Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

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ZACHARY ALDEN was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He started dancing at age 18, with Kit Ashley Dean and Anton Pankevich. Zachary was a trainee on full scholarship at Ballet San Jose under directors José Manuel Carreño Dalia Rawson. He was also privately training with Lindsay Salvaldelena, then with the distinguished Magaly Suarez on scholarship for three years at The Art of Classical Ballet School, taking him to BalletMet 2. There he worked with Val Caniporoli, understudying Lambarena. He enjoyed dancing Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle. Zachary joined Atlanta Ballet last season as an apprentice and is a Company member this season. Favorite roles and ballets include the Nutcracker Prince, La Fille mal gardée Pas de Deux, Edwaard Liang’s Romeo and Juliet, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 and Rose Adagio from Sleeping Beauty with Adiarys Almeida. Zachary is thankful to his teachers who have helped him and his family for their encouragement, and he is grateful to call Atlanta Ballet his home.

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ERICA ALVARADO was born in Tucson, Ariz., and began her dance training at Ballet Arts in Tucson under the direction of Mary Beth Cabana. She spent summers training in such acclaimed programs as The Jillana School, The Rock School, San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. After graduating from high school, she joined Ballet Tucson and worked closely with ballet masters Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner. She also performed leading roles in many Antony Tudor ballets. Two years later, she joined the Milwaukee Ballet II program, and, in 2011, joined City Ballet of San Diego as a principal dancer. At City Ballet, she performed lead roles in Firebird, Giselle and Romeo and Juliet, as well as principal roles in such George Balanchine works as Who Cares?, Donizetti Variations, Allegro Brillante, Serenade and Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux. Alvarado also danced the role of the Principal Woman in Peter Martin’s Hallelujah Junction.

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JESSICA ASSEF, originally from São Paulo, Brazil, received her early training at Escola de Ballet Corpo e Arte with Jolles Salles. At the 2010 Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP), she was awarded full scholarships to Orlando Ballet School and the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco. That same year, she won the gold medal at Passo de Arte and a YAGP semifinals silver medal, and in 2013 she earned a YAGP NYC finals gold medal. Assef spent two years at Orlando Ballet School as a trainee before becoming a member of its second company. A year later, she joined the professional company. In 2014, she competed in the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss.

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JACOB BUSH grew up in Coon Rapids, Minn., where he trained at Minnesota Dance Theatre under the direction of Lise Houlton. He continued his training under Sharon Story at the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education as well as the San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet under Susan Connally. He spent the 2012-2014 seasons with Germany’s Theatre Augsburg, where he worked with such notable choreographers as Douglas Lee, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, Christian Spuck, Michael Pink and Itzik Galili. In Atlanta, Bush has danced many principal roles in classical, neoclassical and contemporary works, including Ivan in Yuri Possokhov’s Firebird, the principal male in George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and Gutman in Helen Pickett’s Camino Real. He has been featured in Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine, Craig Davidson’s Remembrance/Hereafter, Red Couple in Stanton Welch’s Tu Tu and the world premiere of Tara Lee’s blink.

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STÉPHANO CANDREVA is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and graduated from the Alice Arja School of Dance in 2006. He attended summer programs at Miami City Ballet School and Milwaukee Ballet School on full scholarships. At age 18, he began his professional career dancing with Sesiminas Cia de Dança. He went on to dance with Milwaukee Ballet II, City Ballet of San Diego and the Suzanne Farrell Ballet. Candreva represented Brazil at the 2012 Seminario Internacional de Dança de Brasília, where he was a silver medalist. He has been a guest artist with Cisne Negro, Ballet Chicago and California Ballet; and he has performed principal roles in many George Balanchine ballets, including Allegro Brillante, Donizetti Variations, Danses Concertantes and Serenade.

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EMILY CARRICO is from Lexington, Ky., and began her training at the Kentucky Ballet Theatre Academy under the direction of Rafaela Cento Muñoz. At age 14, Carrico received a scholarship to attend The Harid Conservatory, where she received the Dance Study Award during both years of attendance. In 2012, she joined Kentucky Ballet Theatre under the direction of Norbe Risco, performing many solo and principal roles. After two years, she moved to Florida to study under Magaly Suarez at The Art of Classical Ballet School. She then danced with Columbia City Ballet for two seasons. Carrico has competed in the Youth America Grand Prix several times, placing in the top 12 and qualifying for the New York City finals every time. She is excited to be a part of Atlanta Ballet and thrilled to call Atlanta home.

