OBT Dancers and Trainees

charles-headshot-bw-sCharles Gordon ·  grew up in Walla Walla, WA and started dancing at the age of 5. He has trained in jazz, and contemporary at the Walla Walla Dance Company, and ballet at The Dance Center of Walla Walla. He attended Summer Dance Lab for 3 summers as well as other intensives. Charles moved to Seattle this June and has participated in the Strictly Seattle dance festival, and Ballet Bellevue’s Romeo and Juliet prior to joining Olympic Ballet Theatre.

art-christineChristine Hamstra has been dancing for more than ten years and has studied ballet, modern, jazz, and contemporary dance.  She joined Olympic Ballet Theatre as a company dancer in 2008 and has since danced many roles in company  performances including Giselle, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Nyman, Petrushka, Accordingly, and others.  Christine has been on the faculty of Olympic Ballet School since 2010.

dancer-beatrixBeatrix Paulay · is an Olympic Ballet School alumnus and has performed in numerous Olympic Ballet Theatre productions.  She has attended summer intensives at Boston Ballet School, Ballet Arizona, Cincinnati Ballet, and on scholarship at Oklahoma City Ballet. From 2013-2015 Ms. Paulay attended Pittsburgh Ballet School’s Graduate Program, frequently performing in Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre productions.

Airi Miyata - ballet dancerAiri Miyata is from Osaka, Japan and she began her dance training at the age of 3 at Tamaki Ballet School and the Soda Ballet School. At the age of sixteen she moved to Canada to further her training at the Victoria Academy of Ballet, continuing on to graduate from the Post Secondary Bridge Program in 2017. Airi was ranked top 12 in the Senior Level Contemporary category at the 2015 YAGP Seattle regionals, and in 2016 she received top 12 ranking in both the Senior Level Classical and whiteContemporary categories. She also participated in the Ensemble category at YAGP, her group taking first place at the Seattle YAGP competition in both 2016 and 2017.

Joshua D. Deininger - ballet dancerJoshua D. Deininger is from Helena, MT where he first began his ballet training. Later he spent his summers training at Ballet Chicago under former NYCB dancer Daniel Duell and in fall of 2007 Deininger went to Southern Methodist University to pursue a B.F.A. in Dance Performance. Deininger has a varied repertoire, including concert pieces such as Balanchine’s Serenade, Paul Taylor’s Cloven Kingdom, and Ben Stevenson’s End of Time and he has danced lead roles in many classical ballets, including The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dracula, and Cinderella. Deininger has appeared with many companies throughout the Pacific Northwest, however, this is his first season dancing with Olympic Ballet Theatre and he is pleased to be here.

Rowan Catel - ballet dancerRowan Catel is a native of Bremerton, Washington. She began her dance training at Liberty Bay Danceworks in Poulsbo Washington at the age of five studying ballet, modern, contemporary, hip-hop and jazz. She has continued her training most recently at Northwest School of Dance in Bremerton. Rowan has attended summer intensives with Milwaukee Ballet, Summer Dance Lab where she apprenticed with the Oberlin Dance Collective, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and Colorado whiteBallet.

Company Classes

During Olympic Ballet Theatre’s performance season, approximately 20 weeks per year, OBT offers company morning classes open to professional and pre-professional dancers. Morning classes take place 10:30am–12pm, Tuesday through Friday & 11:15-12:45, Saturday at the Olympic Ballet studios in Edmonds.
Next session of classes is Oct 10-12, Nov 7-Dec 16, March 13-Apr 14
Contact dance@olympicballet.com for more information.

About Trainee Program

The program was established in 2015 to supplement OBT’s productions. It consists of talented pre-professional dancers ages of 18-24 and is an excellent chance to continue education while gaining performing experience.
Accepted dancers receive partial and full scholarships to Olympic Ballet School as well as performance stipends & shoes based on experience. To schedule an audition please email the Artistic Directors at mara@olympicballet.com &
oleg@olympicballet.com. Preliminary audition by video accepted. Interested candidates should send a head shot, resume, and class or performance footage to the Artistic Directors at: mara@olympicballet.com & oleg@olympicballet.com

2016-17 Trainee Program is supported in part by Lucky 7 Foundation, Hazel Miller Foundation, & Tulalip Tribes Charitable Contributions.