Jorge Andrés Villarini
Jorge Andrés Villarini is an alum of the JKO School at American Ballet Theatre. He received his BFA in dance from Marymount Manhattan College in May 2011. Upon graduation Mr. Villarini danced for three seasons with BalletMet Columbus in Ohio where he was awarded the Columbus Dances Choreographic Fellowship by the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Most recently, Mr. Villarini toured the Mediterranean with the Martha Graham Dance Company performing at the Villa Adriana International Festival in Italy and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus at the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Mr. Villarini's versatile performance experience expands from ballets within the classical repertoire, masterworks by George Balanchine, John Butler, Martha Graham and Alvin Nikolais, as well as contemporary works by Amedeo Amodio, James Kudelka, Edwaard Liang, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, Rodney Rivera, Christopher Wheeldon and Shen Wei. Mr. Villarini recently joined the Dance Theatre of Harlem under the direction of Virginia Johnson. See Jorge in this year's Nutcracker on December 3 & 4th, 2014.
Dylan Santos began his studies at Centro de Artes Pavilhao D in Brazil under the direction of Ricardo Scheir. At the age of 15 he was a finalist at Youth American Grand Prix in NYC where he was awarded scholarships for study at several schools including the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, FL where he ultimately decided to continue his studies. After working as a trainee with the Houston Ballet, Dylan joined the Orlando Ballet under direction of Robert Hill, where he performed in many productions including Giselle, Carmen and Esmeralda. With Ballet Chicago, Mr. Santos first performed such Balanchine works Serenade, Swan Lake, Who Cares and Divertimento No.15. He has also danced lead roles in Coppelia, Le Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Swan Lake and has worked with many choreographers and teachers including Stanton Welch, Phillip Broomhead Claudio Munoz, Andrew Murphy, Anna-Marie Holmes, Deidre Miles Burger, Oliver Munoz, Alexei Kremnev, Anna Reznik, Kim Marsh , Patricia Miller, Ashley Wheater. He has worked in company productions with the Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet. See Dylan in this year's Nutcracker on December 3 & 4, 2014.
Joseph Hutto started dance at 13 taking classes in Augusta Ga. He studied both commercial dance at Martinez-Evans Dance Studio and dance as art at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School. After graduating Davidson with a concentration in both Dance and Visual Art, he studied intensely at the University of Georgia while getting his BFA in dance. It's there that he trained with names such as the late Carlos Orta from the Limon company, Matt and Emily Kent from Pilobolus, Elsie Smith from Cirque du Soliel, and Sean Curran, as well as training under the watchful eye of professional Core Concert Dance Company director Bala Sarasvati. The company focused on Laban based movement and training and performed not only in New York and Los Angeles during his time but also toured China performing 9 shows in 7 cities during the summer of 2004. Since graduating he kept up the aerial practice on his own with his own silk and rigging performing small gigs around the CSRA area as well as working as a freelance artist, choreographer and teacher. He then worked towards his MFA in dance at the University of Illinois and while there worked with other artists like Cynthia Oliver, Tere O'Connor, Sara Hook, Kirstie Simpson, and Jennifer Monson. He also instructed classes on documenting dance with video, aerial dance, hip hop, dance for the camera and film, dance composition, and dance history at the university during his time there. He has since moved to Augusta and been working as a local artist performing guest residencies other places and creating commissioned dance works in the community. He is very excited to be working with the Indiana Ballet Theatre.
Fredrick Davis was born in Brooklyn, New York. He started his training at the age of eleven with a full scholarship with Ballet Tennessee. In 2004, he graduated from Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts to pursue his career and achieve his goals as a professional dancer. Frederick then moved to New York City to continue with his training with The Joffrey Ballet School of New York. After completing three years with Joffrey Ballet School, he was given numerous opportunities to study at summer intensives, with a full scholarship, by American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Ballet Academy East (New York), Joffrey Ballet School (New York), John Magnus Program in Flint MI, and Ballet Tennessee. Mr. Davis joined Roxey Ballet Company dancing in ballets such as "The Moor" in Othello, Carmen, and the Grand pas de duex from "Diana and Acteon", Sleeping Beauty, and Carnival and the Animals. Soon after finishing his season with Roxey Ballet Company, Fredrick joined the Dance Theatre of Harlem ensemble. He has also worked as a freelancer with Ballet Fantastique, Benjamin Briones Ballet, Staten Island Ballet, and Ajkun Ballet Theatre. Fredrick has participated in Dance for America Tour, DTH vision Gala, featured as a guest artist for Dallas Black Dance Theatre in Dallas TX, The Kennedy Center honors in Washington, DC, Donald Mckayle Tribute performance Irvine, CA, has also performed with Dance Theatre of Harlem ensemble at Jacob's Pillow Festival in Lee MA. Mr. Davis is proud to be a guest artist for the Indiana Ballet Theatre.
