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Mary Carmen Catoya 

From Venezuela, began her training at the age of six in Caracas and began her professional career at the age of 13. She danced with the Youth Ballet of Venezuela, the Contemporary Ballet of Caracas, the Cleveland Ballet and as a principal with the National Ballet of Caracas, where she was coached and trained by Ballet Master Vladimir Issaev. She danced as a principal at the Miami City Ballet from 1999 to 2015. Her repertoire includes works of George Balanchine, Vicente Nebrada, Dennis Nahat and Vladimir Issaev. Ms. Catoya has danced extensively abroad at many festivals and galas, including an international gala before the King and Queen of Spain, the inauguration of the Theater Simon Bolivar in Brazil, Dance Aspen, and the Gala of Stars at the Festival International de Santander. She received the award "Premio Casa del Artista" as Best Classical Dancer of the Year in 1999  and “Premio Municipal de Danza 2002″ as best dancer.
In 2004, she was invited to perform for the opening of “Queen Mary 2″ Ship Gala and then in August 2005 she was invited to dance “Unanoche con Tamara Rojo” in Madrid, Spain. In October 2006 she danced the full-length ballet Don Quixote, to open the Carnival Center Performance art Center now Arsht Center in the city of Miami.
In 2008 she was invited by Dennis Matvienko to perform in his own Gala Night at the Mikhailovsky Theater in Saint Petersburg, Russia. In 2009, she has being invited to dance at the Orlando Competition Gala of the Stars. In June, she performed with Taras Domitro in Queretaro, Mexico and with Rolando Sarabia at the Fire Island Festival in New York City.
In July 2011 Mary Carmen open and close Les etes de la Danse at the theatre du Chatelet in Paris with Miami City Ballet dancing the principal role in Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial.
Mary Carmen have been coached and trained by remarkable artists such as Jose Pares, Vicente Nebrada, Vladimir Issaev, Rafael Portillo, Zane Wilson Karelia Moreno, Elena Madan Vera at the Ballet Nacionalde Caracas, Dennis Nahat at Cleveland Ballet, Ileana Lopez, Violette Verdy, Jean Pierre Frohlich, Maria Cagliari, Mary Ashley and Edward Villella at Miami City Ballet.
Mary Carmen has been invited as a guest artist in Spain, Brazil, China, United Kingdom, Italy, Israel, Canada, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Mexico, Bosnia, Curacao, Trinidad & Tobago, Cuba and Argentina.


Aya Baba

She began her training at Hitomi Takeuchi Ballet School in Japan. She attended Zurich Dance Academy in Switzerland on a full scholarship from 2008-2010. In 2012, she joined the Joffrey Academy of Dance as a trainee. Ms. Baba performed many roles with the main company and the academy in The Nutcracker, La Bayadere, Romeo and Juliet, Coppelia and various other ballets. She has won many competitions in Japan including Japan Grand Prix, Youth America Grand Prix, NBA National Ballet Competition, All Japan Dance Competition, International Ballet Competition in Yokohama and others.


Ramil Bagmanov

Mr. Bagmanov is a graduate of the Rudolf Nureyev Academy in Ufa, Bashkortostan.  Immediately following graduation he became a member of the National Bashkortostan State Opera and Ballet Theatre (2005-2011) and National Tatarstan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre (2008-2012). A tall skilled dancer in pas de deux work, Mr. Bagmanov frequently partners leading roles.  Trained in the classics, he is also very comfortable in contemporary roles.  Mr. Bagmanov worked for Dance Alive in Gainsville, Florida until 2014.  He was recently in Kim Tuttle´s Phantom and as the “Cavalier” in Nutcracker.  His favorite roles include “Prince Siegfried” in Swan Lake, “Prince Desire” in Sleeping Beauty, “Romeo” in Romeo and Juliet, “Albrech” in Giselle and “Solor” in La Bayadere.


