Meet The Dancers
|Leigh Anne AlbrechtaOriginally from Fremont, Ohio, Leigh Anne trained at Fremont Ballet under the direction of Ernst Hillenbrand and at Ballet Theatre of Toledo with Nigel Burgoine and Anne Marie Getz. She attended The Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts as a scholarship recipient. She danced with North Carolina Dance Theatre for two years as a trainee and apprentice where she especially enjoyed performing with the company in Balanchine'sThe Four Temperamentsand Dwight Rhoden’s world premiere ofOthello. Since joining the Louisville Ballet in 2009 she has had the opportunity to perform roles including Spring Fairy inCinderella, Rose inThe Brown-Forman Nutcracker,/em>, and a soloist inPaquitaandTheme and Variations. She also enjoyed performing in Bruce Simpson’sSwan Lake, Amy Seiwert’sSmiling Underneath, Adam Hougland’sRite of Spring, Brandon Ragland’sSilent Conversations, and Val Caniparoli’sLady of the Camellias. This is Leigh Anne’s fifth season.|
|Natalia AshikhminaBorn in Bratsk, Russia, Natalia graduated from the world-renowned Novosibirsk Ballet Academy studying under Tatiana Sulimova and Tatiana Kapustina. She accepted Vyacheslav Gordeyev's invitation and became the youngest prima ballerina of the Russian National Ballet in Moscow where she worked with Andrey Kudeline and partnered with Yuri Burlaka. Five years later, Eldar Aliev offered Natalia a principal position with Ballet Internationale in Indianapolis where she worked with legends Irina Kolpakova and Vladilen Simeonov. Natalia joined the Louisville Ballet as a principal dancer in 2006. Here, she has the privilege of working with Bruce Simpson, Helen Starr, Alun Jones, Harald Uwe Kern and a multitude of wonderful choreographers and stagers. Her repertoire includes Princess Aurora in (The Sleeping Beauty), Giselle (Giselle), Nikiya (La Bayadere), Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Zabeida (Scheherazade), The Sylph (La Sylphide), Kitri (Don Quixote), Daisy (Andre Prokovsky’sThe Great Gatsby), The Dying Swan, Helen Picket’sEtisian, Val Caniparoli’sVivacéand over 100 performances as Odette/Odile (Swan Lake). Natalia won the Audience Award at the 1998 International Ballet Competition Arabesque, a gold medal at the 1999 Competition of Professional Ballet Academies in Russia, performed at the 2004 Gala des Etoiles in Montreal and holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Novosibirsk Choreographic College. She and her family now call Louisville home.|
|Tiffany BovardTiffany, from Charles Town, WV, began her dance training at Vostrikov’s Academy of Ballet. She graduated magna cum laude from Butler University, receiving a BFA with honors in dance performance and business. Upon graduating, she began her professional career with Elements Contemporary Ballet under the direction of Mike Gosney. This year, Tiffany will be returning for her third season with the Louisville Ballet. While dancing with the Louisville Ballet, Tiffany has enjoyed dancing roles fromRaymonda, Paquita,Val Caniporoli’sThe Brown-Forman NutcrackerandLady of the Camellias, and Mikelle Bruzina’sHarmony of Contrasts.|
|Roger CreelRoger grew up in Lincoln, Massachusetts and trained at the Lexington School of Ballet and the Boston Ballet School under the direction of Margaret Tracey and Kathleen Mitchell. He continued his training at Amherst College in the Five College Dance Department, dancing in works by Mark Morris, Merce Cunningham, Doris Humphrey, and Idan Cohen and creating lead roles in ballets by Rodger Blum and Tom Vacanti. He attended summer intensives at Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, as well as training residencies with Mark Morris, American Dance Festival, and the Martha Graham Dance Company. In 2010, Roger joined the Pioneer Valley Ballet as a soloist and performed principle roles inSleeping BeautyandThe Nutcracker. Roger graduated Summa Cum Laude from Amherst College in May 2013 with degrees in Geology and English. This is Roger’s first season with Louisville Ballet.|
