Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

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ERICA ALVARADO was born in Tucson, Arizona, and began her dance training at Ballet Arts in Tucson, under the direction of Mary Beth Cabana, where she attended many prestigious summer intensives. After graduating from high school, she joined Ballet Tucson and worked closely with ballet masters Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner from American Ballet Theater, where they selected Alvarado to perform 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 principal roles in The Firebird, Carmen, Giselle, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, as well as principal roles in such George Balanchine works as Square Dance, Who Cares, La Source, Donizetti Variations, Allegro Brillante, Serenade, Tarantella, Walpurgisnacht, Concerto Barocco, Apollo and Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux. Alvarado performed soloist roles in The Four Temperaments and Agon. She also danced the role of the Principal Woman in Peter Martin’s Hallelujah Junction. In 2017, Alvarado joined Atlanta Ballet where she has performed Kitri, The Sugar Plum Fairy, The Snow Queen, and other leading roles in Helgi Tómasson’s Seven for Eight, Stanton Welch’s Tu Tu, Craig Davidson’s Remembrance Hereafter, Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine, as well as in Scarlett's world premiere of Catch. Alvarado has been teaching students and professionals of all ages since 2011.

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JESSICA ASSEF joined Atlanta Ballet in 2017. Originally from São Carlos, Brazil, she 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 competition in Brazil. In 2013, she won silver medal at YAGP semifinals and gold medal at YAGP New York City finals. Assef spent two years at Orlando Ballet School as a trainee before becoming a member of its second company in 2013. She joined Orlando Ballet in 2014, that same year she competed at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi.

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NADYNE BISPO‡ is originally from Santos coast of São Paulo, Brazil. She started dancing at the age of 4 at Balé Jovem de São Vicente under the direction of Geyssa Alencar and Sabrina Olimpio. In 2012, she represented Brazil at Tanzolimp in Berlin, her first international festival. She graduated in 2015 at the age of 17 from the Balé Jovem de São Vicente. Nadyne participated in the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) three times and, in 2016 received a scholarship for the summer course and contract with Boston Ballet II. She attended the four week summer intensive under the direction of Peter Stark. In 2018, Nadyne was a finalist at YAGP and she received an invitation to work with Atlanta Ballet 2, under the direction of Gennadi Nedvigin and Sharon Story, where she attended for two years (2018- 2020). In the same year, Nadyne received a gold medal in the Passo de Arte and was selected for the international Festival of Joinville. In 2020, she got promoted as apprentice member of the Company. Nadyne is really excited to start her first season as an apprentice with Atlanta Ballet.

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JACOB BUSH grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he trained at Minnesota Dance Theatre under the direction of Lise Houlton. He continued his training under Sharon Story at 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, Helgi Tomasson's 7 for Eight, 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 and his world premiere of Catch, Craig Davidson’s Remembrance/Hereafter, Red Couple in Stanton Welch’s Tu Tu, the world premiere of Tara Lee’s blink, and the world premieres of Claudia Schreier's First Impulse and Pleiades Dances.

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EMILY CARRICO was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, and received her classical ballet training from Kentucky Ballet Theatre Academy, The HARID Conservatory and The Art of Classical Ballet. She has danced professionally with Kentucky Ballet Theatre, Columbia City Ballet and currently with Atlanta Ballet. Carrico feels fortunate to have performed principle roles, such as Kitri in Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote, the Sylph in Johan Kobborg’s La Sylphide, and Marie in Yuri Possokhov’s The Nutcracker. Along with dancing many other classical ballets, she has performed works by Helgi Tomasson, Mark Morris, George Balanchine, Liam Scarlett, Stanton Welch, Dwight Rhoden, Ricardo Amarante, Yury Yanowski, John McFall, Craig Davidson, Max Petrov, Claudia Schreier and Mark Godden. Aside from dancing, Carrico is very passionate about teaching ballet.

