Company

Marlen Alimanov

Marlen Alimanov received his training at the Almaty Choreographic School A. B. Seleznev in his native Kazakhstan. His professional experience includes Almaty Ballet Opera House Theatre, Novosibirsk State Theatre and Moscow National Ballet Theatre, both in Russia, and Manassas Ballet Theatre in Virginia.  His repertoire includes principal roles in Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Romeo & Juliet and Swan Lake. He joins New Jersey Ballet for the 2012-2013 season.

Oliver Beres

Oliver Beres was born in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, and began his dance training at age 11 when he was accepted at the Hungarian Dance Academy. During several summers he danced with North Carolina Dance Theatre in Charlotte and with a company in Austria. Upon graduation, he danced with the Slovak State Opera House and Columbia Classical Ballet. He has also guested with several companies throughout Europe. He joins NJB for the 2012-2013 season.

Kerry Mara Cox

Kerry is a scholarship graduate of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. She became an apprentice with that company, under the direction of Patricia Wilde, and later performed for 10 years with St. Louis Ballet, where she rose to the rank of principal. Her repertoire includes Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Sugar Plum and Snow Queen in Nutcracker, Myrtha in Giselle, and featured roles in Dennis Nahat's Brahms Quintet. She joined New Jersey Ballet in 2008.

Albert Davydov

Albert Davydov 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.

Leonid Flegmatov

Leonid Flegmatov 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.

Elisa Toro Franky

Elisa was born in Bogota, Colombia, where she began her training at the School of Ballet Myriam Guerrero. At the age of 19, she came to the U.S. and at Miami City Ballet. Elisa danced with the Washington Ballet and later joined Dance Theatre of Harlem, where she toured nationally to celebrate the 40th anniversary of DTH, before joining NJB in October 2010.  She attended the University de los Andes in Bogota.

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 St. 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.

Ana Luiza Luizi

 Ana Luiza Luizi 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 Q and Raymonda. She toured China with the Europe Ballet Conservatory of St. pollen, Austria before coming to the U.S. and joining NJB in 2007.

Kit Nemecek

Kit Nemecek came to NJ School of Ballet at the age of 12. She also attended summer programs at School of American Ballet, Joffrey Workshop, and Kirov Academy. In 2004, she qualified for the national division of the Youth America Grand Prix. She held a trainee position at Ballet Austin and danced with Evergreen City Ballet in Washington State. Kit returned to NJB as an apprentice and was taken into the company in 2012.

Kotoe Kojima-Noa

Kotoe was born in Japan and studied with New York City Ballet principals Valentina Kozlova and Leonid Kozlov. Ms. Kojima-Noa joined NJB 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.

Andrew Notarile

Andrew Notarile began studying ballet, tap and jazz at the age of eight at New Jersey School of Ballet. He also studied at School of American Ballet and is a graduate of Professional Performing Arts School. He made his debut as Fritz in NJ Ballet’s Nutcracker and later appeared as the Jester in New York City Ballet’s production of Swan Lake. Andrew has danced with American Repertory Ballet and BalletMet in Columbus. His virtuosity has distinguished his dancing in such varied roles as the Cavalier and Nutcracker Prince in Nutcracker, the title role in Petruchka, and featured roles in Danzantes, Octet and I (Heart) Kenji. 

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. Ms. Noa-Pierson was a scholarship student at the Pennsylvania Ballet, and returned to New Jersey and NJB in 1999. Her repertory includes Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and roles in Allegro Brilliante, Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, Tango, For Ella, Saturday Night and the Cowgirl in deMille’s Rodeo.

Ekaterina Smurova

Born and trained in Russia, Katya graduated with honors from the Kazan Choreographic School of Ballet. In her final year, she was selected to dance the lead in a new ballet, The Snow Queen, by Honored Artist of Russia Aleksandr Polubentsev. She went on to join the Staislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow State Theater, where she quickly rose to the rank of soloist, appearing in Don Quixote, Nutcracker, Cinderella and Swan Lake. She joined NJB in 2009.

