Huntsville Ballet Company
The Huntsville Ballet Company consists of professional and pre-professional dancers.
SAMANTHA AYALA AMAYA
Samantha Ayala Amaya began studying dance at the age of four in Mexico City. She has trained under the direction of Susan Connally, Karin Connally Heiden, and Joseph and Laura Villalobos. Samantha has participated in productions such as Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, La Boutique Fantasque, and The Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty. She has also danced the title role in San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet’s Snow White. More recently, Samantha has performed with the Montgomery Ballet professional company in their productions of The Nutcracker, Messiah, and The Wizard of Oz. She has attended and performed at workshops and intensives such as Regional Dance America and the USA International Ballet Competition School. Miss Ayala Amaya currently teaches at the Huntsville Ballet School and is looking forward to her participation with the Huntsville Ballet Company.
GARLAND (LEE) BOROWSKI
Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Lee began his dance training at age 9 with his older sister Kiersten Borowski Boyett. He started training at Mobile Ballet under Sydney Adams at age 11 and joined the Mobile Ballet Company at age 12. At 15, Lee relocated to Chicago where he was accepted into the Studio Company of Ballet Chicago under artistic director Daniel Duell. Afterwards, Lee trained at A&A Ballet for a year under the instruction of Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik. Throughout the years Lee has been given the privilege to perform various roles several ballets including The Nutcracker, Dracula, Coppelia, Snow White, Cinderella, Square Dance, Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux, Stars and Stripes, and Serenade as well as original works by choreographers such as Daniel Duell, Ted Seymore, Brittany Hurst, Alexei Kremnev, and Terrence Marling. In the summer, Lee was given the privilege to train at nationally and internationally renowned summer intensives including Charlotte Ballet, Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The School of American Ballet, and Ballet Austin. While attending these programs he was able to work with highly esteemed instructors such as Peter Boal and Suzanne Farrell. Lee joined Huntsville Ballet’s Professional Company in 2018.
Morgan began dancing in 2000 at Alabama Dance Academy under the direction of Pamela Merkel in Birmingham, Alabama. She has attended summer intensives such as Florida State University, Alabama Ballet, Kaatsbaan, Charlotte Ballet, The Rock School for Dance Education, and Ballet Met. In 2015 she attended The Rock School for Dance Education in the Professional Division supervised by Bojan and Stephanie Spassoff, there she participated in Nutcracker 1776 and competed in Youth American Grand Prix. Morgan began dancing with Huntsville Ballet School in 2016 and is a member of the company for the 2017 year.
Victoria Huaroto grew up in Naples, Florida, where she fell in love with the Balanchine technique while performing in Miami City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ for six years. Victoria trained at Gulfshore Ballet under Iliana Lopez and Franklin Gamero, long time Miami City Ballet principles prior to being accepted into the Pre-Professional program at the Miami City Ballet School where she trained in this elite program for three years. Victoria has participated in summer programs at The Goh (Vancouver), Miami City Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, Nashville Ballet School, and Montgomery Ballet. She has performed in several Balanchine ballets including Western Symphony, Raymonda Variations, Stars and Stripes, as well as The Nutcracker. Victoria also has been choreographed on by Maribel Modrono and Gerard Ebitz. Ms. Huaroto has danced professionally the past two seasons with Montgomery Ballet, where she has been seen in leading roles such as Thelma Van Ripper in Sleepy Hollow, Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, Bluebird Pas de Deux from The Sleeping Beauty, Pas D’Esclave variation from Les Corsaire, and Glinda in The Wizard of Oz. Victoria is delighted to be dancing in her first season with Huntsville Ballet.
Michaela Hutchins grew up in Tyler, Texas where she trained at Tyler Junior College Academy of Dance. While in Texas, she had the privilege of performing principle roles in ballets such as Coppelia, La Bayadare, Nutcracker, and Swan Lake. In 2015, she moved to Georgia, to further her training as a conservatory dancer at Atlanta Ballet under the school’s Dean, Sharon Story, where she studied for two years. As well as dancing in John McFall’s Nutcracker in a company role, she also had the opportunity during her training there to perform in shows like McFall’s Sleeping Beauty, Bruce Well’s Snow White, Southeastern Regional Ballet Association, and Atlanta Ballet’s 20th Anniversary Gala. For the past few summers, Hutchins has had the opportunity to train during with several schools such as Juilliard, ABT, Atlanta Ballet, Orlando Ballet, and Ballet Austin. She is looking forward to her first season with Huntsville Ballet Company!
Ashley Jordan, a Huntsville native, began her training in ballet at the age of four in 2004 at Huntsville Ballet. Ashley has trained under the direction of Phillip Otto and Rachel Butler since she was eleven years old. This season is Ashley’s first season as a Huntsville Ballet company member. Ashley has attended notable summer programs including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Indianapolis School of Ballet, Carolina Ballet, Ballet Chicago, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She competed in the Youth American Grand Prix in 2017 and has trained under distinguished teachers and choreographers such as Keith Cross, Tim Fox, Patricia Blaire, Daniel Duell, and Darla Hoover. Ashley is excited to continue growing as a performer and artist and she is thankful for the opportunities she has had in Huntsville.
