Viki Pena Adamovicova is sixteen years old and has been dancing for twelve years. She is in the tenth grade at Piedmont Community Charter High School and dances at Belmont School of Ballet and Charlotte School of Ballet. This year, Viki will be performing as Drosselmeyer’s Junior Assistant, Snowflake, Mirliton, and Purple Flower in CYB’s The Nutcracker. She is also the Spanish understudy. Aside from dancing, Viki also enjoys playing guitar. Viki is grateful to her friends, family, and teachers for supporting her!
Tanvi Anandkumar has been a ballet student at the Charlotte School of Ballet for 13 years and is a member of the CYB Senior Company and CSB Studio Company. She has completed Cecchetti grades 1-2, RAD grades 1-6, RAD Intermediate-Advanced Foundations and also loves Modern and Jazz. Tanvi is performing the roles of Lead Chinese and Snowflake this year. She is a junior at Providence High School. Aside from ballet, she is a violinist, has a passion for volunteering and science, and contributes to Providence High School's yearbook team as a designer. She would like to thank Ms Gay Porter and Ms Bridget Porter for being positive mentors in her life.
Caleigh Dyer is sixteen and started dancing at the age of four. She is in the tenth grade at Myers Park High School and dances with Charlotte School of Ballet. Caleigh will be performing as a purple flower in Waltz and as Mirliton. Caleigh is the oldest of five children, and enjoys helping teach younger classes at the studio. In addition to dance, Caleigh has been playing the clarinet for five years.
Sloan Ellison, age sixteen, is a member of the Senior Company and started dancing at a young age. She is a sophomore at Charlotte Latin School and attends Charlotte School of Ballet. Sloan enjoys ballet and modern dancing. She is proficient in Cecchetti grades 1-5, RAD grades 1-7, and RAD Advanced Foundations. Sloan attended American Academy of Ballet Summer Intensive at New York’s SUNY Purchase College in 2022 and University of South Carolina’s Conservatory of Dance Summer Program in 2023. During her time at the American Academy of Ballet, she passed Mignon Furnan’s Performance Awards Level 9 with a Gold Distinction Medal awarded by Simon and Laurence Kaplan. In addition to ballet, she plays volleyball and is a member of her school’s Varsity Dance Team. Sloan is a Scholastics Art Awards winner and has won several awards including: Gold Key Awards, American Vision Nominee in 2020, and she won a National Silver Medal in Fashion in 2021 Scholastics Art. In CYB’s The Nutcracker, Sloan is performing as Spanish, a Snowflake, and a purple flower in Waltz of Flowers. Sloan would like to thank her dance teachers, Gay Porter and Bridget Porter Young, for their love and support. She would also love to give a special thanks to her amazing mother for all of her effort and time she contributes to the CYB board.
Emerson Engle is in the tenth grade and is homeschooled through PA homeschoolers. She has been a student at Charlotte School of Ballet for 14 years where she is also a part of the Studio Company. She studies the Cecchetti and RAD methods of ballet and also studies modern, tap, contemporary, and jazz dance. Emerson will be performing the roles of Ballerina Doll, Rat, Snowflake, and Lead Waltz. Emerson enjoys working in the office and with younger dancers as an assistant to the instructors at Charlotte School of Ballet. She also enjoys babysitting, reading, and hanging out with her two younger sisters. She would like to thank her dance teachers for their training, corrections, and encouragement so far.
Jeannie Fox, age fifteen, has been dancing for twelve years. She is a sophomore at East Mecklenburg High School and is a dance student at Charlotte School of Ballet, where she studies RAD and Cecchetti methods. Jeannie will be performing as Clara (Red Cast), a Mirliton (Green Cast), Snow (Green Cast), and Lead Mirliton Understudy. Aside from excelling in dance, Jeannie is also a Soprano in East Mecklenburg’s Chamber Choir. She would like to thank her family for always supporting her, even when it’s hard, and her friends for the great times and awesome food (you know who you are!).
Caroline Garbarino is seventeen years old and has been dancing for thirteen years. She is a junior at Covenant Day School and dances at the Charlotte School of Ballet, where she studies RAD and Cecchetti methods. This year, she has the privilege of performing as Clara (Green Cast), a Mirliton (Red Cast), and Snow (Red Cast). Outside of ballet, she is a member of Honors Audition Theater at CDS which competed in NCTC, a statewide theater competition. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music and playing with her puppy, Emmy. She would like to thank her dance teachers, her family, and her friends for supporting her, loving her, and keeping her sane.
Bridget Gale is a sixteen-year-old senior at Myers Park High School. In addition to her ten years of dance training, Bridget has studied harp for six years and performs as a member of the Charlotte chapter of the American Harp Society. Bridget studies the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) method of ballet and modern at the Charlotte School of Ballet and will be performing as a Snowflake, an Arabian Lady, and a Pink Flower. She also is a part of the Myers Park Dance Company where she performs and competes in jazz, modern, hip-hop, and contemporary styles. Bridget would like to thank Ms. Porter, Ms. Bridget, and all the volunteers for giving her this opportunity to perform.
Jillian Lazzaroni is sixteen years old and has been dancing for twelve years. Jillian is a junior at Hickory Grove Christian School. Jillian attends Charlotte School of Ballet where she studies RAD and Cecchetti methods of ballet as well as modern. This year, she will be performing as Columbine Doll (Green Cast), a maid (Red Cast), a Snowflake, and Side Waltz. She would like to thank her family, friends, and dance teachers for loving and supporting her.
Caroline Stacey is fifteen years old and is a freshman at Stuart Cramer High School. She studies ballet at Belmont School of Ballet, and this is her fifth Nutcracker. This year she will be performing as a Mirliton and a Drosselmeyer’s Assistant. She would like to thank Ms. Bridget and Ms. Porter for giving her this opportunity. She would also like to thank her friends and family for supporting her.
Kali Winslow is sixteen years old and has been dancing since the age of three. Kali has been attending the Charlotte School of Ballet for almost three years. Kali goes to Marvin Ridge High School where she is a junior. She practices ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary at the Charlotte School of Ballet, and is also a member of the Senior Studio Company. In CYB’s The Nutcracker this year, Kali will be performing as a Maid, Snowflake, Lead Mirliton, and Purple Flower.
Kelsey Winslow is sixteen and has been dancing since preschool. Kelsey is a junior at Marvin Ridge High School. She studies ballet, modern, contemporary and jazz at Charlotte School of Ballet, where she is also a member of the Senior Studio Company. In The Nutcracker this year, Kelsey will be performing as an Arabian Lady, Snowflake, and Pink Flower. She occupies herself with everything dance.
Connelly Yaggi is sixteen years old and has been dancing since she was two. Connelly is a Sophomore at Carmel Christian School and studies dance at Charlotte School of Ballet. Connelly will be performing as Columbine Doll, a Maid, Snowflake, and Side Waltz in CYB's The Nutcracker. Aside from dance, Connelly is passionate about writing and painting. She enjoys all forms of fine arts, including theater and going to Broadway shows in New York with her parents. Connelly loves watching football with her dad every Sunday, and bonding with all of her siblings. Connelly would like to thank her friends and loved ones for the amount of support they have given her throughout the years, and a special thanks to her mother for helping her reach her goals!
Charlotte Youth Ballet - Company
Charlotte Youth Ballet - Apprentice
(Left To Right): Back Row: Estelle Gilreath, Emily Jensen, Elle Betler-Hodges, Madilynn Wilson Front Row: Rachel Smith, Lila Grace Nobles, Brooklyn Groves