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Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Company

Company

Alexandre Barros

Fifth Season

A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Alexandre received his training from Escola de Dancas Alice Arja and Escola Estadual de Dancas Maria Olenewa. At the age of 15, he came to the United States to study with the Harid Conservatory. After graduating from Harid, he joined Atlanta Ballet in 2011 as a Fellowship dancer, where he has performed works by choreographers James Kudelka, Juel Lane, Christopher Wheeldon, Bruce Wells, and Tara Lee. Alexandre would like to thank his family, friends, and the instructors at Harid for all their support and love. He is thrilled to be a part of the Company and is looking forward to a long and fruitful career.

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Jacob Bush

Eighth Season

Jacob Bush grew up in Coon Rapids, Minn., where he trained under Lise Houlton of the Minnesota Dance Theatre. He continued his training with the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education under Sharon Story and the San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet under Susan Connally. In Atlanta, Jacob has danced many principal classical roles and has been featured as Matthew and Toulouse-Lautrec in Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet, Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, and Alexei Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas. He spent the 2012 to 2014 seasons with Germany’s Theatre Augsburg, where he worked with such notable choreographers as Douglas Lee, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, Christian Spuck, Itzik Galili, and Michael Pink. He also had the pleasure of creating the role of the Younger Brother in the world premiere of Christopher Hampson’s Rite of Spring and also the role of Curdie in the world premiere of Twyla Tharp’s The Princess & the Goblin. Special thanks to Jacob’s Pas de Deux Society patrons Susan & Tony Catalfano. 

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Peng-Yu Chen

Tenth Season

A native of Taiwan, Peng began her training in Chinese folk dance and gymnastics at age 10 and won two national championships in Chinese folk dance. She holds a B.F.A. from SUNY Purchase under the director Carol Walker and received the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and the President’s Award for Achievement. She has danced with Kevin Wynn Collection and Metropolitan Opera Ballet and American Repertory Ballet under Graham Lustig for three seasons. Since 2007, she has performed leading roles in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker and John McFall’s Peter Pan and was featured in Stallings’ big, Hampson’s Sinfonietta Giocosa, Kudelka’s The Four Seasons, Patterson’s Quietly Walking, Godden’s The Magic Flute, Pickett’s Petal, Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Morris’ Moulin Rouge® — The Ballet, Caniparoli’s Lambarena, Elo’s 1st Flash, Alexander Ekman’s Cacti, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush, and Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony. Dance Magazine named Peng one of the “25 to Watch” in 2007. She wants to thank her loving family and husband, Allen, for all the support and encouragement. Special thanks to Peng’s Pas de Deux Society patron, the Corps de Ballet.

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Monika Haczkiewicz

Debut Season

Monika Haczkiewicz was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. Throughout her training, she has 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 America Grand Prix (YAGP), where she ranked second place in the senior division in the Las Vegas Semi-Finals. She made it to the competition’s final round, where she was able to perform at the Lincoln Centre in New York City as one of the nine girls representing the United States. For the 2015-16 season, Monika received a full-tuition Nijinksky Dance Scholarship to Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Professional Division Program, where she performed the lead in Paquita with the Professional Division in addition to the Paquita pas de trots. Special thanks to Monika’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Daphne Elizabeth Moore Eitel. 

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Jordan Leeper

Second Season

A native of Jamestown, N.Y., began dancing at the age of 12 with the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet and later studied at San Francisco Ballet. Jordan went on to dance with the Charlotte Ballet under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. As a member of Charlotte Ballet, he performed at the John F. Kennedy Center during Ballet Across America in 2013. Jordan has performed works by Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Twyla Tharp, Jiří Bubeníček, Sasha Jones, Mark Diamond, Jean Pierre Bonnefoux, and many more. Jordan was as 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 season anniversary at the Joyce Theater. Jordan is excited to begin his career with Atlanta Ballet.

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Nadia Mara

Eleventh Season

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Nadia trained at the National School of Ballet in her country, where she graduated as the best dancer in school and was awarded the Elena Smirnova Gold Medal. In the United States, Nadia started dancing with North Carolina Dance Theatre. At Atlanta Ballet, she performed the lead in 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, Pamina in Mark Godden’s Magic Flute, Marguerite in Helen Pickett's a ballet based on Camino Real by Tennessee Williams and principal roles in Steven Mills’ Hamlet, James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons, and David Bintley’s Carmina Burana. She was also featured in Alexei Ratmnasky’s Seven Sonatas, Ohad Naharin’s Secus, Alexander Ekman's Cacti, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush, Jorma Elo’s 1st Flash, and Wayne McGregor’s Eden|Eden. Nadia wants to thank her beloved mother for giving her courage, strength, support, and, most of all, love during all these years. Special thanks to Nadia’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Amy Nelson and Style Design.

