Adriana Wagenveld

Apprentice since 2017
Trainee 2015-16

Adriana is from Puerto Rico and began dancing in Crete, Illinois at the age of three. Since then, she has trained at Dance in the Light in Bourbonnais, Illinois. She has attended both Oklahoma City Ballet and Grand Rapids Ballet’s Summer Intensive on scholarship. Adriana has competed regionally at Youth America Grand Prix and placed in the Top 12 in classical and contemporary.


Whom do you most admire and why?

Someone who has been inspirational to me is Liz Murphy. She is a principal at Pacific Northwest Ballet and has come back to Grand Rapids the past couple of summers to teach. As soon as you see her dance, you know she is incredible. Her personality though, is the most beautiful thing about her. That level of humility and thoughtfulness can be hard to find in someone so talented and valuable in the dance world.

What excites you creatively?

It has become so important for me to understand the intention behind what I’m doing and creating with my body. I’ve been blessed to work with choreographers who are so precisely spoken and clear about the thought process behind their movement. It helps connect the dancer to the audience in such a subtle, but influential and moving way.

What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt?  

For as long as I can remember, anything connected with psychology and how the mind works has intrigued me. I would love to go to school to become a therapist of some sort or work with those who have mental disabilities and disorders.

What is the best piece of dance advice you’ve ever received?

It’s going to be ugly before it gets pretty, so you might as well do it to the fullest.

What are your favorite roles? 

  • • Linnet, The Happy Prince & Other Wilde Tales, Penny Saunders (2018)
  • Gleam, choreography by Robyn Mineko Williams (2017)
  • Amazed in Burning Dreams, choreography by Kirk Peterson (2016)
  • Dangerous Liaisons, choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (2016)