Dylan Clinard, from Clemmons, N.C., began his dance education at the UNCSA Preparatory Dance Program under the direction of Dayna Fox. At the age of 13, he was offered a scholarship to train full-time at Houston Ballet Academy, where he spent three years in the top level of the school before being promoted to Houston Ballet II under the tutelage of Andrew Murphy, Sally Rojas, Sabrina Lenzi, Claudio Munoz, and Stanton Welch. While at Houston Ballet II, he was given many great performance opportunities, including Brigade, The Gentlemen, The Long and Winding Road, Swan Lake, La Bayadère, Raymonda, A Dance in the Garden of Mirth, and Clear and Blue. He also performed Ma Cong’s Calling, George Balanchine’s Serenade, and August Bournonville’s Napoli, among numerous other pieces. He has attended summer programs on scholarship with American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, and the Rock School. Dylan is excited for his first season with Atlanta Ballet.
Saho Kumagai, originally from Japan, began dancing at age 9. In 2009, she moved to the U.S. to study at the Boston Ballet School on scholarship. Saho continued her studies with the Pacific Northwest Ballet School Professional Division on scholarship under the direction of Peter Boal, where she performed corps roles in Kent Stowell’s Nutcracker and George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night's Dream. Saho has attended many summer programs on scholarship, most notably Netherlands Dans Theater. In 2014, she joined Charlotte Ballet as a second company member and danced soloist roles such as Chinese and Marzipan in Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s Nutcracker and became one of the 20 finalists at the 2014 Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition in Switzerland. Saho is thrilled to begin her first season with Atlanta Ballet.