Kodi Bagwell is a Senior at Appleton North and began dancing when she was three years old. She joined the Makaroff School of Ballet in 2013 and is in her 4th year with MYB. Kodi has attended ballet summer intensives at Joffrey Ballet; American Ballet Theatre; Kirov Academy of Ballet; CPYB; and University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Most recently, Kodi attended Ballet Met’s summer program, where she was able to develop her technique and learn from top choreographers.
Sophia Syring is a Senior at Appleton East High School. She has been dancing since she was two years old and has been taking classes at Makaroff School of Ballet for eight years. This is her fourth year with MYB. Sophia treasures the memory of her first performance as a soldier in The Nutcracker in 2014. When not dancing, Sophia enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Sophia plans on attending college after high school.
Lily Bayer is a Junior at Xavier High School. She has danced at Makaroff for 9 years and this is her 3rd year in the company. Ballet has taught Lily the values of discipline, a strong work ethic, and a positive attitude. One of the things she loves most about ballet is working with the other dancers to create something beautiful to share with the community. Lily is inspired by the other dancers in the company. Her hobbies include hanging out with friends and family, sports and travel.
Isabella Collar is a Junior at Appleton West. She began dancing the Makaroff School of Ballet when she was eight and this is her third year with MYB. Izzy has discovered a tremendous sense of accomplishment through ballet and was honored to dance as Mouse Queen in The Nutcracker for MYB. Her dream roles include Dew Drop fairy and Snow Queen from The Nutcracker. Outside of ballet, Izzy enjoys art, reading and hanging out with friends and family.
Brianna Meyer is a Junior at Chilton High School. This is her 7th year at Makaroff School of Ballet and her 4th year with MYB. She has enjoyed dancing with fellow members in MYB’s Nutcracker and Peter and the Wolf, and looks forward to upcoming performances. Brianna is actively involved in her family’s dairy farm and enjoys showing her cattle at shows at the state and national level. One of her favorite quotes include, “Don’t tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon."
Kylie Van Elzen is a Sophomore at St. Ignatius Chesterton Academy. This is her 9th year at Makaroff School of Ballet and her 4th year with MYB. Ballet inspires Kylie to physically and emotionally challenge herself in ways beyond what she ever thought possible because “Dance is the hidden language of our soul.” When Kylie isn’t dancing, she enjoys playing piano and hanging out with her friends and family. After high school, Kylie plans to pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Olivia Feng is a Freshman at Appleton North, has been dancing since she was 5 and began studying with the Makaroff School of Ballet at 6. Ballet has shaped her into who she is today and has helped her be successful in other aspects of life. Her most memorable roles were Columbine and Chinese. She hopes to one day dance as Snow Queen and Dew Drop in the Nutcracker, and Blue Bird in Sleeping Beauty. She enjoys traveling, biking, hiking, playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends.
Talia Roselaar is a Freshman at Appleton North High School. She began dancing with Makaroff School of Ballet when she was five. While she has grown as a dancer and as a person since then, her passion for dance remains the same. The dedication, discipline, and stamina that ballet requires benefits Talia in all other aspects of her life as well. Outside of ballet, Talia enjoys playing the violin and piano, playing board games, and spending time with her friends.
Joy Sarino is an 8th grader at Madison Middle School. With no ballet background prior to joining her forever family in 2015, Joy took on ballet at Makaroff School of Ballet in 2016. Three years later she was invited to be a part of Makaroff Youth Ballet. Ballet has taught Joy to challenge herself and believe in her abilities. It instilled in her the value of discipline, resilience and commitment. Joy enjoys singing, travelling, spending time with her family and chocolate ice cream.