Megan Wanlass

Megan Wanlass

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Megan Wanlass is the daughter of Steffanee and Jared Wanlass. Megan has been dancing since she was 3 and joined TVAD in 2009. Her former roles include: Wili Queen, Giselle 2016; Drosselmeyer’s Doll, Nutcracker 2015; Summer Fairy, Cinderella 2015; Flower Queen, Nutcracker 2014; Odalys, the Black Swan of Sorrow, Swan Lake 2014; Snow Queen, Nutcracker 2013; Fairy of Temperament, Sleeping Beauty 2013; Marzipan, Nutcracker 2011; and one of the royal horses in Cinderella 2011. Megan performed as a Lady in Waiting in Ballet West’s Nutcracker 2012. In addition to dancing, she is a talented artist and enjoys sketching and painting. As TVAD’s resident artist, Megan has created backdrops and painted set work for TVAD productions. She has also completed many murals around Tooele City. She was an attendant for Miss Tooele City (2014-2015). Megan is currently a junior at the University of Utah, majoring in Mining Engineering.

 

 

 

 

 

Brooklun Finlayson

Brooklun Finlayson

Brooklun Finlayson is a 7th grade honor student at Tooele Junior High School. Her parents April Mitchell and Skyler Finlayson have proudly watched her perform and grow as a dancer since she was eight.  Dancing competitively in jazz, lyrical and hip hop, Brooklun has earned high gold and first place rankings.  She joined TVAD in the late fall of 2015.  Brooklun experienced her first classical ballet performance in spring 2016 as a villager and noble in Giselle.  When asked about how she felt about dance Brooklun said: “Dance is a way of expressing how I feel that I can’t say with words. It is a way to show who I am. Dance is a part of my life, but most importantly, it is a part of me. I couldn’t imagine my life without it, like the saying ‘Without dance, what’s the pointe.'” In her free time Brooklun enjoys hanging out with her friends, reading and scrapbooking with her grandma. Brooklun would like to pursue a career as a teacher or a dance studio owner.

 

 

 

Nathan Hinton

Nathan Hinton

Nathan Hinton is the son of Ryan & Celeste Hinton. Nathan is 14 years old and has been dancing with TVAD since 2012. Nathan enjoys ballet in part because it reminds him of karate: the discipline, exertion and demand for excellence. Coincidentally, his favorite karate sensei is a former soloist with the American Ballet Theatre. Nathan’s former roles include: Nutcracker Prince, Nutcracker 2015; Gentleman/Cavalier at the ball, Cinderella 2015; demi-soloist in the Napolitaine dance, Swan Lake 2014; Edmund, Nutcracker 2013; and Page and Hunter, Sleeping Beauty 2013. Nathan has also performed as a Russian Dancer and part of the Waltz of the Flowers in past Nutcracker productions. Most recently, Nathan performed the Peasant Pas de Deux from Giselle at Capital Theater in Winter 2016 as well as in TVAD’s Spring production of Giselle, Spring 2016. Additionally ,Nathan performed the roles of a Villager, Hunter, Noble, and the Squire Wilfred in Act 2 of Giselle, 2016. At any given moment Nathan may be reading the science encyclopedia, playing sports, practicing piano, baking rolls or experimenting with his latest invention.

 

 

Cessna Hubrich

Cessna Hubrich

Cessna Hubrich is the daughter of Jeffrey & Heather Hubrich. She is an 8th grader at Clarke N. Johnsen Jr. High. Cessna began dancing at N-Step Dance Studio Fall of 2008. She joined TVAD in the Fall of 2010 at the age of 8. Her former roles in TVAD’s Nutcracker include: Party Guest (2010), Candy Cane (2011), Mouse (2014) and most recently a Snowflake, Spanish Dancer and Clara’s Friend MaryAnn in Nutcracker 2015. Cessna’s other roles include: Mouse & Snow Corps, Cinderella 2011; Villager, Giselle 2012; Napolitaine Dance, Swan Lake 2014; Autumn Corps, Cinderella 2015; and most recently a Noble, Giselle 2016. Cessna is a straight A student and takes great pride in her schoolwork. She plays the violin and has participated in school drama program. When she is not dancing (she’s always dancing) she enjoys camping with her family, swimming with her friends or riding dirt bikes in the desert.

