Artists

The New Orleans Ballet Theatre’s artists have appeared with American Ballet Theatre, Miami City Ballet, Basel Ballet, Caracas Ballet, Ballet West, Dallas Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada and Maximum Dance. Collectively, NOBT’s dancers have performed over 50 times at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and around the world as guest artists in major cities.

 
Whitney   Cato  returns to New Orleans Ballet Theatre after taking a break from stage to apprentice with the wardrobe department of Houston Ballet. She has taught for Schramel Conservatory of Dance and performed with NOBT from 2006-2010 seasons. Whitney also serves the company as wardrobe mistress as well as dancer. Welcome back Whitney!

Whitney Cato returns to New Orleans Ballet Theatre after taking a break from stage to apprentice with the wardrobe department of Houston Ballet. She has taught for Schramel Conservatory of Dance and performed with NOBT from 2006-2010 seasons. Whitney also serves the company as wardrobe mistress as well as dancer. Welcome back Whitney!

Lisa Keller MacCurdy  has come to New Orleans from California, where she managed and taught at Peninsula School of Performing Arts in Palos Verdes, California. A graduate of Duke University with a Bachelor’s in Science in Biology, she performed frequently with Duke Ballet Repertory and Duke Jazz Repertory Ensembles. She has danced professionally as a tap dancer with the Hot Cotton Candies, and also as a principal ballet dancer with Southern California Dance Theatre. Most recently, she has performed with New Orleans Ballet Theatre in  The Nutcracker  and New Orleans Opera Association’s production of  Die Fledermaus . In addition to teaching at Schramel Conservatory of Dance, she has also recently taken on the role of administrative director of New Orleans Ballet Theatre.

Lisa Keller MacCurdy has come to New Orleans from California, where she managed and taught at Peninsula School of Performing Arts in Palos Verdes, California. A graduate of Duke University with a Bachelor’s in Science in Biology, she performed frequently with Duke Ballet Repertory and Duke Jazz Repertory Ensembles. She has danced professionally as a tap dancer with the Hot Cotton Candies, and also as a principal ballet dancer with Southern California Dance Theatre. Most recently, she has performed with New Orleans Ballet Theatre in The Nutcracker and New Orleans Opera Association’s production of Die Fledermaus. In addition to teaching at Schramel Conservatory of Dance, she has also recently taken on the role of administrative director of New Orleans Ballet Theatre.

Trey Mauldwin  was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and gaduated from the pre-professional division of the North Carolina Dance Theatre under the direction of Darleen Callaghan, Mark Diamond, Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. He spent two years training on full scholarship at Miami City Ballet School training with Edward Villella, Nancy Raffa, Truman Finney, and Geta Constantinescu. He then rejoined North Carolina Dance Theatre as an apprentice and then joined Charleston Ballet Theatre as a soloist. Since leaving Charleston Ballet Theatre he has been studying on scholarship at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in their ballet program under Ethan Stiefel, Warren Conover, Douglas Gawriljuk, and Brenda Daniels. Trey has danced leading roles in many works by George Balanchine including Rubies, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Who Cares?, Valse Fantaisie and Raymonda Variations as well as much of the classical repertoire and new works created on him. He would like to thank his family and friends for all their love and support.

Trey Mauldwin was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and gaduated from the pre-professional division of the North Carolina Dance Theatre under the direction of Darleen Callaghan, Mark Diamond, Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. He spent two years training on full scholarship at Miami City Ballet School training with Edward Villella, Nancy Raffa, Truman Finney, and Geta Constantinescu. He then rejoined North Carolina Dance Theatre as an apprentice and then joined Charleston Ballet Theatre as a soloist. Since leaving Charleston Ballet Theatre he has been studying on scholarship at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in their ballet program under Ethan Stiefel, Warren Conover, Douglas Gawriljuk, and Brenda Daniels. Trey has danced leading roles in many works by George Balanchine including Rubies, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Who Cares?, Valse Fantaisie and Raymonda Variations as well as much of the classical repertoire and new works created on him. He would like to thank his family and friends for all their love and support.

Felicia McPhee  received her early Vaganova training at The Ballet Centre in Salt Lake City, Utah. She continued her dance education with a Bachelor’s degree in Dance from Brigham Young University. There, she was president of BYU’s Ballet Showcase Company and was a member of BYU’s Theatre Ballet Company. Felicia spent a few years in San Francisco dancing as a freelance artist and as a company member with Bay Pointe Ballet, under the direction of Bruce Steivel. Moving to Dallas, she spent two seasons with Contemporary Ballet Dallas and two seasons as a Soloist with Dallas Neo-classical Ballet. This season, Felicia will be dancing with New Orleans Ballet Theatre. She loves teaching and sharing her passion for dance with her students. She believes in the importance of understanding how the body anatomically works and functions in the vocabulary of ballet, and encourages correct usage of muscles, bones, and alignment. Felicia has had many exciting opportunities teaching all over the country, including teaching at Google in California. She feels very fortunate to do what she loves every day and share her passion for dance.

