Ballet Pensacola

Artists

Principal Dancers

Hannah Holtsclaw

Hannah Holtsclaw is from Andover, Connecticut where she began training at Connecticut Concert Ballet. Holtsclaw is entering her fourth season as a principal dancer with Ballet Pensacola, where she has performed the roles of Sugar Plum, Snow White, Dream Clara, Cinderella, and Paquita. In addition to dancing with the professional company, Holtsclaw is Youth Division Manager for Ballet Pensacola Academy, and teaches modern dance for the Tech Division. Holtsclaw holds a B.F.A. in dance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where she studied under the direction of Qi Jiang and performed the principal role of Nikiya in La Bayadere. While at CCM, Holtsclaw collaborated with conductor Mark Gibson, Director of Orchestral Studies to choreograph and stage CCM’s rendition on Ravel’s Boléro for the conservatory’s 150th anniversary celebration and concurrently choreographed and staged an original piece, Letters from Reims for the Student Choreographer’s Showcase. Holtsclaw continued to choreograph off campus and was conferred the 2019 Choreography Connection Award by Regional Dance America (RDA) for her original work staged at the 2019 National Choreography Intensive, and was later contracted to choreograph a contemporary piece, Absolute, for Collin County Ballet Theatre’s Ballet Fete 2020 in Dallas, Texas. Holtsclaw debuted her original rendition of The Nutcracker, choreographing on Ballet Pensacola’s professional company and academy in December 2020. Prior to attending CCM, Holtsclaw trained in the Vaganova method at Bossov Ballet Theatre at Maine Central Institute under the tutelage of Artistic Director, Natalya Nikolaevna Getman, where she danced the roles of Pas D’Esclave, Blue Bird Pas De Deux, Four Swans, Swan Lake Pas De Trois, and principal roles in Don Quixote, Giselle, The Ugly Duckling and The Nutcracker.

Marsalis Rene AnderSon-Clausell
Marsalis Rene AnderSon-Clausell was raised in Roswell, Georgia.  He trained in classical ballet at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre (MBT) under the tutelage of Prima Ballerina Maniya Barredo. During his 10 seasons with MBT, he attended Orlando Ballet, Nashville Ballet, National Choreography Summer Intensives. In addition, Marsalis performed in and enjoyed time with Robert Barnett, Oliver Munoz, and the late John Magnus in original choreography for SERBA. With Ballet Pensacola, Marsalis had the privilege of performing Snow Pas; it was a dream come true. Marsalis is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics at the University of West Florida. This is his fourth season with Ballet Pensacola. Marsalis' second season as a Principal Dancer.

Veronica Ramirez Casanova

Veronica Ramirez was born in Cali, Colombia where she began dancing at the age of 10 at the Colombian Institute for Classical Ballet (INCOLBALLET) under the direction of Gloria Castro Martinez. In 2007 she graduated as a professional ballet dancer and initiated her career at the Compañía Colombiana de Ballet where she danced for 10 years. During this time she has danced principal roles in Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Paquita, Carmina Burana, and many others. Ms. Ramirez has also danced modern and contemporary ballets with renowned choreographers such as Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Jorge Amarante. Ms. Ramirez has done international tours in Mexico, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Honduras. In 2017 she started working at the Compañía Colombiana de Danza Contemporánea as a ballet teacher. In 2018 she moved to Orlando, Florida where she joined Emotions Dance Company for two seasons. This is Veronica’s second season with Ballet Pensacola, she is so excited for her first season as a principal dancer.