Roger Fonnegra

Roger Fonnegra received his dance training at the Teresa Carreno Ballet School of Caracas with Vladimir Issaev, and shortly after he joined the National Ballet of Caracas, directed by Vicente Nebrada as an apprentice. He trained at the School of American Ballet and with Whilhelm Burmann. He later returned to his native Venezuela where he danced with the Ballet National of Caracas on an international tour. Since he relocated to the US in 2003, he has danced with Columbia Classical Ballet, the Pennsylvania Ballet in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, Sierra Nevada Ballet, New Haven Ballet, and Seiskaya Ballet.  He performed for the past seven years with Festival Ballet Providence in RI under the direction of Mihailo Djuric. Past roles include George Balanchine's Rubies, Donizetti Variations and Allegro Brillante, and The Leaves are Fading, Agnes de Mille's Rodeo, La Camorra and Short Stories, and several soloist roles in The Nutcracker. In 2012 to 2013 he joined Ballet Idaho, dancing in the productions of Serenade by George Balanchine, and Nutckracker, Carmen, Don Quixote and Swan Lake.


Lusian Hernandez

Lusian Hernandez was born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela where she started her ballet training at 7 years of age at the Fundacion Escuela de Ballet Clasico del Edo. Lara. She has participated in many local and international dance festivals including the Festival Danza Joven in Colombia in 2009 and has been awarded several times with scholarships from programs such as the Metropolitan Ballet Theatre in Minneapolis where she attended in 2008. In 2010 she was awarded Bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Caracas, Venezuela repeating the same accolade for 2011. After attending the Summer Intensive Program of Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida in 2011, she was been invited by Vladimir Issaev to join the company's apprentice program. Since then she has performed the repertoire of the company including Yanis Pikieris Danzon, and Issaev's Nutcracker, Chipollino and Suite of Waltzes. She has recently perform the role of Kitri during the showcase of the 16th Summer Intensive Program.


Lillian Hill

Lillian Hill is a native Floridian. She began her training in Fort Lauderdale at Pro-Am Dance and Magda Aunon School of Classical Ballet. While attending Dillard Center for the Performing Arts as a dance major, she apprenticed with Jubilee Dance Theater. Upon graduation, she joined Richmond Ballet and began working towards a BFA in dance at Virginia Commonwealth University. Additionally, she has attended Summer Intensives at Orlando Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. She joined Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida in 2011 and has performed solo roles in Issaev's  Harlequinade, Fairy Doll, Chipollino, Firebird, Dr. Ouch, The Nutcracker and El Encuentro, among others. Furthermore, she has had the opportunity to work with visiting artists on pieces such as Yanis Pikieris’ Danzon and Vicente Nebrada’s Pentimento and has toured with the company to New York, Peru, and Germany.

 


Alexey Minkin

Alexey Minkin was born in Menzelinsk, Russia. He began his training at the Kazan State Choreographic College and graduated at the Perm State Choreographic College in 2011 in the class of Yuri Sidorov. After his graduation he immediately joined the Kremlin Ballet in Moscow, Russia as a soloist. During his years at the Kremlin he performed in many important stages around the world. He was a finalist at the first Riga International Ballet Competition. His repertoire includes solo roles from Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Swan lake, Romeo and Juliet, Don quixote, among other. 


Hernan Montenegro

Hernan Montenegro from Chile graduated from the Teatro Municipal de Santiago. In 2010 he participated at the International Ballet Competition in Lima, Peru where he was awarded Silver medal and a scholarship to attend the Summer Program at Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida. Following his participation in the program, he received an invitation to join the company. He has previously danced with Ballet de Santiago and Ballet de Camara dancing solo roles in Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Les Sylphides, Paquita, Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, Pinocchio, Graduation Ball and Nutcracker among others. Since joining the company in 2012, Hernan has performed Yanis Pikieris' Danzon, Issaev Nutcracker, Chipollino, Donizetti's variations and Le Corsaire. This will be Hernan's second season with Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida.

