Ballet Mississippi Announces Guests Artists for Coppélia: Mikhail Ilyin ( IBC Medalist and former dancer with ABT), Quentin Rouiller, and Michael Day

Mikhail lIyin as Franz

Mikhail Ilyin is fully certified with all the levels of ABT’s National Training Curriculum Pedagogy Program and the Feldenkrais Methode of Somatic Education (a 4 year Professional Training Program in Awareness Through Movement and Functional Integration). Born in St. Petersburg, Mikhail graduated from Vaganova Ballet Academy in 1998 with BA in Arts. In 1999, he joined the Boston Ballet for two years, then Miami City Ballet where he became principal in 2003.

His repertoire with Miami City Ballet included leading roles in Swan Lake, Paquita, Le Corsaire, Coppélia, The Nutcracker, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Stars and Stripes, Sonatine, Ballet Imperial, Apollo, Theme and Variations, Allegro Brillante, Ballo della Regina, Glinka Pas de Trois, Donizetti Variations, Prodigal Son, La Source, Western Symphony, Symphony in C, Afternoon of a Faun, Dances at a Gathering, Interplay, Company B, Arden Court, Piazzolla Caldera, Giggling Rapids, The Reassuring Effects (of Form and Poetry), The Golden Section, Nine Sinatra Songs and In the Upper Room.

Mikhail joined American Ballet Theatre in January 2008, he performed leading roles and soloist roles in Etudes, Corsaire, Company B, Rabbit and Rogue, Swan Lake, Merry Widow, Sleeping Beauty among others.

Mikhail Ilyin won the Gold Medal at the International Ballet Competition “Vaganova Prix” and a diploma at the Paris International Dance Competition (1998), Silver Medal at the New York International Ballet Competition (2000) and Bronze Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson (2002).

Mikhail has performed, taught and choreographed across the United States, including the Miami City Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet, American Ballet Theatre’s JKO (faculty member), French Academy of Classical Ballet (faculty member), Joffrey, Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet and Ellison Ballet schools among others. In 2005, he was chosen by Dance Magazine as one of the “to watch” dancers of today. He has been an Artist-in-Residence with Ballet Mississippi since 2005.

Quentin Rouiller as Village Boy, Czardas Lead

Quentin Rouiller is 15 years old and has grown up in Reston, Virginia. He has been dancing for 5 years. He trains with his parents, Jody Skye and Allen Schissler ,at Skye Ballet Center.

He has attended both Miami City Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet School Summer Programs on Full Scholarship, both after receiving numerous scholarship offers.

Quentin performed the role of Drosselmeyer’s Nephew in the Ballet West Nutcracker on the Kennedy Center Stage in Washington DC in 2012.

He has competed in the prestigious YAGP Competition and will compete again in 2015.

Quentin has been selected for the second year to be a part of the Kennedy Center Master Class Series. Each year, 22 high school students are selected to take Master Classes with every ballet company that comes through the Kennedy Center.

Roles he has danced include; The Grand Pas , Fritz and Soldier Doll in The Nutcracker, Bluebird and the Prince in Sleeping Beauty as well as Flames of Paris, Grand Pas Classique and Le Corsaire Variations. Quentin performed in Ballet Mississippi’s The Nutcracker in 2014 and is thrilled to join Ballet Mississippi once again in their production of Coppélia!

Michael Day as The Burgomaster

Michael is a former disco dance champion who appeared on Merv Griffin’s television show, Dance Fever. He is an advanced ballroom dance instructor and pro/am competitor with over thirty years of experience. He was the dance director for the Fred Astaire dance studio in Mobile, Alabama, and the regional dance director for Florida Dance Centers in Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg, Florida. He is the winner of numerous Pro-Am local, regional, and national Ballroom dance competitions including the Fred Astaire “Cross Country National Dance Championships”, the “Southern States Dances Championships”. For sixteen years he produced ballroom dance competitions in Branson, MO, Myrtle Beach, SC, Pensacola, FL, Mobile, AL, and Biloxi and Gulfport, MS. He has coached and choreographed for ballroom dance studios in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Michael also received the top collegiate cartoonist award from Mississippi Junior College Press Association and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in New York. Prior to his dance career, he was the advertising artist and cartoonist for the Hattiesburg American. Most recently, he was the editorial cartoonist for the Jackson Free Press. Painting and sculpting are among his current artistic pursuits.

Michael assumed the roled of Herr Drosselmeier in Ballet Mississippi’s 2014 The Nutcracker and will be playing the role of The Burgomaster (Village Mayor) in Ballet Mississippi’s production of Coppélia.