|Erica De La OBorn in Los Angeles, California, Erica De La O trained at Le Studio under the direction of Cynthia Young, Phillip and Charles Fuller and continued studies with Stephan Wenta, Alicia Head and Daylena Ruiz. Erica danced with Columbia City Ballet before joining the Louisville Ballet as a First Soloist in 2003. She has performed the lead roles in works such as Simpson’sGiselleandSwan Lake; Jones’sCinderella, CoppeliaandNutcracker; Balanchine’sTheme and Variations; Prokovsky’sThe Three Musketeers; Caniparoli’sThe NutcrackerandFour Seasons; and Heather Maloy’sVampire. De La O’s repertory includes Hougland’sCold Virtues, Fragile Stasis, Fleeflow, andRite of Spring; Gamonet’sNous Sommes; Stevenson’sFour Last Songs; McDowney‘sGroup TherapyandPor El Fuego; Ashton’sLes Patineus; Cipolla’sBreathless; Picket’sEtesian; Choo-San Goh‘sIn the Glow of Night; Taylor'sCompany Bamong others. De La O was awarded 2nd place at the Music Center Spotlight Awards of Los Angeles and is a recipient of the 1999 John Orr Award from the Pasadena Arts Council. She was a finalist at the New York International Ballet Competition in 2003 and was invited to perform in the NYIBC Gala Performance at Lincoln Center receiving a favorable review fromThe New York Times.|
|Eduard ForehandEduard Forehand began training at the age of nine with Thomas Armour in Miami, FL. Upon graduation, he continued his studies at Nutmeg Conservatory before accepting his first contract with The Richmond Ballet. While there, Eduard enjoyed performing inNuevo Tangoand a lead role inGershwin by George. After leaving Richmond, he ventured to Charleston Ballet Theatre where he performed in Jill Bahr’sRite of SpringandSeven Deadly Sinsamong others. Following Charleston, Eduard joined Augusta Ballet then on to Dayton Ballet where he performed leading roles inCarmina Burana,Nutcracker,Romeo and JulietandThresholds II, Bacchus in Val Caniparoli'sThe Seasonsas well as the role of Solar fromLa BaydereThis is Eduard’s fourth season with the Louisville Ballet.|
|Helen DaigleA native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Helen is pleased to return for her sixteenth season with the Louisville Ballet. She received her training at the Decatur School of Ballet, the Dancer’s Workshop, The Joffrey Ballet School and The School of American Ballet. She began performing with the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre and has danced professionally with Feld Ballets/New York, Ballet Hispanico and the Miami City Ballet. Helen has performed featured roles in a range of works includingLark Ascending, In the Glow of the Night, Who Cares?, Serenade, Lamberena, Scheherazade, Company B, EtesianandBeyond. Helen has performed principal roles in such full length ballets asThe Magic Flute, Don Quixote, Giselle, Nutcracker, Swan LakeandThe Sleeping Beauty. She has originated roles in Adam Hougland’sCold Virtues, Made to Be Broken, Fragile Stasis, DevolveandRite of Spring. Helen has also had the pleasure of stagingRite of Springfor the Louisville Ballet, the Cincinnati Ballet and Tulsa Ballet, and stagingCold Virtuesfor the Louisville Ballet and Smuin Ballet. She was thrilled to work as Adam Hougland’s rehearsal assistant as he createdTen Beautiful Objectsin 2013. In 2009, with the launch of the newBrown-Forman Nutcracker, Helen took on the role of the Rehearsal Assistant for The Nutcracker children’s cast and has enjoyed taking care of the children’s cast every year since.|
|Justin Michael HoganFrom nearby Cincinnati, Ohio, Justin received his initial training at the School for Creative and Performing Arts. SCPA afforded him the unique opportunity to advance his artistry at a young age by dancing roles such as the White Rabbit inAlice in Wonderlandand the title role inDracula. Justin continued his training at Mercyhurst University, under Tauna Hunter, where he received his BA in Dance Performance and Choreography. Being coached by the likes of Ms. Vivi Flindt, for August Bournonville’sKonservatoriet, and Mr. Bruce Marks, for the role of Albrecht inGiselle, was instrumental to his advancement as a dancer during that time. Justin’s first professional contract was with North Carolina Dance Theatre II, under Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. While with NCDT, his repertoire expanded greatly, dancing ballets by 20th Century Masters such as George Balanchine, Alvin Ailey and Twyla Tharp. Following his time there, Justin joined St. Louis Ballet. Performing in Balanchine’sAllegro Brilliante, Christopher D’Amboise’sTribute, and dancing the role of Benvolio inRomeo and Julietare some highlights from his years there. This is Justin’s first season with Louisville Ballet.|