 

 

 

Madisen Liddell

Madisen Liddell

Madisen Mae Liddell is the daughter of Candace Liddell & Guy Maylett. She is a Junior at Stansbury High School. Madisen has been dancing since she was 3 years old in various styles of dance. She joined TVAD in 2011 and has been studying ballet ever since. Her former roles include: Spring Fairy, Cinderella 2015; Odile, the Red Swan, Swan Lake 2014; and Fairy of Purity, Sleeping Beauty 2013. Most recently, Madisen danced as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker 2015 as well as in the Flower & Snow Corps de ballet. She also performed the title role of Giselle, Spring 2016. Madisen danced a contemporary ballet number at YAGP Colorado 2015 as well as Cupid’s Variation from Don Quixote. She performed at Capital Theatre this past year, dancing a Pas de Deux from both Le Corsaire and Giselle, as well as a Variation from La Raymonda and a Contemporary Ballet Solo. She hopes to continue learning all that she can in ballet and sharing her talents with the community.

 

 

 

Lizzie Rawlings

Lizzie Rawlings

Lizzie Rawlings is the daughter of Jeremy and Andrea Rawlings. She is a 7th grader at Clarke N. Johnsen Jr. High. this year. Lizzie has had a love of the stage from a very young age and is always looking for opportunities to perform. At the age of 6 she was cast as Molly in La Forge Theatre’s production of Annie. Lizzie started her study of ballet with TVAD in 2009 and instantly fell in love with classical ballet.  She has danced many roles for six TVAD Nutcracker performances including her favorite role, Clara, this past fall. In addition to Nutcracker, Lizzie has performed as a Noble, Giselle 2016; a Lady at the Ball, Cinderella 2015; White Swan & Napolitaine Dancer, Swan Lake 2014; and Young Princess Aurora, Sleeping Beauty 2013. She also performed a Swanhilda’s solo (Coppélia) at Capital Theatre this past winter. In addition to dance and theatre, Lizzie is gifted academically and musically. She goes above and beyond in all that she pursues and works relentlessly to achieve her goals, one of which has been to become a TVAD Company Member. This is her first year on Company. Lizzie hopes to earn a scholarship to a university, serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and someday become a mom.

 

Sarah Sellers

Sarah Sellers

Sarah Sellers

Sarah Sellers is the daughter of Craig & Guylenne Sellers. She is a Junior at Stansbury High School. Before joining TVAD in the Spring of 2015 Sarah studied ballet at Swan Studios under the direction of Melissa Swan. Sarah’s former roles with TVAD include: Lady at the Ball, Cinderella 2015; Maid, Lady in Waiting, Snowflake & Tree Sprite, Nutcracker 2015; Noble & Villager in Giselle, 2016. This past winter, Sarah performed the role of the Ghost of Christmas Future in A Christmas Carol Ballet. She performed the role of Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Spring 2017. Sarah typically dances 6 days a week and plans to continue dancing in college.

 

 

 

 

Hannah Sheppard

Hannah Sheppard

Hannah Sheppard is the daughter of Dave and Cheryl Sheppard.  She is a 7th grader at Tooele Jr High.  Hannah has been dancing almost since she could walk.  She did one year of jazz prior to joining TVAD in 2010.  Hannah has performed in four TVAD productions of  Nutcracker dancing as Russian Dancer, party guest, snowflake, tree sprite and mouse.  She has also performed the following: party guest and Ghost of Christmas Future corps de ballet dancer in A Christmas Carol 2012; Villager, Noble & Wili Corps Member Giselle 2012/2016; lady-in-waiting and bluebird demi-soloist, Sleeping Beauty 2013; white swan and Napolitaine dancer, Swan Lake 2014; Autumn leaf, night shade and lady at the ball, Cinderella 2015. Hannah has performed both pas de deux and soloist variations, most recently performing the Peasant Pas from Giselle and La Bayadere ‘s Shade 1 Variation at the Capital Theatre in February and in TVAD’s Spring 2016 production of Giselle.

 

 

 

Kathryn Thompson

Kathryn Thompson

Kathryn Thompson is the daughter of Todd and Melanie Thompson and sister to three older brothers. She is an 8th grader at Tooele Jr. High. She started her ballet instruction at age 3 with Swan Studios, and has been dancing at TVAD since Fall of 2013. She loves every minute of it. Her former roles include: Clara, Nutcracker 2014; member of the Black Swan Corps, Swan Lake 2014; Russian Dancer, Tree Sprite & Snowflake, Nutcracker 2015; Enchanted Horse, Cinderella 2015; and most recently a Noble and member of the Wili Corps, Giselle 2016. Kathryn also plays the piano and flute, and loves music of all kinds.