Artistic Team

Artistic Team

Julie Kent

Julie Kent

Artistic Director

Julie Kent became the Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet in July 2016. She is the longest-serving ballerina in American Ballet Theatre’s 83-year history. She began her dance training with …

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Victor Barbee

Victor Barbee

Associate Artistic Director

Victor Barbee was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and received his ballet training at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the School of American Ballet. He joined the …

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Sona Kharatian

Sona Kharatian

Rehearsal Assistant

Sona Kharatian is celebrating her 20th season with The Washington Ballet. She has danced with Orlando Ballet, Ballet Hawaii, the Trey McIntyre Project, and Copenhagen International Ballet. She was a …

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Tamás Krizsa

Tamás Krizsa

Rehearsal Assistant

Tamás Krizsa, of Hungary, is in his 13th season with The Washington Ballet. Krizsa graduated from the Hungarian Dance Academy with honors in 2002. During his school years, he was …

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Glenn Sales

Glenn Sales

Music Supervisor

Glenn Sales, Pianist, has been well-known to Washington, DC audiences since his National Symphony Orchestra debut at age 14 and his subsequent invitations as soloist with NSO. Sales attended the …

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Company

Company

Andrea Allmon

Andrea Allmon

Andrea Allmon was born in Miami, Florida and began her ballet training with Marielena Mencia and Yanis Pikieris at Miami Youth Ballet. She performed with Miami Youth Ballet in several …

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Victoria Arrea

Victoria Arrea

Victoria Arrea, from San José, Costa Rica, joined The Washington Ballet Studio Company in 2016 and was promoted to the company as an apprentice in 2018. She has performed in …

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Nardia Boodoo

Nardia Boodoo

Nardia Boodoo, born in Baltimore, Maryland, of Indo-Trinidadian heritage, is in her fourth season with The Washington Ballet, after dancing for two years in The Washington Ballet’s Studio Company and …

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Kimberly Cilento

Kimberly Cilento

Kimberly Cilento, of Middletown, DE is in her third season with The Washington Ballet after being a member of both their Studio Company and Trainee Program. Cilento began her dance …

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Adelaide Clauss

Adelaide Clauss

Adelaide Clauss from Buffalo, New York is in her fifth season with The Washington Ballet. She started her dance training at The Neglia Conservatory of Ballet with Sergio Neglia and …

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Nicholas Cowden

Nicholas Cowden

Born in Burbank, California, Nicholas Cowden began his ballet training at the age of nine at Virginia Ballet Company under the direction of Tish Cordova. He continued his training at …

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Gilles Delellio

Gilles Delellio

Gilles Delellio, from Belgium, began dance training in tap and jazz and then studied ballet at 10 years of age at The Tap Show Company and Balletomania under Piotr Nardelli. …

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Kateryna Derechyna

Kateryna Derechyna

Kateryna Derechyna of Ukraine is in her ninth season with The Washington Ballet. She trained at the Odessa Ballet Academy under Elvira Karavaeva where she performed at the Odessa Ballet …

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Jessy Dick

Jessy Dick

Jessy Dick, a native of Michigan, is in her fifth season with The Washington Ballet. She was a member of the Studio Company before being promoted to apprentice in 2019 …

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Nicole Graniero

Nicole Graniero

Nicole Graniero of New York City is in her seventh season with The Washington Ballet. She studied at Studio Maestro, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, and summer intensives at American Ballet …

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Ayano Kimura

Ayano Kimura

Ayano Kimura of Japan, is in 10th season with The Washington Ballet and third year teaching at The Washington School of Ballet. Kimura, born in Germany, went on a short-term …

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Eun Won Lee

Eun Won Lee

Eun Won Lee from Korea is in her third season with The Washington Ballet. She was formerly a Principal dancer with Korean National Ballet for six years and received her …

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Lope Lim

Lope Lim

Lope Lim of Manila, Philippines, is in his second season with The Washington Ballet. He was a member of the Studio Company before being promoted to Apprentice in 2019. He …

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Ariel Martinez

Ariel Martinez

Ariel Martínez began his ballet studies at School of Ballet Alejo Carpentier and continued his education at Fernando Alonso National Ballet School, associated with Ballet Nacional de Cuba. His instructors included Dunia Vera, Verónica Muxó, Normaria Olaechea, and Elena Cangas. He has competed in Italy, South Africa, Mexico, and Cuba, obtaining awards in many of these events, including a silver medal in the contest of the International Meeting of Academies for the Teaching of Ballet in 2014 and a gold medal for contemporary ballet performing Innovation in South Africa in 2016. In 2014 he became a company member of Ballet Nacional de Cuba, becoming a first soloist in 2016. He performed in the world premiere of Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa’s Oscurio, as well as her ballet Celeste. His repertoire includes Giselle, Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Coppélia, and other other ballets by noteable Cuban choreographers. Martínez is now a company member of The Washington Ballet.

Ariel Martinez is sponsored by The Honorable Ann Brown.

Photo by XMB Photography.

