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Saniya Abilmajineva is originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She graduated from the Choreography College in Moscow in 2007. From 2007-2008, she was the first soloist with the Natalia Satz Theatre (formally known as the Children’s Musical Theater). Saniya is the recipient of many awards: In 2005, she took home the silver medal from the International Ballet Competition in Berlin and one year later she received a gold medal at the same competition. In 2007, she received a diploma from both the International Ballet Competition in New York and the International Ballet Competition in Shanghai. In 2009, she was a semi-finalist at the International Ballet Competition at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre. Saniya joined Canada’s Ballet Jörgen during the 2009-2010 Season. She has danced many roles including the title role in Bengt Jörgen’s Anastasia, and Lady Birch in The Nutcracker: a Canadian Tradition. Saniya was part of the creation of many roles in Ballet Jörgen’s 25th anniversary production of Swan Lake. She then toured Canada performing the acclaimed principal role of the Swan Queen. In 2013 Saniya had the opportunity to dance Giselle as a guest artist with the International School of Ballet.
Hannah Mae Cruddas
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Hannah Mae Cruddas, born and home-educated in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, began her dance training with the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts School of Dance and the Leica Hardy School of Dance. In 2009, she joined Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto. Hannah Mae was honoured to be the youngest recipient of the Society of Russian Ballet’s Nesta Toumine Memorial Award and at 14, was a semi-finalist in the Genée International Ballet Competition. She was also privileged to be the recipient of the Jan Wicha Memorial Cup and Nova Scotia Talent Trust’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. At home, she danced the title role in Alice (Dearborn), the Ragdoll Queen in The Nutcracker (Hardy), and worked with Kennet Oberly and Otar Beridze. Hannah Mae fully appreciates what Ballet Jörgen’s mandate to bring dance to smaller communities means to young dancers; a highlight of her young dance career was playing Anastasia’s daughter in Ballet Jörgen’s world premiere of Anastasia. Her Toronto repertoire credits include Peggy Baker’s 5 Views of a Temple Garden, Petipa’s La Bayadere and Paquita, and Nacho Duato’s Jardi Tancat. Having graduated from NBS in June 2011, Hannah Mae was a member of Ballet Jörgen’s 2011 Junior Company and was extremely excited to join Canada’s Ballet Jörgen as an Apprentice for their 2011-2012 season. Hannah Mae became a company dancer during Ballet Jörgen’s 2012-2013 season. Hannah Mae was recently awarded the Janice Merritt Flemming Award administrated by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust.
Daniel Da Silva
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Originally from Brazil, Daniel Da Silva began his ballet training in 2005 in Santa Barbara D’Oeste with Ana Rita Da Silva. In 2007, Daniel received a full scholarship to train at Pacific Dance Arts in Vancouver with Li Yaming. In 2009, Daniel competed at the Youth America Grand Prix in NYC and finished in the top twelve. He was offered a full scholarship to participate in the summer program at Jacob’s Pillow. Daniel was also a guest dancer for two seasons with Ballet BC, performing a premiere piece by James Kudelka and the classical ballets Carmen and Peter Pan. Daniel has also performed variations from Flames of Paris, Swan Lake, Raymonda, Don Quixote and Coppélia. Daniel joined Canada’s Ballet Jörgen for the 2009-2010 season. He performed the lead role of Siegfried in the company’s 25th Anniversary production of Swan Lake. Daniel also starred in the short film The Marvelous Girl which was produced by Canada’s Ballet Jörgen (the film was part of both The Cannes Film Festival and The Montreal World Film Festival).
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Taylor Gill received her early training at the Alberta Ballet School and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. At the age of 15 she began training in Vancouver with Yaming Li at Pacific Dance Arts and she spent her summers at a variety of schools including the Banff Centre for Performing Arts, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Miami City Ballet. Taylor qualified as a semi-finalist, and as the only Canadian, at the 2007 Shanghai International Ballet Competition in China. She danced with the Atlanta Ballet Company for one year before joining Canada's Ballet Jörgen in 2009 as a Royal Bank Foundation Apprentice. Taylor has performed various roles in Bengt Jörgen's full-length productions of Coppélia, Anastasia, and Cinderella. While dancing with Canada's Ballet Jörgen she has been a part of the creation of many new works including lead roles in Malgorzata Nowacka's Icarus, Bengt Jörgen's Life and Laughter, and Derek Sangster's Good Mourning. Last season, she made her debut as the Swan Queen in Ballet Jörgen’s 25th anniversary production of Swan Lake. She has also danced the role of the Snow Queen and Lady Birch, both leading roles in The Nutcracker: a Canadian Tradition. She was a member of Ballet Jörgen's Junior Company in 2012 and also the star of the short film The Marvelous Girl which was produced by the company (the film was part of both The Cannes Film Festival and The Montreal World Film Festival).
