Summer Intensive Faculty & Staff

The Milwaukee Ballet Summer Intensive program is proud to feature an outstanding international faculty including Artistic Director Michael Pink, MBII Artistic Director Mireille Favarel, Company Rehearsal Directors Luz San Miguel and Denis Malinkine, Milwaukee Ballet Company dancers, MBSA Faculty, Roxy Fair and Yaya Kambaye, and several other special guest artists.

Artistic Staff

Mireille Favarel

Sponsored by Catherine L. Davies

Mireille Favarel was born in Toulon, France. After studying with Rosella Hightower at the Centre de Danse International in Cannes, Lydia Menchova from the Bolshoi, Robert Bestonso from the Royal Ballet and Raymond Franchetti from the Paris Opera, Favarel began her professional career at 17 with Ballet du Rhin in Strasbourg (now the Ballet of the Opéra national du Rhin). She subsequently joined Royal Ballet of Flanders in Belgium as a soloist, where she performed her first principal role as Swanhilda in August Bournonville’s Coppélia at 19. Favarel later joined Ballet der Deutsch Oper am Rhein in Du?sseldorf, Germany as a soloist, under the direction of Paolo Bortoluzzi as well as Ballet du Nord in Roubaix, France, under the direction of Alphonso Cata as a principal dancer.

In addition to appearing with the Ballet du Nord during many of its international tours, Favarel represented France in the first New York International Ballet Competition. She was invited to perform in the gala performance for the next competition, and later returned as a coach and teacher for the NYIBC.

Favarel joined Milwaukee Ballet as a principal dancer in 1989, where she performed all of the major roles in the company repertoire. The most memorable are her interpretations of Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, Coppélia, and Giselle. In 1990, dance critic Tom Strini named her “Dancer of the Year” for her work in Swan Lake, Serenade, and Coppélia . During her time with Milwaukee Ballet, many choreographers created works for her, including Kathryn Posin’s Tehillim and Bach’s Lunch, as well as Simon Dow’s Spartacus. In May 2000, Favarel gave her farewell performance and became Ballet Mistress for the Company.

Mireille Favarel is currently Artistic Director of Milwaukee Ballet II (MBII). She also teaches and coaches Milwaukee Ballet Company and MBII. Favarel is a frequent guest teacher at major ballet schools and companies in Bulgaria, California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas, and in her native country of France. In March of 2012, Favarel staged Kathryn Posin’s Scheherazade for the National Ballet of Bulgaria, in Sofia. She staged Scheherazade again for Milwaukee Ballet in 2016. She continues to perform character roles for Milwaukee Ballet, most recently as James’ mother in La Sylphide and the Queen in Swan Lake.


Denis Malinkine

Sponsored by Anonymous

A native Russian, Denis Malinkine graduated from the esteemed Bolshoi Ballet Academy. He soon joined the Moscow Classical Ballet in 1985 and participated in many of the Company’s tours, including: the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan, among others. In 1990 he joined the National Ballet of Portugal.

In 1993, Malinkine was invited by Christopher Gable to join England’s Northern Ballet Theatre. As a principal, he created the title role in the landmark production of Dracula by Michael Pink and Christopher Gable, and the roles of Captain Phoebus in Pink’s Hunchback of Notre Dame and Albrecht in Northern Ballet Theatre’s Giselle. He expanded this experience in the genre of Dance Drama in productions of Romeo & Juliet, Christmas Carol, Cinderella, Swan Lake, The Brontes, and Carmen.

Malinkine has worked with Atlanta Ballet since 1999, where he created the role of Romeo in Michael Pink’s Romeo & Juliet. During his career, he has appeared in classical ballet performances, and in productions by George Balanchine, Kenneth MacMillan, Lila York, and many others.

Malinkine has acted as guest artist and assistant to Mr. Pink in performing and remounting these works for Atlanta Ballet, Boston Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Ballet Internationale and the Norwegian National Ballet. He also assisted John McFall in his work for Peter Pan with Ballet Internationale.

