Ballet Pensacola

Artists

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 seventh 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, Katrina in The Headless Horseman, and most recently as "Alice" in Alice in Wonderland. She has also performed in Christine Duhon’s Sins of our Elders and Richard Steinert's Thunderstruck. After graduating from the Ballet Pensacola Academy in 2011, she was offered a position with the professional company. This is Janea’s second year as a principal dancer 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, "Ichabod" in The Headless Horseman, and "Romeo" in Romeo & Juliet. He has also danced in Richard Steinert’s The Matrix and Dracula. This is Simmons’ second year back with the company after a sabbatical.

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 at Ballet Idaho, he performed in The Nutcracker, City Symphony, Romeo & 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 third season with Ballet Pensacola and his second as a principal dancer.

Soloists

Marsalis Rene Anderson-Clausell
Marsalis Rene AnderSon-Clausell was raised in Roswell, Georgia.  He began his classical ballet training at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre under the tutelage of Prima Ballerina Maniya Barredo. During his 10 seasons with Metropolitan Ballet, he attended Orlando Ballet, Nashville Ballet, National Choreography, and Charlotte Ballet Summer Intensives. Marsalis has performed as the lead "Spanish," "Russian," "Fritz" and "Prince" in The Nutcracker.  Through Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, Marsalis has performed in and enjoyed time with Robert Barnett, Oliver Munoz, Momchil Mladenov and the late John Magnus in original choreography in pieces for SERBA. Marsalis expanded his final year of pre-professional training to North Atlanta Dance Academy with Michael Garrison. There he participated in Garrison’s original production of The Rainbow King.  Marsalis is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics at the University of West Florida. This is his debut 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, Trajectory and Wizards & Warriors. She has danced notable roles with Ballet Pensacola, including Little Clara in the Nutcracker, Cygnets in Swan Lake and the Dormouse in Alice in Wonderland. This is Calhoun’s third season as a professional with Ballet Pensacola.

Reid Ginoza
Reid Ginoza began studying ballet at the young age of 25 with the Willis Conservatory of Classical Ballet in Panama City Beach, Florida, with additional training at the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School. He has most recently danced with the Brandon Ballet in Brandon, Florida. Prior to ballet, Ginoza danced with Lorraine Chapman, The Company (LCTC) and studied modern dance at Bennington College, The Boston Conservatory, and at many open classes in the Greater Boston Area. Reid is also a private math tutor and an adjunct math faculty member at Pensacola State College. This is his first 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, "Trinity" in The Matrix and most recently, "Lilith" in Richard Steinert's Wizards and Warriors. She has also danced in Christine Duhon’s Pococurante, Indelible Itinerary and Through the Windows. This is Lapaglia-Kottler’s eighth 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 and choreographed a piece for the Choreographer's Showcase. During her junior year at CCM, Scarlett danced with the cirque-dance company Quixotic. Rustemeyer graduated in 2016, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ballet Performance while dancing with Ballet Pensacola in roles such as "Coffee" in Richard Steinert's The Nutcracker. She is delighted to be back for her second 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 fourth season with Ballet Pensacola.

Trainees

Anna Meyering
Anna Meyering began her training at Ballet Pensacola at the age of 4. In 2015, she attended Joffrey Ballet School-Miami Summer Intensive and was offered a position in the Jazz and Contemporary Trainee program at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. She has danced in performances such as Richard Steinert's Aladdin, the Headless Horseman, and Trajectory.  She has also danced the notable role of Cygnets in Swan Lake. This is her debut season as a trainee with Ballet Pensacola.

 

Ensemble

  • Adelle Barkhuizen
  • Haley Barrera
  • Makenna Carlson
  • Emma Hill
  • Suzanne Janes
  • Abby Lorren
  • Kasey Page
  • Azaariah Peterson
  • Alexandra Smith
  • Elizabeth Smith
  • Kiley Talbert

Apprentices

  • Natalie Burger
  • Gabbie Calhoun
  • Natalia Dadisman
  • Libby Locklear
  • Loryn May
  • Savannah Sprague

Youth Ensemble

  • Sydney Abad
  • Haley Bobe
  • Lilly Culp
  • Riley Engel
  • Halcyon Gaudet
  • Pear Geoghagan
  • Lilah Hodge
  • Taylor Keenan
  • Rosie Langston
  • Bella Manning
  • Grace Noelle Lukkar-Morales
  • May Neuhaus
  • Lucy Ann Orr
  • Rodrigo Pardo
  • Sophie Grace Thoner
  • Selena Pennington
  • Emily Williamson

400 S. Jefferson St.
Pensacola, FL 32502