My name is Aidan and I'm 17 years old and have been dancing since I was 7. I work in professional regional musical theater, and am entering my third season with Phoenix Theater Company. After my first professional role I knew I needed to improve my technique. That was when I started at Master Ballet Academy. I’m incredibly grateful to Slawomir for seeing potential in me and mentoring me. I know that whatever successes I achieve in dance I will have my experience at Master Ballet Academy to thank.
Amber Novella Skaggs is 15 years old and staring her 7th year at Master Ballet Academy. Since starting her journey there, Amber has been given amazing training and multiple opportunities. She has danced principal roles, won several competitions, preformed in galas and earned scholarships to prestigious schools all around the world. Master Ballet Academy has given Amber a lifetime gift of discipline, leadership and grace. Looking into the future Amber is excited to continue her training and eventually live out her dream as a professional ballerina.
Chase Vining is 18 years old and has been at Master Ballet Academy for 8 years. He has been in numerous performances of the nutcracker and has performed every male role available to a student. He plans to be a professional Ballet dancer after he finishes his training. Chase is very thankful for his friends, family and his teachers for the guidance and support they’ve shown him.
My name is Brianna Patrick, and I am 16 years old. This is my first season with Master Ballet Academy, and I could not be more excited! As a principal dancer at my former ballet school, I bring with me a great deal of performing experience. I have attended summer intensives at State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, American Ballet Theatre in New York City, and most recently San Francisco Ballet School. Master Ballet Academy’s outstanding and knowledgeable instructors provide the pre-professional training I need to improve my technique and artistry. MBA will take me to the next level as a ballerina!
Cruz is 15 years old and has been training at MBA for the last 8 years.
He received his vocal training as a member of Phoenix Boys Choir for four years under Maestro Georg Stangelberger, touring and preforming in China, Germany, Austria, Spain, Portugal, and Canada.
He is currently a sophomore at Horizon High School and is in his second year as a member of the highly rated Show Choir, Step on Stage, and he was selected as assistant choreographer. Cruz would like to thank Slawomir, Irena, and all the teachers at Master Ballet Academy for encouraging and guiding him throughout my ballet training.
Elizabeth Anderson, age 15 Born and raised in Santa Cruz California until 2017 when she moved to Arizona to pursue a higher level of ballet training with the Wozniak family. Elizabeth took her first ballet class at age 3 and within a few years decided that her goal was to become a professional ballerina. 3 years ago she first discovered Master ballet Academy and came to train at the MBAGPI. She fell in love with the intense training and knew it was the perfect place for her. Elizabeth has competed at YAGP and has attended the finals in NYC for the last 2 years. Elizabeth is in Jordan Matter’s book, Born to Dance. Elizabeth is also an ambassador and model for Discount Dance Supply.
Emerson Sierra is 15 years old and from Austin, TX. When she moved to Scottsdale she was looking for a place to take dance classes on a recreational level but soon fell in love with ballet and the training at Master Ballet. Emerson began training seriously in ballet to help her to achieve her goal of becoming a professional ballerina at one of her dream companies. The training at Master Ballet has given her so many opportunities at a technical and performance level and Emerson is very thankful to her teachers for helping her to progress and achieve her goals.
I am 16 years old, and this will be my 4th year with Master Ballet Academy. I moved here from Colorado about 4 years ago, where I spent most of my childhood. I have been dancing for about 10 years, and I hope to continue dancing professionally in a company after graduation. Some of my achievements include: YAGP Denver Top 12 Junior, Denver Ballet Guild 2nd Place, Jump VIP, NYCDA Outstanding Dancer, YAGP Phoenix 2nd Place Classical and Top 6 Contemporary, and YAGP New York City Finals Twice. I have received scholarships to Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, and Chautauqua Festival Program-where I spent 7 weeks this summer performing.
I'm Genevieve Carlson, I'm from Bellevue, WA. I trained on scholarship with Pacific Northwest Ballet School. I joined MBA Pre PTP in 2016 and was promoted to Phoenix Ballet Studio Company in 2018.
