Atlanta Ballet 2 Dancers
2018|2019 Atlanta Ballet 2 Dancers
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.
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.
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.
Photos by Kim Kenney.