The Nutcracker - Sugar Plum Fairy & Cavalier - 2019

Meet the Sugar Plum Fairy & Cavalier From the 2019 Iowa State Center’s The Nutcracker!

Sugar Plum Fairy – M. Ainsley Montemayor

Ansley started her training at the age of 3 at Seattle Civic Dance Theatre. She continued her training at Evergreen City Ballet under the direction of Kevin Kaiser. After graduating high school, Ainsley went to dance with Pacific Northwest Ballet in the Professional Dance Division where she was cast in many shows including Kent Stowell’s Swan Lake and George Balanchine’s Nutcracker. In 2018, she joined Nevada Ballet Theatre. Ainsley is now currently working as a freelance and guest artist. She has attended many summer intensives including Boston Ballet School, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet.

Cavalier – Ross Freeman

Mr. Freeman started dancing recreationally at the age of eight and began his serious dance training at the Evergreen City Ballet. In 2013, Mr. Freeman was invited to attend Walnut Hill School for the Arts as a dance major in their year-round boarding school academic program on academic and artistic scholarship. There he performed many principal and  supporting roles in ballets and contemporary pieces. In 2016, Mr. Freeman was invited to attend the University of Arizona School of Dance in the pursuit of a Bachelor in Fine Arts in dance on full academic scholarship. At the University of Arizona, Mr. Freeman has the opportunity to perform works by Darrell Grand Moultrie, Autumn Eckman, Elizabeth George, James Clouser, Melissa Lowe, Tamara Dyke, and Sam Watson, as well as learning roles by choreographers such as George Balanchine and Christopher Wheedon. Mr. Freeman has also performed principal roles professionally as a guest artist, such as The Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cavalier in The Nutcrcker, and as Franz in Coppelia. During his time off from year-roung training, Mr. Freeman has attended dance intensives such as the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Summer Course on full scholarship, Paul Taylor Summer and Winter Intensives, the Batsheva Summer Course, Gaga Intensives in New York, and Tel Aviv, and the Limon Summer Workshop in Fullerton, Ca, among others. Aside from performing, Mr. Freeman also has an interest in choreography, as his works have been shown in Arizona, Washington, and Massachusetts, and he has assisted choreographers in setting, rehearsing and cleaning their pieces.