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Cameron Auble-Branigan
Dancer
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Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Cameron 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.  While attending the ballet program at Jacob’s Pillow he was awarded the Jacob’s Pillow Professional Advancement Award in Dance.  In 2010, Auble-Branigan 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, and Helgi Tomasson’s The Nutcracker.  With ARB, he has performed as Cavalier in Nutcracker, Prince Igor in Douglas Martin's Firebird, and a featured roles in works by Trinette Singleton and Kirk Peterson.

2012
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. With ARB, Alex has performed as Cavalier in Nutcracker, the Firebird in Firebird, Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and featured roles in works by Kirk Peterson, Mary Barton, and Patrick Corbin.

2009
Milford, Pennsylvania
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
Mario Gonzalez
Dancer
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Mario Gonzalez started dancing at the Marya Kennett Dance School in Goshen, NY. Mario received his pre-professional training at Walnut Hill School for the Arts on scholarship under the direction of Michael Owen. He has also received training from: The Boston Ballet School, PPAS/The Ailey School, Joffrey Mid-West, The Juilliard School, The Chautauqua Institution, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, Movement Invention Project, Nederlands Dans Theater, The Cunningham Fellowship, and Springboard Danse Montreal. He has danced repertoire by George Balanchine,  Merce Cunningham, Nicolo Fonte, Madboots Dance, Stephan Laks, Paul Lightfoot & Sol Leon, Matthew Neenan, Crystal Pite, Doug Varone, Yin Yue, among others. Mario recently received his BFA from SUNY Purchase College and is excited for his first season with ARB. 

2015
Goshen, New York
Samantha Gullace
Dancer
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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, the premiere of Douglas Martin's Ephemeral Possessions, as Sugar Plum, Snow Queen, and Arabian in Nutcracker, as Hippolyta in the world premiere of Douglas Martin's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and featured roles in ballets by Patrick Corbin, Mary Barton, and Kirk Peterson.

2010
Millstone Township, New Jersey
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,
Ellen Lou
Dancer
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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 ARB Workshop in spring of 2013 and as Aurora in Sleeping Beauty in spring of 2014. Since joining the company in the spring of 2015, Ellen has appeared in Mary Barton's Shades of Time, in Douglas Martin’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and as Clara, Marzipan, Snow, Flowers, and Dew Drop in Nutcracker.

2015
Hillsborough, New Jersey
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,
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.

2013
Shizuoka,
Michael Landez
Apprentice
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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. This is his first season as an apprentice with American Repertory Ballet. 

2015
San Antonio, Texas
Kiril Filipov
Trainee
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Kiril Filipov, born in Sofia, Bulgaria, began his Vaganova ballet training at National School of Dance Art in Sofia at the age of 10. After 9 years he graduated with two of his leading teachers P. Koldamov and R. Kanev. In 2012, Filipov continued his education on full scholarship at Joffrey Ballet School in New York while performing with its pre-professional company Joffrey Concert Group. On national and international tours, Filipov performed pieces by Africa Guzman, Davis Robertson, Desmond Richardson, Larry Keigwin, Robert Battle, and master pieces by Gerald Arpino and George Balanchine. Filipov has attended summer programs throughout the US as well as in Bulgaria and Cyprus, where he also taught ballet classes for summer course.

2015
Sofia, Bulgaria,
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,

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