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is from Japan, and began her training at Van Metre School of Dance in Tennessee and continued at Koshizuka Natsuko Ballet School in Japan. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance from Butler University. Ayako has attended the Vaganova Seminar in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she studied with renowned professors from Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. She has also trained with Orlando Ballet School and Parsons Dance Company. Ayako joined the Lexington Ballet Company in 2009. Her recent repertoire includes the title role of Cinderella, Myrtha in Giselle, Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland, Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Mazurka variation from Les Sylphides, Prayer in CoppÉlia, Mrs. Higgins in My Fair Lady, Raksha in The Jungle Book, Dew Drop Fairy, Arabian, Spanish soloist, Chinese soloist, and Marzipan in The Nutcracker, and various roles created by Luis Dominguez. Ayako is passionate about passing on the dance art form to the next generation, and enjoys teaching at The Lexington Ballet School and participating in outreach programs in the community. Ayako is honored to dance with the company for her tenth season, and would like to thank her teachers and her family for their guidance, inspiration, and continuous support.
spent his early years in Soldotna, Alaska, before moving to Tennessee. He began his training at the School of Nashville Ballet under the tutelage of Donna Delseni, Nicole Koenig, Gonzalo Espinoza, and Kathleen Spinazzola. He then joined Dance Theatre of Tennessee as a company artist, under the Artistic Direction of Christopher Mohnani, where he performed ballets such as: Verdi, Carmen, CoppÉlia by Christopher Mohnani, Aspects of Love by Brian Williamson, Cinderella by Tom Pazik, Fado de Amore by Ron De Jesus of Hubbard Street. Casey has also been a guest artist for various companies including Ballet Fantastique, New York State Ballet, Ohio Dance Theatre, and Georgia Dance Theatre, among others. Casey has had many seasons with the Lexington Ballet, where he has danced such roles as Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliette, The White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, the Devil in A Soldier's Tale, and Prince Charming in Cinderella Nutcracker Prince and Arabian in The Nutcracker, Tony in West Side Story and Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady.
is from Traverse City, Michigan, where she trained under the direction of Thomas Morrell at Ballet Etc. Dance Institute. She performed in the youth companies Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre and West Michigan Youth Ballet. Angelica attended summer intensives with the Bolshoi Ballet in New York City, American Ballet Theatre Collegiate Intensive, The Harid Conservatory, and the Grand Rapids Ballet. In 2013, Angelica received first place in the Youth America Grand Prix in Indianapolis for Pas de Deux. She was accepted into the year-round program at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. Angelica South is currently in her sixth season with Lexington Ballet. She performed the roles Maria in West Side Story, Dying Swan in Dance Menagerie, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Kaa in Jungle Book, Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Nymph in Afternoon of a Faun and Snow Queen, Sugar Plum Fairy, Columbine, Dewdrop, Marie, Spanish soloist in The Nutcracker. Angelica is so grateful to be dancing with Lexington Ballet; she loves being a part of the company and sharing her love of ballet and the arts to the community of Lexington!
is from Kernersville, North Carolina, and began her ballet training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she trained for ten years. Alexandra continued her training, on both academic and dance scholarships, at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, where she graduated Cum Laude,with a BA in Dance and minor in Accounting. She performed with the Lake Erie Ballet Company for three seasons under the direction of Alethea Bodine, performing a variety of lead roles. She completed a season as a member of the Mercyhurst Ballet Theatre, an in-residence company at Mercyhurst University under the direction of Tauna Hunter and Michael Gleason, before joining the Lexington Ballet in 2014. With Lexington Ballet, Alexandra has performed roles such as Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, The Gryphon in Alice in Wonderland and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. Alexandra is very excited to return to Lexington Ballet for a fifth season.