|Annie HonebrinkA native of Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, Annie is excited to begin her fourth season with the Louisville Ballet. Since joining the company, some of Annie’s favorite roles and ballets include Marie in Val Caniparoli’sThe Nutcracker, Amanda Diehl’s pas de deuxSaudade Amore, Spring Waters, Adam Hougland’sRite of Spring, Val Caniparoli’sThe Seasons, Mikelle Bruzina’sSansei, and Kingdom of the Shades fromLa Bayadere. Annie trained with the Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy and danced with the Cincinnati Ballet company’s corps de ballet as a CBII her junior and senior years of high school.|
|Mark KriegerMark, a Virginia native, studied dance under Jefferson Baum at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. In 2004, Mark joined Ballet Tucson where he danced for two seasons before joining Columbia City Ballet. He spent the last five years with the Columbia City Ballet as a Principal Dancer. This is Mark's second season with Louisville Ballet.|
|Erin LangstonRaised in Birmingham, Alabama, Erin trained at the Alabama Ballet School under the direction of Wes Chapman and Roger Van Fleteren. She continued her training and education at Butler University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Pedagogy. While at Butler, she studied with a talented faculty and performed principal and soloist roles inThe Sleeping BeautyandSwan Lake. She has also performed corps de ballet roles in George Balanchine’sThe Nutcracker, Giselle, Cinderella, La Vivandière,andLa Bayadere. Since joining the Louisville Ballet she has had the opportunity to perform a variety of ballets and roles, including Balanchine’sTheme and Variationsand Val Caniparoli’sLady of the Camellias. Erin is thrilled to begin her third season with the Louisville Ballet.|
|Jordan MartinJordan Martin of Mount Laurel, NJ, began classical ballet training at the Academy of Ballet in Berlin, NJ under David Gallagher. During her training, she performed with Ballet New Jersey inSwan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and the full-length production ofLa Bayadère. She later attended Indiana University where she received a degree in Ballet Performance and an Outside Field in Elementary Education. While with Indiana University Ballet Theater, Jordan was featured in Michael Vernon'sThe Nutcrackeras the Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen, George Balanchine’sGlinkapas de trois, Twyla Tharp’sNoiras Persephone, Agnes de Mille’sRodeoas The Cowgirl, George Balanchine'sConcerto Baroccoas the first violin, and Marius Petipa'sThe Sleeping Beautyas Aurora. This is Jordan's second season with Louisville Ballet.|
|Christy Corbitt MillerOriginally from Atlanta, Christy returns for her eleventh season with the Louisville Ballet. Some favorite classical roles with the Company include principal roles inGiselle, La BayadereandLes Sylphides. She has also enjoyed dancing a wide variety of more contemporary and neo-classical work including ballets by Helen Pickett, Val Caniparoli, Paul Taylor, Adam Hougland, Ben Stevenson, OBE. and George Balanchine. Prior to joining the Louisville Ballet, she danced with the Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Memphis and the Texas Ballet Theater where she performed title roles inGiselleand Ben Stevenson'sCinderella, as well as the role of Graziella in a collaborative production ofWest Side Storywith Fort Worth's renowned Casa Manana theater company. Additionally, Christy teaches for the Louisville Ballet School in the Intermediate Division.|
