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Twin Cities Ballet

The COmpany

2022-2023 Company Members

Natalie Rossi

A Georgia native, Natalie has been dancing with TCB since 2014, after previously dancing as a guest artist. Natalie trained in the pre-professional program at International City School of Ballet, and was a trainee with the Richmond Ballet. She has won bronze and silver medals at the Youth America Grand Prix. Natalie has also danced with the Montgomery Ballet and Charleston Ballet Theatre. With TCB Natalie has danced many lead roles including Swanilda in Coppélia Nouveau, Cinderella in Cinderella 1944: A Love Story, Beauty in Beauty & The Beast, the Sugar Plum Fairy and Arabian Lead in A Minnesota Nutcracker, and Lucy in Narnia: The Ballet.

Marissa Debenedictis

Marissa has been dancing with TCB since 2015; a Chicago native, she has also danced with Chicago Repertory Ballet, Thodos Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Atlanta Ballet. With TCB Marissa has danced many lead roles including Snow Queen and Flower Queen in A Minnesota Nutcracker, the bravura Pas de Deux Flames of Paris, the Diva in the world premiere of Coppélia Nouveau, featured roles in the ballets RED and Classicana, the Spirit of the Rose in Beauty & The Beast, the Mother in The Wall: A Rock Ballet, and the White Witch in in TCB’s original Narnia: The Ballet.

Isaac José

This is Isaac’s first season with TCB. Born in Puerto Rico, Isaac trained at Dance and Arts Master, Escuela de Danza 21 and Centro Danza, an acclaimed dance school in Puerto Rico. In 2015 and 2016, he had the opportunity to represent Puerto Rico on a worldwide platform, performing at the International Cheer Union and the U.S. All Star Federation. Previously, he has danced professionally with Ballets de San Juan and Atlantic City Ballet. Isaac received his BA in dance from Sagrado Corazon University.

Michelle Ludwig

Michelle has danced with TCB since 2020, returning after previously dancing a season here in 2013–14. She has danced several featured roles with TCB, including Glinda in The Ruby Slippers: A Wizard of Oz Ballet, Arabian Lead and Snow Queen in A Minnesota Nutcracker, and the role of Beauty in TCB’s original Beauty & The Beast. Michelle has also danced locally with St. Paul Ballet and Ballet Co. Laboratory, and worked with a variety of contemporary choreographers including Joseph Morrissey and Diane Coburn Bruning. Michelle graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of St. Thomas with B.A.s in K-12 education and Spanish, as well as a dance minor from Macalester College.

Tyler Piwowarczyk

This is Tyler’s first season with TCB.  A California native, Tyler began formal ballet training at the age of 16, then trained at the University of Utah, Texas Ballet Theater’s Professional Division, and studied on scholarship in summer intensive programs with Ballet West, Texas Ballet Theater, and Oklahoma City Ballet. He has danced with Utah Ballet, Minnesota Ballet in Duluth, as a principal guest artist with Northern Plains Dance, and most recently danced with Contemporary West Dance Theatre in Las Vegas. Tyler has danced featured roles including Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, the Nutcracker Prince and Cavalier in The Nutcracker, and Dan Westfield’s pas de deux Unnamed (#12). Tyler has a BFA degree in Ballet from the University of Utah.

Garland Borowski

This is Garland’s first season with TCB, and he is excited for new opportunities in the Twin Cities. Originally from Alabama, Garland began his training at Mobile Ballet, and went on to study with the Studio Company of Ballet Chicago, A&A Ballet, and at summer intensive programs including Pacific Northwest Ballet, School of American Ballet, and Ballet Austin. Prior to joining TCB, Garland danced professionally as a soloist with Huntsville Ballet, where he performed in ballets including Romeo and Juliet, The Phantom of the BalletAmore, and The Letter. Garland graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA degree in theater technology and design from the University of Alabama.

Company Apprentices

Eden Heille

Peter Snyder

Nana Yajima

Gena Nelson

Company Trainees

Ellenora McKie

Merrith Skaar


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