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ANGEL RAMÍREZ CASTELLANO‡ was born in Trinidad, Cuba, and trained for eight years at the National Ballet School of Cuba in Havana, winning the gold medal in the Cuban International Ballet Competition his graduating year. Upon graduation, he was accepted into the National Ballet of Cuba and performed in classics such as La Fille Mal Gardee and Don Quixote, as well as in works by Alberto Mendez and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Angel was invited to train at The Rock School in Philadelphia and competed in Young American Grand Prix the following year, winning the Grand Prix Award in Philadelphia. Most recently, he danced with the Georgia Ballet, dancing lead roles in Romeo and Juliet, Le Corsaire and Les Sylphides. Angel is excited to join Atlanta Ballet this season.

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MICHAEL CAYE was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he trained at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School and the Point Park University International Summer Dance Program. At 16, Michael was a finalist at Young American Grand Prix and received a scholarship with Miami City Ballet Pre-Professional Program under the direction of Arantxa Ochoa, the same year. While in Miami, Michael performed roles such as George Balanchine’s Tarantella, Mathew Neenan’s Penumbra and works by Durante Verzola and Ariel Rose. During his last year in Miami, he was given the opportunity to choreograph on the pre-professional students and perform in West Side Story Suite with the Miami City Ballet company. Michael was most recently a company dancer with Nevada Ballet Theater in Las Vegas, under the direction of Roy Kaiser. He performed many principal and soloist roles, the most notable of which included Frederick in Ben Stevenson’s Dracula, Kaschie in Yuri Possokov’s Firebird, Melancholic in George Balanchine’s Four Temperaments and a featured dancer in Nicolo Fonte’s Bolero. Michael is thrilled to be joining the Company and is excited for his future at Atlanta Ballet.

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ANASTASIA CHEPLYANSKY‡ began her training at Ballet San Jose and Lise la Cour’s LaCademy of Ballet. She graduated from Bayer Ballet Academy in 2018, under Inna Bayer’s direction. While at Bayer Ballet, she performed roles such as Medora in the Le Corsaire Grand Pas de Deux, Paquita Pas de Trois, Queen of Dryads in Don Quixote’s Dream Scene, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Gerda in Snow Queen, and she was invited to participate in Young American Grand Prix New York finals. Anastasia also performed at the Apollo Arts Festival’s gala in 2018, as the corps for Don Quixote Act III Pas de Deux and for Gamzatti’s Grand Pas alongside Adiarys Almeida and Maria Alexandrova, respectively. She joined Atlanta Ballet 2 from 2018-2020, where she got to perform with the Company for The NutcrackerLa Sylphide, Alexander Ekman’s Cacti, and performed a principal role in Atlanta Ballet 2’s The Swan Princess. In 2020, Anastasia joined Atlanta Ballet as an apprentice and performed Claudia Schreier’s Pleiades Dances and a duet choreographed by Carraig New for the Silver Linings program. Over the summer of 2021, she had the special opportunity to learn from and be choreographed on by world-renown choreographer, Vasily Medvedev for his world premiere, which will later be danced by schools and companies in Europe. She danced the Rose as the lead role and Nasturtium, the antagonist, in his ballet, The Romance of the Rose and the Butterfly-A Love Story. Anastasia is excited for her second season with the Company!

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DYLAN CLINARD, from Clemmons, North Carolina, 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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CATHERINE CONLEY was born in Chicago and began her formal dance training at the Ruth Page School of Dance. She danced as Swanhilda in Coppélia and appeared in Civic Ballet of Chicago productions. At age 18, she participated in an exchange program between Ruth Page and the National Ballet School of Cuba. Catherine was subsequently invited to train in Havana full time—a first for an American ballerina. While there, she performed as Gulnare and Medora in Le Corsaire, and competed in the International Competition for Ballet Schools in Havana, winning the silver medal with the pas de deux from Paquita. In 2017, Catherine entered the National Ballet of Cuba as the company’s only foreign dancer. During her time with the company, she performed in Giselle, Swan Lake and Cinderella, as well as Queen of the Nymphs in Alberto Mendez’s La Fille du Danube. She then went on to dance with Milwaukee Ballet, performing in Coppélia, The Nutcracker and Rise by Nicole Teague-Howell. Catherine joined Atlanta Ballet last year and performed in This Bitter Earth by Guilherme Maciel and Teneo Integrum by Sergio Masero. Catherine is excited to begin her second season with Atlanta Ballet.

