Atlanta Ballet 2 Dancers
2017|2018 Atlanta Ballet 2 Dancers
Beñat Andueza Molina was born in Spain and began his training in 2005 at the José Uruñuela Udal Dantza Kontserbatorioa. He has studied at summer intensives with The Royal Ballet in London, Joffrey Ballet in New York, the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco, and the Bournonville Summer School in the Netherlands. Last season, Beñat danced in the trainee program at Dutch National Ballet, where he had the opportunity to work with the junior company on repertoire by Rudi Van Danzig, Toer van Schayk, William Forsythe, and Christopher Wheeldon. He has performed many classical variations on stage, including the first variation from the third act of Napoli, the Albrecht variation from the second act of Giselle, the Colas variation from La fille mal gardée, and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. Beñat is thrilled to dance with Atlanta Ballet 2 this season.
Sophie Basarrate, an Atlanta native, began her ballet training at age four at the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. Over the course of ten years, she enjoyed many performance opportunities at Atlanta Ballet, including Twyla Tharp’s The Princess & the Goblin and Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker. Sophie attended summer programs at American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, and the San Francisco Ballet School. After several years in Atlanta Ballet’s Pre-professional Division and a year training with Fiona Fairrie, Sophie was invited to study at the San Francisco Ballet School. During her three years in San Francisco, she enjoyed performing corps roles in company productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, in addition to dancing roles such as Russian Girl in George Balanchine’s Serenade for the Student Showcase. Sophie is very excited for her first season with Atlanta Ballet 2.
Taylor Ciampi, originally from Baltimore, Maryland, began her pre-professional training at The Rock School in Philadelphia. In 2015, Taylor competed in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), where she won numerous semi-finals, was awarded the highly sought-after Grand Prix Award, placed top 12 in the final round at YAGP, and had the honor of performing at the Lincoln Centre in New York City. Taylor also received a silver medal at the World Ballet Competition and was one of six American women chosen to compete at the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland. After graduating high school a year early, she trained at Dutch National Ballet and performed works by Dinna Bjorn, David Dawson, John Neumeier, and Gioconda Barbuto. In 2016, Taylor began her professional career as an apprentice with the National Ballet of Canada and performed principal roles in the Coppélia Pas de Deux, Scherzo choreographed by Fischer, and Vertigo by Rob Binet, as well as corps roles in Giselle, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, and Swan Lake.
Bret Coppa began his training at Peninsula School of Performing Arts under the artistic direction of Roberto Almageur. As a guest artist in Los Angeles and across the country, Bret has performed the Liza solo from Who Cares?, the Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, and both the Pas de Trois Neapolitan and the role of the Jester in Swan Lake. As a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, he has performed many principal roles including Solor in La Bayadère, principal male in Donizetti Variations, Waltz Boy in Serenade, The Poet in Les Sylphides, and Cavalier in The Nutcracker. Bret has also competed in the Prix de Lausanne twice and was a finalist in 2015.
Matisse D’Aloisio began her training at City Ballet School in San Francisco under Bolshoi-trained and former San Francisco Ballet dancer Galina Alexandrova. During her time at City Ballet School, she enjoyed performing esteemed roles such as Sugar Plum in The Nutcracker, the Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, White Swan in Swan Lake, and the title roles in Paquita and Raymonda. At the 2015 Youth America Grand Prix semi-finals, Matisse won gold in the senior women’s classical and pas de deux categories. Matisse is honored to join Atlanta Ballet 2 for the 17|18 Season.
Brooke Gilliam, originally from Colorado, began her dance training at the Colorado Conservatory of Dance. The summer following her sophomore year, she attended Atlanta Ballet's Professional Summer Intensive and then was invited to attend the Conservatory program on a merit scholarship. During Atlanta Ballet’s 16|17 Season, Brooke became a member of the Atlanta Ballet Fellowship Ensemble and enjoyed performing in many productions, including Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Yuri Possokhov's Firebird, Helen Pickett's Camino Real, and Paquita. She also performed the role of the Evil Queen in Bruce Wells' Snow White. While attending the 2017 Professional Summer Intensive, Brooke performed lead roles in Christopher Hampson’s Sinfonietta Giocosa and Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine. She is thrilled to dance with Atlanta Ballet 2 this season.