Taylor Gill a fait sa formation d’enfance à l’Alberta Ballet School et au Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. À l’âge de 15 elle a commencé sa formation à Vancouver avec Yaming Li à Pacific Dance Arts et elle a passé ses étés à une variété d’écoles, notamment le Banff Centre for Performing Arts, le Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Boston Ballet, l’American Ballet Theatre et le Miami City Ballet. Taylor s’est qualifiée pour les demi-finales à la compétition internationale du ballet de 2007 à Shanghai en Chine, où elle était la seule Canadienne. Elle a dansé avec l’Atlanta Ballet Company pour un an avant de devenir membre de Ballet Jörgen du Canada en 2009 comme apprentie de la Royal Bank Foundation. Taylor a joué plusieurs rôles dans les productions de long métrage de Bengt Jörgen, par exemple Coppélia, Anastasia et Cendrillon. Pendant son temps avec Ballet Jörgen du Canada, elle a contribué à la création de beaucoup des nouvelles œuvres, notamment des rôles principaux dans Icarus de Malgorzata Nowacka, Life and Laughter de Bengt Jörgen, et Good Mourning de Derek Sangster. La saison passée, elle a fait ses débuts comme la Reine des cygnes dans la production de Lac des cygnes du 25e anniversaire de Ballet Jörgen du Canada. Elle a aussi dansé les rôles de la Reine des neiges et de la Dame des bouleaux, deux rôles principaux dans Casse-Noisette: une tradition canadienne. Elle était un membre de la compagnie jeune de Ballet Jörgen du Canada en 2012 et aussi la vedette du film court The Marvelous Girl qui était réalisé par la compagnie (le film faisait partie du Festival de Cannes et du Festival des Films du Monde du Montréal).
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Gustavo Hernandez was born in La Havana, Cuba and began his ballet training at the age of 11 in the Provincial School of Arts. In 2007, he graduated from the Cuban National School of Ballet in Havana, under the direction of Ramona de Saa. In 2004 and 2005, he took home the bronze medal from the International Ballet Competition in Havana. In 2007 he received the bronze medal in the first edition of the National Competition UNEAC. After graduating, Gustavo became part of the National Ballet of Cuba and under the direction of Alicia Alonso was promoted to the category of Coryphaeus three years later. He danced major roles such as Alain in La Fille Mal Gardée and the Mouse King in The Nutcracker. There, he also performed in productions of Don Quixote, Giselle, Coppélia, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, as well as in works from Balanchine, Bournonville and Contemporary ballets. Gustavo was a member of Ballet Jörgen’s Junior Company in 2011 and 2012. Gustavo joined Canada’s Ballet Jörgen as a company dancer for the 2012-2013 season.
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Heather Lumsden-Ruegg grew up in Newmarket, ON. She is a 2011 Dance Performance Studies graduate of George Brown College, and was a mentorship student with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen during the 2011-2012 season. Originally an Irish dancer, Heather began her ballet training at the age of 12 at the Peter Stanton School of Dance. Heather was a member of Ballet Jörgen’s Junior Company in 2012 and joined Ballet Jörgen as an Apprentice for the 2012-2013 season. Heather was promoted to company dancer in 2013.
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Annelie Liliemark comes to us from the Royal Swedish Ballet with whom she danced from 2010 to 2012 performing roles in The Nutcracker, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Swan Lake, The Rite of Spring and Coppélia. A 2011 graduate of the Royal Swedish Ballet School, Annelie began her training at Balettakademien, Stockholm, Sweden in 1998, joining the Royal Swedish Ballet School in 2002. She is the recipient of the Agda Cecilia Rilton Scholarship (2007) and the Carina Ari Scholarship (2008, 2009). Annelie attended summer intensives at The Gotland International Dance Seminars, Visby, Sweden (2007, 2008); the International Summer Course at Canada’s National Ballet School (2009); and The Bartholin International Dance Seminars at the Royal Danish Theater (2010 on scholarship, 2011). She was a finalist at the Stora Daldansen ballet competition in Falun, Sweden (2010). Annelie danced with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s Junior Company in the summer of 2012 and joined the company for the 2012-2013 season.
