Originally from from Havana, Cuba, Miguel Anaya trained at the Alfonso Perez Isaac School and the Cuban National Ballet School, where he graduated in 2012. He has trained with Ramona de Saa, Marta Iris, Nor Maria, Ana Julia Bermudez, Magaly Suarez, Alicia Alonso, Fernando Alonso and Alberto Mendez. He danced with the Washington Ballet Company during the 2014-15 season, performing various Septime Webre ballets including Sleepy Hollow and Alice in Wonderland. Mr. Anaya also danced the role of Siegfried in Kirk Peterson’s Swan Lake while with the Washington Ballet. Mr. Anaya was invited to the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2010 and the Youth America Grand Prix in 2011. In 2012, he won the Grand Prix National Competition in Cuba, and performed as a soloist dancer with Ballet Nacional de Cuba with Alicia Alonso. While dancing with the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, he performed as Basilio in Don Quixote. Miguel is currently a company member at BalletMet
Kara Braunreiter began dancing at the age of 4 and hasn't stopped dancing! She danced competitively with Eau Claire School of Dance in Eau Claire, WI and with her high school dance teams in both Schaumburg, Il and Eau Claire, WI. She began dancing at Artisan in 2013 when she moved to Columbus to pursue her PhD in Molecular Genetics. Since then, she has been a part of numerous Artisan Ballet Company productions including The Wizard of Oz and Mary Poppins, but her favorite role so far has been Cinderella in Cinderella! Kara began teaching with Artisan in 2015, and she enjoys sharing her love for dances with students of all ages. In her free time, you can find Kara reading books and playing with her dog, Cindy Lou.
EMILY (GOTSCHALL) WEBB
Emily (Gotschall) Webb received her training at the BalletMet Dance Academy and was a member of the Professional Training Program. Prior to joining BalletMet, Ms. Gotschall danced with Dayton Ballet and was also a guest performer with Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance in Asheville, North Carolina. She finds both classical and contemporary repertoire challenging and fulfilling. Among her favorite roles she lists Juliet in David Nixon’s Romeo and Juliet, Ophelia in Stephen Mills’ Hamlet, the final pas de deux in Edwaard Liang’s Wunderland and Julie Jordan in Christopher Wheeldon’s Carousel.
Jessica Kehn spent most of her formative years as a competitive dancer, competing both regionally in Central Ohio and nationally along the East coast. She later attended The Ohio State University where she studied English and Dance. In 2012, Jessica founded Artisan Dance Studio with the belief that dance is for everybody. In 2014 she was named the Clintonville Chamber of Commerce's "Business Person of the Year" award. In addition to the studio Jessica volunteers at the Ohio Reformatory for Women where she teaches a weekly tap class for incarcerated women.
Janelle Maur is a tap dancer and instructor originally from Northeast Ohio. She was trained at Christine Jones-Meneer School of Dance. In addition to her dance experience, Janelle has an extensive musical background, which translates into her educational approach to tap dance. She received her Bachelor's degree in Music Business from Otterbein University in 2012. As a performer, she is currently one-half of the Poppy and Piper Tap Duo with Artisan's owner, Jessica Kehn, and has previously danced with Columbus-based tap company, Movement Afoot. As a teacher, in addition to her classes at Artisan, Janelle was also a member of BalletMet Academy's faculty (Children's and Student Divisions). When she's not teaching or dancing, Janelle works in Communications at Bridgeway Academy, an education and therapy center for children with autism. Through the art of tap dance, it's Janelle's goal in her classes for students (of any age!) to share in the joy of music and movement, listen, gain confidence, and work together to achieve a common goal.
Alexandria Logsdon graduated from The University of Akron with a Bachelors of Arts in Dance with a business cognate along with a Psychology minor. From Marysville, Ohio, she began her dance training at Tony Calucci's Dance Extension. She then attended The University of Akron to further her education with the hopes of impacting the arts one day. She has choreographed for the Choreographer's Showcase, Spring into Dance, and has taught many masterclasses. Alexandria has traveled to the American College Dance Association and was also a part of The University of Akron's Dance Company. She performed in the new musical Front Page Flo, danced two seasons with Seven Dance Company, and is currently in her second season with Cultivate Dance Project. Alexandria is aspiring to follow her dreams and is excited be part of the Artisan Dance family!