 


Saori Morioka

Saori Morioka, from Japan. She has started her ballet training at Mami Ballet Land in Japan and completed her training at School of Alberta Ballet, Canada.  She attended the Colorado Ballet Summer Program in 2013. She was been awarded at the Nara Ballet Competition in 2009 and was a Sendai Competition finalist in 2010. Ms. Saori has recently joined Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida and is looking forward to an exciting season of performances.

 


Kayci Rodriguez 

Started taking ballet lessons at Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet. She was promoted to begin her training with Vladimir Issaev following the Vaganova Syllabus Method under the tutelage of Vladimir Issaev, Olga Mekhonoshina and Liza Maltseva. She has been attending all Summer Intensive Programs of Russian Technique since 2007. Kayci has an extensive experience on stage, dancing the most challenging classical and neo classical repertoire in The Nutcracker, Paquita, Raymonda, La Bayadere, Don Quixote, Taiko, Waltz Glinka, Dr. Ouch, Harlequinade, Chipollino, Fairy Doll, Firebird, Petrouchka, Fuga con Pajarillo, Danzon, and Fragmentos by Edgar Anido. She has also been fortunate to have been invited to participate in the International young dancers Festival in Miami, Mexico, Poland and Germany in addtition to the Choreographers Festival in New York in summer 2012.



 

APPRENTICES:

   

Sara Cate Bingham began dancing at a very young age. She started lessons with Terri Post at the Post School of Ballet in Roanoke, Virginia and later joined the Southwest Virginia Ballet, under the artistic director Pedro Szalay. While dancing with the Southwest Virginia Ballet, she performed many roles in The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet and Coppelia. Sara has also participated in the summer programs of Atlanta Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Richmond Ballet and Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida. In 2011 and 2013, Sara traveled to Prague, Czech Republic with the Southwest Virginia Ballet obtaining important awards.


Stephanie Browning is from Orlando, Florida. She received most of her training at the Orlando Ballet School, and has also studied at Central Florida Ballet. Stephanie has most recently danced as a trainee at Florida Dance Theatre.  She has attended summer intensives at Orlando Ballet, Metropolitan Ballet Academy, Festival Ballet Providence, The Pennsylvania Ballet, and Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida. Stephanie has had numerous roles in the following ballets: The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Little Mermaid, Hansel and Gretel, Le Corsaire, Paquita, Cinderella, and The Sleeping Beauty. She placed in the top 10 Senior Classical Women at the Universal Ballet Competition and was awarded a scholarship. Stephanie is looking forward to her first season with Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida.


Johanna Crick started her ballet training in New Jersey and later at The Center of Dance in Blacksburg, Virginia. At age 13 Johanna joined the Southwest Virginia Ballet and began training with artistic director Pedro Szalay. She performed many roles with the Southwest Virginia Ballet in The Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf, Don Quixote, and Coppelia. Johanna has attended summer intensives at The Harid Conservatory, Richmond Ballet and Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida. In 2013 she traveled to Prague, Czech Republic, to participate in the New Prague Dance Festival, obtaining a special award. Johanna was invited to join Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida this past summer.

 


Yasmin Haghayegh began her ballet training at Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet at the age of 10. Since then, Yasamin has expanded her extensive repertoire by performing in all of the company’s productions such as The Nutcracker, Firebird, Doctor Ouch, Petrouchka, Taiko, Suite of Waltz, Fuga con Pajarillo, Harlequinaide, Fairy Doll, Chipollino, A Celebration to Klimt, among other classical and neoclassical pieces, as well as contemporary pieces by choreographers Josee Garant, Yanis Pikieris and Edgar Anido. She has also consistently demonstrated her vigorous dedication to her training, by attending all Summer Intensive Programs of Russian Technique. She has traveled around the globe with the company to participate in various renowned dance festivals in Germany (2008), Denmark (2009), Mexico (2010), Poland (2012) and Germany (2014).

 


Caitlyn King began her training at the Post School of Ballet in Virginia. She has trained with Terri Post and Pedro Szalay. She was a member of the Southwest Virginia Ballet Company for nine years. She has attended Summer Intensives at the Cincinnati Ballet and Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida. In 2013 she participated in the New Prague Dance Festival in the Czech Republic with the Southwest Virginia Ballet Company. They placed 1st in classical ballet and won the Grishko award. She has performed soloist roles in the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Coppelia and Raymonda. This will be her first year with Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida.