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GEORGIA DALTON began dancing at the age of 3 in Columbus, Ohio, with Dublin Dance Centre and Columbus City Ballet. Summer training programs included American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Ballet Met, and an apprenticeship at the Chautauqua Institute. After high school, Georgia attended Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Ballet Program as a recipient of the Premier Young Artist Award. There she worked closely with teachers Violette Verdy, Kyra Nichols, Carla Körbes, Sarah Wroth, Sasha Janes and Michael Vernon. She performed many leading roles, including principle in George Balanchine’s La Source, August Bournonville’s Flower Festival in Genzano and Sugar Plum Fairy in Michael Vernon’s The Nutcracker. In 2018, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in ballet and outside field in marketing. Georgia went on to join Boston Ballet II, under the direction of Peter Stark, Mikko Nissinen and Russell Kaiser. The following year she was promoted to corps de ballet artist. During her time spent with Boston Ballet she performed in works by George Balanchine, Marius Petipa, Jerome Robbins, Sir Fredrick Ashton, Bruce Wood, Mikko Nissinen, Jorma Elo and Matthew Slattery. Georgia is excited to be dancing with Atlanta Ballet for a second season.

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THOMAS DAVIDOFF, originally from Lincoln, England, began his dance training in Princeton, New Jersey, at the age of 10, with Susan Jaffe and Risa Kaplowitz. He later studied at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School and Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education before culminating his training at the School of American Ballet. He was fortunate to perform alongside New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center during an annual celebration of George Balanchine, as well as in multiple New York Choreographic Institute and School of American Ballet Workshop performances. Davidoff was critically acclaimed by The New York Times’ Alastair Macauley for his role in Balanchine’s Danses Concertantes. In 2017, Davidoff became a member of Boston Ballet II, where, under the direction of Peter Stark, Mikko Nissinen, Russell Kaiser and Margaret Tracy, he performed works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, John Cranko, Paulo Arrais, Christopher Wheeldon, August Bournonville, Sir Frederick Ashton, Bruce Woods, Yury Yanowsky and Matthew Slattery, in both company and second company settings. He was a 2016 Princess Grace Award nominee and placed among the top 12 senior men at the Youth America Grand Prix in 2017. Davidoff joined Atlanta Ballet in 2019.

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MARÍA JOSÉ ESQUIVEL‡ grew up in Stamford, Connecticut, and began her training at the Ballet School of Stamford. She continued training in the Vaganova Technique at Greenwich Ballet Academy under Yuri Vodolaga, and later at Koltun Ballet Boston under Alexandra Koltun and Alexander Lapshin. She participated in several summer intensives and received the First Place scholarship at the Bolshoi Ballet Summer Intensive in 2017. Esquivel was accepted into the Joffrey Academy of Dance (Chicago) Trainee Program in 2016, and after two years was promoted to the Studio Company in 2018. During her time there she enjoyed performing in main company productions of Christopher Wheeldon’s The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Giselle, and Jerome Robbins’ Glass Pieces, as well as originating roles in Claudia Schreier’s First Light for the Winning Works Choreographic Competition. Esquivel joined Atlanta Ballet 2 for the 2019|2020 season and is excited to begin her second season as an apprentice.

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BROCK FOWLER started his training at age 14 in his hometown of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and after two years attended the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities.  Once he graduated from the Governor's School Dance Department, Brock joined BalletMet2 where he spent another two years performing choreography by Edwaard Liang, Andrea Schermoly, Val Caniparoli, Michael Pink, and many others.  From 2018-2020 Brock danced with The Ballet Theatre of Maryland as a soloist performing roles like Oberon from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Snow King, Spanish, Mirliton, and Arabian from The Nutcracker, as well as other soloist and corps roles in Snow Queen, Swan Lake, Snow White, and Aladdin. In the fall of 2020, Brock joined Atlanta Ballet as a Company member and is now in his second season.

