Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Apprentices

Zachary Alden

Zachary Alden, born in San Francisco, California, began his ballet studies as a senior in high school with Vaganova-trained dancer Anton Pankevich. He spent that summer training at Ballet San Jose under José Manuel Carreño and became a company trainee on scholarship. In 2014, Zach moved to Pompano Beach, Florida to further his ballet training with Magaly Suárez at The Art of Classical Ballet School. Despite his relatively late start as a student, Zachary quickly accelerated in ballet and spent the 2016|17 Season dancing with BalletMet 2 under the direction of Edwaard Liang and performed in Laing’s Romeo and Juliet. Zachary looks forward to applying his experience at his new home, Atlanta Ballet.

Taylor Fikes

Taylor Fikes, an Atlanta native, began her formal ballet training in 2008 at Baltimore School for the Arts. In 2010, she enrolled in the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, D.C. As a recipient of the U.S. State Department and Russian American Foundation’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship, Taylor trained at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia for six weeks. This opportunity was the springboard to her acceptance as a full-time student with the Bolshoi. Following her time in Moscow, Taylor moved to New York City to attend the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet and to begin her college studies at Columbia University. Ultimately, Taylor decided to commit herself to a career in ballet and accepted an offer to join the Joffrey Academy Trainee Program in Chicago. Taylor’s time at Joffrey exposed her to a multitude of opportunities and experiences that have served as catalysts to her acceptance to join Atlanta Ballet.

Juliana Missano

Juliana Missano was born in Lloyd Harbor, New York and started studying ballet at the age of five. She trained at the Lynch School of Ballet until she was 15 years old. She continued her training at The Rock School under the direction of Bo and Stephanie Spassoff. In 2017, Juliana was named a United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts and had the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center. Juliana competed in the Youth America Grand Prix, and she received the Grand Prix Award, placed first in the Pas de Deux Category, and advanced to the final round where she performed at the Lincoln Center. Some of her favorite performances include Nutcracker and Don Quixote. Juliana is very excited to start her career here with Atlanta Ballet.  

Apprentices

Keith Reeves

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.

Erin Robinson

Erin Robinson, a native of Acworth, Georgia, began her training at The Georgia Ballet under the direction of Gina Hyatt-Mazon and Janusz Mazon. At 16 years of age, Erin was a finalist for the National Security Language Initiative for Youth program affiliated with the Russian American Foundation to study for six weeks at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. She later received an invitation to attend the international program year round. In 2012, she was awarded the Audrey B. Morgan scholarship for the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education Conservatory program. A year later, Erin was promoted to the Fellowship Ensemble, where she danced lead roles such as Snow White in Bruce Wells’ Snow White and Aurora in John McFall’s The Sleeping Beauty. Erin is also an instructor with the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. She is thrilled to be joining Atlanta Ballet as an apprentice for the 2017|2018 Season.

Mikaela Santos

Mikaela Santos, a native of Manila, Philippines, began her dance training at Effie Nañas School of Classical Ballet and then joined the Philippine Ballet Theatre as an Apprentice in March 2016. She was offered a scholarship to the Atlanta Ballet Professional Summer Intensive and was subsequently offered a position in the Fellowship Ensemble. In 2014, Mikaela ranked second place in the Junior Division at the first Cultural Center of the Philippines Ballet Competition, and, two years later, she was a finalist at the World Ballet Competition in Orlando, Florida. She has performed in Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker by John McFall, Bruce Wells’ Snow White, Marius Petipa’s Paquita, Yuri Possokhov’s Firebird, David Bintley’s Carmina Burana, and Robert Barnett’s Arenskey, among others. Mikaela is excited to dance with the Company as an apprentice this season.


Photos by Charlie McCullers.