is from Spring Grove, Illinois, where she began her training at an early age under the direction of Alyce Keaggy-Brinkmann at Illinois Dance Conservatory. Victoria performed leading roles with the Illinois Youth Dance Theatre in multiple productions. Victoria was an ensemble finalist in the Youth America Grand Prix in Chicago, and solo finalist in the Valentina Koslova International Ballet Competition in New Orleans. Victoria attended summer intensives and workshops, many on scholarship, with Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet West, Oklahoma City Ballet, Visceral Dance Chicago, Regional Dance America and Ballet Austin. In 2015, Victoria was invited to continue her training with Ballet Austin under the direction of Michelle Martin and Bill Piner. Victoria joined Lexington Ballet Company in 2016. She has performed the roles of Spanish Soloist, Russian Soloist, and Toy Soldier in The Nutcracker, Gypsy in Romeo and Juliet Winter Fairy in Cinderella, Baloo in The Jungle Book, Mrs. Pearce in My Fair Lady, West Side and Other Stories and A Soldier's Tale. Victoria is excited to join the company for her third season, and looks forward to the upcoming repertoire.
is from Atlanta, Georgia, were she danced with Atlanta Dance Theatre under Jonnie Kelley, and trained with Victoria Leigh and Marcial Ibarra. In 2012, Rachel competed in Youth America Grand Prix and placed in the Top 12 in the contemporary category. For her senior year of high school Rachel was accepted into Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s full time program on scholarship, and continued to study there for two additional years in the Graduate Program. Rachel was a Trainee with Nashville Ballet on full scholarship in 2015 and then joined Columbia Classical Ballet in South Carolina. Rachel attended summer intensives at Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Carolina Ballet. She has enjoyed being in many performances such as Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, as well as working with choreographers on brand new ballets. Rachel is very excited to be joining Lexington Ballet for her second season!
is from Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Owensboro, Kentucky, in middle school. He started dancing with Owensboro High School dance program in 2011 under former NYC Rockette Ashley Ayer-Martin. He began training at Johnson's Dance Studio in 2012, where he later joined Owensboro Dance Theatre studying under Joy Johnson, Allison McCoy, and Karen Corathers. In 2015 Luis received scholarships to Louisville Ballet summer intensive and school year program under Elena Fillmore-Diehl. In 2016 Luis joined the Louisville Ballet trainee program under Robert Curran. Luis performed in Swan Lake and the role of Chinese Soloist in The Nutcracker with Louisville Ballet. Luis is beginning his second season at Lexington Ballet where he has danced the roles Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady, and MowgliThe Jungle Book, as well as roles in West side and Other Stories and The Nutcracker.
is from Dade City, Florida. He began dancing at age seven as a traditional Irish Dancer, where he competed at the National and World Championships. At sixteen, he began ballet training at North Carolina Dance Theatre, under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride, before continuing his training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, under the direction of Susan Jaffe. Sean attended several summer programs on scholarship, including North Carolina Dance Theatre, The Washington Ballet under Septime Webre and Kee Jaun Han, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre under Terrance Orr, Marjorie Grundvig, and Dennis Marshall. While at UNCSA Sean had the opportunity to perform the role of Snow King in Ethan Stiefel's The Nutcracker , in Sir Frederick Ashton's Birthday Offering , and in both Polovtisian Dances and Metallurgy , choreographed by Susan Jaffe. Sean was awarded a full scholarship to the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School Graduate Program where he had the honor of performing in works such as George Balanchine's Serenade and Western Symphony, as well as Arabian from Terrence S. Orr's The Nutcracker.
is from Grand Haven, Michigan, where she began her training with Jefferson and Nancy Baum. She then transferred to Grand Rapids Ballet under Patricia Barker and Attila Mosolygo. As a dancer in the Grand Rapids Ballet Junior Company, she performed in the Orange Bowl halftime show in Miami, as well as other ballets. Sydney-Rose performed with the Grand Rapids Ballet professional company in The Nutcracker, Raymonda, Paquita, Sleeping Beauty and Dracula. At 15 she joined the Ballet Chicago Studio Company under the direction of Dan Duell, Patricia Blair and Ted Seymour, where she had the honor of performing many Balanchine works such as Serenade, Swan Lake, Theme and Variation, Who Cares. Sydney-Rose has attended summer programs at Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Kaatsbaan, and Ballet Chicago. She is excited to be returning to the Lexington Ballet for her second season, and looking forward to the upcoming repertoire and another amazing season.
