Robert Stanley began dancing at four years old in Leavenworth, Kansas with Deena Shroyer. Once his family settled in Southern Maryland, he studied with his mother, Deborah Stanley. He trained summers at The Washington School of Ballet, Kirov Academy of Washington, D.C., Syracuse Dance Intensive, Cincinnati Ballet Summer Intensives for five summers (2010-2015), and Orlando Ballet Summer Intensive. He worked as an assistant teacher and coach for The Studio Cooperative for the last two years before joining the New York State Ballet, where he performed Mad Hatter and Knave in “Alice in Wonderland.”.

Youri Spindler (Rochester, NY) is thrilled to be dancing his first season with New York State Ballet! He received his training at the Hochstein School of Dance (Rochester, NY), Nutmeg Conservatory (Torrington, CT), Next Generation Ballet (Tampa, FL), The Draper Center (Rochester, NY), and Centro ProDanza (Havana, Cuba). In 2013, he joined the Rochester City Ballet where he danced in many ballets, including The Nutcracker, Jeff Tyzik’s Images, Cinderella, The Ugly Duckling and George Balanchine’s Serenade. In 2016, he became one of the first American dancers to train in Cuba since the Cuban Revolution, where he studied with Laura Alonso at her school, ProDanza, and performed with Ballet Laura Alonso in Havana. Endless love and thanks to my amazing family, friends and teachers, especially Katie, Beth, Fidel and Sarah! For Diane Lewis for never letting me cheat and for always believing in me. 


Deijohn first started training with School For Creative & Performing Arts in Cincinnati, OH as a drama and dance major. At age 13 he began training with Cincinnati Ballet under Catherine Batcheller and Sabir Yapparov in their summer intensive program. The following 4 years he would attend the Otto M. Buding Academy and continue training at SCPA with the Dance Ensemble under Daryl Bjoza and Patricia Rozow. Upon joining NYSB, he performed the role of White Rabbit in “Alice in Wonderland.”

Natalia Serra is a native of Campinas, Brazil, where she has collected numerous awards for dancing. She trained with Iris Ativa/Lina Panteado with the Royal Academy of  Dance (London) and was awarded “Dancer of Distinction” by the American Guild of Musical Artists in 2016. Natialia also trained with the prestigious Miami City Ballet School from 2013-2016 where she performed many different solo and principal roles such as principal in Black Swan, Kitni in Don Quixote, Gamzatti in La Bayadere, Demi-Soloist in La Sylphide, Diamonds theme and variation (Balanchine ballets) and principal in Western Symphony- 4th movement (Balanchine).


David, an Atlanta native, began his ballet training a bit late at 16 but quickly grew to love it. Primarily training at The Royal Dance Academy in Suwanee, GA, he decided that dance was he wanted to do as a career. He then attended university at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati where he was able to train with Jiang Qi, Deidre Carberry, and Michael Tevlin, performing in such ballets as Cinderella, El Amor Brujo, Don Q, Twyla Tharp’s The Storyteller, and in Cincinnati Ballet’s Production of Romeo and Juliet as the Prince of Verona. After leaving college David took an unexpected route as an aerialist with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Alas, after testing those waters David spent a year in Atlanta training and guesting with several small companies and studios before moving north to Rochester.  Most recently, with NYSB, David performed the roles of Caterpillar and Knave of Hearts in “Alice in Wonderland.”

Margaret was born in Syracuse, NY and grew up in Rochester, NY. She began formal dance training at Little Red Dancing School under director Lisa Allain and ballet teacher Sarah Rothrock-Rickel. Margaret continued her dance training at the Draper Center for Dance Education, school of the Rochester City Ballet. While in the professional training program at Draper, Margaret was selected to perform in company productions of Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Balanchine’s Serenade and contemporary works by artistic director Jamey Leverett. Margaret has attended summer programs at ABT, Boston Ballet, The Sarasota Ballet, and on scholarship at Cincinnati Ballet. She has been selected to perform numerous variations including Gamzatti, 1st and 3rd Odalisques, Flames of Paris and has been coached by Fiona Fairrie, Phillip Broomhead, Kristi Boone, Isabel Dubrocq, Javier Dubrocq, along with numerous others and home studio teachers. With NYSB, Margaret most recently performed the roles of Alice and Cheshire Cat in “Alice in Wonderland.”

