Lavinia Reid

Lavinia Reid, Guest Choreographer

Rainbow Dance Arts Co., Saga Ambegaokar and Dancers and others. Studied at the Boston School of Ballet with Tatiana Baboushkina, Boston Conservatory, American Ballet Center, Ballet Guild of Ithaca, and Village School. Choreographer and costumer designer for companies in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Texas, and the District of Columbia. Awarded scholarship to National Craft of Choreography Conference, and a residency at the Carlisle Project, funded by the Ford Foundation. Former faculty member, Ballet Center of Ithaca and the Seneca School of Ballet (Dundee, NY). Summer guest faculty, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Director of the Chambersburg Youth Ballet in Pennsylvania and teaches ballet at Wilson College in Shippensburg.

Yellie Shustack, Guest Alumna

Yellie Shustack, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio began her training at Cunningham School of Dance under Carla LeMaster and Naomi Cunningham. In 2000, Yellie joined the Ithaca Ballet Company and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2003.  She danced the lead roles in Cinderella, Bolero, Sentimental Journey, Bluebird Pas de deux in Sleeping Beauty, Snow Queen and Dewdrop Fairy in the Nutcracker.
Yellie also won choreographic workshops and had her works, Business of Love and Pieces Missing, performed by the company in 2002 and 2003.

Ms.Shustack’s summer studies include Ballet Regent, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, Studio Maestro, Julliard, Ballet Austin, as well as merit scholarships for The Jilana School and Richmond Ballet. Yellie  joined Ballet Austin’s trainee program in 2004, where she performed in outreach programs, as well as works by Gina Patterson, Stephen Mills, and Kimmary Williams. She was selected to perform Serenade with the company.

Yellie joined the Alabama Ballet in 2007 where she stayed for seven seasons. She performed soloist roles including Benevolence Fairy and Sapphire Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, Autumn Fairy in Cinderella, The Turning Girl in Roger Van Fleteren’s Messin’ with Mozart, Bashful in Snow White, and Paquita. Demi soloist roles include La Sylphide and Allegro Brilliante. Yellie has also appeared in Swan Lake, Giselle, Be Major, Alice in Wonderland, and Marzipan in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.

Ms. Shustack moved to Arizona and danced with Ballet Tucson 2014-2017 and was featured as a Doublemint Twin in Sam Watson’s Hi Jinks , “The Funny Couple” in Daniel Precup’s Love Songs, and Cascades by Kim Robards, as well as, numerous other roles.

Yellie has taught all levels of ballet for seventeen years at various schools all over the United States and been on staff at major Ballet Companies.  She is also a certified yoga instructor and an Executive Consultant for Rodan+Fields Skincare.

Micah Chermak, Guest Artist

Micah Chermak is an alumnus of the University of Arizona School of Dance from which he received his MFA in dance working as a preceptor and instructor of record for the University. He currently works as a freelance artist and choreographer around country dancing and setting works on such companies as St. Paul Ballet, PDX Contemporary Ballet, Cincinnati ballet, Minnesota Dance Theater, Ballet Tucson, Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota, Metropolitan Ballet, Continental Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Artifact Dance Project, and BC Dance. Before his career in professional dancing and choreography Micah earned his BFA in Ballet and his BA in Liberal Studies from Friends University in Wichita KS. Micah has danced in principal and soloist roles such as Hilarion in Continental Ballet’s Giselle, Puck with Ballet Wichita/ Friends University’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Blue Bird in Metropolitan Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty, and Russian in Ballet Tucson’s The Nutcracker. Other works include Balanchine’s Serenade and Anna Marie Holmes’ La Vivandiere. His modern and contemporary work involves him in Christopher Wheeldon’s The American, Jose Limon’s The Unsung, Ohad Naharin’s Deca, and Sam Watson’s Sound Effects and Amuse Bouche: Ten Tasty Treats.

Micah is also a passionate dance instructor and works across the country with many different studios and companies teaching all forms of dance to all ages and experience levels. He himself was a junior Olympic gymnast and also enjoys coaching gymnastics competitively and recreationally from state to state as his dance career leads him. Finally, Micah is a fervent yogi and received his yoga Certification from The Devotional School of Yoga

Trenton Loughlin, Guest Alumnus

A graduate of Point Park University with a B.A. in dance, Trenton has also studied with the Richmond Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, and the Ithaca Ballet. In addition, he studied dance pedagogy at Point Park. Most recently, Trenton was featured in Giselle, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty. One of his favorite experiences was performing in the 50th Anniverary Gala. He enjoys choreographing musicals for local high schools and community theater groups, and currently teaches at the Ballet Center.

Xavier Nuñez, Guest Artist

Xavier Nuñez was born in Puerto Rico. He began dancing at age 10 at The Hartt Community Dance Division in Hartford, Connecticut under the artistic direction of Susan Brooker. At 16, he continued his training at the International Ballet Academy in Cary, NC with coach, Miguel Campaneria. In 2011, he was awarded the silver medal at the World Ballet Competition in the professional category. He was then accepted into American Ballet Theatre Studio Company under the artistic direction of Kevin McKenzie and Franco De Vita. In 2013 Xavier joined Tulsa Ballet II under the direction of Alfonso Martin. The following year he was promoted to the main company as an apprentice under the artistic direction of Marcello Angelini. Here he performed classical ballets such as The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Cinderella, and The Three Musketeers. In 2015 he joined The Sarasota Ballet where he has performed in works such as Balanchine’s Jewels, Stars and Stripes, and Dominic Walsh’s Wolfgang for Webb. Finishing his final season in 2017 with The Sarasota Ballet, Xavier went on to join one of the worlds leading classical ballet companies, The Paris Opera Ballet.  Xavier was the cavalier in Ithaca Ballet’s 2017 Nutcracker.