Elena received early ballet and modern dance training at Ballet Western Reserve complemented by additional study at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, the San Francisco Conservatory, Lines Ballet, and the Ailey School. Recent studies include programs with the Paul Taylor company, American Ballet Theater School in New York, and attendance on full scholarship to the Point Park International Summer Dance program. Elena’s high school education took on new depths at Interlochen Arts Academy, graduating with High Honors and receiving the Young Artist Award for dance. Following her Interlochen experience, Elena attended Mercyhurst University. She is currently working as Ballet Mistress at Ballet Western Reserve in Youngstown, OH as well as finishing her degree at Youngstown State University.
Victor began his serious ballet training at age 7, with the School of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company after falling in love with ballet while performing his first Nutcracker. After attending the 2008/09 summer courses at The School of American Ballet he was invited to stay on for the Winter Term. He trained at S.A.B. for five years under faculty such as Suki Schorer, Susan Pilarre, Jock Soto, Kay Mazzo, Peter Martins, and Sean Lavery. While at S.A.B, Victor was given the opportunity to choreograph for the annual Student Choreography Workshop, dance at the David H. Koch Theatre for Balanchine’s Birthday Celebration, and perform Balanchine’s “Cortege Hongrois” and “Western Symphony,” at the annual Workshop performances. He has attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Boston Ballet all on full merit scholarship. Victor has also begun to pursue his passion as a teacher, selected by S.A.B. faculty to participate in the student teaching program, regularly teaching the Intermediate Men’s Class. In addition to dancing, Victor has been a successful musician in New York City playing regularly at venues including Paul Colby’s “The Bitter End.” New to Cleveland, he is excited to be dancing in his first season with Cleveland Ballet.
Elizabeth Pantuso is a native of Norton, Ohio, and studied ballet and modern dance throughout her youth in the Akron area and performed with the youth company, Manchester Dance Ensemble. She continued her training at Butler University in Indianapolis where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Dance with a concentration in arts administration. At Butler she had the privilege of studying under such prestigious faculty members as Marek Cholewa, Rosanna Ruffo, Derek Reid, Cynthia Pratt and Norman Walker. Her performing roles included snow queen and flower soloist in The Nutcracker, fairy Candide in Sleeping Beauty as well as leading roles in numerous original contemporary works by faculty of the University. Elizabeth went on to dance professionally with the Louisville Ballet after which she transitioned into the role of Development Associate, putting her degree to good use by fundraising for the Company. Elizabeth returned to Ohio in 2009 and currently serves as the Community Relationships Coordinator for Playhouse Square’s Community Engagement & Education Department – working daily with schools and other groups to introduce and develop young people’s exposure to the performing arts.
Lüna was born in Nice, France. At the age of 14, she moved to Paris to begin her serious ballet training at the Institut Janine Stanlowa and trained privately with Nathalie Buy. After graduating high school, she moved to New York City to study at the Joffrey Ballet School under Era and Andre Jouravlev, Marina Bogdanova, Gaiane Akopian, Francesca Corkle and Nicole Duffy. She was there given the opportunity to perform principal roles such as Odette in excerpts from Swan Lake, Sugarplum fairy and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker and Titania in A Midsummer night’s dream while also dancing in contemporary works set by Josie Walsh, Earl Mosley and Andrea Weber. In the 2015/2016 season, she was offered a position with the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group under the direction of Davis Robertson where she danced in George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie set by Stacy Caddell, Gerald Arpino’s Suite Saint-Saëns, excerpts from Raymonda, as well as in new contemporary works by Dwight Rhoden and Gabrielle Lamb. Lüna is excited to be a part of Ramon Oller’s new production of Coppélia for Cleveland Ballet.
Jenna Steiner is originally from Greenwich, CT where she grew up taking dance classes from a local studio. She continued her training at the Ballet School of Stamford in Stamford, CT under Michael Vernon. She also attended many summers at the Joffrey Ballet School and completed Joffrey’s trainee program this past May under artistic director Era Jouravlev. She also studied with Andre Jouravlev, Marina Bogdonova, Gaiane Akopian, Stacy Caddell, Francesca Corkle, and Nicole Duffy at Joffrey Ballet School. She was given opportunities to perform Snow Queen and Arabian in Joffrey Ballet School’s performance of “The Nutcracker,” a staged version of Gerald Arpino’s “Viva Vivaldi,” and many other original works set by Brian McSween, Earl Mosely, and Stacy Caddell.
