Left to right: Isaiah Moon, Rhiannon Kilgore, Tess Wright, Megan Ayers, Taya Browning, Lauren Kuss
Megan has been dancing for 17 years. This is her fourth season with Arizona Youth Ballet, where she has danced the roles of Marzipan, Snow Soloist, Flower Soloist, and Arabian in the Nutcracker, Fairy of the Golden Vine in Sleeping Beauty, Winter Fairy in Cinderella, and Prayer in Coppélia. This year she is excited to dance as Dew Drop in the Nutcracker. Megan is currently pursuing a Dance Degree at Scottsdale Community College and loves to bake in her free time.
Taya is constantly dancing. As a principal with Arizona Youth Ballet, she had received the roles of Marie, Marzipan, and Lead Spanish in the Nutcracker, as well as the Evil Stepsister in Cinderella. Other than dancing Taya loves to swim, sing, and hangout with friends. Taya is also part of two dance companies other than AZYB. She is President of Basha High School’s Kismet Junior Company and is a senior company member with NuEvolution Dance Company. Taya desires to pursue her dancing in college and would like to thank her family and her amazing dance teachers for getting her this far.
Rhiannon has been dancing for 14 years and has been a member of Arizona Youth Ballet since its beginning. She has had numerous roles in Nutcracker, including Marzipan, Chinese, Lead Spanish, Grandma, Snow and Flowers. Rhiannon was thrilled to dance the role of Cinderella in AzYB’s production of Cinderella. Last year she was honored to be dancing the role of Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, her dream role. Rhiannon is a Senior this year and in her spare time loves to spend time with her friends and family, read and cook.
Lauren Kuss has been dancing for 14 years, including 4 with Arizona Youth Ballet. She has danced numerous roles in Nutcracker such as Dew Drop Fairy, Snow Queen, Spanish, and Arabian. She has also performed Prayer in Coppelia, Spring Fairy in Cinderella, and Crystal Fountain Fairy and Jewel in Sleeping Beauty. While having an emphasis on classical ballet, Lauren has studied a variety of dance styles including Ballroom and Flamenco. Lauren is a senior at Red Mountain High School and is honored to be the 2018 Distinguished Young Woman of Arizona Second Runner-up.
Isaiah has been dancing with Christina Hampton for 6 years. This is his third time dancing the role of Nutcracker and had also danced the role as Franz in Coppélia. Isaiah went to Central-Pennsylvania Youth Ballet over the summer and grew a ton in five weeks! He wants to become a professional dancer but also has interests in Radiology and Nuclear Engineering.
Tess Wright has been dancing with Arizona Youth Ballet for 5 years and has danced in the roles of Lead Marzipan, Dewdrop fairy, and Snow and Flower soloist in the Nutcracker, as well as Wicked Stepsister in Cinderella and a Friend in Coppélia. She will now be adding Sugar Plum Fairy to her repertoire as well. Tess has attended the summer program at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, a highly regarded program. Tess is a senior at American Leadership Academy, dancing on their Synergy Dance Company and is very active in supporting her school. Tess enjoys teaching opportunities in both ballet and other styles. When Tess is not dancing she loves to hangout with her friends and family and travel.