Felicia McPhee received her early Vaganova training at The Ballet Centre in Salt Lake City, Utah. She continued her dance education with a Bachelor’s degree in Dance from Brigham Young University. There, she was president of BYU’s Ballet Showcase Company and was a member of BYU’s Theatre Ballet Company. Felicia spent a few years in San Francisco dancing as a freelance artist and as a company member with Bay Pointe Ballet, under the direction of Bruce Steivel. Moving to Dallas, she spent two seasons with Contemporary Ballet Dallas and two seasons as a Soloist with Dallas Neo-classical Ballet. This season, Felicia will be dancing with New Orleans Ballet Theatre. She loves teaching and sharing her passion for dance with her students. She believes in the importance of understanding how the body anatomically works and functions in the vocabulary of ballet, and encourages correct usage of muscles, bones, and alignment. Felicia has had many exciting opportunities teaching all over the country, including teaching at Google in California. She feels very fortunate to do what she loves every day and share her passion for dance.

Garret McNally

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Mei-Ling Murray  is a classically trained dancer from San Francisco. She studied with American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance; and she attended The University of Arizona’s School of Dance on scholarship. She has performed works by George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, James Clouser, Robert Moses, and Alex Ketley among others. Following her undergraduate studies, Mei-Ling worked as the Program Director for Movement Exchange, where she developed international dance programs alongside the U.S. Embassies in Panama in India. In the Bay Area, she performed with contemporary dance company Project B. for four seasons, and worked as a teaching artist for Performing Arts Workshop, bringing dance education to the San Francisco Unified School District. In addition to being a dancer with NOBT, she also serves as the company’s Publicity & Outreach Director.

Mei-Ling Murray is a classically trained dancer from San Francisco. She studied with American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance; and she attended The University of Arizona’s School of Dance on scholarship. She has performed works by George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, James Clouser, Robert Moses, and Alex Ketley among others. Following her undergraduate studies, Mei-Ling worked as the Program Director for Movement Exchange, where she developed international dance programs alongside the U.S. Embassies in Panama in India. In the Bay Area, she performed with contemporary dance company Project B. for four seasons, and worked as a teaching artist for Performing Arts Workshop, bringing dance education to the San Francisco Unified School District. In addition to being a dancer with NOBT, she also serves as the company’s Publicity & Outreach Director.

Shayna Skal  began ballet under Gay Porter and Bridget Porter Young at the Charlotte School of Ballet in Charlotte, North Carolina, primarily studying the Cecchetti and Royal Academy of Dance methods, ultimately presenting as a candidate for the R.A.D.’s pinnacle Solo Seal examination in 2008, the only American to present that year. Ms. Skal spent summers studying at the Cecchetti International Summer School, as well as the Atlanta Ballet Advanced Intensive, LINES Ballet Pre-Professional Program, and with Burklyn Ballet Theatre as a counselor and dancer. After high school, Ms. Skal attended Harvard University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Physics, cum laude in the field, with high departmental honors, and a secondary field in the Mathematical Sciences. While at Harvard, she danced with the Harvard Ballet Company and the Harvard Department of Dance, working with Tai Jimenez, Jill Johnson, Christopher Roman, and John Jasperse. In 2013, Ms. Skal was the co-recipient of Harvard’s Suzanne Farrell Dance Prize. Ms. Skal then began her professional career with Teatrul de Balet Sibiu in Sibiu, Romania, where she danced for two seasons. She is currently freelancing in the New Orleans area and has performed with New Orleans Ballet Theatre, Jefferson Ballet Theatre, and the New Orleans Opera.

Shayna Skal began ballet under Gay Porter and Bridget Porter Young at the Charlotte School of Ballet in Charlotte, North Carolina, primarily studying the Cecchetti and Royal Academy of Dance methods, ultimately presenting as a candidate for the R.A.D.’s pinnacle Solo Seal examination in 2008, the only American to present that year. Ms. Skal spent summers studying at the Cecchetti International Summer School, as well as the Atlanta Ballet Advanced Intensive, LINES Ballet Pre-Professional Program, and with Burklyn Ballet Theatre as a counselor and dancer. After high school, Ms. Skal attended Harvard University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Physics, cum laude in the field, with high departmental honors, and a secondary field in the Mathematical Sciences. While at Harvard, she danced with the Harvard Ballet Company and the Harvard Department of Dance, working with Tai Jimenez, Jill Johnson, Christopher Roman, and John Jasperse. In 2013, Ms. Skal was the co-recipient of Harvard’s Suzanne Farrell Dance Prize. Ms. Skal then began her professional career with Teatrul de Balet Sibiu in Sibiu, Romania, where she danced for two seasons. She is currently freelancing in the New Orleans area and has performed with New Orleans Ballet Theatre, Jefferson Ballet Theatre, and the New Orleans Opera.