Ashley Rollinson, Director
Ms. Rollinson, from Syracuse, NY, was trained at Syracuse School of Dance & Center of Ballet and Dance Arts (Deborah Boughton). Upon high school graduation she entered Ballet Magnificat’s Trainee program. After one year she was promoted to Company Member with Ballet Magnificat!, located in Jackson, MS, and danced professionally with them for six years. As a company member she performed throughout the USA, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN) in Nashville, TN as well as internationally in Europe, Singapore, and Costa Rica. In 2005, she began Light of the World Ballet Company & School, Syracuse, NY which she presently directs. Ms. Rollinson continues performing internationally (China, India, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Kazakhstan, Peru, Burma, Israel) as well as conducting workshops & master classes (River City Dance-Idaho, Turning Pointe Dance Theater- Michigan, Georgia Youth Ballet- Atlanta, Gansu Dance Ensemble-Lanzhou, China, Terry Fyke School of Dance & Dance for Joy-Rochester, NY) and directing LWB Company, Trainee program, and School. Ms. Rollinson has choreographed several ballets and has written three story ballets, The Crown, Ana’s Battle, and Follow the North Star.
Breanne Worcester was born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania and began dancing when she was 10 years old. She received most of her training at Lancaster School of Ballet in Lancaster, PA. She also was a company member of the Ballet Theater of Lancaster for 5 years. At this time, she performed alongside the Donetsk Ballet from the Ukraine, and also performed in the Fulton Opera House. Ms. Worcester moved to NY in August of 2007 to be a trainee with Light of the World Ballet. In the Fall of 2009 she was promoted to Company Member. With LWB, she has performed and ministered in various places in the USA as well as in India, China, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Peru, Burma, and Israel. Ms. Worcester has been on the LWB teaching staff since 2008 and has also guest taught for River City Dance in Lewiston, Idaho.
Alyssa Ishizu was born in Sasebo, Japan and began her dance training under the instruction of Hisako Suzuki and Michiko Nomura. She continued her training in Hawaii at Ballet Hawaii under Pamela Taylor-Tongg. In 2007, Ms. Ishizu was accepted into the Ballet Magnificat! Trainee Program and graduated in May of 2009. In the summer of 2009 she taught, danced and ministered in South Africa. In the fall of 2009, Ms. Ishizu moved to Syracuse, NY to dance with Light of the World Ballet as a pre-apprentice. She was promoted to company member in 2010. With LWB, she has performed and ministered in various places in the USA as well as in the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Peru, Israel and Burma. Ms. Ishizu has also guest taught for River City Dance in Idaho. Ms. Ishizu has been on the teaching staff with LWB since 2010. She has also guest taught for River City Dance in Lewiston, Idaho.
Cayla Noreau, from Upton, MA, received most of her dance training at the Dancing Arts Center and Academy, where she had the opportunity to learn from teachers like Karyn Edison, Dancing Arts Center Director, Wayne Stewarte of the Royal Ballet, and Perla Joy Furr, Director of the Boston Choreographer’s Group, along with many others. During that time, Ms. Noreau performed and toured with the Dancing Arts Ensemble, which gave her opportunities such as her own choreography being invited to be performed on tour and performing at the Boston Dance Alliance Annual Benefit. After graduating from Dancing Arts Center in 2009, she taught at Dancing Arts Center the following year, and danced and performed with Dance Prism. In 2010, Ms. Noreau moved to Syracuse to be a trainee with Light of the World Ballet, and was promoted to Apprentice in 2012, then to company member in 2013. With LWB, Ms. Noreau has had the opportunity to dance and minister in various locations throughout the USA, as well as Peru, Burma, and Israel. She has also guest taught for River City Dance in Lewiston, Idaho and choreographs for LWB and the Youth Ballet.
Kristie Klein, from Foley, Alabama, began her dance training at the age of six. She received her training from various schools and skilled teachers. As a teenager she spent three years studying and performing with Ballet Pensacola’s Student Company. She then spent two years studying and performing with Northwest Florida Ballet’s Student Company. She received special training under Dorothy Lister (Dorothy’s Dance Plus Studio) who performed with the Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo Company and Michael Wardlaw (Labelle Performing Arts) who performed with Cincinnati Ballet Company. In 2012, Kristie moved to Syracuse, NY to be a trainee with Light of the World Ballet. She’s had the opportunity to dance in various places in the USA as well as overseas in Israel and India. In 2014, she graduated from the trainee program and was promoted to an Apprentice position with the Company. Ms. Kristie is on the teaching staff at Light of the World Ballet School.
Rachel Drew was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas and began her dance training at the age of 7. She trained at Western Arkansas Ballet under the instruction of Melissa Schoenfeld. There she had the opportunity to travel and perform with the school’s pre-professional company as well as attend and perform at Regional Dance America Festivals across the U.S. and Canada. She spent summers training and performing under instructors and choreographers Sarkis Kaltakchian, Gerard Ebitz, John Magnus, Rene Oliver, and Marianna Tcherkassky, among others, at workshops including Magnus Midwest, North Carolina Dance Theatre, and University of Oklahoma’s SummerWind Youth Ballet. Miss Drew moved to Syracuse, NY in the fall of 2012 to be a Trainee with Light of the World Ballet. She was promoted to Apprentice in 2014. With LWB, she has performed and ministered regionally as well as in Israel and India.Miss Drew is on the teaching staff at Light of the World Ballet School.