Ballet Yuma Company Dancers:
Photos by Shawna Perkins

Senior Company:

Harley Coleman

Harley Coleman is the fifteen-year-old daughter of Chris and Jen Coleman.  She attends Gila Ridge High School as a sophomore and has eleven years of dance experience.  This is Harley’s fourth year as a Ballet Yuma company member.  Outside of ballet, Harley has received top recognition for her 4-H sewing projects and is a level-three rider in horsemanship.  Academically, she has earned the Principal’s Award, honor roll, and student-of-the-month annually.  Harley’s interests include sewing, ballet, baking, and horsemanship.  After high school, Harley would like to continue dancing and plans on becoming a forensic medical examiner.      

Rebecca Hughes

Rebecca Hughes is a seventeen-year-old senior at Primavera Online High School. She has been dancing for twelve years and this is her third year as a Ballet Yuma company member. Rebecca previously trained with Lisa Snape Avery and Dame Amy Watson at Avery Ballet for thirteen years. She has volunteered to perform and instruct for the Head Start program in Virginia and is an advocate for rescuing animals. In 2019, Rebecca was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to the State Street Ballet Summer Intensive.  Outside of dance, she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, hiking in the outdoors and experimenting with different art forms. Rebecca hopes to dance professionally and is interested in a career as a forensic scientist.

Madeline Kern

Madeline Kern, the fourteen-year-old daughter of David and Dora Kern, is an freshman at Gila Ridge School. Maddie is an honor roll student and has received a student of the month award every year. She started dancing at age of five and has studied different styles of dance such as: jazz, tap and ballet.  This is her fourth year dancing with Ballet Yuma and her fifth-year training with Yuma Ballet Academy. She has performed in Ballet Yuma’s The Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf, Hansel and Gretel, Ballet de Seuss and The Young Person’s Guide to The Orchestra. She attended 2017 RDA Festival in Phoenix. Madeline’s interests include photography, baking, shopping and hanging out with friends. Maddie’s dream is to dance professionally for the New York City Ballet, and her goal is to be a part of the University of Arizona’s dance program.  She would also like to become an astronomer or marine biologist.

Flair Koch

Flair Abby Koch is the thirteen year old daughter of Roz and Travis Koch.  Flair is a straight-A gifted student in the 8th grade with the Crane iLearning Academy.  She has chosen to do school from home for middle school so that she can move at her own pace and also focus more time and energy into her dancing.  Flair has been dancing since she was 3 years old with Yuma Ballet Academy.  This is her third year in the company and she is looking forward to more growth and performances.  Flair has enjoyed going to The Ballet Alliance festival the past two years and looks forward to attending this year and awaits the day she will finally grace the stage there.  She has had a multitude of roles in many Ballet Yuma productions, from Baby mouse and Clara in The Nutcracker to the Bluebird in Snow White.  Flair wants to go to college and major in both dance and medicine.  She aspires to be a Dermatologist but hopes to never give up ballet.

Leo Navarro

Leo Navarro, the eighteen-year-old son of Daniel Navarro and Yuridia Lopez. He began dancing at the age of fifteen and has studied different styles of dance including: ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary.  This will be Leo’s second year as a Ballet Yuma company member and his third year as a Yuma Ballet Academy student.  He has performed in Ballet Yuma’s The Nutcracker and Snow White, and he has attended the the Ballet Alliance Festival 2019 in Spokane, WA.  Leo’s interests include photography, dance, and art.  Professionally, Leo plans on pursuing performing dance and to someday teach as a dance instructor.

Alizé Parsons

Alizé Parsons is the seventeen-year-old daughter of Lariza and Bryan Parsons, and she is a senior at Gila Ridge High School.  Since she was five, Alizé has studied tumbling and gymnastics along with different styles of dance including: tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, and ballet.  Alizé has trained with Yuma Ballet Academy for ten years, danced for Ballet Yuma for five years, and participated in four Regional Dance America/Ballet Alliance festivals.  She enjoys drawing, painting, and playing the clarinet.  Alizé would like to become a dance teacher and a film editor.

Sofia Sanchez

Sofia Sanchez is the fifteen-year-old daughter of Greg and Kelly Sanchez. Sofia is an freshman at Gila Ridge High School. This is her third year as a Ballet Yuma company member having studied ballet for eleven years at Yuma Ballet Academy. As a recipient of the Alexandria Urias/Ballet Yuma Merit Scholarship for the 2018-19 season, Sofia has performed in The Nutcracker, Snow White and Hansel and Gretel. She is an honor student and has received a Student of the Month award every school year. Some of her interests outside of dance include reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family. Sofia would like to pursue a professional dance career, as well as, become a ballet teacher and choreographer.

Hanna Twomey

Bio coming soon…

Mia Williams

Mia Williams, the fifteen-year-old daughter of Chris and Lori Williams, is a sophmore at Gila Ridge High School in her fifth year as a company member for Ballet Yuma. Her interests include studying ballet, as well as, anatomy and physiology.  Mia’s career goals are to dance for a professional ballet company and to become a physical therapist.

Company Apprentices:

Elle Anderson

Elle Anderson, the thirteen-year-old daughter of Robert and Amy Barnum, is a eighth-grade student of Freedom Baptist Academy.  With six years of dance experience at Yuma Ballet Academy, this is Elle’s second year as a Ballet Yuma company member.  She enjoys reading and traveling with her family and participating in church events.  Elle would like to major in dance at the University of Southern California and dance for a professional company.

Emily Banuelos

Bio coming soon…

Ava Bowers

Ava Bowers is the thirteen-year-old daughter of Jordan and Samantha Bowers.  She is a eighth-grade student at Centennial Middle School.  With nine years of dance experience, Ava is a second-year company member.  Her main passion is dance, and she enjoys learning new styles.  She also enjoys reading and learning about different fields of science.  Ava’s goal is to dance abroad professionally and to become a doctor.

Siena DiBianca

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Samantha Kinnell

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Lauren Schug

Lauren Schug is the thirteen-year-old daughter of Mike and Nicole Schug and a eighth-grade student at Castle Dome Middle School.  With nine years of dance experience, this is Lauren’s second year as a Ballet Yuma company member.  Academically, Lauren has earned honor roll and reading awards from her school.  She loves reading, volleyball, painting, and ballet.  In the future, Lauren would like to dance in college and become either a hematologist or an oncologist.