Adrián Ramírez Juarez
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Adrian Ramirez Juarez was dancing in Montreal where he participated in Les Grand Ballets Canadiens Nutcracker season and tour, and Ballet de Montreal where he was a Soloist Dancer. Previously Adrian Ramirez Juarez danced with Taller Coreografico de la UNAM in Mexico City. He graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of Dance and was a medalist in the prestigious Attitude International Ballet Competition. Adrian Ramirez Juarez was a member of Ballet Jörgen’s 2013 Junior Company and then became a principal dancer.
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Kealan McLaughlin was born in Toronto and began dancing ballet at the age of 6. After beginning his training at Canada’s National Ballet School, Kealan studied at the Pacific Dance Centre and Banff Centre for the Arts before returning to NBS and graduating in 2007. After two years of post-secondary training and guesting across Canada, he began his professional career with Alberta Ballet. After two seasons in Calgary, Kealan returned to Toronto and joined Canada’s Ballet Jörgen for the 2011-2012 season.
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Hiroto Saito was born in Kobe, Japan and began dancing at the Sadamatsu Hamada Ballet School at age 7. He later studied at the English National Ballet School in London. Upon graduating, he joined Hong Kong Ballet under the direction of Stephen Jefferies. He worked with internationally recognized figures such as Wayne Eagling, Alexander Grant, and Susanne Farrell. Hiroto first met Bengt Jörgen while he was dancing with Hong Kong Ballet in Bengt Jörgen’s Romeo and Juliet. Hiroto first came to Canada and joined Ballet Jörgen in 2007. In addition to his role as a leading dancer, Hiroto organized Dance for Japan, a fundraiser show with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen to support earthquake relief in Fukushima, Japan. He also teaches and coaches students all around the world. Hiroto was a teacher, private coach, and rehearsal master for Ballet Jörgen’s Summer Intensive and Junior Company in 2012 and 2013. During the summer of 2013, he taught for Damansara Performing Arts Centre in Malaysia. He has choreographed many works such as 05:46 for Hong Kong Ballet, Lost and Found for George Brown Dance, and Lord of the Rings for Toronto Youth Ballet/Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra. He was also the choreographer for The Marvelous Girl, a short film produced by Canada’s Ballet Jörgen (the film was part of both The Cannes Film Festival and The Montreal World Film Festival). His major roles with Ballet Jörgen include Romeo and Mercutio in Bengt Jörgen’s Romeo and Juliet, the principal roles of Nathaniel and Dr. Coppélius in Jörgen’s Coppélia and the leading male role, Dimitry in Jörgen’s Anastasia. During Ballet Jörgen’s 25th anniversary season, Hiroto was involved in creating many roles in the company’s new production of Swan Lake. He toured Canada and the United States performing the principal role of Count Siegfried and the main antagonist Von Rothbart.
