September 21, 2011
An all-star season calls for an all-star cast! Meet the newest company members of Atlanta Ballet:
Claire Stallman, a native of Saratoga, California, trained with the San Francisco Ballet School and joined Atlanta Ballet after dancing professionally with Boston Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Harry Yamakawa, originally from Japan, received formal training with Nowa Ballet in Kanagawa, Japan, as well as with John Cranko School in Stuttgart, Germany. Yamakawa brings professional experience from the National Company of Portugal (CNB), Colorado Ballet, and Nashville Ballet.
Brandon Nguyen, a native of Texas, found his love for dance at the Margo Dean School of Ballet in Fort Worth and later moved on to Texas Ballet Theatre. He furthered his training at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy performing solo and principal roles with Houston Ballet II. He received his first job with Orlando Ballet and while in Orlando he also became an artist with Cirque du Soleil.
Lisa Barrieau, a native of Milwaukee, WI, started dancing at the age of four and continued training in Connecticut with New Haven Ballet School and Joyce DiLauro. Her additional studies include intensives with Boston Ballet School, American Academy of Ballet, and Milwaukee Ballet School. Before joining Atlanta Ballet, Barrieau danced with Milwaukee Ballet. Barrieau’s career has offered her the chance to dance works by Alvin Ailey, Kee-Juan Han, Jose Limón, Trey McIntyre, Adam Miller, Pilobolus, and Twyla Tharp.
Pablo Sanchez was born in Puebla, Mexico. After moving to the U.S. he began training with Amy Rose in Libertyville, Illinois, and studied additionally at the Boston Ballet School. Last season, Sanchez danced with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago as a trainee. There, he toured and performed in Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino's The Nutcracker and Ronald Hynd's The Merry Widow.