Wayne Center for the Arts

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MON-THURS: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
FRIDAY: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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SUNDAY: CLOSED

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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 Brian Murphy, Artistic Director of the Wayne Center Ballet, for more information.


Past Performances

Wayne Center for the Arts presents three sessions of performance a year: a Nutcracker or Winter Ballet, the New Works Project, and our Spring Show, with additional local and regional performance opportunities available to excelling students.


2019-20 Company

  • Samantha Amier

    Nurain Samantha Amier (Sammy), Senior Level, has been learning ballet since she was 2. She is 16, a junior, and a distinguished honor roll student at Wooster High School. She loves ballet, music, speech, and golf. She is good-natured with a great personality and she loves her ballet friends and teachers. She has been with the Wayne Center Ballet for five years. She attended Cincinnati Ballet, Cicilia Ballet School, and Marlupi Dance Academy. She has performed in The Journey of Sunshine, Carnival of the Animals, Winter Wonderland, The Nutcracker, A Little Princess, The Quest of Feather Friends, and Aladdin. She has also performed in The Hall of Fame Holiday Show, Wooster Music and Arts Fest, and The OhioDance Young Artist Concert. She has received awards and recognitions for her achievements in dance, music, speech, and academics.

  • Oneli Basnagala

    Oneli Basnagala, Senior Level, is a junior at Wooster High School and an Honor Roll student. She started dancing when she was four. She is treasurer of her class and is a member of Key Club. She enjoys traveling, swimming, and drawing. She plans on pursuing Environmental Science in the future. She appeared in Wayne Center Ballet’s 2018 production of The Nutcracker as “The Dewdrop Fairy”; The Journey of Sunshine as “The Cat”; and as “a Fish”, “a Fossil”, “a Kangaroo”, and “Pianist” in The Carnival Of The Animals. Additionally, she has appeared in productions of Cinderella, Mary Poppins, and Pocahontas and has performed variations such as Silver Fairy, Gold Fairy, Lilac Fairy, Coulante, and Blue Bird.

  • Emma Graziano

    Emma Graziano, 13, Senior Level, is an 8th grade honor student at Wooster High School. She has been a member of the Wayne Center Ballet company since 2016 and has studied ballet for 10 years. Her studies include instruction from Mia Klinger of Ballet Excel Ohio; Lauren Stenroos, from the Cleveland Ballet; Erich Yetter, of Anderson University; Brian Murphy, Artistic Director of Wayne Center Ballet; Katie Newland, formerly of Wayne Center for the Arts; Kimberly Payne, Wayne Center for the Arts; Carson Sandiford, from Boulder Ballet; Gladisa Guadalupe, Artistic Director of the Cleveland Ballet; Andres Estevez of BalletMet; Bobby Wesner, Artistic Director of Neos Dance Theatre; Amanda Clark, Executive Director of Holmes Center for the Arts; Damien Martinez, Director of West Pointe Ballet; and Darryl Kramer, Academy Co-Founder of BalletMet. Emma’s performance experiences include the roles of “Polichinelle” & Party Scene Girl in The Nutcracker, directed by Mia Klinger; “Columbine” and “Chinese Tea” in The Nutcracker, directed by Brian Murphy; Carnival of the Animals, choreographed by James Sewell; Happy, choreographed by Tom Gold; and The Journey of Sunshine and To the Hands, choreographed by Brian Murphy and directed by Marie Bucoy-Calavan; “Lieutenant” and “Fairy” in Winter Sleighride, directed by Brian Murphy; “Snow” in The Nutcracker, directed by Amanda Clark. Emma enjoys movies, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

  • Alayna Green

    Alayna Green, 16, Senior Level, is a sophomore at Smithville High School, an honor roll student, and a 2020-21 majorette. Alayna has been dancing for 12 years and has been a part of the Company for 5 years. Alayna has participated in all types of dance, receiving the Roberta Looney Scholarship and awards for assisting in the community school classes. Alayna has been trained by Brian Murphy, Artistic Director of The Wayne Center for the Arts; Lauren Stenroos, from the Cleveland Ballet; Erich Yetter of Anderson University; Kimberly Payne of Wayne Center for the Arts; Carson Sandiford of Boulder Ballet; Mia Klinger of BXO; Omar Humphrey of Verb Ballet; as well as Mary Elizabeth Fenn, Ella Davidson Turner, Regina Pietraroia, and Ethan Michael Lee. Alayna’s past performances include The Nutcracker, The Carnival of Animals, Happy choreographed by Tom Gold, and the lead role of “Sunshine” in The Journey of Sunshine by Brian Murphy. She recently participated in summer intensives at The Wayne Center. Alayna’s goal is to pursue a career in physical therapy or dance when she graduates.

