Ashley began dancing at the age of five and received her early ballet training from Eastern Connecticut Ballet. Having attended several summer programs including The Boston Ballet, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, she then spent two years as a competitor in the Youth America Grand Prix. In her High School years, Ashley began training with Festival Ballet Providence and shortly became a professional dancer with the company by the age of 17. She has performed in numerous productions such as Balanchine's Rubies and Donizetti, Anthony Tutor's Continuo, and Leaves are Fading. She has starred as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet choreographed by Yves de Bouteiller, Princess Budhur in 1001 Nights by Eldar Aliev, Cygnets in Swan Lake and various roles in the Nutcracker, including the Snow Queen, Arabian and Sugar Plum Fairy. Other various works have included pieces by Viktor Plotnikov, Avichai Scher, and Mihailo Djuric. She also has danced as a guest artist for many schools and companies throughout the New England. Ashley’s passion for the art of ballet has not only allowed her to perform, but has also lead her to quite the career as an instructor. She shares her art as a faulty member at several studios in and around Massachusetts, Rhode Island and in San Diego.
Katy Baldwin graduated from Dean College with a BA in dance. While at Dean, she was a member of the Dean Dance Company, performing in ballet and modern roles. Also during that time she was selected to attend the summer intensive program at the Ailey School in New York City. In the past Katy has performed locally with Boston Dance Company, Island Moving Company and Spindle City Ballet. Katy took several years off from dance to start a family and attend nursing school, graduating with her second bachelors degree. Most recently she has performed with Providence Ballet Theatre in 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. She currently lives in Rhode Island with her husband and son and works in Providence as a board certified critical care registered nurse. Katy is excited to perform again with Spindle City Ballet.
Eddie Camara has performed extensively in and around the South Coast area over the years. Eddie’s theatrical tenure began on stage at the age of 26. Since then, he’s grown and expanded his talents into such diverse fields as acting, dancing, costuming, stage management and theatrical make-up design. Eddie has appeared in many Spindle City Ballet productions including Dracula, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Faeries, Princess and the Pea & Cinderella as well as several performances of The Nutcracker as a party parent, Mother Ginger and Herr Drosselmeyer. He has also danced with Island Moving Company of Newport as Van Helsing in Dracula and as Herr Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker. Eddie has also performed at Your Theater, Studio Theatre Co., Footlights Repertory Company, UMass Dartmouth Theater Company and the Falmouth Theatre Guild. Some of his favorite roles include: Fagin in Oliver, Al Deluca in A Chorus Line, King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar, Gaston in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance. He has also costume designed shows such as King Stag, Annie, Peter Pan, Rumors, Skin Of Our Teeth, Medea and Jesus Christ Superstar. This is Eddie’s 21st Season with Spindle City Ballet.
Lauren Difede was born in St. Croix of the U.S. Virgin Islands but has primarily grown up in Houston, TX. She began dancing at 8 years old at North Harris Performing Arts in Spring, TX. Lauren graduated from the dance department at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston and, during her Senior year, was awarded an Honorable Mention in modern dance from the National Arts Competition. Lauren had the opportunity of working with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater as an Apprentice Dancer and shortly thereafter received her Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. From 2005 2012 Lauren studied and performed with Revolve Dance Company in Spring, TX. In 2012 and 2014 she had the privilege to participate in The Nederlands Dans Theater’s Summer Intensive and, in addition, has also attended numerous other workshops and classes throughout Europe. This is her 4th performance with Spindle City Ballet. *Appearing courtesy of Island Moving Company, Newport, RI
Brooke DiFrancesco received her formal ballet training at Brae Crest School of Ballet, the official school of the State Ballet of Rhode Island. While dancing at Brae Crest, Brooke was a company member with SBRI from 1999 to the Spring of 2010. She furthered her ballet technique by training intensely at the Boston Ballet School her senior year of high school. Brooke has also spent many summers training at well regarded summer programs such as Boston Ballet, ABT, SAB and Miami City Ballet. Starting in the summer of 2009, Brooke began dancing with Island Moving Company were she is currently a company member. Brooke is excited to be dancing with Spindle City Ballet for Nutcracker again. *Appearing courtesy of Island Moving Company, Newport, RI
Shane Farrell is a native of Rhode Island and his dancing has taken him to such places as New York City and all the way to Los Angeles, CA. At the age of seven he began taking acrobatics classes and eventually furthered his training in all areas of dance. Shane has trained with the Brae Crest School of Classical Ballet and has danced with the State Ballet of Rhode Island where he had the opportunity to perform in such ballets as Coppelia, Walpurgis Night, The Sleeping Beauty, and Giselle. He is a graduate from the Dance Teachers Club of Boston and has also appeared on several TV shows including MTV's MADE, as well as being a semi-finalist in Las Vegas for the hit FOX TV show "So You Think You Can Dance" in 2007. Shane can also be seen dancing alongside Richard Gere in the film Hachi. Besides performing, Shane is also a choreographer. Some of his choreographic works include Island Moving Company, America's Junior Miss Pageant, Providence College Dance Team, as well as various dance studios and ballet schools throughout New England. This is his 9th season with Spindle City Ballet. Currently, he is a company member with the Island Moving Company in Newport, RI. *Appearing courtesy of Island Moving Company, Newport, RI .
