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Shaye Firer
Dancer
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Shaye Firer was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She received her early training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and attended various intensive programs such as The National Ballet of Canada, Alberta Ballet, Kaatsbaan International Dance Centre, Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, and Ellison Ballet. Shaye joined the inaugural class of ARB/Princeton Ballet School’s Trainee program. As a Trainee, she performed company roles in Nutcracker, Our Town, and Glazunov Variations, as well as the lead role of Swanhilda in Princeton Ballet School’s production of Coppélia. Shaye has received choreographic awards from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and was chosen as one of five choreographers in Houston Ballet  Academy’s collaboration with the American Festival for the Arts. Since she joined ARB, she has performed as The Chosen One in Douglas Martin’s Rite of Spring, Titania in Martin’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featured roles in works by Patrick Corbin, Kirk Peterson, and Trinette Singleton.

2011
Vancouver, British Columbia
Monica Giragosian
Dancer
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Monica Giragosian received her training at the Maryland Youth Ballet, the Washington School of Ballet and the Kirov Academy of Ballet. She also attended summer programs at American Ballet Theatre in New York and the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center. In 2008, Monica placed in the Top Twelve Women at the Youth America Grand Prix regional competition, and in 2009, she was a New York City Finalist. Monica joined BalletMet Columbus as a trainee in 2009 where she performed in productions including Swan Lake, Gerard Charles’ The Nutcracker and Cinderella, and David Nixon’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With American Repertory Ballet, Monica has performed a number of principal roles in Nutcracker, including the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen, as well as Juliet in Douglas Martin's Romeo and Juliet, Emily in Philip Jerry's Our Town, and featured roles in works by Mary Barton and Kirk Peterson.

2011
Catharpin, Virginia
David Greenberg
Dancer
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A native of Savannah, Georgia, David began dancing at the age of three and studied ballet under Shannon Kelly, owner and director of Kelly & Co. Studios. After graduating from high school, David joined the Columbia Classical Ballet under the direction of Radenko Pavlovich. His ballet repertoire includes leading and corps roles in Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, NutcrackerSwan Lake, La Esmeralda, Giselle, La Bayadère and Le Corsaire. David has also performed as a guest artist with Ballet Spartanburg, Charleston Ballet in West Virginia and Hilton Head Dance Theatre. At the young age of 20, David concluded his third season with CCB and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with degrees in Marketing and Management and a minor in French. David currently lives in New York City where he most recently performed with New York Theatre Ballet. This is David’s first season with ARB.

2016
Savannah, Georgia
Jacopo Janelli
Dancer
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Jacopo Janelli trained with Fabula Saltis in Rome, with summer programs at The Royal Ballet School and Princeton Ballet School. As an ARB Trainee, Janelli performed lead roles in Princeton Ballet School productions: Toreador in Don Quixote and Siegfried in Swan Lake. Since he joined the company, Janelli has danced the role of Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, The Ancient One in Rite of Spring, the Prince in Nutcracker, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and featured roles in ballets by Trinette Singleton and Kirk Peterson.

2014
Vaianica, Italy,
Austap Klymko
Dancer
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AUSTAP KLYMKO was raised in Yonkers, N.Y., and moved to New York City at age 15 to begin classical ballet training at the Joffrey Ballet School. He studied in the school for two years and was invited to join the pre-professional touring company, the Joffrey Concert Group. With the group he performed lead roles, nationally and internationally, in Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain, Viva Vivaldi, Kettentanz and Suite Saint-Saëns and the lead in George Balanchine’s Serenade. He has also worked with choreographers including Dwight Rhoden, Africa Guzman, Davis Robertson, Stacy Caddell, Brian Mcsween, Shawn Hounsell, Larry Keigwin and Julie Bour. 

2015
Yonkers, New York
Michael Landez
Dancer
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Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Michael Landez began his training with Buddy and Susan Trevino. He has spent numerous summers at the Joffrey Workshop in Texas, where he has had the pleasure training with Trinette Singleton, Diane Orio, and Mauro Villanueva. After high school, he spent a year as a Trainee with American Repertory Ballet. As a Trainee, he performed with the company in Rite of Spring, Firebird, Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Shades of Time. That same year he performed as Basilio in Princeton Ballet School's production of Don Quixote.