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TAYLOR CIAMPI was born in Baltimore, Md., and began her pre-professional training at The Rock School in Philadelphia under the direction of Bo and Stephanie Spassoff. While there, Ciampi competed in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), winning numerous semifinals. In 2015, she was awarded the Grand Prix Award in Austin, Texas, and placed in the top 12 during the finals at Lincoln Center. Ciampi was one of six American women chosen to compete at the Prix de Lausanne. She trained at the Dutch National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam under the direction of Jean-Yves Esquerre and, in 2016, began her professional career as an apprentice with the National Ballet of Canada. She joined Atlanta Ballet 2 in 2017, performing the Enchantress in Bruce Wells’ Beauty & the Beast and in Craig Davidson’s world premiere of Remembrance/Hereafter. This past summer, she participated in the Jacob’s Pillow Ballet Program. Ciampi is thrilled to be a Company member for the 2018|2019 Season.

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DYLAN CLINARD, from Clemmons, N.C., began his dance education at the UNCSA Preparatory Dance Program under the direction of Dayna Fox. At age 13, he was offered a scholarship to train at Houston Ballet Academy, where he spent three years in the top level of the school before his promotion to Houston Ballet II under the tutelage of Andrew Murphy, Sally Rojas, Sabrina Lenzi, Claudio Muñoz and Stanton Welch. While at Houston Ballet II, Clinard performed in Welch’s Raymonda, A Dance in the Garden of Mirth, La Bayadère, Clear, Swan Lake, The Gentlemen, Blue, The Long and Winding Road and Brigade. He joined Atlanta Ballet as an apprentice in 2015. His favorite performances to date are Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine and Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort. He is thrilled to return to Atlanta Ballet this year as a Company member and thanks his family for their love and support.

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NIKOLAS GAIFULLIN was born in Sarasota, Fla., and received his ballet training from his parents, Stephanie Murrish of Sarasota Ballet and Daniil Gaifullin of Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Gaifullin has danced with the American Ballet Theatre collegiate program, the National Ballet School of Canada, the School at Jacob’s Pillow and Kansas City Ballet II. He has competed in the Youth America Grand Prix many times, receiving awards in both the semifinal and final rounds. In 2007, he performed in Italy’s International Spoleto Festival. In 2012, he was a silver medalist at the World Ballet Competition, received the Grishko Scholarship award from the Carreno Dance Festival and was a guest performer with the 17th International Miami Dance Festival Young Medalists. At Kansas City Ballet II, he performed Devon Carney’s Swan Lake, Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty, as well as George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Viktor Plotnikov’s Vesna and Bruce Wells’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In his first season with Atlanta Ballet, Gaifullin performed principal roles as the Cavalier and Snow King in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker by John McFall; Basilio in Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote; and Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake Act III. He also performed in Helgi Tomasson’s 7 for Eight, Tara Lee’s blink and Max Petrov’s world premiere of Concerto Armonico. This is his second season with Atlanta Ballet.

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MONIKA HACZKIEWICZ was born and raised in Las Vegas. She has trained and danced at Nevada Ballet Theatre, Kwak Ballet Academy, Tara Foy’s Elite Ballet, Nevada School of Dance and Royal Winnipeg Ballet. In 2015, Monika competed in the Youth American Grand Prix, ranking second in the senior division of the Las Vegas semifinals and performing in the finals at Lincoln Center. In the 2015|2016 Season, she received a full-tuition Nijinsky Dance Scholarship to Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Professional Division program, where she performed the lead in Paquita with the professional division and the Paquita Pas de Trois. This is Monika’s third season at Atlanta Ballet. She has performed featured roles in Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine and George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and Who Cares?. She also performed the Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote. Monika is grateful to have worked with such choreographers as Yuri Possokhov, David Bintley, Tara Lee and John McFall.

