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  • Saturday Evening

     ACT I

    “Opus Tap”
    Music: Kimbo Children’s Music
    Choreography: Jenne Vermes and C.R.Barrett

    Jennifer Clements, Faryn Glago, John Paul Heisler, Maren Heisler and Micah VanPatten, with:
    Ke’Dynce Deaton, Emily Gubanich, Ulysees Janson and Becca Witsken.

    “Little Kitris and Basilios”
    Music: Ludwig Minkus
    Choreography: Claudia Rudolf Barrett

    Maria Kanski with:
    Addison Bothell, Analise Conrad, Margaret Cronin, Rley Elam, Rosie Galles, Cecilia Heisler, Emil Heisler, Arlo Janson, Atlas Janson , Olivia Kadirov, Nora Keremes, Niyantha Neelakantan, Ellewyn Rippe, Juia Shafraniuk, Isha Subramanian, Vani Subramanian, Asiya Taalaeva and Marian Zurita

    “Dancing with Teddy” and “I’m a Little Teapot
    Music: Music Together and The Countdown Kids
    Choreography: Amanda Heisler

    Amanda Heisler with:
     Addison Bothell, Charlie Drake, Cecilia Heisler, Mira Pakharev and Ella Schuler

    “Swan Lake” pas de trois Variation
    Music: Tchaikovsky
    Choreography: M. Petipa

    Homer Janson

    “It Had to be You”
    Music: Ella Fitzgerald
    Choreography: Kathy Meyer

    Riley Sharp

    Peasant pas de trois Variation from “Giselle”
    Music: Adolphe Adam
    Choreography: Jules Perrot 

    Maren Heisler

    Dance of the Hours
    Music: Delibes
    Choreography: Frederic Franklin
    Staging: Claudia Rudolf Barrett

    John Paul Heisler and Ulysees Janson with:
    Ainsley Bothell, Ke’Dynce Deaton Katrina Dgebuadze, Sofia Dgebuadze, Julia Galles, Faryn Glago, Emily Gubanich, Josey Hellmann, Estelle Lapina, Baezlyn Roberts, Iris Stanley and Becca Witskin.  Understudy:  Iris Stanley

    Swanilda’s Variation (Act III)
    Music: Delibes
     Choreography: Arthur St. Leon   

    Alexandria Abrinica

    “Love of the Dance”
    Music: Elena Baliakhova
    Choreography: Claudia Rudolf Barrett

    Karen Hunter, Tatiana Schuler and Ching Stanley

    “Flames of Paris” Adagio
    Music: Boris Asafyev
    Choreography: Vasliy Vainonen

    Emma Spears and Fulton Heisler

    Variation from “Paquita”
    Music: Ludwig Minkus
    Choreography: Petipa

    Nikki Tayidi

    Variation  from “Paquita”
    Music: Ludwig Minkus
    Choreography: M. Petipa

    Jennifer Clements

    “Paquita” Pas de Trois
    Music: Ludwig Minkus
    Choreography: M. Petipa

    Alexandria Abrinica, Fulton Heisler and Nikki Tayidi

    Music: Cascading Giants – Drexciya
    Choreography: Ashley Waton Pabst

    Riley Sharp

    “Just Beneath the Surface”
    Music: Nicholas Britell
    Choreography: Ashley Walton Pabst

    Alexandria Abrinica and Fulton Heisler with:
    Amelia Clement, Jennifer Clements, Maren Heisler, Homer Janson, Emma Spears, Riley Sharp, Nikki Tayidi and Micah VanPatten


    ACT II

    Excerpts from “Napoli”
    Music: Edvard Helsted and Holger Simon Paulli
    Choroeography: Auguste Bournonville
    Staging: Rebecca Rodriguez-Hodory after Johnny Eliasen of the Royal Danish Ballet

    Pas de Six and Adagio

    Alexandria Abrinica, Fulton Heisler, Homer Janson, Riley Sharp, Nikki Tayidi and Micah VanPatten

    Alex Abrinica, Emma Spears

    Micah VanPatten

    First Trio:
    Alexandria Abrinica, Riley Sharp, Nikki Tayidi

    Male Variation:
    Fulton Heisler

    Second Trio:
    Alexandria Abrinica, Riley Sharp and Micah VanPatten

    Female Variation #1:
    Nikki Tayidi 

    Female Variation 2:
    Alexandria Abrinica

    Female Variation #3:
    Riley Sharp

    Third Trio:
    Emma Spears, Micah VanPatten, Nikki Tayidi

    Finale with Entire Cast

    Adagio from “Le Corsaire” pas de deux
    Music: Caesar  Pugni 
    Choreography: Joseph Mazilier

    Alexandria Abrinica and Fulton Heisler

    Excerpts from “Don Quixote”
    Music: Ludwig Minkus
    Choreography: Marius Petipa

    Cupid Variation from the Dream Scene:
    Maren Heisler

    Kitri’s Variation, Act III:
    Micah VanPatten

    First Bridesmaid’s Variation, Act III:
    Alexandria Abrinica

    Second Bridesmaid’s Variation, Act III:
    Emma Spears

    Entrance and Adagio, Act III
    In order of appearance:

