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Shaye Firer
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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.

Vancouver, British Columbia
Monica Giragosian
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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.

Catharpin, Virginia
David Greenberg
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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.

Savannah, Georgia
Jacopo Jannelli
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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.

Austap Klymko
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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. 

Yonkers, New York
Michael Landez
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Michael Landez is originally from San Antonio, Texas, where he began his training with Buddy and Susan Trevino. He spent numerous summers at The Joffrey Workshop Texas where he had the pleasure training with Trinette Singleton, Diane Orio, Willy Shives and Adam Sklute. After joining American Repertory Ballet as a Trainee following graduation, Michael was pleased to be accepted as an Apprentice to the company. As an Apprentice, he performed in works by Douglas Martin, Kirk Peterson, Mary Barton and José Limón. In Nutcracker, Michael has performed as the Spanish and Arabian lead dancer, as well as Snow King. He was selected to perform the lead role in the world premiere of Mary Barton’s A Shepherd Singing. He is thrilled to be back with ARB for this season. 

San Antonio, Texas
Aldeir Monteiro
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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.  

Rio de Janeiro,
Karen Leslie Moscato
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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, Jose Limon, Ann Marie DeAngelo, Mary Barton, Douglas Martin, Phillip Jerry, Kirk Peterson, Patrick Corbin and Twyla Tharp. In ARB’s Nutcracker, she has performed a number of principal roles including Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen and Dew Drop Fairy. 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. She danced the lead Nymph in Kirk Peterson's Afternoon of a Faun and War in José Limón’s There Is a Time. She has been with ARB since 2011. 

Pennington, New Jersey
Mattia Pallozzi
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Mattia Pallozzi was born and raised in Italy where he received his training at the School of Teatro Dell’Opera and 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 performed the lead role of Basilo in Princeton Ballet School’s production of Don Quixote and danced alongside the company in works by Gerald Arpino, Mary Barton, Ann Marie DeAngelo and Patrick Corbin. He joined ARB in 2012 as an Apprentice-Trainee and in 2013 he was promoted to a full company member. Throughout his time with ARB, he danced the lead roles of Romeo in the world premiere of Douglas Martin’s Romeo and Juliet, the Faun in ARB’s company premiere of Kirk Peterson’s Afternoon of a Faun, the Cavalier in ARB'sNutcracker, the Firebird in Martin'sFirebird and Oberon in Douglas Martin’s A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Erikka Reenstierna-Cates
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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.


Modesto, California
Lily Saito
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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 was offered a full scholarship as a trainee at The Washington Ballet. Lily 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 Young Arts 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, Lily performed with the Washington Ballet in Septime Webre’s world premiere of Sleepy Hollow, Alice in Wonderland, Kirk Peterson’s Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and theNew Movement. This is her second year as a company member at American Repertory Ballet.

New York, New York
Mizuki Sato
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Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Mizuki Sato began training at Misako Komiya ballet studio and The Tokyo Ballet School in Tokyo before moving to the School of Alberta Ballet under Murray Kilgor and Nancy Kilgor. While dancing in Japan and Canada, she performed as a child actor in La Bayadere with the Bolshoi Ballet, the roles of Clara and Arabian in Nutcracker, as a soloist in Murray Kilgor’s Raymonda, the second variation from Kirk Peterson’s Lombardi Variations, and as a soloist role in Kirk Peterson’s La Sourse. She also spent a summer training at Royal Winnipeg Ballet. In 2013 she joined ARB/Princeton Ballet School’s trainee program. Her repertory highlights include: the Spanish woman, Chinese lead, Marzipan lead and Dew Drop Fairy in Douglas Martin’s Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Firebird, Rite of Spring, Our Town, Jose Limon’s There Is A Time staged by Sara Stockhouse, Kirk Peterson's Glazunov Variations, Mary Barton’s A Shepherd Singing, Shades of Time and Straight Up With a Twist. This is Mizuki’s second season with ARB.

Nanako Yamamoto
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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 has danced featured roles in Nutcracker, including Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen, and in Gerald Arpino’s Confetti, and featured roles in works by Douglas Martin, Kirk Peterson and Mary Barton.

Karl Picuira-de Pimodan
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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.

Emily Parker
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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.

Forbes, New South Wales
Giulia Settimo
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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.



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