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 second season with Atlanta Ballet.
Originally from Japan, Saho Kumagai 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 Pacific Northwest Ballet School Professional Division under the direction of Peter Boal. She performed corps roles in Kent Stowell’s Nutcracker and George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2014, she joined Charlotte Ballet II and danced soloist roles such as Chinese and Marzipan in Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s Nutcracker and had the opportunity to work with then resident choreographer Dwight Rhoden. This same year she became one of the 20 finalists at the 2014 Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition in Switzerland. Last season as an apprentice with Atlanta Ballet, Saho danced the role of Marya in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker and works by Yuri Possokhov and Darrell Grand Moultrie. Saho would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support.
Kristen Marshall, originally from Richmond Hill, Ga., began her dance training in Savannah, Ga. at Madeline Walker Coastal Ballet Theatre under the direction of Gaye Baxley. As a student, she spent summers training at The Rock School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet. In 2015, she was offered a Fellowship position with Atlanta Ballet, where she performed in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Bruce Wells’ Snow White, and the role of Aurora in John McFall’s The Sleeping Beauty. She has also performed pieces by James Kudelka and George Balanchine, including “Spring” from The Four Seasons and Serenade. This will be her first season as an apprentice with Atlanta Ballet.
Laura Morton, originally born in Maryville, Tenn., began her dance training at Van Metre School of Dance under the direction of her mother, Amy Morton Vaughn. Laura spent summer intensives at Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Chautauqua Institute, and Atlanta Ballet. She left Tennessee in 2013 to join Houston Ballet Academy as a level 7 student, and she completed her high school career online. In summer 2014, Laura participated in Atlanta Ballet’s Professional Summer Intensive and was offered a position in the Fellowship Ensemble. This past year, she had the honor of performing the role of Carabosse in John McFall’s The Sleeping Beauty. She has also danced works by Stanton Welch, Anthony Tudor, and George Balanchine. Laura is thrilled to be an apprentice with Atlanta Ballet and wants to thank her parents and sister for their loving support.
Keith Reeves, from Augusta, Ga., began his training with Jennifer Tools at the Jessye Norman School of the Arts at the age of 15. In 2010, he continued his training with the Augusta Ballet School and was later asked to join the company, Dance Augusta, under the direction of Zane and Ron Colton. Prior to joining Atlanta Ballet, he was trained by Nicolas Pacana and Jocelyn Buchanan with the Atlanta Festival Ballet Company and has also studied at distinguished dance schools such as Colombia County Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Atlanta Festival Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, and Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. In 2010, Keith received a scholarship from acclaimed opera singer Jessye Norman to attend Joffery Ballet School’s summer intensive, and he was also the recipient of the Audrey B. Morgan scholarship for the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education Conservatory Division in 2014. Throughout his time at Atlanta Ballet, Keith has performed in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, John McFall’s The Sleeping Beauty, Jordan Morris’ Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet, Tara Lee’s the swimmer, and Gina Patterson’s Quietly Walking, among others. Following a successful year in the Atlanta Ballet Fellowship Ensemble, Keith is excited to dance with the Company as an apprentice this season.
Photos by Charlie McCullers.
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