Charlotte Hermann, an Atlanta native, began her ballet training with the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education at the age of 5. As a dedicated student, Charlotte moved up through the Student Division and into the Pre-professional Division. During her summers, Charlotte has trained with Houston Ballet Academy and in the Atlanta Ballet Professional Summer Intensive. She is very excited to join Atlanta Ballet 2 for the 17|18 Season.
Mikayla Hutton, originally from Canada, has trained at The National Ballet School of Canada and in the Boston Ballet School Pre-professional Program. Most recently, Mikayla spent two years dancing in Orlando Ballet II and enjoyed performing roles in Orlando Ballet productions of A Cinderella Story, Serenade, Best of Broadway, Beauty and the Beast, Orlando Ballet’s Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Firebird, Giselle, and Swan Lake. Mikayla is excited to join Atlanta Ballet 2 for the 17|18 Season.
Lucas Labrador, born in Cosquín, Argentina, began his dance training at age 16 and spent two seasons dancing at Ballet Nacional de Argentina under the direction of former Royal Ballet principal dancer Inaki Urlezaga. He enjoyed touring Argentina, Spain, and Portugal, performing roles in ballets such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Carmen, The Nutcracker, Paquita, La Traviata, the Pas de Trois in Combate, the Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, and Dios se lo Pague, an original work by Inaki Urlezaga. In 2016, Lucas accepted a full scholarship to study at The Rock School in Philadelphia and moved to the United States. Last December, Lucas was invited to guest as the Snow King in Ballet Americana’s Nutcracker, where principal dancers from San Francisco Ballet, among others, accompanied him. In January, he won first place in the Youth America Grand Prix Atlanta in the pas de deux category.
Dominiq Luckie, originally from Jacksonville, Florida, began his dance training at LaVilla School of the Arts. Realizing his passion for dance in the eighth grade, Dominiq received a scholarship to continue his studies at Jacksonville Center of the Arts and was later accepted into Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Another full scholarship led him to move to Tampa and begin training at Next Generation Ballet, where he enjoyed performing in The Nutcracker, Albrecht in Giselle, Basilio in Don Quixote, and in George Balanchine’s Donizetti Variations. He placed in the top 6 in both the classical and contemporary categories at the 2017 Youth America Grand Prix. He also spent the last year working with choreographer Daryl Gray in the production Tales of Hoffman with St. Pete Orchestra, which was a great learning and growing experience for him as an artist and has inspired him to seek more collaborations with other artist in the near future.
Rie Matsuura began her dance training at Jun Ballet Gakuen in Japan at age 4. In 2012, she won second place in the professional senior category at the ballet competition in Nagoya and moved to the United States to continue training at Houston Ballet Academy for two years. Rie won first place in the senior classical ballet category at the Youth America Grand Prix in 2014, where she received a scholarship with Orlando Ballet. In 2014, she joined Orlando Ballet’s second company and trained there for two years before she returned to Japan. Rie is excited to join Atlanta Ballet 2 for the 17|18 Season.
Lenin Valladares, originally from Guatemala, began his training at the Escuela Municipal de Danza Clásica and attended the summer intensive program at Princeton Dance & Theater Studio on full scholarship. In 2013, he participated on full scholarship in the Pre-professional Trainee program at Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, trained with key instructors from the Escuela Nacional de Ballet de Cuba, and participated at the Encuentro Internacional de Academias in 2014 and 2015 in Havana, Cuba. In 2014, Lenin won a gold medal at the Youth America Grand Prix semi-finals in the male contemporary division, placed top 6 in the male classical division, and was awarded scholarships to prestigious ballet schools around the world, including Paris Opera Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, Joffrey Academy of Dance, and Palucca Hochschule for Tanz. He won first place in the senior classical category at the Universal Ballet Competition and was offered a full-tuition scholarship to attend San Francisco Ballet School's 2015 Summer Intensive, where he also earned a full scholarship for the year-round program. Lenin joins us from Tulsa Ballet II.
Photos by Kim Kenney.