Micaelina Ritschl

Company Member since 2014

Micaelina Ritschl began her training in her hometown of Overland Park, Kansas, under the instruction of Juan Pablo Trujillo and Stefani Schrimpf. She then continued her studies at the Harid Conservatory on full scholarship. The following year, Micaelina trained and performed with both the Kansas City Ballet school and company.

She also trained on scholarship at various summer programs including Ballet Austin, The Harid Conservatory, and The Kansas City Ballet. She went on to attend Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, graduating with a BFA with honors in Dance Performance and a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has also worked and performed with ensemble company Quixotic/Fusion in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Whom do you most admire and why?

My parents because they have provided me with so many opportunities throughout my life. They’re also retired now and living their best lives traveling… and coming to see every Grand Rapids Ballet performance!

What excites you creatively?

Meaningful pieces that can connect to a wide audience base.

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

Textile designer, speech pathologist, morning TV host with a best friend.

What are your favorite roles?

  • • Adam’s Key, choreography by Dani Rowe (2018)
  • • Company B, choreography by Paul Taylor (2016)
  • • Serenade, choreography by George Balanchine (2016)
  • • Black and White, choreography by Mario Radacovsky (2017)
  • • One, choreography by Uri Sans (2018)
  • • Arabian, The Nutcracker, choreography by Val Caniparoli (2015-17)
  • • Dangerous Liaisons, choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa(2016)