A Rochester native, Frazee specializes in classical ballet, modern dance and rhythm tap. Currently a company member of the New York State Ballet, Frazee also has a BFA in Dance from SUNY Brockport and has worked and performed with multiple dance companies and artists from across the country. These include the New York State Ballet, Garth Fagan Dance, Northwest Dance Project, Hubbard Street Chicago, Cás Públic, Nevada Ballet Theatre, James Hansen/Assemblage and William Evans. He has performed nationally at different dance festivals and events, including the Pasadena Dance Festival, the DUMBO Arts Festival, and the Rochester Fringe Festival. Frazee’s choreographic works have been showcased in the Brockport Dance Department, the Rochester Fringe Festival, Youth America Grand Prix, and with the New York State Ballet. Beyond performing and choreographing, Frazee teaches locally at Ballet Prestige, Fitzsimmons Dance Factory, and as a guest teacher at other local studios and universities. Recently, he performed the roles of Dodo Bird and King of Hearts in “Alice in Wonderland.”

Madison Jayne Cole is 19 years old and completing her 4th and graduating year at SLK Ballet School in New York City under the direction of Sara Knight. Most recently, Madison was selected to participate in an exchange with Central Ballet in London, England, and to perform in workshops alongside Ms Knight in Yorkshire, England. Madison has guest performed as a soloist in the Alto Jonio Dance Festival in Villapiana, Italy, in Nutcracker productions with Sedona Chamber Ballet, Phoenix Ballet, and Long Island Ballet Theater, and in performances with NYC based contemporary company Indelible Dance. Madison danced in New York State Ballet’s Alice in Wonderland and is excited to perform in the Nutcracker as well!
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Kayleigh Elizabeth Danowski is originally from Northeast Ohio.  She received her training from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts preparatory program and high school program under the direction of Dayna Fox, Susan McCullough, and Ethan Stiefel and with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School Graduate Program under the direction of Marjorie Grundvig and Dennis Marshall.  While at PBT, she had the pleasure of dancing corps de ballet roles with the company in “Giselle”, “The Nutcracker”, and George Balanchine’s “Serenade”.  She also received training from summer programs at Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Jacob’s Pillow under Anna-Maria Holmes.  Kayleigh then joined the Montgomery Ballet, dancing soloist roles such as the Arabian Princess in “The Nutcracker”, White Swan Pas de Deux from “Swan Lake” and helped originate the role of Madame Giry in the world premiere of Darren McIntyre’s “The Phantom of the Opera”. Kayleigh has also performed as a guest artist with the Albany Berkshire Ballet in Paula Weber’s “Carmina Burana” and the 40th Anniversary tour of “The Nutcracker” as the Snow Queen.  She has made several other guest appearances throughout the Chicago area performing in “Spartacus” Pas de Deux, “Giselle” Act II Pas de Deux and as the Fairy Godmother in “Cinderella”. Most recently she danced with Ballet Quad Cities, appearing in principle roles such as “The Nutcracker’s” Sugar Plum Fairy.  Kayleigh is very excited to have moved to Rochester to dance with the New York State Ballet and performed her first major roles as “The Red Queen” and “Orchid” in “Alice in Wonderland”.


Ian joined the Delaware Dance Alliance at age 14.  His combined love of theater along with training in stage combat prepared him for performing roles in Twilight Ballet, Pirates of the Caribbean and Duke Ellington Nutcracker Suite. Ian won scholarships for two consecutive years for his performances at the Delaware Dance Festival. He did summer training at Washington Ballet and two summers at San Francisco Ballet on full scholarship.  He attended the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School’s full time pre-professional program on full scholarship. Ian joined the New York State Ballet as a company dancer in 2016, and played Door Mouse in “Alice in Wonderland”.