 


Renee Roberts ( Musical Kinder and Modern/Contemporary ) She started her ballet training with Vladimir Issaev when she was four years old. During her years with the school she performed roles such as Snow Queen and Dew Drop in "The Nutcracker," Winter and Fall in "The Seasons," as well as other original classical works by Mr. Issaev that were performed in both Poland and Germany. She continued her training with the dance department at Butler University, performing in classical pieces such as Gerald Arpino's "Viva Vivaldi” and Finger Fairy in “Sleeping Beauty,” as well as modern works like Paul Taylor's "Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rehearsal),” and an original contemporary work, "Displacements" choreographed by Marek Cholewa (faculty) which was performed at the International Concert of Schools of Dance in Bratislava. She graduated cum laude majoring in dance performance with a minor in gender studies, and received the Lynnette Jordan Schisla scholarship.


Astrid Zuluaga was born in Venezuela. She began her training at the age of 6  at the Fundacion Escuela de Ballet Clasico del Edo. Lara, she also attended Allegro Estudio de Ballet where she graduated. In 2012 she became an apprentice with Ballet Nacional de Panamá where she had the opportunity to dance “The nutcracker” , “Coppelia”, as well excerpts of ballets of the classical repertoire. Astrid participated in the International Ballet Competition in Caracas, Venezuela and in The Star of the 21st Century International Ballet Competition in Panamá, where she got to be one of the ten finalists of her category. In 2013 she decides to audition for Miami City Ballet School to improve her technique where she graduated after a year and a half training. In 2015, she attended Arts Ballet Theater summer intensive and will be joining the company as an apprentice next season.

 
 

TRAINEE PROGRAM:

Valentina Guidi
Began her ballet training at Vladimir Issaev’s School of Classical Ballet at the age of 4. She has trained with Vladimir Issaev, Olga Mekhonoshina, Liza Maltseva, Melissa Wrinkle, Belinda Zaret and Jennifer Ortiz. In 2008, she was awarded for "Outstanding Achievement in Dance" by the Moscow Foundation of Dance and Choreography. Valentina has participated in Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida’s Summer Intensive program for four consecutive years with Mme. Yelena Zabalkanskaya and Mme. Yelena Shertsnieva, from the Vaganova Academy in Russia, along with Ms. Yulia Kasenkova, soloist of the Mariinsky Ballet Theatre and Mr. Misha Bart. She also attended American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive of 2012 in New York, training with some of the most popular dancers and directors in the United States. Valentina has participated in the American Dance Competition and the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition in the past year. She has danced in roles such as Clara, Spanish Princess, Marzipan and Dew Drop in the Nutcracker, Rose in Chipollino, and the Pas de Trois in Paquita, also dancing alongside the professional Company during performances of Donizetti and Pentimento. Valentina has just recently taken part in the International Dancers Festival in Peru during the summer of 2013.


Claudia Suarez

Claudia was born in Venezuela. She began her ballet studies at the age of 5 in EFPDanza and had additional training in Central School of Ballet, in London. Later on she continued at Fundación Ballet de Las Américas in Caracas and Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet in Miami, where she graduated. She has participated in numerous Festivals in her country and twice at an International Festival in La Habana, Cuba; as well as taken different workshops at English National Ballet and The Royal Ballet School in London.  In 2010, Claudia was awarded with the Silver Medal at Caracas National Ballet Competition, Top Ten Dancer at Universal Ballet Competition in 2015 and in 2012 she won an scholarship to attend Arts Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive, which she continued attending in 2014 and 2015. Claudia’s repertoire at her schools includes The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Paquita, Don Quixote and Issaev’s works such as Fuga con Pajarillo, Dr. Ouch!, Shostakovich Suites, Rite of Spring among others.

   

 

 

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