  • Duncan Grimes

    Duncan Grimes, aged 15, Senior Level, is a tenth-grade student Wooster High School where he plays in the orchestra. He started his dance studies at Richland Academy of the Arts, where he still studies with Marden Ramos. In addition to dance, Duncan also participates in Boy Scouts and 4H.

  • Mary Hersher

    Mary Hersher, 13, Senior Level, is a eighth-grade honor student at Massillon Junior High School where she participates in choir and plays trumpet in the band. Outside of school, Mary volunteers at summer Math and Reading camp, at her church Vacation Bible School, and for various other activities. She started dancing when she was 2 years old and competed with Compass Dance Academy before moving to Natalya’s Turning Pointe School of Dance to focus on ballet. At Turning Pointe, she studied under Natalya Vyashenko and Nurzhan Kulybaev, earning her ABT level certification, with merit. She has attended summer intensives at the Dance Institute at the University of Akron, at Turning Pointe, and at Wayne Center for the Arts. She has also had the privilege of instruction at Broadway Dance in NYC, Millennium Dance in Pittsburgh, a Musical Theatre Intensive for “Wicked” with Lauren Haughton, and the Broadway Bootcamp: Hamilton at The Weathervane Playhouse. Other intensives include Masterclasses in tap at Ballet Western Reserve with John Scacchetti; hip hop at Compass Dance Academy with Seth Stewart; tap, jazz, and hip hop with Beyond the Stars; and ballet at Wayne Center for the Arts. Mary was “Flower” in the Ballet Le Rêve production of Alice in Wonderland, “Alice” in a musical theatre dance selection of “Wonderland”, “Fortune Teller” in the Massillon Middle School Choir’s production of “Aladdin," and "Snow Dancer" and house maiden in MMSC's production of "Frozen Jr." Her future aspirations are to attend college with a major in pre-med and minor in dance.

  • Nola Holmes-Rodgers

    Nola Holmes-Rodgers, 12, Senior Level, is currently a seventh-grader at Edgewood Middle School. Nola has studied Ballet for 9 years and joined the Wayne Center Ballet Company in 2016. Her studies include training from Lauren Stenroos of the Cleveland Ballet; Brian Murphy, Artistic Director of Wayne Center Ballet; Erich Yetter of Anderson University; Kimberly Payne, Wayne Center for the Arts; Carson Sandiford of Boulder Ballet; Mia Klinger of BXO; Ethan Michael Lee, Wayne Center for the Arts; Kaitlin Shreckhise, Wayne Center for the Arts; Leah Summers of Marshall University; Anthony Spaulding of Dance
    Theatre of Harlem; and Omar Humphrey of Verb Ballet. Nola’s performance experiences include The Nutcracker (2014, 2016, 2018), The Carnival of the Animals choreographed by James Sewell, The Journey of Sunshine and To the Hands choreographed by Brian Murphy and directed by Marie Bucoy-Calavan, and Winter Sleighride choreographed by Brian Murphy.

  • Olivia Murray

    Olivia Murray, Senior Level, is 14 years old and a freshman at Smithville High School. Olivia’s dance training began in 2011 at the Wayne Center for the Arts where she started her career in ballet and dance. Olivia has studied under Lauren Stenroos of The Cleveland Ballet; Brian Murphy, Artistic Director of Wayne Center for the Arts; Carson Sandiford of Boulder Ballet; and Kimberly Payne, also from Wayne Center for the Arts. Olivia has performed in multiple productions for the Wayne Center Ballet, including Cinderella (2012) and Dina Prima, the Ballerina (2015). Olivia also performed in Cinderella (2016) for Ballet Wooster. She returned to Wayne Center for the Arts in 2018, becoming a member of the Company. Olivia performed in the Spring Dance Performance (2018). Most recently she performed in the December 2018 production of The Nutcracker. She was a Spanish dancer as well as a part of the Flowers dance. Olivia was a part of The Journey of Sunshine (2019), choreographed by Brian Murphy and directed by Marie Bucoy-Calavan. Olivia enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys studying science and history.

