Joo Won Ahn as Count Albrecht Principal Dancer
Joo Won Ahn is originally from Wonju, Korea and began his formal training in 2006 at Y.J. Ballet People Academy and Sun-hwa Arts School. In 2012, he became a student at Korea National University of Arts in Seoul where his performance credits include Marius Petipa's The Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, Raymonda, La Bayadère, and Don Quixote. Ahn won the Silver Medal at the Korea International Ballet Competition and the 3rd Prize at the 2012 Varna International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria. Ahn was invited to join ABT Studio Company in 2013 after winning the Gold Medal at Youth America Grand Prix in New York City.
Ahn joined ABT as an apprentice in January 2014 and became a member of the corps de ballet in June 2014. He was promoted to Soloist in September 2019 and to Principal Dancer in September 2020.
Aran Bell as Count Albrecht Principal Dancer
Born in Bethesda, Maryland, Aran Bell began studying ballet at age four, receiving the majority of his early training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and with Denys Ganio in Rome, Italy. He spent several summers at the Royal Ballet School in London and at American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive in New York City. Between the ages of 11 and 16, Bell received the Hope Award at the Youth America Grand Prix, the Premio Positano, the Premio Amalfi Young Talent Award, a Gold Medal and Audience Choice Award at Rieti International Ballet Competition, and the Premio Capri Danza International, among other awards.
After joining ABT Studio Company in September 2014, Bell joined the main Company as an apprentice in May 2016 and became a member of the corps de ballet in March 2017. He was promoted to Soloist in September 2019 and appointed a Principal Dancer in September 2020.
Isabella Boylston as Giselle Principal Dancer
Born in Sun Valley, Idaho, Isabella Boylston began dancing at the age of three. While training at the Academy of Colorado Ballet, she won the gold medal in 2001 at the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City. In 2002, she began training at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, on a full scholarship.Boylston joined the ABT Studio Company in 2005, the main Company as an apprentice in May 2006 and the corps de ballet in March 2007. She was promoted to Soloist in June 2011 and to Principal Dancer in August 2014.
Boylston won the 2009 Princess Grace Award and was nominated for the 2010 Prix Benois de la Danse. In 2011, she received the Clive Barnes Award. She was the recipient of the 2014 Annenberg Fellowship. She has appeared as a guest artist with the Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg and the Royal Danish Ballet.
Skylar Brandt as Giselle Principal Dancer
Skylar Brandt was born in Purchase, New York and began her training at age six with teachers Diana White and Christian Claessens at Scarsdale Ballet Studio. She also studied with Valentina Kozlova, Fabrice Herrault, Susan Jaffe, Irina Dvorovenko, and Maxim Beloserkovsky. She attended the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School from 2005-2009 under the direction of Franco De Vita. Brandt spent five summers at ABT’s New York Summer Intensive, was a National Training Scholar from 2006-2009 and also received the Bender Foundation Scholarship in 2009. Brandt was a silver medalist at Youth America Grand Prix in 2004 and 2008.
Brandt joined ABT II (now ABT Studio Company) in 2009, became an apprentice with the main Company in November 2010, and joined the corps de ballet in June 2011. She was appointed a Soloist in August 2015 and a Principal Dancer in September 2020.
Brandt was awarded a 2013 Princess Grace Foundation-USA Dance Fellowship. That same year, she was featured in the film Ballet’s Greatest Hits. In 2022, Brandt was named to the Forbes “30 Under 30” list of influential leaders and entrepreneurs.
Daniel Camargo as Count Albrecht Principal Dancer
Daniel Camargo was born in Sorocaba, Brazil. He joined the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, Germany in 2005, studying under the Russian teacher Peter Pestov. After graduating in 2009, Camargo joined the Stuttgart Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet. He was promoted to Soloist in 2012. And to Principal Dancer in 2013. In 2016, he joined Dutch National Ballet as a Principal Dancer.
In 2009, Camargo received an award from the European Cultural Foundation. He received the Future Award from German Dance Prize in 2010 and won the Audience Choice Award at The Erik Bruhn Prize competition in 2011. He was awarded the Premio Positano in Italy in 2017 and was nominated for the Benois de la Danse in 2018 and 2019.
Camargo made his first appearance with American Ballet Theatre as a Guest Artist in the summer of 2022 before joining the Company as a Principal Dancer in September of that year.
Herman Cornejo as Count Albrecht Principal Dancer
Herman Cornejo was born in Mercedes, San Luis, Argentina and began his ballet studies at the age of eight at the Instituto Superior de Arte at Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires. In 1995, when he was 14, he earned a scholarship from the School of American Ballet. Upon his return to Buenos Aires, he was invited to join Julio Bocca’s Ballet Argentino. At the age of 16, Cornejo was the Gold Medal winner of the VIII International Ballet Competition in Moscow (1997), the youngest dancer ever in the history of the competition. He was then promoted to Principal Dancer with Ballet Argentino.
In 1999 he joined American Ballet Theatre, was promoted to Soloist in 2000 and to Principal Dancer in 2003.
Cornejo has won the Star of the 21st Century international ballet competition in 2005 and the Mr. Expressivity prize at the Dance Open Festival in St Petersburg in 2010 and 2013. He received the Argentinian Pride Award from the Argentinian Culture Center (2013), The Bessie Award for Outstanding Performer (2013), the Prix Benois de la Danse for Outstanding Male Dancer (2014), the Konex Platinum Award for Best Male Dancer (2019), and a Dance Magazine Award (2022).
