See Frederick Davis in The Nutcracker, December 4 & 5, 2013
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.
See Amber Mack in The Nutcracker, December 4 & 5, 2013
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.
Russian National Ballet Foundation
Join Mr. Lantratov for a special intensive class on January 11, 2014 at IBT's Merrillville, IN location.
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).