Timur Kan is from Almaty, Kazakhstan performed classical ballets such as Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, and La Bayadere at the Abay National Theatre and Opera House in Almaty. He has also performed the Ali Variation from Le Corsaire and the Phillipp Variation from Flame of Paris. In 2016, Timur traveled to South Africa to give a master class with Joburg Ballet. He placed first in the Ak-kuu Competition in Bishkek in 2012 and third place in the Orleu Competition in Almaty in 2016. He is a graduate of the Almaty Choreographic College Named After A.V. Seleznev. This is his first performance with Spindle City Ballet. *Appearing courtesy of Island Moving Company, Newport, RI
Glenn Lewis began his training at the Governor School for the Arts in VA ,and continued his dance education at Virginia Commonwealth University where he received a BFA in Dance and Choreography in 2009 and won the Outstanding Choreographer award. Glen also attended the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive and has received full and partial scholarships to Virginia Beach Ballet Academy, Nederlands Dans Theater summer Intensive and Richmond Ballet where he became a trainee with the Richmond Ballet. Glen has guested with many companies between Virginia and New England. Glen is on the teaching faculty of Island Moving Company’s affiliate school, Newport Academy of Ballet, IMC’s public school dance programs and Salve Regina University’s dance department. Glen has also choreographed for IMC, where he began dancing with in the spring of 2011. Glen is happy to be performing again with Spindle City Ballet. * Appearing courtesy of Island Moving Company, Newport, RI
Angelique Scully started dancing at the age of three at Boston Ballet. She continued on training around New England, competing in various competitions, including Youth American Grand Prix. In 2015, she got an apprentice position with Ballet Theatre of Maryland. She's performed in many different ballets including Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, and Alice in Wonderland. Angelique also enjoys playing the piano, and plans to go to music school in the future. This is her second performance with Spindle City Ballet.
Michelle is thrilled for another Nutcracker Ballet with Spindle City Ballet. She has been thriving in production and stage management for over 15 years and called her first Nutcracker with SCB back in 2001. Michelle received her B.A. in both Dance Performance and Technical Theatre from Rhode Island College, where she was a member of the RIC Dance Company. Her professional career began as a Production Assistant for Trinity Repertory Company and as the Assistant Stage Manager/Props Coordinator for Opera Providence’s Don Pasquale. Michelle’s Production Stage Management and Lighting credits include: Lance Gries’ The Fifty Project and the 2011 remount of Lance’s Bessie Award winning performance of Etudes of an Astronaut, as well as Newport’s Island Moving Company for several seasons. Her Stage Management credits include: Spindle City Ballet, Providence Ballet, Aerplaye, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, RIC Dance Company, Carolyn Dutra Dance School, and Stage Management with Lighting for elephant JANE dance. Michelle has also spent time as the Production Coordinator for FirstWorks working with artists such as Philip Glass, Tim Fain, Regina Carter, and Mummenschanz. When not running stages, you can find Michelle rocking the bass guitar and violin.