Erica Pattie, originally from Lebanon, Ohio, has been dancing since she was 6. She is trained in ballet, tap, hip hop, lyrical, and jazz, and danced competitively for 7 years. Her studio training wrapped up with a summer intensive at the Cincinnati Ballet in 2009, just before joining the Eastern Kentucky University Dance Team. She moved to Columbus in 2014, and was thrilled to find that Artisan offered so many adult classes, and even performance opportunities! Prior to joining the Artisan staff in 2015, Erica had 5 years of teaching experience at studios in Ohio and Kentucky. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her husband, Wesley, their dogs, Bailey and Martin, and their bunnies, Chistery and Blue.
Samara Sauls graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Dance as Arts Integration and a minor in Psychology. She danced for 5 years with the California ballet company North Coast Dance, where she had the opportunity to perform a variety of roles, including her favorite, Snow Queen in The Nutcracker. She was thrilled to return to the stage with Artisan in both Mary Poppins and Cinderella. A dance teacher for 12 years, she also loves coffee, writing, and music; she lives in Worthington with her kids and dog.
Michael Sayre started dancing at age 3 at Southold Dance Theater in his hometown of South Bend, Indiana. He continued his ballet training at the Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago, where he worked with the professional company in several productions. During much of this time, he commuted with his mother between Chicago and his hometown where he continued his academic education, and he owes his mother a huge debt for driving him up to four hours a day. After graduating from the trainee program at Joffrey, he joined BalletMet in 2013.Over his seven years at BalletMet, he has performed soloist and principal roles in ballets by numerous choreographers. Some of his most memorable roles in story ballets include Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Gamache in Don Quixote, and the Nutcracker Prince in The Nutcracker. Michael has danced leading roles in numerous short ballets by Edwaard Liang, including Aravata, Age of Innocence, Art of War, and Wunderland. He performed James Kudelka’s The Man in Black, and the pas de deux in Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain. Michael had the privilege of performing the improvisation solo at the beginning of Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16. Michael has appeared as a guest artist at New Albany Ballet Company and has danced in the annual charity performance called The Benefit which supports the National Hemophilia Foundation. In 2018, he was privileged to help organize the production and served as a repetiteur for James Kudelka. Michael has been a ballet teacher in and around the Columbus area since 2015.
Kelly started dancing at the young age of 3 and was traveling across the country competitively dancing by the age of 9. Her senior year, her team held the title of National Champions for their Jazz routine at Dance Xplosion competition. In college, Kelly went on to teach dance for four years at Dance Evolution in Stow, Ohio. She taught all age ranges from minis to adults, as well as the competition team. Kelly majored in Fashion Merchandising at Kent State University and moved down to Columbus right after college. Now she is ecstatic to be able to show her passion and love for dance by teaching hip hop classes at the studio. Kelly also has pursued her other passion of fashion and works full time at Lane Bryant’s corporate office as the dress buyer! She resides in the historic neighborhood of German village and loves to cook, go to concerts, and cuddle with her cat Khloe in her spare time.
Carly Wheaton is from the Bay Area, California where she trained with Stapleton Ballet School, Marin Ballet and San Francisco Ballet School. Upon graduating, Carly spent a season dancing with Ballet Memphis as a trainee. She proceeded to join The Washington Balletʼs Studio Company and was promoted to the full company in 2014. Carly has had the pleasure of dancing with Ballet Met since 2015. She has enjoyed performing various roles such as Giselle in Edwaard Liangʼs production of Giselle, as Wendy in Michael Pinkʼs Peter Pan, as Cinderella in Edwaard Liangʼs Cinderella, and in Jiri Kylianʼs Petite Mort. Carly often spends her summers dancing for Juli, Adam Dance in Marin County, California. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, hiking, and teaching ballet!
Kristen Easley, originally from Sunbury, Ohio, has been dancing since she was 3. She is trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, and contemporary, and danced competitively for 9 years. While attending college she trained in ballet and contemporary and joined the Anderson University Dance Team. Prior to joining the Artisan staff in 2018, Kristen had assisted with many classes at the studio she trained at and performed with New Vision Dance Company for 1 year. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her family, her husband, Eric, and watching basketball whether it be professional, Eric's rec teams, or Thomas Worthington where Eric coaches.