||Stella Abrera of South Pasadena, California, began her studies with Philip and
Charles Fuller and Cynthia Young at Le Studio in Pasadena. She also spent three years
studying with Joan and Monica Halliday at the Halliday Dance Centre in Sydney, Australia.
Prior to that she studied with Lorna Diamond and
Patricia Hoffman at the West Coast Ballet
Theatre in San Diego.
Abrera joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in 1996.
Her repertoire with ABT includes the Girl in Afternoon of a Faun, Calliope in Apollo,
Gamzatti and a Shade in La Bayadère, Moss in Cinderella, Aurora in Coppélia, Gulnare and an
Odalisque in Le Corsaire, Clair De Lune in Dancing with Monet, She Wore a Perfume in Dim Lustre,
the woman in white in Diversion of Angels, Driad Queen and a Flower Girl in Don Quixote,
Helena in The Dream, the first passerby in Fancy Free, Myrta and Zulma in Giselle,
a principal role in Jabula, Lescaut's Mistress in Manon, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Arabian Dance
in The Nutcracker, Queen of the Carriage Trade in Offenbach in the Underworld, the Ballerina and a
Gypsy in Petrouchka, the Polovtsian Princess in the Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor, Henrietta,
the White Lady and the lead Spanish Dancer in Raymonda, Lady Capulet and Rosaline in Romeo and Juliet,
Princess Florine and Diamond in The Sleeping Beauty, the Hungarian Princess and the pas de trios in
Swan Lake, Ceres in Sylvia, His Mistress in Weren't We Fools?, leading roles in Ballet Imperial,
Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra, In The Upper Room, Meadow, Petite Mort, Sinfonietta,
Les Sylphides, Symphonic Variations and workwithinwork and featured roles in Black Tuesday and Gong.
Abrera created the roles of His Memory and His Experiences in HereAfter and a leading role in
Pretty Good Year.
Abrera received the Gold Medal at the Royal Academy of Dancing's Adeline Genée Awards in
London in 1995.
Abrera was appointed a Soloist in August 2001.
||Sascha Radetsky was born in Santa Cruz, California, Radetsky began his ballet studies in the San Francisco Bay Area
with Damara Bennett and Ayako Takahashi. At the age of 15, he was invited to study in Moscow
at the Bolshoi Academy under world-renowned men's teacher Pytor Pestov. After a year in Russia,
he studied on scholarship at the Kirov Academy in Washington, D. C. under Rudolph Kharatian and
Andrei Garbouz. He toured with the Kirov Ballet throughout the United States and internationally.
He also studied on scholarship at the summer programs of the School of American Ballet,
American Ballet Theatre's School of Classical Ballet with Mikhail Baryshnikov, the
San Francisco Ballet School and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Vail, Colorado. Radetsky joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 1995, became a member of the
corps de ballet in 1996 and a soloist in 2003. His repertoire includes Lankendem and Birbanto in
Le Corsaire, Benno and von Rothbart in Swan Lake, Act III, Espada and the lead gypsy in Don Quixote,
the Head Fakir in La Bayadère, Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Hilarion and the peasant pas de deux
in Giselle, Orion in Sylvia, Cavalier and the Nutcracker-Prince in The Nutcracker, Petrouchka in
Petrouchka, Bernard in Raymonda, Tybalt and Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, the Head Fakir in
La Bayadère, Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew, the second sailor in Fancy Free, the
Champion Roper in Rodeo, the Warrior Chieftain in Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor,
the third movement in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, the fourth movement in Symphony in C,
the pas de deux in Jabula, the "Guitar" pas de deux from Within You Without You: A Tribute to
George Harrison, and many others. He has danced the works of acclaimed choreographers such as
Balanchine, Morris, Taylor, Lubovitch, MacMillan, Tharp, Tudor, Cranko, de Mille, Elo, Robbins,
Reinking, Wheeldon and Kylian. He is an original member of the troupe "Stiefel and Stars" and has
been a frequent guest performer and teacher with ballet companies across the United States and abroad.
