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Springfield Ballet Alumni

Springfield Ballet is proud to share what many of our dancers have gone on to accomplish after their time at Springfield Ballet in the field of dance and beyond. Their successes are a testament to Springfield Ballet’s commitment to touch and transform lives through dance. We invite you to read their stories and hear first hand how Springfield Ballet has impacted their lives.


Angela Sutton

Angela SuttonAngela Sutton - The Firebird

Angela (Tarricone) Sutton danced with Springfield Ballet while she was a student, double majoring in biology and chemistry, at Drury University from 2005—2009. After graduation, Angela entered medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She graduated with her D.O. in 2013.


Anna Moseley

Anna Moseley

"My name is Anna Moseley. I danced at the Springfield Ballet from the time I was five until I graduated from Central High School in 2008. Since then, I have studied at Washington University in St. Louis, where I am now a senior majoring in Biology with a minor in Ancient Studies. The fall of my junior year, I studied abroad at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. I plan to apply to medical school this upcoming year, during which time I will be working in an ocular oncology research lab at Washington University in St. Louis Medical School.”


Berea Flatness

Barea FlatnessBerea Flatness - The Nutcracker

Berea Flatness earned her degree in Art and Design Education with a Dance minor from Missouri State University. She has been a student at Springfield Ballet for 18 years and has appeared in various productions throughout the years. Berea has also choreographed Springfield Ballet’s Mother Goose in 2012 and was the rehearsal assistant for Alice in Wonderland. She has performed in several productions at Landers Theatre and Logan-Rogersville High School including South Pacific, Carousel, Annie, Peter Pan, Bye Bye Birdie, Hello Dolly, Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. She was given the opportunity to choreograph Fiddler on the Roof and co-choreograph Beauty and the Beast, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Wizard of Oz at Logan-Rogersville High School. Berea is currently the art teacher at Logan-Rogersville Middle School where she teaches drama. Additionally, she in charge of the Middle School play, the Speech and Debate team, and choreography for Logan-Rogersville High School’s musical.


Brandi Houck

Brandi Houck

Brandi Houck is a native of Springfield, Missouri. She started dancing at age four and began studying at Springfield Ballet in 1989. She stayed there until graduation in 1996. She danced several roles with Springfield Ballet as a student such as: Clara, Snow Queen, Arabian, Snow, Flowers, Mirliton, Russian, Spanish, and a soldier in their Nutcracker.


Caitlin Vincel

Caitlin Vincel

"I danced with Springfield Ballet from 1993 to 2001. The production of The Nutcracker was always an exciting and special time of the year. I have so many great memories of being part of this great holiday tradition. Instead of curling my hair and putting on pointe shoes, I’m looking forward to watching the performance in the audience!”


Christina Wiksell

Christina Wiksell

"Springfield Ballet has been a big part of my entire adult life, and I am privileged to have experienced it on five different levels. I was a student from 2000–2006, a performer in five separate Nutcrackers, an instructor and office assistant for 2 years, and now I am a member of the Board of Directors. My favorite memory was from performing in The Nutcracker. Ever since my first attendance at a Nutcracker ballet I dreamed of performing in the Arabian dance, and in 2005 that became a reality. Currently, I’m the Resource Specialist and a Case Manager for Home at Last, at The Kitchen Inc. We provide case management and housing stabilization for low-income veterans and their families.”


Dagne Aiken

Dagne Aiken is a 2009 graduate of Glendale High School and a Springfield Ballet alumna. Dagne spent a decade with Springfield Ballet. Dagne is a junior Ballet major at the University of Utah.


Emily Moseley

Emily Moseley

"My name is Emily Moseley and I had the privilege of dancing with the Springfield Ballet for 13 years. I am currently a senior at Washington University in St. Louis, studying Psychology and Biology. I plan to attend medical school in the fall of 2013, after spending the upcoming year performing research in an epilepsy imaging lab at the Washington University Medical School. This past spring, I had the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, where this picture was taken.”


Emily Ricca

Emily Ricca

"My first introduction to dance was The Nutcracker at Springfield Ballet. Ever since, I’ve been driven to become a ballerina. I now live in Miami Beach, Florida with my husband, Juvenal Correa-Salas, a pianist for Miami City Ballet, where I teach and take classes with the company. I dance for Cuban Classical Ballet, Ballet Etoile and Momentum. With my husband, we are the founders of ‘Romance Project,’ an international educational project with live music and dance.”

