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.


2019-20 Company

  • Hannah Arnold

    Hannah Arnold, 12, is a seventh grader on the Honor Roll at Triway Jr. High School. She’s the recipient of the American Legion Certificate Award and the President’s Education Award Program Outstanding Academic Excellence Award. She has studied Ballet for 4 years and been a member of the Wayne Center Ballet Company since 2016. 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, Carson Sandiford, of Boulder Ballet, Mia Klinger, of BXO, Dusty Button, of ABT II, Leah Summers of Marshall University, Anthony Spaulding of Dance Theatre of Harlem, Omar Humphrey of Verb Ballet, Mary-Elizabeth Fenn, and Robert Wesner of Neos Dance Theatre. Hannah’s performance experiences include the role of Claire in The Nutcracker, The Carnival of the Animals choreographed by James Sewell, Happy choreographed by Tom Gold, The Journey of Sunshine and To the Hands choreographed by Brian Murphy and directed by Marie Bucoy-Calavan. Hannah's aspirations include studying mathematics, traveling, and continuing a career in professional dance.

  • Samantha Amier

    Nurain Samantha Amier (Sammy) has been learning ballet since she was 2. She is 15, a sophomore, and an honor roll student at Wooster High School. She is working very hard to manage her tight schedule while doing what she loves (ballet and playing the violin), trying new things (playing piano, golfing, and personal development), and maintaining good grades at school. She is good-natured with a great personality and she loves her ballet friends and teachers. During her four years with Wayne Center Ballet, she has participated and 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 received prestigious awards and recognitions in recent years: admission to the Cincinnati Ballet Summer Intensive, full music scholarship from WHS Music Parents Association, membership in Venturing Crew, a varsity letter in golfing, admission to Pathway to Success, the Vera Dilgard Music Legacy Award, BGCW Youth of the Year, and Ambassador Awards for Excellence.

  • Oneli Basnagala

    Oneli Basnagala is a junior at Wooster High School who 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 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 “the 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.

  • Alayna Green

    Alayna Green is a freshman at Smithville High School, an honor roll student, and a 2019-2020 majorette. Alayna has been dancing for 11 years and has been a part of the Company for 4 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 and The Cincinnati Ballet. Alayna’s goal is to pursue a career in dance when she graduates.

  • Ashley Schroer

    Ashley Schroer will be a Freshman this fall at 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, and also plays percussion in the marching band. She honed her ballet skills at Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy for 3 weeks this summer and was also accepted to Joffrey Ballet Chicago 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 4 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 been a classroom assistant with young dancers and with TuTu Tuesdays in local school districts. Her future college plans are to study engineering and minor in dance.

  • Brianna Shearer

    Brianna Shearer is 15 years old and is going into 10th grade. She has been dancing for 3 years and has been on pointe 2 and a half years. She will be studying at the Colorado Ballet and in West Virginia on the True Impact Travel Scholarship. She played multiple roles in The Carnival of the Animals, the roles of “Toy Soldier” and Demi-Soloist in Waltz of the Flowers, and was the Arabian in The Nutcracker as well as the Ballerina in The Journey of Sunshine. Brianna has also taught community ballet and tap. She hopes to work with animals in her future career while also pursuing a career in dance or with Cirque du Soleil. She enjoys reading, drawing, soccer, and spending time with friends.

  • Carter Boreman

    Carter Boreman, 12, is an honor student at Edgewood Middle School where she is a recipient of the Young Citizenship Award. Carter has studied ballet for 9 years and is in her 4th year as a member of Wayne Center Ballet Company. She has trained under Daryl Kamer of BalletMet, Mia Klinger of Ballet Excel Ohio, Eric Yetter of Anderson University, Carson Sandiford of Boulder Ballet, Lauren Stenroos of The Cleveland Ballet, Bobby Wesner of Neos Dance Theater, Damien Martinez of West Pointe Ballet, and Brian Murphy of Wayne Center Ballet. Carter’s performance experiences include Dina Prima the Ballerina directed by Brenda Schwinn, Clara in The Nutcracker directed by Mia Klinger, The Carnival of the Animals choreographed by James Sewell, Happy choreographed by Tom Gold, a contemporary piece choreographed by Brian Murphy, To the Hands choreographed by Brian Murphy and directed by Marie Bucoy-Calavan, “Harlequin” and “Flowers” in The Nutcracker directed by Brian Murphy. Her aspirations are to continue her ballet education in college and one day become a dance instructor.

