Iori Araya

trained at the Hisomi Rakaashi Ballet School in Japan and the Australian Ballet School in Southland, Victoria. She toured Australia with the Australian Ballet’s Dancers’ Company and later joined the Singapore Dance Theatre touring internationally to Malaysia and China. Her repertoire includes Giselle, Theme and Variations, Nutcracker, Divertissements, and Sleeping Beauty. As a teenager, Iori entered the Youth American Grand Prix where she won a scholarship to the English National Ballet School.


Kerry Mara Cox

Kerry Mara Cox studied for 6 years at N.J. School of Ballet and was cast in the role of Clara in New Jersey Ballet's Nutcracker.  She went on to study on scholarship at Joffrey School of Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet.  She performed for 10 years with Saint Louis Ballet, where she rose to the rank of principal.  Her repertoire included principal roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and Nutcracker.  She joined New Jersey Ballet in 2008, and is noted for her work in The Three Riddles of Turandot, Don Quixote, and Who Cares?

photo by Stephen Slutsker

Albert Davydov

Albert was born in Russia and began his ballet training at the age of eleven at the Kazan Choreographic School of Ballet. Upon graduation, he joined the Tatar State Theater of Opera and Ballet where he danced solo and principal roles and toured with the company in Europe and the United States. He has won numerous prizes in international competition. His repertoire includes Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet. He joined New Jersey Ballet in 2004.

photo by Junio Teixeira




Leonid Flegmatov

Leonid graduated from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography in 2001 and joined the Russian Academy of Theatrical Arts GITIS as a soloist. His repertoire includes principal roles in such ballets as Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet and Futile Precaution. Leonid was awarded a prize in the First International Chabukiani-Balanchine Ballet Competition in 2001. He has toured in Europe, Asia and the United States.  He has danced with Miami City Ballet, Columbia Classical Ballet, International Ballet Theater, and Grand Rapids Ballet Company. A member of NJ Ballet in 2007-2008, he rejoins the company for the 2011-2012 season.

Albina Ghazaryan

trained at the Armenian National Ballet School and joined the Armenian National Ballet as a soloist in 2004. In 2011, she joined the Israel Ballet company as a principal dancer. Albina is a laureate of the Grigorovich International Ballet competition in 2010. She has extensive classical ballet repertoire including Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Nutcracker, Carmen, and Spartacus, to name a few.


Nic Gili

is from Idaho Falls, Idaho.  He trained at teh Kirov Academy, Ballet West, and Boston Ballet.  Professional experience includes solo and principal roles with Ballet Idaho and the Teatrul de balet Sibiu in Romania.  Repertoire includes several roles in Nutcracker, Peasan Pas de Deux in Giselle, Esmerelda Pas de Deux, and Pas de Dix.

photo by Junio Teixeira

Ilse Kapteyn

llse Kapteyn began her training at the East Street Ballet, Massachusetts. She continued training with Irina Vakhromeeva while a student at Deerfield Academy. Ilse attended summer programs at the School of American Ballet, the Chautauqua Institution, and American Ballet Theatre NY. Ilse traveled to Moscow in the summer of 2011 and was accepted at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Ilse joined the New Jersey Ballet in the fall of 2012.

photo by Junio Teixeira

Raeman Kilfoil

Raeman comes to NJB this season from Festival Ballet of Providence, Rhode Island, where he was a principal dancer. Prior to that, he performed with North Carolina Dance Theatre and with Saint Louis Ballet. A native of New York, he received his training from the School of American Ballet and attended Indiana University where he studied under Violette Verdy. He has performed Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Bluebird in Sleeping Beauty, the Cavalier in Nutcracker, and Swan Lake, among many others.

photo by Stephen Slutsker

Ana Luiza Luizi

Ana was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where she began her training at age 8. She joined the Sesiminas Dance Company And toured throughout Brazil and Latin America performing in The Nutckracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, La Fille Mal Gardee, Coppela, Don Quixote and Raymonda. She toured China with the Europe Ballet Conservatory of Saint Pollen, Austria before coming to the United States and joining New Jersey Ballet in 2007.

photo by Junio Teixeira


Narek Martirosyan

trained at the Armenian National Ballet School. Upon graduation, he joined the Armenian National Ballet Theatre as a principal dancer, and in 2011 he became a principal with the Israel Ballet. Repertoire includes Don Quixote, Carmen, Giselle, Romeo & Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, and Nutcracker as a principal dancer.

