Asela Eatenson started her professional training as a ballet dancer at age eight. She received her training from Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Houston Ballet, Kirov Academy of Ballet, and the International City School of Ballet. She is a sophomore who plans to major in sociology and has performed in CUBE's Nutcracker, Coppélia, and Swan Lake. She wants to use her dancing to help promote change in the community.
Kayla Glaser was classically trained at Missouri Contemporary Ballet and attended summer programs with American Ballet Theatre in New York, Gelsey Kirkland Academy, and Maple Conservatory. She now majors in biochemistry and minors in dance at Barnard College. She performed with CUBE during her first semester in Fall 2016, then joined board as Publicity Director and later became a Repetiteur. She is honored and excited to continue upholding CUBE’s inclusive, high-quality productions and friendly community as Artistic Director!
Abby Melbourne is a first-year student at Barnard studying Political Science and Philosophy. She trained for 13 years at her local Iowa studios and attended summer intensives at the Rock School for Dance Education, Joffrey Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. In addition to her balletic pursuits, she is an editor for the Columbia University Journal of Politics and Society and is involved in several other political groups on campus. She is excited to be serving as CUBE’s Assistant Executive Director for the 2019 seasons.
Grace Miner began dancing at the age of five at Providence Ballet School and continued her training there while performing with Providence Ballet Theatre. She also attended summer intensives in New York at Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. She began dancing with CUBE her freshman year and has been a part of the community ever since. Grace is currently a sophomore in Columbia College studying Human Rights and History.
Audrey Pettit is a sophomore from Missoula, Montana who began dancing ballet at the age of three, and has since expanded her repertoire to jazz and contemporary dance. She has participated in the Rock, Ballet West, UNCSA, and the Washington Ballet summer programs. Audrey’s recently committed to financial insecurity with the English major, but hey, at least she’s happy. Audrey feels fortunate to continue dancing in college, and she’s even more grateful that she gets do it with such wonderful people.
Madeline Mariani is a first year from Chicago planning on majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior. She received most of her formal ballet training at Ruth Page School of Dance, but she has also participated in Thodos Dance Chicago’s Pre-Professional Company and Hubbard Street’s Youth Program. She is super excited to be a repetiteur for CUBE after dancing in Swan Lake!
Originally from Barrington Hills, Illinois, she is now a freshman studying applied math and physics. During her younger years, she trained under Karen Janet, Roberta Pfeil-Begley, and Pamela Tanis at Barrington Dance Academy while being a part of their youth company. Georgina then pursued more serious training under Guillermo Leyva and Vilma Machin at Alma Dance School until her graduation. She is primarily trained in the Cuban Method of ballet but her early foundation is in RAD technique. Last semester she performed with CUBE in Swan Lake as a Spanish Princess and is excited to be on the board this semester.
Emma Tabenken began her dance studies in Falmouth, Maine at Maine State Ballet when she was a toddler. Emma trained under Artistic Director Linda Miele, former New York City Ballet dancer and current Balanchine repertoire, and later became a member of the Company. She danced in numerous full-length ballets such as George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote, to name a few. In addition to ballet, she studied tap, jazz and modern dance. Emma is currently a sophomore at Barnard and continues to study dance; she is considering a major in Political Science and a minor in Dance. Emma performed with CUBE for the first time in the Fall 2018 production of Swan Lake. She is excited to be on the CUBE board as the costume designer to help bring the productions to life
A second-semester first-year at Barnard College, Michaela began dancing at age two, studying ballet and contemporary at a preprofessional level. She has been accepted to numerous prestigious dance intensives, including the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and Joffrey Ballet School. Competing in ballet and contemporary competitions including Youth America Grand Prix, Radix, and 24seven, Michaela has choreographed her own contemporary solos and performed classical variations from Don Quixote, Giselle, La Bayadere, Le Corsaire, and Diane of Actaeon. At the Inferno Dance competition, she won second place in the Blaze age category. Michaela was also chosen to participate in the teacher training program at Marat Daukayev School of Ballet in Los Angeles, as well as the highly selective Conservatory program. Michaela was proud to have a featured solo in the Nutcracker gala performance with San Francisco prima ballerina Maria Kochetkova. She has choreographed several ensemble pieces for the College-Bound Literature and Theater Lab at the Whitefire Theatre in Los Angeles. In her first semester at Barnard, Michaela was honored to be cast in New York Live Arts’ Barnard Columbia Dances, performing original choreography by Amy Hall Garner. She also was so delighted to dance Little Swans in CUBE’s production of Swan Lake last semester and is so excited for this semester’s production of Don Quixote!
Pazit (Pazi) is a junior at Barnard studying Computer Science and taking Ballet classes when she can. She started dancing ballet at age 12 after doing gymnastics and acrobatics and began pointe a year and a half after that. Pazit danced with Erin Gottwald at egdance, at Aika Ballet School, and the French Academie of Ballet in New York City. When she's not dancing, at the Spectator office, or doing homework, she is probably baking vegan muffins while listening to a true crime podcast. She joined CUBE in her first semester of sophomore year after transferring to Barnard from Vassar College and is excited to join the CUBE Board this semester as the Web Manager!
Christine Blackshaw is a junior in SEAS studying civil engineering. She grew up in Baltimore, MD, and trained at the Peabody Preparatory and at summer intensive programs, including ABT NY, Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet. She has performed in several dance groups while at Columbia University, working with renowned company members and choreographers. Christine joined CUBE in her sophomore year and is excited to be a part of 'building' this semester's production as a rep.
Lorelei Robinson spent much of her pre-Columbia time training at the Cincinnati Ballet Academy. She participated in many of Cincinnati Ballet's productions in the children's cast and later as a trainee. Her final year of high school she danced full time as a member of Cincinnati Ballet's Professional Training Division, while completing high school online in the early mornings and evenings. She is very excited to be focusing on academics as a sophomore in Columbia College following the pre-medical track, and is grateful to be a member of CUBE to keep ballet a part of her life!
Emma is a junior at Barnard College, majoring in psychology and minoring in economics. This is her second semester as a CUBE repetiteur, after serving as a repetiteur for CUBE in the spring of 2019. Emma started ballet at age four at Logrea Dance Academy in Westchester, New York and has been dancing ever since. At age 10, Emma moved to Beijing, China where she danced at the Beijing Dance Academy and J-Ballet, and eventually attended On Pointe Dance Studio where she partook in Royal Academy of Dance and The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing examinations. In the past, Emma choreographed for her high school’s dance team and did volunteer work teaching ballet to young local Chinese students. She is very excited to bring those skills to CUBE’s production of Le Corsaire this semester!
Tian Griffin began dancing at age three in Los Angeles, California. She continued her pre-professional training at Pasadena Dance Theatre and attended numerous summer intensives, such as American Ballet Theatre. In addition, Tian has danced professionally with Pasadena Dance Theatre, California Contemporary Ballet, at the Pasadena Dance Festival, and has choreographed numerous pieces including “River” which won a choreographic award. She is currently a junior at Barnard College where she is a premed student with a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Dance. Tian is thrilled to be a member of the CUBE board again this semester!