Announcement // Ballet BC’s New Dancers, Apprentices and Artist-in-Residence

“As part of our upcoming 2014-15 season we are delighted to welcome new dancers and apprentices to Ballet BC,” says Artistic Director Emily Molnar. “Our company of 14 dancers and 4 apprentices continues to express our commitment to innovation in a collaborative and interactive environment. We are thrilled to be bringing in these new artists, whose unique individuality and passion will contribute in exciting ways to our artistic vision and future.”

New Company members

Andrew Bartee: A native of Everett, WA, Andrew comes to us most recently from Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Scott Fowler: Scott joins the company as a full member after two years as a Ballet BC apprentice.

Christoph von Riedemann: Vancouver-born, Christoph is a recent graduate of the Arts Umbrella Dance Program.

Kirsten Wicklund: A Vancouver native, Kirsten studied at the Goh Ballet Academy, danced with Washington Ballet and most recently starred in the only principal female role with Rasta Thomas’ Rock the Ballet.

Tara Williamson: From Richmond, BC, Tara trained at the Richmond Academy of Dance, was a principal dancer with Alberta Ballet and was most recently a member of Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal.


Nicholas Bellefleur: Born in Trois-Rivières, Nicholas trained at École supérieure de ballet du Québec.

Zoe Michalik: From Halifax, Zoe is a recent graduate of the National Ballet School.

Keigo Nozaki: Japanese-born Keigo Nozaki began his professional training at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet and has worked with Nordharzer Städtebundtheater in Germany.

Maya Tenzer: From Vancouver, Maya is a recent graduate of the Arts Umbrella Dance Program.

Returning Company members

Emily Chessa, Darren Devaney, Livona Ellis, Alexis Fletcher, Connor Gnam, Rachel Meyer, Racheal Prince, Gilbert Small and Peter Smida.

Read full bios for all Company members and apprentices here.

Artist in Residence

After four years with Ballet BC, Dario Dinuzzi has been named Artist in Residence for our 2014-15 season. Read more information on the Artist in Residence program here.

“We would also like to say a fond farewell to our departing dancers Alexander Burton, Emilie Durville, Thibaut Eiferman and Daniel Marshalsay, along with our 2013-14 apprentices Ryan Genoe, Taylor McAuley and Alanna Sager,” says Artistic Director Emily Molnar. “We wish them much success as they embark on the next phase in their careers.”

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Photos: Clockwise from top left - Kirsten Wicklund, Andrew Bartee, Tara Williamson, Maya Tenzer, Keigo Nozaki, Zoe Michalik, Nicholas Bellefleur, Christoph von Riedemann and Scott Fowler.