2015
San Antonio, Texas
Aldeir Monteiro
Dancer
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Aldeir began his training at the Centro de Arte e Dança de Campo Grande in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, directed by Alice Arja. He continued his training at the Miami City Ballet School and joined the Miami City Ballet under the direction of Edward Villella, followed by Lourdes Lopez. He also danced with the Atlantic City Ballet directed by international ballerina Phyllis Papa. Aldeir performed in the original cast of Euphotic choreographed by Liam Scarlett for the Miami City Ballet, which premiered in 2013. His repertoire includes Les Partineurs, Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Paul Taylor’s Piazzolla Caldera, Alexei Ratmansky’s Symphonic Dances, Balanchine’s La Valse, John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue and others. He is excited to join the American Repertory Ballet for the 2016-17 season.  

2016
Rio de Janeiro,
Karen Leslie Moscato
Dancer
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Karen Leslie Moscato began classes at Princeton Ballet School after seeing ARB’s Nutcracker when she was four years old. She also attended summer programs at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center and Boston Ballet. Since joining ARB, Karen Leslie has performed feature roles in works by Gerald Arpino, Mary Barton, Douglas Martin, Phillip Jerry, Kirk Peterson, and Twyla Tharp. In ARB’s Nutcracker, she has performed a number of principal roles including Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Dew Drop Fairy, Marzipan Woman and Sugar Doll. She danced the role of Juliet in the world premiere of Douglas Martin’s Romeo and Juliet and the role of Titania in the world premiere of Martin's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

2011
Pennington, New Jersey
Mattia Pallozzi
Dancer
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Mattia Pallozzi was born and raised in Italy where he received his early training at the School of Teatro Dell’Opera then at the Accademia Nazionale Di Danza. During this time, he performed as a soloist in Ugo dell’Ara’s Ballo Excelsior, Vaionone’s The Nutcracker, Ismael Ivo’s Ballo Sports and in the closing ceremony of the 2009 World Swimming Championships choreographed by Wayne McGregor. In 2011 he joined ARB/Princeton Ballet School’s Trainee Program, where he has had the opportunity to perform alongside the company in works by Gerald Arpino, Mary Barton, and Patrick Corbin. He performed the lead role of Basilo in Princenton Ballet School’s production of Don Quixote before joining ARB in 2012 as an Apprentice-Trainee. In 2013, he was promoted to a full company member. He danced the role of Romeo in the world premiere of Douglas Martin’s Romeo and Juliet and the role of The Faun in ARB's company premiere of Kirk Peterson's Afternoon of a Faun.

2012
Rome,
Erikka Reenstierna-Cates
Dancer
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A California native, Erikka Reenstierna-Cates received her training under Leslie Ann Larson and Rene Daveluy. She started dancing professionally with Central West Ballet in 2009, and in 2015 joined Oklahoma City Ballet. Erikka will also be dancing with Ballet Ireland in the fall and winter of 2016. Ms. Reenstierna-Cates has been featured in a variety of roles including: Indian Maiden in Paul Vasterling’s Peter Pan; Harem Dancer in Dennis Spaight’s Scheherazade; Soloist Spanish Chocolate in Robert Mills’ The Nutcracker; both a soloist and principal in George Balanchine’s Who Cares?Valse Fantaisie and Serenade; a soloist in Ronn Guidi’s Trois Gymnopedies; Myrtha in Giselle; performed as a soloist in Val Caniparoli’s Songs and Violin; the Sugarplum Fairy, Snow Queen, Flower Queen and Arabian Coffee in Rene Daveluy’s The Nutcracker; Pas de Trois in Swan Lake; the Fairy Godmother in Daveluy’s Cinderella; the Enchanted Garden Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty; and highlighted in Daveluy’s Romeo and Juliet and Peter Pan. Erikka has also performed in many original ballets created by Ms. Reenstierna-Cates, and worked closely with both renowned and emerging contemporary choreographers. Additionally, Erikka is also an up-and-coming choreographer, having created pieces for bills alongside names such as Balanchine and Caniparoli.

 

2016
Modesto, California
Lily Saito
Dancer
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Lily Saito was born and raised in New York City. She studied at School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, on scholarship at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Ballet School, the official school of American Ballet Theatre, at Ellison Ballet School, and, most recently, on full scholarship as a Trainee at The Washington Ballet. She performed many children's roles in New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre productions. In 2013, Lily was named Young Arts Honorable Mention Award Winner in DANCE/Ballet, and in 2014, she was named a finalist and attended the YoungArts finalist week in Florida. In 2015, she was chosen as a semifinalist of Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of 10 high school seniors from New York State who have earned this recognition. As a Washington Ballet trainee for the 2014-2015 season, Saito performed with the Washington Ballet in Septime Webrer’s world premiere of Sleepy Hollow, Alice in Wonderland, Kirk Peterson’s Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and the New Movement.

