Born and raised in Matanzas, Cuba, her professional training includes the Vocational Art School "Alfonso Perez Isaac" in Matanzas, Cuba and the National Ballet School in Havana, Cuba. She joined the National Ballet of Cuba for two years in 2001-2003, under the direction of Alicia Alonso. She participated in the International Ballet Competition of Havana, Cuba, and received Gold Medals in 1999 and 2000. She was also the first Cuban female dancer to be a finalist at the USA International Ballet Competition in 2006.
She has danced the principal roles in Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker... and also performed ballets of George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon, Harald Lander, etc.
She has been invited to perform at the Miami International Ballet Festival, The Baltic Ballet Festival, the NBA Ballet in Japan, the Slovene National Opera and Ballet, and many other galas around the world.
Taras Domitro trained at Alejo Carpentier School and National Ballet School in Havana. He performed as a Principal Dancer with National Ballet of Cuba prior to joining San Francisco Ballet as a Principal Dancer in 2008.
Domitro has performed major roles in Giselle, Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Coppélia, Onegin, Cinderella, La Bayadère, Dances at a Gathering, etc. His repertory also includes ballets of Balanchine, Fokine, Lifar, McGregor, Nureyev, Ratmansky, Robbins, Tomasson and many others.
As a guest artist, Domitro have perfromed at many important stages around the world. He was nominated for best male dancer at the 2013 Benois de la Danse. He also won the 2008 Gold Medal at the World International Ballet Competition in Orlando, Florida, the Grand Prix at Peru's International Ballet Festival in 2003 and 2000, and First Prize and the Revelation Award at the Concurso de Festival Internacional de Academias in Havana, Cuba.
Ms. Eichwald received her first ballet training at the National Ballet School in Alma-Ata and joined the National Ballet of Kazakhstan. In 1994, she moved to Germany. She danced in the ballet company of the Theatre Krefeld-Mönchengladbach until 1996. She then joined the Bavarian State Ballet Munich and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1999. In Munich she danced numerous major leading roles in Onegin, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, La Bayadère, Don Quixote, Nutcracker, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2004 she joined the Stuttgart Ballet as Principal Dancer and danced The Taming of the Shrew, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, A Streetcar named Desire, and The Song of the Earth.
She danced many beautiful roles in Stuttgart, Milano, Beijing, Tokyo, Stockholm and so on. She was named Dancer of the Year 2010, 2011 and 2012 at Dance Europe magazine. In 2014 she was Dancer of the Year in the critics choice of the magazine Tanz.
Mr. Riabko recieved his early ballet education at Kiev Ballet School in Ukraine and was then admitted into The School of the Hamburg Ballet. He has been dancing with the Hamburg Ballet Alexandre Riabko since 1996, and was promoted to Principal in 2001.
His repertoire includes A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Nutcracker, Illusions - like Swan Lake, Nijinsky, The Saga of King Arthur, Lady of the Camellias and many others. During his career, he has been dancing as a guest dancer in Dresden, Dusseldorf, Munich, Japan, Vienna, Tokyo and many other countries. In 2012 he was a guest with Alina Cojocaru in galas in London and Tokyo, with TAN Yuan Yuan in San Francisco. He danced Nijinsky as a guest with the National Ballet of Canada.
He has received Finalist of the Prix de Lausanne, Les étoiles de Ballet 2000 Dance Award, Premio Roma 2014, and Benois de la Danse 2016.
Upon graduation in 1996 Nina Kaptsova was invited to join the ballet troupe of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia. Nina Kaptsova danced the leading parties in almost the whole repertoire of the Bolshoi ballet troupe ranging from classical ballets to contemporary choreography, including principal roles in Giselle, Nutcracker, The Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Esmeralda, Coppélia, La Fille Mal Gardee, La Sylphide, Romeo and Juliet, Spartacus, Jewels, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, La Fille du Pharaon, Onegin, The Lady of the Camellias, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Afternoon of a Faun, Petrushka and so on.
Awards she has won include International project “New Names”, Benois de la Danse "Best Female Dancer"(2000), nomination of “The Soul of the Dance” Award and she was given the title of Merited Artist of the Russian Federation in 2010.