Harley Larson was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas where she trained at Ballet San Antonio Academy from 2006-2017. While at BSAA, she performed in Coppelia and several productions of The Nutcracker, as well as obtaining lead roles in multiple productions such as Alice in Wonderlandand The Messiah. She has participated in multiple competitions, including Elite Dance Tournament and Youth America Grand Prix. Ms. Larson spent a season as a trainee with Ballet Latino de San Antonio, as well as three seasons with the Montgomery Ballet under the direction of Joey and Laura Villalobos. She is very excited to pursue her first season with the Huntsville Ballet Company.
Madison is a Huntsville native who began dancing at a young age under Olga Jacobs at a small studio in Huntsville. She then followed Ms. Jacobs to Community Ballet Association in 2006, and has been with them since then. As of 2008 she began dancing under the direction of Phillip Otto and Rachel Butler within the Huntsville Ballet School. In 2010 she began attending summer intensives around the country to further her training. She has spent time training with professional companies such as Ballet Austin, Carolina Ballet, Next Generation Ballet, and Oklahoma City Ballet. She has performed many roles with Huntsville Ballet Company as a student company member including everything from Clara to Sugar Plum in Nutcracker to roles such as Tiger Lily in Huntsville Ballet Company’s Peter Pan and Christine in Phantom of the Ballet. She joined Huntsville Ballet as a professional company member for her first season in 2016 and is excited to be returning for her third season allowing her the opportunity to be able to continue to share her love of dance with her home town.
Originally from Connecticut, Tierin-Rose Mandelburg trained at Eastern Connecticut Ballet under the artistic direction of Gloria Govrin, a former soloist with New York City Ballet. Mandelburg has had the privilege to attend summer programs with Boston Ballet School, Pennsylvania Ballet, Miami City Ballet and Ballet Chicago. She has also had the privilege to learn from Sara Mearns, Arantxa Ochoa, Francis Veyette, Ángel Corella, Patricia Blair, Daniel Duell, and Amy Aldridge through both classes and choreographic works. Mandelburg is also passionate about continuing her education and is working on her bachelors degree with Liberty University. She is grateful for the opportunity to spend a second year with the Huntsville Ballet Company.
Ethan started his dance training at the age of 7 in a small town in Indiana called South Bend. There he danced at Southold Dance Theater, a local ballet school. Ethan danced there for 9 years before he was offered a scholarship for the studio company of Ballet Chicago with artistic director Daniel Duell and school administrator Patricia Blair. This gave him an opportunity to perform in some of Balanchine’s ballets such as Stars and Stripes, Serenade, Square Dance, and Who Cares including original works from Ted Seymour and Britt Hurst. Ethan has also spent a summer in Boston for Boston Ballet’s Preprofessional Summer Intensive program. After 2 years of training in Chicago, Ethan got a chance to guest star the role El Capitan in Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes for Huntsville Ballet Company. He has now joined Huntsville Ballet’s Professional Company for a very exciting season.
Yael Ottenstein grew up in New Haven, CT and trained at New Haven Ballet under Phillip Otto, Rachel Butler, Noble Barker, Ruth Barker, and John Carney. She attended the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven where she trained in Tap, Modern, Contemporary, and African dance. In high school
Yael moved to Lynchburg, VA to train at the Virginia School of the Arts under Petrus Bosman, Adam Sage, Robert Philander, Tyrone Brooks, Martha Faesi, Sonny Robinson, Dominique Angel and Lisa Thomas. Yael also spent a post grad year with Joffrey Ballet in NYC. She attended summer programs at Boston Ballet, Walnut Hill, ABT, Carolina Ballet, and Milwaukee Ballet. Yael
took several years off from performing while she pursued her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Quinnipiac University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in
2015. She moved to Huntsville in 2016 to return to ballet and to once again train and dance with the Ottos. Yael currently works full time as a physical therapist at Diversicare of Big Springs in Huntsville.
Nathaniel has been dancing since he was a child. The first time he was in The Nutcracker he was a baby mouse and has performed as the Cavalier. He has been dancing at Huntsville Ballet for 10 years having worked his way from a school student to a hired company dancer. Besides Huntsville Ballet School, he has taken classes in schools all around the country, including Pacific Northwest Ballet School, American Ballet Theater and The Rock School for Dance Education. Nathanial has taken class or performed choreographies under the direction of professionals like Keith Cross, Bojan and Stephanie Spassoff, Peter Boal, and more. He has training in many forms of dance; however, his focus is Ballet and Tap.
Halle Sherman began her training at the Rock School for Dance Education at the age of three. She continued her studies at the Sandonato School of Ballet under the personal mentorship of Barbara Sandonato. Halle also attended the School of Pennsylvania Ballet, under the direction of Arantxa Ochoa. In 2016, she joined Pennsylvania Ballet II. Highlights of her time with Pennsylvania Ballet include works by George Balanchine, Angel Corella, Christopher Wheeldon and Liam Scarlett. She went on to join Sarasota Ballet for the 2017/2018 season as an apprentice. Whilst there, she was chosen by Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner to perform in the company premier of The Leaves Are Fading. She also had the opportunity to work with Sir Anthony Dowell and Christopher Carr in Sarasota’s premier of The Dream. Halle is excited and looking forward to beginning her first season with Huntsville Ballet.