Atlanta Ballet 2 Dancers

18|19 Season

Meet the 18|19 Season Atlanta Ballet 2 Dancers

Adrián Cruz Alvarez is from Zaragoza, Spain. He started dancing when he was 7 at the Maria de Avila School under the direction of Lola de Avila, training with her, Yolanda Plaza and Amador Castilla. Adrián attended two summer programs at San Francisco Ballet in 2013 and 2015, directed by Patrick Armand, and he attended one summer at Art of Classical Ballet in 2016. This year, Adrian graduated from Hamburg Ballet School. He danced Bach Suite No. 2 by Neumeier in the Bukamura Gala in Japan, in the Tanzolymp Gala in Berlin, On the Town in the Nijinsky Gala in Hamburg, Fairy Doll with the Art of Classical Ballet and The Game by Antonio Castilla en María de Avila. Adrián also participated at the Prix de Lausanne in 2017.

Adrián Cruz Alvarez

Younés Attoum

Younés Attoum

Nadyne Bispo is originally from Santos, coast of São Paulo, Brazil. She started dancing at the age of 4 at Balé Jovem de São Vicente under the direction of Geyssa Alencar and Sabrina Olimpio. In 2012, she represented Brazil at Tanzolimp in Berlin, her first international festival. She graduated in 2015 at the age of 17 from the Balé Jovem de São Vicente. Nadyne participated in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) three times and, in 2016, received a scholarship for the summer course and a contract with Boston Ballet ll. In 2018, she was a finalist at YAGP. In the same year, Nadyne received a gold medal in the Passo de Arte and was selected for the International Festival of Joinville. She is very grateful to her family and friends for their support and is happy to be a part of Atlanta Ballet 2.

Nadyne Bispo

Anastasia Cheplyansky began her training at Ballet San Jose at the age of 4. She studied Bournonville and Balanchine techniques at Lise la Cour’s LaCademy of Ballet. In 2016, Anastasia joined Bayer Ballet Academy, learning Vaganova. She spent her summers training at Juilliard, The Rock School, Ballet West Academy and Kirov Academy. She placed second in the contemporary and classical categories and was a finalist at the Youth America Grand Prix. She performed the roles of Baby Ugly Duckling in Ugly Duckling, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Gerda in Snow Queen and Queen of Dryads in Don Quixote. She also performed at the Apollo Arts Festival’s gala. Anastasia is excited to join Atlanta Ballet 2 this season.

Anastasia Cheplyansky

Julia Crosby is from Germantown, Maryland, and began dancing at age 4 at Maryland Youth Ballet. She trained there for over 10 years and danced many roles, including Clara and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty and the Corsaire Pas de Deux. She received a scholarship to join Houston Ballet Academy, where she performed in company productions as well as ballets by Stanton Welch and John Neumeier. Later, she joined The Washington School of Ballet under the direction of Xiomara Reyes. There she performed Clara in the company production of The Nutcracker. In 2017, she joined Milwaukee Ballet 2. There, she enjoyed performing in company productions, including The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.

Julia Crosby

Charlotte Hermann, an Atlanta native, began her ballet training with the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education at age 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 joined Atlanta Ballet 2 for the 17|18 Season, where she performed in Bruce Wells’ Beauty & the Beast, as well as in world premieres by Viktor Plotnikov and Tina Bohnstedt, and as the Vision in Swan Lake Act III. Charlotte also performed corps roles in Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker and Don Quixote with the Company. Additionally, she had the opportunity to be a guest dancer for The Atlanta Opera in its production of Carmen. She is very excited about this upcoming season.

Charlotte Hermann

Dominiq Luckie was raised in Jacksonville, Fla. where he began dancing in fifth grade. He was accepted in to LaVilla School of the Arts under Michelle Ottley-Fisher and Susan Jennings. He studied on scholarship at Jacksonville Center of the Arts under Artistic Director Kezia Rolle and Co-director DeWitt Cooper. Later, he traded football for Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. On full scholarship, Dominiq trained at Next Generation Ballet under Artistic Director Philip Neal. At Howard W. Blake High School, he performed Snow King in The Nutcracker and the lead role of Albrecht in Giselle. After graduating, Dominiq stayed one more year at Next Generation Ballet, then competed in the 2017 Youth American Grand Prix and making the top six in both classical and contemporary. In Don Quixote, he performed the lead role of Basillio, and he danced in George Balanchine’s Donizetti Variations. He worked with choreographer Daryl Gray in the Tales of Hoffman with St. Petersburg Opera Company. Dominiq is very excited to be a part of Atlanta Ballet 2!

Dominiq Luckie

Aerys Merrill is from Huber Heights, Ohio, and began studying the art of dance at 3 years old. As a full-scholarship recipient, she trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York, with subsequent education at Richmond Ballet, where she was chosen to perform the role of Clara in The Nutcracker. In 2018, Aerys received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, under the direction of Susan Jaffe, and training with Misha Tchoupakov, Eva Draw and Jennet Zerbe. During her tenure, Aerys was cast for lead roles, including the title character in Snow Queen, as well as numerous supporting roles for creations by Sasha Janes, Goyo Montero and Helen Pickett. Aerys is grateful to now be a part of Atlanta Ballet 2.