In 2000, Radetsky starred as Charlie in the movie Center Stage as well as in pop singer Mandy Moore's
music video "I Wanna Be With You" from the Center Stage soundtrack. He has appeared in numerous
television and print commercials as well as starring roles in the PBS movie Home at Last and in the
NBC television series Midnight Caller.
||Scott Marble, originally from New Hampshire, started his classical training at the University of New
Hampshire and the Boston School of Ballet. During his performing career, he was a member of Indianapolis
Ballet Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana; Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Utah; and Nevada Ballet
Theatre in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Mr. Marble also appeared as a guest artist with the Seacoast Ballet
in New Hampshire and the Alberta Ballet School in Edmonton, Canada. He has performed principal
and soloist roles in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Cinderella as well as numerous
contemporary and original works.
||Peter Strand is retired from a 20 year career in dance and is happy to be back in his home town, Colorado
Springs, dancing purely for the love of it. He has worked with such companies as Oakland Ballet,
Minnesota Ballet, Lexington and Connecticut Ballet. Internationally, he has worked on the MS Vistafjord
as featured dancer, Crystal Cruises, and The Scotia Prince. Modern companies he has worked
for include Micheal Mao Dance Company, Muna Tseng, Kim Robbards, and David Taylor. He has also
choreographed in Rock Island, Illinois; Nashua, New Hampshire; Venice, Italy; St. George, Utah; NY,
New York; and Lexington, Kentucky.
||Lawrence Jackson, a native of Jackson, MS., and graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi,
holds a M.F.A. in Dance. Mr. Jackson has taught at the Madison County Cultural Arts Center, Mary Bethune
Performing Arts School, and the University of Southern Mississippi. Mr. Jackson danced four seasons
with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree
with Florida State University. Besides performing with Colorado Youth Ballet, Mr. Jackson
also offers Contemporary Dance Master Classes at Ballet Society of Colorado Springs studios for Intermediate
and Advance level dancers that are well attended and enjoyed by dance students in the area.
||David Sckolnik, since 1995, Mr. Sckolnik has taken an active role in the Pikes Peak Region's performing
and visual arts scene and brings a lifetime of love for the arts to his efforts. He has been a writer
and critic for the Colorado Springs Independent and Springs Magazine and in January 1997, started ArtsPeak for Southern Colorado. Through his own company,
à la carte productions, Sckolnik works
with numerous performing arts organizations as a consultant, program developer, publicist and representative.
For two seasons he was the Director of Marketing for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. As
a performer, David has spent long hours on the stage in drama, comedy, musical theatre and opera. A
classically trained baritone and actor, Sckolnik has performed with the Fine Arts Center's Repertory
Theater Company. He also founded the very popular Thursday Night Recital Series at the Colorado
Springs School. Currently he works as a marketing consultant for Ballet Society and Opera Theatre of the Rockies
||Jacob Mora is artistic director of Moraporvida Contemporary Dance, a company
of unique and talented individuals based on urban experiences and human emotions.
As well as director of Porvida, Jacob teaches and choreographs using a
unique blend of traditional and contemporary techniques that fuse
modern, jazz, hip hop, poetry and ethnic movements. Teaching around the
country Jacob is currently on staff At the University of Wyoming as well
as the New York Institute of Dance. As a solo dancer, Jacob has had the
pleasure of working with many choreographers and companies including The
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, David Taylor Dance Theatre, Toronto
based Mohawk choreographer Santee Smith Group, Kaleidoscope Dance
Theatre, Alaska Dance Theatre and Hannah Khan Dance Co. As an ADF
Scholarship Recipient, Jacob worked with Betty Jones, Nathan Trice, Lisa
Race and performed the critically acclaimed piece "Subverse" with the David Dorfman Dance Co.
Jacob has also had the pleasure of working with Master Choreographers such as Donald Mckayle,
Milton Meyers, Betty Jones, Bill T Jones, Ron K Brown and Eleo Pomare among many.
