Trudi Angel is the Artistic Director for Northern California Ballet. She danced with the Munich State Opera-Ballet Company (now the Bavarian National Ballet) and the Los Angeles Ballet. For the last twenty years she has been continuously growing and improving Northern California Ballet. During that time she has choreographed numerous full length classical ballets and has brought them to several northern California communities.
Leslie DeWitt is NCB’s instructor for Pre-Ballet. Ms. DeWitt holds a California Teaching Credential and specializes as an instructor for the very young in musical and rhythmic movement.
Bruce L. King has enjoyed a long association with Northern California Ballet (NCB) as a Ballet Master, choreographer, and principal character artist. A Los Angeles Native, he studied with Tatiana Riabouchinska, Eugene Loring, and Mlada Mladova. His ballet career has spanned over 40 years dancing principal and soloist roles in most of the classical repertoire. In 1992 Mr. King retired from the rigors of dancing and devoted himself to teaching and choreography. As a dance educator, Mr. King is strongly influenced by the French system of ballet pedagogy. He specializes in teaching very young children. For NCB, King has staged two full length world premiere ballets: Heidi in 2000 and A Christmas Carol in 2002. In the spring of 2007, he co-choreographed Dracula with NCB’s artistic director, Trudi Angel. As a character dancer, Mr. King has performed numerous roles including Herr Drossyelmyer in The Nutcracker, Dr. Coppelius in Coppelia, Von Rothbartin Swan Lake, Dr. Van-Helsing in Dracula, Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, and the title role in Don Quixote. Not only is Mr. fluent in classical ballet he is also a fencing master and stage sword fighting specialist with over 100 productions to his credit. Professor King holds many degrees and honors including a M.F.A. and M.A. degrees in Theater Arts.
Jennifer Martin is Ballet Mistress with Eugene Ballet Company. A native of Long Beach, California, Jennifer is currently in her 20th season with Eugene Ballet Company. After joining and rising to principal dancer with EBC, she retired in 2012 as dancer and is EBC’s ballet mistress managing training exercises, rehearsals, and touring. Jennifer began studying ballet in southern California under the direction of Patricia Stander. She continued her professional training under full scholarship at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School as a recipient of the Canadian National Award of Excellence.
In her capacity as principal dancer with Eugene Ballet Company, some of her favorite lead roles include: Swan Lake, Carmen, Rite of Spring, Two’s Company, Dracula, and Romeo and Juliet. Jennifer’s transition to ballet mistress started in 2008 when she began teaching company class and assisting in the studio in addition to her performance career.
In recent years, Jennifer has had the honor of overseeing rehearsals for guest choreographers such as Jessica Lang, Mauricio Wainrot, and Melissa Nolen Bobick, as well as the Company’s existing repertoire. Additionally, she has been entrusted with re-staging some of the Company’s repertoire for Summer Dance Lab in Walla Walla, WA, and Point Park College in Pittsburgh, PA. She enjoys her time guest teaching around the Northwest and at the Eugene Ballet Academy’s Summer Intensive.
Trisha Young Upon finding Northern California Ballet, Trisha was inspired to come out of peaceful retirement, dust off knowledge and experience, and take a part in nurturing upcoming dancers. Her own formative years were under the tutelage of Hanna Fischer Hauser (from the Nationale Opera, Munich, Germany) who imparted classical ballet, character, modern and choreographic techniques. Though remembering classes with Gail Grant, George Zoritch, etc., she meticulously chose instructors whom she thought could teach her the most while she enjoyed a wonderful dance career. It was a natural progression from dancer to soloist to choreographer with the Toledo Opera and soloist with the Dayton Opera, prima ballerina with the International Ballet Company, soloist with Byrne Miller (modern) Dance Theater while expanding into television and musicals. Later, while director of her own ballet school, she choreographed for a university dance team, was instrumental in developing a community wide dance program to enhance dance education (Discover Dance) and created dance experiences for elementary school enrichment courses. In more recent years Trisha choreographed “South Pacific,” “Kismet” and “The Music Man” for performances at Oroville’s beautiful State Theater. Though performing was always rewarding, Trisha found assisting others to grow through dance was an even greater joy.
Adrienne Wrightson was trained as a classical ballet dancer, graduating from Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1992. She performed and taught ballet for ten years during which time she used the Gyrotonic Expansion System as strength training. She has studied extensively with master teachers in Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Luis Obispo, and was certified by Juliu Horvath, Gyrotonic creator. Adrienne was co-founder and part owner of Inner Strength Studio in Los Olivos, CA from 2001-2005. Her students have spanned in age from 8-70 and have included dancers, artists, educators and people coping with arthritis, cerebral palsey, and scoliosis.
Josh Trader Born in San Francisco where he trained at the Academy Of Ballet.
After completing his training he joined Eugene ballet for two years, where he danced leading roles in many both classical and contemporary ballets. He then joined Tulsa Ballet for eight years expanding his contemporary repertoire to include major works by Jiri Kylian, Nacho Duato, Val Caniparoli, Hans van Manen, George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Christopher Wheeldon, Stanton Welch, and Jerome Robbins as well as originating roles in ballets by Niccolo Fonte, Young-Soon Hue, Lucianno Cannito, and Ma Cong.
His teaching credits include guest engagements at The Ballet Idaho Academy, Joffrey Ballet Summer Workshop, and the Tulsa Ballet School among others. He has also choreographed for Tulsa Ballet II, Chamberdance, Ballet Idaho Academy and The Joffrey Ballet Summer Workshop.
Suzanne Haag began her dance training at the School of the Hartford Ballet and then attended Butler University in Indianapolis graduating cum laude with a BS in Dance and Arts Administration. In 2007, Suzanne participated in the National Choreographers Initiative in Irvine, CA, performing Edwaard Liang’s Untitled II and Jerry Opdenaker’s Fragments. Now in her 11th season with Eugene Ballet Company, Suzanne has been featured as Edith Frank in Mauricio Wainrot’s Anne Frank, the title role in Toni Pimble’s Red Pony, in George Balanchine’s Who Cares?, as Calliope in Melissa Bobick’s Apollo and as Clara in The Nutcracker. An instructor with Eugene Ballet Academy, Suzanne is an ABT® Certified Teacher, successfully completing the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Beth Maslinoff hails from Florida and began her training at Pofahl Studio. She graduated from The HARID Conservatory where she received the Rudolf Nureyev Education Fellowship. As a member of Dance Alive National Ballet, Beth originated a role in Kim Tuttle’s ballet Dream that was performed for HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco. Her international experience includes festivals in Japan and Brazil, and finishing in the top 12 of the Senior Women’s Category at the 2012 Varna International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria. Under the direction of Gillmer Duran with Alaska Dance Theatre, she performed the premiere of Monuments by Amy Seiwert. Beth’s featured roles with Eugene Ballet Company include Clara in Toni Pimble’s The Nutcracker, Tinkerbell in Bruce Steivel’s Peter Pan, and Odalisque in Dennis Spaight’s Scheherazade. This is Beth’s second season with EBC.
Cory Betts was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. He received his formal training from the Sacramento Ballet and Northern California Dance Conservatory. He has performed in several productions with the Sacramento Ballet, at the prestigious Jacobs Pillow Summer Festival in Beckett, MA, and toured through Austria with the Young Tanszommer performance group. In 2010 he was awarded first place senior soloist at Youth American Grand Prix in San Francisco. In 2013 he spent a season with Alaska Dance Theatre under the direction of Gillmer Duran and was fortunate to work with Amy Seiwert as she set an original work (Monuments) on the Company. This is Cory’s second season with EBC.