|Rob MorrowRob began his ballet training in New Orleans, Louisiana with Delta Festival Ballet and went on to train at renowned schools such as Virginia School of the Arts and The Joffrey Ballet School of NYC. Professionally, he’s danced for Nashville Ballet, Delta Festival Ballet, and Dayton Ballet. Some of his favorite roles with the Louisville Ballet include Hail in Val Caniparoli'sSeasons, Robert North'sTroy Game, Adam Hougland'sRite of SpringandTen Beautiful Objects, George Balanchine'sTheme and Variations, and St. Gaudens in Val Caniparoli'sLady of the Camellias. Rob would like to thank his family and friends for their love and support. This is Rob’s fourth season with the Louisville Ballet.|
|Emily Reinking O'DellOriginally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Emily trained and danced at the Fort Wayne Ballet under the direction of Michael Tevlin, Judy Jacob and Robert Kelley. She earned her BSOF in Ballet and Arts Administration from Indiana University in 2000, studying with Leslie Peck, Jacques Cesbron and Violette Verdy. She joined the Louisville Ballet that same year. Emily has enjoyed originating roles with Adam Hougland inCold Virtues, Devolve, Made to Be Broken, Fragile Stasis, Unyielding Radianceand the principal female inRite of Spring. Her favorite classical roles include Fairy of Charm inThe Sleeping Beauty, Pas de Trois inRaymonda, Red Girls inLes Patineurs, Winter Fairy inCinderella, Fairy Godmother inBeauty and the Beast, Juanita inDon Quixoteand Two Swans inSwan Lake. Some of her favorite contemporary roles have been inCompany B, Nine Sinatra Songs, Vivacé, Going for Baroque, Variations Serieuses, In the Glow of the Night, Agon, Rubies, Theme and VarationsandEtesian.|
|Brandon RaglandBrandon is in his fourth season with the Louisville Ballet. He is from Birmingham, Alabama and received his early training from Jacqueline Crenshaw Lockhart and continued his dance training at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. Brandon graduated from Butler University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Dance-Arts Administration. He danced with Alabama Ballet for three seasons, where his roles included Jekyll in Roger Van Fleteren’sDr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Benvolio in Van Fleteren’sRomeo & Juliet, Cavalier and Hot Chocolate in Balanchine'sThe Nutcracker, Prince Charming inCinderella, and Twyla Tharp’sNine Sinatra Songs. Since joining the Louisville Ballet, Brandon has performed leading roles in Andre Prokovsky’sThree Musketeers; Val Caniparoli’sThe Nutcracker, Lamberena,andThe Seasons, and Jorg Mannes’s Contemporary Pas de DeuxMarz. Other performances include works by Adam Hougland, Alun Jones and Helen Starr, as well as Balanchine’sTheme & Variations. Brandon also choreographs for the Louisville Ballet and the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble.|
|Douglas RuizA native of Puerto Rico, Douglas began his training with Roberto Rodriguez. In 2004, he graduated from Virginia School of the Arts and later joined Milwaukee Ballet II. While there, he performed roles in ballets such as Michael Pink’sDraculaand Kathryn Posin’sScheherazade. In 2006, Douglas joined the Louisville Ballet. During his tenure, he has danced in a wide variety of ballets includingSwan Lake, Don Quixote, Adam Hougland’sFragile Stasis, Cold VirtuesandRite of Spring, Mark Godden’sMagic Flute, Helen Pickett’supon your held out hand, André Prokovsky’sThe Great Gatsby, Bruce Marks’Lark Ascending, Val Caniparoli’sVivacéand Robert Hill’sTroy Game. This is Douglas’s sixth season with the Louisville Ballet.|
|Christopher ScruggsChristopher is a native of Annapolis, MD and joins the Louisville Ballet after dancing a season with Boston Ballet. He is a 2012 graduate of Indiana University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Ballet, a Dual Degree in Political Science, and a minor in Spanish Language. Before attending IU, he studied with the Maryland Youth Ballet under Michelle Lees and Christopher Doyle. Other previous training includes summer programs with Boston Ballet, Peter Stark’s Next Generation Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and The Washington Ballet. While at Indiana, Scruggs trained under Michael Vernon, Violette Verdy, Guo Ping Wang, and Jacques and Virginia Cesbron.
