Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Apprentices

Apprentices

CLAIRE COFFMAN was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and at age 6, she began her formal training at the Houston Ballet Academy. Claire progressed through every level in the Academy, culminating with her promotion to invited guest with Houston Ballet II. During that time, Claire was given the opportunity to perform alongside the second company and the professional company in numerous productions, including Symphony in C by George Balanchine and Stanton Welch’s, The Nutcracker as a corps de ballet member. Some of her favorite repertoire include Balanchine’s Serenade, and Welch’s Marie and Blue. Claire is very excited to begin her professional career as an apprentice here at Atlanta Ballet.

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BRET COPPA is 18 years old, and from San Pedro, California. He danced for one season with Atlanta Ballet 2 before joining the Company as an apprentice. Some of his roles with Atlanta Ballet include Gaston, Russian, Nephew and Mazurka. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he has performed many principal roles, including Solor in La Bayadѐre, Principal Male in Donizzeti Variations, Waltz Boy in Serenade, The Poet in Les Sylphides and Cavalier in The Nutcracker. Bret got his start at the Peninsula School of Performing Arts under the artistic direction of Roberto Almageur. During his training in the Los Angeles area, he performed as a guest artist in California and danced roles throughout the country. Bret has also competed in the Prix de Lausanne twice, and he was a finalist in 2015. In 2017, he went to St. Petersburg, Russia, where he received his teaching certification in the Vaganova method.

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BROOKE GILLIAM, from Boulder, Colorado, began her training at the Colorado Conservatory of Dance under the direction of Julia Wilkinson Manley. After her sophomore year, she attended Atlanta Ballet’s Professional Summer Intensive and was invited to the Conservatory program on a merit scholarship. Gilliam was a part of the second company for two seasons and performed leading roles in Bruce Wells’ Snow White and Beauty & the Beast, Robert Barnett’s Arensky Dances and Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine. She has appeared in such Atlanta Ballet productions as Paquita, Swan Lake, and Yuri Possokhov’s Firebird and Don Quixote. She is thrilled to join the Company as an apprentice this season.

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EMMA GUERTIN was born in Ontario, and began dancing at age 5 with the Oakville Ballet under the direction of Amanda Paterson. While with Oakville Ballet, she spent summers attending Canada's National Ballet School and Orlando Ballet School’s summer intensives. Beginning at age 16, Guertin spent two years at Orlando Ballet School as a trainee, and she was then promoted to Orlando Ballet’s second company. While with Orlando Ballet, she attended the 2017 Youth American Grand Prix semifinals, receiving a bronze medal in contemporary, advancing to the final round and performing at Lincoln Center in New York. This past summer, Guertin competed in the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss., and she was offered her Atlanta Ballet apprenticeship. She is excited to start the next chapter of her career at Atlanta Ballet. Favorite performances include George Balanchine’s Serenade and Sleeping Beauty.

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LUCAS LABRADOR was born in Cosquín, Argentina, and began his dance training at age 16. He spent two seasons at Ballet Nacional de Argentina under the direction of former Royal Ballet principal dancer Inaki Urlezaga. Lucas toured Argentina, Spain and Portugal, performing roles in Swan Lake, Carmen, Paquita, La Traviata and Giselle. In 2016, he accepted a full scholarship to study at The Rock School in Philadelphia. In January 2017, he won first place in the pas de deux category at the Youth America Grand Prix in Atlanta and second place in the ensemble category at the New York City finals. Most recently, as a member of Atlanta Ballet 2, his repertoire included lead and starring roles in Beauty & the Beast and Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, plus roles in Swan Lake and Don Quixote. Lucas is grateful to be an apprenctice with Atlanta Ballet this season.

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FUKI TAKAHASHI was born in Yokohama, Japan, and began training at age 3 at Yuzue Ballet Academy. She moved to the United States in 2010 and trained at Princeton Ballet and Hariyama Ballet in New York. She was invited to compete in the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss., in 2014 and 2018. She earned silver in the Tanzolymp International Dance Festival and was offered a place in the Orlando Ballet Trainee Program during the American Dance Competition. In 2017, she joined Orlando Ballet’s second company. Favorite performances include Serenade, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire and Sleeping Beauty. She is excited to begin her career as an Atlanta Ballet apprentice.


Photos by Kim Kenney and Charlie McCullers.