Jenna is excited to be a part of Cleveland Ballet’s 2016/2017 Season
Lauren Stenroos, originally from Bath, Ohio, is thrilled to be returning to Cleveland Ballet for her second season. She began her training with the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet under Nan and Mia Klinger. While at CVYB, she performed in original ballets by Tom Gold, Francis Patrelle, James Sewell, Michael Vernon, Bill Hastings, John Selya, and Tom Evert. She also attended summer programs on scholarship at Chautauqua Institute, Richmond Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Cleveland San Jose Ballet. She received her B.A. in Dance with a minor in Music Composition from Mercyhurst University. Since then, she has danced professionally with Lake Erie Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Ballet Montana, Texture Contemporary Ballet, and James Sewell Ballet. She has enjoyed performing in many of the full length classical ballets and has also danced in works by George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Septime Webre, Paul Vasterling, Jon Rodriguez, Stuart Sebastian, James Sewell, Chris Hannon, Amy Seiwert, Gina Patterson, and Lesley Bories-Scalise. Last season at Cleveland Ballet she originated the roles of ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ in the Nutcracker and ‘Swanilda’ in Ramon Oller’s world premiere of Coppelia. In addition to dancing, she composes music and has written many original compositions for choreography. Lauren is also pilates certified through Pilates by Murphys and teaches mat and reformer classes.
Madeline was born in Cleveland, Ohio and trained at the School of the Cleveland Ballet since she was five years old.
She has also attended summer programs at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Alonzo King LINES Ballet School. Madeline has performed at Playhouse Square with the School of the Cleveland Ballet and has been in Nutcrackers with Ballet San Jose and Cincinnati Ballet. She has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra. Madeline modeled for Danskin for three years. In her free time, she enjoys walking her dog, making movies and spending time with friends and family. Dancing with the Cleveland Ballet is Madeline’s first professional job.
Initially enrolled for recreational purposes, Christiana began her training at Ballet Tech of Ohio and soon began dancing seriously, spending summers at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, the Rock School of Dance Education, and The School of Nashville Ballet. She continued to progress her ballet education by dancing at the Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy where she received the opportunity to frequently perform with their company. Next, she received and accepted an offer to dance with the Nashville Ballet as a trainee. After spending this summer training under Ms. Gladisa Guadalupe, Christiana is delighted to join the Cleveland Ballet for the 2016/2017 season.
Nurlan was a principal dancer with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Abougaliev was born in Kazakhstan, studied at Almaty Ballet Academy where he trained on the system of the famous Vaganova and received a full syllabus of classical ballet, including character, pas de deux, music, history of ballet.
In 1997, Nurlan moved to Moscow to work with the Russian National Ballet and later Moscow City Ballet. He has toured in the United States, South Africa, Japan, England, China and South Korea. Nurlan came to the United States in 2003 to join the Ballet Internationale, where he worked with renowned teachers, including Irina Kolpakova and Vladilen Semenov. With Ballet Internationale, Nurlan has performed in International Dance Festivals.
He has danced leading roles, such as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Prince Desiree in The Sleeping Beauty and Albrecht in Giselle as well as principal roles in Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Who Cares?, Agon and Serenade. Nurlan’s other roles include Paul Taylor’s Company B, Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Nine Sinatra Songs and Octet, Dwight Rhoden’s Ave Maria, Mark Morris’ Maelstrom, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes and Sandpaper, Ben Stevenson’s Dracula, J.Kylian’s Petite Mort.
Nurlan’s teaching experience includes Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Ohio Ballet Conservatory, Ballet East FL, Champaign Urbana Ballet, Russian Ballet Academy of Maryland, Ballet Conservatory of Asheville, Morgantown Dance WV.
Nurlan specializes in the technique established by the famous Russian pedagogue, Agrippina Vaganova, and utilizes the Vaganova training syllabus. But having a great experience of performing works by the renowned choreographers and dancing in different ballet styles, will be happy to share his experience with the younger generation.
Alan was honored in 2013 by Dance Magazine by being named one of the “Top 25 to Watch”. Originally from Pittsburgh, Alan began dancing at the age of nine. Two years later he attended Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School(PBTS), where in 1998 he was a recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Foundation Dance Honorarium. Alan received a contract to join Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s(PBT’s)professional company at the age of 17. During his seven years in PBT’s Company, he danced a wide array of ballets ranging from classical to neoclassical to contemporary, which included principal and soloist roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Symphony in C, Carmina Burana and Divertimento 15. In that time he also worked with many world renowned figures in dance, and was selected to originate soloist roles in new works by choreographers Dwight Rhoden, Derek Dean, Matjash Mrozewski and Jiabin Pan. Alan began teaching in 2002; from 2007-2012 Alan was on the faculty of PBTS as one of the primary Pre-Professional Division teachers and choreographers. In the fall of 2012, Alan joined the teaching faculty of Pittsburgh Youth Ballet. Alan choreographed his first work in 2002 on himself and a fellow dancer. Since that time he has choreographed over 75 new works for Texture Contemporary Ballet, PBT, PBTS, New Ballet Ensemble, Harvard Ballet Company, Point Park University, Dancers’ Trust, Canton Ballet, Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts and various independent projects. In 2011, Alan won first place in the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters Dance/Choreography competition. In 2017 Mr. Obuzor received an “Outstanding Teacher Award” by Youth America Grand Prix. Alan is the founder and Artistic Director of Texture Contemporary Ballet, which was created in 2011.