Juan Guillermo Arango Villa 

Juan was born in Antioquia, Colombia. He began studying ballet at Andrea Wolff Ballet in Colombia, under the direction of Andrea Wolff and received full scholarships to train with the Miami City Ballet and Orlando Ballet Schools during his summers. Juan Graduated from the Miami City Ballet Professional Training Program in 2020. Juan has performed Corps de Ballet, Soloist and Principal roles in professional productions with Andrea Wolff Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Miami City Ballet and Cuban Classical Ballet. This allowed him to work with & perform works by some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed choreographers such as Andrea Wolff, Arantxa Ochoa, Ariel Rose, Arthur Saint Leon, August Bournonville, Durante Verzola, Eriberto Jimenez, George Balanchine, Geta Constantinescu, Jessica Gatinella, Joan Lathan, Marius Petipa, Michel Fokine, Pam Tanowiz & Rafi Maldonado. This expanded his repertory to include many Classical Repertory Ballets and Innovative creations such as; Balabille, Carnival, Carnival of the Animals, Coppelia, Divertimento N-15, Don Quixote, Faena Art’s once With Me, Once Without Me, Le Corsaire, Le Petite Dance, Luvenalis, Marco Spada, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Napoli, Serenade, Stars and Stripes, The Nutcracker & The Sleeping Beauty. This is Juan's first season with Ballet Pensacola.

 

Soloists

Madelynn Hampton

Madelynn Hampton was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she started her ballet training at Jefferson Ballet Theatre and studied privately with Kimberly Matulich-Beck. She performed principal roles in Midsummer Night's Dream, Alice in Wonderland, Coppelia, Raymonda, and the Snow Queen during her time there. Ms. Hampton attended multiple summer intensives across the country, such as American Ballet Theatre, International Ballet Competition, Ballet Austin, Orlando Ballet, Kaatsbaan Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, and Dance Theatre Harlem on scholarship. Upon graduation, she joined Colorado Ballet as a trainee and performed in many ballets, such as Swan Lake, Twyla Tharp's Moving Out, Paquita, and Les Patineurs. Madelynn also competed in the Youth American Grand Prix with Colorado Ballet, performing in the NYC finals and gala. She continued to dance professionally with Alabama Ballet, where she performed in ballets choreographed by George Balanchine, Dennis Nahat, Roger Van Fleteren, and more. Last season, she joined Ballet Pensacola and danced featured roles such as The Evil Queen, Arabian, and Doll. Madelynn is also a certified Pilates instructor and is currently studying Kinesiology with a focus on exercise science. She is excited for her second season at Ballet Pensacola as a soloist.

Michel Dominic Cervantes Martínez.

Michel studied at the Mexican Academy of Dance of the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City when he was only nine years old. At this young age, he started to stand out when he was chosen to play children's roles with world renowned ballet companies such as The Royal Ballet of London and the National Company of Dance in Mexico and later with The Mariinsky Theater. After he graduated, he joined the Ballet of Jalisco, where he began his career starring in The Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and Romeo and Juliet among others. Michel was accepted in the IBStage Galas event in Barcelona at the prestigious Liceu Theatre, dancing alongside international ballet stars. Back in Mexico City, he was cast as the Prince for the premier of Cinderella with The Mexico City Ballet. After the successful season, he debuted as the Cavalier of the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker with the Toluca's Symphonic Orchestra. During Covid-19, he was awarded with the Elisa Carrillo Cabrera scholarship, appointed Elisa herself. Michel is excited for his first season with Ballet Pensacola.

Liz McGovern
Liz McGovern hails from her native town of Columbus, OH. Training in classical ballet at Dublin Dance Centre from the age of 5, she studied under Martine Clark and Jaime Kotra-Wilson. During her time there, she attended summer intensives such as Cincinnati Ballet, Columbus City Ballet, Miami City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and BalletMet. After graduating high school, she was accepted to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, graduating in May 2020 summa cum laude with a BFA in Ballet. While there, she performed as the soloist in Roger Van Fleteren's unRAVELed, the ensemble in Jose Limon's A Choreographic Offering, the Principle Couple in Michael Tevlin's Bridges, and the Orange Variation in Gerald Arpino's Birthday Variations. During her senior year, she accepted a position as a trainee with Charlottesville Ballet, and finished her degree online. This is Ms. McGovern' inaugural season with Ballet Pensacola.

