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Erica Diesl received her early training from 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 PBC Erica has been seen in Jack the Ripper, Nell Shipman’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as the role of ‘Death’ in The Armed Man, as ‘The Masked Stranger’ in Three Tales by Poe, and most recently as a ‘Townswoman’ in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This is her sixth season with PBC.

Erica Diesl received her early training from 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 PBC Erica has been seen in Jack the Ripper, Nell Shipman’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as the role of ‘Death’ in The Armed Man, as ‘The Masked Stranger’ in Three Tales by Poe, and most recently as a ‘Townswoman’ in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This is her sixth season with PBC.

Kelsey Harrison attended summer intensives at the NYSSSA School of Ballet, the Chautauqua Institute, The Rock School, and ABT 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. She has been featured as ‘Nikiya’ in the Kingdom of Shades from Bolero to Bayadere, The Armed Man, as ‘Berenice’ in Three Tales by Poe, a ‘Townswoman’ in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and most recently as the ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ in The Victorian Nutcracker. This is her sixth season with PBC.

Kelsey Harrison attended summer intensives at the NYSSSA School of Ballet, the Chautauqua Institute, The Rock School, and ABT 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. She has been featured as ‘Nikiya’ in the Kingdom of Shades from Bolero to Bayadere, The Armed Man, as ‘Berenice’ in Three Tales by Poe, a ‘Townswoman’ in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and most recently as the ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ in The Victorian Nutcracker. This is her sixth season with PBC.

Kaitlyn Hayes began her dance training on Cape Cod, MA with Virginia Zango. In 2003, she attended Boston Ballet, where she performed in their annual production of The Nutcracker. After attending three years of high school at North Carolina School of the Arts (now the University of North Carolina School of the Arts), she proceeded to attend and 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 while attending both schools, including Camille A. Brown, Brenda Daniels and Bradley Shelver, as well as performing works by Merce Cunnigham. Upon graduation, she has performed all over Massachusetts with many choreographers including Tony Williams, Thomas Vacanti, Maryanne Kodzis, David Sun and Jackie Underwood. She has performed many roles, including ‘Spanish Chocolate,’ ‘Arabian Coffee,’ ‘Victorian Doll’ and ‘Snow Crystal’ in The Victorian Nutcracker, the ‘Narrator’ in the story Tell Tale Heart in Shipman’s Three Tales by Poe, the title role of ‘Alice’ in Roberto Forleo's Alice with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Push Me Pull You, among others.  This is Ms. Hayes’ fifth season with the company.

Kaitlyn Hayes began her dance training on Cape Cod, MA with Virginia Zango. In 2003, she attended Boston Ballet, where she performed in their annual production of The Nutcracker. After attending three years of high school at North Carolina School of the Arts (now the University of North Carolina School of the Arts), she proceeded to attend and 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 while attending both schools, including Camille A. Brown, Brenda Daniels and Bradley Shelver, as well as performing works by Merce Cunnigham. Upon graduation, she has performed all over Massachusetts with many choreographers including Tony Williams, Thomas Vacanti, Maryanne Kodzis, David Sun and Jackie Underwood. She has performed many roles, including ‘Spanish Chocolate,’ ‘Arabian Coffee,’ ‘Victorian Doll’ and ‘Snow Crystal’ in The Victorian Nutcracker, the ‘Narrator’ in the story Tell Tale Heart in Shipman’s Three Tales by Poe, the title role of ‘Alice’ in Roberto Forleo's Alice with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Push Me Pull You, among others.  This is Ms. Hayes’ fifth season with the company.

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 Pre-Professional 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 the last three years at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School in their full-time high school and graduate programs. She is happy to be returning to Maine and dancing as a company member with the Portland Ballet.  This is Ms. Howard’s second season as a company dancer.

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 Pre-Professional 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 the last three years at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School in their full-time high school and graduate programs. She is happy to be returning to Maine and dancing as a company member with the Portland Ballet.  This is Ms. Howard’s second season as a company dancer.

riginally from Maine (USA), Russell Hewey trained under Lynne Penn-Davison and Cosmin Marculescu while performing with Portland Ballet, Ballet New England, Konservatoriet Dance Ensemble, Ajkun Ballet Theatre, and José Mateo Ballet Theatre.   In 2010 Mr. Hewey joined Teatrul de Balet Sibiu (TBS), in Romania, where he has had the fortunate opportunity to work with Ballet Masters Florin Brindusa, Pavel Rotaru, Mihai Babuska, Dorin Ioan Coseriu, Tatiana Panaiotidi, and Alex Fotescu.   Within TBS, He has performed the title role in both Valentin Bartes’ The Nutcracker and in Mihai Babuşka’s Don Quixote, the Soldier in Pavel Rotaru’s Carmen, the Rhinoceros King in 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.  In 2014, he had the privileged opportunity to premier two new choreographic works under the Geneza project for TBS: Concert en Bleu, a ballet; and Nota, va rog!, a collaboration with Aleisha Gardner.  Since, he has continued his choreographic pursuits, premiering Intermezzo, Cityscape, Nichita, and Taste. In 2017, he returned to Maine, where he will rejoin Portland Ballet.