Risa Mochizuki

was born in Tokyo and trainded at the Royal Ballet of Flanders, and Kishibi and Kawasaki Ballet Schools in Japan.  Winning medals in several international competitions.  She danced solo and principal roles with Teatrul balet Sibiu, Romania, the Constanta National Opera, ant the Timisoara National Opera Ballet.  Principial roles include Don Quixote, Paquita, Nutcracker, Chopiniana, and La Vivandiere.

photo by Junio Teixeira

Kotoe Kojima-Noa

Kotoe was born in Japan and studied with New York City Ballet principals Valentina Kozlova and Leonid Kozlov. Mrs. Kojima-Noa joined New Jersey Ballet during the 2001-2002 season and has appeared in Nutcracker, Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, Graduation Ball, Esmeralda, Giselle, Flames of Paris pas de deux and in featured roles in Johan Renvall's Tango and Robert North's Let's Go South.

photo by Junio Teixeira

Andrew Notarile

At the age of eight, Andrew began his dance training at New Jersey School of Ballet.  He continued studying at School of American Ballet on full scholarship, and is a graduate of Professional Performing Arts School.  He performed with ARB and BalletMet in Comlumbus, Ohio.  His virtuosity has been distinguished in such varied roles as the Cavalier, Snow King, and Nutcracker Prince in Nutcracker; the title role in Petroucka; and featured roles in Midsummer Night's Dream; Othello; Who Cares?; Twyla Tharp's Baker's Dozen and Octet; Jerome Robbins' Interplay; and Maurice Hines' Jazz Moves.  Andrew's penchant for musical theatre has been showcased as Mr Mistoffelees, in the Ocean City Theatre produciton of CATS.

photo by Junio Teixeira

Gabriella Noa-Pierson

Gabby began her training locally and entered New Jersey School of Ballet at the age of 8. At 11, she performed the coveted role of Clara in New Jersey Ballet's Nutcracker at Paper Mill—one of the youngest ever to dance the role. Mrs. Noa-Pierson was a scholarship student at the Pennsylvania Ballet, and returned to New Jersey and NJ Ballet in 1999. Her repertory includes Gretel in Hansel and Gretel,  roles in Allegro Brilliante, Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, Tango, For Ella, Saturday Night, and the Cowgirl in deMille’s Rodeo.

photo by Junio Teixeira

Ruben Rascon

Ruben Rascon began his training in Santa Fe at the National Dance Institute and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet School.  He also studied at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and at East Street Ballet, Massachusetts. He was a scholarship student at summer programs at Boston Ballet, ABT, School of American Ballet, and the Rock School. In 2011 Ruben graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, where he passed his exams with top marks in every category. Ruben joined New Jersey Ballet in 2012.

photo by Junio Teixeira

Mari Sugawa

Mari was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Japan where she received her training. She joined the Matsuyama Ballet Company in 1994 and performed as a soloist in such classics as Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Coppelia, Cinderella, and Giselle. She also performed Ballet Ballet Ballet, a contemporary work by Matsuyama Company choreographer Tetsutaro Shimizu. Ms. Sugawa has performed with Ballet Austin, New York Theatre Ballet and Eglevsky Ballet. Her Juliet, Princess Aurora and Black Swan have met with high critical praise.

photo by Junio Teixeira

Ryo Suzuki

trained a Le Course de Ballet Iwaki Japan and the Houston Ballet Academy. He performed with Houston Ballet in productions of La Bayadere, Jewels and Taming of the Shrew. He joined Singapore Ballet in 2011. His repertoire also includes Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Illumination, Sleeping Beauty, and Coppelia. Ryo has won many awards and prizes in competitions in Japan and the U.S.

