OBT Dancers and Trainees

charles-headshot-bw-sCharles Gordon ·  grew up in Walla Walla, WA and started dancing at the age of 5. He has trained in jazz, and contemporary at the Walla Walla Dance Company, and ballet at The Dance Center of Walla Walla. He attended Summer Dance Lab for 3 summers as well as other intensives. Charles moved to Seattle this June and has participated in the Strictly Seattle dance festival, and Ballet Bellevue’s Romeo and Juliet prior to joining Olympic Ballet Theatre.

art-christineChristine Hamstra has been dancing for more than ten years and has studied ballet, modern, jazz, and contemporary dance.  She joined Olympic Ballet Theatre as a company dancer in 2008 and has since danced many roles in company  performances including Giselle, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Nyman, Petrushka, Accordingly, and others.  Christine has been on the faculty of Olympic Ballet School since 2010.

Airi Miyata - ballet dancerAiri Miyata is from Osaka, Japan and she began her dance training at the age of 3 at Tamaki Ballet School and the Soda Ballet School. At the age of sixteen she moved to Canada to further her training at the Victoria Academy of Ballet, continuing on to graduate from the Post Secondary Bridge Program in 2017. Airi was ranked top 12 in the Senior Level Contemporary category at the 2015 YAGP Seattle regionals, and in 2016 she received top 12 ranking in both the Senior Level Classical and whiteContemporary categories. She also participated in the Ensemble category at YAGP, her group taking first place at the Seattle YAGP competition in both 2016 and 2017.

Joshua D. Deininger - ballet dancerJoshua D. Deininger is from Helena, MT where he first began his ballet training. Later he spent his summers training at Ballet Chicago under former NYCB dancer Daniel Duell and in fall of 2007 Deininger went to Southern Methodist University to pursue a B.F.A. in Dance Performance. Deininger has a varied repertoire, including concert pieces such as Balanchine’s Serenade, Paul Taylor’s Cloven Kingdom, and Ben Stevenson’s End of Time and he has danced lead roles in many classical ballets, including The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dracula, and Cinderella. Deininger has appeared with many companies throughout the Pacific Northwest, however, this is his first season dancing with Olympic Ballet Theatre and he is pleased to be here.

Rowan Catel - ballet dancerRowan Catel is a native of Bremerton, Washington. She began her dance training at Liberty Bay Danceworks in Poulsbo Washington at the age of five studying ballet, modern, contemporary, hip-hop and jazz. She has continued her training most recently at Northwest School of Dance in Bremerton. Rowan has attended summer intensives with Milwaukee Ballet, Summer Dance Lab where she apprenticed with the Oberlin Dance Collective, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and Colorado whiteBallet.

Rowan Catel - ballet dancerElianna Langley began dancing at Sky Valley Dance at age three. She has trained in various dance styles over the years including ballet, tap, musical theater, contemporary, African, lyrical, and modern. At age eleven she was invited to dance as a student guest in the Katy Hagelin Dance Project’s modern production of George McDonald’s Phantasties in the role of a woodland fairy. Most recently, Elianna has been dancing at Duvall Performing Arts in their Performance Division, and has enjoyed performing in various roles in their productions and teaching the younger dancers. Elianna attended the Olympic Ballet School’s recent summer intensive and is very excited to begin dancing with Olympic Ballet Theatre.

Carlos Navarez - ballet dancerCarlos Narvaez began his ballet training, at age eighteen, at The Academy of Ballet San Francisco under Richard Gibson and Zory Karah. There, he danced with the school’s nonprofit company, Chamberdance SF, performing works by Richard Gibson, Joshua Trader, Elizabeth Gravelle, and Mary Ellen Hunt, including excerpts from The Nutcracker, Por Vos Muero, Raymonda, Les Patineurs, and Etudes. In addition, Carlos has also participated in ProDanza’s summer intensives in Cuba, under Laura Alonso. He has danced professionally with Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Bay Pointe Ballet, and guests with San Francisco Bay Area ballet schools. This is Carlos’s first season with Olympic Ballet Theatre, and is excited to be here.allet School’s recent summer intensive and is very excited to begin dancing with Olympic Ballet Theatre.

Alberto Gaspar - ballet dancerAlberto 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.

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 10:30am–12pm, Tuesday through Friday & 11:15-12:45, Saturday at the Olympic Ballet studios in Edmonds.
Next session of classes:

March 13-31

Contact dance@olympicballet.com 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. To schedule an audition please email the Artistic Directors at mara@olympicballet.com &
oleg@olympicballet.com. Preliminary audition by video accepted. Interested candidates should send a head shot, resume, and class or performance footage to the Artistic Directors at: mara@olympicballet.com & oleg@olympicballet.com