Sara Mearns is from Columbia, South Carolina. She started dancing when she was three. Sara Mearns is currently a principal dancer with the New York City ballet. Sara began her training in South Carolina, and later trained with School of American Ballet. Sara was unexpectedly given her "big break" when she was casted as Odette/Odile at age nineteen.
Sara Mearns has been following her passion and has a drive to succeed. Ballet has brought her across the globe, and has guided her to a plethora of opportunities!
Faith Madison grew up in Macon, Georgia. Faith was trained by her mother, Jane Madison, and by distinguished dancers. Faith received honors, performance recognition, and scholarships at the beginning of her dance career. In 2008, she joined the Colorado Ballet. With the Colorado Ballet, she performed with the Studio Company. Faith was very fulfilled performing all the classic ballets, such as Swan Lake.
In addition to classic ballets, she enjoyed performing the contemporary pieces. Faith taught for Joffrey Ballet School and for the Colorado Ballet. In addition to Joffrey Ballet School and the Colorado Ballet, Faith has taught at the Denver Academy of Ballet (DAB). There, she had enriched the dance experience of many students. Faith is a relatable, humorous, inspiring, dedicated, and passionate teacher.
Faith Madison still shares a strong passion for dance.
Chandra Kuykendall is from Parker, Colorado. From 1988 to 1997 Chandra trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet. In 1996, Chandra won the Denver Ballet Guild competition. At the competition she received the Florence Rustin Award. Chandra also attended summer intensives such as, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Vail, Kirov Academy of Ballet, San Francisco Ballet Academy, and School of American Ballet. In 1997, Chandra joined the Colorado Ballet. From 1998-1999 Chandra then went to Germany under the great choreographer Uwe Scholz. In the fall of 1999, Chandra re-joined the Colorado Ballet, and was assigned principle roles, such as Odette/Odile. Chandra has been dancing with the Colorado Ballet for 16 seasons, and is still going on strong. In addition to Chandra's career, she has been teaching at the Denver Academy of Ballet.
Chandra continues to be a wonderful role model for her students, while still being a graceful and elegant principle dancer at the Colorado Ballet.
Mimi Staker is a current New York City Ballet corps dancer. Mimi was born in Cary, North Carolina. When she was twelve, Mimi played the role of Clara in the Nutcracker. She first became in love with ballet when she was very young because it was a way for her to express herself, other then speaking. As a child, Mimi had a stutter, limiting her pronunciation and speaking ability. Mimi is incredibly dedicated, and has scarified experiencing the traditional life of a teenager. During her training with School of American Ballet, she attended the Professional Children's School and studied at Fordham University. Professional Children's School helped Mimi balance her demanding ballet training with receiving proper education.
Later on, Mimi was given the opportunity to perform in the NYCB Nutcracker in June 2014. January 2015, Mimi was given her NYCB contract, after becoming an apprentice. Mimi is a very humble, and beautiful dancer, who is very technical and graceful. Ballet is such a magnificent art form, and Mimi tries to not allow the competition in the company distract her, but instead push her to be a better dancer.
Mimi's words of wisdom: "Every dancer has to have a plan B."