  • Emma Graziano

    Emma Graziano, 12, is a seventh-grade honor student at Edgewood Middle School where she was a recipient of the Student of the Month award. She has been a member of the Wayne Center Ballet company since 2016 and has studied ballet for 9 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 “Columbine” and “Chinese Tea” in The Nutcracker; 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. Emma enjoys reading, the beach, and spending time with her family and friends. Her dream is to open her own bakery.

  • Duncan Grimes

    Duncan Grimes, aged 14, is a ninth-grade student Wooster High School where he plays in the orchestra in addition to his academic pursuits. He started his dance studies at Richland Academy of the Arts, where he still studies with Marden Ramos. Duncan was very excited to be one of the first boys accepted to Wayne Center Ballet. In addition to dance, Duncan also participates in Boy Scouts and 4H.

  • Mary Hersher

    Mary Hersher, 11, is a seventh-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 and at Turning Pointe. 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; and tap, jazz and hip hop with Beyond the Stars. Mary was “Flower” in the Ballet Le Rêve production of Alice in Wonderland, “Alice” in a musical theatre dance selection of “Wonderland”, and “Fortune Teller” in the Massillon Middle School Choir’s production of “Aladdin”. Her future aspirations are to attend college with a major in pre-med and minor in dance.

  • Nola Holmes-Rodgers

    Nola Holmes-Rodgers, age 11, is currently a seventh-grader at Edgewood Middle School. Nola has studied Ballet for 8 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 of Wayne Center for the Arts; Carson Sandiford of Boulder Ballet; Mia Klinger of BXO; 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; and The Journey of Sunshine and To the Hands choreographed by Brian Murphy and directed by Marie Bucoy-Calavan. Nola aspires to become a professional dancer and digital artist.

  • Gabriela Lopez

    Gabriela Lopez, 14, will be attending Wooster High School starting in fall 2019 as a ninth grade student. Gabriela was on the Honor Roll for her full three years at Lakeside Middle School (in Millville, NJ) and has been on the Principal’s List since third grade for receiving straight A’s. She was invited to join National Junior Honor Society in 2018 and has also been a participant in the Gifted and Talented Program since 3rd grade. She has studied ballet since kindergarten, joining the Wayne Center Ballet Company in 2019. From 2013-2019 Gabriela was a dance student at Rising Stars Academy in Millville, NJ. During her time in New Jersey, she trained under Kie Konishi, Kristaps Lintins, and Ionut Zaharia, all of the Atlantic City Ballet. She has performed in annual dance recitals with Rising Stars Academy from 2014-2019. She was the choreographer and a member of the cast in Beauty and the Beast Junior with Lakeside Middle School in 2019. Gabriela’s aspirations include studying psychology or interior design.

  • Olivia Murray

    Olivia Murray is 13 years old and an eighth grader at St. Mary’s 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 Brain Murphy and directed by Marie Bucoy-Calavan. Olivia enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys studying science and history.

  • Ivy Shearer

    Ivy Shearer is 12 years old and is in 7th grade. She has been dancing for three years, receiving her pointe shoes at the beginning of this 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 to either become a professional dancer or a teacher when she grows up. She enjoys drawing, swimming, and spending time with friends and family.

  • Eleanor Stormer Burch

    Eleanor Stormer Burch is 13 and currently an eighth grader at Wooster High School. She earned highest distinction in her academic career at Edgewood Middle School. A violin player since the age of 4, she studies with Mike Deyo at Wayne Center for the Arts. She is a member of the school orchestra and also plays trumpet in the band. Eleanor has studied ballet for two years and this is her first year as a member of the Wayne Center Ballet Company. Her dance studies include training with Carole Palatin-Ginot of Danse et Compagnie in Lyon, France; Brian Murphy, Artistic Director of Wayne Center Ballet; Kimberly Payne of Wayne Center for the Arts; and Carson Sandiford of Boulder Ballet. Eleanor enjoys learning French and German and she aspires to be a writer.

  • Soren Veney

    Soren Veney is thirteen years old and in the eighth grade at Wooster High School. She is active in the school choir and plays the piano, ukulele, and guitar. She loves to perform. In addition to dance and music, Soren enjoys raising feral guinea pigs and writing plays.

  • Morgan Anderson

    Morgan Anderson, 13, is an eighth-grader attending Wooster High School. This is Morgan’s second year dancing with the Wayne Center Ballet Company. Morgan’s previous roles with the company include party scene dancer and Polichinelle in the Nutcracker and Rain and Clouds in Journey of Sunshine. Morgan also enjoys tap and contemporary dance. In her free time, Morgan enjoys spending time with her friends, swimming and playing games with her two sisters.