Hiroto est né à Kobe, Japon et a commencé à danser à l’École Sadamatsu Hamada du Ballet à l’âge de 7. Plus tard, il a étudié à l’École Britannique Nationale du Ballet à Londres. Quand il a obtenue sa licence, il est devenu membre de Hong Kong Ballet sous la direction de Stephen Jefferies. Il a travaillé avec des personnalités reconnues au niveau international comme Wayne Eagling, Alexander Grant, et Susanne Farrell. Hiroto a rencontré Bengt Jörgen pour la première fois quand il dansait avec Hong Kong Ballet dans la production de Roméo et Juliette de Bengt Jörgen. Hiroto est venu au Canada pour la première fois et est devenu membre de Ballet Jörgen en 2007. En plus de son rôle comme danseur principal, Hiroto a organisé Dance for Japan, un spectacle avec Ballet Jörgen Canada pour la levée des fonds pour soutenir l’aide humanitaire du tremblement de terre à Fukushima, Japon. Il enseigne aussi et entraîne des étudiants à travers le monde. Hiroto était enseignant, entraîneur privé, et maître des répétitions pour les programs de Ballet Jörgen Canada, Summer Intensive et Junior Company, en 2012 et 2013. Pendant l’été 2013, il a enseigné pour le Centre des arts du spectacle Damansara à Malaisie. Il a chorégraphié plusieurs œuvres comme 05:46 pour Hong Kong Ballet, Lost and Found pour George Brown Dance, et Le Seigneur des anneaux pour Toronto Youth Ballet/Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra. Il était aussi le chorégraphe pour The Marvelous Girl, un film à court métrage présenté pour Ballet Jörgen du Canada (le film faisait partie du Festival de Cannes et du Festival des Films du Monde du Montréal). Parmi ses rôles principaux avec Ballet Jörgen sont Roméo et Mercutio en Roméo et Juliette de Bengt Jörgen, les rôles principaux de Nathaniel et Dr. Coppelius dans Coppelia de Jörgen et le premier rôle masculin, Dimitry en Anastasie de Jörgen. Pendant la saison du 25e anniversaire de Ballet Jörgen, Hiroto était impliqué dans la création de plusieurs rôles dans la production nouvelle de la compagnie du Lac des cygnes. Il a fait la tournée du Canada et des Etats-Unis pour jouer le rôle principal de Count Siegfried et l’antagoniste principal, Von Rothbart.
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Kirill is originally from Russia. He began his ballet training with Victoria Ballet Academy at the age of 10 in Toronto, Ontario. In 2008 he joined Elite Danceworx studio in Markham, Ontario, where he continued his ballet education with former dancers of the Mariinsky Theatre, Anna Karpova, and Vladimir Karpov. In 2010 Kirill won 1st place at the Youth America Grand Prix semi-finals in Chicago. Kirill was a gold and silver medalist and prize winner at regional ballet and dance competitions across Canada and the USA. In 2011 Kirill joined Karpov Ballet Academy as a graduate student. He performed the leading roles in The Nutcracker and Giselle. In 2013 Kirill was accepted to the National Ballet School of Canada as a Post-Secondary Student. Kirill joined Canada’s Ballet Jörgen as an RBC Apprentice for the 2013-2014 season and was then promoted to company dancer.
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Momoka Matsui began her dance training at the Yukiko Kato Ballet School in her home country of Japan. Under Kato’s mentorship she performed major roles in the Nutcracker, Paquita, Harlequinade and Coppelia. She is the Silver Medal winner of the 2009 Ballet Competition Fukuoka, and the Bronze Medal holder of the 2010 and 2013 NAMUE Classical Ballet Competition. Momoka, an exceptionally technical and graceful dancer, was awarded the renowned Fukuoka Prefectural Governor Award in 2012. She then joined a Russian concert tour produced by Morihiro Iwata and had the opportunity to dance at pretigious ballet schools, such as the Moscow Ballet Academy. After dancing with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s Junior Company in the summer of 2014, Momoka joined the company as a RBC apprentice. She was promoted to company dancer in 2015.
Junior Gaspar Caballero
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Junior Gaspar Caballero is an exceptional young dancer with a beautiful technique. He is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School where he studied on full scholarship due to his extraordinary talent. He won awards at several prestigious national and international ballet competitions including the Gold Medal in classical ballet and Best Dancer at the XIII National Ballet Competition in Paraguay, the Gold Medal at the XVII International Dance Competition in Argentina and he is a 2012 Prix de Lausanne finalist. He joined Canada's Ballet Jörgen as a RBC apprentice for the 2014-2015 season. Junior was promoted to company dancer in 2015.
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Ayva is sponsored by Pivot Sport Medicine and Orthopaedics through the Sponsor-a-Dancer Program!
Ayva Rossouw-Holland grew up in Victoria, B.C and is a graduate of the Dance Performance Studies program at George Brown College. She was also a mentorship student with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen during the 2011-2012 season. Ayva has studied at the Pacific Dance Studio in Victoria, B.C. and attended summer intensive programs at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Banff Fine Arts Centre and the Alberta Ballet. She was a member of Ballet Jörgen’s 2012 Junior Company and was an Apprentice with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons. She became a company dancer with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen in 2013.
