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PROFESSIONAL DIVISION

  Olga Mekhonoshina 

Ballet Mistress.  She was born in Kudymkar, Russia. She received her ballet training and graduated from the renowned Perm State Choreographic Academy in 1995. She immediately joined the well known Grigorovich Ballet Theater under the direction of celebrated choreographer Yuri Grigorovich. Olga performed in many ballets including Romeo and Juliet, Golden Age, Chipollino, Spartacus and Raymonda. Before moving to the United States, Olga danced in many different countries including, Japan , Portugal, Lebanon and Spain . Since joining the Sarasota Ballet in 2002 under the direction of Robert de Warren audiences have also seen her in Paquita, Swan Lake and A Midsummer night’s dream. Olga started her ballet teaching experience in 2005. In July 2008 Olga was invited to work as a guest teacher to in Miami under direction Vladimir Issaev. She had opportunity to work with Russian Pedagogues from Vaganova Ballet Academy, Saint Petersburg, Russia. In 2011, Olga was named jury for the First International Ballet Competition in Caracas, Venezuela. Ms. Olga works as Ballet Mistress of Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida since 2009, where she dances as a guest in soloist roles. She has been invited to teach Vaganova Master Classes in Caracas and Lima, Peru.


Liza Maltseva

Liza Maltseva was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She attended the Vaganova Ballet Academy where she was trained by Elena Zabalkanskaya, and Elena Evteeva. Upon her graduation she was immediately selected to join the Mariinsky Ballet Theater, formerly known as the Kirov Ballet. She danced as a soloist in Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Fountain of Bakchisaray, La Sylphide, La Bayadere and The Nutcracker. She also danced during the international tours of the company in important Ballet Festival a at the Royal Opera House of London, The Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, France, the Deutsche Opera House in Berlin in Germany and the Bellini Theater in Palermo Italy, and also in Japan, Korea, China, Finland, Mexico and the US. She also performed in Bangkok, for the Royal Family of Thailand. After relocating to Miami, Florida, in 2010, Lisa joined Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida as a soloist and also as a Ballet teacher for Vladimir Issaev's School of Classical Ballet.  She has danced Issaev’s Four Seasons, Harlequinade, The Nutcracker, Dr. Ouch! and Yanis Pikieri’s Danzon. Besides performing solo roles, Liza also works as Company Ballet Mistress since 2012.


Claresta Alim 

Claresta Alim began her dance training in Marlupi Dance Academy, Indonesia. She became semi-finalist at the Adeline Genee International Ballet Competition in Toronto, Canada to represent Indonesia. She has also been awarded with scholarships to the Trainee program of the Joffrey Ballet School, the American Ballet Theater’s Summer Session, The Washington Ballet School, and the Ailey school. Her repertoire includes The Little Mermaid in Ballet, Shostakovich (3 movements), Garden Pas de deux and The Nutcracker. She joined Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida in 2011 and has danced Issaev's Harlequinade, Fairy Doll, The Nutcracker, Pikieris' Danzon and Edgar Anido's Fragmentos. Claresta has also performed in her native Indonesia principal roles in Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, and toured with Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida to Lima, Peru to the Young Dancers Festival.


Takayuki Asai

Takayuki Asai, from Japan, finished his training at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School in 2012. He trained in his native country at Masahiro & Yuko Shimura Ballet School and at Shiho Kanazawa Ballet School. Among his performances we find him dancing Tribute by Dennis Marshall, Marjorie Grundvig, The Nutcracker, Peter Pan, Paquita, Coppelia and Swan Lake. He won Silver Medal at the Namue Classic Ballet Competition and was awarded several scholarships. He joined the company in 2012, since then he has perform soloist roles in The Nutcracker, Chipollino, Le Corsaire and El Encuentro.


Jorge Barani 

Jorge Lopez Barani is a graduate of Cuba National School of Art. He has received high ranking in many competitions, including two gold medals in the 2013 World Ballet Competition in the Solo and Pas de Deux categories. Barani has also performed in the Youth America Gran Prix, performing Flames of Paris, with Maria Kochetkova,  Principal Dancer of the San Francisco Ballet and with Miko Fogarty at the Denver Gala. He has also performed principal roles in Don Quixote (pas de deux) , Le Corsaire (pas de deux) ,Bayadere , Silphyde , as well as Diana and Acteon. Jorge recently joined Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida and is looking forward to an exciting season.

Breeana Flannery

Breeana Flannery began her training under the direction of Leeanne Rutherford at Ballet Theatre Australia in Melbourne, Australia. In 2008 Breeana won 1st prize, the Mabel Pryde Memorial Scholarship at the Ballet Teachers’ Workshop Competition before performing as a principal dancer with the Youth Australia Ballet from 2009-2010. Breeana also attended the 2010 American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive in New York City. Breeana joined Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida in 2011 and has performed soloist and principal roles in Vladimir's choreographies including The Nutcracker, and Fairy Doll, Four Seasons, Fuga Con Pajarillo, Chipollino; Yanis Pikieri’s Danzon, and classical ballets such as Le Corsaire and The Talisman. Breeana had toured with the company to Poland and Peru. This is Breeana’s third season with Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida.


