Meet our new dancers!

As BFan’s new 15-16 Season: SPELLBOUND nears, we are beyond excited to welcome 5 (!) new faces to our company!  Donna and Hannah auditioned nearly one hundred dancers from across the world for their fit with our unique personality and inimitable brand of contemporary ballet theater, and now we get to share a little about who these awesome dancers are with our BFans.  Get ready for a completely Fantastique season—these dancers are gonna knock your socks off.

MEET: Summer Reed

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Summer is from New Salem, Pennsylvania. She began her ballet training locally, expanding to include studying privately with Mansur Kamaletdinov, former principal dancer and acting director of the Bolshoi Ballet and summer training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. In 2011, Summer joined Kentucky Ballet Theater(KBT) as a Trainee and advanced to Apprentice in 2013. While with KBT, she had the privilege of dancing many soloist roles, including those in Nisi Dominus andBoleros; Demon Queen in Dracula; Mercedes in Carmen; Canary Fairy in Sleeping Beauty; and Arabian, Nutcracker Doll, and Spanish in The Nutcracker. This past season, Summer danced with the Grand Rapids Ballet company under the direction of Patricia Barker. She was honored to have the opportunity perform several soloist roles, including Arabian in The Nutcracker, after being chosen to work closely with renowned choreographers, including Val Caniparoli, Sagi Gross, and Gina Patterson. Summer is very excited to be joining Ballet Fantastique and is looking forward to a great season!

BFAN: Hometown?

Summer: New Salem, Pennsylvania.

BFAN: Three favorite things?

Summer: My dog, baking, and good movies.

BFAN: Describe your worst/best dance day (real or imagined)?

My worst dance day would be when everyone has a bad attitude around you or when someone doesn’t like you, that’s the worst.  My best day would be when I learn a lot or rehearse well.

BFAN: What inspires you to perform?

Summer: Rehearsing. I would much rather be in the studio rehearsing and learning than performing in front of so many people!

BFAN: How would your friends describe you in three words?

Summer: Crazy, easy going, and hard headed.

BFAN: If your life were a song, what would the title be?

Summer: “A Beautiful Disaster”

BFAN: Who’s your superhero?

Summer: My parents.

BFAN: What’s your kryptonite?

Summer: My two best friends-Emily and Kelsey.

BFAN: Where do you imagine yourself in ten years?

Summer: Don’t know. Just going with it.

BFAN: If you weren’t a dancer what would you be?

Summer:  A horse trainer.  It’s what my family does.

BFAN: What is your life motto or mantra?

Summer: Just keep swimming.

BFAN: What are you most looking forward to with working with BFan?

Summer: The creativity and growing as an artist and not just as a technical dancer.

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About Ballet Fantastique

Experience Ballet Fantastique's unmatched creativity and dramatic prowess. Comprised of 7 stunning dancers directed by mother-daughter team Donna and Hannah Bontrager, Ballet Fantastique presents productions full of sizzle and spice. Hailed as "la creme de la creme" (Eugene Weekly), Ballet Fantastique's all-original choreography infuses ballet with diverse new style, brave musical choices (from tango to Metallica), and passionate expression.

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