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Tamako Miyazaki

Tamako Miyazaki

Tamako Miyazaki of Tokyo, Japan, is in her 10th season with The Washington Ballet after dancing with Columbia Classical Ballet. Prior to that, Miyazaki was a member of The Washington …

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Javier Morera

Javier Morera

Javier Morera of Havana, Cuba is in his fourth season with The Washington Ballet after dancing with the Florida Classical Ballet, where he was a Principal Guest in 2015, and …

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Ashley Murphy-Wilson

Ashley Murphy-Wilson

Ashley Murphy-Wilson of Shreveport, Louisiana is in her sixth season with The Washington Ballet after dancing for 13 years with Dance Theatre of Harlem. In 2002, she trained and performed …

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Stephen Nakagawa

Stephen Nakagawa

Stephen Nakagawa of Fontana, California began his training at the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet. He then continued to train at various schools such as North Carolina School of the …

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Andile Ndlovu

Andile Ndlovu

Andile Ndlovu of Johannesburg, South Africa, is in his ninth season with The Washington Ballet, after dancing one season with TWB’s Studio Company. Ndlovu began his training in Latin American …

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Maki Onuki

Maki Onuki

Maki Onuki of Kanagawa, Japan enters her 14th season with The Washington Ballet after one season with The Studio Company. Before joining TWB, she previously danced and studied with Goh …

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Gian Carlo Perez

Gian Carlo Perez

Gian Carlo Perez, from Havana, Cuba, danced with the prestigious Ballet Nacional de Cuba, directed by Alicia Alonso. His dancing has brought him to Spain, Panama, Italy, the United States, …

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Samara Rittinger

Samara Rittinger

Samara Leila Rittinger, from North Vancouver, Canada, started her training at Anna Wyman School of Dance Arts when she was eight years old and then continued her studies at Goh …

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Oscar Sanchez

Oscar Sanchez

Oscar Sanchez is in his seventh season with The Washington Ballet. Sanchez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1991 and started training at the age of 15 at The National …

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Stephanie Sorota

Stephanie Sorota

Stephanie Sorota of Glen Rock, New Jersey is in her sixth season with The Washington Ballet. She has performed in works by various choreographers including George Balanchine, Gemma Bond, Sir …

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Sarah Steele

Sarah Steele

Sarah Steele is in her fifth season with The Washington Ballet. Born in New York, NY, Steele trained at Nunnbetter Dance Theater in Bergenfield, NJ and with Valentina Kozlova in …

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Brittany Stone

Brittany Stone

Brittany Stone from East Hartford, Connecticut began studying ballet at American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School under the direction of Franco DeVita and Raymond Lukens and privately with Fabrice …

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Masanori Takiguchi

Masanori Takiguchi

Masanori Takiguchi of Tokyo, Japan is in his third season with The Washington Ballet after dancing with TWB’s Studio Company. He began his training at Studio Les Bijoux and in …

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Alexa Torres

Alexa Torres

Alexa Torres was born in Santiago, Dominican Republic, where she trained at her local ballet school, Ballet Clásico Santiago. In 2013, she earned gold in the first Dominican national competition, …

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Studio Company

Studio Company

Rony Baseman

Rony Baseman

Rony Baseman, from South Orange, New Jersey, began his dance training at age 4, first at a local New Jersey Community Center and then at New Jersey School of Ballet. …

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Rafael Bejarano

Rafael Bejarano

Rafael Bejarano Vidal, from Guadalajara, Mexico, began dance training at the age of 11 at the Royal Academy of Dance in Mexico with Ana Torquemada. He has studied intensively throughout …

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Catherine Doherty

Catherine Doherty

Catherine Doherty, from Lenexa, Kansas, began her professional training at the age of 12 with Juan Pablo Trujillo and Stefani Schrimpf at the Kansas School of Classical Ballet. In 2017, …

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Misha Glouchkova

Misha Glouchkova

Michaele Skye Glouchkova (Misha) began dancing at age 3 and began her classical ballet training in 2005. She studied under Melanie Kregel, Artistic Director of Metamorphosis Dance Company, and her …

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Rachel Rohrich

Rachel Rohrich

Rachel Rohrich, from Dallas, Texas, began her professional training with The Dallas Conservatory at age 10. Rachel has spent summers training at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, and North Carolina …

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Ethan Slocomb

Ethan Slocomb

Ethan Slocomb grew up in Melbourne, Australia where he trained at his local ballet school Utassy Ballet School till the age of 9, then studied at the Australian Ballet School …

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Rench Soriano

Rench Soriano

Rench Soriano recently graduated from The New Zealand School of Dance and he joined The Washington Ballet Studio Company in December 2019.

Mr. Soriano’s performances are sponsored by Jim Smailes and Susan Gehring.

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Paolo Tarini

Paolo Tarini

Paolo Tarini, from Florence, Italy, began his ballet training at age 13, at ASD AreaDanza FI. He then moved to New York City to the prestigious American Ballet Theater JKO …

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Jie-Siou Wu

Jie-Siou Wu

Jie-Siou Wu of New Taipei City, Taiwan, is in his first season with the Washington Ballet. He began his dance training at the age of 12 at Xinpu elementary school …

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