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SUJIN HAN is from South Korea. She began dancing at age 9, and she entered the Yewon School and studied character dance at the Vaganova Academy. In 2010, Sujin entered the Seoul Arts School on scholarship. There she performed pas de deux such as the Sugar Plum Fairy Variation from The Nutcracker. She also participated in many South Korean ballet competitions, including the Seoul International Dance Competition. Han earned the Great Performers Scholarship to attend Ewha Womans University, where she began choreographing and learned several George Balanchine works and the Bournonville method. After graduating, she worked as a freelance ballet dancer with M Ballet and Seoul Ballet Company in South Korea. Sujin joined Atlanta Ballet for the 2017|2018 Season, danced the role of Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote and worked with choreographers Craig Davidson, Ohad Naharin and Max Petrov.

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JESSICA HE is from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. She received her early ballet training at Inland Pacific Ballet Academy. Jessica moved to Philadelphia in 2012, at age 14, to enter the pre-professional training program at The Rock School for Dance Education on full scholarship. While there, she received multiple awards and merit scholarships at competitions such as the Youth America Grand Prix and World Ballet Competition. Jessica danced with Houston Ballet’s second company for the 2015|2016 and 2016|2017 seasons, touring internationally and performing a varied repertoire, including Stanton Welch’s A Dance in the Garden of Mirth and Brigade, George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Ben Stevenson’s Sleeping Beauty Act III, and John Neumeier’s Yondering. Last year, in her debut season with Atlanta Ballet, she was grateful for the opportunities to perform the lead female in Craig Davidson’s world premiere of Remembrance/Hereafter, as well as featured roles in George Balanchine’s Who Cares?, Helgi Tomasson’s 7 for Eight and Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote.

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AIRI IGARASHI was born in Gunma, Japan. At age 7, she began her training at the Reiko Yamamoto Ballet School. She continued her training under John Neumeier at The Ballet School of the Hamburg Ballet in Germany, where she performed in Neumeier’s The Nutcracker and danced the role of Princess Florine in Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty. She won first place at the All Japan Ballet Competition in 2011 and third place in 2015. In addition, she was a semi-finalist at the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition in Switzerland in 2013 and 2015. Airi joined Atlanta Ballet last season where she performed the role of Marya in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Amore in Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote and one of the soloist roles in the world premiere of Craig Davidson’s Remembrance/Hereafter. Some of Airi’s favorite performances include Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Václav Kuneš’ Double Beethoven and Victor Gsovsky’s Grand Pas Classique.

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DARIAN KANE is from northern California. She received her dance training with Stuart Carroll and Sharon Newton at Capitol Ballet Center in Sacramento. From 2015 to 2018, she danced with BalletMet 2 and BalletMet under the direction of Edwaard Liang, performing in Edwaard Liang’s Age of Innocence, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 and Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s Carmen, as Cigaretta. Kane has danced the soloist roles of Zulma, Fairy of Beauty, and Doll and Spanish in The Nutcracker. She attended summer intensives with Boston Ballet, Ballet Hawaii and on scholarship at Marin Dance Theatre with Margaret Swarthout. She is excited to join Atlanta Ballet this season.

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SAHO KUMAGAI is from Sapporo, Japan, where she began dancing at age 9. In 2009, she moved to the United States to study at the Boston Ballet School and Pacific Northwest Ballet School Professional Division under the direction of Peter Boal. In 2014, she placed among the 20 finalists at the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition in Switzerland. After dancing in Charlotte Ballet II, she joined Atlanta Ballet as an apprenctice in 2014. Last season, her first as a Company dancer, she enjoyed performing First Duet in Craig Davidson’s Remembrance/Hereafter, Cupid in Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote, Tara Lee’s blink and Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16.

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JORDAN LEEPER, a native of Jamestown, N.Y., began dancing at age 12 with the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet and later studied at San Francisco Ballet. Leeper danced with Charlotte Ballet under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride, performing at the John F. Kennedy Center during Ballet Across America in 2013. He has performed works by Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Twyla Tharp, Jiří Bubeníček, Sasha Janes, Mark Diamond and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, among others. He has been a guest artist with Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and City Ballet of Wilmington. He also danced with Complexions Contemporary Ballet under Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson during the company’s 20th-anniversary season at the Joyce Theater in New York City.