Luz San Miguel

Sponsored by Jane Bell

Born in Madrid, Spain, Luz San Miguel received her training at Carmina Ocana Ballet School and on a scholarship at the Municipal Institute of Ballet in Antwerp, Belgium. Prior to joining Milwaukee Ballet, she danced with BalletMet Columbus, Charleston Ballet Theater, Tulsa Ballet, and in Germany’s Dresdner Ballet and Leipziger Ballet. She also performed as a guest artist in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, and several cities in the United States. San Miguel has performed leading roles in ballets by John Cranko, George Balanchine, John Neumeier, Nacho Duato, Anthony Tudor, Stanton Welch, Uwe Scholz, Glen Tetley, Paul Taylor, Lila York, and Jerome Robbins, among others. During her time with Milwaukee Ballet, San Miguel has performed roles such as Lucy in Dracula, Clara and Marie in The Nutcracker, Odile and Odette in Swan Lake, Kitri and Matador Lady in Don Quixote, Tinker Bell in Peter Pan, Swanhilda in Coppélia, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, Mimi in La Bohème, Snow White in Mirror Mirror, and the title roles in Cinderella, Esmeralda, and Giselle.

Michael Pink

Michael Pink is the longest serving artistic director in Milwaukee Ballet history. Since joining the Company in December of 2002, he has established himself as a prominent member of the Milwaukee arts community, demonstrating his commitment to the future of dance through new work, education and collaboration.

His artistic vision for Milwaukee Ballet continues to be exciting and challenging. His long-awaited production of Peter Pan signified a major landmark in the Company’s history and was broadcast nationally by PBS in Spring of 2014. His production of Romeo & Juliet has also been broadcast by MPBS. In 2008, the Wisconsin Dance Council presented Pink with the Choreography/Performance Award. In 2014, the Milwaukee Press Club honored him with the Headliner Award for service to the arts. He received the Civic Music Association’s award for Distinguished Citizen – Professional in the Arts in 2015. He recently accepted the Educational Excellence Award from the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts which recognizes organizational achievement of a nonprofit that exemplifies collaboration in the arts.

Pink is an international choreographer whose theatrical productions of DraculaEsmeraldaSwan LakeGiselleThe Sleeping BeautyCinderellaRomeo & JulietLa BohèmeDon QuixoteMirror MirrorDorian Gray and Beauty and the Beast have been hailed as ‘Classical Ballet for the 21st Century’. His first professional work, 1914, was nominated for a West End Theatre Award, London.

His early choreographic work won him first place in the Frederick Ashton and the Royal Society of Arts Choreographic Competitions. He worked as a répétiteur for Rudolf Nureyev at the Paris Opera and La Scala Milan. He trained as a classical dancer at The Royal Ballet School and danced with English National Ballet 1975 to 1985.

Pink was the founding director of Ballet Central in London; he also served as associate artistic director of Northern Ballet.

He continues to build strong working relationships with other Milwaukee Arts groups, where his credits include A Christmas CarolAssassinsCabaret and Next to Normal for Milwaukee Repertory Theater, as well as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Matilda for First Stage.

Company Dancers

Parker Brasser-Vos

Sponsored by Candy and Bruce Pindyck

New York City native Parker Brasser-Vos trained at American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, where he was coached by Edward Ellison, Lupe Serrano, Susan Jaffe and Ethan Stiefel. As a student there, he created the lead roles in Jessica Lange’s Inspired By and Kirk Peterson’s Renaissance Suite, as well as Leslie Browne’s Breakthrough and Doubleplay.

As a member of the Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II Program, he danced principal repertoire, including the title role in Othello and George Balanchine’s Who Cares?. He also appeared in Thom Dancy’s To Venture from the Norm, which won the silver medal at the 15th McCallum Theater Choreographic Festival.

As an Artist in Milwaukee Ballet’s Company, Brasser-Vos has had the honor of dancing in numerous Michael Pink productions and world premieres, notably as Franz in Coppélia, Prince Gustav in Mirror Mirror, Shaunard in La Bohème, Quincy in Dracula, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, as well as both Fritz and Karl in The Nutcracker.

