Daisy Porter Daisy is a first year Philosophy and Linguistics student at Balliol College. She has danced in contemporary, jazz and musical theatre styles for many years, and recently took up ballet. Before coming to university, she performed and competed regularly at local venues in the South West, dancing in a number of productions including Into the Woods and Oliver and twice winning her school’s annual dance competition. The Fairy Queen is her first production in Oxford.
Alex Stoffel Alex is a second-year undergraduate studying History and Politics at the Queen’s College. Growing up in New York City, Alex started learning tap dance and ballet when he was six years old. At the age of eight, he joined the School of American Ballet and performed in multiple productions of TheNutcracker and Swan Lake with the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center. After moving to Zurich, Switzerland, Alex danced for the Opernhaus Zürich in La Sylphide and The Nutcracker. At the Opernhaus Zürich, he had his first solo performance at the age of 14. That same year, he was a finalist in an international ballet competition in Switzerland. Ever since, Alex has expanded his training by gaining experience in contemporary and jazz dance
Marta Arnaldi Marta is a second-year doctoral candidate at Magdalen College, researching the translation and anthologisation of Italian poetry in the United States. As a ballet dancer, she has had leading roles both in Italy and the UK, including Cinderella (Ariston Theatre, Sanremo) and The Nutcracker (Cavour Theatre, Imperia). She has also been the principal actress in the musical Assunta Pallotta (St Francis Cathedral, Ascoli Piceno). Her most recent performances, As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams (Burton Taylor Studio) and Moving Wor(l)ds (Barbican Theatre), blur the boundaries between literature and dance.
Emma Fagan Emma is a first year Nutrition student at Oxford Brookes University. She is from Dorset, where she participated and competed in gymnastics for eight years in a range of disciplines such as artistic, tumbling and acro, coming 5th in the Tumbling National Development Finals in 2010. In 2013, she took up ballet and went on to achieve Grade 6 with Merit. Emma now enjoys dancing in the Oxford Brookes Dance Society as well as being part of the Oxford University Gymnastics Club. She hopes to start competing in gymnastics again in the next academic year.
Camilla Dickson Camilla is a first year classicist at Worcester College. She grew up in Westchester, New York, where she first began her dance training in ballet and musical theatre at Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts Centre. After moving to West Berkshire, UK, she began training in contemporary dance. Camilla was a member of several dance companies, including Newbury Youth Contemporary Dance Company and West Berkshire Youth Dance Company, advancing to senior level. This is her first production in Oxford, and her first time learning and performing Baroque-style ballet.
Sophie Pace-Bonello Sophie is in her second year studying for a BA in History at Lincoln College and currently lives in Luxembourg. She participates in ballet, tap and modern dancing with her dance school at home and is involved in teaching ballet and tap to young children there. In the last few years she has participated in a variety of shows at balls and festivals in Luxembourg, though this is her first experience in a theatrical production in Oxford.
Lena Schneidewind Lena is a student at Oriel College. She has previously performed ballet for a show in 2013, and also competed in National Vaulting in Germany. This is her first show in Oxford.
Miranda Shaw Miranda is in her first year reading PPE at Christ Church. She has learnt ballet from a young age and has experience in various other dance styles, including tap and jazz. So far at Oxford she has performed in The Gondoliers (Corpus Christi Auditorium) and hopes to continue to be involved in the University’s many dramatic and musical performances