Natalie Ng
Mid-Atlantic Ballet Class of 2017
Natalie danced at MAB for 14 years. She is currently attending Fordham University in the Ailey/Fordham BFA program majoring in Dance. Her favorite roles include Sugar Plum and Arabian in The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Swanhilda in Coppelia, and Blind Faith 2. In January 2013, she competed in the Youth American Grand Prix, an international ballet competition, as a semi-finalist. Natalie attended summer intensives at MAB, First State Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, the Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Ailey School.

Azsanne Truss

Mid-Atlantic Ballet Class of 2012


Azsanne is currently a Business Information Systems major at the University of Maryland College Park.  She danced with Mid-Atlantic Ballet beginning at 9 years old. Performing roles such as Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, and Princess in Ever After, her time with MAB continued until graduating from Cab Calloway School of the Arts. Throughout this time, Artistic Director Patrick Korstange worked with her to perfect her technique and her artistry, and truly pushed her to be her best both in and out of the studio. Since graduating high school, she has danced with a small nonprofit company, performing at children’s hospitals and preschools throughout the D.C. metropolitan area. Along with this, she has also danced with the University’s premier student-run ballet company, Ballet Company M, and was recently elected president. This fall, she will coordinate and choreograph a production of The Nutcracker, with two performances held in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Emily Orzada

Mid-Atlantic Ballet Class of 2013


Emily started dancing at Mid-Atlantic Ballet when she was the age of four and remained there until she graduated from Saint Mark's High School in 2013. During her time at MAB she enjoyed dancing the roles of Mirliton, Goldilocks, Puss in Boots, Dew Drop Fairy, Sugar Plum Fairy, and returned as a guest artist for Snow and Mother Gigogne. She has attended summer intensives at The American Repertory Ballet's Princeton Ballet School in Princeton, NJ, The Atlanta Ballet in Atlanta, GA, The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, PA, and Ballet Austin in Austin, TX. She attended The University of the Arts as a dance major and was accepted with an Academic and Artistic scholarship. Emily started her professional ballet career dancing as a trainee at The Ballet Theater of Maryland, and is currently an Apprentice at Fort Wayne Ballet.


Madelyn DeFord

Mid-Atlantic Ballet Class of 2012


Madelyn attended Mid-Atlantic Ballet for 13 years. Her favorite roles at Mid- Atlantic Ballet were Sugar Plum Fairy, Mother Gingone, and Arabian in The Nutcracker, Women's Story by Diane Sharp-Nachsin and Persephone in Persephone. Madelyn is attending the University of Richmond majoring in Biology with minors in Dance and Healthcare & Society. Madelyn has been dancing with the University of Richmond's University Dancers under the Artistic Director, Anne Van Gelder, for the past three years. She has worked with many choreographers including Steven Iannacone, Kanji Segawa, and Alexandra Damiani. Madelyn has attended and performed at both the 2013 and 2014 ACDFA Mid-Atlantic Conferences. While at the conferences she has had the opportunity to take a variety of classes as well as to participate in a master classes with well known artists including George de la Pena.

Morgan Hall

Mid-Atlantic Ballet Class of 2012


Morgan first joined Mid-Atlantic Ballet as a student at the age of five and continued for 13 years thereafter. Some of her most favorable roles at MAB include Poodle doll in The Fantastic Toyshop, Dandy in Cinderella, White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, Women's Story, Peppermint and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Morgan is currently enrolled in the Honors College at Kent State University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising, a minor in Marketing, a minor in Dance and a Master of Business Administration. She is currently studying in Florence, Italy and is looking forward to attending a performance of the ballet at Teatro Dell’Opera Di Roma.

Morgan Sweede

Mid-Atlantic Ballet Class of 2010


Morgan began her training at Mid-Atlantic Ballet at age 7. With the careful instruction she received her capabilities were quickly nurtured and realized. Ms. Sweede was accepted to and attended prestigious training programs at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Julliard and the exclusive Katsbaan Extreme Ballet program where she studied under Martine van Hamel.

