Ballet Pensacola


Principal Dancers

Kayla Bartlett
Kayla Bartlett began studying ballet at the age of 6 in Longview, Texas. In 2007, she joined the Rock School for Dance Education and studied under instructors such as Christopher Flemming and Mariaelena Ruiz. After leaving Philadelphia, Bartlett studied at Miami City Ballet School with Carter Alexander and Geta Constantinescu. Most recently, she studied under Michelle Martin and Stephen Mills as a trainee with Ballet Austin. While at Ballet Pensacola, Bartlett has danced the roles of Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Mina in Dracula and Odile in Swan Lake. She has also danced in Richard Steinert’s Thunderstruck. This is Bartlett’s sixth season with Ballet Pensacola.

Debi Janea
Debi Janea has been dancing with Ballet Pensacola since the age of 9. In 2006, she attended the International Ballet Competition on scholarship and studied under numerous teachers and with international competitors. Janea has danced many roles throughout her years at Ballet Pensacola, including Clara in The Nutcracker and Katrina in The Headless Horseman. She has also performed in Christine Duhon’s Sins of our Elders and Written Word and Richard Steinert’s Thunderstruck. After graduating from the Ballet Pensacola Academy, she was offered a position with the professional company. This is Janea’s first year as a principal dancer with Ballet Pensacola.

Samuel Joseph Mounce
Originally from McAllen, Texas, Samuel Joseph Mounce began his ballet training at South Texas Dance Theater. He received additional training from Virginia School of the Arts and Milwaukee Ballet. Mounce later joined Milwaukee Ballet II. He also attended the Ballet Austin trainee program, where he danced for two years under the direction of Stephen Mills and Michelle Martin. Mounce has danced the roles of the Nutcracker Prince in The Nutcracker and Jonathan Harker in Richard Steinert’s Dracula. Mounce, who is currently majoring in public relations at the University of Texas-Pan American, is in his eighth season with Ballet Pensacola.

Brodrick Todd
Brodrick Todd was born and raised in Bremerton, Washington. Most recently, he danced as an apprentice at Ballet Idaho in Boise. During his two seasons there, he performed in The Nutcracker, City Symphony, Romeo and Juliet, Carmen, Don Quixote, Firebird, Cinderella and Circus. He joined the company after attending the Summer Intensive in 2011. His prior dance training includes Peninsula Dance Theatre under the direction of Lawan Morrison. At Peninsula Dance Theatre he performed various roles, including Basil in Don Quixote, Cavalier, Bear, Chinese and Fritz in The Nutcracker, and Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet. This is Todd’s second season with Ballet Pensacola and his first as a principal dancer.


Carl Backman
Carl Backman was introduced to ballet in high school in Auburn, Alabama, but he did not receive serious training until attending the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet at the age of 21. After two years training under renowned master teacher Marcia Dale Weary, Carl moved to Long Island and the Eglevsky Ballet to continue his training under Laszlo Berdo. From there he earned his first company position with the Dayton Ballet, in Dayton, Ohio.  Featured roles have included Bugle Boy in Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's production of Paul Taylor's Company B, Snow King in Laszlo Berdo's The Nutcracker and Drosselmeyer and Arabian in Dayton Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. In addition, Carl has performed roles in Septime Webre’s Romeo and Juliet and Peter Pan, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ and contemporary works by choreographers such as Aline Hineline and Amy Seiwert, among others. This is Carl’s debut season with Ballet Pensacola.

Erin Lapaglia-Kottler
Erin Lapaglia-Kottler is from Austin, Texas. She attended summer programs at the Virginia School of the Arts, Joffrey Ballet School, School of Alberta Ballet and Ballet Austin. She performed with several companies in Austin, including the Austin Dance Ensemble and Conservatory Dance Theatre. She then attended the School of Alberta Ballet’s Pre-Professional/Trainee Program. While there, she had the opportunity to perform with the Moscow Ballet. She has also studied with Nashville Ballet. Since joining Ballet Pensacola, she has danced the roles of the Doll, Chocolate, Candy Cane and Tea in The Nutcracker, Ms. Scarlet in Clue and Trinity in The Matrix. She has also danced in Christine Duhon’s Pococurante, Indelible Itinerary and Through the Windows. This is Lapaglia-Kottler’s seventh season with Ballet Pensacola.

