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!

Amanda Kostreva  graduated Cum Laude from Barnard College with a BA in History and a minor in Dance. While studying at Barnard, Amanda danced and choreographed for the Columbia Ballet Collaborative, where she was a founding member. Amanda is originally from Duxbury Massachusetts, and received her training at Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theater. Amanda toured South Africa with the Cape Town City Ballet, and performed with the company in its productions of Le Slyphide and Carmen at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. Amanda has performed professionally with Brooklyn Ballet, Exit 12 Dance Company, Neglia Ballet Artists of Buffalo, New Orleans Ballet Theater, New Orleans Opera, and Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. Additionally, Amanda is passionate about expanding arts access, and has conducted dance outreach workshops in a South African juvenile prison and a NYC homeless shelter. Amanda currently teaches dance and academics at Success Preparatory Academy.

Amanda Kostreva graduated Cum Laude from Barnard College with a BA in History and a minor in Dance. While studying at Barnard, Amanda danced and choreographed for the Columbia Ballet Collaborative, where she was a founding member. Amanda is originally from Duxbury Massachusetts, and received her training at Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theater. Amanda toured South Africa with the Cape Town City Ballet, and performed with the company in its productions of Le Slyphide and Carmen at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. Amanda has performed professionally with Brooklyn Ballet, Exit 12 Dance Company, Neglia Ballet Artists of Buffalo, New Orleans Ballet Theater, New Orleans Opera, and Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. Additionally, Amanda is passionate about expanding arts access, and has conducted dance outreach workshops in a South African juvenile prison and a NYC homeless shelter. Amanda currently teaches dance and academics at Success Preparatory Academy.

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 graduated 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 graduated 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  began dancing at an early age starting as a tap dancer in Romulus, Michigan. Growing up dancing he soon began dancing competitively performing many styles of dance. He moved to Charleston, South Carolina where he attended Charleston County School of the Arts and began training in classical ballet and modern dance at the Robert Ivey Ballet. Going on to high school he danced with Charleston Ballet Theatre and the Charleston Dance Institute. He then attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts to further his training in classical ballet. There he trained under Susan Jaffe, Jared Redick, Mikhail Cordell, and others. He graduated in 2017 with a diploma under the ballet concentration. He currently studies at the University of New Orleans. This is his first season with New Orleans Ballet Theatre.

Garret McNally began dancing at an early age starting as a tap dancer in Romulus, Michigan. Growing up dancing he soon began dancing competitively performing many styles of dance. He moved to Charleston, South Carolina where he attended Charleston County School of the Arts and began training in classical ballet and modern dance at the Robert Ivey Ballet. Going on to high school he danced with Charleston Ballet Theatre and the Charleston Dance Institute. He then attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts to further his training in classical ballet. There he trained under Susan Jaffe, Jared Redick, Mikhail Cordell, and others. He graduated in 2017 with a diploma under the ballet concentration. He currently studies at the University of New Orleans. This is his first season with New Orleans Ballet Theatre.

Mei-Ling Murray Rees  is a classically trained dancer from San Francisco. She spent summers studying 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 and 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 Rees is a classically trained dancer from San Francisco. She spent summers studying 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 and 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.


Guest Artists

A native of Havana, Cuba,  Gabriela   Mesa  began her ballet studies at the Elementary School of Ballet "Alejo Carpentier". She continued her training at the National Ballet School under the guidance of Ramona de Saa and several of the school's most prominent teachers. During her schooling, she was featured in numerous dancing events, including the Summer of Mexico City, the International Festival of Ballet Academies in Toronto, Canada, at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, the Meeting of Dance Monterrey, Mexico, the Grand Prix of New York, where she was a finalist, and the Vignale Dance Festival in Italy. In 2012, after graduating, she joined the ranks of the National Ballet of Cuba under the artistic and technical direction of Alicia Alonso, with whom she performed at the Gala Tribute to the Cuban School of Ballet held in Rome in 2013 and in the company's tour to Puerto Rico in 2014. In 2014, she was promoted to the rank of soloist. Her repertoire primarily included traditional romantic classics and contemporary creations of Cuban and foreign choreographers. Since her arrival in the United States just over two years ago, she has performed as a Principal Dancer with Florida Classical Ballet and as a founding member of Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami - where her stylistic repertoire continues to expand. Ms. Mesa has performed with Dimensions to critical acclaim and has represented the company at numerous events, including the prestigious XXII International Ballet Festival of Miami, at The Joyce Theater’s Ballet Festival (NYC), and Jacob’s Pillow “Inside/Out” Festival. This is Gabriela's first appearance with New Orleans Ballet Theatre.

