Miguel Anaya

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

Kara began dancing at the age of 4 with ballet and tap. She has danced at the Schaumburg School of Dance in Illinois and the Eau Claire School of Dance in Wisconsin where she did competitive dance in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. She competed with her high school dance team which placed several times at state and national competitions. She began teaching classes in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop during college. She joined Artisan Dance Studio’s adult classes three years ago where she enjoys taking ballet, jazz, contemporary, and tap. She also performs with the Artisan Ballet Company. Kara is currently working on her Ph.D. in Genetics at OSU where she enjoys working in a research lab and as a teaching associate in undergraduate classes


Lucy Chandler

Originally from Syracuse, NY, Lucy began her dance training at the age of 3. Lucy was a member of the Professional Training Program at BalletMet and the New Albany Ballet Company before attending college at Syracuse University and law school at Capital University Law School. She currently resides in Bexley, OH, with her husband, Matt. Lucy’s favorite roles include Ballerina Doll in Babes in Toyland, Coppelia in Coppelia, and Kitri in Artisan Ballet Company's Don Quixote.


Brenna Collins

Bio coming soon... 


Emily Gotschall

Emily Gotschall 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 began dancing at the age of 3, following in the footsteps of her two older sisters. She spent most of her formative years as a competitive dancer, competing both regionally and nationally along the East coast. She later attended The Ohio State University and studied both Dance and English. She has had the pleasure of taking classes at Cincinnati Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Harbour Dance Centre, and Christina's Adult Ballet in Detroit, MI.  In addition to the studio, Jessica is the artistic director of Artisan Ballet Company and Director of Artisan’s Junior & Senior Competition Team.  She is also an auxiliary board member for Ballet in the City, and was the 2014 recipient of The Clintonville Chamber of Commerce’s “Business Person of the Year” award.


Courtney Kelley

Courtney Kelley grew up in Westerville, Ohio and has been dancing for the past thirty years. She trained in ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical growing up and was a part of her studios successful competition team. She has danced professionally for Six Flags theme parks, in New York City and was a founding member of the Columbus branch of New Vision Dance Company. In NYC she studied with such masters as Frank Hatchett, Jackie Patterson, and Ann Reinking. She is an active member of Dance Master of America, Ohio Dance Masters Chapter 16 certified in Cecchetti ballet and jazz. Courtney has a B.A. in Italian from The Ohio State University and just recently choreographed a show with university Jazz Ensemble. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her partner, Sean, and cuddling on the couch with their kitties. Courtney is beyond thrilled to join the amazing faculty at Artisan Dance Studio!


Leigh Lijoi

Leigh is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she received her early training from Claudia Rudolf Barrett and numerous professional artists including Anna Reznik and Alexei Kremnev.  In 2005, Leigh joined Cincinnati Ballet as a full time company member while continuing her education at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. In addition, she has been a professional artist with the Cincinnati Opera, Ballet Memphis, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and since 2012, the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company under the direction of Igal Perry where she had the opportunity to perform on a number of national and international stages. While continuing to dance professionally in New York City, Leigh graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership and a minor in Business Administration. Leigh is currently on faculty at BalletMet and also acting as the Education Assistant for the BalletMet Education Department.


Kelly Nagle

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.


Erica Pattie

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

A California native, Samara saw Sleeping Beauty at 3 and fell in love with ballet. While in college she trained in multiple styles, obtained a BA in Dance and minor in Psychology, & performed with North Coast Dance’s ballet company for 5 years. In 2008 she moved to Columbus, continuing her dancing and teaching, too. She is elated to join Artisan Dance Studio to teach and perform as well! She lives in Worthington with her husband, two kids, and dog


Jennifer Sparks

Jen Sparks began dancing in preschooltrying everything from acro to tap to jazzand was even on a kick-line team. She continued dancing until she went to college at The Ohio State University and during that time coached dance, cheerleading and gymnastics. Now, she works for the American Heart Association on their Go Red For Women team.  She enjoys running, reading, napping and hanging out with her family.  She lives in Clintonville with her husband Travis, daughters Cameron and Gracen and their little dog Teddy!


Shellee Younkin

Shellee began dancing at the age of three and enjoyed taking all styles of dance including, tap, jazz, musical theatre and ballet.  In high school, Shellee studied at a variety of dance studios in Boise, ID and was a member in competition teams from Pat Harris School of Dance and Studio C Dance Studio.  Shellee also has a deep love for musical theatre and enjoys singing and acting as well. She studied theatre, music and dance at Boise State University and then moved to Seattle where she deepened her studied of Jazz, Lyrical and musical theatre dance at Westlake Dance Studio. She is currently working on finishing her Bachelors degree at The Ohio State University majoring in Theatre with minors in dance and music.  She has a love for using dance, yoga, theatre and the body as a healing source.  She has studied Bartenieff, Laban movement analysis, and yoga therapy, which she incorporates into her teaching. She taught yoga for 8 year and is working to finish her advance 500 hour RYT training.  She is excited to share her love of dance and teaching at Artisan.