Catherine Hurlin as Giselle/Myrta Principal Dancer
Born in New York City, Catherine Hurlin began her dance training at Scarsdale Ballet Studio and Westchester Dance Academy. At the 2007 Youth America Grand Prix New York City Finals, she was awarded the Hope Award. The following year she received a full scholarship to the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School under the direction of Franco De Vita. She received the first Angelina Ballerina Stars of Tomorrow Scholarship in 2010 and was a Northern Trust Scholar in 2011. She attended ABT’s Summer Intensive as a National Training Scholar from 2010–2012. As a student, Hurlin created the role of Young Clara in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker. She also performed the role of “Clara” in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall for three years.
Hurlin joined ABT as an apprentice in December 2013 and the corps de ballet in June 2014. She was promoted to Soloist in September 2018 and to Principal Dancer in September 2022.
Devon Teuscher as Giselle Principal Dancer
Born in Pennsylvania, Devon Teuscher began her dance training at the age of nine under Deanna Doty at Champaign Urbana Ballet Academy in Champaign, Illinois, before studying at the Vermont Ballet Theatre School in Essex, Vermont under Alex and Kirsten Nagiba. Teuscher participated in summer intensives at The Kirov Ballet Academy and the Pacific Northwest Ballet, which she attended on full scholarship for two years. From 2002–2006, Teuscher attended American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive and was a National Training Scholar from 2003–2006. In January 2005, she began training at the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School on full scholarship.
After joining ABT Studio Company in 2006, Teuscher became an apprentice with the main Company in December 2007. She joined the corps de ballet in June 2008, became a Soloist in August 2014 and a Principal Dancer in September 2017.
Cassandra Trenary as Giselle Principal Dancer
Georgia native Cassandra Trenary began her dance training at Lawrenceville School of Ballet. She joined the school’s company, Southern Ballet Theatre in 2006 under the direction of Phyllis Allen and received additional training at Southeast Regional Ballet Association conventions and Brookwood High School’s Dance department.
Trenary trained at American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive programs as a National Training Scholar before joining the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in 2009. She was invited to join ABT II (now ABT Studio Company) on their European tour in 2011. In April of that year, she was offered an apprenticeship with ABT and, in November 2011, a corps de ballet contract. She was promoted to Soloist in August 2015 and appointed a Principal Dancer in September 2020.
Trenary was named a 2011 National Young Arts Award Winner and became a 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts nominee. She received a 2015 Princess Grace Dance Honorarium and the 2017 Annenberg Fellowship for Dance.
James Whiteside as Count Albrecht Principal Dancer
Born in Fairfield, Connecticut, James Whiteside began his training at age nine at the D'Valda & Sirico Dance and Music Centre. He continued his training at the Virginia School of the Arts for one year under the direction of Petrus Bosman and David Keener. In 2002, Whiteside joined Boston Ballet II. He then joined the corps de ballet in 2003, became a Second Soloist in 2006, First Soloist in 2008, and was promoted to Principal Dancer with Boston Ballet in 2009.
Whiteside joined American Ballet Theatre (ABT) as a Soloist in September 2012 and was named a Principal Dancer in October 2013. Whiteside has choreographed for various projects including City of Women for ABT, Sway for Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing, and On the Water, Zero Hour, and Bells & Whistles for Boston Ballet. In 2018, he starred in Arthur Pita's The Tenant at The Joyce Theater. In 2021, his memoir, Center Center, was published by Penguin Random House.
Chloe Misseldine as Myrta Soloist
Chloe Misseldine began her classical training at Orlando Ballet School. She attended ABT Summer Intensives in Orange County, California, and New York City as a National Training Scholar from 2016–2018. In 2016, she performed a traditional Chinese fan dance called Jasmine Flower in the CCTV New Year’s Gala known as the Spring Festival Gala (Chunwan), broadcast to over 700 million viewers. At age 15, Misseldine earned second place in the 2017 Youth America Grand Prix New York City Finals and performed at the YAGP “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” Gala. In 2018, she was named a finalist at the Prix de Lausanne and joined American Ballet Theatre Studio Company.
Misseldine became an apprentice with American Ballet Theatre in December 2019, joined the corps de ballet in September 2021, and was promoted to Soloist in September 2022. Her repertoire includes a Flower Girl in Don Quixote, Myrta in Giselle, Rosaura in Like Water for Chocolate, one of the Nutcracker’s Sisters and the Spanish dance in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Queen of Babylon in Of Love and Rage, Lady Montague in Romeo and Juliet, Ice in The Seasons, the pas de trois and a big swan in Swan Lake, and featured roles in Bernstein in a Bubble, La Follia Variations, and Songs of Bukovina.
Fangqi Li as Myrta Corps de Ballet
Originally from Zhengzhou, China, Fangqi LI studied ballet at the Affiliated Secondary School of Beijing Dance Academy and with the National Ballet of China. She won scholarships for six consecutive years (2010-2016) from her school and the government, and was regularly honoured as a Merit Student. She participated in summer intensive programs at American Ballet Theatre, St. Petersburg’s Ballet Heritage, and the Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition.
LI’s awards include the first prize in Group C at Beijing Dance Academy’s 5th Annual International Ballet Competition for Dance Schools (2014), the third prize at the Youth America Grand Prix Asian Regional Semi-Finals (2015), and the second prize at the Helsinki International Ballet Competition (2016). In 2017, LI was a finalist at the Prix de Lausanne.
LI joined ABT Studio Company in September 2017, became an apprentice with the main Company in January 2018, and joined the corps de ballet in June 2018. Her repertoire includes Myrta and Moyna in Giselle, the Spanish Dance in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, the Swallow in The Seasons, a big swan in Swan Lake, and featured roles in Deuce Coupe, La Follia Variations, and Sinfonietta.