Wayne Center for the Arts

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Wayne Center Ballet

The Wayne Center Ballet provides professional level performance opportunities to accomplished young dancers and educates audiences in the art of ballet and other dance styles through original children's stories. 

Auditions for the Wayne Center Ballet Company are held annually. Please contact Kimberly Payne, Dance Program Coordinator, for more information.


2018-19 Company

  • Samantha Amier

    Nurain Samantha Amier (Sammy) has been dancing since she was 2. In her third year with Wayne Center Ballet, she is a freshman at Wooster High School and loves ballet and playing violin. Sammy has performed in Carnival of the Animals, Winter Wonderland, Nutcracker, A Little Princess, The Quest of Feather Friends, and Aladdin. She has also received numerous awards and recognitions: a varsity letter in golf, admission to Pathway to Success, the Vera Dilgard Music Legacy Award, BGCW Youth of the Year, membership in NJHS, and the Ambassador Awards for Excellence.

  • Morgan Anderson

    Morgan Anderson is a 7th grader at Edgewood Middle School. This is Morgan's first year dancing with the pre-professional school where she enjoys dancing both ballet and contemporary. Previous Wayne Center for the Arts performances include My Many-Colored Days and Carnival of the Animals. When Morgan isn't dancing, she enjoys spending time with her friends and playing the violin.

  • Hannah Arnold

    Hannah Arnold is 12 years old and a 6th grader at Franklin Elementary where she is on the honor roll and a member of the Sunshine Committee. Hannah has studied ballet for three years and is a 3-year member of the Wayne Center Ballet Company. She has performed in the Wayne Center for the Arts special performances in 2016, 2017, and 2018, including the Wayne Center Ballet’s 2016 Nutcracker, the Carnival of the Animals, and the contemporary variations of Slip by Elliot Moss and Surge by Above and Beyond.

  • Oneli Basnagala

    Oneli Basnagala is a 10th grader at Wooster High School and has been dancing for eleven years and has been a member of the Wayne Center Ballet Company for two years. President of her sophomore class and a member of Key Club, Oneli enjoys swimming, traveling, drawing, and playing the piano. She has performed in productions of Cinderella, Mary Poppins, and Pocahontas and has danced variations as Silver Fairy, Gold Fairy, Lilac Fairy, Coulante, and Blue Bird. She appeared in Wayne Ballet’s Carnival of the Animals as Kangaroo, Fossil, Pianist, and Fish. She hopes that you will enjoy the performance!

  • Carter Boreman

    Carter Boreman is 11 years old and has studied ballet for 8 years and has been a member of Wayne Center Ballet for 3 years. In the summer of 2018 she was chosen to attend a 2-week ballet intensive at BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio under the direction of Daryl Kamer. Her aspirations are to continue her ballet education in college and one day become a dance instructor.

  • Brielle Burchette

    Brielle Burchette is a 3rd grade student at St. Mary's and she is the oldest of five children. In her last performance, Carnival of the Animals, she had the role of a chicken. When she is not dancing, she loves to do gymnastics and play softball. She is also active in school as a member of the choir, the Social Justice Club, and the drum line. She is also involved with 4-H.

  • Emma Graziano

    Emma Graziano is 12 years old and a 6th grader at Edgewood Middle School. Emma had studied ballet for 8 years and is beginning her third year as a company member at Wayne Center Ballet. In the summer of 2018, she was chosen to attend a 2-week summer intensive program at BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio under the direction of Daryl Kamer. Emma enjoys reading, going to the beach, and spending time with her family and friends.

  • Alayna Green

    Alayna Green is 14 years old and began dance at Wayne Center for the Arts at age 4. She joined the Wayne Center Ballet Company and Pre-Professional School in 2016 where she studies jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, and classical ballet. Alayna has taken three master classes with Verb and Neos dance instructors. She has performed in numerous Nutcracker ballets as well as Peter and the Wolf, Dina Prima Ballerina, Alice in Wonderland, and Carnival of the Animals. She has also performed professional variations of Cupid, Silver Fairy, and Blue Bird. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

  • Duncan Grimes

    Duncan Grimes is an 8th grader at Wooster High School. He studied dance at Richland Academy of the Arts before moving to Wooster. He has previously danced the role of Fritz, and is excited to be playing the Rat King this year. He is also thrilled to be one of the first boys accepted in the Wayne Center for the Arts Ballet Company.

  • Trevor Grimes

    Trevor Grimes is a 5th grader at Edgewood Middle School. He has been dancing since he was 3. He began his dance studies at Richland Academy of the Arts before moving to Wooster. He had having a blast dancing the role of Fritz in the 2018 Nutcracker, and is honored to have been accepted into the Wayne Center Ballet Company!