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BROOKE GILLIAM is from Boulder, Colorado, and began her training at the Colorado Conservatory of Dance under the direction of Julia Wilkinson Manley. At 16, after attending the summer intensive, she was offered a merit scholarship to the Conservatory Program at Atlanta Ballet. From there, Brooke was a part of Atlanta Ballet 2 for two seasons performing leading roles in Bruce Wells’ Snow White and Beauty & the Beast, Robert Barnett’s Arensky Dances and Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine. Since joining the Company in 2018, some of her favorite repertoire and roles have included Alexander Ekman’s Cacti, Johan Kobborg’s La Sylphide, Dwight Rhoden’s Sunrise Divine and Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote, as well as the roles of Russian and Spanish in Yuri Possokhov’s The Nutcracker. One of her most memorable moments with Atlanta Ballet thus far was touring and performing The Nutcracker at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Brooke is excited for her third season with the Company.

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EMMA GUERTIN, born in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, began dancing at age 5 with Oakville School of Classical Ballet, under the direction of Amanda Paterson. During her years with Oakville Ballet, Emma spent her summers attending National Ballet School of Canada and Orlando Ballet School's Summer Intensives. At age 16, Emma received her first traineeship with Orlando Ballet School. After two years as a trainee she then got promoted into Orlando Ballet’s second company. Throughout her years with Orlando, she attended The Youth American Grand Prix, Tampa semi- finals. In 2017, Emma received a Bronze Medal in Contemporary, and advanced to the final round where she performed at Lincoln Center in New York City. During, the summer of 2018, Emma competed in USA International Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, where she was offered her apprenticeship with Atlanta Ballet. Emma is thrilled to be going into her third season with Atlanta Ballet, where she has been promoted to full Company member. Some of Emma’s favorite performances are George Balanchine’s Serenade, Sleeping Beauty and La Bayadère.

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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. Since she joined Atlanta Ballet, she worked with choreographers Craig Davidson, Max Petrov, Dwight Rhoden, Ricardo Amarante and Yuri Yanowsky. Favorite performances include Jiri Kylian's Return to a Strange Land, Alexander Ekman's Cacti, Claudia Schreier's First Impulse and Lar Lubovitch's Elemental Brubeck.

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JESSICA HE, originally from Rancho Cucamonga, California, received her early ballet training at Inland Pacific Ballet Academy. She moved to Philadelphia in 2012 at the age of 14 to enter the pre-professional training program at The Rock School for Dance Education on full scholarship, where 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 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons, where she enjoyed touring internationally and performing a varied repertoire. One of the most memorable moments in her career thus far with Atlanta Ballet has been premiering the Principal Woman in Craig Davidson’s world premiere Remembrance/Hereafter during her 2017/18 debut season. She has since performed featured roles in George Balanchine’s Who Cares?, Helgi Tomasson’s 7 for Eight, Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote, George Balanchine’s Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, Jiří Kylián's Return to a Strange Land, Kiyon Ross’ Sum Stravinsky, Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine and world premiere Catch, Ricardo Amarante’s Love Fear Loss, and Lar Lubovitch’s Elemental Brubeck. Jessica received praise and recognition as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2019 for her performances in Remembrance/Hereafter, Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, and Who Cares?. She is very much looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that her fifth season with the Company will bring.

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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 in 2017, and some of her favorite highlights with Atlanta Ballet include performing Yuri Possokhov’s The Nutcracker as Marie and Don Quixote as Amore; August Bournonville/Johan Kobborg’s La Sylphide as the Sylphide; Marius Petipa’s Don Quixote Grande Pas de Deux; Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine and Catch; Jiří Kylián’s Return to a Strange Land; Ricardo Amarante’s Love Fear Loss; Craig Davidson’s Remembrance/Hereafter; Kiyon Ross’s Sum Stravinsky; and Dwight Rhoden’s Sunrise Divine.  Airi was named as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2020.

