Tampa City Ballet dancers come from different backgrounds, bringing diversity and individuality to the company's repertoire. TCB brings dancers to the stage at different seasons to work on a variety of productions with innovative choreographers that collaborate with the company.
Our dancers for the Premiere Season
Marissa Andresky was born in Plantation, Florida and found a love for dance at a young age. She grew up training at DANL Dance Center in a variety of styles including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, hip hop and acrobatics. Marissa has attended the Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive in New York and the Sarasota Contemporary Dance Intensive.
Michelle Lauren Anduiza is a native of Miami, Fl. She started training ballet when she was three years old at Mencia-Pikieris School of Dance and Thomas Armour Youth Ballet. She continued her training in high school at the renowned New World School of the Arts, where she performed works by Gerard Ebitz, Lara Murphy, Tina Santos, and Peter London.
Nicole Assaad started dancing ballet at age 8 at the Patel Conservatory. After a year, she moved to All American Classical Ballet School in Tampa, Florida where she received training from Julio Montano and Gisell Durand. She won many awards and scholarships from many competitions such as the Youth America Grand Prix, American Dance Competition.
Gretel Batista was born in Cuba, where she began her training at the National Ballet of Cuba, until she moved to the United States with her family in 2005. She continued her training on full scholarships in St. Petersburg, at the Academy of Ballet Arts, and graduated from the Pinellas County Center for the Arts Magnet School as a dance major. She trained and performed with America’s Ballet School in the last year.
Sofia Downing was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and began dancing at the age of three. At the age of five, her family moved to New Orleans, Louisiana where she continued her ballet training at the Myra Mier School of Ballet.She then went on to dance at the Apetrei Dancenter in Mandeville, Louisiana, training in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and contemporary.
Anderson Da Silva
Anderson Da Silva is 19 years old and is currently a freshman at Indiana University pursuing a ballet degree with a BSOF in exercise science. He was born in Tampa, Florida and also received his ballet training in Tampa at America’s Ballet School under directors Paula Nuñez and Osmany Montano. He has performed leading roles in The Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Coppelia, and Diana & Acteon.
Summer Ewing was born in Orlando, Florida and began dancing at the age of three at East Coast Performing Arts, formerly known as The Dance PAD. Summer danced with them throughout high school where she was trained in all styles of dance including ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, tap and musical theatre.
Julia Faris was born in Pembroke Pines, Florida and began dancing at the age of two. She started dancing at MJM Dance Company and followed through with them until high school. She attended New World School of the Arts high school in Miami, Florida. Here she worked with Gerard Ebitz, Lara Murphy, Tina Santos, and Peter London. Guest artists included Sidra Bell and Francesca Harper.
Veronica Hernandez was born in Long Island, New York and moved to Florida before she turned one years old. She began her ballet training in Pinellas County when she was three years old. When she was twelve years old, American ballet grand dame, Gelsey Kirkland, invited Veronica to train full time in New York City at Ms. Kirkland’s pre-professional ballet program at the Gelsey Kirkland School for Classical Ballet.
Marcus McCray, a native of Tampa Bay, started his formal dance training at the end of his senior year in high school in PCCA at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, Fl. He then left Tampa Bay to attend the New World School of the Arts’ BFA program in Miami, Fl. One of his professors (Peter London) had a dance company in Miami that Marcus was a part of from his freshman year until his senior year at NWSA in Miami.
Lily McCrossin grew up in Sharpsburg, Maryland where she began her dance training at the Inwood Performing Arts. Growing up, Lily dedicated her summers to training on full scholarship with Ballet Austin, The Orlando Ballet School, and Joffrey Ballet School. She continued her dance studies at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, where she was awarded talent-based grants and a departmental scholarship.
Samuel Melecio-Zambrano was first exposed to dance in the womb, as his mother salsa-ed her way about the living room. Ever since then, dance has always found a way to pop up in his life, but it wasn’t until the latter years of high school that he truly committed to the art form at Northwest Florida State College.
John Paul Miecznikowski
John Paul was born in Tampa, Florida. He started his dance training with Hip Hop and other styles. At the age of six, John enrolled in America's Ballet School under full scholarship until his graduation in 2017. John Paul has danced several roles with ABS and TCBII, participating in many ensemble compositions and dancing numerous classical productions.
Patrizia Isabella Planzo started training at The Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, Florida where she studied classical ballet and modern techniques. She also trained with The Academy of Ballet Arts for the duration of her high school career.
Originally from Miami, Florida, Justice Rodriguez began his dance training at Miami-Dade Community College. While at MDC, Justice had the opportunity to work professionally with Momentum Dance Company under the direction of Delma Iles. After graduating with an Associate of Arts in dance, Justice moved to Tampa, where he earned a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography with the University of South Florida.
Shauna Sloms started dancing at the age of 3 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania under Marilyn Budzynski working closely with Pennsylvania Ballet alumni such as Christine Jones, Heidi Cruz-Austin, Barbara Sandonato, Carla Krochak, James Ihde, Lauren Fadeley, Francis Veyette, and Tara Keating in both ballet and contemporary. In 2014, Shauna attended The School of Pennsylvania Ballet under the instruction of Aranxa Ochoa.
Born in Venezuela, Claudia began her ballet studies at the age of 5 at a local school and had additional training at the Central School of Ballet, London. Later on, she continued at Fundación Ballet de las Américas (America's Ballet School in Caracas) and Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet in North Miami, where she graduated in 2015.
Brent started dancing at the age of 2, taking tap lessons from Judi Jurhs. He first began learning the art of ballet under his mother, Debbie Townend, and Liz Bevilacqua at Dussich Dance Studio in 2004, while also expanding his studies with modern, lyrical, pas de deux, hip hop, musical theatre, jazz, acrobatics, and ballroom.