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Miguel Angel Montoya

Fourth Season

Miguel was born in Cali, Colombia where he began his training at the Instituto Colombiano de Ballet, Incoballet. In 2008, Miguel relocated to Philadelphia to attend the Rock School. In 2010, Miguel competed in the IBC Jackson International Ballet Competition, progressed to the second round semifinal, and made it to the Youth American Grand Prix New York finals. Before joining Atlanta Ballet, Miguel danced with Incolballet Company under the direction of Gloria Castro de Martinez, appearing as the Slave in Le Corsaire and Basilio in Don Quixote. Miguel worked with Twyla Tharp and originated roles in Twyla Tharp's The Princess & the Goblin. Miguel also danced in Juel Lane’s Moments of Dis, Helen Pickett’s Prayer of Touch, Michael Pink’s Dracula, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16, Gina Patterson’s I AM, Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, and Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush. Miguel thanks Atlanta Ballet for its graciousness and support.

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Jackie Nash

Sixth Season

A native of Connecticut, Jackie Nash 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 for Dance Education, 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 roles such as Marya in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker and the principal woman in Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony. She has also performed featured roles in works by Christopher Wheeldon, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Douglas Lee, and Alexei Ratmansky. She has had the pleasure of working with such choreographers as James Kudelka for The Man in Black, Jorma Elo for 1st Flash, and Ohad Naharin for Secus. Jackie would like to thank her loving parents and amazing sister for their endless support and encouragement. Special thanks to Jackie’s Pas de Deux Society patrons Kathleen & Kirk Knous.

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Anderson Souza

Debut Season

A native of South Brazil, Anderson Souza received his training under Jorge Teixeira at the Conservatorio Brasileiro de Danca. After graduating at the age of 17, Souza joined the Cia Brasileira de Ballet in Rio de Janeiro, where he danced principal and soloist roles in many well-known productions and competed in national and international dance competitions, including the Beijing International Ballet Competition. There, Souza also traveled with the Company to perform in presentations in countries such as Colombia, China, Israel, and France. In 2013, Souza joined Gelsey Kirkland Ballet as a company dancer, where he continued performing lead roles that earned praise from national critics, including The New York Times. Some of Souza’s most important roles to date include Wedding Procession choreographed by Leonid Jacobson, Sleeping Beauty (Bluebird), Don Quixote (Basilio, Espada), Cavalry Halt (Phillip), The Nutcracker (Prince), and Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried), among others. Anderson is a fan of all of the arts, and – when he is not dancing – enjoys spending time with friends and family. 

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Jared Tan

Seventh Season

Jared was born in the Philippines and started 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 and distinguished visiting Ballet Masters Robert Barnett, Graham Lustig, Batt Abbit, Stefan Hoff, Ida Beltran-Lucila, Nonoy Froilan, Maiqui Mañosa, Edna Vida, and Stanley Canete. In 2009, he joined American Repertory Ballet in New Jersey under the direction of Graham Lustig, where he perfomed as the Prince in Nutcracker and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and danced roles in Rhapsodia and Twyla Tharp’s Baker’s Dozen. Jared loves to take pictures and play guitar, basketball, and video games. He thanks his family and friends for their continued love and support. He is so thankful to be a part of Atlanta Ballet. Special thanks to Jared’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Chris M. Carlos.

Company

Ashley Wegmann

Second Season

Born in New Jersey, Ashley Wegmann received her early training from the National Ballet of New Jersey and later studied at the Princeton Ballet School on scholarship. After attending the graduate program at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, she joined the company as a corps de ballet member in 2007. In 2012, she moved to Columbus, Ohio to dance with BalletMet. Ashley has been fortunate to work with many choreographers and dance a variety of repertoire. Some of her favorite roles and repertoire include 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. Ashley is thrilled to be returning to Atlanta Ballet this season. Special thanks to Ashley’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Chris M. Carlos. 

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Olivia Yoch

Debut Season

Olivia Yoch, from Richmond, Va., received her dance training from the School of Richmond Ballet and Butler University. She spent two years with Tulsa Ballet II and the Tulsa Ballet before joining Atlanta Ballet as an apprentice last season. Her favorite repertory includes Yuri Possokhov's Classical SymphonyCoppélia, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s El Beso, Nacho Duato’s Por Vos Muero, Ma Cong’s Match Point, and Tara Lee’s the swimmer. Olivia holds a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and a B.A. in English Literature from Butler University. When not dancing, Olivia enjoys reading, playing board games, drinking coffee, and teaching at the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. She thanks her family, teachers, and friends for all their love and support. Special thanks to Olivia’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Marius Hector. 


Photos by Charlie McCullers.