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DARIAN KANE is from northern California where she received her dance training at the Capitol Ballet Center in Sacramento, under the direction of Stuart Carroll and Sharon Newton. From 2015 to 2018, she danced with BalletMet2 and BalletMet in Columbus, where she performed in Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 and Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s Carmen, as Cigaretta. This is her third season with Atlanta Ballet. In past seasons, some of her favorite roles include performing in Alexander Eckman’s CactiReturn to a Strange Land from Jiří Kylián, and dancing the third movement principal in Sum Stravinsky choreographed by Kiyon Ross. In 2020, she danced in an episode of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories on Apple TV+.

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ERIK KIM was born in Dallas, Texas, in 2001. He began dancing at the age of 9 in Little Rock, Arkansas, at Shuffles and Ballet II, learning the fundamentals of ballet under his teacher Arleen Sugano. He continued his training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts under Dean of Dance Susan Jaffe, training with teachers such as Mikhail Tchoupakov and Ilya Kozadayev. After competing in the 2019 Prix de Lausanne, Erik was invited to join the Ballet Nacional SODRE (BNS) in Uruguay, under director Igor Yebra. During his time in BNS, Erik performed roles such as Pas de Cinq in Serge Lifar’s Suite en Blanc and Beggar Chief in Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon. He also performed in Blanca Li’s Quixote del Plata during the BNS International Tour in Spain in 2019. Erik is excited to be joining Atlanta Ballet for the 2021 | 2022 Season.

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BENJAMIN KUEFLER began his training at age 8t with Acton School of Ballet in Boston, where he studied and performed for 10 years. In 2016, he joined Koltun Ballet Boston to train with Alex Lapshin and Alexandra Koltun. He was invited to the Moscow State Academy of Choreography through the Bolshoi summer intensive in New York 2017. In the same year, he also competed in YAGP at which he was awarded Top 12. He then joined the Finnish National Ballet as a corps de ballet member in fall of 2017, at the age of 20. His repertoire includes Aminta in John Neumier’s Sylvia, Wayne McGregor’s Infra, Four Princes in David Bintley’s Cinderella, Mazurka and Pas De Duex in Suite En Blanc, and Pas De Duex in Jiří Kylián’s Symphany of Psalms. Ben has also guested over the years in productions such as Don Quixote, La Bayadere, The Nutcracker, Les Patineurs, Graduation Ball and Billy Elliot.

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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 apprentice in 2015. She had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as Dwight Rhoden for Sunrise Divine, Craig Davidson for Remembrance/Hereafter, and Tara Lee for blink. Some of her favorite repertoire include Liam Scarlet’s Vespertine, Cupid from Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote, and Alexander Ekman’s Tuplet.

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SOJUNG LEE, from South Korea, began her early ballet training at age 6, in her mom’s studio, and continued training at the Korea National Institute for Gifted in Arts, Yewon Arts School and Seoul Arts High School. SoJung entered the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul two years earlier than others. Upon graduation, she joined Boston Ballet. SoJung received multiple awards in world competitions, such as a gold medal from Youth America Grand Prix in 2009, she was a finalist in the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, in 2014, and in the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2012. She also won the Valentina Kozelova International Ballet Competition in 2015, and the Sicily International Ballet Competition in 2015.  At Boston Ballet, under the direction of Mikko Nissinen, Russell Kaiser and Larissa Ponomarenko, SoJung performed works by Marius Petipa, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, William Forsythe, John Cranko, August Bournonville, Sir Frederick Ashton, Mikko Nissinen, Jorma Elo and Jessica Burrows. She also danced with BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio, for one year. SoJung is very excited to be joining Atlanta Ballet for the 2021|2022 Season.

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JORDAN LEEPER, a native of Jamestown, New York, 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 for the Performing Arts 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 fourth season with the Company. His most recent highlight was premiering The Nutcracker Prince at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Some more highlights include dancing Gurn in La Sylphide, as well as the lead in Liam Scarlett's Vespertine. Dancing with the Company over the years, Keaton has enjoyed performing works from Alexander Ekman, Johan Kobborg, Liam Scarlett, Yuri Possokhov, Dwight Rhoden, Ricardo Amarante, Yury Yanowsky and Craig Davidson.