  • Brielle Burchette

    Brielle Burchette is 9 years old and in 4th 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, she has the opportunity to study under 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. Brielle has performed in Carnival of the Animals, The Nutcracker, The Journey of Sunshine, and To the Hands. When she is not dancing, she is an active member in the Wayne County 4-H program, St Mary's Drum Line, the Social Justice Club, and the Art Club. Brielle aspires to become a teacher.

  • Trevor Grimes

    Trevor Grimes, aged 11, is a sixth-grade honors student at Edgewood Middle School, where he participates in band and choir in addition to his academics. He started his dance studies at Richland Academy of the Arts, where he continues to study with Marden Ramos. He was honored to be one of the first boys accepted to Wayne Center Ballet and enjoys the opportunity to work with so many excellent instructors.

  • Vivian Haughn

    Vivian Haughn is 9 years old and is a 4th grader at Orrville Elementary. Vivian has been dancing at Wayne Center for the Arts since she was 4 years old. This is her third 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, and also Journey of Sunshine. She enjoys reading, crafts, 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 joined the Wayne Center Ballet the summer of 2018, after dancing with the Wayne Center Community School. She is a 3rd grader at Kean Elementary and is currently enrolled in the Gifted Program and a proud member of the Student Lighthouse Leadership Team. Her performances include the Carnival Of The Animals, The Nutcracker, and The Journey Of Sunshine. She currently studies under Brian Murphy, WCA Artistic Director; Kimberly Payne, WCA Dance Program Coordinator; and Lauren Stenroos, of the Cleveland Ballet. She has also studied with Erich Yetter of Anderson University and Anthony Spaulding of Dance Theatre of Harlem. When Emma is not dancing, she is writing chapter books, drawing, painting, and singing.

  • 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 three and has been a company member since 2018. Brooke loves to dance. She has been in several performances with Wayne Center for the Arts including The Nutcracker in 2018 and The Journey Of Sunshine. When she’s not dancing, she enjoys drawing, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

  • Kinsey Sipos

    Kinsey Sipos is an eight-year-old third-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. She loves performing and dancing; when she is not doing those things, she enjoys reading, writing, drawing, and choreographing her own dances at home. Her favorite dance styles are ballet and contemporary. When Kinsey grows up, she hopes to be a school teacher and ballet instructor.

  • Elise Wigal

    Elise Wigal is nine years old and in the fourth grade at Shreve Elementary. She is on the honor roll 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.

  • Allie Greenwald

    Allie Greenwald is 9 years old and is in 4th grade at Melrose Elementary. This is her first year with the Wayne Center Ballet Company, after dancing with the Wayne Center Community School. She performed in the 2018 Wayne Center Ballet production of The Nutcracker and is looking forward to future performances. In addition to dance, Allie has a passion for animals and aspires to become a veterinarian. Allie also enjoys reading, swimming, and spending time with family, friends, and her dog, Alvin.

  • Nigel Grimes

    Nigel Grimes, aged 9, is a fourth-grade student at Parkview Elementary. He began studying dance at Richland Academy of the Arts as a three-year-old. He has enjoyed dancing with Wayne Center Ballet so much that he tried out for the company this year. He is excited to have been accepted as a trainee member!

  • Gianna Meier

    Gianna Meier 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 two productions of The Nutcracker and The Journey of Sunshine, choreographed by Brian Murphy. Gianna's aspirations include studying the visual arts and working for social justice.

  • Elizabeth Michel

    Elizabeth Michel is 9 years old and a 3rd grader at St Mary’s School. This is her first year dancing with the Wayne Center Ballet Company, after 3 years of Wayne Center Community School ballet. She has performed in Carnival of the Animals and The Nutcracker. Other than ballet, Elizabeth enjoys reading, crafts, and gardening. At school, she loves art class and is a member of the Social Justice Club.

  • Emily Michel

    Emily Michel is 9 years old and attends the third grade at St Mary’s School. This is Emily’s first year as a member of the Wayne Center Ballet Company. While dancing for the Wayne Center Community School, she performed in Carnival of the Animals and The Nutcracker. Emily loves to read, play the piano, and visit family when she is not dancing. She is also active in her school’s Social Justice Club and her favorite subject is music.

  • Paige Murray

    Paige Murray, age 8, attends 3rd 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 completed the summer intensives and is looking forward to her first year with the Wayne Center Ballet Company. In her free time, Paige enjoys reading, completing art projects, and playing with her dog, Jake.

  • 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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