Scruggs has been seen in the principal roles inThe Sleeping Beauty; The Nutcracker;Tudor’sLilac Garden; and Balanchine’sConcerto Barocco, Allegro Brillante,andGlinka pas de Trois. Scruggs has also danced featured soloist and corps de ballet roles in Dwight Rhoden’sDear Frederic; Jerome Robbins’FanfareandWest Side Story Suite; Mikko Nissinen's 2012 World Premiere ofThe Nutcracker; Jorma Elo'sLost by Last; Nijinska’sLes Noces; Agnes de Mille’sRodeo; Nureyev's Act IIIRaymonda; and George Balanchine’sRubies, Who Cares, Serenade, The Four Temperaments,andCoppélia.|
|Kateryna SellersBorn and raised in Toronto, Canada, Kateryna is returning for her ninth season with the Louisville Ballet. She began her training in Toronto where she studied with teachers such as Sean Boutilier and Glenn Gilmour. In 2005 she graduated cum laaude from Butler University with a B.F.A. in dance performance. Since joining the Louisville Ballet Kateryna has had the opportunity to dance many exciting and challenging roles. She has been seen as “Myrthe” inGiselle, “Bacchante” in Val Caniparoli’sThe Seasons, “Big Swans” inSwan Lake, “Dawn” inCoppelia, “Autumn Fairy” inCinderella, “Pas de Trois” inThe Sleeping BeautyandRaymonda, soloist inLa Bayadere, PaquitaandTheme and Variationsand “One For my Baby” from Twyla Tharp’sNine Sinatra Songs. She is thrilled to have performed the principal role in Adam Hougland’s balletsUnyeilding Radiance, Rite of SpringandCold Virtuesas well as in Val Caniparoli’sLambarena. Kateryna has also been featured in such ballets asSmiling Underneathby Amy Seiwert, Adam Hougland’sFragile Stasis, Jorg Mannes’Marzand Helen Pickett’sEtesian.|
|Ryan StokesA native of Louisville, KY, Ryan began his training with the Louisville Ballet under the tutelage of Helen Starr, Patrick Hinson and Elena Diehl. He left the school in 2005 and began working for American National Ballet under the Direction of Armando Moldanado. After the closing of ANB in fall of 2006 he joined Minnesota Ballet under the direction Robert Gardner dancing roles inThe Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, SylviaPas de Deux, Antony Tudor'sLittle Improvisationsand George Balanchine'sWho Cares?. In 2010 he returned home to Louisville Ballet where he has performed in works such asCoppelia, George BalanchineTheme and Variations, Adam Hougland'sRite of SpringandUnyielding Radiance, and Val Caniparoli'sLambarenaandThe Seasons, among others. This is Ryan's third season with the Louisville Ballet.|
|Ashley ThursbyOriginally from Richmond, MO, Ashley trained with the Kansas City Ballet School, where she spent her senior year as a student apprentice. Ashley continued her studies at Indiana University, receiving a BS in ballet and journalism in 2008, and joining the Louisville Ballet that same year. While at IU, she was coached by Violette Verdy in numerous roles including The Sugar Plum Fairy inThe Nutcrackerand the Principal role inWalpurgisnacht. After a day of dancing she spends her free time teaching Pilates as well as being on faculty with the Louisville Ballet School. Her Louisville Ballet performance highlights includeSwan Lake, Val Caniparoli’sVivacéandThe Seasons, and Adam Hougland’sRite of Spring.|
|Phillip VelinovBorn in Bulgaria’s capital, Phillip began training at the State Choreographic School in Sofia, later transferring to the Alabama School of Fine Arts on a full scholarship. Following graduation, he joined the Alabama Ballet and won the first full performing arts scholarship in the 150-year history of Birmingham-Southern College completing B.A. in Dance with honors. Maestro Rumen Rachev, Dame Sonia Arova, Thor Sutowsky, Professor Mira Popovich, Vladilen Simeonov, Irina Kolpakova, Bruce Simpson, Alun Jones and Helen Starr have all played an instrumental role in shaping Phillip as an artist. He was a soloist with Ballet Internationale (Indianapolis) prior to joining the Louisville Ballet as a principal dancer in 2006. Phillip received diplomas at the 1998 and 2002 Varna International Ballet Competions and won the 1998 Birmingham Fine Arts Society Award for Excellence in Dance. Repertoire highlights include a wide spectrum of roles: Albrecht (Giselle), Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), The Golden Slave (Scheherazade); The Nutcracker, Sugar Plum Cavalier, Drosselmeyer (The Nutcracker); Nana the dog (Peter Pan), Basilio, Espada, Gamache, Lorenzo (Don Quixote), Carabosse (Sleeping Beauty), Doctor Coppelius (Coppélia); Puck (Midsummer Night’s Dream); Balanchine'sAgon; Lila York’sCelts; Twyla Tharp’s “That’s Life” (Nine Sinatra Songs).|
