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Posted September 14, 2006
Mihailo Djuric announces dancers for
Festival Ballet's 2006/2007 Season
(from left to right) David Vittorino, Ty Parmenter, Alexander Akoulov, Andrew Skeels rehearse Ballanchine's Allegro Brillante (originally choregraphed in 1956)
Photo: Thomas Nola-Rion



Festival Ballet Providence artistic director Mihailo Djuric announces the 2006/2007 company roster, with 21 dancers, including eight men and thirteen women.

RETURNING DANCERS
Returning to the company are members Alexander Akulov, Erica Chipp, Carolyn Dellinger, Roger Fonnegra (Venezuela), Courtney Fraga, Leticia Guerrero (Venezuela), Mark Harootian, Elizabeth Jessee (Canada), Gleb Lyamenkoff (Bellarus), Eivar Martinez (Venezuela), Lauren Menger, Heather O'Halloran, Jennifer Ricci, and Davide Vittorino (Italy).

Ms. Chipp and Ms. Fraga have been promoted from apprentice to Company members. Milica Bijelic, former principal at the National Ballet and Opera of Belgrade will return for her fifth season as Ballet Mistress.

NEW COMPANY MEMBERS
During an extensive two-month audition season, Mr. Djuric and Ms. Bijelic auditioned more than 175 dancers from over twenty countries for positions with the company, and have hired seven new dancers. They welcome new company members Ashley Andries, Nikki Cuozzo, Lauren Kennedy, Vilia Putrius, Vanessa Widmer, Ilya Burov, and Henry Montilla. One company member is not on hand - Maxime Podshivalenko is still in Russia and expected to arrive sometime this fall.

Mr. Djuric noted, "I saw a tremendous group of dancers this year with a keen interest in dancing with this company. I have been able to choose dancers who will fit well into the company, and raise the level of artistry. I have also hired young, talented dancers with great potential for the future."

A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON THE NEW COMPANY MEMBERS
Ms. Andries received her early training at Eastern Connecticut Ballet, completing her last three years at Festival Ballet Providence. She has also been a member of Festival Ballet Providence's Junior Company from 2003-2006. Ms. Cuozzo trained for 14 years at Nutmeg Conservatory, and has been a trainee this past year at North Carolina Dance Theater. Ms. Kennedy received her training at Longwood Performing Arts Academy, and First State Ballet Theater, and trained one year at Boston Ballet before becoming a member of Boston Ballet II 2005-2006. A native of Lithuania, Ms. Putrius danced six seasons with the Lithuanian National Ballet before coming to the US in 2001 to join Ballet Arlington (TX) as a principal dancer. She joined Boston Ballet in 2004. Ms. Widmer trained at Nutmeg Conservatory and The School of American ballet before becoming an apprentice with Momix. She most recently completed two seasons as a member of Eugene Ballet/Ballet Idaho. Mr. Burov, a native of Moscow, received his training at the Saratov Ballet School, and toured internationally for three years with the Moscow Classical Ballet Company. He joined Eugene Ballet/Ballet Idaho for the 2005-2006 season. Mr. Montilla has performed extensively in his native Caracas, joining Tulsa Ballet for their 2005-2006 season. He appeared in Festival Ballet Providence's April production of Don Quixote.

NOT RETURNING TO THE COMPANY
Not returning from the 2005-2006 roster are Karla Kovatch who has retired from dancing and is joining the Festival Ballet Providence Center for Dance Education as a faculty member and Administrative Assistant (she and Piotr Ostaltsov are also expecting their first child, due in January 2007!); Piotr Ostaltsov who has retired from dancing but will remain as a character artist for the Company; Ryan Nye who has joined Eugene Ballet/Ballet Idaho; Emily Bromberg and Andrew Skeels who have both joined Colorado Ballet; Daniela Debrot, who has relocated to Orlando; Marissa Gomer who will be freelancing with several companies; and Ty Parmenter who plans to be dancing in Europe next year.

WHAT'S IN REHEARSAL
On August 28, the dancers began rehearsals for the first performance series of the season, the Rhode Island premiere of Daniel Pelzig's The Princess and the Pea with George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux (October 20 through 22). Mr. Pelzig set his Princess on the Company for ten days. Elyse Bourne is currently setting the Balanchine works with the dancers. In October the company will also simultaneously work on the season's next two productions, The Widow's Broom (October 28-29) and the Up CLOSE, on HOPE contemporary repertory series (November 11, 12, 18, & 19).



2006/2007 FESTIVAL BALLET PROVIDENCE
COMPANY ROSTER

Alexander Akulov
*Ashley Andries, (apprentice)
*Ilya Burov
Elizabeth Chipp
*Nikki Cuozzo (apprentice)
Carolyn Dellinger
Roger Fonnegra
Courtney Fraga
Leticia Gerrero
Mark A. Harootian
Elizabeth Jessee
*Lauren Kennedy
Gleb Lyamenkoff
Eivar Martinez
Lauren Menger (apprentice)
*Henry Montilla
Heather O'Halloran
*Vilia Putrius
Jennifer Ricci
Davide Vittorino
*Vanessa Widmer
* denotes new company member

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