A native of Havana, Cuba, Gabriela Mesa began her ballet studies at the Elementary School of Ballet "Alejo Carpentier". She continued her training at the National Ballet School under the guidance of Ramona de Saa and several of the school's most prominent teachers. During her schooling, she was featured in numerous dancing events, including the Summer of Mexico City, the International Festival of Ballet Academies in Toronto, Canada, at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, the Meeting of Dance Monterrey, Mexico, the Grand Prix of New York, where she was a finalist, and the Vignale Dance Festival in Italy. In 2012, after graduating, she joined the ranks of the National Ballet of Cuba under the artistic and technical direction of Alicia Alonso, with whom she performed at the Gala Tribute to the Cuban School of Ballet held in Rome in 2013 and in the company's tour to Puerto Rico in 2014. In 2014, she was promoted to the rank of soloist. Her repertoire primarily included traditional romantic classics and contemporary creations of Cuban and foreign choreographers. Since her arrival in the United States just over two years ago, she has performed as a Principal Dancer with Florida Classical Ballet and as a founding member of Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami - where her stylistic repertoire continues to expand. Ms. Mesa has performed with Dimensions to critical acclaim and has represented the company at numerous events, including the prestigious XXII International Ballet Festival of Miami, at The Joyce Theater’s Ballet Festival (NYC), and Jacob’s Pillow “Inside/Out” Festival. This is Gabriela's first appearance with New Orleans Ballet Theatre.

Born in Havana, Cuba,  Fabian   Morales  trained at the Provincial School of Ballet "Alejo Carpentier". He later went on to further his education at Cuba's National Art School. Upon graduation, he joined the prestigious National Ballet of Cuba, as a member of the corps de ballet for three years, he danced practically all of the great works featured in the company's ample classical repertoire. Moving on to further his career, he joined the reputable National Dance Company of Mexico in Mexico City. During his seven year tenure with this company, he interpreted a myriad of character roles as well as various contemporary and neoclassical pieces. A principal member of Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, Fabian has performed principal roles in a wide range of ballets from the most classical  La Bayadere  Pas de Deux, to the contemporary  Under the Olive Tree , Vicente Nebrada’s  Fever , and Gerald Arpino’s  Light Rain  and  Reflections.  This is Fabian's first appearance with New Orleans Ballet Theatre.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Fabian Morales trained at the Provincial School of Ballet "Alejo Carpentier". He later went on to further his education at Cuba's National Art School. Upon graduation, he joined the prestigious National Ballet of Cuba, as a member of the corps de ballet for three years, he danced practically all of the great works featured in the company's ample classical repertoire. Moving on to further his career, he joined the reputable National Dance Company of Mexico in Mexico City. During his seven year tenure with this company, he interpreted a myriad of character roles as well as various contemporary and neoclassical pieces. A principal member of Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, Fabian has performed principal roles in a wide range of ballets from the most classical La Bayadere Pas de Deux, to the contemporary Under the Olive Tree, Vicente Nebrada’s Fever, and Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain and Reflections. This is Fabian's first appearance with New Orleans Ballet Theatre.

Josh Reynolds  began his dance training at the age of 12 at Georgia Academy of Dance. He later went on to train at The Rock School in Philadelphia and School of American Ballet in New York. In 2003 he began his career at Atlanta Ballet performing leading roles in Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Sinfonietta Giocosa, The Great Gatsby, and Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room. In 2010 Josh joined Milwaukee Ballet where he became the youngest artist to ever portray the title role in Michael Pink’s Dracula. He danced various repertoire including new works by Mauro de Candia and Darrell Grand Moultrie.  In the summer of 2011 Josh was asked to perform Ashton’s Cinderella pas de deux with Julianne Kepley in Talliin, Estonia as a founding member of Tiit Helimets & Company. Later that same summer, he was selected to perform with Dance GrandMoultrie at Summerstage in NY. In 2012 Josh joined Smuin Contemporary Ballet in San Francisco. While there, he performed leading roles in Michael Smuin’s Eternal Idol, Stabat Minor, Jiri Kylian’s Return to a Strange Land, Helen Picket’s Petal and Adam Hougland’s Cold Virtues. As well, he originated in many leading roles and world premieres by choreographer in residence, Amy Seiwert.  Josh joined Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet as a Second Soloist in 2015 and was promoted to First Soloist at the end of his first season. Since then, he has appeared in many leading roles including The Nutcracker Prince (Nutcracker), Matthew (Moulin Rouge® –The Ballet), Captain Hook (Peter Pan), Bob (Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story), and Rothbart (Swan Lake). Further, he originated roles of World Premieres by James Kudelka and Peter Quanz. Josh has been a member of New Orleans Ballet Theatre for over a decade and has originated roles in works by Diogo De Lima, Greg and Marjorie Schramel and Douglas Gawriljuk. Josh is thrilled to be joining the company full time this season with his wife Jo-Ann Sundermeier.


