Kelli Guenther was born in Fort Myers, Florida. She started dancing at the age of 2 and has been dancing for 16 years. She has done all types of dance including dance competitions, but ballet won her heart. She has been dancing at Gulfshore Ballet for 6 years. She has been in all of the performances and most of the outreach community programs Gulfshore Ballet has to offer. Kelli will be graduating from the class of 2014 at Fort Myers High School and will be attending the University of Central Florida in the summer. She plans to study nursing with the aspirations of becoming a neonatal nurse. She will continue dancing in college whether it’s attending a studio, minoring in dance, being on the dance team, or teaching dance. Kelli is appreciative of everything that Gulfshore Ballet has taught her and she will miss the school greatly.
Dominika Hulley-Buczny, also known as Mimi by many students, was born in Warsaw, Poland. Mimi began dancing at three years old and at the age of 4 she joined Gulfshore Ballet. Through the years Mimi has performed in almost every Nutcracker and Spring performance with Gulfshore Ballet, and has attended summer ballet programs such as The Rock School in Pennsylvania and SSDI in New York. She had also engaged in the opportunity to dance with Miami City Ballet, New York City Ballet, and Moscow Ballet. For Mimi’s very last Nutcracker in December of 2013, she danced the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. In addition to attending Fort Myers High School and being a part of the rigorous IB program for four consecutive years, Mimi also teaches ballet to students of all ages outside of the studio. She enjoys taking what she learns in the studio at Gulfshore and applying it to others. After graduating in the top 2% of her class, Mimi will attend Pennsylvania State University to study Forensic Science. She hopes to continue dancing in addition to her academic studies, and eventually pursue a minor in dance. She plans to be a part of the FBI headquarters in Quantico, Virginia and to become a Forensic Analyst.
Deidre Rogan (Warren, OH) began her dance training in Fort Myers, FL at Gulfshore Ballet under the direction of Melinda Roy and Roberto Munoz. She also trained in summer intensives at Miami City Ballet, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Ms. Rogan has worked with choreographers Milton Myers, Matthew Rushing, Hope Boykin, Ronald K. Brown, Sonia Dawkins, and Cheryl Copeland and performed in Alvin Ailey’s Memoria during Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 2012 New York City Center season. She is a three time recipient of a BIG ARTS awards scholarship and a National Young Arts award scholarship. In May 2015, Ms. Rogan graduated with honors from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance. Ms. Rogan is currently in her third season with Ailey II.
Julia, a resident of Fort Myers, has completed her final year of classical ballet training at Gulfshore Ballet in May of 2013. Julia began dancing at the young age of 3 and came to Gulfshore Ballet in 2001, at the age of 5. Julia recalls that her first performance was in The Nutcracker performing the Dance of the Angels. In 2012 Julia performed as The Sugar Plum Fairy, which is considered by many to be the most sought-after role in The Nutcracker Ballet.
Julia has always appreciated the discipline and athletic benefits of ballet, which she says has taught her perseverance. Julia defines the image of all the grace and beauty of a ballerina and lights up the stage with every performance. Her experiences include performing in numerous ballets, summer ballet intensives, and workshops.
When Julia is not performing she has been a competitive student at Fort Myers High School. She is enrolled in the IB Program ad is graduating in 2013 with an impressive GPA of 5.05. Julia has been accepted to the University of Florida and will study Political Science and Psychology.
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