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Image from Dark Meets Light dress rehearsal in the Musical Arts Center. Indiana University
Image from Dark Meets Light dress rehearsal in the Musical Arts Center. Indiana University
Image from Dark Meets Light dress rehearsal in the Musical Arts Center. Indiana University
Image from Dark Meets Light dress rehearsal in the Musical Arts Center. Indiana University
Image from Dark Meets Light dress rehearsal in the Musical Arts Center. Indiana University

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Featured Dancers

Haley Baker

Haley Baker is a senior from Enola, Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance with an Outside Field in Psychology. Baker has been dancing since the age of three, beginning her ballet training at Pennsylvania Regional Ballet in 2010 under the direction of Sandra Carlino. There, she studied under Victoria Silva, Laszlo Berdo, and Erin Stiefel-Inch. She also attended Ribbon Mill Ballet in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, with individual coaching from Leslie Hench. Baker has attended summer programs at Pennsylvania Ballet, Miami City Ballet, the USA/IBC Dance School, and Joffrey Ballet Chicago. In her time at Indiana University, Baker has performed in Michael Vernon’s The Nutcracker, George Balanchine’s The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Valse Fantaisie, and La Source, Mark Morris’ Sandpaper Ballet, Twyla Tharp’s Deuce Coupe, Jerome Robbins’ The Concert, and an original work by Nicole Haskins. Baker served as the student representative for the Jacobs School of Music Council for the 2018- 19 school year. She is also a recipient of the Premiere Young Artist Award.

Mason Bassett

Mason Bassett is a junior at the Jacobs School of Music pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance with an Outside Field in Arts Management. He is from Bryan, Ohio, where he studied at Bryan Community School of Dance with Kimberly Shaffer. He later studied at The Ballet Theatre of Toledo under the direction of Nigel Burgoine. Bassett graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy, where he studied with Joseph Morrissey and performed in Sleeping Beauty, Rodeo, and A Choreographic Offering. At Jacobs, he has notably performed in Michael Vernon’s The Nutcracker, two works by Sasha Janes (You and I, and Lascia La Spina, Cogli La Rosa), Jerome Robbins’s The Concert and NY Export: Opus Jazz, and Martha Graham’s Diversion of Angels. He has guested with West Michigan Youth Ballet, playing the role of the Prince in Sleeping Beauty and with Weathervane Playhouse, performing Older Billy in Billy Elliot The Musical.

Lily Bines

Lily Bines is a graduating junior in the ballet program at the Jacobs School of Music, pursuing an outside field in exercise science. From Dallas, Texas, she began her ballet training at age 10. She studied at the Dallas Conservatory until age 16, when she went to train in the pre- professional program at Boston Ballet. She was there for one year before coming to the Jacobs School as a Music Faculty Scholarship dancer. With IU Jacobs School Ballet Theater, Bines has performed in Michael Vernon’s The Nutcracker and has danced featured roles in Antique Epigraphs and Walpurgisnacht.

Anderson DaSilva

Anderson Dasilva, from Tampa, Florida, is a junior at the Jacobs School of Music. He began his training in 2012 at America’s Ballet School in Florida, under directors Paula Nunez and Osmany Montano. Dasilva has performed leading roles in Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, and Diana and Acteon. At Jacobs, he has performed leading roles in Sasha Janes’ Sketches from Grace, Jerome Robbins’ N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz, Michael Vernon’s The Nutcracker, Martha Graham’s Diversion of Angels, and George Balanchine’s La Source and Walpurgisnacht.

Sam Epstein

Sam Epstein grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York, studying at the National Museum of Dance School of the Arts and New York State Summer School of the Arts under Daniel Ulbricht. In following summers, Epstein studied at Ballet Academy East, Boston Ballet School, and American Ballet Theatre. Epstein began his studies at IU in 2017 as a recipient of the Premier Young Artist Award and a member of the Hutton Honors College and Wells Scholars Program. In summers as an undergraduate, he has studied at the Chautauqua Institution, Centro Coreográfico de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Royal Danish Ballet, Royal Ballet School in Covent Garden, and ART of (Zurich). Recently, Epstein performed Christian Claessens’ Souvenir d’un lieu Cher and Jerome Robbins’ Spring from The Four Seasons (Male Principal) and The Concert (Usher). He currently serves on the leadership board of IU Contemporary Dance’s Movement Cooperative.

Mikayla Geier

Mikayla Geier is a senior from Vancouver, Canada, studying entrepreneurship and corporate innovation, and ballet. She began serious ballet training at age 10 at Grand Rapids Ballet. She furthered her studies at the Kirov Academy of Ballet during high school. Geier has attended summer programs at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, Juilliard, and Tulsa Ballet. At Jacobs, she has performed in George Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht.

