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Cameron Auble-Branigan
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Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mr. Auble-Branigan began his ballet under William DeGregory of the Pennsylvania Ballet.  He received his pre-professional training on scholarship from The San Francisco Ballet School, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, The Juilliard School, The Rock School for Dance Education, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Barbara Sandonato School of Ballet, and Metropolitan Ballet Academy.  Recently, while attending the ballet program at Jacob’s Pillow he was awarded the Jacob’s Pillow Professional Advancement Award in Dance.  In 2010, performed for Vice President Joe Biden in Wilmington Ballet’s The Nutcracker.  Mr. Auble-Branigan has performed as a guest artist on the east and west coast in numerous ballets, including George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie, August Bournonville’s Flower Festival in Genzano, Helgi Tomasson’s The Nutcracker, Michael Corder’s April England, and Marius Petipa’s Bluebird pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty.  He is currently a university student with a major in Psychology and a concentration in Physical Therapy.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Alexander Dutko
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Alexander Dutko received his pre-professional training on scholarship at the Nutmeg Conservatory, School of American Ballet, and the Universal Ballet Academy and was a top finalist at the 2003 Youth America Grand Prix’s New York City Finals. In 2004 Alexander was invited to join the inaugural class of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre where he danced at Lincoln Center, in the premiere of Jessica Lang’s Veiled Calling. Upon graduation, Alexander joined Miami City Ballet, under the direction of Edward Villella, where he performed in many works by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, and Edward Villella. He has also performed with Ballet Gamonet/Maximum Dance Company and is an accomplished choreographer. Alexander founded and directs the Central New Jersey Ballet Intensive and Workshop. This is his fourth season with ARB.

Milford, Pennsylvania
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 and has since performed company roles in The Nutcracker, Our Town and Glazunov Variations, as well as the lead role of Swanhilda in Princeton Ballet School’s 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. This is Shaye’s first season with ARB.

Winnipeg, Manitoba
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 principle roles in Douglas Martin's Nutcracker including the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen, as well as Juliet in Douglas Martin's Romeo and Juliet, and Emily in Philip Jerry's Our Town. This is Monica's fourth season with ARB.

Catharpin, Virginia
Samantha Gullace
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Samantha Gullace trained at Princeton Ballet School and the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. She worked with choreographers Peter Pucci, Margo Sappington, Cameron Baasden, and performed Joffrey Ballet’s Billboards: Willing and Able. Samantha also completed the Trainee Program of the the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, IL, under the direction of Anna Reznik, Alexei Kremnev, and Ashley Wheater. Since joining ARB, she has performed in Twyla Tharp’s Eight Jelly Rolls and Douglas Martin’s premiere of Ephemeral Possessions.  Samantha also performs with Susan Tenney Dance where she is currently working on Je Me Souviens…I Remember….  Samantha was also a member of Jerry Opdenaker’s 2012 O Dance Festival, in West Palm Beach, FL.  During the summer, Samantha also teaches ballet.  This is Samantha’s third season with ARB.

Millstone Township, New Jersey
Jacopo Janelli
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Jacopo trained with Fabula Saltis in Rome, with summer programs at The Royal Ballet School and Princeton Ballet School.  Roles with ARB include Tybalt in “Romeo and Juliet,” The Ancient One in “Rite of Spring,” and Prince in “Nutcracker,”   and ensemble work in “Faerie Tyme.”  ARBW repertory includes the Toreador in “Don Quixote” and Siegfried in “Swan Lake.” 

Vaianica, Italy,
Ellen Lou
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Ellen Lou has been dancing at Princeton Ballet School since age 12, rising through the PLUS program into the Professional Training Program. Ellen joined the Trainee program with ARB in the fall of 2014. She appeared as the White Swan in Swan Lake with ARBW in spring of 2013, and as Aurora in Sleeping Beauty in spring of 2014. Ellen has appeared in Mary Barton's Shades of Time, a fairy in Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Clara, Marzipan, Snow, Flowers, and Dew Drop for Nutcracker with ARB. This is her first season with ARB. 

Hillsborough, New Jersey
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, 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. This is her third season with ARB.

Pennington, New Jersey
Mattia Pallozzi
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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.

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. This is her first season with American Repertory Ballet.



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