LILY OJEA LOVELAND
Lily Ojea Loveland is in her eleventh season with Ballet Palm Beach. Among many favorites, the roles of Juliet; Giselle; Marie/Sugarplum; Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux and Who Cares?; and Colleen Smith’s In The Mood, Turtle B, Simple Symphony, and Because I Said So; stand out as her personal tops. She is excited to premiere contemporary and modern works in new venues throughout the season with Ballet Palm Beach. She adores her husband and two children, Wesley and Magnolia, and can be found at leisure and play with them whenever she finds time. Her favorite Bible verse is Psalm 37:4.
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Madeleine Miller grew up in Palm Beach County and began her ballet training with Ballet Palm Beach Academy at age five. In 2011 Ms. Miller moved to Columbus, Ohio for two years to be a part of Ballet Met’s Pre-Professional Program, and she was given opportunities to perform and tour with the company’s Nutcracker. Ms. Miller returned to Ballet Palm Beach in 2014. Her favorite roles while performing with BPB are Cinderella in Cinderella, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, and Myrtha in Giselle.
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Danielle Glynn of Saint Petersburg, Florida, trained with Florida West Ballet and at the Academy of Ballet Arts. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance with a BFA in Dance. While she was there, she performed in The Nutcracker, Giselle, and Serenade with the Kansas City Ballet. After graduation, Ms. Glynn danced with the Montgomery Ballet and the Albany Berkshire Ballet. Ms. Glynn joined BPB in 2015 and enjoyed dancing soloist roles such as Dew Drop in The Nutcracker and The Jumping Girl in Who Cares?.
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Aaron Melendrez graduated from Cuba’s Escuelas Nacionales de Arte in 2011. Before joining Ballet Palm Beach, he also danced with Laura Alonso Ballet in principal roles for Giselle, Dracula, Swan Lake and Don Quixote. With Ballet Palm Beach, he has danced the Prince in Cinderella, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, and Cavalier in The Nutcracker.
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Shannon Murray grew up in Palm Beach County and started training at Ballet Palm Beach Academy at the age of four. She is a graduate of Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Ballet Palm Beach Academy, and has received her Associate of Arts degree from Palm Beach State College. She has attended the Ballet Ambassadors trips to Russia, Croatia, Cuba and Hungary. She was featured as Alice in Colleen Smith’s Wonderland.
Originally from Brazil, Aurélio Guimarães moved to the United States in 2000. He began ballet training at the age of sixteen with the Diablo Ballet School and Contra Costa Ballet. At Robert Hill’s Orlando Ballet, he graduated from Trainee to Second Company member and performed soloist roles in Hill’s original productions. In 2015, he joined the Washington Ballet as a Trainee, performing lead roles such as Don Jose in Webre’s Carmen. After being contracted with Utah Metropolitan Ballet in 2016, he performed leading roles in works including Balanchine’s Who Cares? and The Nutcracker among other neoclassical and contemporary works.
Libby Faber is a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida native. Libby grew up dancing with Ballet Palm Beach Academy since the age of 5. She joined BPB’s Pre Professional Trainee program at the age of 16. After graduating from BPB Academy, Libby received her BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School. She was a recipient of the Career Advancement Fellowship upon graduating. During her time at school, she was able to explore her passions for choreography and collaboration. She has performed works by John Heginbotham, Twyla Tharp, Gentian Doda, Bill T. Jones, Peter Chu, Stephen Petronio, Paul Taylor, and Jose Limon. Libby considers herself a multifaceted artist and holds many interests outside of dance. She was involved in student engagement throughout her 4 years at school and was the founder and president of The Women’s Empowerment Club. She enjoys reading, journaling, baking, and spending time in the sun in her free time. Upon graduating, she has created several commissioned freelance works and is so excited to be returning to Ballet Palm Beach as a company dancer and faculty member. Libby’s mission is to spread joy whenever and wherever possible through her work, dancing and teaching. She is thrilled to be back where she grew up and dancing during this time.
KELLEY ANN MITCHELL
Kelley Ann began her training in Mobile, Alabama under Winthrop Corey and Pam Thompson. In 2013, she moved to Pennsylvania to attend Central Pennsylvania Youth ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. In 2015, she was a trainee with Charlotte Ballet and was fortunate to have Patricia McBride as one of her main teachers. The next year she joined Nevada Ballet Theatre under the direction of James Canfield, where she was able to perform in A Choreographer’s Showcase and work with artists from Cirque du Soleil. Most recently, she spent two seasons dancing with City Ballet of San Diego where she performed multiple works by Elizabeth Wistrich and George Balanchine, including her favorite ballet Serenade.
All Company positions for the 2021/2022 season have been filled, we are still accepting video submissions for the Trainee program. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.