Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director, Marcello Angelini, has announced the roster of his 20th anniversary season.

Tulsa Ballet’s Company now stands at 28 company dancers from 10 different countries. Close to 700 audition applications were submitted and auditions were held in New York, San Francisco, London and Rome.

“As I walk out of the first training session of the season, I am ecstatic with the level of the company this year,” said Angelini. “At least 70 percent of the company dancers have been with Tulsa Ballet for an average of four years.

"This core of people, who understand and embody the company’s culture, bring stability to the ranks. Given the retirements of last season, one dancer who moved to another company and the addition of a position or two to our roster, we were able to also add some talent and experience to our ranks. This is one of the most well balanced groups of my tenure in Tulsa.”

The full Company has returned to Tulsa Ballet’s 45th Street studios in Brookside and are preparing for the upcoming 2014-15 season.

NEW COMPANY DANCERS

Additions to the Roster include Norton Fantinel, Dustin Snoddy, Karina Moreira, Reka Gyulai, Hunter Finnegan and Maine Kawashima.

Norton Fantinel, Senior Soloist, was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He trained at the School of Ballet Vera Bublitz, the School of Ballet Bolshoi in Brazil and the School of The Washington Ballet.

Following graduation, Fantinel joined The Washington Ballet where he later became a Soloist. Fantinel joins Tulsa Ballet from the Sao Paulo Companhia de Danca where he was a Principal dancer.  

Dustin Snoddy, Demi-Soloist, was born in Dayton, Ohio where he started training at the age of 15. He later trained at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts before receiving his first job offer from Fernando Bujones at Orlando Ballet. While in Orlando, Dustin also worked at Disney World as an ensemble dancer. He then danced with The Washington Ballet before dancing with San Francisco Ballet.   

Reka Gyulai, Corps de Ballet, received her training at the Hungarian Dance Academy in Budapest, Hungary. She was trained by Imre Dozsa, Zoltan Solymosi, and Mark Diamond and performed with companies including Hungarian National Ballet, Columbia Classical Ballet, SC, New Jersey Ballet, NJ, Dance Alive National Ballet, FL and San Diego Ballet, CA. Toured in Russia, Brazil and the United States. She was a finalist of the International Ballet Competition in Vienna, a recipient of the Elvira Vecsei Prize and the Scholarship of the Republic from the Hungarian Ministry of Education.   

Karina Moreira, Corps de Ballet, was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and trained at the School of the Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro Maria Olenewa and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim, Germany. Upon graduation, she joined Des Badisches Staatstheaters Karlsruhe for a season before being recruited by Ballet Ireland. Karina most recently hasbeen dancing with the Sao Paulo Companhia de Danca.

Hunter Finnegan, Apprentice, was born in Vietnam and grew up in Orlando, Florida. He did gymnastics until he was 9 and then he started dance from there. He studied at Central Florida Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. He was awarded a silver medal at World Ballet Competition in Orlando, FL in 2010 and a bronze medal at YAGP Semi-finals in Orlando, FL in 2007. He has played many roles in performances such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Napoli, La Vivandierre, Coppelia, Quatro A. Verde, Graduation Ball, among others.

Maine Kawashima, Apprentice, Maine was born in Sapporo, Japan and raised in Torrance, CA. She began her professional ballet training at The Marat Daukayev School of Ballet, then later continued her training at The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's Pre Professional Graduate Program for two years. She has competed as a finalist in The Boston International Ballet Competition and The Japan Grand Prix. She also received second place in The Youth America Grand Prix Semi Finals in Pittsburgh, and third place in The World Ballet Competition's Pas de Deux category in 2014.

COMPANY DANCER PROMOTIONS

Diana Gomezand and Rodrigo Hermesmeyer were promoted to Soloist.

Shu Kinouchi, Jose Antonio Checa Romero, and Joshua Stayton were promoted to Demi-Soloist.

Regina Montgomery was promoted from Tulsa Ballet II to Corps de Ballet.

Xavier Nuńezwas promoted from Tulsa Ballet II to Apprentice. 

DANCERS JOINING TULSA BALLET II

Anna Craddock, Seiskaya Ballet Academy

Luis Delcid, everybody dance!

Nikolas Gaifullin (2nd Year), Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education

Bobbie Lynn Kandravi (2nd Year), Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education

Peter Kurta, San Diego Ballet School

Minori Sakita, Houston Ballet Academy

Julia Turner, Pacific Northwest Ballet

Mary Cooper, (Apprentice) Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education

The 2014 - 15 Season will open on September 5 with Tulsa Ballet II performing On Your Radar followed by the main company premiere on September 26, with Creations in Studio K, a two-weekend performance in Tulsa Ballet's intimate 300-seat Brookside theater, Studio K.

For more information, persons interested may call 918-749-6006 or visit www.tulsaballet.org.