Andre Luis Teixeira

began studying ballet in his native Brazil at the age of 8. Six years later, he joined Sesiminas Companhia, where he rose through the ranks from corp de ballet to principal dancer. His repertoire includes leading roles in such classical ballets

Christina Theryoung-Neira

Christina started her training at New Jersey School of Ballet and later studied at the School of American Ballet and the Royal Ballet in London. Upon returning to the United States, she joined the Los Angeles Ballet, directed by John Clifford, and also performed with the Fort Worth Ballet. Christina appeared in New Jersey Ballet's 25th Anniversary Nutcracker in 1995 and joined the company for the 1996 season. In 1997, she entered the New York International Competition and was chosen to perform the Stars and Stripes solo at the Gala performance.

photo by Junio Teixeira

Catherine Whiting

trained at the New Jersey School of Ballet and also attended programs at School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. She was part of the New Jersey School of Ballet ensemble that took first place twice in the Youth Dance Festival of New Jersey.  She also won first place in pas de deux in that competition. Catherine is a part time student at Rutgers University.

photo by Junio Teixeira

Yuuki Yamamoto

Yuuki trained at the Hakucho Ballet Academy in his native Japan.  He was a finalist in the Japan Grand Prix and won a scholarship to the Ailey School in New York.  He has appeared in Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Flames of Paris, Sleeping Beauty, Gopak, Nutcracker and many others.  Yuuki joined New Jersey Ballet in 2010.

photo by Junio Teixeira

Nahoko Nakamoto

was born in Japan where she trained at the Yuasa Ballet Academy. She has also trained in Vancouver, Canada and at Alvin Ailey School.

photo by Junio Teixeira

Rachel Carina

Rachel is a New Jersey native, born and raised in Morris County.  She began her ballet studies under the tutelage of Michael Shannon and Sara Knight.  She studied for three years with the New Jersey School of Ballet, two of which in the Junior Company.  She graduated under a full-tuition scholarship at The Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida whereupon she was accepted into the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's Graduate Program.  Rachel has performed professionally with the Gainesville Ballet and New Jersey Ballet's Nutcracker.  This is her first season with New Jersey Ballet.

Carolyn Clark, Director

A native of New Jersey, Carolyn Clark is Founder and Director of New Jersey Ballet and New Jersey School of Ballet. Ms. Clark performed classical and contemporary ballet with American Ballet Theatre and toured with that company throughout North America, Scandinavia, Europe and Africa. Additional ballet company credits include the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Radio City Ballet, and as principal dancer with New Jersey Ballet and New Jersey State Opera. Ms. Clark's professional credits also include many Broadway musicals and television shows, most notably as assistant to the choreographer for the Bell Telephone Hour. She is a founding member of ArtPride New Jersey, served two years on the President’s Council on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center, and five years on the Advisory Board of Channel 13. Ms. Clark was honored with a New Jersey Pride Award for her contribution to the arts, and served on the President’s Small Business Advisory Council. During the 50th anniversary season of the company, Ms. Clark was honored with a Dance Advocate Award from Dance New Jersey. Carolyn Clark attended Rutgers University.

Paul McRae, Assistant Artistic Director

Paul McRae began his training at San Francisco School of Ballet at the age of 9. He spent 8 years at New Jersey School of Ballet, and became an apprentice to New Jersey Ballet Company at age 16. After high school, he joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, where he danced solo roles while attending nearby Point Park College. Upon returning to New Jersey, Mr. McRae joined New Jersey Ballet and performed numerous solo and principal roles in the Company’s extensive repertory. In recent seasons, he earned critical praise for his work as the evil fairy Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty. Mr. McRae is on the ballet faculty at New Jersey School of Ballet and Kean University, and serves as Artistic Advisor for Dance Residencies at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. He is immediate past president of Dance/New Jersey and a member of the board of ArtPride New Jersey. In recognition of his longtime work with the Star-Ledger Scholarship program, he was made an Honorary Star-Ledger Scholar in 2009.                          

Eleanor D'Antuono, Artistic Advisor

Ms. D'Antuono received accolades from public and press alike during her long career as principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre where she danced leading roles in Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia and Les Sylphides among many others. Her dancing was marked by fiery virtuosity, unique lyricism and bravura technique. She was the first American ballerina to dance leading roles with the Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg. She was also the first American artist to perform in mainland China. Her staging and coaching contributed greatly to the extraordinary success of New Jersey Ballet’s Giselle, Act II. She has served as Artistic Director of the New York International Ballet Competition since 1996.