  • Ashley Schroer

    Ashley Schroer, 15, Senior Level, attends Wooster High School. Ashley takes all honors classes and has a 4.0 GPA. She placed 8th in the State of Ohio for creative writing in 2019 and also plays percussion in the marching band. She attended Cincinnati Ballet’s summer intensive in 2019 and was also accepted to Joffrey Ballet’s summer intensive. In the Spring of 2019, she performed at the Ohio Dance Festival at the Ohio State University and also received a Donathen Dedicated Dancer Scholarship for dance study. She has been a member of Wayne Center Ballet Company for 5 years. Her ballet performances include Brian Murphy’s The Journey of Sunshine as the Rabbit; Carnival of the Animals, choreographed by James Sewell, as the Tortoise; Gladisa Guadalupe’s The Nutcracker Suite with the Cleveland Ballet at Playhouse Square; Wayne Center Ballet’s Nutcracker productions for several years; Alice in Wonderland; Dina Prima, the Ballerina; and multiple spring performances. Ashley has taught dance classes for the Community School. She plans to study geology and archaeology in college.

  • Brianna Shearer

    Brianna Shearer, Senior Level, is 16 years old and currently studies at Wayne County's Career Center in the Animal Science Trade. She has been dancing for 4 years and has been on pointe 3 and a half years. Brianna plans to possibly pursue a career in dance, with aspirations to audition for Cirque du Soleil or The New York City Ballet Company; other career plans include becoming a Vet Tech and working in an animal hospital or clinic. Her favorite past roles include The Arabian solo in the Nutcracker in 2018, the Ballerina in Journey of Sunshine in spring 2019, and Phoebe in Sleighride in winter 2019. Brianna also teaches for WCA's Community School of Dance, where she has taught Pre-Ballet, Ballet 1, Tap Level 1, and Ballet 4. She has participated in summer intensives at WCA and at the Colorado Ballet. Brianna says, "My favorite dancer and role model is Misty Copeland because she taught me that no matter what age you start dancing, with hard work, you can do great things; and to believe in yourself and not to give up even if other people tell you that you should."

  • Ivy Shearer

    Ivy Shearer, Senior Level, is 13 years old and attends Chippewa High School. She has been dancing for four years and on pointe for one year. Her past roles have been “Chicken” in Carnival of the Animals, “Rat”, “Jester”, and a Polichinelle in The Nutcracker, and “Mother” in Journey of Sunshine. She would like pursue criminal justice when she's older. She enjoys drawing, swimming, and spending time with friends and family.

  • Brielle Burchett

    Brielle Burchett, 10, Junior Level, is in 5th grade at St. Mary’s. She has studied ballet as a member of the Wayne Center Ballet Company since 2017. Since becoming a company member, Brielle has performed in Carnival of the Animals, The Nutcracker, The Journey of Sunshine, To the Hands and Winter Sleighride. When she is not dancing, she is an active member in the Wayne County 4-H program, St Mary’s Choir and Art Club. Brielle aspires to become a teacher.

  • Trevor Grimes

    Trevor Grimes, aged 12, Junior Level, is a seventh-grade honors student at Edgewood Middle School, where he participates in band. He started his dance studies at Richland Academy of the Arts, where he continues to study with Marden Ramos. He enjoys the opportunity to work with so many different instructors.

  • Vivian Haughn

    Vivian Haughn, 10, Junior Level, is a 5th grader at Orrville Middle School. Vivian has been dancing at Wayne Center for the Arts since she was 4 years old. This is her fourth year as a member of the Wayne Center Ballet Company. She has performed in The Carnival of the Animals, her first production of The Nutcracker in 2018, Journey of Sunshine, and Winter Sleighride. She enjoys reading, painting, and traveling to Illinois to visit her grandparents and family members there. She hopes to one day be a dance instructor and a physical therapist.

  • Emma Manchigiah

    Emma Manchigiah, Junior Level, is a 4th grader at Kean Elementary, where she excels in the Gifted and Talented program and has been the recipient of the annual “Kean Leader” award and the "Certificate of Recognition" presented by the Wooster City School Board of Education. When not at ballet or in school, Emma LOVES to be creative. She has artwork featured in the Akron Children’s Hospital permanent art gallery, has been published in Disney Junior and Friends magazines, was awarded First Place at the Wayne County Fair, and has been a recipient of the WCS Fine Arts Festival Selected Artist for First-Third grades. She loves singing, illustrating stories, hanging out with her friends, and rooting on her favorite team - the Buffalo Bills!

    Thrilled to be completing her third year with the Wayne Center Ballet, Emma has studied under Brian Murphy, Ballet Master & WCA Artistic Director; Kimberly Payne, WCA Dance Program Coordinator; Lauren Stenroos, Ballet Master & member of the Cleveland Ballet; and Ballet Master Ethan Michael Lee. Her performances include The Carnival Of The Animals, The Nutcracker, The Journey Of Sunshine, Winter Sleighride, and New Works.