 

Corps de Ballet 

Olivia Bevilacqua

Olivia most recently attended the Graduate Program at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. She received her formal dance training in Rochester, NY at the Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education where she performed with the Rochester City Ballet in the Nutcracker and Cinderella. Olivia was a contestant on season 13 of So You Think You Can Dance where she was invited to the Academy. She has won numerous awards at Youth America Grand Prix in both ballet and contemporary. She was awarded the Grand Prix Award at YAGP in 2019 and participated in the final round. In 2020 Olivia was awarded the Legacy Award at Universal Ballet Competition. She has had the opportunity to travel to Peru and perform in the International Ballet Festival de Trujillo. She has attended summer programs and scholarship visits with San Francisco Ballet, Ballet West, The Rock School and Indiana Ballet Conservatory. This is Olivia's first season with Ballet Pensacola as a Corps de Ballet Member.

Savannah Crabtree

Savannah Crabtree is from Destin Florida. She grew up dancing and training at the Northwest Florida Ballet and graduated from their pre professional program. During her time there, she performed major roles in ballets like Peter Pan,Giselle, Nutcracker, and many others. After highschool she joined the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater’s graduate program. She danced and performed with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater during their season in 2020. This will be her 1st season with the Ballet Pensacola.

Carey Hodovanich

Carey Hodovanich began dancing at the age of 3 with Dublin Dance Centre in Columbus, Ohio. After high school, she attended the University of Alabama from which she graduated in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. During her time at the University of Alabama, she performed in works by Qianping Guo, Rita Snyder, and Sarah M. Barry, as well as works staged by James Jordan, Lauren Giordano Whittington, and Mikhail Ilyin. Notable roles include soloist in Todd Bolender’s fifth movement of Voyager, soloist in Shumann’s Sonatas, and ensemble member in Gus Giordano’s Sing Sing Sing. This is Carey’s first season with Ballet Pensacola.

Ellen Pierce 

Ellen Pierce began her ballet training at Hinsdale Dance Academy under the direction  of Jennifer Grapes. Ellen performed in Giselle, Cinderella, and as Snow Queen in The  Nutcracker. Ellen was accepted to the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music,  and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ballet in 2021. Ellen finished her training as a  trainee with BalletMet, where she performed in The Nutcracker, Giselle, and Etudes.

Madeline Stevenosky

Madeline Stevenosky began her training at the age of 9 at The Dance Conservatory in Dover, Delaware. Upon graduating from her local high schools academy of the arts she attended The University of Alabama from which she received a Bachelor of the Arts in Dance in May of 2021.  While  at the University of Alabama she performed in works by Qianping Guo, Rita Snyder, and Aidan Nettles as well as works staged by James Jordan and Mikhaïl Ilyin. Notable roles include soloist in Todd Bolender’s fifth movement of Voyager and soloist in Schuamans Sonatas. This is Madeline’s first season with Ballet Pensacola.

 

Trainees

  • Haley Bobe
  • Stella Bryant
  • Maeve Fish
  • Ava Kesler 
  • Jada Mack
  • Elizabeth Nichols
  • Lily-Rose Nichols 
  • Lucy Orr
  • Anna Grace Phillips
  • Emily Williamson

Senior Company

  • Chloe Poorman
  • Maya Sandfort
  • Saige Stokley
  • Natalie Cobb
  • Taylor Dewitz
  • Isabel Kirchberg-Voskuil
  • Elizabeth Thomas

Youth Company

  • Margaux Alexander 
  • Haylee Ely
  • Mickie Lorge
  • Adeline Parrish
  • Natalie Stinson
  • Emma Touchstone
  • Emmalee Bustillo
  • Isabella Hoffman
  • Hazel Kirkland
  • Annabelle Layne
  • Grace McGovern
  • Cecelia Prevost
  • Zoe Schuck
  • Hunter Zabcik

400 S. Jefferson St.
Pensacola, FL 32502