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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.

2012
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Andrea D'Annunzio
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Andrea D’Annunzio began her early dance training at the Metropolitan Ballet Academy in Jenkintown, PA and completed summer intensives at Richmond Ballet and with the Paul Taylor Dance Company.  She graduated from Jordan College of Fine Arts at Butler University in Indianapolis, with a B.A. in Dance Pedagogy where she received the Freshman Award (most outstanding freshman dancer), the Performance Award, and was on the Dean’s List.  Since joining ARB's Trainee program in 2011, she has appeared alongside the company in Matthew Keefe's Fantasy for Violin, Piano and Ballet, Trinette Singleton's Capriccios, Mary Barton's Straight Up With a Twist and Faerie Tyme, Gerald Arpino's Viva Vivaldi, Philip Jerry's Our Town, Douglas Martin's Nutcracker, Rite of Spring and Romeo and Juliet. This is her first season with American Repertory Ballet.

2013
Conshohocken, 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.

2009
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.

2011
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 ARB, Monica performed featured roles in The Nutcracker and Gerald Arpino’s Confetti, as well as Juliet in premiere excerpts of Douglas Martin’s Romeo and Juliet. This is Monica’s second season with ARB.

2011
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.

2010
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.” 

2014
Vaianica, Italy,
Joshua Kurtzberg
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Joshua Kurtzberg, originally from Atlanta, Georgia, began his training on full scholarship with Atlanta Ballet under the direction of John McFall and Sharon Story.  After 4 years, he was offered a company position but pursued his training with the Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy on full scholarship.  Throughout Joshua’s professional career, he has worked with The Eglevsky Ballet, Stanton Welch, Michael Pink, Ben Stevenson, Peter O’Brien, Lonne Moretton, Alan Hineline, Thom Clower, and the late Fernando Bujones.  Josh would like to thank all of his teachers who never stopped pushing him. This is his fifth season with ARB.

2008
Atlanta, Georgia
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.

2011
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.

2012
Rome,
Allison Piccone
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Trained at the Academy of Ballet New Jersey, and attended a summer program at Pennsylvania Ballet . With ARB, she has appeared in Rite of Spring, Romeo and Juliet, Faerie Tyme” and Nutcracker.  With ARBW, she has been seen as one of the Big Swans and the Spanish Princesses in Swan Lake.

2014
Blackwood, New Jersey
Marc St-Pierre
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Marc St-Pierre, originally from Montreal, Canada, started ballet at age 8 at the Academie de ballet classique de Montréal, after training in the Canadian gymnastics program. At 10, he was admitted to the prestigious École Supérieur de Ballet du Quebec, where he studied under Samuel Abramian, from the Bolshoï Academy and Francoise Vaussenat, from the Ballet de l’Opera de Paris. He has performed with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Ballet Ouest de Montréal, Gleich Contemporary Dances, Albany Berkshire Ballet, International Ballet Theatre, Roxey Ballet, and as a guest with City Center Ballet, where he performed many notable classical roles. Since joining ARB, Marc has appeared as the lead in Kirk Pertersen’s Glazunov Variations and in Philip Jerry’s Our Town, a favorite of his. He also appeared in works by Patrick Corbin and Randy James. This is Marc’s third season with ARB.

2010
Montreal, Quebec
Claire van Bever
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Claire van Bever, Claire van Bever comes to American Repertory Ballet from Portland, OR where she trained at Pacific Festival Ballet with Christopher and Lynn Brennan Tabor, and privately with Melissa Framiglio. She trained on scholarship at The Rock School for Dance Education and at The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre, and she attended summer programs at The Rock School, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and Dance New York International in Paris. Claire attended The Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, where she danced in the Purchase Dance Company and performed at Jacob’s Pillow. She has performed in George Balanchine’s Serenade, and has performed the roles of Columbine in The Nutcracker and Principal Couple in Bettijane Sills’ Masquerade. With ARB, she performed featured roles in The Nutcracker and the lead in Trinette Singleton’s Capriccios. She would like to thank her family for all their support. This is Claire’s second season with ARB.

2011
Portland, Oregon
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.

2013
Shizuoka,

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