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Trainee Biographies

Click here for information about American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School's Trainee program, including how to audition.
 
Current Trainees:
Flavio Alteri, Eleanor Ambler, Greta Battistin, Dana Cox, Beatrice De Porcellinis,
Paulina Espinoza Hernandez, Martina Fedrigo, Caileigh Gold, Jacopo Griffo,
Anne Johnson, Tony Lee, Gabriella Linse, Julia Lloyd, Sarah Maler,
Quincy Mendelson, Amanda Michel, Sudarsna Mukund, Angela Perrino,
Louis Picuira-de Pimodan, Giorgia Pulimanti, Jordana Rosenberg, Regan Shaw,
Jill Signer, Matanya Solomon, Sophia Thomas, Gabriella Vasta,
Sabrina Visco, Sara Vllahu
Flavio Altieri
Torre del Greco, Italy.  Flavio trained at the Accademia dello Spettacolo, in Portici, Italy, with Virginia Vincenti.  He began his training here with the 2014 Summer Intnesive, where he was a featured dancer in Mary Barton’s “A Summer’s Day.”  During the 2014-15 season, he appeared as the Nephew/Prince in “Nutcracker,” a Rustic in “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and Minion in “Firebird,” and a Toreador in “Don Quixote.”  This fall, he is preparing Soldier Doll and Spanish lead for “Nutcracker.”
 
Greta Battistin
Verona, Italy. Greta studied with Stefania Cantarelli and Giovanni Patti, former dancers with the Fondazione Arena di Verona. She has also attended The Alvin Ailey School’s summer intensive before moving to Princeton to begin her fist season as a trainee. Greta recently appeared as The Sheep in “Grumpy Bird” and can be seen in Snow and Flowers in "The Nutcracker."
 
Dana Cox
Lexington, South Carolina. Before joining American Repertory Ballet as a trainee, Dana danced at Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet and studied for two years at The Boston Ballet School. She is also pursuing degrees in Gender Studies and English from the University of Massachusetts. Dana has appeared as a Rose in Mary Barton’s “Once Upon a Summer’s Day” and as The Raccoon in “Grumpy Bird.” In this year’s “Nutcracker,” Dana can be seen in Snow and Flowers. 
 
Paulina Espinoza-Hernandez
Sinaloa, México. Paulina has studied dance at Karemia Del Rey’s Escuela Con La Tecnica Cubana, Delaware Valley Dance Academy and spent one year as a trainee with Atlantic City Ballet. She has performed the Rose Pas de Deux in Mary Barton’s “Once Upon a Summer’s Day”, the Rabbit in “Grumpy Bird” and is learning Fireflies for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” She can currently be seen in Spanish, Snow and Flowers in “The Nutcracker”. Paulina plans to eventually pursue a career as a brain injury therapist, following in the footsteps of her mother.
 
Leonetta Gandon
Leonetta trained at the Renato Greco Dance Studio in Rome, before joining the Trainee program.  Last year, she appeared in “Nutcracker” (Clara, Snow and Flowers), “Grumpy Bird,” and in featured roles in “Don Quixote.”  She will be reprising her role of Clara again in this year’s “Nutcracker.”
 
Caileigh Gold
Norfolk, Virginia. Caileigh received her training from Ballet Virginia and has attended summer intensives at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Orlando Ballet and Joffrey Ballet Chicago, among others. She recently performed the role of the Thistle Queen in “Once Upon a Summer’s Day” and is learning Fireflies for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” She can be seen as a Maid, a Rat, Marzipan, Snow and Flowers in this year’s “Nutcracker.” Caileigh is also working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Photography. 
 
Jacopo Griffo
Turin, Italy. Jacopo studied at the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome before beginning his first season as a trainee with American Repertory Ballet. In this year’s “Nutcracker” he can be seen as the Rat King and the Butler. Jacopo has also performed as The Gardener in “Once Upon a Summer’s Day” and has learned the role of The Grumpy Bird in Matthew Keefe's "Grumpy Bird."
 
Anthony Lee
Chino Hills, California. Tony has trained at Anaheim Ballet and Towson University. He recently received his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Film & Media Studies from Johns Hopkins University. This season Tony is learning Rustics for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and is dancing as the Nutcracker Prince/Nephew in Douglas Martin’s “The Nutcracker.”  
 