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GUILHERME MACIEL began his studies at the age of 11 in São Paulo, Brazil. He studied at renowned schools, such as Ballet Adriana Assaf and Raça Centro de Artes e Especial Academia de Ballet. In 2006, he attended The HARID Conservatory's Summer Program in Boca Raton, Florida, where he followed his studies for the following year. Maciel was awarded as a dancer and choreographer in important dance competitions in Brazil, standing out among them, Passo de Arte, Festival de Danças de Joinville, Premio Desterro, among others. In 2006 and 2008, he was a bronze medalist in the senior category and Best Choreographer in 2016 at the Youth America Grand Prix finals in New York, where he received a scholarship for Houston Ballet II. Maciel was a dancer at São Paulo Dance Company, directed by Iracity Cardoso and Inês Bogea from 2008 to 2010. He participated in the 2011 and 2017 editions of The Nutcracker of the Black Swan Dance Company directed by Hulda Bittencourt and Dani Bittencourt. In 2013, Maciel was a guest dancer of the galas “Black Swan” and “The Virtuous of the Ballet World” on tour in Russia. In 2017, he was the first Brazilian to participate in the Workshop for Young Choreographers at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia, as a choreographer and dancer. In 2018, Maciel was a guest professor at the “Cloche Ballet” summer course in Cordoba, Argetina, and judged at the Danza National Contest in Paraguay. Under the direction of Vinicius Anselmo, he performed as a dancer in the production of Intuição Cia de Ballet "Epifania" in 2019. Maciel was the artistic director and resident choreographer of the Grupo Jovem Paulista em São Paulo, Brazil, between 2012 and 2019. This is his third season with Atlanta Ballet.

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SERGIO MASERO is from Madrid, and began his training at the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Mariemma, He continued his training on scholarship at San Francisco Ballet School. Sergio then joined Ballet Memphis where he performed lead roles, such as Romeo in Steven McMahon’s Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake; Matthew Neenan’s  Water of the Flowery Mill; and in works by Mark Godden, Gabrielle Lamb and Joshua Pugh. Since joining Atlanta Ballet, Sergio has performed principal roles such as Basilio in Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote; James in Johan Kobborg’s La Sylphide or Nutcracker prince in the World premiere of Yuri Possokhov’s The Nutcracker. He’s also been featured in ballets by Helgi Tomasson, Stanton Welch, Mark Morris and Craig Davidson, among others. Aside from dancing, Masero enjoys the world of choreography. He created two pieces when he was at Ballet Memphis and two full-length productions for the Dance Academy of Bartlett in Tennessee. With Atlanta ballet he most recently choreographed Teneo Integrum for the Silver Linings program.

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JULIANA MISSANO was born in Lloyd Harbor, New York, and began studying ballet at age 5. She trained at the Lynch School of Ballet until she was 15, and then continued her training at The Rock School under the direction of Bo and Stephanie Spassoff. In 2017, Juliana was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts and performed at the Kennedy Center. She has competed in the Youth America Grand Prix, receiving the Grand Prix Award, placing first in the pas de deux category and advancing to the final round where she performed at Lincoln Center. This is Juliana’s fourth season with Atlanta Ballet. Some of her favorite repertoire include Gemma Bond’s Denouement, Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote, Claudia Schreier’s First Impulse and Kiyon Ross’ Sum Stravinsky.

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MIGUEL ANGEL MONTOYA was born in Cali, Colombia, and began his training at the >span class="spelle">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, Mississippi, 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. Montoya has been featured in the Paquita Pas de Trois, George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort.

