A recent graduate of Mercyhurst University, with a B.A. in dance and a minor in psychology, Rachael began her professional career by guesting with the Albany Berkshire Ballet during their Nutcracker tour. This is currentlyGnatowski's first season with BalletFleming in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A native of Mount Airy, Maryland, Rachael began her dance training under the direction of Joyce Morrison at the Frederick School of Classical Ballet. Gnatowski was also named a Maryland All-State Dancer while performing as a member of the Urbana High School Dance Company under the direction of Stephanie Weigelt. She furthered her dance training attending summer intensives at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, North Carolina School for the Arts, the Kansas City Ballet School, and the Complexions Contemporary Ballet. As a member of the Mercyhurst Dancers, Rachael was fortunate to perform Gerald Arpino’s Viva Vivaldi, set by Cameron Basden, and 6-1 by Martin Lofsnes. Rachael was also given the chance to perform with the Lake Erie Ballet, the Mercyhurst Ballet Theatre, and the Bayhawks Dance Team, allowing her to work with artists such as Thom Clower, Alethea Bodine, and Holly Anderson.
Tatiana grew up dancing ballet in Vermont. She earned her BA through Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Marymount Manhattan College (2013), where she performed classical as well as original choreography. She has also trained at NYU Tisch and the Boston Conservatory. Tatiana has performed contemporary works, most notably, by Paul Taylor (NYC) and Mark Morris and Wayne McGregor (Paris, France). Tatiana regularly dances for Sunhwa Chung/Ko-Ryo Dance Theater in New York City, most recently at the DUMBO Dance Festival (Brooklyn, NYC). She has performed The Nutcracker by Giada Ferrone (Ailey Theater, NYC) and with Albany-Berkshire Ballet (Flynn Theater, VT).
Melissa Lineburg, originally from Charles Town, West Virginia, began training at a local dance studio and continued at the Frederick School of Classical Ballet (FSCB) through high school. With the FSCB, she performed roles in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. In college she danced with Radford University’s School of Dance, and she performed in Fall Dance Fest, Evening of Ballet, The Nutcracker, and Dancing on the Edge. Melissa graduated from RU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance: Ballet, and a Business Administration Minor. In August 2011, Melissa joined with Misako Ballet Company (MBC) in Columbia, Maryland, as a company member, and some of her featured roles have included: Spanish and Arabian Variations from The Nutcracker, Marie Taglioni in Pas de Quatre, Odette from The Swan Lake, the pas de trois of Le Corsaire, a pas de deux from Don Quixote, and more. In addition to dancing with Misako, Melissa works with MOVEIUS Contemporary Ballet (MCB) in Montgomery County, Maryland, as company dancer and marketing manager. Highlighted performances include: MCB’s DC Capital Fringe premiere A Flight of Fancy; Obsidian at DC’s Intersections Festival; MCB’s 2nd Capital Fringe appearance of Big River: and other Wayfaring Ballets; MCB’s 3rd Capital Fringe appearance with #albatross; and MCB’s 2013-14 & 2014-15 Seasons. In 2013 Melissa began performing for Ballet Prestige (BP) and has danced the roles of Finger Fairy (Act I) and Aurora (Act III) from The Sleeping Beauty in BP’s first appearance in the Rochester Fringe. She is very excited to continue working and dancing with BP. Currently, she is the Executive Administrator at Dance/USA in Washington, D.C. and serves on the Board of Director for Dance Metro DC.
Katharine Nace was trained at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, after which she joined Richmond Ballet as a trainee and corps performer. While in Richmond, she attended and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Dance and Choreography. She has danced with Charlottesville Ballet, Rapture Dance Company, and Theatre West Virginia. Most recently Katharine performed as a company member for First State Ballet Theatre. Some highlighted roles she embraced are the Dying Swan variation, the Fairy God Mother in Pinocchio, Sleepy Beauty's Diamond Variation, Pas De Trois Le Corsaire, and Nutcracker's Russian Pas de Deux. Katharine's dream role is to portray the contrasting quirks of the character of Alice, from Alice in Wonderland. When she is not dancing, she teaches dance in all genres and levels including university caliber. Her choreography has been presented at school productions, competitions, and college concert venues.