Leonid Kozlov, Artistic Advisor

Mr. Kozlov was a principal dancer with the Bolshoi until 1979 when he defected from the Soviet Union. He became a principal dancer with New York City Ballet. His role in the 1983 Broadway musical On Your Toes won him critical acclaim. Mr. Kozlov has staged his versions of Swan Lake and Don Quixote for the National Ballet of Chile and Nutcracker for the Australian Ballet. Mr. Kozlov has appeared as a guest artist with major companies worldwide and tours with his own Kozlov and Friends. For New Jersey Ballet, he staged Paquita, La Satinella, Diane and Acteon, El Cid and La Vivandiere. To provide a showcase for aspiring dancers, he launched New Jersey’s Youth Dance Festival in 2005.

Edward Villella, Artistic Advisor

A Kennedy Center honoree, Mr. Villella is perhaps the greatest American premier danseur ever. Among his accomplishments  are Emmy Award winner, star of New York City Ballet, guest artist with the Bolshoi, performer at President Kennedy’s Inaugural, and first American to guest with the Royal Danish Ballet. In 1968, the Bell Telephone Hour’s salute to Villella became an Emmy Award-winning special. His Harlequin – A Patchwork of Love, the first ballet ever commissioned by an American TV network, resulted in Emmy Awards for the show and for Villella as choreographer, producer and star! He is a former member of the President’s Council on the Arts and a past recipient of the prestigious Capezio Award. Mr. Villella is founder/Director of Miami City Ballet and has been Artistic Advisor to New Jersey Ballet since 1972.

Marina Bogdanova, Ballet Mistress

Ms. Bogdanova received her training at Russia’s prestigious Perm Ballet Academy and began her professional career with The Sverdlovsk State Academy Theatre of Opera and Ballet.  She went on to become a principal dancer with the celebrated Russian National Ballet Company and the Ballet Theatre of Moscow, where she performed leading roles in the full classical repertory. Ms. Bogdanova earned the coveted title of Honored Artist of Russia, and has won acclaim in many countries ncluding the U.S., when The New York Times ballet critic Anna Kisselgoff praised her work. Ms. Bogdanova is on the ballet faculty of New Jersey School of Ballet.

Luba Gulyaeva, Ballet Mistress

A graduate of the Vaganova Ballet Academy in Leningrad, Ms. Gulyaeva joined the Kirov Ballet in 1972, dancing featured roles in Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, La Bayadere and Don Quixote. In the 1980s, she was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to join the staff of American Ballet Theatre where she taught company class and coached the dancers. She also taught all levels at the ABT School. Additional teaching credits include the Australian Ballet in Melbourne, the School of American Ballet in New York, and seminars at numerous universities in the U.S.

Carolyn Tener Brown, Repertory Coach

Carolyn Brown began her ballet training at age 7 and was NJB’s original Clara in the company’s first production of Nutcracker. Ms. Brown was a soloist with American Ballet Theatre for 7 years and later danced in a variety of Broadway shows including Hair, Carousel, Brigadoon, Fame-The Musical, La Cage Aux Folles and Phantom of the Opera, where she danced the role of Meg (the best friend) for 8 years. She has worked with some of the greatest choreographers of the 20th century including Agnes deMille, Twyla Tharp and Anthony Tudor. She has also appeared on television in All My Children, The Sopranos and several PBS programs. She teaches at New Jersey School of Ballet and coaches the Company and the Junior Company.

Natasha Girshov, Repertory Coach

Ms. Girshov trained at the Vaganova School in Leningrad and joined the Kirov Ballet where she rose quickly to the rank of principal dancer. Miss Girshov danced leading roles in Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, Carmen and many others. Her tours with the Kirov took her to Holland, Thailand, Romania, Africa, New Zealand and Cuba, She was also a choreographer and director of the Special School of Classical Dance in Leningrad where she taught all levels of ballet.

Rosemary Sabovick-Bleich, Repertory Coach

Rosemary danced with New Jersey Ballet for 20 years. A strong classical dancer, she excelled in many diverse roles that demanded the elegance of the Sylvia Pas de Deux, the bravura virtuosity of the Stars and Stripes Pas de Deux, and the feistiness of the Cowgirl in Agnes deMille’s Rodeo. Miss Sabovick-Bleich toured with the Pavlova Celebration Ballet, Kozlov and Friends, and International Stars of Ballet. Her teaching experience includes ballet and pointe classes for all levels.   

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