He has also been featured in works by esteemed guest choreographers including Trey McIntyre’s A Day in the Life and Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena. Additionally he danced the roles of the White Rabbit in Septime Webre’s ALICE (in wonderland), the Genie of Kathryn Posin’s Scheherazade, Gurn in La Sylphide as staged by Dinna Bjørn and King Oberon in Bruce Wells’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Randy Crespo

Sponsored by Katie Hell

Randy Crespo began dancing at age nine at the Cuban National Ballet School, where he won 2nd place at the International Competition of Ballet in 2009. Crespo joined The National Ballet of Cuba under the direction of Alicia Alonso in 2009. During his five seasons with the company, he performed in Swan LakeGiselleDon QuixoteCinderellaThe Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.

In 2013, Crespo joined Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami where he performed leading roles in Le CorsaireFirebird and Spector of the Rose. He later joined Ballet Arizona under the direction of Ib Anderson, where he performed many classical ballets, contemporary pieces, George Balanchine repertoire, as well as original works by Ib Andersen and Nayon lovino. His most memorable roles are Golden Idol in La Bayadére, Arabian pas de deux in The Nutcracker and the pas de trois in Swan Lake, as well as Balanchine’s Four Temperaments and Western Symphony.

Since joining Milwaukee Ballet, Crespo has danced as Sinbad in Scheherazade, Karl/The Prince in The Nutcracker, James in La Sylphide, Harker in Dracula and King Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Resident Faculty

Alyce Andrews

Towne Centre Branch Manager, Head of Training for Children’s Division

Alyce Andrews danced with the Nashville Ballet for three seasons before joining the Milwaukee Ballet from 1991-2002. She was trained by her mother, Pat Gillispie, with Classical Ballet Memphis. She studied at the ballet schools of Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet and received scholarships for the San Francisco Ballet School as well as the National Academy of the Arts. In the summer of 1995, she completed the advanced examination for the Royal Academy of Dance and was one of two dancers in the United States to be awarded the coveted Solo Seal of the Academy.

Andrews joined dancers from all over the world to dance at the Feast of Tabernacles in Israel with the International Christian Embassy. Most recently, Alyce was the founder and director of the Steps of Grace Ballet from 2003-2018.


Bri Lucey

Bri Lucey began her early training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary for 11 years. During her training at CPYB she performed in over 12 Balanchine Ballets including SerenadeRaymonda Variations, Stars and Stripes, Divertimento 15, Who Cares, and La Source, as well as classical ballets like Paquita, and La Bayadere.

After attending summer training in 2007 at the School of American Ballet, she was offered a scholarship to Boston Ballet as a trainee where she performed in Swan Lake and The Nutcracker with the company.

In 2008, she joined Orlando Ballet’s second company under Bruce Marks and Peter Stark. During her time with OBII she placed in top 12 for classical at YAGP, and 2nd in contemporary in Florida Regionals.

In 2009, Lucey was asked to join Orlando Ballet’s professional company by current director Robert Hill. During her six seasons with Orlando Ballet she performed many leading roles such as Odette from Swan Lake, Sugar Plum, Dew Drop, and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Ursula in The Little Mermaid, Witch from Snow White, Diane and Acteon variation, and Zulma from Giselle. She has also appeared in Touching Drops by Peter Chu, Again for the First Time by Abdur Rahim Jackson, and was featured in many new works from director Robert Hill.

In 2015, she joined Ballet Arizona under Ib Anderson. She performed in Balanchine’s Rubies, Walpurgisnacht, Symphony in 3, and original work by Ib Anderson.

From 2018-2020 she joined Madison Ballet as a guest artist. She performed Sugar Plum, Dew Drop, Snow Queen and Russian in The NutcrackerGiselle act II pas de deux, the principle in Balanchine’s Valse Fantasie, she also performed in original works by W. Earle Smith, Restless Hours by Malichi Squires, and Spring by Sara Schumann.