Ms. Sweede has performed numerous rolls in MAB productions and delighted audiences performing the title rolls in The Firebird, Alice in Wonderland, and Persephone. Morgan is a full time student at Wilmington University pursuing a degree in Multimedia Design. She is thrilled to be teaching at MAB to give these young students the same careful instruction she received.

Linnea Alexis Calzada-Charma

Mid-Atlantic Ballet Class of 2012


Linnea began her dance education with Linda Moores, former principal dancer of Group Motion. She continued her dance education at Mid-Atlantic Ballet in Newark, Delaware, where she studied classical ballet, modern, jazz, and contemporary. She has had additional training at Central PA Youth Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Ballet Austin, The Rock School for Dance Education, Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, Secret Circus Philly, and was invited to dance with BalletX and Pennsylvania Ballet in 2015. Linnea graduated as a Dance Major from The University of the Arts in 2016, with honors and an Artist’s Merit Award Scholarship. Currently a company member, she has danced with SHARP Dance Company since 2013.

Mackinsey Shahan

Mid-Atlantic Ballet Class of 2008


Mackinsey is a Dance Performance and Human Nutrition major at Winthrop University. She began dancing at the age of 4 and started her serious ballet training 6 years later at Mid-Atlantic Ballet. She has performed in various dance works during her time at Winthrop including those choreographed by Valarie Ifill, Bethany Tuffy, and Mary Beth Young. Additionally, she was selected to perform at the 2014 American College Dance Festival Southeast Conference and for the Presidential Inauguration Performing Arts Showcase. This year she will be performing in Winthrop’s faculty dance concert including a restaging of Pas de Quatre by Mia Cunningham of Charlotte Ballet and original choreography by Bethany Tuffy and Lauren Skrabalak. Mackinsey has also choreographed for Winthrop’s Student Choreography Showcase.

Elise Ritzel

Mid-Atlantic Ballet Class of 2008


Elise is a native of Landenberg, PA and is a graduate of Point Park University, with additional studies in photography and painting in Paris, France. Relocating to NYC, Elise performed works by Bryan Arias, Roya Carreras, Chihiro Shimizu and Artists, Bennyroyce Dance Productions, Nomad Contemporary Ballet and Alyson Laury Dance Co. Elise also holds a position as the Programming Director for the presenting series, the CURRENT SESSIONS. Currently residing in Brooklyn, Elise continues to further her knowledge in arts management while enriching her craft as an artist.

Claire Kallimanis McCaa

Mid-Atlantic Ballet Class of 2000


Raised in Delaware, Claire is an original alumni of Mid-Atlantic Ballet, attending prestigious summer programs such as Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the School of American Ballet.  She went on to continue her training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.  After graduating, Ms. Kallimanis found a home with Columbia City Ballet in Columbia, SC.  Some of her favorite roles include Mena in Dracula, Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker and Snow White in Snow White.  Claire has had the opportunity to perform such Balanchine greats as Serenade, Western Symphony and Donizetti.  Viola Alone...(with one exception) choreographed by Kevin O'Day is her favorite role thus far.

Katie Branca

Mid-Atlantic Ballet Class of 2008


Katie Branca is a writer and a dancer from Hockessin, Delaware.  After receiving a strong ballet background at Mid-Atlantic Ballet Katie accepted a full-tuition artist’s scholarship at the University of Richmond. There, she began exploring modern and contemporary dance under the guidance of Myra Daleng, Anne VanGelder, Alicia Diaz, Matthew Thornton, Christian Von Howard, and Starr Foster. She also had the privilege of studying with and performing works by internationally-recognized choreographers including Jacqueline Buglisi, Jessica Lang, Kanji Segawa, Francesca Harper, Alexandra Damiani, and Robert Battle. Katie graduated in 2013 and now works in Richmond and is finishing up her first season as a dancer with Starr Foster Dance Project. 

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