Dancers of the Cleveland Ballet Company
This is Madison’s second season with Cleveland Ballet and she couldn’t be more excited. She looks forward to being a part of a resident company of Playhouse Square and performing in the Nutcracker Suite and Alice this season. She began her training in Des Moines, Iowa under the direction of Melissa and Emery Uyehara. Later, Madison trained with Miami City Ballet School and the School of Pennsylvania Ballet. Besides her performances with Cleveland Ballet, Madison has performed in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Balanchine’s Serenade, Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake and toured with Pennsylvania Ballet to the Kennedy Center in D.C. In addition to dancing with the company, Madison is a part of the faculty for School of Cleveland Ballet.
Elena is please to return to Cleveland Ballet for her third season. In our prior season, she was the Coppélia Doll in Coppélia and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Elena began her ballet and modern dance training at Ballet Western Reserve, but continued her studies through exemplary ballet schools all over the US. She graduated with High Honors and the Young Artist Award in Dance from Interlochen Arts Academy. Elena has gone on to attend Mercyhurst University and is currently completing her degree at Youngstown State University.
Anna Dobbins is excited to return to the Cleveland Ballet for her second season. In the 2016-2017 season, she had the opportunity to perform in works by Gladisa Guadalupe, The Nutcracker, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, choreographed by Ramón Oller. Anna began her training at Belliston Academy of Ballet in Littleton, Colorado. She later received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Point Park University, where she performed in works by Peter Merz, Emery LeCrone, and in Nicholas Petrov’s Romeo and Juliet. In the summers 2016 and 2017, Anna danced as a company member with Convergence Ballet in Phoenix, AZ.
This is Victor’s third season with Cleveland Ballet. Victor Jarvis began his ballet training at age 7, with the School of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. After attending the 2008/09 summer courses at The School of American Ballet (S.A.B), he was invited to stay for the winter term where he studied for five years under faculty such as Suki Schorer, Susan Pilarre, Jock Soto, Kay Mazzo, Peter Martins, and Sean Lavery. Upon graduating from S.A.B, he began dancing in Cleveland and later joined Cleveland Ballet for its first season. Victor has enjoyed performing numerous works with the company, including Ramón Oller’s “Coppelia”and “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Gladisa Guadalupe’s “Mendelssohn,” “Beethoven Trio,” and “Nutcracker Suite,” and Ramon Thielen’s “Cycles of Love.”
Silken is from Denver, Colorado and began her training at the Academy of Colorado Ballet. She received a full scholarship to attend the School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet and Ballet West. She later joined the Houston Ballet company, touring nationally and internationally, including performing in the Gala of Prix de Lausanne. Silken relocated to New York joining Dance Theatre of Harlem for the 2015/16 season. She toured nationally and performed at the New York City center. Silken has performed with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal in the winters of 2015 and 2016. She has worked and performed with multiple choreographers in New York including Miro Magloire, Christopher Caines, and Margo Sappington. Her most recent performance was with FJK Dance where she toured 31 different cities in China with the company. Silken is ecstatic to be joining Cleveland Ballet for her first season.
Rainer is looking forward to his second season with Cleveland Ballet. In his first season with Cleveland Ballet, Rainer played Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and performed choreography by Ramo Oller in works like Mendelson and Piano Trio under the general direction of Gladisa Guadalupe. Rainer is originally from Camagüey City, Cuba and began his training at the age of 9. He was accepted into the National Ballet School of Havana, where he was awarded a gold medal during the International Cuban Competition. After graduating with high honors, he became a member of the Cuban National Ballet Company and later performed in Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, and Swan Lake. Raine became Camgüey Ballet Company’s principal male dancer in 2008 before he joined Ballet of Masatlan, Mexico in 2013. He has worked with international choreographers Vladimir Vasiliev, Carlos Acosta, Rolando Sarabia, Fernando Alonso, and Alberto Mendez, among others.
Elizabeth Pantuso is a native of Norton, Ohio, studying and performing ballet and modern dance throughout her youth in the Akron area. She continued her training at Butler University in Indianapolis where she performed leading roles in both classical ballets and original contemporary works. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Dance with a concentration in Arts Administration, Elizabeth went on to dance professionally with the Louisville Ballet after which time she transitioned into the role of Development Associate. Elizabeth returned to Ohio in 2009 and had the privilege of joining the newly formed Cleveland Ballet in its inaugural year in 2015. Currently, she serves as the Community Relationships Supervisor for Playhouse Square’s Community Engagement & Education Department, working to introduce the performing arts to young people throughout Northeast Ohio. Elizabeth loves having the opportunity to perform with the Cleveland Ballet company and teaching the tiniest of ballet dancers at the School of Cleveland Ballet.
