Faculty

This years exciting and extremely talented faculty…

 

Thom Dancy: Unknown

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Thom began his professional career with Milwaukee Ballet’s Studio Company (MBII) under the  direction of Michael Pink and Rolando Yanes. After two years as a company trainee, Thom worked as a company member with Grand Rapids Ballet, directed by former Prima Ballerina Patricia Barker.

Thom has worked for the past four seasons with The Big Muddy Dance Company, a new contemporary dance troupe now in its 6th season, under the direction of Brian Enos (former dancer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and acclaimed choreographer).

Thom has danced soloist roles in works by Kate Skarpetowska, Robert Moses, Olivier Wevers, Josh Manculich, Penny Saunders, Robyn Mineko Williams, Brian Enos, Gerald Arpino, George Balanchine, Alex Sanchez, and Chris Bailey.

In his “off-season” Thom has worked for The MUNY, the largest Equity Regional Theater in the country, as both a dancer and audition assistant.

 

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Sara Hoenes

Sara Hoenes

Sara Hoenes is a native of Portland, Oregon where she received her training at the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre, and was awarded a position in the company at age 17.  After a year in the company, Sara attended the University of Arizona on full scholarship and graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance.  Sara’s professional career has included positions with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, James Sewell Ballet and The Steps Repertory Ensemble in New York.  Musical theater experience includes regional productions of The Producers, National Tour of Apassionata, and International Tour of Zorro The Musical.  Sara has also made industrial and commercial dance appearances.  Television appearances include The TV Land Awards with Liza Minelli, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks and A Very Murray Christmas.  For the past 4 years, Sara has appeared in The Christmas Spectacular as a Radio City Rockette.

Marc Petrocci: BODY

Mr Petrocci is Artistic Associate at Summers Academy of Dance, school of the Berkshire Ballet Theatre, and is thrilled to be apart of the CLDI staff again teaching students the importance of properly conditioning the body for such a demanding and physical art form.

In May 2013 Mr. Petrocci retired from a 13 year performance career with Milwaukee Ballet, where he was a Leading Artist for the past 10 years. His favorite roles include James in La Sylphide, Bugle Boy in Company B, Mercutio in Michael Pink’s Romeo & Juliet and Puck in Bruce Wells’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In addition to these roles listed Petrocci had the distinct privileged to have the role of Peter Pancreated on him by Michael Pink for its world premiere in 2010, which he then had the pleasure of reprising in 2012, and broadcast nationally on PBS. He has also featured in works by Val Caniparoli, Maurice Causey, Alejandro Cerrudo, Brock Clawson, Mark Godden, Matthew Neenan, Lila York, John Utans, Trey McIntyre and many others. In 2005, Petrocci had the pleasure of dancing with the Trey McIntyre Project’s inaugural season, performing at the Vail International Dance Festival, the Aspen Dance Festival and Jacob’s Pillow, and was featured in the world premiere of Trey McIntyre’s ballet Hymn at the 13th annual Fire Island Dance Festival in 2007.

Mr. Petrocci received his formal ballet training under the direction of David Moroni at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Before graduating in 2002, Petrocci was awarded the prestigious Prince Edward Award, honoring his excellence and dedication to the balletic art form.

In his teaching Mr. Petrocci draws on a combination of his early training RWB in conjunction with the diverse group of choreographers, repetiteurs, and Master Teachers he has been exposed to over his career to serve as the foundation for his teaching. Petrocci focuses particularly on proper placement and anatomical understanding of a dancers body in combination with strong emphasis on developing a fluid and articulate Port de Bras. He is also known for having a keen eye for coaching aerial mechanics for both male and female students.

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2016 CLDI FACULTY

Ania Hidalgo (Cuban: street dance and culture)

photo: Jenn Mazza

Ania Hidalgo began her training in the city of Holguín, Cuba and continued it at the National Ballet School in Havana under the guidance of Professor Ramona de Saa. In 2004, she was awarded the Gold Medal in the International Ballet Competition. That same year, she joined the Ballet Nacional de Cuba as a soloist, under the technical and artistic direction of Alicia Alonso. Her repertoire includes soloist roles in La Fille Mal GardéeCoppéliaGiselle, Swan Lake, Don QuixotePaquita, The NutcrackerThe Sleeping BeautyLa BayadéreScheherazade, and Prince Igor. Hidalgo has also performed works by contemporary creators, including Ballo della ReginaViolin Concerto, and Theme and Variations by George Balanchine, A Concert in Black and White by Jose Pares, Muñecos by Alberto Méndez, and Dionaea by Gustavo Herrera.  Hidalgo performed as a principal with Media City Ballet and a soloist at Los Angeles Ballet before joining Milwaukee Ballet, where she has performed as Mimi in Michael Pink’s La Bohème, Odile in Swan Lake, the title roles in Michael Pink’s Giselle and Cinderella, and appeared in the winning pieces from Genesis 2013 (Gabrielle Lamb’s Manifold) and 2015 (Garrett Smith’s Mortal Form). Hidalgo will be entering her 6th season with Milwaukee Ballet this coming fall.



