Erica Diesl received her early training at the Acton School of Ballet under the direction of Kathryn Anderson and Walter Morris. After high school, Erica continued her education at the University of Utah and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, where she was able to learn works by Jiri Kylian and Ohad Naharin, among others. Since graduating from the University of Utah, she has worked with Ballet Rox in Anthony Williams's Urban Nutcracker, and she has spent two seasons dancing with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland. With Portland Ballet, Erica has danced featured roles in The Armed Man, Three Tales by Poe, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and the Victorian Nutcracker.
Kelsey Harrison attended summer intensives at the NYSSSA School of Ballet, the Chautauqua Institute, The Rock School, and American Ballet Theatre before joining the pre-professional division of Boston Ballet. As a graduate student with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, she toured with the company in Terrence Orr’s The Nutcracker and was a bride in Ben Stevenson’s Dracula. She apprenticed with North Carolina Dance Theatre performing in Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty. With Portland Ballet, Kelsey has been featured in Bolero to Bayadere, The Armed Man, Three Tales by Poe, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This season, she will dance the role of Myrtha in Giselle, and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Victorian Nutcracker.
Kaitlyn Hayes began her dance training on Cape Cod, MA, with Virginia Zango. In 2003, she attended Boston Ballet, where she performed in their Nutcracker. After attending what is now the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, she proceeded to graduate Magna Cum Laude from SUNY Purchase College with a BFA in dance and a concentration in choreography. She had the pleasure of working with many choreographers, including Camille A. Brown, Brenda Daniels, and Bradley Shelver, as well as performing works by Merce Cunningham. Kaitlyn performed all over Massachusetts with Tony Williams, Thomas Vacanti, Maryanne Kodzis, David Sun, and Jackie Underwood. She has danced almost all soloist roles in The Victorian Nutcracker, and has been featured in Three Tales by Poe, Roberto Forleo's Alice with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and Push Me Pull You.
Eliana has a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Dance from the University of Iowa. She has trained with the American Repertory Ballet, and she was a guest dancer with Baltimore Ballet in 2012. Eliana’s Portland Ballet credits include Jack the Ripper, The Victorian Nutcracker, Boy Meets Girl, Bolero to Bayadere, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and as Berenice in Three Tales by Poe. This is Eliana's fourth season as a company member.
Originally from Maine, Russell performed with Portland Ballet, Ballet New England, Konservatoriet Dance Ensemble, Ajkun Ballet Theatre, and José Mateo Ballet Theatre. In 2010, he joined Teatrul de Balet Sibiu, in Romania, where he had the opportunity to work with Florin Brindusa, Pavel Rotaru, Mihai Babuska, Dorin Ioan Coseriu, Tatiana Panaiotidi, and Alex Fotescu. Within TBS, Russell performed leading roles in The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Carmen, Monica Uţă-Fotescu’s Trilogie Ionesco, and additional roles in Romeo and Juliet, Mandinrul Miraculos, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, Raymonda, La Fille Mal Gardee, Le Corsaire, Coppelia, Scheherazade, Impetus, Sint o Baba Communista, and Four Seasons. While in Romania, Russell premiered several choreographic as well. In 2017, he returned to Portland Ballet.
Jane Howard, a native of Maine, received her early training from The Ballet School in Topsham, Maine, under the direction of Elizabeth Drucker. Following that, she trained at Portland Ballet in the CORPS Program. She participated in summer programs at Boston Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Jane spent three years at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School in their full-time high school and graduate programs. She is happy to be back in Maine and dance as a company member with the Portland Ballet.
Jennifer Jones came to Portland after four seasons as a Principal Dancer with The Northwest Florida Ballet. Previous to dancing in Florida, she danced as a Soloist with Montgomery Ballet, and an Apprentice with Dance Connecticut. Her repertoire includes lead roles in Don Quixote, the Nutcracker, Coppelia, and Balanchine's Concerto Barocco. She has guested in Tennessee and Georgia and danced in Jean Grand-Maitre's Uroboros, Oskar Antunez's Gatsby, and Antunez's Alice in Wonderland. Her Portland Ballet credits include The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, By Request, The Victorian Nutcracker, Nell Shipman’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the title role in Giselle. Jen has been a company member since 2010.
Toni Marie Martin is originally from Vermont, where she began her training at the Vermont Ballet Theater School. She holds a BFA in ballet performance with a business minor from The University of Utah. There, she was a member of the university's Utah Ballet, under the direction and training of Jay Kim, Victoria Stocki-Kim, Calvin Kitten, and Maggie Wright Tesch. As a member of the Utah Ballet, she performed in Swan Lake, Balanchine’s Serenade, Coppelia, and in Michael Bearden's Simpatico. By invitation, Toni traveled to Seoul, Korea taking part in the Choreographers of the Far East, a contemporary series performance, in which she performed in The Permeation of Consciousness and Transcendence, by Dr. Jung Shik Roh, and Binari, by Professor Jay Kim. Toni has attended dance programs at ABT Austin, Kaatsbaan, Boston Ballet, Ballet West, and Colorado Ballet. She was a member of Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company from 2014-2017, before joining us this year in Portland.