Angela Agresti grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she began her training at the Jordon College Academy of Dance. In high school, she transferred to North Carolina School of the Arts (now UNCSA) for ballet where she worked closely with mentor Anna-Marie Holmes. After UNCSA, Agresti went on to dance with Cincinnati Ballet for one season before moving to Amsterdam to be in Het Nationale Ballet (Dutch National Ballet) where she danced for eight years. While at Het Nationale Ballet, she danced a mix of classical ballets, Balanchine works, Hans van Manen repertoire, contemporary and neoclassical works, along with new creations. Agresti has been featured in William Forsythe’s Second Detail, Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quichot, Shen Wei’s Sacre du Printemps, and other notable ballets, such as The Dream, Paquita and Swan Lake. During her time dancing in Amsterdam, Agresti gained experience as a choreographic assistant for multiple choreographers’ stage, film and festival works. She traveled to Riom, Switzerland, assisting works by Juanjo Arques and Peter Leung for the Origen Cultural Festival. She also worked with Peter Leung on the first ever virtual reality ballet titled Nightfall. Since returning to the U.S. in 2018, Agresti has been teaching, coaching and rehearsing dancers at the collegiate, pre-professional and professional levels. She held positions at Butler University and Anderson University, and as a company ballet teacher and rehearsal assistant at Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. In 2018, she assisted Annabelle Lopez Ochoa in the making of Tulips and Lobster for Kansas City Ballet and re-staged the work for the company the following season. She holds certifications in the ABT National Training Curriculum for levels Pre-Primary through Level 5 and has received Basi Pilates teacher training for mat Pilates and reformer. She is certified as an integrative nutrition health coach and holds a Nonprofit Management Certificate from the University of California Irvine. Agresti is looking forward to working with the wonderfully talented dancers and artistic team of Atlanta Ballet led by Gennadi Nedvigin.
Rory Hohenstein was born in Washington D.C., where he began dancing at the age of 7 with the Gary Pate dance studio. At age 12, he joined the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C., leaving his senior year at age 17 to take a contract with the company Le Jeune Ballet de France in Paris. In 2000, he joined San Francisco Ballet as a corps member and was promoted to soloist in 2006. He moved to New York City in 2008 to join Christopher Wheeldon’s company, Morphoses, dancing in their home seasons at City Center, NY and Sadlers Wells, London. He spent a season with the Lar Lubovitch Dance company while in New York before joining the Joffrey Ballet in 2011, where he continued to be a leading artist with the company through the 2018/19 season. Some of Hohenstein’s work includes dances from choreographers such as Christopher Wheeldon, Jiří Kylián, Lar Lubovitch, Helgi Tomasson, Alexander Ekman, Wayne McGregor, Alexei Ratmansky, Val Canaparoli, Jorma Elo, Paul Taylor, John Nuemier, Mark Morris, Yuri Possokov, Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille, Gerald Arpino, Emily Molnar, Ed Liang, Andrew McNicol, Annabelle Ochoa Lopez, Liam Scarlett, William Forsythe, Myles Thatcher and Justin Peck. Some personal highlights for Hohenstein include Romeo in Krzysztof Pastor’s Romeo & Juliet, dancing the role of Levin in Yuri Possokhov’s Anna Karenina, Step Sister in Tudor’s Cinderella, “Amor” in John Nuemier’s Sylvia, The Lovers in Alexander Ekman’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Monk in Yuri Possokhov’s Raku and Cassio in Lar Lubovitch’s Othello, and in Fancy Free and as Riff in West Side Story Suite, both by Jerome Robbins. Hohenstein has also enjoyed working in stage productions with Debbie Allen, John Nuemier’s Opera Orphee and Eurydice, as well as working with Wade Robson from TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” Hohenstein is very excited for this new adventure joining Atlanta Ballet as Company Repetiteur under the direction of Gennadi Nedvigin.
Eduardo Permuy was born in Cuba where he began his training at the age of 7 at Laura Alonso's ballet school Per-Danza, later joining the National Ballet School of Cuba and finishing at Miami City Ballet School under the tutelage of Nancy Raffa. At the age of 17, Permuy started his professional career with Miami City Ballet as an apprentice and he went to enjoy a career of 18 years also dancing for American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Joffrey Ballet, Ballet West, Smuin Contemporary Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, and appearing as guest artist with a few others. During this time, his repertoire included most of the classics and a vast number of ballets from the Balanchine repertoire, ranging from corps to principal roles. He also had the opportunity to perform ballets from Gerald Arpino, Robert Joffrey, Jiří Kylián, Kurt Joss, John Cranko, Frederick Ashton, Kenneth MacMillan, Twyla Tharp, Helen Picket, Nicolo Fonte, Antony Tudor, Ulysses Dove, Michael Smuin, Val Caniparoli, Alberto Alonso, Benjamin Millepied, Leonide Massine, and Amy Seiwert. Throughout his career, Permuy feels blessed to have learned from figures like Nancy Raffa, Fernanado Bujones, Martha Bosh, Sir Anthony Dowell, Christopher Carr, Eddie Villella and Clinton Luckett. In 2021, he joined Cleveland Ballet as a director of repertoire, where he had the opportunity to not only perform ballet master duties but also was able to return to the stage as a character dancer, performing the roles of Don Quijote in the ballet by the same name and Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker. This is Permuy's first season with Atlanta Ballet and he's looking forward to bringing his experiences to the Company and to keep learning and growing under the direction of Gennadi Nedvigin and his team.
Agresti photo by Robin de Puy. Hohenstein photo by Kim Kenney. Photo courtesy of Permuy.