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KEATON LEIER, originally from Canada, grew up in the small city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Keaton started studying ballet at a later age, and he joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in 2013. After graduation from the school in 2016, he then moved on to dance with Houston Ballet’s second company for one year. Joining the ranks of Atlanta Ballet for the 2017|2018 Season, he’s now commencing his second season with the Company. Some of his favorite highlights from dancing with Atlanta Ballet include performing the closing of Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker by John McFall and the premiere of Craig Davidson’s Remembrance/ Hereafter.

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IGOR LEUSHIN was born in Uzbekistan. His family moved to Russia when he was 5, and he began training in ballroom dancing at school. He studied at the Novosibirsk State Choreographic College from 2002 to 2010. After graduation, he studied at the Vaganova Ballet Academy for two years and received a bachelor’s degree. Leushin danced in the Yacobson Ballet Theatre 2012-2013. While there, he participated in tours to Belarus, Italy and China. He then worked at Slovak National Theatre, performing such roles as Lankedem in Le Corsaire; Phoebus in Esmeralda; Vaslav Nijinsky and Mikhail Fokin in Nijinsky; and Peasant Dance, Peasant Pas de Deux and Albrecht in Giselle.

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FRANCESCA LOI was born in Cagliari, Italy, and began her training at the ballet school of Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. She graduated from the La Scala Ballet School in Milan and went on to perform many ballets with the La Scala Ballet Company, including Raymonda, Giselle, Aida and Notre Dame de Paris. She worked with Opéra National de Bordeaux and the Royal Ballet of Flanders and was a member of the Hong Kong Ballet. With Hong Kong Ballet, she performed demi-soloist and soloist roles and worked with choreographers Cynthia Harvey, Nina Ananiashvilli, Alexei Ratmansky, Alexander Ekman and Krzysztof Pastor, among others. At Atlanta Ballet, she has performed Sugar Plum Fairy in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker and Snow White in the Bruce Wells ballet. Last summer, she won bronze in the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition and participated in the 2017 Jacob’s Pillow Ballet Program.

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NADIA MARA was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and trained at Uruguay’s National School of Ballet, graduating as the best dancer in school and earning the Elena Smirnova Gold Medal. In the United States, Nadia began dancing with North Carolina Dance Theatre and joined Atlanta Ballet in 2006. Her most notable lead roles include Giselle, Kitri in Don Quixote, Sugar Plum Fairy in Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker, Mina in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Nathalie in Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet and Marguerite in Helen Pickett’s Camino Real. Principal roles include Balanchine's Allegro Brillante, Stars and Stripes and Who Cares?; James Kudelka's The Four Seasons; David Bintley's Carmina Burana; and Yuri Possokhov's Firebird, among others. She has been featured in Alexei Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas, Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 and Secus, Alexander Ekman’s Cacti, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush, Jorma Elo’s 1st Flash, Wayne McGregor’s Eden|Eden and Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine. Nadia has received the award of “Outstanding Artist" given by The Atlanta Journal Constitution and Mundo Hispanico.

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MOISÉS MARTÍN was born in Reus, Spain, and trained at the Municipal Dance School of Zaragoza and Escuela de María de Ávila. He continued his studies on scholarship at the San Francisco Ballet School, under the direction of Lola de Avila, later joining the company and becoming a soloist in 2005. In 2007, he joined the Dutch National Ballet and danced as a second soloist until 2011. He has performed a mix of classical and contemporary works, including pieces by Kenneth MacMillan, George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton, Rudolf Nureyev, Jerome Robbins, Helgi Tomasson and Yuri Possokhov, among others. In 2012, he joined Compañía Nacional de Danza as a principal dancer and performed leading roles in such works as Sonatas and Raymonda Divertimento by José Carlos Martinez, Giselle by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, Who Cares? by George Balanchine, and Espada and Basilio in Don Quixote alongside guest dancers Elisa Badenes and Yolanda Correa, among other works. In 2016, he participated in the International Dance Festival of Cuba, dancing the full-length Swan Lake with Viengsay Valdés and the National Ballet of Cuba.

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SERGIO MASERO-OLARTE is from Madrid, and began his training at the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Mariemma. He trained on scholarship at San Francisco Ballet School and then joined Ballet Memphis as a company dancer. At Ballet Memphis, he performed lead roles in Steven McMahon’s Romeo & Juliet and Swan Lake; Matthew Neenan’s The Darting Eyes and Water of the Flowery Mill; and in works by Mark Godden, Gabrielle Lamb and Yuri Sands. As a principal guest artist, he has danced with Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet and Avant Chamber Ballet in Dallas. In addition to dancing, he enjoyed teaching and choreographing in the Memphis area. Masero-Olarte has created two pieces for the company dancers of Ballet Memphis and two full-length productions for the Dance Academy of Bartlett in Tennessee.

