OBT DANCERS

Rowan Catel is a Bremerton, Washington native. She began her dance training at the age of five with Liberty Bay Danceworks in Poulsbo, Washington. While there, she trained in many styles of dance, including contemporary and ballet, was invited to join their pre-professional ballet company, Dance Ensemble Northwest, and competitive dance team. Additionally, she has trained with Cornish College of the Arts, DASSdance, and Northwest School of Dance. Rowan has attended summer intensives with Milwaukee Ballet, Summer Dance Lab, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and Burklyn Ballet Theatre. Her repertoire includes works by Oberlin Dance Collective, Trey McIntyre, and several classical ballets. Rowan completed Olympic Ballet Theatre’s Trainee Program in 2018 and is now a member of the company.

Alberto Gaspar is from Mexico City, and he received his training at Escuela Nacional de Danza Clásica and Miami City Ballet School. He started his career as an apprentice with Miami City Ballet in 2008, then joined the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in 2009. Gaspar spent three years in Japan with Horiuchi Ballet while also dancing as a soloist with Saint Louis Ballet. In 2013, he became a member of Ballet Memphis, dancing there until last season. His repertoire includes many classical ballets, Balanchine ballets, and works by renowned contemporary choreographers. Alberto joined Olympic Ballet Theatre in 2017.

Victoria Gutierrez received her professional training at the National Institute of Fine Arts Academia de la Danza Mexicana in Mexico City, graduating with a BFA in classical and contemporary dance. In 2007, she moved to Seattle, where she continued her training with International Ballet Academy. Victoria has performed with various dance companies, including International Ballet Theater, Evergreen City Ballet, ARC Dance, City Opera Ballet, Katy Hagelin Dance Project, and Drybones Artists Collective. As a choreographer, she has participated in the Seattle International Dance Festival, Katy Hagelin Dance Project, Mark Siano productions (Bohemia), Drybones Artists Collective, and Le Faux Seattle.

 

Elianna Langley began dancing at Sky Valley Dance at age three. Over the years, she has trained in various dance styles, including ballet, tap, musical theater, contemporary, African, lyrical, and modern. At age eleven, she was invited to dance as a guest in Katy Hagelin Dance Project’s modern production of George McDonald’s Phantastes. She spent several years training under Katy before joining Duvall Performing Arts in their Performance Division, where she performed various leading roles in productions and taught young dancers. In 2017, Elianna participated in the Olympic Ballet School’s Summer Intensive. She completed Olympic Ballet Theatre’s Trainee Program and is now a company dancer with Olympic Ballet Theatre.

Taylor Lim is from the San Francisco Bay Area, California. She began dancing at age four at the Conservatory of Classical Ballet. At 16, she went on to train full-time at the Ellison Ballet Professional Training Program in New York City. Upon graduation, she accepted a position at Sibiu Ballet Theater in Romania, where she performed with the corps de ballet in productions such as La Bayadère, Swan Lake, and Harlequinade. She also danced soloist roles, including Medora in Jardin Anime, the Diamond Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, the 2nd Odalisque in Le Corsaire, and the 2nd Shade in La Bayadère. Taylor toured with Sibiu Ballet Theater throughout Romania and Luxembourg to perform Swan Lake. She joined Olympic Ballet Theatre in the summer of 2021 and is excited to perform with the company.

Mario Manansala has loved moving to the beat of the music from a young age. He has trained in various styles, including ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, modern, tap, Bollywood, lyrical, and musical theater dance. Mario has danced with Moscow Ballet and has attended summer courses with Joffrey Ballet School, ECB, MDA, and International Ballet Theater. He was accepted into Oregon Ballet Theatre School’s and Joffrey Ballet School’s year-round programs on scholarships. He joined Continuum Dance Company in 2019 and Syncopation Dance Company in 2020. Mario had the pleasure of working with Deborah Hadley, Eva Stone, Julie Tobiason, Nastya Gnatyshyn (from Moscow Ballet), Nicole Ciapponi (from Joffery Ballet), Josie Welsh (ballet red), Angela Rebelo (State Street Ballet), Karl Watson (Whim W’him), Gillmer Duran (Ballet Arizona), Valery Lantratov (former principal ballet dancer with the Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet and Kremlin Ballet and general director of the Russian National Ballet Foundation), and other notable individuals. He has participated in dance events such as CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work, BoostMeUP, Dance to Make a Difference, and has performed in professional music videos and commercials.

Philipp Mergener is from Seattle Washington. He began his ballet training at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School at the age of 5. During his training he attended Summer Intensives at Houston Ballet Academy, San Francisco Ballet School, Ballet Austin, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, and The Royal Ballet School in Covent Garden. Philipp performed in Pacific Northwest Ballet Productions of Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Snow White, Pinnochio, and The Nutcracker. In 2016 he made his musical theater debut as Billy in the Village Theatre production of Billy Elliot. Philipp graduated from the PNB School in 2021 and joined Olympic Ballet Theatre as a Company Member in 2022.

Luchian Munteanu began at Pacific Northwest Ballet through the Dance Chance program, his training there continuing into the Professional Division of the school. He then transferred to the Alonzo King Lines Training Program, where he delved deeper into contemporary dance, improvisation, and choreography. In the summer of 2020, he became the co-founder and co-director of The Ancient Lakes Dance festival and premiered five new works there. In addition, he has created one film for the Emerging Choreographers Forum in San Francisco for the 2020–2021 season. He now continues as a freelance choreographer based out of Seattle, Washington.

Carlos Narvaez began his ballet training at age 18 at the Academy of Ballet San Francisco under Richard Gibson and Zory Karah. There, he danced with the school’s nonprofit company, Chamberdance SF. In addition, Carlos has had the opportunity to participate in ProDanza’s summer intensives in Cuba under Laura Alonso while performing with their company, as well as Burklyn Ballet Theatre’s summer intensive in Vermont. He has danced professionally with Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Bay Pointe Ballet, and Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. Carlos joined Olympic Ballet Theatre in 2017.

Company Classes

During Olympic Ballet Theatre’s performance season, approximately 20 weeks per year, OBT offers company morning classes open to professional and pre-professional dancers. Morning classes take place 10:00am–11:15am Tuesday through Friday & 11:00am–12:15pm Saturday.

Next session of classes:
Jan 18-Feb 12
Apr 12-Jun 3

Instructors:
Victoria Pulkkinen
Lydia Relle
Oleg Gorboulev
Contact dance@olympicballet.org for more information.

About Trainee Program

The program was established in 2015 to supplement OBT’s productions. It consists of talented pre-professional dancers ages of 18-24 and is an excellent chance to continue education while gaining performing experience.
Accepted dancers receive partial and full scholarships to Olympic Ballet School as well as performance stipends & shoes based on experience. Please visit Employment Page to learn on how to apply for the program.

2021-2022 COMPANY AUDITIONS

 

Trainees

Natalie Gregorich*

August Hartung*

Jacqueline Iwamura

Anna Nelson

*Olympic Ballet School Alumni