Josh Reynolds began his dance training at the age of 12 at Georgia Academy of Dance. He later went on to train at The Rock School in Philadelphia and School of American Ballet in New York. In 2003 he began his career at Atlanta Ballet performing leading roles in Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Sinfonietta Giocosa, The Great Gatsby, and Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room. In 2010 Josh joined Milwaukee Ballet where he became the youngest artist to ever portray the title role in Michael Pink’s Dracula. He danced various repertoire including new works by Mauro de Candia and Darrell Grand Moultrie.

In the summer of 2011 Josh was asked to perform Ashton’s Cinderella pas de deux with Julianne Kepley in Talliin, Estonia as a founding member of Tiit Helimets & Company. Later that same summer, he was selected to perform with Dance GrandMoultrie at Summerstage in NY. In 2012 Josh joined Smuin Contemporary Ballet in San Francisco. While there, he performed leading roles in Michael Smuin’s Eternal Idol, Stabat Minor, Jiri Kylian’s Return to a Strange Land, Helen Picket’s Petal and Adam Hougland’s Cold Virtues. As well, he originated in many leading roles and world premieres by choreographer in residence, Amy Seiwert.

Josh joined Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet as a Second Soloist in 2015 and was promoted to First Soloist at the end of his first season. Since then, he has appeared in many leading roles including The Nutcracker Prince (Nutcracker), Matthew (Moulin Rouge® –The Ballet), Captain Hook (Peter Pan), Bob (Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story), and Rothbart (Swan Lake). Further, he originated roles of World Premieres by James Kudelka and Peter Quanz. Josh has been a member of New Orleans Ballet Theatre for over a decade and has originated roles in works by Diogo De Lima, Greg and Marjorie Schramel and Douglas Gawriljuk. Josh is thrilled to be joining the company full time this season with his wife Jo-Ann Sundermeier.

Originally from Pompano Beach, Florida,  Jo-Ann Sundermeier  began ballet lessons with Liana Navarro in Miami, Florida before joining Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Professional Division. She became an Apprentice with the RWB Company in 2003, and in 2012 she was promoted to Principal Dancer. In 2013, Jo-Ann left the RWB to join Smuin Contemporary Ballet in San Francisco, California. In the course of her career, she has performed various repertoire by choreographers such as Helen Pickett, Twyla Tharp, Val Caniparoli, George Balanchine and Jiri Kylian. Some lead roles include Odette/Odile ( Swan Lake ), Princess Aurora ( The Sleeping Beauty ), Giselle ( Giselle ), Myrta ( Giselle ), Sugar Plum Fairy ( Nutcracker ), Juliet ( Romeo and Juliet ) Tinkerbell ( Peter Pan ) and Russian Girl (Balanchine’s  Serenade ). Jo-Ann has originated in works by choreographers James Kudelka, Mark Godden, Peter Quanz, Diogo De Lima and Joshua Beamish, to name a few. Jo-Ann’s image was the face of the 80th anniversary of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Summer Festival. She is a Gemini Award winner for the made-for-tv film  The Tale of The Magic Flute  for 'Best Performance in a Performing Arts Series’ and she performed as part of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Cultural Olympiad. In 2016, Jo-Ann and her husband Josh Reynolds were invited to perform at the Michigan Opera House as part of the DiCiera Legacy Ball, to honor Dr. David DiChiera.  Jo-Ann has performed with NOBT since 2014, appearing in both  Summer Solstic e and  The Nutcracker . She loves teaching and is very excited to pass on her knowledge to the next generation of dancers.

Originally from Pompano Beach, Florida, Jo-Ann Sundermeier began ballet lessons with Liana Navarro in Miami, Florida before joining Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Professional Division. She became an Apprentice with the RWB Company in 2003, and in 2012 she was promoted to Principal Dancer. In 2013, Jo-Ann left the RWB to join Smuin Contemporary Ballet in San Francisco, California. In the course of her career, she has performed various repertoire by choreographers such as Helen Pickett, Twyla Tharp, Val Caniparoli, George Balanchine and Jiri Kylian. Some lead roles include Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Princess Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty), Giselle (Giselle), Myrta (Giselle), Sugar Plum Fairy (Nutcracker), Juliet (Romeo and Juliet) Tinkerbell (Peter Pan) and Russian Girl (Balanchine’s Serenade). Jo-Ann has originated in works by choreographers James Kudelka, Mark Godden, Peter Quanz, Diogo De Lima and Joshua Beamish, to name a few. Jo-Ann’s image was the face of the 80th anniversary of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Summer Festival. She is a Gemini Award winner for the made-for-tv film The Tale of The Magic Flute for 'Best Performance in a Performing Arts Series’ and she performed as part of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Cultural Olympiad. In 2016, Jo-Ann and her husband Josh Reynolds were invited to perform at the Michigan Opera House as part of the DiCiera Legacy Ball, to honor Dr. David DiChiera.

Jo-Ann has performed with NOBT since 2014, appearing in both Summer Solstice and The Nutcracker. She loves teaching and is very excited to pass on her knowledge to the next generation of dancers.