Lüna joins Cleveland Ballet for a second season after dancing the role of the Maid of Honor in Coppélia and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream productions of Ramon Oller. Born in Nice, France, Lüna moved to Paris at 14 to begin her ballet training at the Institut Janine Stanlowa and trained privately with Nathalie Buy. She moved to New York City to study at the Joffrey Ballet School under Era and Andrei Jouravlev, Marina Bogdanova, Gaiane Akopian, Francesca Corkle and Nicole Duffy. There she performed principal roles in The Nutcracker and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and contemporary works set by Josie Walsh, Earl Mosley and Andrea Weber. She danced with the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group under the direction of Davis Robertson in George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie, excerpts from Raymonda, as well as in new contemporary works by Dwight Rhoden and Gabrielle Lamb.
Jenna is excited to be a part of the 2017/2018 Cleveland Ballet Season. She performed in Cleveland Ballet’s 2016/2017 Season in “Celebration of Dance and Music,” a Mirliton in a Gladisa Guadalupe’s version of “The Nutcracker,” and as Helena in Ramon Oller’s version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in the Ohio Theater at Playhouse Square. Originally from Greenwich, Connecticut, Jenna began studying dance locally and then continued her training at the Ballet School of Stamford under Michael Vernon. She recently completed the Joffrey Ballet School trainee program under artistic director Era Jouravlev. She studied with Andre Jouravlev, Marina Bogdonova, Gaiane Akopian, Stacy Caddell, Francesca Corkle, and Nicole Duffy at Joffrey Ballet School. While there, she performed Snow Queen and Arabian in “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.
Lauren is a founding member of Cleveland Ballet and returns for her third season after dancing the role of Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the lead role of Swanilda in Cleveland Ballet’s Coppélia and in Past Present Future. She began her training in Akron with the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet under Nan and Mia Klinger and performed in original ballets by Tom Gold, Francis Patrelle, James Sewell, Michael Vernon, Bill Hastings, John Selya, and Tom Evert. She has danced professionally with Lake Erie Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Ballet Montana, Texture Contemporary Ballet, and James Sewell Ballet. Lauren has 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. She received her B.A. in Dance with a minor in Music Composition from Mercyhurst.
Madeline is grateful to be in her third season with the Cleveland Ballet. She performed as a as a Spanish doll in Coppéila, and a fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in her prior season. Madeline grew up in Solon, Ohio and trained under Gladisa Guadalupe through the School of Cleveland Ballet starting at the age of five. She attended summer programs at Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet. Madeline’s company roles have included dancing Arabian, Marzipan, Snow Queen, and Waltz of the flowers in Gladisa Guadalupe’s The Nutcracker along with an original work by Medhi Bahidi.
Rebeca joined Cleveland Ballet during their 2016- 2017 season for Midsummer Night’s Dream and will be participating in her second season this year. Originally from Mexico City, Rebeca Ramirez began her ballet training at a local school in Cuernavaca Morelos. At the age of 15, she began her professional training with The National Ballet School of Cuba under the directorship of the late
Fernando Alonso. Rebeca returned back home to work with the National Ballet Company of Mexico for one year before she moved to NYC to join Joffrey Ballet Concert Group. Under the direction of Davis Robertson,
as a member of the Joffrey Concert Group, she was featured in George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie set by Stacy Caddell. Gerald Arpino’s Suite Saint-Saens, excerpts from Raymonda, as well as in new contemporary works by Dwight Rhoden.
Jason is excited to return to the stage with the Cleveland Ballet for his second season. Jason L. Wang, a self taught break dancer turned classical ballet, was raised in Iowa where he began his dance journey. He began training at the Robert Thomas Dancenter where he was chosen to be a part of the award winning Dancenter Dancers Competition Team. Jason later attended the University of Iowa where he trained and performed repertoire from renowned choreographers such as Donald McKayle, Louis Falco, Deanna Carter, and George de la Pena, it was here that Jason discovered his passion for classical ballet. Upon graduation, Jason went on to appear with the Cincinnati Ballet, Louisville Ballet, and North Pointe Ballet. When not on the stage, Jason takes his creativity and performance into movies where he works as a director, actor, and stunt fighter.
Dancer Trainees of the Cleveland Ballet Company
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.
He is an artist in residence with Cleveland Ballet and has performed in Midsummer Night’s Dream and Les Sylphides.
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 80 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.