riginally from Maine (USA), Russell Hewey trained under Lynne Penn-Davison and Cosmin Marculescu while performing with Portland Ballet, Ballet New England, Konservatoriet Dance Ensemble, Ajkun Ballet Theatre, and José Mateo Ballet Theatre.  

In 2010 Mr. Hewey joined Teatrul de Balet Sibiu (TBS), in Romania, where he has had the fortunate opportunity to work with Ballet Masters Florin Brindusa, Pavel Rotaru, Mihai Babuska, Dorin Ioan Coseriu, Tatiana Panaiotidi, and Alex Fotescu.  

Within TBS, He has performed the title role in both Valentin Bartes’ The Nutcracker and in Mihai Babuşka’s Don Quixote, the Soldier in Pavel Rotaru’s Carmen, the Rhinoceros King in 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

In 2014, he had the privileged opportunity to premier two new choreographic works under the Geneza project for TBS: Concert en Bleu, a ballet; and Nota, va rog!, a collaboration with Aleisha Gardner.  Since, he has continued his choreographic pursuits, premiering Intermezzo, Cityscape, Nichita, and Taste.

In 2017, he returned to Maine, where he will rejoin Portland Ballet.

Jennifer Jones came to PBC 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 (formerly Hartford Ballet). Her repertoire includes ‘Myrtle’ in Oskar Antunez's Gatsby, ‘Kitri’ in Don Quixote, ‘Tiger Lilly’ and the ‘Queen of Hearts’ (and the Crazy Cook) in Antunez's Alice in Wonderland, the ‘Prayer Variation’ in Coppelia, the lead role in George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco, a lead in Jean Grand-Maitre's Uroboros and the ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ in The Nutcracker, which she has performed as a guest artist for companies in Tennessee and Georgia. Her Portland Ballet credits include ‘Katrina’ in the 2011 and 2016 productions of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, By Request, ‘Snow Princess’ in The Victorian Nutcracker, ‘Titania’ in Nell Shipman’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and ‘Giselle’ in Giselle. Jennifer has been a company member since 2010.

Jennifer Jones came to PBC 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 (formerly Hartford Ballet). Her repertoire includes ‘Myrtle’ in Oskar Antunez's Gatsby, ‘Kitri’ in Don Quixote, ‘Tiger Lilly’ and the ‘Queen of Hearts’ (and the Crazy Cook) in Antunez's Alice in Wonderland, the ‘Prayer Variation’ in Coppelia, the lead role in George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco, a lead in Jean Grand-Maitre's Uroboros and the ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ in The Nutcracker, which she has performed as a guest artist for companies in Tennessee and Georgia. Her Portland Ballet credits include ‘Katrina’ in the 2011 and 2016 productions of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, By Request, ‘Snow Princess’ in The Victorian Nutcracker, ‘Titania’ in Nell Shipman’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and ‘Giselle’ in Giselle. Jennifer has been a company member since 2010.

James Kramlich is a 2004 graduate of Gray-New Gloucester High School. He started performing at age nine with the Boy Singers of Maine and then in various musical theater productions before turning to dance. James started his dance training at The Dance Center Lewiston-Auburn at the age of 23. Early on he also received training at Studio 48 in Brunswick before finally settling in at Portland Ballet. James first started at Portland Ballet as an adult student and as a guest character artist before joining the company as an apprentice for the 2012-2013 season and then was promoted to company dancer for the 2014-2015 season. Getting a late start in ballet and making it as a professional dancer has certainly taken some hard work and dedication. But balancing it with a full-time career in the automotive collision industry has been even more impressive, and it would not be possible without the support of family, fellow company dancers at Portland Ballet, teachers, and most importantly the love and support of fiancée Crystal Wiley and their dog--a Shiba Inu named Killian.  He has performed as the ‘Postmaster’ in PSB’s productions of Around the World with Flat Stanley and toured to Canada with PBC’s production of Giselle. James is memorable as the ‘Soldier’ in the debut of Shipman’s The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace and as ‘The Nutcracker Prince’ in The Victorian Nutcracker.  He has appeared in PBC’s 2013 Halloween Spooktacular, Boy Meets Girl, and Three Tales by Poe and as ‘Ichabod Crane’ in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This is his fourth year as a company dancer.