    Nina Chulsky, Maria Kanski and Maria Voronov, Amelia Clement, Jennifer Clements and Maren Heisler, Alexandria Abrinica, Nikki Tayidi Micah VanPatten, Riley Sharp

    Pas de deux:
    Emma Spears and Sergey Pakharev* 

    Entire Cast

    * Denotes guest artist

    Artists, Choreographers:

    Claudia Rudolf Barrett, Founder
    Claudia Rudolf Barrett received her initial training at the College Conservatory of Music (CCM), and earned her BAS and MFA from CCM. As an original dancer, soloist and Ballet Mistress of the Cincinnati Ballet Company from 1963 until 1990, Ms Barrett worked under five artistic directors and with teachers and choreographers from major companies around the world. In 1993 Claudia opened her school, ballet tech® of ohio, bringing many instructors of world renown to inspire her students.

    Rebecca Rodriguez Hodory, Choreographer
    Repetiteur for Edwaard Liang and guest ballet mistress with the Cincinnati Ballet, Rebecca was a former principal dancer with the Cincinnati Ballet under Ivan Nagy, Richard Collins, and Nigel Burgoine. She returns to Cincinnati after 19 yrs with BalletMet Columbus, the 10 last years of which, she worked as Ballet Mistress. She first came to Cincinnati after dancing as a soloist with the Dallas Ballet for Vivi and Flemming Flindt of the Royal Danish Ballet. Born in Manila, she received her training from Eduardo Elejar of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. She continued on to the Philippine High School for the Arts, the University of the Philippines, and became a member of the Asian Youth Delegation to Lourdes, France, directed by Fr. James B. Reuter, sj, after which she gained entrance to the prestigious San Francisco Ballet School on scholarship. She has worked with renowned choreographers/repetiteurs and directors such as, Deanna Carter, Gerard Charles, Ma Cong, Bart Cook, Randy Duncan, Brian Enos, Maria Glimcher, Susan Hadley, Stella Kane, James Kudelka, Edwaard Liang, Harrison McEldowney, Darrell Grand Moultrie, David Nixon, Jimmy Orrante, Dwight Rhoden, Gustavo Sansano, Margo Sappington, Birgit Scherzer, Vicky Simon, William Soleau, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Stanton Welch, and Doug Varone.

    Sergey Pakharev, Guest Artist
    A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Sergey Pakharev trained at the Academy of Russian Ballet and The School of the Kirov Ballet. Upon graduation, he danced as a Soloist at the Maryinsky Theater. He has had an exciting career, receiving diplomas at both the International Ballet Competition of Rudolf Nureyev in Budapest, Hungary and the International Ballet Competition of Maya Plisetskaya in St. Petersburg, Russia. Since coming to the United States, Mr. Pakharev danced as a Soloist with the Fort Worth/Dallas Ballet. Mr. Pakharev was with Cincinnati Ballet in 2003-2008 and has performed lead roles in Coppelia, Swan Lake, Balanchine’s  “Who Cares? and “Prodigal Son and the Tchaikovsky pas de deux. Sergey formerly danced with Cincinnati Ballet Company.

    Ashley Walton, Choreographer
    Ashley Walton a native of Dayton, Ohio and graduate of Point Park University. Ms. Walton has worked with many notable instructors and choreographers such as Darla Hoover, Margo Sappington, Robert Battle, Julie Nakagawa, Christian Holder, Alan Hineline, Ron de Jesus, Doug Varone, Lynne Taylor-Corbett. While at Point Park University, Ms. Walton was chosen to perform at Kennedy Center, where she was awarded Northeast Performer of the Year. Ashley went on to dance with both Atlanta
    Ballet and Dayton Ballet, where she performed principal roles in George Balanchine’s Serenade, Septime Webre’s Peter Pan, Stephen Mills’ There Once Was a Time, John McFall’s Nutcracker, Alan Hineline’s Thresholds, William Whitener’s Caprice, and Stuart Sebastian’s Dracula. In 2009, at Regional Dance America’s Northeast Festival, Ashley received the Monticello Award for Best Emerging Choreographer and the Barbara Weisberger Choreographic Award for her work Aloft. In 2010 she received
    both the Project Tier Award and The National Choreographic Recognition Award for Sudden Impulse. Since then Ms. Walton was granted nine additional National Choreographic Recognition Awards for her work throughout the Northeast and Pacific regions. Ashley has been commissioned to stage several new works by professional companies such as Sacramento Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, GreeneWorks Projects, Stivers Ensemble, Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet, MidColumbia Ballet, Ballet Yuma, Long Beach Ballet, Dayton Dance Conservatory, Delaware Dance Company, Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, Vineland Regional Dance Company, and Jazz Dance World Congress. In addition to her repertoire works, Ms. Walton has also created original full length ballets such as Princess and the Pea, The Ugly Duckling, Snow White, and Miscellany: A Jazz Nutcracker. Ashley’s professional teaching credits include International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS, Regional Dance America Pacific and Northeast Festivals, adjunct faculty at Wright State
    University, Cinicinnati Ballet, National Choreography Intensive, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Mid-Columbia Ballet, Dayton Dance Conservatory, and Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater.