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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.
Euphrosyne Avery received her formal ballet training at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and attended summer programs at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Orlando Ballet, and Ballet Academy East. She originated roles in Sherry Morray’s Pandora’s Box, Brian Enos’ A Night in the Tropics, and Alan Hineline’s Romanza. Euphrosyne began her professional career as a trainee with The Richmond Ballet under Stoner Winslett where she performed in Winslett’s Nutcracker and Windows. She has also performed as a guest artist with Eglevsky Ballet and with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet where she performed George Balanchine’s Diamonds, Serenade, and Concerto Barocco. With ARB, she performed featured roles in The Nutcracker and Trinette Singleton’s Capriccios. This is Euphrosyne’s second season with ARB.
Stephen Campanella trained at Princeton Ballet School and later joined ARB as an apprentice, performing roles in The Nutcracker, Our Town, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Company. As a trainee with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (2007-2008), he danced Sancho Panza in Don Quixote, and as a member of New York Theatre Ballet (2008-2009) he danced Ashton’s Capriol Suite, Limon’s Mazurkas, a variety of Agnes de Mille work, and “the Ugly Stepsister” in Donald Mahler’s Cinderella. He has performed at Carnegie Hall in a Lerner and Loewe concert with the New York Pops. Stephen is a summa cum laude graduate of Rutgers College with a B.A. in History and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta. This is Stephen’s third season with ARB.
Alice Cao, received her training on scholarship from the Pacific Northwest Ballet School under Peter Boal and others after being selected for their outreach program, DanceChance. She performed with the PNB in George Balanchine’s Symphony in C and Coppélia, Ronald Hynd’s Sleeping Beauty, and Kent Stowell’s Nutcracker. She attended summer programs at American Ballet Theatre, The National Ballet School of Canada, Ballet Austin, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Alonzo King Lines Ballet. Since joining, Alice has been featured in works by Gerald Arpino, Kirk Peterson, Mary Barton, and Matthew Keefe. She has also danced with Ballet Memphis and Convergence Ballet Company, and holds a degree in Computing and Software Systems from the University of Washington. This is Alice’s second season with ARB. Headshot Photo Credit: Michel Sarda.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Karen Leslie Moscato began classes at Princeton Ballet School after seeing ARB’s The 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 The Nutcracker, she has performed a number of principal roles including Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Dew Drop Fairy, Marzipan Woman and Sugar Doll. In 2012, she performed featured roles in The Nutcracker and Gerald Arpino’s Confetti, and danced the role of Juliet in premiere excerpts of Douglas Martin’s Romeo and Juliet. This is her third season with ARB.
Mattia Pallozzi (Trainee) 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 The Nutcracker, Matthew Keefe’s Fantasy For Violin, Piano and Ballet and Douglas Martin’s Romeo and Juliet. He performed the role of Basilo in Princenton Ballet School’s production of Don Quixote last spring.
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.
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.
Kelsey McFalls (Apprentice) began her ballet training at Dance Centre North in Syracuse, New York. She attended summer intensives at American Ballet Theatre in NYC and Alonzo King’s LINES in San Francisco. She was a student at New York University for Applied Psychology before taking a leave of absence to join the inaugural class of ARB/Princeton Ballet School’s Trainee program. Kelsey has had the opportunity to perform alongside the company in: The Nutcracker, Philip Jerry’s Our Town and Trinette Singleton’s Capriccios. She also performed the lead role of Kitri in Princeton Ballet School’s production of Don Quixote last spring. Kelsey is currently on faculty with Princeton Ballet School as a teacher for children’s classes.
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