Artistic Director

Michele Antonioli is a Professor in the University of Montana School of Theater and Dance, teaching ballet, pointe, kinesiology and pedagogy. She studied professionally with the Harkness Ballet School and the School of American Ballet before dancing with the Houston Ballet and the Frankfurt Opera Ballet. She has a B.A. in Geology as well as a M.F.A. in Ballet. She serves as the Artistic Director of Ballet Arts Academy in Missoula, MT.

 

Assistant Director

Marie Barnett was trained in the Royal Academy of Dance method, completing Elementary through Advanced levels as well as earning the Royal Academy of Dance teaching certificate. Marie performed classical and contemporary roles while dancing with San Luis Obispo Civic Ballet and Golden State Ballet, both in California. As a choreographer, her works include everything from classical ballet to Broadway musicals. Ms. Barnett served as Owner/Artistic Director of The Ballet Conservatory in Aliso Viejo, CA, for 8 years. Since moving to Missoula in 2005, Marie has enjoyed teaching teaching ballet and pointe at Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre, University of Montana, Ballet Arts Academy and Show Tyme Academy. In addition to dance, Marie also teaches Pilates and yoga at Peak Health Club and The Women’s Club.

 

Choreographers

Heather Adams

Pam Copley

Jes Mullette

Colleen Rosbarsky

 

Jes Mullette was born and bred in the mountains of western Montana. She holds an MFA in Experimental Choreography from The University of California, Riverside and a BA in Dance/Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Montana. A classical ballerina for the first 12 years of her career, her current work is an amalgamation of her early training and the practices of contemporary dance and improvisation, contact improvisation, and somatics, and is inspired by a constant negotiation with her relationship to grace. During her time in Missoula, Jes has been a member of Headwaters Dance Company, has performed and choreographed for Bare Bait Dance Company, and co-founded the Wrecking Crew Dance Company with her dance partner Anya Cloud. She has also taught dance at the University of Montana, Ballet Arts Academy, and Big Sky High School through the MoDE Project. Mullette is thrilled to participate in the magical tradition of The Nutcracker and would like to thank Garden City Ballet for the opportunity.

 

Colleen Rosbarsky is on the faculty at Ballet Arts Academy where she teaches ballet, pointe, jazz, musical theatre and choreographs for the BAA Studio Company. In 2012, she served as Artistic Director for Garden City Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Ms. Rosbarsky has a BFA in Ballet from the University of Utah. She has trained in jazz at Lou Conte Dance Studio in Chicago and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Earlier in her career she performed with Utah Ballet, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago and Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre. In recent years she performed lead roles in Winter Wonderettes at Missoula Community Theatre (MCT) as well as Chicago, Pippin and A Chorus Line at the University of Montana Department of Theatre and Dance. She spent two years as a member of Zootown Cabaret, a musical theatre singing group at UM. In recent years, Ms. Rosbarsky choreographed A Christmas Carol, the Musical and Sister Act for MCT, and title of show at the Downtown Dance Collective.

 

Artistic Team

Aaron Torgerson, Technical Director / Lighting Designer

Virginia Rutherford, Stage Manager

Rachel Danielson, Assistant Stage Manager

Amy Brown, Costume Designer

Norma Jerome, Costume Mistress

Neil Chaput de Saintonge, Photographer

William Munoz, DVD Producer

 

Rachel Danielson grew up dancing in Spokane, Washington, and has been GCB's Assistant Stage Manager since 2015. Rachel danced competitively at the Dance Center of Spokane from the ages of 4 to 18. She was trained under Royal Academy of Dance ballet program, reaching and passing the advanced 2 level. Rachel was a part of a non-profit ballet company, Spokane Ballet Ensemble, for 8 years in Spokane as well. After moving to Missoula, she danced at the University of Montana during her college years. She is currently teaching at On Center Performing Arts as well as coaching the Sentinel Dance Team.  

 

My name is Norma Jerome and I began working as Costume Mistress in 2018. I was born in Cuba, raised my family in California, however Missoula has been my home for the past 25 years. I am a widow and a two-time cancer survivor. My mother taught me how to sew 50 years ago to help clothe our family of eleven. My love for sewing continually grew over the years. It became a lifelong hobby and was my therapy through my cancer journey. Anyone who has been through cancer understands how it changes your perspective on life and makes you appreciate your friends and loved ones all the more. After the passing of my beloved husband, Jim, I sewed to pass time and ease the pain of my broken heart. Then one day Caroline reached out to me…she asked me to sew for the production of The Nutcracker. I am very grateful that she has given me this opportunity to be the seamstress for the Garden City Ballet and for the chance to be involved with the wonderful people in our community. Caroline’s simple phone call is helping me create my new life… thank you for being a part of my new beginning.