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Elizabeth is sponsored by Pivot Sport Medicine and Orthopaedics through the Sponsor-a-Dancer Program!
Born in Kingsville Ontario, Elizabeth spent most of her time in Toronto, graduating from the Professional Ballet Program at Canada’s National Ballet School in 2010. In 2012 she completed the graduate program at the English National Ballet School. Since then, she has danced with White Birch Ballet Company, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and The National Ballet of Canada. Elizabeth was part of the 2013 Canada's ballet Jörgen Junior Company before becoming an RBC Apprentice the same year. she has returned as company dancer for the 2015-2016 season.
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Sarahí Cárdenas, originally from Mexico, Sarahí started her dance training at the age of eleven. She learned the foundations of ballet at the Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. She also completed a year at The Rock School of Dance Education in Philadelphia, PA (USA) before graduating from high school. Since 2007, both the Ballet Metropolitano de Monterrey and the Ballet de Monterrey included Sarahí in their corps of dancers. She gained professional experience dancing in many classical ballets like Swan Lake, Giselle and The Nutcacker, as well as many other works. She was fortunate to train with renowned teachers like Maria Elena Martinez, Luis Serrano and Sarah Stackhouse. Sarahi performed both as a soloist and a principal dancer. She joined Canada’s Ballet Jörgen for the 2015-2016 season as a soloist dancer.
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Igor Voloshyn was born in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1990 and started dancing at the age of ten at the Kiev National Ballet School. After graduating high school, he continued his dance education at the Kiev National University of Theatre and graduated from the Vaganova Academy. Igor refined his acting skills while performing with the Ukranian Drama Theatre as a guest artist in various roles in 2006 and 2007. As a dancer, he gained important experience while performing with the National Theatre Belgrade in Serbia and the Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater Schwerin in Germany. During this time, Igor danced major roles like the prince in The Nutcracker or Coppélia’s Franz. He joined Canada’s Ballet Jörgen for the company’s 2015-2016 season.
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Born in Osaka, Japan, Mei Ishibashi started dancing at the age of eight. Her mother had found an advertisement for a dance school in the newspaper and signed her up. Mei grew to love classical ballet and jazz dance and aspires to dance a lead role in a major production like Romeo & Juliet. After moving to Australia, she trained with the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne from 2011 to 2014. As part of her education, she performed on stage with The Australian Ballet Company in several supporting roles. An award for excellence was given to her twice during her time with The Australian Ballet School. Mei was a member of Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s Junior Company in the summer of 2015 and joined the company as an RBC apprentice for the 2015-2016 season.
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Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Michaela Gobas started dancing when she was five years old. Ballet became her main focus at the age of seven and she has been working to improve her skills ever since. She trained with the student company of BC-based CatchingART Contemporary Ballet Theatre and the Elmhurst School for Dance in the UK, a program in association with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. At the age of 17 she joined the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, USA. Summer intensive training across Canada has rounded of her education to date. Michaela was a member of Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s Junior Company in the summer of 2015 and joined the company as an RBC apprentice for the 2015-2016 season.
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Emily Whittome started her dance training at the Edmonton Dance Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. She was a Dance Major in high school and spent every summer since her graduation training with major ballet companies in North America. From 2010 to 2013, Emily was a trainee with the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. She performed both with the school and the Joffrey Concert Group on stage as a soloist and principal dancer. Her performing experience also includes several shows with the Gelsey Kirkland Academy Studio Company in New York and the Nevada Ballet Theatre in Las Vegas, Nevada. Emily was an extra in Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s production of Anastasia in 2008 and joined the Junior Company in the summer of 2015. For the 2015-2016 season, she is dancing with the professional company as part of the RBC Foundation apprenticeship program.
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Julia Pochko is from Kiev, Ukraine and has been dancing since she was four years old. She started to train ballet professionally at the age of nine. Her biggest aspiration is to perform the complex and therefore highly challenging role of Kitri in Don Quixote. Julia studied at the Kiev National Ballet School and The Royal Ballet School in London, UK before moving to Toronto. Here she completed the diploma program Dance Performance Studies at George Brown Dance and has been working to improve her dance technique and acting skills since. After dancing with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s Junior Company in the summer of 2013 and 2015 she joined the professional company as an RBC apprentice for the 2015-2016 season.