Amelia Larkin, originally from Taylor Mill, KY, began her dance training under the private tutelage of Mona Williams. Ms. Williams encouraged her to begin training at the Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet, where she eventually had the honor of performing with the Cincinnati Ballet in various ballet’s including The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, and The Three Musketeers. Upon graduation she continued her training under, Violette Verdy, Guoping Wang, and Jacques and Virginia Cesbron at Indiana University. As a ballet major in the Indiana University Ballet Theater program, Amelia performed principal roles in many classical and contemporary works including Odette in Act II of Swan Lake, The Lilac Fairy in Act III of Sleeping Beauty, Dark Angel in Balanchine’s Serenade, the 3rd movement pas de deux in Gerald Arpino’s Viva Vivaldi, and various solo roles in world premiere ballets created by John Clifford and Jacques Cesbron. Amelia came to Columbus Dance Theatre in 2006. Since joining the company she has performed with Opera Columbus in La Traviata, The Merry Widow, La Boehme, and The Pearl Fishers. She has been featured in CDT’s Emmy nominated The String Machine as well as numerous CDT premieres. She became a faculty member for The School of Columbus Dance Theatre in 2008. Entering her fifth season with CDT, Amelia is looking forward to the challenging and varied work that is integral to the creative mission of Columbus Dance Theatre
Seth Wilson started his dance training at the age of 4, under the late Stanley Bates in Queens, New York. A native of Queens, Seth continued his training throughout New York at many institutions such as Alvin Ailey, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Ballet Hispanico. He also trained at LaGaurdia High School for the Performing Arts and later attended Purchase College State University of New York. Seth has toured internationally in Germany, Costa Rica, and Bermuda, as well as within the United States. Seth has performed with Dance Theatre of Harlem’s, Dancing Through Barriers Ensemble, Alvin Ailey, New York Theatre Ballet, Opus Dance Theatre and Viewpointe Dance. Seth has been a guest artist with Fred Benjamin, Creative Outlet with Jamel Gaines, and has danced for Lincoln Center Outdoors under Earl Mosley. Recently Seth has performed with Janusphere Dance Company in the company’s debut in Santa Barbara, California and Brooklyn, New York. This is Seth’s fourth season with CDT.
Jaime Kotrba,born in Seoul, Korea and raised in Manton, Michigan, received her primary training in Traverse City, Michigan with Betsy Carr and Interlochen Arts Academy. She attended the Dance Theatre of Harlem School before joining the professional company with which she toured nationally and internationaly dancing works by George Balanchine, John Taras, and Michael Smuin. In 2006, Ms. Kotrba helped found the Janusphere Dance Company based in New York City. Additionally, she has danced with Les Grands Ballet Canadiens and Balletmet Columbus and continues guest dancing with Collage Dance Collective in Memphis, TN and Viewpoint Dance in New York City. Jaime is thrilled to begin her third season with Columbus Dance Theatre!
Gavin Mark McNally started his training with Fort Wayne Ballet at the age of eight. He furthered his studies at Interlochen Arts Academy performing lead roles in The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty, he then went to Indiana University to train with Violette Verde. He joined the Kansas City Ballet where he performed works including Todd Bolender’s Danses Concertante, Twyla Tharp’s As Time Goes By, and George Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto. Mr. McNally returned home to the Fort Wayne Ballet performing roles including Oberon and Theseus in a Midsummernight’s Dream. He spent a year in New York City dancing with various companies and furthering his movement studies. He is excited to be returning to the Midwest, dancing his second season for CDT.
Mae Chesney, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, graduated in 2010 from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music with a BFA in dance. She began her training with Ellen Gniasdowski and Dawn Verona at the Gniasdowski Studio of Ballet at age 7. Mae graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts as a Ballet major in 2006 where she trained with Norma Pera, Debra Robinson Deckelbaum, Anton Wilson, Sandra Lacy and Stephanie Powell. Mae has attended summer programs with the Washington School of Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet and Lines Ballet. She has performed in pieces by Yi Qi Cheng, Jiang Qi, Michael Tevlin, Dierdre Carberry, Shellie Cash, Vivi Flindt, Hannah Baumgarten, Diego Saltorini, Maureen Fleming and Charles Moulton. Mae has also had the opportunity to perform in Balanchine’s Serenade, and more recently danced the lead in Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht. She is looking forward to her first season as an apprentice with the Company. Mae returns to CDT this Season as a second year Apprentice.