|Benjamin WetzelBenjamin hails from the San Francisco Bay Area, where he began studying ballet at a relatively late age. Upon completing high school, Benjamin continued his studies at Point Park University under Dana Arey, Lindy Mandradjieff, Jay Kirk, Susan Stowe, Ernie Tolentino, and Garfield Lemonius. Following his graduation from university, Benjamin danced for two seasons as an apprentice with Ballet Austin, where he performed contemporary works by artistic director Stephen Mills, Thang Dao, Nelly Van Bommel, and Jennifer Hart, as well as classical works by August Bournonville and Marius Petipa. This is Benjamin's first season with Louisville Ballet. He is completely thrilled to be joining this wonderful company and thankful for the opportunity to work with so many outstanding people.|
|Kristopher WojteraBorn in Poland, Kristopher began his ballet studies at the National Ballet School in Gdansk, Poland. He danced with the Polish National Theatre in Warsaw, where he portrayed roles in variety of classical pieces such asSwan Lake,GiselleandThe Sleeping Beautyas well as several contemporary works throughout Poland and Europe. Upon moving to the United States, he became a soloist with Columbia City Ballet (South Carolina) where he danced principal roles inBeauty & the Beast,The NutcrackerandCoppélia.|
In 2003, Kristopher joined the Louisville Ballet as a first soloist. He has performed as a guest artist with Ballet Theatre Midwest, the San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet, the Carolina Ballet, the Governor’s School for the Arts in Virginia, the Hilton Head Ballet among others. In 2007, he was invited to performSwan Lakewith the English National Ballet. Kristopher is honored to have participated in the National Choreographers Initiative in Irvine, California for four summers where he has performed in original works by Gina Petterson, Ron De Jesus, Melissa Barak, Edwaard Liang, Ma Cong, Edmund Stripe, Sidra Bell and Rick McCullough.
FRONT: Julia Sanders, Marta Kelly, Elizabeth Smith, Chelsea Cambron.
MIDDLE: Claire Horrocks, Sophia Myers, Jessica Columbus, Sanjay Saverimuttu.
BACK: Jonathan Paul, Vanessa Cielle, Alexandra Hoffman, Lacey Elliston, Rebecca Deitrich, Lindsay Knight.
Not pictured: Hatsumi Ishii, Hailee Karam
Chelsea Cambron – Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA. Trained at UC Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Festival Ballet.
Vanessa Cïelle – Hometown: Saint Louis, MO. Trained at Ballet Conservatory of Saint Louis/Ballet Midwest, Center of Creative Arts (COCA), and Nashville Ballet.
Jessica Columbus – Hometown: Ashland, KY. Trained at the Louisville Ballet School.
Rebecca Deitrich – Hometown: Lexington, KY. Trained at Butler University and Lexington Ballet.
Lacey Elliston – Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT. Trained at Ballet Austin.
Alexandra Hoffman – Hometown: Cleveland, OH. Trained at Great Lakes Youth Ballet Company.
Claire Horrocks – Hometown: Los Angeles, CA. Trained at Oklahoma School of Dance.
Hailee Karam – Hometown: Sterling Heights, MI. Trained at The Joffrey Ballet (Chicago) and Ann Parsley’s School of Dance in Michigan.
Marta Kelly – Hometown: Tampa, FL. Trained at Next Generation Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet II
Lindsay Knight – Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA. Trained at Indiana University Ballet Theater and Santa Rosa Dance Theater
Sophia Myers – Hometown: Cincinnati, OH. Trained at the School for Creative and Performing Arts of Cincinnati.
Julia Sanders – Hometown: Crestwood, KY. Trained at the Louisville Ballet School.
Elizabeth Smith – Hometown: The Woodlands, TX. Trained at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Payne Academy of Performing Arts.
Jonathan Paul - Hometown: Rochester, NY. Trained at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theater and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet
Sanjay Saverimuttu – Hometown: Boca Raton, FL. Trained at Stanford University and Boca Ballet Theatre.