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.

Lotsie Cash

Lotsie Cash, Guest Alumna

Lotsie danced as a young student and then company member of the Ithaca Ballet. She furthered her training at Ballet Academy East in New York. She joined Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre in 2008 where she danced soloist and principal roles. Lotsie also danced with Festival Ballet Providence, Albany Berkshire Ballet, Contrapose Dance and North Atlantic Ballet. Lotsie has choreographed for the Ithaca Ballet and Harvard Ballet Company. Lotsie graduated from Harvard in 2011 with a degree in psychology. She is currently a freelance performer, yoga teacher and AcroYoga teacher in New York City. She hopes to creatively combine ballet, yoga and acro together in future choreographic and performance opportunities. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

Trenton Loughlin

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.

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Henoch Spinola, Guest Artist

Henoch is a native of Cape Verde Islands. He began his classical training with Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theatre, graduating from the Young Dancers Program in 2006 to become a full company member in 2007. He spent one year at the Hartt School, where he danced with Full Force Dance Company, a local contemporary dance company run by Katie Stevenson-Nolet. Henoch has also received training in traditional Malian dance with Sedo Coulibaly of Mali and modern technique with Lacina Coulibaly of Burkina Faso. In 2010, Henoch left Jose Mateo’s company to dance with Teatrul de Sibiu of Romania for one season. After returning to Boston, Henoch began work with Prometheus Dance in 2011–2012. Soon after, He moved to NYC to dance at the Metropolitan Opera for one season. He has recently finished his yoga teacher training and is teaching yoga full time.

Samantha Sprague

Samantha Sprague, Guest Alumna

Samantha began her ballet training at the Ballet Center at the age of 9 and went on to dance as a company member with the Ithaca Ballet until her graduation in 2002. Notable roles with the Ithaca Ballet include the Sugar Plum Fairy and Arabian in Lavinia Reid’s The Nutcracker, Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Dream Clara in Christopher Flory’s The Nutcracker, and many others. Samantha furthered her ballet training with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, Pennsylvania; at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York; and with the Atlanta Ballet. She danced professionally with North Carolina Dance Theatre and Tulsa Ballet, where she performed in Swan Lake and George Balanchine’s ballets Serenade, Western Symphony, and as a soloist in The Four Temperaments. She is currently an administrative legal assistant, teaches at the Ballet Center, and lives in Ithaca with her fiancé. Samantha joined the cast of Giselle after a 7-year retirement from ballet and dedicated her performance to her inspiration and mother, Mary Ellen Sprague.