Mrs. Mack started her dance training at the age of fourteen in Joliet, Illinois. She continued her training throughout high school and earned a four year long talented student scholarship to Northern Illinois University. While at NIU, Mrs. Mack performed Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, Silver Fairy and Hand Maiden in Sleeping Beauty, Arabian Lead and Snow in the Nutcracker, Peasant in Carmina Burana, Mazurka Soloist in Coppelia, & Corps de Ballet in Paquita and Les Slyphides. Amber has also appeared in several original modern works and has had several solos choreographed for her. While at Indiana Ballet Theatre, Mrs. Mack has appeared as the Rat King, Snowflake, Yellow Rose, Red Rose, Dew Drop, Spanish, Russian, and Lead Arabian in the Nutcracker, White Swan and Sister in Swan Lake, Fairy of the Woods in Thumbelina, as Cinderella and Eastern Vendor in Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty and Silver Fairy in Sleeping Beauty.
In addition to her training at NIU, Mrs. Mack has attended several summer intensives. She studied at Joffery Ballet in NYC, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in NYC, and she was a scholarship student and dorm manager at Milwaukee Ballet in Milwaukee, WI. Mrs. Mack graduated from NIU summa cum laude, in December 2004 with her Bachelor of Fine Arts emphasis in Dance Performance and a minor in Theatre. Mrs. Mack also graduated from Ivy Tech Community College, cum laude, in December 2009 with her Associate of Science in Nursing.
Mrs. Mack learned to create headpieces and accessories from ballet master and choreographer Mr. Randall Newsom, of Northern Illinois University. She has numerous original headpiece designs that can be seen on stage all around the Chicago land area. As a professional dancer, she understands what it takes to make beautiful, functional, one of a kind accessories.
Margot Fonteyn Academy of Ballet
Kenneth Ludden first met Dame Margot Fonteyn when he was a ballet student in Central Pennsylvania. He was taken by his teachers to the graduation ceremony of the National Ballet of Washington, DC’s Academic School where Fonteyn presented diplomas to graduates. After that initial meeting, Fonteyn took an interest in the young dancer, eventually arranging for him to study at the Royal Ballet School. While in England, Ludden lived with Fonteyn’s mother, Hilda “BQ” Hookham.
The association between Fonteyn and Ludden continued throughout the rest of her life. Once Ludden’s own ballet career began, he and Fonteyn worked together to form the plan for an International Fine Arts Academy. This development and planning period lasted for 8 years, and then, in the last 4 years of Fonteyn’s life, the two of them started to actively pursue seed money and funding for the proposed Institute. Fonteyn began teaching at the Joffrey Ballet School as a special guest, and took the opportunity to accellerate her work with Ludden to form the plan for a ballet academy within the planned Institute. Money did not immediately come through, and Fonteyn’s failing health and eventual death, the project never got off the ground.
Ludden worked with her family and close associates to plan her Washington, DC memorial service at Saint Matthew’s Cathedral, and helped with the tribute at the Lincoln Center Library for the Arts. He also directed the Kennedy Center, American Film Institute Tribute to Nureyev after he died. Ludden has gone on to write articles about Fonteyn and Nureyev, and is currently working on a book about his close work with the legendary ballerina.
Russian National Ballet Foundation
Valery Lantratov has had a distinguished career as a dancer in the companies of Vladimir Vasiliev, Maya Plitsetskaya and Ekaterina Maximova and international tours with Rudolf Nureyev. Most recently he has made international headlines for his role as Czar Nicholas II in a production of the new ballet Rasputin, with Farouk Ruzimatov of the Marinsky Theater (Kirov) and for successful international tours of Don Quixote and original choreography for the annual festival for the goddess Aphrodite in Cypruss.
A graduate of the Moscow Academic Choreographic College, Lantratov was selected as a first soloist with the Moscow Stanislavski Ballet. With the theater he danced principal roles in such ballets as Don Quixote, Copellia and Romeo and Juliet. He has received accolades in the Russian and international press for his strong technique, personality and expressiveness.
In 1993, Lantratov began working for the Kremlin Ballet. This same year, he formed the Russian National Ballet Foundation. He has toured as a solo guest artist in such countries as Japan, Germany, Italy, Greece, France, Portugal, Spain and the United States. The Russian National Ballet Foundation has toured in Europe, Asia, The Middle East and the United States.
In 1997, Russian president Boris Yeltsin named Valery Lantratov " People's Artist of Russia," the Russian Federation's highest artistic honor.
Mr. Lantratov holds a teaching certificate Russia's renowned National Academy of Theatrical Arts- GITIS.* For three years, Mr. Lantratov served as a guest instructor at the Boston Ballet.
With his Russian National Ballet Foundation, Lantratov is able to realize his goal of introducing new audiences throughout the world to some of the finest classical works of Russia. "No matter what might happen between the countries in the world, dance can deliver peace, compassion and art—eternal values."
*GITIS' ballet department was founded in 1946 under A. Gorsky, R. Zakharov and Leonid Lavaovsky of the Bolshoi Ballet with equal state funding to the Bolshoi. It is the only institute in Russia to offer a diploma in choreography and direction for ballet theatre. Its distinguished ballet masters include Vladimir Vassiliev (director of the Bolshoi, retired), Nadja Pavlova (prima ballerina absoluta of the Bolshoi, retired) and Katirina Maximova (prima ballerina absoluta of the Bolshoi, retired).