2015
New York, New York
Nanako Yamamoto
Dancer
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Nanako Yamamoto was born and raised in Japan, where she began her training at the Geijutsuza Ballet Studio "Jardin des Arts," performing such roles as Clara in The Nutcracker, Rose Adagio in The Sleeping Beauty and the title role in Cinderella. In 2005, she was selected to attend the prestigious Royal Ballet Summer School, then auditioned for and was accepted to the Elmhurst School for Dance in Association with the Birmingham Royal Ballet.  While a student, she performed in the Birmingham Royal Ballet's National Tour of Firebird, Fokine's Petrushka, Petipa's Raymonda, and David Bintlye's Beauty and the Beast.  She performed for his Royal Highness Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall and for the grand re-opening of Birmingham's town hall. Since graduating in 2009, she has performed with New Tampa Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Tampa, Ballet Fleming, in Giselle with Boca Ballet Theatre alongside Julie Kent and Marcelo Gomes, and as soloist in La Bayadere with Gillian Murphy and Jose Manuel Carreño. Since joining ARB, she hasdanced featured roles in Nutcracker, including Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy, and in Gerald Arpino’s Confetti and May Barton’s Fantasy Baroque.

2013
Shizuoka, Japan,
Karl Picuira-de Pimodan
Apprentice
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Karl Picuira-de Pimodan is from Paris, France, and spent much of his youth there. His training, however, has mostly been in the United States. His first stint was at Ellison Ballet NYC where he was trained in the Vaganova method. He then moved on to the Manhattan Youth Ballet where he trained with teachers from the New York City Ballet, the Royal Ballet and the Kirov ballet. During his training he performed lead roles in Balanchine ballets such as Serenade and Who Cares, as well as many classical and new works. Karl then joined the Washington Ballet under Septime Webre where he danced alongside the company in the Nutcracker, ALICE and the world premiere of Sleepy Hollow. He has been featured in the anniversary edition of the French magazine Danse with his brother, Louis. Karl is also a cellist and is studying to become a pilot.

2016
Paris,
Emily Parker
Trainee
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Emily Parker, from Forbes, New South Wales, Australia, started dancing at Lia’s School of Dance at age five. At age 12 she moved to Sydney to attend The McDonald College Performing Arts School training under Josephine Jason and Jane Kesby, completing all RAD levels with distinctions. She performed in a youth ballet company from ages 13-18 with her most prestigious roles being the Sugar Plum Fairy and Black Swan. Emily attended many summer programs, including Sydney Dance Company and Boston Ballet, and performed as a guest artist with The Australian Ballet. Emily joined the ARB trainee program (she won the Audrée Estey scholarship after her first year as an ARB trainee) appearing as the White Swan with ARB Workshop in the spring, 2016. She performed alongside the company in their productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rite of Spring and Romeo and Juliet.

2016
Forbes, New South Wales
Mizuki Sato
Trainee
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Born in Tokyo, Japan, Sato began training at Misako Komiya ballet studio in Tokyo before moving to the School of Alberta Ballet under Murray Kilgor and Nancy Kilgor. While dancing in Japan, she performed: as a child actor in La Bayadere with the Bolshoi Ballet, the roles of Clara and Arabian in Nutcracker, the second variation from Lombardi Variations, and as a soloist role in Kirk Peterson's La Source. She also spent a summer training at Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Sato has been an ARB Trainee since 2013. She danced with the ARB in Firebird, Our Town, and Romeo and Juliet, and as Marzipan, Snow, and Flowers in Nutcracker.

2015
Tokyo,
Giulia Settimo
Trainee
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Giulia Settimo was born in Foggia, Italy. From 2001-2012 she studied ballet, contemporary and modern dance at Danzàrea (a private school in Foggia). During those years she took part in several workshops with dancers of international renown such as Frederic Oliveri, Margarita Trayanova, Elisabetta Terabust and others. In 2010, she received a scholarship for the workshop Up to You held by the director of the Opéra National de Paris, Claude Bessy. Also in 2010, she attended the first edition of the International Dance Award San Nicola, after which she won a scholarship for a German contemporary dance company at the Tanzcompagnie of Giessen. In 2012 she auditioned for the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome and achieved all the theoretical and practical examinations of the year. In March 2013 she took part in ARB’s Rome audition and was accepted into the Trainee Program. She’s danced in several of the school’s performances, including Hop, Skip and Joplin, Grumpy Bird, Sleeping Beauty (Carabosse), Nutcracker (Snow, Flowers and Marzipan) and Don Quixote (Dream Kitry). Giulia has also appeared in the following ARB performances: Firebird, A Midsummer Night's Dream (a firefly and a fairy), Romeo and Juliet, Nutcracker (Arabian backup and Chinese soloist) and Rite of Spring.

2016
Foggia,

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