He started his ballet studies at the Dnepropetrovsk State Choreographic School and continued his studies for the last three years at the Moscow State Ballet Academy.
Upon graduation in 2007, he joined the Bolshoi theatre where presently he works under the guidance of master-repetiteur Nikolai Fadeyechev. In 2015 Artem Ovcharenko played the role of Rudolf Nureyev in the BBC documentary Dance to Freedom
His repertoire includes Jewels, Don Quixote, Nutcracker, The Hero of Our Times, Hamlet, Lady of the Camellias, Onegin, Giselle, The Flames of Paris, Romeo and Juliet, Le Corsaire, the Sleeping Beauty, Raymonda, the Swan Lake
and so on.
His ballet career has been marked with the professional awards including Grand Prix at The Bolshoi Ballet national TV contest (2012), Special prize at the Soul of Dance International Contest (2009), Gold medal at Arabesque Ballet Contest in Perm (2008), and Gold medal at Tanz Olymp Berlin (2006).
Dayesi Torriente began studying ballet in 1999 at the Pro-Dance Center, directed by the Maitre Laura Alonso, and in 2000 continued in the Provincial School of Ballet Alejo Carpentier.
Upon completion, Ms. Torriente joined the National Ballet School. Upon graduating in 2009, she joined the National Ballet of Cuba, under the artistic and technical direction of Alicia Alonso. During her school years, she received the bronze medals in national and international ballet competitions held in 2008 and 2009. In 2011, she was promoted to Soloist with the National Ballet of Cuba. She has performed in Mexico, South Africa, Italy, Canada, Brazil, China and Colombia. In 2015, she was promoted to the rank of Principal Dancer.
Arian Molina Soca
Arian Molina Soca began his ballet studies in 2001 and joined the National Ballet School in Havana in 2006.
Upon graduation in 2010, Molina Soca joined the Cuban National Ballet, under the artistic and technical guidance of Alicia Alonso. With this Company he performed in North and South America, Europe, China, and South Africa. In 2011, he was promoted to First Soloist and was invited to perform as a Guest Artist at the “Viva Alicia!” Gala at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, where legendary Cuban dancer Alicia Alonso was honoured on the occasion of her 90th birthday.
Mr. Molina Soca was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2012. His repertoire includes major works of the Romantic-classical period of the 19th century and contemporary works, created by both Cuban and foreign choreographers.
After her education at the Ballettschule der Wiener Staatsoper, she was employed by the Wiener Staatsballett in 2012. In 2016 she was promoted to Soloist.
Her most important performances at the Wiener Staatsballett so far comprise major roles in Nutcracker, Raymonda, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, La Fille Mal Gardee, Le Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty, Mayerling, Marie Antoinette, Onegin, Romeo and Juliet, Le Pavillon d'Armide, and La Bayadère. Furthermore she danced in ballets of George Balanchine, Serge Lifar, Harald Lander, Pierre Lacotte , William Forsythel, John Neumeier and David Dawson.
Awards and honours she has won include Prize of the Jury, International Ballet Invitational Competition for Dance School (2012), First Prize at the Premio Roma Danza (2012), and Promotion Prize of the Ballettclub Wiener Staatsoper & Volksoper (2014).
Born in Vienna (Austria), he studied at the ballet department of the Conservatory Vienna and at the Ballet school of the Wiener Staatsoper, under Prof. Evelyn Téri, Prof. Karl Musil, Valentin Onoschko, Galina Skuratova, Alejandro Parente and Francisc Strnad. He joined the Wiener Staatsballett in 2013, and in 2016 he was promoted to Soloist.