  • Vivian Haughn

    Vivian Haughn is 8 years old and is a 3rd grader at Orrville Elementary. Vivian has been dancing at Wayne Center for the Arts since she was 4 years old. This is her second year as a member of the Wayne Center Ballet Company. Other than ballet, Vivian enjoys reading and crafts. She also enjoys traveling to Illinois to visit her grandparents and family members there. She hopes to one day be a dance instructor and physical therapist.

  • Nola Holmes-Rodgers

    Nola Holmes-Rodgers is 10 years old and has been dancing at the Wayne Center for the Arts since she was 3 years old. This is Nola’s third year dancing in the Wayne Center Ballet Company and her third Nutcracker performance. In addition to dancing, Nola also studies piano and plays saxophone in the 5th grade band at Edgewood Middle School. She enjoys all aspects of school, but especially math and reading. Outside of school and dance, Nola loves spending quality time with family and friends. Nola aspires to become a professional dancer.

  • Emma Manchigiah

    Emma Manchigiah joined the Wayne Center Ballet Company this summer, after dancing with the Wayne Center Community School. She is a 2nd grader at Kean Elementary and a proud member of their Student Lighthouse Leadership Team. She also is a member of Wooster Grace Church.

  • Brooke Manson

    Brooke Manson is 10 years old and attends the Montessori School of Wooster. She has been studying ballet at Wayne Center for The Arts since she was 3 years old. She loves to dance and has been in several performances with the Wayne Center for the Arts over the past several years.

  • Alicia Martinez

    Alicia Martinez is a 10th grade homeschooler and an honors student. The 15 year old started dancing at the age of two and it has always been her passion. Alicia joined the pre-professional school and company at WCA in 2016. She has assisted many classes at WCA, and received the Roberta Looney Scholarship. Alicia has taken dance intensives and master classes with Heinz Poll Festival, Akron Dance Institute, and WCA. She has performed with WCB in Spring performance, Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy), and Carnival of the Animals by James Sewell.

  • Olivia Murray

    Olivia Murray is 12 years old and a seventh grader at St. Mary’s School. Olivia’s dance training began in 2011 at the Wayne Center for the Arts. Olivia has performed in multiple productions for the Wayne Center Ballet, including Cinderella, Dina Prima the Ballerina, and the Spring Dance Performance. Olivia also performed Cinderella for Ballet Wooster. Olivia enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves being with her dance family; dance is her one true passion.

  • Brianna Shearer

    Brianna Shearer has been dancing since 2016 and has been on pointe for one-and-a-half years. She loves to read and draw and her favorite sports are soccer and gymnastics. She dreams of becoming a zoologist, working at Disney World as a dancer, or being a professional ballet dancer. She also has her eye on Cirque du Soleil due to her flexibility. Brianna likes to bake and spend time with friends. She has a bearded dragon named Jack.

  • Ivy Shearer

    Ivy Shearer has been dancing since 2016 and has been a member of the Wayne Ballet Company for two years. She has a dog named Max as well as a snake. Ivy loves drawing and dancing and her favorite sports are ballet and gymnastics. She would like to be a teacher, a dancer, or both when she grows up. Ivy also enjoys working in the kitchen. She is 12 years old and is homeschooled.

  • Ashley Schroer

    Ashley Schroer is in 8th grade at Wooster High School and has been with Wayne Center Ballet for 10 years and with the Wayne Center Ballet Company for 3 years. She has performed in four Nutcracker performances, Dina Prima the Ballerina, Alice in Wonderland, Carnival of the Animals, and the 2018 Spring Dance performance. In December 2017, she performed in Gladisa Guadalupe’s The Nutcracker Suite with The Cleveland Ballet at Playhouse Square. In the future, she would like to become an electrical engineer and a ballet teacher.

  • Lillian Schultz

    Lillian (Lilly) Schultz joined the Wayne Center Ballet Company in May of 2018 after enjoying classes in ballet and hip hop with the Wayne Center for the Arts Community School. No stranger to the stage, Lilly has performed in many theatre productions with area groups including WACPAC and Edgewood Middle School Drama Club, with her favorite roles being Gladys in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and Goldilocks in The Princess Who Had No Name. Lilly loves meeting new people. She plays cello and is a 6th grader at Edgewood Middle School.

  • Kinsey Sipos

    Kinsey Sipos is seven years old and in the 2nd grade at Parkview Elementary. She started dancing at age three and is in her second year with the Wayne Center Ballet Company. She performed in the Wayne Ballet production of Carnival of the Animals as a chicken and has been looking forward to the Nutcracker ever since. She enjoys reading, crafts, and spending time with her friends and family when she is not dancing.

  • Soren Veney

    Soren Veney attends Edgewood Middle School where she is active in both the orchestra and choir. She enjoys dance, playing the violin, and raising guinea pigs. Soren has been dancing for six years with Wayne Center for the Arts Department of Dance. Her previous roles include Raindrop, Gingerbread Girl, and Poultry. Soren loves performing.