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MIGUEL ANGEL MONTOYA was born in Cali, Colombia, and began his training at the Instituto Colombiano de Ballet and Incoballet. He continued to dance with Incoballet Company under the direction of Gloria Castro de Martínez. In 2008, Montoya moved to Philadelphia to attend The Rock School. In 2010, he reached the second round semifinals in the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss., as well as the Youth America Grand Prix New York City finals. In 2012, as an Atlanta Ballet apprentice, he originated roles in Twyla Tharp’s The Princess & the Goblin. Other favorite roles include the Slave in Le Corsaire and Basilio in Don Quixote. He joined the Atlanta Ballet company in 2013. He has performed in such notable ballets as Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet, Michael Pink’s Dracula, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16, Gina Patterson’s I AM, Helen Pickett’s Camino Real, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush and Alexei Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas. He has been featured in the Paquita Pas de Trois, George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort.

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JACKIE NASH, a native of Connecticut, started her pre-professional ballet training at the Connecticut Dance School under the direction of Alan Woodard. She then spent two years in the dance and academic residency program at The Rock School, graduating in 2009. During her summer studies, she attended the Chautauqua Institute, Nutmeg Conservatory, Miami City Ballet and the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. She has enjoyed dancing principal roles in Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony and Firebird, and the lead female in George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante. She has performed featured roles in works by Christopher Wheeldon, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Douglas Lee and Alexei Ratmansky. She has had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as James Kudelka for The Man in Black, Jorma Elo for 1st Flash and Ohad Naharin for Secus. Jackie was named one of Pointe Magazine’s “12 Standout Performances of 2017” for her work as a guest artist with Amy Siewart’s Imagery.

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JONATHAN PHILBERT is from New York, and began his dance training at Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. While in high school, he was accepted into the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School (ABT JKO) under the direction of Franco Devita. During this time he was a national training scholar and was exposed to the talent and training that the ballet world has to offer. Philbert performed with the company on numerous occasions and in such ballets as The Nutcracker, Sylvia and La Bayadère. After graduating from the ABT JKO School, he attended Joffrey Ballet Studio Company under the direction of Ashley Wheater. There he danced such roles as Baron Von Rothbart in Swan Lake and Lead Couple in Napoli Divertissements, and danced with the company in fall and spring productions. This is Philbert’s first season with Atlanta Ballet.

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KEITH REEVES is from Augusta, Ga., and began his training at age 15 with Jennifer Tools at the Jessye Norman School of the Arts. In 2010, he began training with the Augusta Ballet School, later joining Dance Augusta under the direction of Zane and Ron Colton. In 2015, he trained under Nicolas Pacana and Jocelyn Buchanan at the Atlanta Festival Company. In 2016, Reeves received the Audrey B. Morgan Scholarship for the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education Conservatory program. He also has received scholarships to summer programs at Joffrey Ballet, Nashville Ballet and The School at Jacob’s Pillow. He has performed works by John McFall, George Balanchine, Jorden Morris, David Bintley, Tara Lee, Yuri Possokhov and Ohad Naharin, among others. After two successful years as an apprentice, Reeves is excited to become a Company member for the 2018|2019 Season.

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MIKAELA LAURYN SANTOS, a native of the Philippines, began her ballet training at Effie Nañas School of Classical Ballet. In 2014, she was awarded second place at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Ballet Competition. In 2016, she was among the top 15 finalists at the World Ballet Competition in Florida. She joined the Philippine Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in March 2016. At age 17, she joined the Fellowship program at the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education and later joined the Company as an apprentice in 2017. Mikaela took the summer intensive ballet program under scholarship at Jacob’s Pillow and was featured in performances such as Kitri’s Friend in Don Quixote, Princess in Swan Lake and Spanish in Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker. She had the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers such as Bruce Wells, Craig Davidson, Stanton Welch, Helgi Tomasson and Maxim Petrov, to name a few. Mikaela is excited to join the Company for the 2018|2019 Season.