Stefani Crea began her training in Columbus, Ohio under Irveline Evans. She later continued her training at Columbus Dance Theatre in the Intensive Training Program. Stefani is a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music where she received a BFA in ballet performance. While at CCM, Stefani had the opportunity to perform in Balanchine’s Pas de Dix staged by Frederic Franklin, and work with highly acclaimed butoh artist Maureen Fleming. Stefani also danced with Ballet Theatre Midwest in Cincinnati, Ohio while she was earning her degree. Stefani returned to CDT last Season as an Apprentice and was promoted to a Company position this year.
Alexandra Napoli began her dance training in Pittsburgh, PA at The Dance Company for the Performing Arts under the artistic direction of Patricia McKeown. She has attended the Vaganova Summer School with Mansur Kamaletdinov, director and master teacher; The Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Summer Intensive Workshops, The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Workshops. Alexandra attended Wright State University as a dance major before acquiring an apprenticeship opportunity at the Columbus Dance Theatre in 2005/2006 with Tim Veach. While at CDT, Alexandra had the title role in The Match Girl and danced in numerous roles with the Company. In 2007/2008 she danced as a company member in Victoria, B.C. with the Canadian Pacific Ballet under co-artistic directors Roberta Taylor and Graham McMonagle performing various roles in a number of classical ballets. Alexandra is very excited to be back at CDT with Tim Veach and have the opportunity to continue her dance career.
Chloe Mellblom originally from Boise, Idaho, started her training at the age of 7 at Ballet Idaho with Cathy and Jeff Giese and Lisa Moon. When she was 12, Chloe moved to Columbus where she received training from Columbus Youth Ballet and BalletMet Academy where she danced under Sharon Daye, Susan Dromisky, Dimitri Suslov, Maria Glimcher, and Sonia Welker. Chloe came to CDT in 2009 and continued her training in the Intensive Training Program. She has had the opportunity to dance in Matchgirl, and in Tim Veach’s production of Star Wars: The Ballet. She has performed various variations and choreography staged by Savannah Biedenbach, Anne Adair, Tim Veach, Kristina Isabelle, Shelby Bakies, and Judson Veach. Having graduated from the CDT Intensive Training Program Chloe was promoted to Company Apprentice this Season.
Cheston Repola began his training in Reno, Nevada. He then moved to Vancouver, British Columbia to train at the Goh Ballet Academy. Cheston studied under Jian Rong Sheng, the Ballet Master and former dancer with the National Ballet of China. Through this relationship Cheston was given the opportunity to train and dance with the Liaoning Ballet in Shenyang, China. While with Liaoning Cheston trained with Ballet Master James Amar, and instructor Alexander Federov. Upon his return from China in 2010, Cheston became a member of NB2, the second company of Nashville Ballet in Tennessee. He performed many public performances as a part of Nashville Ballet’s Outreach and Community Engagement program. Cheston was quickly moved into the position of Company apprentice the fallowing year. While in Nashville he performed various roles in Nutcracker, Cinderella, Carmina Burana, and Rite of Spring.
Elena Keeny began her training in Dayton, Ohio with the Dayton Ballet School under the artistic direction of Dermot Burke. She later joined their second company and performed with the main company in all of the full-length productions and had the opportunity to work with many guest choreographers including: Septime Webre, Stephen Mills, and Christian Holder. Miss Keeny went on to train with The Joffrey Ballet School in New York City for two seasons under the direction of John Magnus. She also performed as a guest artist with Les Grandes Ballets Canadiens de Montreal for the touring production of the Nutcracker. After one season with The Charleston Ballet Theater, Miss Keeny returned to Columbus. She is thrilled to join Columbus Dance Theater for her first season and would like to thank her friends and family for all their love and support.
Terrence Meadows enters his sixth year of study at CDT having now been promoted to Company Apprentice. TJ has performed in multiple Company productions including: Tim Veach Dance, Matchgirl, and the premiere of Courage in 2011. He has performed in many Intensive Training Program concerts and recently danced the role of King Louie in the School of CDT’s production of The Jungle Book. Last summer he studied at ABT New York on a full scholarship Other summer study programs include: LINES Ballet in San Francisco and North Carolina Dance Theatre. He is excited to be in his first year as an Apprentice.