Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Artistic - Ballet Masters

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Sarah Hillmer, Ballet Master

Sarah Hillmer trained in the Pre-Professional Division of the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education and began her professional career with
Atlanta Ballet, where she performed both classical and contemporary works. Hillmer danced principal roles in such classics as Giselle, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake and originated roles in a variety of contemporary works. Hillmer’s love of coaching, eye for detail and ability to translate choreographer’s ideas and movement to dancers led her to become a ballet master at Atlanta Ballet, where she has collaborated with choreographers at every level of the creation process: assisting in the
building of full-length ballets by Twyla Tharp and Helen Pickett; restaging repertory works by Ohad Naharin and John McFall; and assisting in the staging of works by Jiří Kylián, Wayne McGregor and Gustavo Ramírez Sansano. Hillmer has restaged choreographers’ works at Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Smuin Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet and UNCSA; and she recently assisted Helen Pickett on new creations for both Pennsylvania Ballet and Scottish Ballet. Sarah is in her sixth season as ballet master at Atlanta Ballet.

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Photo by Charlie McCullers.

Roman Rykine, Ballet Master

Roman Rykine joined Atlanta Ballet from Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in 2016. He graduated from the Rudolph Nureyev State Ballet Academy in his hometown of Ufa, Russia, and he was a principal dancer with Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, English National Ballet and the Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theatre. One of the exceptional dancers of his generation, Rykine has danced most of the major classical roles, including La Fille mal gardée, Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, Raymonda Act III, La Bayadère Act III, Giselle, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote and Les Sylphides. His repertoire also includes
many contemporary and neoclassical roles. Rykine won the gold medal and first prize at the International Ballet Competition in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1993, and the bronze medal at both the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss., in 1994, and the Rudolph Nureyev International Ballet Competition in Budapest, Hungary, in 1993. He holds the honorary title of Artist of Merit of the Republic from the Government of Ufa, Russia. During his career, Rykine learned from such teachers, choreographers and coaches as Yuri Gregorvich, Natalia Makarova, Nacho Duato, Yuri Possokhov, Christopher Wheeldon, Peter Martins, Helgi Tomasson, James Kudelka, Hans van Maanen and Jorma Elo, among others. He toured extensively
in Europe, Asia and the United States, and he was a guest artist with various ballet companies. He retired from the stage in 2010 and began teaching. Rykine was a guest faculty member at the Boston Ballet School before joining the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in January 2012.

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Trinidad Vives, Guest Ballet Master, 2018|2019 Season

Trinidad Vives is a native of Madrid, Spain. Ms. Vives was a first prize medalist and scholarship winner at the Prix de Lausanne Competition in 1977. She completed her ballet training at the Ecole Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower. Her first professional engagement was with Hamburg Ballet. Later as a principal dancer with the Basel Ballet, Düsseldorf Ballet, and English National Ballet in London, she performed the leading roles of the classical ballet repertoire, as well as contemporary works by some of the greatest twentieth-century choreographers. Ms. Vives spent eight years with the Houston Ballet, where she rose from

the position of ballet mistress to co-artistic director, a position she shared with Ben Stevenson. In 2002, she joined Boston Ballet as artistic associate director, a position she held for seven years. While working with these companies, she was in charge of teaching and coaching the dancers, as well as managing the day-to-day running of the company. Ms. Vives has staged numerous full-length ballets, including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and La Sylphide, as well as contemporary works. She has been a guest teacher for companies including the American Ballet Theatre, Pittsburg Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Bayersiche Staatsballett in Munich and Compañia Nacional de Danza in Madrid. She has served as a juror in various international ballet competitions, including the World Ballet Competition in 2011 and Jackson International Ballet Competition in 2010, 2014 and 2018. Recently, Ms. Vives was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award at the YAGP regional. She is currently artistic director and founder of The Brookline Ballet School in Boston, Mass.