OBT Dancers and Trainees 2016-17 Season

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.

kyoheiKyohei Masaoka · began training at the Fumiko Ballet School in Japan.  In 2013, he attended The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia for a year before returning to Japan to train at Prima Stella Ballet, and then S Ballet in 2015.  Mr. Masaoka has competed in the Youth America Grand Prix competition in Japan, Philadelphia, and at the finals in New York.  He has also competed in the 2013 Osaka ballet competition where he took 5th place, and the 2015 ballet competition in Nagoya, where he took 1st place.

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.

manaMana Sasaki · began training at age four, with Sayuri Sasaki in her native Japan. She continued at the S Ballet Studio, and attended the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in 2011. Ms. Sasaki has competed in the 2013 Kobe Dance competition, where she took 1st place, the 2014 Tokyo National Ballet Competition, where she took 2nd place, the Asian Grand Prix, where she was awarded Gold, the Bari International Ballet and Contemporary Competition, 2nd and 3rd places, and is the special whiteprize recipient of the 2016 Korea International Ballet Competition.

riho-bwRiho Shimada ·  was born in Nagano, Japan. She began her training with the Hakucho Ballet Academy in Japan and is a recent graduate of the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. Ms. Shimada has previously performed in a school production of The Nutcracker at the Mariinksy Theatre, dancing soloist roles of snowflake and Chinese divertissement.

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 at the Olympic Ballet studios in Edmonds. 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 18-23 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 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.