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Guest Performers

Jorge Andres Villarini

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

Dylan Santos

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

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.

Frederick Davis

Frederick Davis

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.

Amber Mack

Amber Mack

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.

Guest Instructors

Wes Chapman

Wes Chapman
American Ballet Theatre

A native of Union Springs, Alabama, Chapman joined American Ballet Theatre in 1984 as a member of the corps de ballet. He was promoted to Soloist in 1987 and to Principal Dancer in 1989. With ABT, Chapman performed all the leading roles in the ballet repertoire and in works by many of the twentieth century’s master choreographers, including George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Twyla Tharp and Antony Tudor. He also created leading roles in Clark Tippet’s Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 and Twyla Tharp’s The Elements. In 1993, he joined the Bavarian National Ballet as a principal dancer before returning to ABT in 1995. In 1996, Chapman was named Artistic Director of Alabama Ballet. During his leadership, the company grew from 16 to 44 professional and apprentice dancers. He also founded the Alabama Ballet School, the apprentice pre-professional training program and the Alabama Ballet Summer Program. Mr. Chapman returned to ABT as ballet master in 2006 before being named Artistic Director of the Studio Company in 2007.

Nadia Thompson

Nadia Thompson
Milwaukee Ballet

Nadia Thompson was trained in Australia by her mother, Frances Davis Thompson, and graduated from the Royal Ballet School after winning the bronze medal at the Adeline Genee Awards. Before moving to the United States and to Boston Ballet, she worked with Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre and London City Ballet, performing for such dignitaries as HRH Princess Diana, Princess Margaret, the Duchess of York and Her Majesty the Queen at the Royal Command Performance. Nadia has danced principal roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Coppélia, Don Quixote and Abdallah, Twyla Tharp’s Upper Room and Waterbaby Bagatelles. In addition, Lila York created Brown Girl in Celts and Principal Lady in Ode to Joy on her. Her vast Balanchine repertoire includes Russian and Elegy in Serenade, Principal Lady in Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto #2, Divertimento #15, Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux, Mozartiana, Rubies and Choleric in The Four Temperaments. Nadia has worked as a guest teacher with Trey McIntyre Project, White Oak, Colorado Ballet, Boston Ballet, Queensland Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Harvard University, Wellesley College, West Australian Ballet and Queensland University of Technology Australia. She also works as a répétiteur for Michael Pink’s ballets, setting Dracula and The Hunchback of Notre Damefor Atlanta Ballet, Colorado Ballet and Kansas City Ballet, and stages Timothy O’Donnell’s works.

Margie Cole

Margie Cole
The Dance COLEctive

Margi Cole graduated from the Alabama School of Fine Arts, received a B.A. in dance from Columbia College Chicago and an M.F.A. in dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has taught and guest-lectured at numerous educational and professional organizations, including the Alabama Ballet, the American College Dance Festival, Ballet Tennessee, Northwestern University, Columbia College Chicago, Lou Conte Dance Studio, the Joffrey Academy of Dance, the American Dance Festival and other institutions throughout Illinois, the Midwest and the Southeast. She is currently on faculty at Columbia College Chicago, where she has served as a lecturer and associate chair. As a choreographer, Margi has been commissioned by The Alabama Ballet, Springfield Ballet Company, Sanspointe Dance Company, the Birmingham Museum of Art, Girls Preparatory School in Tennessee, Beloit College and Columbia College Chicago. Margi has danced with well-known choreographers and companies, including Ralph Lemon, Joe Goode Performance Group, Liz Burritt, Stephen Koplowitz, Ann Boyd, David Rousseve, Bill Young, Douglas Nielsen, Peter Carpenter, Timothy O’Slynne, Paula Frasz, Colleen Halloran, Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak, Mordine & Company Dance Theater, Renee Wadleigh and Ellie Klopp. In 2011, Cole traveled to Findhorn, Scotland to join 19 international performers participating in the Deborah Hay Solo Commissioning Project. Awards and acknowledgements of Margi’s accomplishments include making the list of “Teachers Rated Excellent by their Students” in four consecutive semesters while on faculty at the University of Illinois. She has received two Choreographic Mentoring Scholarships from The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, two Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships, a 2005 Chicago Dancemakers Forum grant and an American Marshall Memorial Fellowship (joining other leaders in their respective fields to represent the United States on a month-long tour of European countries). She won a Panoply Festival Choreography Award for Contemporary Dance in Huntsville, Alabama. Margi is active in the Chicago dance community, serving on grant panels and in public forums as an arts administrator, dancer and choreographer. In 2011, she was integral in organizing the Dance/USA and Marshall Forum annual conferences in Chicago. She has been a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Consortium Member for two years, is a member of the Marshall Memorial Fellowship Selection Committee and served as a mentor during the Thodos Dance Chicago New Dances Project in 2014. She was named one of The Players in NewCity’s “Fifty People Who Really Perform in Chicago” in 2012 and recognized by Today’s Chicago Woman among its 2014 “100 Women of Inspiration.”