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.

Junio Teixeira

Junio Teixeira began his dance training in his native Brazil, where he studied with renowned ballet master Pablo Moret. In 1998 Teixeira joined Sesiminas Companhia  and was promoted to soloist in 2000.  He has been a laureate and participant in numerous dance competitions including Festival Internacional De danca de Joinville,  Brasilia International Dance Seminar and NY IBC . He danced with Columbia Classical Ballet in South Carolina in lead roles in La Fille Mal Garde, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Paquita, Nutcracker, Carmina Burana and Cinderella. Junio joined New Jersey Ballet in 2008.

Christina Theryoung-Neira

Christina Theryoung-Neira started her training at New Jersey School of Ballet and later studied at the School of American Ballet and the Royal Ballet, London. Upon returning to the U.S., 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.

Yuuki Yamamoto

Yuuki Yamamoto 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 NJB in 2010

Vitaly Verterich

Vitaly Verterich trained at the Kiev Ballet School and the Moscow Academy of Art. After graduating, he danced solo roles in classical and contemporary works with the Russian Chamber Ballet Theatre, and often appeared as a guest with the Bolshoi and Kirov. In 1998, Vitaly was a principal with Moscow Folk Ballet when Michael Flatley invited him to join Riverdance. Vitaly toured Europe, Australia, Canada and the U.S. with Riverdance, and performed in it on Broadway.

Martin Vignolo

Martin Vignolo was born in Uruguay and graduated from the National School of Dance in 2002. In the following seasons, he performed with the National company in Uruguay , SODRE. In 2005 he joined The Ballet Argentino of Julio Bocca, touring, performing in South America and Europe.Mr. Vignolo was a member of Carolina Ballet from 2007 until 2011. He joins NJ Ballet for the 2012-2013 season.

Apprentices

Carmen Gonzalez

Carmen Gonzalez studied at a local dancing school before coming to NJ School of Ballet. She has attended summer programs at the Kirov Academy in Washington D.C., Washington School of Ballet and the Princess Grace School in Monaco. Carmen is a student at Montclair State University.

Jessica Lavorgna

Jessica Lavorgna began her training at the age of twelve with the Greater Lansing Ballet Company in Lansing, Michigan.  She later performed with the Lansing pre-professional company and participated in Regional Dance America.  After returning to her native New Jersey, she continued her training with New Jersey School of Ballet.  She attended college at North Carolina School of the Arts and became an apprentice with New Jersey Ballet in 2012.

Francesca Nieves

Francesca Nieves studied dance at Ballet Hispanico and Steps in New York. She later became an apprentice and guest dancer at Ballet Hispanico. She has also studied choreography, and her work has been featured in programs at the Latino Culture Show in Ann Arbor and the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York, among others. Francesca graduated from University of Michigan with a degree in Dance.

Nahoko Nakamoto

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. She joined NJB;s Junior Company in 2010 and was invited to become an apprentice in 2011.

Charis Page

Charis Page began her training in Florida at the Space Coast Ballet Academy. From 2006-2009 she attended and graduated from the Kirov Academy of Ballet. In 2009 she was accepted as an apprentice at Tulsa Ballet where she danced roles in both Company and second Company productions.  From 2010-2012 she performed with Manassas Ballet Theatre, dancing such roles as the Bird in Peter and the Wolf and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.

Ruben Rascon

Ruben Rascon graduated from the Moscow State Choreographic Academy (Bolshoi). He also studied at University of North Carolina School for the Arts, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet School, National Dance Institute and Moving People Dance Theater, both in New Mexico, and was a scholarship student at the following summer programs: Boston Ballet, ABT Austin, SAB and the Rock School for Dance Education. 

Catherine Whiting

Catherine Whiting trained at the NJ School of Ballet and also attended programs at School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. She was part of the NJ 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.

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