Jack Grohmann

Jack Grohmann is a sophomore from Louisville, Kentucky, studying ballet with an outside field in journalism. Beginning dance at age 8 and ballet at age 14, he trained in ballet and contemporary at local studios in Louisville, as well as at the Youth Performing Arts School, a performing arts high school. His senior year of high school, he trained as a pre- professional student at the Boston Ballet School under Peter Stark and Margaret Tracey. He has attended summer programs at Next Generation Ballet, Miami City Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, and, most recently, the Chautauqua Institution, where his choreography won first place in the choreographic workshop. While at Jacobs, Grohmann has performed in Twyla Tharp’s Deuce Coupe, Michael Vernon’s The Nutcracker, and Jerome Robbins’ The Concert and Spring.

Sarah Knutson

Sarah Knutson is a freshman from Baltimore, Maryland. She is currently pursuing an outside field in law and public policy and is a member of Hutton Honors College. She began her ballet training at age five in the preparatory division of the Peabody Institute. She then attended the Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA) for high school, where she performed featured roles in George Balanchine’s Serenade and Who Cares?, among other contemporary and classical works. Last spring, she graduated from BSA, though she spent her senior year training in the pre-professional division at Miami City Ballet School under the direction of Arantxa Ochoa. Knutson has attended summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and the Chautauqua Institution as an apprentice. While at Chautauqua in 2016, she performed in Balanchine’s Raymonda Variations, Mark Diamond’s La Valse and Sasha Janes’ Saudade with Charlotte Ballet, and Coppelia with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater.

Mark Lambert

Mark Lambert is a junior at the Jacobs School of Music pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance with an Outside Field in Arts Administration. He began studying ballet at age 14 at Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, under Cameron Basden and Joseph Morrissey. There, he performed principal roles in The Nutcracker, La Bayadère, and Peter and the Wolf, and numerous roles in Coppélia, The Sleeping Beauty, and New Works pieces. With IU Jacobs School of Music Ballet Theater, he has performed in Michael Vernon’s The Nutcracker as Snow Cavalier, Arabian, and Flowers, George Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15, Sasha Janes’ Saudade and Sketches from Grace, Twyla Tharp’s As Time Goes By, and Jerome Robbins’ Fanfare and N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz. Lambert was also a featured dancer in IU Jacobs School of Music Opera Theater’s West Side Story, choreographed by Sasha Janes.

Claudia Rhett

Claudia Rhett, from Nashville, Tennessee, began dancing at age three. She has attended summer intensives at the School of American Ballet and on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet and The Chautauqua Institution. As an apprentice at Chautauqua, she danced with Nashville Ballet in Balanchine’s Western Symphony. She also performed the role of Dark Angel in Balanchine’s Serenade. As a member of the Hutton Honors College and a recipient of a Jacobs School of Music scholarship, Rhett is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance with an Outside Field in Business. At IU, she has performed in The Nutcracker, Fanfare, Sandpaper Ballet, Walpurgisnacht, Valse Fantaisie, Sketches from Grace, Wildflower, the role of “Red Girl” in Martha Graham’s Diversion of Angels, and the role of “Star” in Twyla Tharp’s Deuce Coupe. She is also a teacher for the Jacobs Pre-College Ballet Program.

Rachel Schultz

Rachel Schultz is a senior at the Jacobs School of Music pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance with an Outside Field in Arts Management. She began her ballet training at age eight in Crystal Lake, Illinois, and has studied at many different ballet schools since. In 2016, she graduated from Indiana Ballet Conservatory and went on to win second place in the senior classical division at Youth America Grand Prix in Indianapolis. In 2017, Schultz competed in the National Society of Arts and Letters for the Bloomington chapter and won a grant. During her time at Jacobs, she has danced in Michael Vernon’s The Nutcracker as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Jerome Robbins’ Fanfare, Giselle, Balanchine’s La Source as the soloist, Christohper Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance), Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht as the soloist, and Jerome Robbins’ The Concert.

Brandon Silverman

Brandon Silverman started dancing at age five and immediately fell in love with ballet. He studied at the pre-professional level under Marcia Dale Weary for three years. While at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, he performed in Lazlo Berdo’s Carnival of the Animals and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, and originated one of the demi-soloist roles in Alan Hineline’s Brio. In 2016, he joined Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, where he performed in its production of The Nutcracker as the Harlequin, Snow King, and Arabian Prince. During the 2017-18 season, Silverman was a finalist in the Kennedy Center Master Series Program and received a full scholarship to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s 2019 Summer Intensive from the 2018 Regional Dance America Northeast Festival.

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