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DENYS NEDAK was born in Odessa, Ukraine. In 2005, he began to study in the Kyiv Municipal Ukraine Dance Academy, named after Serge Lyfar. While in the Academy he was invited to perform at the National Opera House in Kyiv, where he danced his first professional performances as Paris in Romeo and Juliet and Prince in The Nutcracker. After graduation, Denys joined National Opera House of Ukraine in Kyiv, working under the supervision and guidance of a People's Artist of Ukraine, N.D Pryadchenko, to create his repertoire. In 2008, Denys became principal dancer. He has become known as a performer of lyrical-romantic repertoire at National Opera House of Ukraine. In the theatre he frequently partners with leading ballerinas, including E. Filipeva, T. Golyakova, N. Matsak, U. Lopatkina, N. Polakova, V. Part and P. Herrera. In 2011, Denys was honored with the title of Merited Artist of Ukraine. His popularity in Ukraine has led to many invitations to perform at international festivals. I am a regular guest artist at the, Rudolf Nureyev International Festival of Ballet Art in Ufa. Since 2014, Denys performed as a regular guest at the National Theater of Serbia; from 2014 to 2015, as a guest dancer with American Ballet Theatre and the Vienna State Opera; from 2016 to2017, as a guest dancer in the Finnish National Opera and Ballet; and the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.  He worked with teachers, such as N. Pryadchenko, V. Yaremenko, N. Makarova, I. Kolpakova, I. Muchamedov, M. Legris, J. Boocca, and O. Evreinoff. In 2017, Denys was honored with the prestigious title of People’s Artist of the Ukraine. He now travels frequently throughout Russia, France, Italy, Germany and Japan to show his skill. Denys’ repertoire includes: Solor in La Bayadere, Basil in Don Quixote (Nureyev), Prince in The Sleeping Beauty (Ratmansky), Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake (Nureyev), Albert in Giselle, Jose and Escamilio in Carmen Suite, Jean de Brienne in Raymonda, Conrad in Le Corsaire, Prince in The Nutcracker, Krass in Spartacus, The Golden Slave in Scheherazade and Alexandre in Lady of Camellias, as well as roles in a Classic Pas de Deux (Balanchine), a Grand Pas de Deux (Ober), Silvia Pas de Deux (Balanchine), Red Giselle as Chekist (Eifman) and Touch of illusion (Ricardo Amarante).

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CARRAIG NEW‡ was born in Juneau, Alaska. He is a graduate of the Moscow State Academy of Choreography where he studied classical Russian technique with Bolshoi Theatre first soloist Denis Medvedev. He performed on the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Yuri Grigorovich’s staging of La Fille Mal Gardée, dancing in the Gypsy Dance as one of the four friends, as well as being featured as a demi-soloist. He also performed as a soloist in La Bayadère's Dance of the Drum. Carraig performed on the Bolshoi Historical Stage in A Tribute to Marius Petipa, which included Danse des Forbans from Le Corsaire. He was invited to dance as the guest artist at the premier performances of the Ballet de Barcelona, in Spain and France. He joined Atlanta Ballet 2 in 2018-2019. Carraig has performed Arabian, Russian, Mice and Skier in Yuri Possokhov's reimagined production of The Nutcracker; the Beast in Bruce Wells’ Beauty and the Beast; Von Rothbart and Benno in Bruce Wells’ The Swan Princess; Dance of the Wedding Guests in La Sylphide; and a leading role in Volar, a contemporary ballet choreographed by Nadia Mara.

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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 roles in school productions like Von Rothbart in Swan Lake and Lead Couple in Napoli Divertissements and danced with the company in fall and spring productions. Jonathan joined Atlanta Ballet during the 2018-2019 season where he performed numerous works in the Company, such as Return to a Strange Land by Jiří Kylián, AON by Yury Yanowsky, Cacti by Alexander Ekman, just to name a few. This is Philbert’s third season with Atlanta Ballet.