Rachel Malehorn (Contact Improvisation and Composition)

 photo: Nathanial Davanuer

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Rachel Malehorn received her formal training at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School and continued on to graduate from the prestigious Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II Program. Since joining the Company, Malehorn has enjoyed performing works created by Val Caniparoli, Petr Zahradnícek, Mark Godden, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Jerry Opdenaker, Matthew Neenan, and Alejandro Cerrudo. She has also performed as a semi-finalist in Palm Desert for the Dancing Beneath the Stars Competition, participated in the Northwest Professional Dance Project, danced with Texture Contemporary Ballet, Terpsicorps Dance Project in Asheville, NC, and Traverse City Dance Project. Malehorn will be entering into her 11th season with the Company this fall.


Marc Petrocci (Vitruvius: full body strength and conditioning and Composition)

                          photo: Jessica Kaminski courtesy of Milwaukee Ballet

Mr Petrocci is excited to join  Summers Academy of Dance and Berkshire Ballet Theatre and Crystal Lake Dance Initiative faculty. This past May Mr. Petrocci retired from a 13 year performance career with Milwaukee Ballet, where he was a Leading Artist for the past 10 years.

His favorite roles include James in La Sylphide, Bugle Boy in Company B, Mercutio in Michael Pink’s Romeo & Juliet and Puck in Bruce Wells’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In addition to these roles listed Petrocci had the distinct privileged to have the role of Peter Pancreated on him by Michael Pink for its world premiere in 2010, which he then had the pleasure of reprising in 2012, and broadcast nationally on PBS. He has also featured in works by Val Caniparoli, Maurice Causey, Alejandro Cerrudo, Brock Clawson, Mark Godden, Matthew Neenan, Lila York, John Utans, Trey McIntyre and many others. In 2005, Petrocci had the pleasure of dancing with the Trey McIntyre Project’s inaugural season, performing at the Vail International Dance Festival, the Aspen Dance Festival and Jacob’s Pillow, and was featured in the world premiere of Trey McIntyre’s ballet Hymn at the 13th annual Fire Island Dance Festival in 2007.

Mr. Petrocci received his formal ballet training under the direction of David Moroni at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Before graduating in 2002, Petrocci was awarded the prestigious Prince Edward Award, honoring his excellence and dedication to the balletic art form.

In his teaching Mr. Petrocci draws on a combination of his early training RWB in conjunction with the diverse group of choreographers, repetiteurs, and Master Teachers he has been exposed to over his career to serve as the foundation for his teaching. Petrocci focuses particularly on proper placement and anatomical understanding of a dancers body in combination with strong emphasis on developing a fluid and articulate Port de Bras. He is also known for having a keen eye for coaching aerial mechanics for both male and female students.

He is now Artistic Associate at Summers Academy of Dance school of the Berkshire Ballet Theatre, and is thrilled to be apart of the CLDI staff again teaching students the importance of properly conditioning the body for such a demanding and physical art form.

 

Courtney Kramer Petrocci (Artistic Director)

photo: Jessica Kaminski
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Ms Petrocci, herself a native of Crystal Lake, is excited to return home to join Summers Academy of Dance and Berkshire Ballet Theatre and Crystal Lake Dance Initiative as their new Artistic Director. For the past 10 years she has been dancing professionally with the Milwaukee Ballet, where she was featured in many roles including Clara and the Snow Queen from Michael Pink’s The Nutcracker and Tiger Lily in Michael Pink’s world premiere production of Peter Pan, broadcasted nationally in 2014 on PBS. She has been privileged to have been featured in works choreographed by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins’, Vincente Nebrada, Marius Petipa, Alejandro Cerrudo andTrey McIntrye. She has had the unique pleasure to have had original pieces choreographed on her by Nelly Van Bommel, Mauro de Candia, Val Caniparoli, Maurice Causey, Simone Ferro, Mark Godden, James Gregg, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Matthew Neenan, Timothy O’Donnell and Lila York. Having worked with this very talented and diverse group of some of the worlds most prominent choreographers, Ms Petrocci brings with her a very diverse and refined level of performance knowledge in both classical ballet and contemporary genres.

Before embarking on her professional career Ms Petrocci attained her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Arizona. Her experiences there both prepared her for the successful career that followed but also instilled in her a deep desire to return to academia to complete her Master’s of Fine Arts in Dance. She was able to achieve this goal while dancing full time with Milwaukee Ballet through the Dance Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee graduating in August of 2015.

During her time with the Milwaukee Ballet Ms Petrocci was a firm believer that all dancers should take the time to prepare themselves for the transition to a career following their time on stage.  This lead her and fellow company members Rachel Malehorn and Marc Petrocci in conjunction with Randall D. Crocker, president and CEO of von Briesen and Roper, s.c. Milwaukee WI, to form the Milwaukee Dancers Fund, a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to aid Milwaukee Ballet Company dancers financially in their eventual career transition. She currently sits as Vice President of Operations of this charitable organization.

While Ms Petrocci has been teaching dance since 2000, she is regarded as being particularly skilled at preparing her students thoughtfully and meticulously for the demands classical pointe work places on a young artist. She also strongly emphasizes constructive corrections, individual body acceptance, understanding and using proper anatomical placement of the body, quality over quantity, a strong sense of performance and character development, and a positive studio environment where students feel comfortable to push beyond their comfort zones and find themselves through the art of dance.

Ms Petrocci retired from a 10 year performance career with Milwaukee Ballet in September 2015 after the birth of her and former Milwaukee Ballet Leading Artist Marc Petrocci’s daughter.