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.


Lillian Hill

Lillian Winter Hill began her training at Pro-Am Dance Studio at a very young age. She furthered her classical ballet training with Magda Aunon at Fort Lauderdale Ballet Classique. While attending Dillard Canter for the Performing Arts as a dance major, she worked as an apprentice with Jubilee Dance Theater.  Upon graduation she joined the 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. Some of her greatest achievements include performing Dew Drop in the Nutcracker and for the Prince of Saudi Arabia. She joined Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida in 2011 and has danced solo roles in Issaev's Harlequinade, Fairy Doll, The Nutcracker, El Encuentro, Le Corsaire, Chipollino, Donizetti Variations, Fragmentos by Edgar Anido and Danzon by Yanis Pikieris. She has performed Vladimir Issaev's piece Fuga con Pajarillo at the Latin Choreographers Festival in New York in 2012 and toured with the company to Peru.


Kaori Fukui

Kaori Fukui began her training at the Iwata Ballet School and later continued at the Tokushima Ballet School. She was a member of Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company from 2006-2007 and worked for Roxey Ballet until 2009. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including a 1st prize in the 18th Kobe Dance Competition and 3rd prize in the 20th All Japan Ballet Competition. Ms. Fukui joined Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida in 2010 , since then she has danced soloist and principal roles in Vladimir’s choreographies of The Nutcracker, Petrouchka, Harlequinade, Four Seasons, Dr. Ouch! ; Yanis Pikieri’s Danzon, Edgar Anido's Frangmentos and, classical ballets such as Paquita, Diana & Acteon and Don Quixote. She has recently won the Silver Medal at the Korea International Ballet Competition. She has toured with the Company to Mexico, Poland and Peru. She performed as guest star for different companies in the US and in Poland and Japan.


Meisy Garcia

She graduated at the National School of Arts in Cuba. She also participated in several international ballet competitions where she was awarded Bronze and Silver medals.  Meisy has performed internationally in Mexico and South Africa dancing several important roles such as Blue Bird, Don Quixote and Flames of Paris among others.
Ms. Garcia has recently joined Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida and is looking forward to an exciting season of performances.


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.


Hirohito Ikeuchi

Hirohito Ikeuchi, graduated from the Mie Hatanaka Ballet School, he also attended the Kasuga Ballet School. He has recently finished his Ballet studies at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School after winning awarded during the 2008 YAGP. As an accomplished dancer he has received numerous awards as the 2nd place at the 2012 BA All Japan Ballet Competition, Gold at the 2010 Nagoya Ballet Competition. Hiro joined the company in 2012 and has danced Issaev's Nutcracker and Chipollino, Donizetti's Variations, and toured with the company to Peru where he performed Flames of Paris at the International Young Dancers Festival in Lima.



Moka Maihara

Moka Maihara, She has recently ended a full season with Milwaukee Ballet. She started her training at the Mie Hatanaka Ballet in Japan and relocated to the US to complete her ballet studies at Harid Conservatory and Houston Ballet. She was awarded several scholarships to National Ballet of Canada, Royal Ballet Academy of London and the Australian Ballet School. Her repertoire includes Swan Lake, Serenade, Nutcracker, Paquita and Graduation Ball among others. She has won important awards such as Japan Grand Prix obtaining Silver Medal and Gold Medal at the Nagoya Ballet Competition and always qualified in the Top 12 at the Youth American grand Prix. Moka joined Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida in 2012 as an apprentice and danced Vladimir Issaev's Nutcracker, Chipollino, Donizetti's variations and Spring Waters. She has been recently promoted to join the professional corps for the 2013-2014 season.


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 wher 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 Herna's second season with Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida.


Eileen Puauluan

Eileen Pualuan is from Chile, she has competed her ballet studies at the Ballet School of the Teatro Municipal de Santiago and she attended for two years with the Hamburg Ballet School in Germany. She has performed several roles in the Nutcracker, La Bayadere, Sleeping Beauty, Les Sylphides, Raymonda and Paquita. She joined the company in 2012 as an apprentice after completing the Summer Intensive Program of Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida. She has danced The Nutcracker, Chipollino and Suite of Waltzes among other pieces of the company's repertoire.


Reinaldo Muniz

He was trained at Prodanza Center of Cuba, where he began his professional career dancing in the corps of ballet performing in Don Quixote, Copellia, Dracula and others.
In Brazil, he was a member of the Ballet de Vitoria (professional dance company) and participated in several shows at the School of Theatre and Dance Grands Dança Fafi where he performed the Pas de Deux Corsaire, Harlequin, Diana and Acteon, and various other ballets. He participated in various competitions such as Passo de Arte, Rio das Oyster Festival, and many others throughout Brazil.                