  • Brooke Manson

    Brooke Manson, 11, Junior Level, is a sixth-grader at the Montessori School of Wooster. She has been studying ballet at Wayne Center for the Arts since she was three and has been a company member since 2018. Brooke loves to dance. Her performances with Wayne Center for the Arts include The Journey of Sunshine, Carnival of the Animals, Winter Sleighride, and The Nutcracker, along with annual winter and spring performances. In addition to dancing, Brooke loves to create paintings, draw and spend time with her puppy.

  • Gianna Meier

    Gianna Meier, Junior Level, is a second grade student at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception School in Wooster, where she is a member of the Art Club, Social Justice Club, and Drum Line. She has studied ballet for 5 years and this is her first year with the Wayne Center Ballet Company. Her studies include training from Lauren Stenroos, from the Cleveland Ballet; Brian Murphy, Artistic Director of Wayne Center Ballet; Erich Yetter of Anderson University; Kimberly Payne, Wayne Center for the Arts; Mia Klinger of BXO; Dusty Button of ABT II; Leah Summers of Marshall University; and Anthony Spaulding of the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Gianna’s performance experiences include the role of an angel in three productions of The Nutcracker; The Journey of Sunshine; and Winter Sleighride. Gianna’s aspirations include studying the visual arts and working for social justice.

  • Elizabeth Michel

    Elizabeth Michel, Junior Level, is 10 years old and a 4th grader at Parkview Elementary. She has studied ballet for 5 years and is in her second year dancing with the Wayne Center Ballet Company. She has performed in Carnival of the Animals, The Nutcracker, Winter Sleighride and New Works. Elizabeth enjoys reading, crafts, and spending time with friends and family. When she grows up, Beth hopes to be a teacher and an artist.

  • Emily Michel

    Emily Michel, Junior Level, is 10 years old and attends the fourth grade at Parkview Elementary. Emily began dancing 5 years ago and this is her second year as a member of the Wayne Center Ballet Company. She has performed in Carnival of the Animals, the Nutcracker, Winter Sleighride, and New Works. When she is not dancing, Emily loves to read, play the piano, and bake desserts. Emily wants to be a baker and a teacher when she's older.

  • Paige Murray

    Paige Murray, 9, Junior Level, attends 4th grade at Melrose Elementary School. She has studied dance in the Community School at the Wayne Center for the Arts since she was 3 years old. She has performed in both Winter Sleighride and New Works 2020 and is looking forward to her second year with the Wayne Center Ballet Company. In her free time, Paige enjoys reading, completing art projects, and playing with her dog Jake and cat Sam.

  • Kinsey Sipos

    Kinsey Sipos, Junior Level, is a 9-year-old fourth-grade student at Parkview Elementary. She has been dancing for the past 5 years and is in her third year with Wayne Center Ballet. She has performed as a party girl and polichinelle in The Nutcracker and has had roles in The Journey of Sunshine and The Carnival of the Animals. Last winter she danced the role of Iris in Sleighride and enjoyed performing in New Works. She has had the privilege to be trained by Lauren Stenroos from the Cleveland Ballet; Brian Murphy, Artistic Director of Wayne Center Ballet; Erich Yetter of Anderson University; Kimberly Payne, Wayne Center for the Arts; Carson Sandiford of Boulder Ballet; Anthony Spaulding of Dance Theatre of Harlem; and Omar Humphrey of Verb Ballet, as well as Ethan Michael Lee and Regina Pietraroia. Kinsey loves performing and dancing but when she is not doing those things she enjoys reading, writing and drawing. When she grows up she hopes to be a school and ballet teacher.

  • Elise Wigal

    Elise Wigal, Junior Level, is nine years old and in the fourth grade at Shreve Elementary. She is on the honor roll and has been chosen as a Leader of the Month. She has studied ballet for seven years at Wayne Center For The Arts, where she has also studied Hip-Hop and Contemporary dance styles. Her performances include Dina Prima, the Ballerina; The Carnival of the Animals; The Nutcracker; My Many-Colored Days; and annual fall and spring performances. In addition to dancing, Elise enjoys soccer, softball, and church activities.

  • Mirabelle Smith

    Mirabelle Smith is 8 years old and in 3rd grade at Cornerstone Elementary. She has been taking ballet for almost 5 years. She has been in several ballet performances including Carnival of the Animals and The Nutcracker. She enjoys ballet so much and has made many friends while dancing. Mira loves to read and play with friends in her free time. She is so excited and honored to be a part of the Wayne Center Ballet Company for the first time this year.

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