She has also been a guest artist with Milwaukee Ballet for their 2018 production of Swan Lake, Hammond Ballet, Lake Arts Project, and Envision Ballet Theatre. Other career highlights include performing alongside Mariah Carey in Disney’s Christmas Parade and choreographing with Cirque Du Soleil for A Choreographer’s Workshop.

This is Bri’s 6th season teaching with Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy and the Pre-Professional Program.


Full-Time Faculty

Tatiana Jouravel-Malinkine

Head of Training for Academy and Pre-Professional Divisions

A native of Ukraine, Tatiana Jouravel-Malinkine is a graduate of the National Ballet School of Ukraine and is Russian/Vaganova trained.

After working as a professional dancer with Hartford Ballet 1992-1994 and Boston Ballet 1994-2001, Tatiana joined Milwaukee Ballet as a principal dancer in 2003 and danced for 8 seasons.

Tatiana’s repertoire includes Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Marie and Sugar Plum in The Nutcracker, Kitri in Don Quixote, Odette in Swan Lake, Lucy in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Titania in Bruce Wells’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Kingdom of Shades in La Bayadere, Carmen in Carmen, Divertissement in Raymonda, Cinderella in Michael Pink’s Cinderella, and Tiger Lily in Michaels Pink’s Peter Pan. She has danced in Twyla Tharp’s Waterbaby Bagatelles, George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Rubies, Serenade, and Symphony in C, Allegro Briliante, the lead in Agon, Paul Taylor’s Company B and Lila York’s Celts and Coronach. She has also danced in works by  Kenneth MacMillan, Antony Tudor, Mark Godden, Trey McIntyre, Christopher Wheeldon, Adam Hougland, Petr Zahradnicek,  Michael Corder, and Kirk Peterson.

Tatiana was awarded the Grand Prix Prize at the Competition of the Soviet Union Ballet Schools in Minsk, Belarussia in 1992. In 1996, she won a silver medal at the New York International Ballet Competition.

Tatiana has taught ballet classes at Boston Ballet School, Chautauqua Ballet (New York), Atlanta Ballet School, and many other schools and, since 2003, at Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy part-time and, after her retirement in 2010, full-time. Tatiana also taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and for Milwaukee Ballet II for five years.

Tatiana is a Pilates Certified Instructor since 2003.


Rachel Malehorn

Aisling Nussear

Aisling Nussear is native of Florida and started her ballet training at Mount Dora School of Ballet. In 2009, she began training at the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington D.C. under the direction of Marat Daukayev and Martin Freedmann. From there she moved on to train at Ellison Ballet in New York City under the direction of Edward Ellison and Erin Forrest. She preformed in various roles such as Swan Lake, la Bayadere, Coppelia, Don Quixote, and Le Conservatoire. Upon graduation, she pursed her degree in Business Administration through Ave Maria University and obtained her teachers certification through The Bolshoi Ballet Academy. She began teaching at Milwaukee Ballet in 2020.


Full-Time Faculty

Catey Ott-Thompson

Catey Ott Thompson, director of Catey Ott Dance Collective (CODC) since 2005, has a BFA and MFA in dance from UWM under the direction of Ed Burgess, Marcia Parsons, Janet Lilly, and Simone Ferro. Catey now resides in Milwaukee after dancing in NYC for 14 years for Soundance, Heidi Latsky, Allyson Green, Sean Curran, Bill Young, Li Chiao-Ping, Eun Jung Choi, Aviva Geismar, Chris Ferris, Shannon Hummel, Carrie Ahern, and many others. She toured to Slovakia and Budapest with Allyson Green and to France with Carrie Ahern. Catey studied ballet with Christine Wright for 12 years at Gibney Dance Center in NYC. In Milwaukee, she danced for Danceworks Performance Company, Wild Space, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, and others. Her company, CODC, has performed at a variety of prestigious venues in NYC and also throughout Wisconsin. She has been a personal trainer (AFAA), yogi, and Pilates (Kane School of Core Integration) instructor since 2000, and worked for Park Slope Yoga Center/Devi, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and Brouk Moves in NYC for many years. Since 2012, Catey has been teaching contemporary modern, adult ballet, dance history, composition and choreography, improvisation, and repertory at Marquette University, Milwaukee Ballet, and Danceworks, while also directing MKE Dance Theatre Network.