James Kramlich is a 2004 graduate of Gray-New Gloucester High School. He started performing at age nine with the Boy Singers of Maine and then in various musical theater productions before turning to dance. James started his dance training at The Dance Center Lewiston-Auburn at the age of 23. Early on he also received training at Studio 48 in Brunswick before finally settling in at Portland Ballet. James first started at Portland Ballet as an adult student and as a guest character artist before joining the company as an apprentice for the 2012-2013 season and then was promoted to company dancer for the 2014-2015 season. Getting a late start in ballet and making it as a professional dancer has certainly taken some hard work and dedication. But balancing it with a full-time career in the automotive collision industry has been even more impressive, and it would not be possible without the support of family, fellow company dancers at Portland Ballet, teachers, and most importantly the love and support of fiancée Crystal Wiley and their dog--a Shiba Inu named Killian.  He has performed as the ‘Postmaster’ in PSB’s productions of Around the World with Flat Stanley and toured to Canada with PBC’s production of Giselle. James is memorable as the ‘Soldier’ in the debut of Shipman’s The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace and as ‘The Nutcracker Prince’ in The Victorian Nutcracker.  He has appeared in PBC’s 2013 Halloween Spooktacular, Boy Meets Girl, and Three Tales by Poe and as ‘Ichabod Crane’ in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This is his fourth year as a company dancer.

Toni Marie Martin is 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. She was a member of the department's company, 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 from Seoul, Korea, 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, where she also taught with the Colorado Ballet Academy. This is Toni's first season dancing and teaching with Portland Ballet.

Toni Marie Martin is 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. She was a member of the department's company, 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 from Seoul, Korea, 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, where she also taught with the Colorado Ballet Academy. This is Toni's first season dancing and teaching with Portland Ballet.

Meghan McCoy Seedner has trained with the Portsmouth School of Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Jose Mateo Ballet Theater in Cambridge and is a graduate of the UNH with a BA in Theater and Dance. She began her professional career with the Portland Ballet in 2010 and enjoyed performing in classical and contemporary works such as ‘Spanish Coffee’ in The Victorian Nutcracker a ‘Wili’ in Giselle, and as part of the ensemble in The Armed Man. Meghan spent a year with the Teatrul de Balet Sibiu in Romania, performing as a soloist in Missa Profana, Tatarochka pas de trois, demi soloist in Le Corsaire, corps de ballet in Vivaldi's Four Seasons, and Coppelia. She danced in the Romania Media Music Awards with pop artist Faydee and at a New Year’s Eve performance with Alexandra Stan. Upon her return to the States Meghan has enjoyed guesting with local companies throughout the region.  This is Meghan’s fifth season with Portland Ballet.

Meghan McCoy Seedner has trained with the Portsmouth School of Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Jose Mateo Ballet Theater in Cambridge and is a graduate of the UNH with a BA in Theater and Dance. She began her professional career with the Portland Ballet in 2010 and enjoyed performing in classical and contemporary works such as ‘Spanish Coffee’ in The Victorian Nutcracker a ‘Wili’ in Giselle, and as part of the ensemble in The Armed Man. Meghan spent a year with the Teatrul de Balet Sibiu in Romania, performing as a soloist in Missa Profana, Tatarochka pas de trois, demi soloist in Le Corsaire, corps de ballet in Vivaldi's Four Seasons, and Coppelia. She danced in the Romania Media Music Awards with pop artist Faydee and at a New Year’s Eve performance with Alexandra Stan. Upon her return to the States Meghan has enjoyed guesting with local companies throughout the region.  This is Meghan’s fifth season with Portland Ballet.

Eliana Trenam 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 PBC performances include Jack the Ripper, The Victorian Nutcracker, Boy Meets Girl, and Bolero to Bayadere, and as ‘Berenice in Sickness’ in Three Tales by Poe. Most recently Ms. Trenam appeared as a ‘Specter’ in Portland Ballet’s 2016 production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This is her fourth season as a company member.

Eliana Trenam 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 PBC performances include Jack the Ripper, The Victorian Nutcracker, Boy Meets Girl, and Bolero to Bayadere, and as ‘Berenice in Sickness’ in Three Tales by Poe. Most recently Ms. Trenam appeared as a ‘Specter’ in Portland Ballet’s 2016 production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This is her fourth season as a company member.