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ALEKSANDRA SHALIMOVA is from Krasnodar in southern Russia. She graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy and was then invited to join Slovak National Theatre. She performed the work of Russian choreographers, including Vasily Medvedev’s Le Corsaire, in the roles of Odalisques and Gulnara; and in Boris Eifman’s Karamazov Brothers. She danced the role of Princess Golden Hair in Slovak choreographer Josef Dolinsky’s staging of From Fairytale to Fairytale and as Romola de Pulsky in Daniel de Andrade’s Nijinsky: God of Dance. Shalimova is open to everything new and interesting, especially the new season at Atlanta Ballet.

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ANDERSON SOUZA is from from the south region of Brazil and received his training at the Conservatório Brasileiro de Dança under Jorge Teixeira. After graduating, he joined the Cia Brasileira de Ballet in Rio de Janeiro, dancing principal and soloist roles and competing in national and international competitions, including the Beijing International Ballet Competition. Souza traveled with the Company to perform in Colombia, China, Israel and France. In 2013, he joined Gelsey Kirkland Ballet as a company member, receiving praise from national critics, including those at The New York Times. His most notable roles and repertoire include Marius Petipa’s Paquita, Leonid Yakobson’s Wedding Procession, Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, the Prince in The Nutcracker, Phillip in Cavalry Halt, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, and Basilio and Espada in Don Quixote, among others. He is excited for his third season with Atlanta Ballet.

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JARED TAN comes from the Philippines, and began dancing at age 9 with Philippine Ballet Theatre under the direction of Gener Caringal. He trained for more than 14 years under Russian Ballet Master Anatoly Panasyukov. Tan came to the United States in 2009 to join American Repertory Ballet in New Jersey under the direction of Graham Lustig, and, in 2010, he joined Atlanta Ballet. He is most proud of the work he has done with choreographers Ohad Naharin in Minus 16 and Secus, Alexanrde Ekman in Cacti and Jiří Kylián in Petite Mort. He has performed featured roles in many works, including Christopher Hampson’s Rite of Spring, Michael Pink’s Dracula, Alexei Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas, Twyla Tharp’s The Princess & the Goblin and Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine.

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IVAN TARAKANOV is from St. Petersburg, Russia, and is in his first year with Atlanta Ballet. He won first prize in the pas de deux category at the Italian Ballet Competition in Rieti in 2011 and the Special Grand Prix and first prize at XI Youth International Choreography Competition in 2015. Ivan graduated from Vaganova Ballet Academy (affiliated with Kirov Ballet). He has performed yearly in St. Petersburg, with the Mariinsky Theatre as a graduating performer, and he worked with the Mikhailovsky Theatre since 2009. In 2015, he joined Israel Ballet Company as a principal dancer, and since 2016, Ivan has been a guest principal with Perth City Ballet in Australia and Festival Ballet in St. Petersburg. Ivan has performed the roles of Albrecht in Giselle by Perro and Coralli with Perth City Ballet Australia, Jean de Brien in Raymonda by Petipa, the Prince in Cinderella by R. Savkovich with Israel Ballet and Polovckiy Dancer Soloist in Prince Igor by Golezovsky with Mikhailovsky Theatre.

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ASHLEY WEGMANN was born in New Jersey and began her training at the National Ballet of New Jersey. She later studied on scholarship at the Princeton Ballet School. After attending Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s graduate program, she joined the company as a corps de ballet member in 2007. From 2012 to 2015, she danced with BalletMet. Ashley joined Atlanta Ballet in 2015. Some of her favorite roles and repertoire include Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine, a Stomper in Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Nurse in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s Lovely Together, and James Kudelka’s Real Life and The Four Seasons.

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OLIVIA YOCH, from Richmond, Va., received her dance training at the School of Richmond Ballet and Butler University. She spent two years with Tulsa Ballet II and Tulsa Ballet before joining Atlanta Ballet as an apprentice in 2014. Olivia holds a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and a B.A. in English Literature from Butler University. Her favorite repertoire includes roles in Craig Davidson’s Remembrance/Hereafter, Gemma Bond’s Denouement, Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, the Paquita Pas de Trois and Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine. She loves reading memoirs, discussing art and eating pasta. Olivia thanks her husband for his unwavering support.


Photos by Charlie McCullers.