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Cleveland Ballet Celebrates 5th Year of Intrigue and Artistry Re-Imagined 2019-2020 Season Brings New Artists to Cleveland

May 14, 2019

For Immediate Release:
May 7, 2019

Michael Krasnyansky, Ph.D.
President and CEO, Cleveland Ballet
216-320-9000 x101

Cleveland Ballet Celebrates 5th Year of Intrigue and Artistry Re-Imagined 2019-2020 Season Brings New Artists to Cleveland

Cleveland, OH — Cleveland Ballet, the resident classical ballet company of Playhouse Square, has become one of the fastest growing classical ballet companies in the nation. Now in its fifth year, the company employs 25 professional dancers and 4 artists-in-residence, hailing from 10 countries around the globe.

The world-class dance company returns with all its company members from last season and several more. Led by Artistic Director Gladisa Guadalupe, Ballet Mistress Cynthia Graham, and Ballet Master Rainer Diaz Martinez, the company welcomes back to the stage founding company member Lauren Stenroos. Also returning are seasoned professionals: Anna Dobbins, Jenna Stainer, Elena Cvetkovich, and Madison Campbell.

The company introduces its youngest professional dancer, 16-year-old Marla Minadeo, a junior at Andrews Osborn Academy. Minadeo has trained at the School of Cleveland Ballet since the age of two. Additionally, the company has hired Kaela Ku, 21, of Japan and Lorenzo Pontiggia, 18, of Italy.

The corps of new male dancers includes Douglas Nossa, of Brazil; Koyo Yanagishima, of Japan; Diego Castillo, of Columbia; Moreno Oswaldo, of Mexico; as well as Covington Pearson and Elias Re, both from the US.

The corps of new female dancers includes Katharine Cowan, Erinn Crittenden, and Sarah Soissons.

The company enjoyed a successful 2018-19 season, thanks in part to dancers Sarah Gabay and Jonas Godwin, of the US; Alfredo Rodrigez, of Cuba; Nashializ Gomez and Dalliany Rivera, both from Puerto Rico; and Loeke Sakkers, of Belgium. Artists-in-residence Alan Obuzor, Sam Meredith, Elizabeth Pantuso and Jason Wang rounded out last season’s lineup of performers, and will continue to be part of the 2019-20 productions.

The 2019-20 season kicks off this fall with Carmen, October 18-19, at the Ohio Theatre. Performances of The Nutcracker take place December 5-8 and 12-15, at the Hanna Theatre. The Magic Flute headlines the spring production on May 8-9 at the Ohio Theatre. The ambitious season includes 17 performances in its home at Playhouse Square, as well as other venues throughout Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

Season subscriptions are now on sale at, or by calling 216-640-8799. Individual tickets will be available to purchase Saturday, June 11. Order season tickets by June 1 for the best seats!

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