Principals

Left to right: Isaiah Moon, Rhiannon Kilgore, Tess Wright, Megan Ayers, Taya Browning, Lauren Kuss

Megan Ayers

Megan Ayers

Principal

Megan has been dancing for 16 years. This is her third season with Arizona Youth Ballet, where she has danced the roles of Marzipan, Snow Soloist, and Flower Soloist in the Nutcracker, Fairy of the Golden Vine in Sleeping Beauty, and Winter Fairy in Cinderella. This year she is excited to dance as Arabian in the Nutcracker. Megan is currently pursuing a degree in Communication at Arizona State University and loves to bake in her free time.

Taya Browning

Taya Browning

Principal

Taya’s bio coming

Rhiannon Kilgore

Rhiannon Kilgore

Principal

Rhiannon has been dancing for 13 years and has been a member of Arizona Youth Ballet since its beginning.  She has had numerous roles in Nutcracker, including Marzipan, Chinese, Spanish Soloist, Grandma, Snow and Flowers.  Rhiannon was thrilled to dance the role of Cinderella in AzYB’s production of Cinderella.  This year she is honored to be dancing the role of Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, her dream role.  In her spare time, Rhiannon is a Junior at Highland High School and has played violin in their orchestra, as well as supporting her school.  Rhiannon also loves to spend time with her friends and family, read and cook.

Lauren Kuss

Lauren Kuss

Principal

Lauren has been dancing for 12 years, including 3 years with Arizona Youth Ballet.  She has danced the roles of Dew Drop Fairy, Spanish, Arabian, Snow Soloist and Flower Soloist in The Nutcracker.  She has also danced as Crystal Fountain Fairy and Jewel in Sleeping Beauty, Spring Fairy in Cinderella, and Willi in Giselle.  Lauren has also done Ballroom and Flamenco dancing and enjoyed those styles.  Lauren is a Junior at Red Mountain High School and is a straight A student in all AP classes.  In her spare time, Lauren loves to craft and cook.

Isaiah Moon

Isaiah Moon

Principal

Isaiah started his ballet career 4 years ago when he volunteered to be a party boy in the Nutcracker. Christina put him in her class and his love for dance took off. Isaiah has danced in Nutcracker as a party boy, Russian, Fritz, Chinese and the Prince. He has also danced in Cinderella as the Dance Master, Lead Jester and Prince’s assistant and in Sleeping Beauty as a Suitor and the Wolf. Isaiah received a full scholarship to the Joffrey summer program in Denver this last year and enjoyed dancing with other students and teachers from around the country. He loves science and is also in his school choir. He aspires to be a professional dancer and have a career in the sciences, with his current choice being Radiology.

Tess Wright

Tess Wright

Principal

Tess has been dancing for 4 years with Arizona Youth Ballet and has danced in the roles of Marzipan Soloist, Snow Soloist, Flower Soloist, and Candy Cane in previous Nutcrackers. She has also been a Wicked Stepsister in Cinderella and a Court Lady in Sleeping Beauty. Tess has attended the summer program at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, a highly regarded program. Tess is a Junior at American Leadership Academy, dancing in their dance company and is very active in supporting her school. Tess loves dances, as it is a way of bringing out her true self. Tess plans on pursuing a career in professional dance.