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MIKAELA LAURYN D. SANTOS, a native of the Philippines, began her ballet training at Effie Nañas School of Classical Ballet. In 2014, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Ballet Competition, she was awarded second place. In 2016, she was among the top 15 finalists at the World Ballet Competition. She joined the Philippine Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in March 2016. At the age of 17, Mikaela joined the Fellowship program of Atlanta Ballet and later joined as an apprentice in 2017, and was promoted to the Company in 2018. She took the summer intensive at Jacob’s Pillow and was featured in performances such as Kitri’s friends in Don Quixote, Chinese and Spanish in The Nutcracker  and Demi Sylphs in La Sylphide. She had the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers such as Yuri Possokhov, Johan Kobborg, Gemma Bond, Craig Davidson, Helgi Tomasson, Maxim Petrov, Kiyon Ross and Dwight Rhoden, to name a few. Mikaela is excited to start her fifth season with Atlanta Ballet!

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ANDERSON SOUZA was born in Santo Angelo, Brazil. Anderson 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. Under the unique guidance of Kirkland, Anderson matured his artistry and received praise from national critics, including those at The New York Times. He has enjoyed dancing roles in The Nutcracker (by Yuri Possokhov) La Sylphide as Gurn (staged by Johan Kobborg), Sum Stravinsky (by Kiyon Ross), Sandpaper Ballet (by Mark Morris), Tuplet (by Alexander Ekman) and the world premiere of Catch (by Liam Scarlett). Anderson is excited to be joining Atlanta Ballet for his 4th 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. Takahashi competed in the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, 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, Takahashi joined Orlando Ballet’s second company to then move on to Atlanta Ballet in 2018. Her favorite performances with Atlanta Ballet include Vespertine, Catch and First Impulse.


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KELSEY VAN TINE was born in Naples, Florida, and trained at the Naples Dance Conservatory under the Direction of Abdelazis Roque. In 2009, Ms. Van Tine joined Kentucky Ballet Theatre as an apprentice and was promoted to company dancer within her first season. At the end of the 2012-13 season, she was promoted to principal dancer by Artistic Director Norbe Risco. During her time at Kentucky Ballet Theatre, Ms. Van Tine performed not only the entire Kentucky Ballet Theatre repertoire but a wide range of roles in many classical, neoclassical and contemporary works, as well.  Some of her favorites include Paquita, Le Corsaire, Norbe Risco’s The Wizard of Oz & Carmen, as well as Kirt Hathaway’s Calles de Tango. Ms. Van Tine is proud to have worked with coaches/choreographers Anna Patsfall, Roberto Sifontes, Kirt Hathaway, Andres Arambula, world renowned “Cuban Jewel” Aurora Bosch and Alla Osipenko, to name a few. In 2017, by invitation, Ms. Van Tine traveled to Cancun, Mexico, to perform at the 7th Annual International Encounter of Dance Festival.  Also in 2017, she traveled to Camaguey, Cuba, for Ballet de Camaguey’s 50th Anniversary Gala and has since returned to Cuba annually to perform with Ballet de Camaguey as a principal guest artist.

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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 corps de ballet in 2007. She danced with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre for five seasons, and went on to dance for three seasons 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, James Kudelka’s Real Life and The Four Seasons, Mercedes in Yuri Possokhov's Don Quixote, and Madge in La Sylphide.

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SPENCER WETHERINGTON‡ is from Bridgeton, New Jersey, and began dancing at a local studio at age 4. He continued his training at the School of Pennsylvania Ballet. Upon graduation from St. Augustine College Preparatory School, Spencer went on to study at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography. With the academy, he performed variations from Flames of Paris, Napoli andLa Bayadere, as well as soloist roles in La Fille Mal Gardée. Spencer competed in the International Ballet Competition “Dance Moscow” and was awarded second place. Spencer has been a member of Atlanta Ballet 2 for two years. His performances with Atlanta Ballet 2 included Gaston in Bruce Well’s Beauty and the Beast, Prince Siegfried in Bruce Well’s The Swan Princess, Alexander Ekman’s Cacti, Russian in Yuri Possokhov’s The Nutcracker, among others. This is Spencer’s first season as an apprentice with Atlanta Ballet. He thanks his loving family for their support.


‡ Denotes Atlanta Ballet company apprentice.

Photos by Charlie McCullers and Kim Kenney, and courtesy of Atlanta Ballet dancers.

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