DeeDee Rosner

DeeDee Rosner is a graduate of The North Carolina School of the Arts. There she studied under Nina Danilova, Kee Yuan Han, Jenny Change, and Melissa Hayden.  Throughout her education she attended various summer intensives across America including Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, and Harid Conservatory. She continued her dance studies at L’Ecole de Rudra-Bejart in Lausanne, Switzerland.  For the past three years danced with Columbia Classical Ballet dancing  corps, soloist, and principle roles.  Coached by Nina Danilova,  DeeDee was a finalist in 2010 World Ballet Competition performing variations from Sleeping Beauty’s Bluebird, Don Quixote’s Kitri, Grand Pas Classique , and Le Talisman. She joined Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida in 2011 and has danced solo roles in Issaev's Harlequinade, Shostakovich Suites, Glinka Suite Fantastique, Fairy Doll, The Nutcracker, Edgar Anido's Fragmentos and Yanis Pikieris Danzon. She toured with the company to Peru where she performed Donizetti's Variations.


Jun Tanabe

Jun Tanabe began his training at the Kurosawa Tomoko Ballet Studio and later continued at the Rock School for Dance Education 2005-2008. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including a 1st prize in the 20th All Japan Ballet Competition and 1st Prize in the 66th Tokyo Newspaper National Ballet Competition and 2nd & 3rd prize in the Youth America Grand Prix NY final 2006 & 2007.He has performed at Miami Ballet Festival in 2007 and Roxey Ballet. Mr. Tanabe joined Arts Ballet Theatre in 2010 , since then he has danced soloist and principal roles in Vladimir’s choreographies of The Nutcracker, Petrouchka, Harlequinade, Four Seasons, Dr. Ouch! ; Yanis Pikieri’s Danzon, and classical ballets such as Diana & Acteon and Don Quixote. He has recently won the Silver Medal at the Korea International Ballet Competition. He has toured with the company to Mexico, Poland and Peru and danced as a guest star at different ballet competitions and Festivals in Japan, Poland and Peru. He recently performed Issaev's Firebird at the Nagoya Triennial Festival as a guest start with the Michiko Matsumoto Ballet.


Yukina Yasuhara

Yukina Yasuhara She comes from attending the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School and the Houston Ballet Academy. She previously trained in Japan at the Mie Hatanaka Ballet School and the Etoile Ballet School. She also attended the Summer Programs of Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts and the Kirov Ballet Academy of Washington. She has performed in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita and, Don Quixote. Yukina joined Arts Ballet Theatre in 2012 as an apprentice to the company and has recently been promoted to the professional corps. She has danced Donizetti's variations, Sleeping Beauty Pas de Deux, The Nutcracker and Chipollino this past season. She also toured with the company to Lima, Peru for the International Young Dancers Festival.


 

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.


Yasamin Haghayegh
She has started her ballet training at the age of 10 at Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet. Since then she has performed in all productions of the company such as The Nutcracker, Firebird, Doctor Ouch, Petrouchka, Fuga con Pajarillo, Harlequinade, Fairy Doll, Chipollino, Spring Gala, A Celebration to Klimt among other classical, neoclassical pieces, and contemporary pieces by choreographers Josee Garant, Yanis Pikieris, and Edgar Anido. She has consistently attended the Summer Intensive Program of Russian technique with Mme. Yelena Zablakanskaya, Mme. Yelena Sherstnieva, Alla Osipenko, and Tatina Terekhova. She has traveled with the company to Germany 2008, Denmark 2009, Mexico 2010, and Poland 2012.


Kayci Rodriguez
She started taking ballet lessons at the age of 3 at Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet. At age 7 she was promoted to begin her training with Vladimir Issaev following the Vaganova Syllabus Method. Currently she is a trainee of Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, where she dances and continues her training with Vladimir Issaev, Olga Mekhonoshina and Liza Maltseva. She has been attending all Summer Intensive Programs of Russian Technique since 2007 where she received additional training in Ballet and Character with faculty from the Vaganova Ballet Academy, Modern, Pilates and Flamenco. Kayci has an extensive experience on stage, dancing the most challenging classical and neo classical repertoire. She has danced The Nutcracker (Clara, Spanish, Marzipan, Dew drop, Arabian Princess), Paquita (pas de trios), Raymonda, La Bayadere, and Don Quixote. Arts Ballet Theatre productions of Taiko, Waltz Glinka, Dr. Ouch, Harlequinade, Chipollino, Fairy Doll, Firebird, Petrouchka, Ballet Concierto, Fuga con Pajarillo, and Danzon, Fragmentos by Edgar Anido, and Pas de Deux 1 from Shostakovich Suites by Vladimir Issaev. She has also been fortunate to have been invited to participate in the International young dancers Festival in Miami, Mexico and Poland and to the Choreographers Festival in New York in summer 2012.


 

 

Junior Members

   

Alexia Barandarian, Alexandra Behar, Eugenia Bejar, Sharon Beriro, William Eubank, Jessica Fischer, Gabriela Gelman, Seydi Ortiz, Daniel Panameno, Laura Panameno, Isabella SanJuan,Sabrina Serber, Veronica Serber, Adi Shoshani, Camryn Smoler, Danielle Stoller, Claudia Suarez, Dominique Szymkiewicz, Georgina Whela

   

 

   

 

   
 

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