Jordana Rosenberg
Vineland, New Jersey. Jordana has danced at the Atlantic City Ballet School and was previously a trainee for Atlantic City Ballet. She has attended summer programs including Ballet West’s Summer Intensive and the Rockette Summer Intensive. She recently performed the role of The Rabbit in “Grumpy Bird” and will dance in Snow, Flowers and Spanish in Douglas Martin’s “The Nutcracker.” Jordana is currently pursuing a degree in Mathematics online through Southern New Hampshire University.
 
Sophia Thomas
Fresno, California. Sophia trained at the Maple Conservatory of Dance and has spent summers at Houston Ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She recently danced as The Beaver in “Grumpy Bird” and is learning Fireflies for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Sophia will perform Snow, Flowers, Arabian, and Marzipan in Douglas Martin’s “Nutcracker.”
 

Trainee/Apprentices

Trainees who take company class and rehearse daily with American Repertory Ballet.

Emily Parker
Beverly Hills, New South Wales, Australia.  Emily began training at The McDonald College, in Sydney, Australia, and has done summer programs there, at Boston Ballet School, and with the Sydney Dance Company.  During the 2014-15 season, she appeared as Rosalind in “Romeo and Juliet,” a Firefly in “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” a Minion in “Firebird,” a soloist in “Don Quixote,” and in multiple roles in “Nutcracker.”  This fall, she has also been learning “Rite of Spring,” and will be dancing the roles of Arabian, Maid, Snow and Flowers in “Nutcracker.”
 
Updates on former members of the Trainee Program:

Alessia Astro, Estelle Botella, and Valentina Paladino are all dancing with Manassas Ballet Theatre, in Manassas, Virginia.
 
Tullio Catà is now dancing with Atlantic City Ballet.
 
Shaye Firer graduated from the Trainee Program in 2012, after having spent her second year as an Apprentice to ARB.  As a current member of the professional company she has performed in many roles, including the role of The Chosen One in Douglas Martin’s “Rite of Spring.” Pictured on 
right: Shaye Firer as "The Chosen One" in Douglas Martin's Rite of SpringPhoto Credit: Leighton Chen
 
Jacopo Janelli, from Tor Vaianica, Italy, joined the Trainee program in 2011.  He trained with Fabula Saltis in Rome, with summer programs at The Royal Ballet School and Princeton Ballet School.  He became a full company member in fall of 2014.  Roles with ARB include Tybalt in “Romeo and Juliet,” The Ancient One in “Rite of Spring,” and many others.  He is currently rehearsing for his first season as Cavalier in “Nutcracker.”
Pictured on right: Jacopo Janelli as Tybalt in Douglas Martin's Romeo and Juliet, Photo Credit: Leighton Chen
 
Mathilde LaBrusse is dancing with Compagnie JCDM in Fontainebleau, France.
 
Kelsey McFalls spent a year with ARB as an apprentice, and then danced in Los Angeles. is now in her second season dancing with Dance Theatre of San Francisco, where she recently had the honor of appearing in a new work by Robert Moses Kin.  This will be her second season of appearing as Lucy in "Charlie Brown's Christmas" with the San Francisco Symphony.  She's enjoying balancing her dance career with a part-time job as marketing and tour scheduler for a theoretical neuroscientist based in Berkeley.   

 
Karen Leslie Moscato, a member of the initial class of Trainees (fall, 2011), has been dancing with ARB since the end of her first semester and is currently a member of the professional company.  Current roles include Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet”; Sugar Plum Fairy in “Nutcracker”; and featured roles in Kirk Peterson’s "Afternoon of a Faun" and “Tears of the Moon”, Douglas Martin’s “Rite of Spring,” and Titania in Douglas Martin's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Pictured on right: Karen Leslie Moscato as Juliet in Douglas Martin's Romeo and JulietPhoto Credit: Leighton Chen
 

Mattia Pallozzi, from Rome, Italy, spent a year as a Trainee, a year as an Apprentice, and became a full company member in fall of 2013.  Last season he was featured as Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet,” and as the Faun in “Afternoon of a Faun.”  He is currently preparing for his first performances as Cavalier in “Nutcracker.”
Pictured on right: Mattia Pallozzi as Romeo in Douglas Martin's Romeo and JulietPhoto Credit: George Jones
 
Eliana Trenam is dancing with Portland Ballet Company in Maine.
 
Janessa Urwin (née Cornell) is teaching for Princeton Ballet School, and is now the Wardrobe Manager for Princeton Ballet School.

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