Scarlett Rustemeyer
Kathryn "Scarlett" Rustemeyer was raised in Findlay, Ohio, and began training at the Findlay Academy of Ballet at the age of 10. After high school, she continued her ballet studies as a dance major at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she danced in several ballets, including Giselle, Serenade and Swan Lake. She also danced in many contemporary works, including Andre Megerdichian’s Appalachian Spring and Anthony Krutzkamp’s Similar. During her junior year at CCM, Scarlett joined and performed with the cirque-dance company Quixotic. Rustemeyer will graduate this year with a BFA degree in Ballet Performance. This is her debut season with Ballet Pensacola.

Jazmine Rutherford
Jazmine Rutherford was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she began dancing at the age of 8. Rutherford recently received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in ballet performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. There she studied under Deirdre Carberry and Jiang Qi. Since coming to Ballet Pensacola, Rutherford has performed in Christine Duhon’s Corners of a Square. She also performed the roles of Coffee in Richard Steinert’s The Nutcracker and Cinnamon in Aladdin. This is Rutherford’s third season with Ballet Pensacola.

Dustin Simmons
Dustin Simmons is a native of Pensacola, Florida. He began dancing at the age of 12. In 2009 and 2010, he attended Ballet Austin’s Summer Program on scholarship. While at Ballet
Pensacola, Simmons has danced the roles of the Cavalier, Soldier Doll, Fritz and the Mouse Doll in The Nutcracker and Ichabod in The Headless Horseman. He has also danced in Richard Steinert’s The Matrix and Dracula. This is Simmons’ first year back with the company after a sabbatical.

Bridget White
Bridget White began her dance training with Ballet Pensacola Academy at age 11. She studied at Ballet Austin’s Summer Intensive Program in 2010, 2011 and 2013. In 2012 she attended Atlanta Ballet’s Summer Intensive. She was offered a trainee position with Ballet Pensacola during her senior year of high school, eventually earning a soloist position two years later. White has danced several notable roles, including the Peasant Pas de Deux from Giselle, and Clara in The Nutcracker. This is White’s fifth year as a soloist with Ballet Pensacola.

Josiah Landreau
Josiah Landreau is from New Paltz, New York, having previously trained with Ballet Theatre of Maryland. He has danced the roles of the Headless Horseman and the Culler of Staves in Richard Steinert’s The Headless Horseman and Ahkdaan in Steinert’s Aladdin. This is White’s third season with Ballet Pensacola.


Maggie Calhoun
Maggie Calhoun was born in Pensacola and started her dance training at the Ballet Pensacola Academy at age 4. In 2014, she auditioned and received a scholarship to the Burklyn Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive. In 2015, she attended the Joffrey Ballet School-Miami Summer Intensive. Calhoun has had the opportunity to dance in Richard Steinert’s Aladdin, The Headless Horseman and Trajectory. Calhoun has danced notable roles with Ballet Pensacola, including Little Clara in the Nutcracker and Cygnets in Swan Lake. This is Calhoun’s second season as a trainee with Ballet Pensacola.


  • Claire Harrison
  • Anna Meyering
  • Kasey Page
  • Elizabeth Smith
  • Mary Wolff


  • Adelle Barkhuizen
  • Haley Barrera
  • Dasha Batova
  • Makenna Carlson
  • Emma Hill
  • Suzanne Janes
  • Anna Johnson
  • Azariah Peterson
  • Ellie Rose
  • Alexandra Smith
  • Kiley Talbert

Youth Ensemble

  • Sydney Abad
  • Kate Allen
  • Natalie Burger
  • Gabbie Calhoun
  • Haley Cartee
  • Natalia Dadisman
  • Halcyon Gaudet
  • Riley Engel
  • Eva Harris
  • Lilah Hodge
  • Ava Kesler
  • Elizabeth Kidd
  • Llewellyn Litvak
  • Libby Locklear
  • Grace Noelle Lukkar-Morales
  • Loryn May
  • Meg O’Connor
  • Jamila Spears
  • Savannah Sprague
  • Darcy Sullivan
  • Mackenzie Woodward
  • Sophie Grace Thoner

400 S. Jefferson St.
Pensacola, FL 32502