After graduation, I would like to dance ballet professionally in a company, continue to choreograph and pursue a marketing degree. I would like to end my career in an Artistic Director role.
Genevieve is 17 years old and has been dancing since she was 6. Two years ago Genevieve was in search of a school where she would receive serious ballet training and she found Master Ballet Academy. Through the training at Master Ballet Genevieve has seen improvement not only in her technique but in her artistry and performance as well. She is beyond thankful to her teachers, family, and friends for their continued support while she works hard to achieve her dream of becoming a professional ballerina in one of her favorite companies.
My name is Maya Schonbrun, I’m 15 years old and this will be my third year at Master Ballet Academy. Master Ballet has given me a strong base foundation of technique, a safe place to learn everyday, and a family out of all the teachers and students. I would love to make it to a European company and be able to work as a professional dancer. This last year I was a finalist at YAGP New York finals, won 1st place at YAGP Phoenix, and was awarded the Rising Star Jury Award at the 5th annual China IBCC.
My name is Rayan Dridi, and I am 16. I was born in France, and started my ballet training in northern California when I was almost 13. I came to Arizona in 2018 to study ballet with Slawomir Wozniak at Master Ballet Academy. Because I started ballet a little later than most kids, I needed careful but strong training to bring me to the level I should be for my age as an aspiring professional. I found what I needed in the truly amazing teachers at Masters. I also have a peer group who is incredibly talented and really force me to give my all every day. I have improved more than I thought possible, and I have had many performance opportunities thanks to Master Ballet Academy and Phoenix Ballet, including being invited to IBCC in Beijing. My dreams of being a professional ballet dancer are alive because of Master Ballet Academy and Phoenix Ballet, and I am so happy to be here.
Hello, my name is Regan Forster. I am 16 years old and originally from Ruidoso, New Mexico. This will be my first year at Master Ballet Academy and am very excited to learn from such elite and prestigious instructors. I hope to improve my technique and artistry during my time at MBA. My dream is to dance as a professional with a classical ballet company in the future. I have competed in Regional YAGP competitions with multiple Top 12 finishes and a 3rd place finish in Phoenix in 2017. I am so excited for my first year at MBA!
Rune Houchin grew up in Colorado where started clogging at High Country Conservatory of Dance at the age of 7 and expanded into ballet shortly after. At age 10, he shifted focus primarily to ballet under Mallory Henry, at Henry Academy of Dance in Fort Collins. He attended the Open World Dance Foundation summer intensive in New York City at 14. After dancing in Master Ballet Academy’s 2017 summer ballet intensive he was thrilled to be invited to be part of MBA’s exceptional pre-professional program. Rune competed in the YAGP International New York Finals in the classical pax de deux category in 2019, his first year of YAGP competition. Rune is in his 3rd year at MBA and has performed in MBA’s productions of The Nutcracker, Snow White, and MBA’s Golden Swan Gala.
My name is Sierra, I'm 16 years old, and I moved to Arizona 2 years ago from Sacramento, California. I came to Master Ballet Academy in the hopes of refining my ballet technique and growing as an artist and a performer, and I feel that my teachers have really helped me in doing so. They've encouraged me to break out of my comfort zone and to not be afraid to express what I truly feel when I dance, and they've given me many opportunities to be able to perform onstage and get the stage experience that is necessary to a dancer's training. My goal is to keep training at Master Ballet Academy to help me achieve my dream of becoming a professional ballerina.
Veronica Comelek is originally from Las Vegas, NV. She first started dancing at the age of two, studying all styles of dance. Her training began at The Rock Center for Dance where she became serious about ballet. Veronica then moved to Scottsdale to train at Master Ballet Academy in 2017 with Slawomir and Irena Wozniak. She has danced in 2 seasons of The Nutcracker with Phoenix Ballet and most recently performed in their new production Snow White under the artistic direction of Slawomir Wozniak. This is Veronica’s third season performing with Phoenix Ballet.