His repertory comprises Colas in Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée, Kay and Wolf in Michael Corder’s Die Schneekönigin, Ludwig XVI. in Patrick de Bana’s Marie Antoinette, Gefährte des Prinzen in Rudolf Nurejew’s Schwanensee, Pastorale in his Der Nussknacker, and various parts in Rudolf Nurejew’s Don Quixote, Peter Wright’s Dornröschen, John Cranko’s Romeo und Julia, Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling, George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie (Solist) and his Allegro Brillante, Jerome Robbins’The Four Seasons (Frühling), Roland Petit’s Proust ou les Intermittences du Cœur, Harald Lander’s Études, Jiří Kylián’s Bella Figura, John Neumeier’s Verklungene Feste and Josephs Legende, Boris Eifman’s Giselle Rouge (Freund), Thierry Malandain’s Mozart à 2 (4. Pas de deux), Maurice Béjart’s Arepo (Pas de deux), Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Vers un pays sage, Jorma Elo’s Ein Sommernachtstraum, Jiří Bubeníček’s Le Souffle de l’esprit, Natalia Horecna’s Contra Clockwise Witnes, Manuel Legris’ Donizetti Pas de deux and Le Corsaire.
The awards he has won include 2nd prize at the Premio Roma Danza, 3rd prize at the International Ballet Competition in Peking (both 2012), Karl Musil Gedächtnispreis (2014), and Förderpreis des Ballettclub Wiener Staatsoper & Volksoper 2016.
In 2011 she graduated from The Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, in the class of Lyudmila Kovaleva and upon graduation immediately joined as soloist the ballet troupe of the Bolshoi theater of Russia where she works under the guidance of master-repetiteur Marina Kondratieva.
Presently Olga Smirnova is a guest star with the Ballet de Monte-Carlo and ballet of Vienna Opera.
Her repertoire includes Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Raymonda, Nutcracker, The Hero of Our Times, The Lady of the Camellias, The Swan Lake, Diamonds, Emeralds (Jewels), La Bayadère, Onegin, etc.
Her ballet career has been marked with the following professional awards such as Dancer of the Year Award, Positano Premia la Danza Leonide Massine, Italy (2014), Best Female Dancer Prize, Benois de la Danse International Dance Association (2013), Miss Expressivity Prize of the Dance Open Ballet Festival, St Petersburg (2013) and Grand Prix Award of The Mikhailovsky Theatre, St. Petersburg (2009).
In 2003 he graduated from Novosibirsk State Choreographic School, and joined the Universal Ballet Company (2003-2007, South Korea), the Zurich Ballet (2007-2008) and The Moscow Academic Musical Theatre (2008-2011). In 2011 Semyon Chudin joined the ballet troupe of the Bolshoi theatre of Russia as premier. He danced the leading parties in Giselle, The Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadère, Raymonda, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, La Sylphide, to name but a few. His repertoire also includes leading parties in choreography by Yuri Possokhov, Nacho Duato, Jiri Kylian, Christopher Wheeldon, etc.
He has toured extensively in the US, Great Britain, Monaco, Japan, Holland, Singapore, China (Hong Kong), Germany, Mexico, Norway and other countries.
The awards he has won include Laureate of The International Contest of Ballet Dancers in Seoul, Korea, and 2011 Benois de la Danse award "The Best Male Dancer", Russia.
A native of Brazil, he began his dance studies at the age of five in Rio de Janeiro.
Upon winning the Revelation Prize at the Festival of Dance in Joinville in 1993, he traveled to the United States to continue his training. Later in Cuba, he studied under Alicia Alonso.
He joined American Ballet Theatre in 1997, and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2002. He has performed in virtually every full-length classical ballet in the company's repertoire.
Mr. Gomes has worked with many great choreographers, and has been a guest artist with many international renowned ballets. He was the recipient of the prestigious Benois de la Dance in Moscow in 2008.
As a choreographer, his ballet Apotheose, created for Julie Kent and Roberto Bolle, had its premiere on the opening night of American Ballet Theatre's Metropolitan Opera House engagement in 2013. His most recent work, After Effect entered the repertoire of ABT in 2015.
ZHANG began his ballet training at the Secondary School at Beijing Dance Academy at the age of 11. He is currently dancing with the American Ballet Theatre. ZHANG has competed in numerous competitions including silver medal at the Youth America Grand Prix.
ZHANG joined the ABT Studio Company in 2011. He joined American Ballet Theatre in 2012. His repertoire includes La Bayadère, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Sylvia and Bach Partita. ZHANG's performances with American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Brian Vincent in honour of Luna Vincent.
In 2017, he was listed in the annual "20 to watch" by the Dance Magazine.