Kelsey grew up in Athens, Ala. where she began her training under the direction of Beth Cannon and Julie George. She continued her studies at the University of Alabama and graduated in 2012 in Dance Performance and Choreography. During this time, she performed leading roles in The Nutcracker, La Bayadère, Les Sylphides, and Jose Limon’s There Is a Time. After graduation, Kelsey joined the Atlanta Ballet Fellowship Ensemble. She has performed with the Company in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush, and Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker. During her first season with the Ballet, she was featured in roles such as a Ponytail Girl in David Bintley’s Carmina Burana and the Rose soloist in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Requiem for a Rose. Kelsey would like to thank her family for their continuous love and support. She looks forward to learning and growing with Atlanta Ballet.
Brandon Funk, from Hiram, Ga., began his ballet training at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, under the direction of Maniya Barredo, at the age of 16. Brandon went on to attend the Boston Ballet Summer Dance Program with a full scholarship. Since then, he has trained at the Georgia Ballet and Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. Brandon has since danced professionally with Atlanta Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and The Georgia Ballet. He has performed in productions such as Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Dracula, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, and Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker. This is his first season as an apprentice with Atlanta Ballet.
Ransom Wilkes-Davis, from Colorado Springs, Colo., began his dance education in Savannah, Ga. In 2009, he continued his training with Columbia Classical Ballet in Columbia, S.C. under the direction of Radenko Pavlovich. He then went on to study for a year at The Harid Conservatory before joining Joffrey Ballet in Chicago as a trainee from 2012 to 2014. During his time as a trainee, he performed with the company in Chicago and on tour. In 2014, he was invited to take Company class with Atlanta Ballet and then offered an apprentice position with Atlanta Ballet for the 2014-15 Season. Ransom is thrilled to be joining Atlanta Ballet.
Olivia Yoch, from Richmond, Va., started dancing at the School of Richmond Ballet. She spent a year as a trainee with the Richmond Ballet and performed with the Butler Ballet at Butler University before becoming a member of Tulsa Ballet II and the Tulsa Ballet. Her repertory includes principal and soloist roles in Coppélia, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, George Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht, Nacho Duato’s Por Vos Muero, and Ma Cong’s Match Point. In 2012, she received Butler Ballet’s Performance Award. Olivia holds a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and a B.A. in English Literature from Butler University. She is thrilled to begin her first season with Atlanta Ballet.