Andrew Amos

Andrew Amos
Happen Dance

Andrew Amos is the Assistant Artistic Director for the West Michigan Youth Ballet Company, and has been a guest artist in WMYB productions of Cinderella the Nutcracker 2010 and 2011, and the 2012 Spring Performance. Amos also taught classes at the most recent Summer Intensive Program for the Youth Ballet. Amos earned his BFA in Dance from Stephens College. He has worked with numerous companies, including Mordine and Company Dance Theater, Indiana Ballet Theater Northwest, Greater Lansing Ballet, Children’s Ballet Theater, Ann Arbor Ballet Theater, San Angelo Civic Ballet, and Happendance. His choreography has been performed by students, amateurs, and professionals across the nation, as well as at prestigious festivals including RDA and ACDFA. Amos recently relocated to the Grand Rapids-area, and is teaching at Ada Dance Academy.

Frederick Davis

Frederick Davis
Dance Theatre of Harlem

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.

Kara Lozanovski

Kara Lozanovski
C5 Create with No Limits

Kara Lozanovski was born in Crown Point, Indiana and started dancing at age of three with the Indiana Ballet Theatre North West. She continued to train and perform until high school graduation, where she had many lead roles in their productions and traveled to London, England to receive her Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance certification. Kara also competed as a soloist winning many national dance competition titles. Kara continued her studies at Butler University where she received her BFA in Dance Performance and played the viola with the Butler Symphony Orchestra. While at Butler, Kara performed many lead roles in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Copellia, Giselle, Midwinter Dance Festival, George Balanchine's Serenade, and Anthony Tudor's, Dark Elegies. After graduation, she moved to Chicago to live her ‘big city' dream! She was a scholarship apprentice with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and has been performing at exclusive events with several production agencies throughout the city. Kara has had many professional performance opportunities since her time in Chicago including back up dancing with Beyonce and Katy Perry. She is also in New York Times Best Selling book “Dancers Among Us” by author/photographer Jordan Matter. Currently, Kara has been traveling and performing with Jeremy Plummer’s dance company, ‘C5 Create With No Limits.’ She is also a competitive judge for Showstopper Dance Competitions. Other than dance, Kara was a level 8 gymnast and is a certified Pilates Instructor teaching dance and Pilates at Ballet Chicago and the American Dance Center.

Peter Navarro

Peter Navarro
Project Bound

Peter Navarro, a Springfield, MA native, began his dancing career studying ballroom and latin styles while at Tufts University in Boston. There he became recognized regionally in ballroom competitions and went on to train in hip hop, jazz, and contemporary dance, while experimenting with directing and producing. Peter joined Static Noyze Dance Company in 2007 where he later became Artistic Director from 2009-2011, co-directing and co-producing numerous award-winning sets across New England. In early 2012 Peter founded New[age]Dance alongside Craig Dionne [Peridance Contemporary Dance Company NY, NYCDA], an independent contemporary dance project recognized across Boston for its use of classical and urban influences to develop works with deep, underlying themes. Peter has performed with Static Noyze 6 of America's Best Dance Crew, Season 5, has had choreography featured in the Dew Tour and TedXBoston, and has trained with a multitude of choreographers in the industry. A graduate of Tufts University with a degree in Clinical Psychology, Peter strives to find deeper connection to dance and its power to heal. Recently moving to Chicago in July 2014, Peter currently attends Columbia College Chicago earning a Master’s degree in Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling and later plans to earn his certification in Laban Movement Analysis. Peter has choreographed for Columbia College Chicago's annual graduate movement concert. He is currently a substitute instructor at Lou Conte Dance Studio in Chicago and plans to continue soaking up all Chicago dance has to offer. Peter is delighted to be joining Project Bound and looks forward to creating with each artist.

Virginia Holte

Virginia Holte
West Hawaii Dance Theatre

Ms. Holte is the Founder and Artistic Director of West Hawaii Dance Theatre, and Guest Instructor for the Maui Academy of Performing Arts. As a professional dancer, Ms. Holte performed extensively with major dance companies, including the Washington Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Chicago Ballet and Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, touring both nationally and internationally. She was often invited to perform as Guest Artist, with companies such as New Jersey Ballet, Hawaii Youth Symphony, and the Ballet Gala International. Ms. Holte is a graduate of the Academy of the Washington Ballet, and attended the National Ballet of Canada Teacher Training. She received certification in both the Cecchetti and Vaganova Methods of Classical Ballet, and created her own syllabus based on these to suit the needs of our Hawaii community. Since 1986, Ms. Holte has been educating in Hawaii's community in dance through daily classes, outreach school presentations and historical theatrical performances, such as “The Nutcracker,” “Don Quixote”, “Gaiete Parisienne”, “Swan Lake”, “Coppelia”, and “Alice in Wonderland” to name a few.

Valery Lantratov

Past Guest Instructors
Valery Lantratov
Artistic Director
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).