Springfield Ballet welcomed Emily Ricca back as a professional guest artist in 2012 and 2013 as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Emily was also the inaugural recipient of Springfield Ballet's special alumni award recognizing her accomplishments and dedication to Springfield Ballet.


Kayla Knierim

Kayla Knierim

"Following my senior year of high school, during which I performed as Cinderella in Springfield Ballet’s production, I went on to attend the University of Missouri. There, I majored in communications and had the opportunity to be a part of the Golden Girls dance team for 3 wonderful years. Following college graduation in 2010, I moved to Los Angeles where I planned to pursue a career in acting. As I found quickly, acting in LA is a tough, tough business. However I had some amazing opportunities and made many connections. I met a producer from ESPN who had me help out with the 2011 ESPY Awards which sparked my interest in Sports Broadcast. I recently took a position with FOX Sports Midwest and relocated to St. Louis a month ago. My new job includes updating social media on a daily basis, attending games, interacting with our fans, as well as doing commercials for FS Midwest. I am so grateful for all the experiences I have been given, and cant wait to see what the future holds. If I could give advice to the young, talented girls at Springfield Ballet its that they should pursue every dream they have because you never know where it can lead! I have fondest memories from my days at Springfield Ballet and I’m hoping to find some dance classes to get back into soon!”


Lindsey Steinberg

Lindsey Steinberg grew up dancing at Springfield Ballet. She is now a junior at Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in chemistry. She has plans to do a graduate program somewhere, with the goal of a career in research.


Lorianne Dunn

Lorianne Dunn

Lorianne Dunn danced with Springfield Ballet in the late 1980s–early 1990s. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance from MSU, has trained with New York City Ballet School, and her choreography has won national recognition including a Dance Magazine Award Nomination for Choreographer of the Year. Lorianne was also named a "20 Under 30” in 2006 by 417 Magazine. She currently over sees Springfield Little Theatre’s many educational offerings and pre-professional training troupes. Her Landers stage credits include direction and choreography for SHREK the Musical, Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr., CATS, Seussical, Annie, Once On This Island, Oklahoma!, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She’s choreographed productions of Legally Blonde, The Full Monty, Cinderella, Godspell, Beauty and The Beast, The Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof, Peter Pan, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, to name a few!


Martha Scott Burton

Martha Scott Burton

Martha Scott Burton is now a full-time student at Columbia University in the City of New York, double majoring in dance and urban studies (Dean’s List, Fall 2011). She is also the Special Events Intern for Dance/NYC, a nonprofit organization that promotes research, advocacy and audience building in the NYC dance community. Her extracurricular activities include dancing, a leadership program, attempting to cook, exploring new restaurants and attending dance performances throughout the city. Next year, she will work with the Office of Residential Programs as a Resident Adviser (RA).


Megan Squires-Anderson

Megan Squires-Anderson

"When I begin to think about how Springfield Ballet has affected my life I am overwhelmed by the idea of putting it into words. I began to take classes at Springfield Ballet when I was two years old and stayed with the organization until I graduated from high school, sixteen years later. In the years after leaving Springfield Ballet I was accepted into the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and am currently finishing my senior year. Because of the excellent training that I received at Springfield Ballet I have excelled in this program and been able to perform with Kansas City Ballet. I am currently auditioning for professional companies around the country.”


Raleigh Cavero

Raleigh Cavero

"I’m currently a freshman at Yale, considering majoring in History and taking classes for the pre-medical track. I’m very involved with filmmaking on campus, as well as doing freelance videography. I am also a reporter and videographer for the Yale Daily News, which has been a great experience! I am taking dance classes as a hobby—I don’t think I will ever stop dancing!”


Susan Campbell-Shuman

Susan Campbell-Shuman

"I am currently a practicing psychologist in the St. Joseph, MO area, but still have found time to teach dance at my old studio, Dance Arts Center. Dance has and always will be my life.” Susan (Campbell) Shuman was a dancer and instructor at Springfield Ballet.


Trishna Rosebrough

Trishana Rosebrough

"I began dancing at Springfield Ballet when I was 10 years old. I continued to dance and perform throughout high school. During college, I was an instructor and choreographer with Springfield Ballet. I have wonderful memories of ‘growing up’ at Springfield Ballet that I will always cherish. Today, I am a wife and a mother of two, Garrin and Jada. I currently teach Kindergarten at Willard Orchard Hills Elementary. If there were more hours in the day I would still love to be involved at Springfield Ballet!”


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