As well as an accomplished stage performer, Jacob works as an actor and producer of video and film.
||Lincoln Thomas is a software engineer and team lead for Hewlett-Packard Company. In the arts community,
he is more often heard than seen. He moonlights as a substitute on-air host for KCME-FM,
88.7's classical music programming. He has provided voices for KCME Radio Theatre productions, and
performs in the classical guitar quartet Colorado Springs Guitar Ensemble. He is as surprised as you
that he is playing Tchaikovsky, having neither formal acting training nor significant experience beyond
high school drama classes. Script author David Sckolnik remembered him from their KCME days together
and offered him the role. Lincoln overcame his shyness and self-doubt (as Tchaikovsky did) and
is now thoroughly enjoying bringing the master to life and watching the amazing Youth Ballet from his
better-than-front-row seat during these performances.
||Erik Bryan (Drosselmeyer) is well known to Southern Colorado audiences for
his frequent leading role performances for Opera Theatre of the Rockies.
This past February, he portrayed Papageno in Mozart's The Magic Flute. A
baritone, Erik is equally at home on the musical theatre stage as was named
"Best Actor in a Musical Role" by the Denver Post in their 2009 Ovation
Awards for his performance as the Phantom in Candlelight Dinner Playhouse's
Phantom. Erik is also the co-creator of the National Renaissance Festival
act Charming & Dashing in which he plays the role of Sir Charles Dashing.
Erik was born in C/S to magicians John and MichÃ¨le Bryan. His first steps on
the stage were at the age of four when he joined his parents in their magic
act. He continues in the family tradition: Erik is a master of illusion and
sleight of hand.
||Franklin Leo Bennett has worked with a variety of performing arts organizations in Colorado Springs.
In Alleycat Theatrics, he made his acting debut as Ryan Evans in High School Musical. Bennett was cast in
Aiming for the Stars, part of the Fine Arts Center Youth Rep program and other theatrical roles include:
Luther Billis in South Pacific and Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance, both part of the Grammy award-winning
Mesa Ridge High School Performing Arts Department. Bennett is a nine-season member and dance captain of the
Colorado Springs Children's Chorale, which recently performed in Eric Whitacre's New York premiere of
Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings at Carnegie Hall.
||Christopher Selbie, started his dance training at the Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley,
California under Yelena Holt. He continued on to the University of Arizona's School of Dance under renowned
faculty, and received his BFA in Dance in 2010. Christopher has also attended the Burklyn Ballet Theatre
summer intensive. During his training he has performed roles such as Sugarplum Cavalier and Snow King in
The Nutcracker, the Phlegmatic man in George Balanchine's The Four Temperaments among other classical and
contemporary roles. Christopher just finished his first season with David Taylor Dance Theatre.
||Hanna Atencio, began her ballet training in her hometown Nuremberg, Germany.
Her final training years were in Berlin at the State Ballet School. During her last year of school
she was invited to dance with Ballet Dortmund as a guest artist in Swan Lake. Upon graduation she
received a contract at the Landesbuehnen Saxonia. In 2006, Hanna moved to Jackson, MS, to be a
trainee with Ballet Magnificat!. She was promoted to dance with the Ballet Magnificat! Omega company
where she performed and taught throughout the United States as well as internationally in Canada,
Israel, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Kosovo, Macedonia, France and Italy.
||Matthew Helms, currently dances as a principal with Boulder Ballet under the
direction of Ana Claire and Peter Davison. Matthew began his training in Colorado on full scholarship
at the Academy of Classical Ballet, where he danced principal roles in The Nutcracker, Giselle and
Le Corsaire. Matthew competed in the 2008 Youth America Grand Prix and the 2008 Denver Ballet Guild
Competition where he received a full scholarship to The Ballet West Academy in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Matthew has been a guest artist with ballet companies in Utah, California and Idaho, and for the
last three years has performed leading roles in several ballet classics. He choreographed a contemporary
ballet that was premiered in the Ballet West Academy Spring show in 2009. Matthew was promoted to the
Ballet West Pre-Professional Trainee Program in 2010. Matthew has studied martial arts since age three,
has been acting since age four, and has appeared in movies, commercials and TV shows as an actor
and a fight choreographer.