is from Vancouver, British Columbia, and began her ballet training at Fraser Valley Academy of Dance under the direction of John Carney. After spending two summer sessions on scholarship at The School of Alberta Ballet, she moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada to train full time. Kaylie attended The Royal Ballet School in London, England, for the international summer session, then joined the Professional Graduate program at The School of Alberta Ballet under Murray Kilgour and Graham McKelvie, where she was awarded a talent scholarship and the Commitment and Dedication award. During the three years as a Professional Graduate, Kaylie danced featured roles in ballets such as La Bayadere, Raymonda, Paquita, as well as many new works by Edmund Stripe, and contemporary pieces by Graham McKelvie. Kaylie is very excited and feels fortunate to be joining Lexington Ballet for the upcoming season.
is from Albany, NY, where she trained with the Albany Berkshire Ballet and with the Northeast Ballet on full scholarship. She has attended summer intensives at New York State Summer School for the Arts, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, The Rock School, Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. As a recipient of both dance and academic scholarships, Audrey earned a B.F.A. in Dance with a minor in Health and Wellness from Mercyhurst University. While at Mercyhurst, Nilas Martins selected her to perform in George Balanchine’s Concerto Barrocco and she worked with internationally acclaimed choreographer Rick McCullough on a world premiere. Other roles include leads in Babes in Toyland, The Nutcracker Suite, and The Little Match Girl. Audrey spent a semester dancing abroad in Dungarvan, Ireland, where she presented her own choreography. She has appeared as a guest artist with Lake Erie Ballet in The Nutcracker and their mixed repertory performance Matters of the Heart. Audrey is excited to join Lexington Ballet for her first season!
is from Atlanta, Georgia, where she trained under the direction of Michael Garrison with North Atlanta Dance Theatre. She attended summer intensives at The Royal Ballet School in London, Nashville Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet. In 2015, Hannah joined Nashville Ballet as a Trainee and had the opportunity to perform the role of Myrtha in Giselle in the Spring Showcase. As a trainee with Louisville Ballet, she was chosen to perform principal, soloist, and corps roles in many productions. These included Principal Rose in The Brown-Forman Nutcracker, Zulma in Giselle, and a Shades Soloist in an excerpt from La Bayadere in Studio Connections. Hannah is so excited to dance with Lexington Ballet for her first season!
is from Woodridge, Illinois, where she began her pre-professional training at The Hinsdale Dance Academy in Hinsdale, Illinois, under Jennifer Grapes. She attended summer programs at Kansas City Ballet and Montgomery Ballet. In Montgomery, Holly danced with the company in Don Quixote. Holly attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City on scholarship where she studied extensively under Paula Weber. While at UMKC, Holly performed soloist rolls in White, Carmina Burana, and Klavier Poems as well as Odette in the Act II pas de deux from Swan Lake. She performed in the corps de ballet with The Kansas City Ballet in The Nutcracker for two seasons. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2017, Holly joined Columbia Classical Ballet and danced in their productions of La Bayadere, Cinderella, and The Nutcracker. She has also been featured in Pointe magazine. This is Holly’s first season with Lexington Ballet.
is from Schenectady, New York, and began her dance training in ballet, jazz, and tap at the Orlando School of Dance. She continued her training at Mercyhurst University under academic and dance scholarships, where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, and a minor in Arts Administration. While at Mercyhurst, Kerry had the privilege of performing José Limon’s Waldstein Sonata and George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco. Kerry has appeared as a principal guest artist with the Lake Erie Ballet Company, and has performed with Ballet Concerto and SoMar DanceWorks. Kerry is very excited to be joining Lexington Ballet for their 2018-19 season!