuing her dream of being a choreographer in her position as the choreographer for Pawnee Arts, a musical theater company. She has performed in Nutcracker as a Toy Doll and the Snow Queen, in Oklahoma! as Dream Laurie, and in the lead roles of Giselle and Coppélia. During the 2016 season of Wahzhazhe, Kelci will be the understudy for all six principal female roles.