||Stephen Wynne, (Drosselmeyer) is Artistic Director of Sangre de Cristo
Ballet and School of Dance in Pueblo. A former dancer with Joffrey Ballet, Mr. Wynne spent 16
years overseas employed as a dancer in Europe at Scapino Ballet in Amsterdam, CH Tanz Theater
in Zurich, Switzerland and Tanz-Forum, the resident modern dance company at the
Metropolitan Opera House in Cologne, Germany. Later in his career Mr. Wynne began to
choreograph and subsequently was awarded for his choreographic achievement from the
German Cultural Department in October of 1993.
||Caitlin Hoffman, began her dance studies at Ballet Society of Colorado Springs,
and completed her training at Canada's National Ballet School. Upon graduating from NBS, Caitlin
danced professionally with Tulsa Ballet. While at Tulsa Ballet and NBS, Caitlin performed in many
ballets including Swan Lake, La Sylphide, The Nutcracker, Balanchine's Serenade, as well as many
contemporary works. Caitlin currently owns her own business, Ballerina Boutique, and is a faculty
member of Ballet Society. Caitlin enjoys offering her firsthand experience in the ballet world to
her students and customers.
||April M. Longo is originally from Johnson City, TN and is new to the Colorado Springs area.
She most recently danced professionally with The Florida Ballet, performing principal roles such as Sugar Plum
Fairy in the Nutcracker, Tatiana in Florida Ballet's Urban Dream and soloist roles in Paquita, Fairest of
Them All, and other Florida Ballet exclusives. She has also danced professionally with Tulsa Ballet, under
direction of Marcello Angelini, performing Balanchine's Serenade, as well as Swan Lake, Pas de Quatre, Les Sylphides,
and contemporary choreography by Tulsa Ballet's Ma Cong. Prior to that, she danced with Kentucky Ballet Theatre,
directed by Norbe Risco and earned her dual undergraduate degree on scholarship from Radford University in Virginia,
with a B.F.A in Dance and a B.B.A in Business Management, graduating Summa Cum Laude in both.
||Stacy Smith was trained in New York. Her professional performing career
included the Baltimore Ballet, Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas, Ballet Internacional de Caracas,
Ballet Florida, and the David Taylor Dance Theatre. Stacy has taught and directed community outreach
programs throughout her career. Upon retiring from performing professionally, she founded and directed
Cresson Dance, a nonprofit educational and performing dance program based in Cripple Creek, CO. She
choreographs for Thin Air Theatre Company and is a certified yoga instructor, offering classes in
Cripple Creek, Woodland Park, and Colorado Springs.
||Misha Izotov, Artistic Director of Premiere Ballet, is a ballet danseur
trained in Ukraine. After graduating from the Ukraine Dance Academy in Kiev, he was invited to
join the National Ballet and Opera Theatre in Donetsk, Ukraine, where he became a principal soloist.
He immigrated to the United States in 2003 and began his American career with Colorado Ballet.
He performed with Metropolitan Classical Ballet for three seasons while developing his reputation
as a guest artist and teacher. As a freelance artist, he has performed with ballet companies across
the United States including Ballet Concerto, Ballet Ensemble of Texas, Ballet Montana, and Peoria Ballet.
He moved to Pueblo to direct the Sangre de Cristo Ballet. He is proud to now call Southern Colorado
home and enjoys performing with his wife, Melian Izotova.
||Melian Izotova trained with Fernando and Karen Schaffenburg and owes significant
influence and thanks to Sallyann Mulcahy and Lauri Worrill-Biggs. She began her professional career
with Metropolitan Classical Ballet, performing in both classic Russian ballets such as The Nutcracker
and Spartacus, and Balanchine works including Agon, The Four Temperaments, and Concerto Barocco.
She is a featured guest artist around the United States, dancing often with Ballet Concerto,
Ballet San Antonio, and Allen Civic Ballet. In addition to freelance performing, Melian has
been an instructor and ballet mistress at New World Ballet and Allen Civic Ballet. She is currently
the ballerina of Premiere Ballet under the artistic leadership of her husband and favorite dancing partner.
||Tessa Victoria has performed with the City Ballet of Houston, Houston Ballet and Ballet West. She has attended summer programs
at Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest, Pennsylvania Ballet and Houston Ballet. Tessa dances with Robert Sher-Machherndl's Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet in Boulder, CO.