Part-Time Faculty

Jayne Pink

Director of Pilates

Born in London and trained with Madame Sulamif Messerer, and Francesca Highfield. She became a Cecchetti Scholar and was awarded the Cyril Beaumont scholarship to the Royal Ballet School. On graduation, she joined the UK’s Northern Ballet and went on to establish herself as one of the finest dramatic dancers of her generation. It was through the mentorship of Christopher Gable and Michael Pink that she created the leading roles In Dracula, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Swan Lake, Giselle. Since that time Jayne has coached dancers both here and internationally. She is a fully certified Pilates teacher, specializing in the training of dancers, utilizing ‘CaST’ her Connection and Strength technique. Jayne has also choreographed for First Stage Children’s Theatre.


Joshua Yang

Joshua Yang is one of the many bright, young minds in the professional dance world today. Partaking in multiple choreography opportunities, Joshua seeks to expand his reach. As a teacher, Joshua works hard to spark confidence, passion, and ambition for his students by creating opportunities in which their light may be liberated. His classes have a reputation for combinations that are intricate, challenging, and physically demanding. Joshua has become a leader in the community of young dancers and recently established an open dance company called “Origins”. He has also been invited to choreograph multiple shows across the Midwest, establishing the first hip-hop program at the Milwaukee Ballet Academy, and became a reoccurring faculty member for the Milwaukee Ballet Summer Intensives. Along with dancing, Joshua enjoys being behind the camera. He has found a passion for directing and videography, both of which are assets to his brand. Joshua’s artistic mind and unique ambition are what sets him apart from the rest.


Part-Time Faculty

Guest Faculty

Guest Faculty for the 2024 Summer Intensive Program will be announced in Spring.


Alan Borkenhagen

Alan Borkenhagen was born in Milwaukee. He has studied and plays Piano (both popular and classical), Cello, Clarinet, Oboe, Flute, Recorder and Guitar. In high school he toured Europe with The Greater Milwaukee Touring Youth Symphony. In England, he received honors in a Piano competition. One of the judges was the Queen’s Pianist. The orchestra placed 1st in a separate competition. He studied music, art, theatre and dance at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 1983. While there he studied Piano under Dr. Jeffrey Hollander. After graduating he played for dance classes both at the Milwaukee Ballet and UWM. Soon he began playing for the choir of St. Lukes Parish in Brookfield. He did this for 20 years. At the same time, he also played and continues to play for a small Christian Science church in Bay View. For the last three years Berea Lutheran church has hired him to accompany their choir. From 2002 through 2009 he was employed by two schools in the Wauwatosa school system and accompanied choirs there, grades 6 through 12. He played for their performances, competitions, and extracurricular performances. The hardest part of playing for dance classes is sometimes wanting to do the movements with them.


Part-Time Accompanist

Dan Boudewyns

Daniel Boudewyns, pianist, holds a bachelor’s degree from the Arizona State University School of Music. He has served as company pianist for Ballet Arizona, Colorado Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and the River North Dance Company. From 1989 through 1997, Boudewyns was on the music staff of the Dance Aspen Summer Festival. In 1998 he joined the staff of Burklyn Ballet Theatre in Johnson, Vermont, and was personally invited by former New York City Ballet star, Jillana, to be part of the inaugural season of the Jillana school in Taos, New Mexico, where he worked for four subsequent seasons. He currently guests each June with the Alwin School of The Dance in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Boudewyns is founder and sole proprietor of “Sky’s the Limit Recordings for Dance” through which he markets his compact discs of beautiful music for ballet class. In 2005, he made his debut as a composer with a score for a children’s ballet, The Princess and The Pea, which was performed by Ballet Pensacola. This was followed in May of 2007 by his second collaborative effort with Bobby Ball and Ballet Pensacola, The Reluctant Pirate. As a music educator, Boudewyns has taught on the faculties of the Barat College Conservatory of Dance, and the University of Wisconsin Dance Department. Boudewyns joined the music staff of the Milwaukee Ballet in 2001 where he has served as pianist for the company and school, and has worked to develop a uniquely creative music curriculum for the students of Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy.


Part-Time Accompanist

Jane Ciske

Joe Hauer

Jessi Kolberg

Jessi Kolberg is a well-known musician in the Milwaukee metropolitan area. She graduated with honors from Wisconsin Lutheran College with a music degree in Piano Performance, Vocal Performance, and Church Music. She teaches piano, voice, and violin at Wisconsin Lutheran High School and Sound Check Studios and voice at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School.  She has been an accompanist for the Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy since 2003, the staff accompanist at Alverno College since 2011, the accompanist for the Ozaukee Chorus since 2019 and the Wisconsin Gospellers since 2022, and serves as the full-time organist at Loving Shepherd Lutheran in Brown Deer.  A highly in-demand collaborator, Jessi frequently plays for choir concerts, studio recitals, and competitions, and performs with Symphony 847, the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, and the Kettle Moraine Symphony Orchestra. As a professional soprano, Jessi has sung with the Bel Canto Chorus and Choral Artists, the Milwaukee Chamber Choir, and Canticum Novum, and is a soloist for the National Anthem at local sporting events. Jessi can also be seen playing violin with the acoustic rock duo, The Nightinjails.


Part-Time Accompanist

Cindy Millard

Peggy Lozier

Peggy Lozier has worked as a professional pianist and music director in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas since she graduated with masters’ degrees in piano and choral conducting from UW-Milwaukee. She has directed many musical productions, is a church musician, has taught music and dance privately and in the public system, and has served as an accompanist for many dance companies. She first played for Milwaukee Ballet Co. and School in the 1990’s. Since she is also a ballet dancer, she has enjoyed performing on both sides of the piano and is happy to, at this time, be able to spend more time back at  Milwaukee Ballet.


Part-Time Accompanist

Vera Pawlak

Vera began her piano studies at the age of 9. Her teachers have included Samuel Randlett, Robert Silverman,Rebecca Pennys and Jeffry Peterson. She has a BA in Spanish language and literature from UWM and an MM from Manhattan School of Music (MSM) in piano performance. At MSM, where she was a scholarship student, she studied with Solomon Mikowsky, and later, Phillip Kawin.

Vera is an Ida Schroeder Scholarship recipient and an O’Connor Foundation Recital winner. She previously played with Music for Youth. She lived in Spain for several years where she was a church music director and performed chamber music with members of the Orquesta Nacional. She was a pianist for various churches in NYC , played chamber music in Kyiv, Ukraine and various musicals in different cities. She previously taught piano at Mt Mary College and has performed recitals with singers from the Florentine Opera as a vocal coach.

Vera was a bilingual teacher (now retired) in Milwaukee Public Schools. During that time, she played for and conducted large student choirs. She is also a cellist.

In 2019, Vera returned to play for Milwaukee Ballet, in all, having played there for 17 years. She has also played for the Dance Dept of UWM and for Danceworks.

During her free time, Vera enjoys travelling, reading, gardening and spending time with friends and family and their beloved Samoyed, Fuzzy.

As a breast cancer survivor, Vera encourages others to approach their illness without fear and by being well-informed.


Part-Time Accompanist

Benjamin Simoens

Kathryn Stocks

Housing Staff

Housing staff for the 2024 Summer Intensive will be announced in Spring.

If you are interested in being a resident assistant during the Summer Intensive Program, application packets are now available here.  Resident Assistants cannot be enrolled in the program but may have access to take classes as health and safety policies and their schedule allows.