Aerys Merrill

Remi Nakano is from Japan and started her dance training at age 3 with Kishibe Ballet Studio in Tokyo. She has achieved remarkable scores in several international ballet competitions and received numerous scholarship awards from schools such as the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and the Royal Ballet School. In 2015, she decided to start her dance career at age 15 on scholarship with the English National Ballet School in London, where she studied for three years. She performed many principal roles at English National Ballet School, including Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty and the title character in Cinderella. During the 17|18 Season, she also performed in The Sleeping Beauty and as Candy Cane in The Nutcracker with English National Ballet Company, as well as in Aladdin with Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Remi Nakano

Carraig New was born in Alaska. He is a graduate of the Moscow State Academy of Choreography, where he studied classical Russian technique with Bolshoi Theatre first soloist Denis Medvedev. He also studied character dance, pas de deux and acting with master teachers Svetlana Ivanova, Georgii Gusev and Tatiana Pavlovich. He performed on the Bolshoi new stage in Yuri Grigorovich’s production of La Fille mal gardée, dancing in the Gypsy Dance as one of the four friends. He also performed on the Bolshoi Historical Stage in A Tribute to Marius Petipa. Carraig received special commendation for his studies from the Academy. Carraig is very excited to be part of Atlanta Ballet 2!

Alexander Roy is from Illinois. He began his training at Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts) at age 14. During his time at ChiArts, he performed lead roles in ballets such as Paquita and Sleeping Beauty. In 2016, Alexander joined the Joffrey Academy of Dance on full scholarship as a member of the Trainee Program. During his time at Joffrey, he performed soloist and ensemble roles in ballets such as Swan Lake, Symphonic Variations and Napoli. Alexander is a two-time Youth America Grand Prix finalist and has choreographed two of his own ballets. He is very excited to join Atlanta Ballet 2 for the 18|19 Season.

Alexander Roy

Wevertton Nascimeto Dos Santos is from Guarujá São Paulo, Brazil. He started training in ballet at the age of 14 at Roda Dançante under the direction of Ivone Ribeiro. At the age of 17, he started at Balé Jovem de São Vicente under the direction Geyssa Alencar and Sabrina Olimpio. He then auditioned for Miami City Ballet School under the direction of Arantxa Ochoa, and he received a full scholarship for the 2015 summer program. He graduated after three years as a pre-professional dancer in 2018. His repertoire includes Joseph Mazilier’s Satanella, George Balanchine’s Who Cares?, Raymonda, Matthew Neenan’s Penumbra and Durante Verzola’s La Petite Danse. He also performed as a Shark in Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story with Miami City Ballet. This is Wevertton’s first season with Atlanta Ballet 2.

Wevertton Nascimeto Dos Santos

Emma Tarragón, born in Barcelona, Spain, began her formal ballet training at age 12 under the direction of Carmen and Ángel Corella. At age 14, she received a scholarship at the Corella Dance Academy and went on tour around Spain with Ángel Corella's company. In 2017, she was selected to attend the Paris Opera Ballet Summer School and the Royal Ballet School Summer Programme. She was awarded the Certificate of Achievement at the Royal Ballet School that summer. She has performed in several principal roles, including Medora in Le Corsaire and Gamzatti in La Bayadère. She is thrilled to be joining Atlanta Ballet 2 for the 18|19 Season.

Emma Tarragón

Brian Warkentien, born in San Diego, trained at the San Francisco Ballet School for three years on full scholarship with Patrick Armand, Pascal Molat, Rubén Martín Cintas and Jaime Diaz. With the school, Brian performed John Neumeier’s Yondering and George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes. With San Francisco Ballet, Brian performed Helgi Tomasson’s Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. Brian has also performed works by Anna Sokolow and Donald McKayle. He attended summer programs at American Ballet Theater, School of American Ballet and San Francisco Ballet School, all on full scholarship. Brian won first place in classical at the 2015 Youth American Grand Prix semi-finals. Brian is honored to join Atlanta Ballet 2.

Brian Warkentien

Spencer Wetherington is from Upper Deerfield Township, New Jersey, and began dancing at Maxine Chapman’s Studio at age 4. He continued training at the School of Pennsylvania Ballet. Upon graduation from St. Augustine Preparatory School, Spencer went on to study at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography. He performed variations from Flames of Paris and Napoli, as well as soloist roles in La Fille mal gardée. He attended summer intensives at the School of American Ballet, Kirov Academy of Ballet, the School of Pennsylvania Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Spencer is an International Ballet Competition “Dance Moscow” prize winner. He thanks his loving family for their support.

Spencer Wetherington

Sage Wilson is from South Hadley, Mass., and began dancing at age 13. He graduated from The Washington School of Ballet in 2018. While there, he trained under Xiomara Reyes, Rinat Imeav, Kristy Windom, Kee Juan Han, Julie Kent, Rolando Sarabia and Elaine Kudo. He has performed soloist roles in Don Quixote, Napoli and The Nutcracker, as well as in new works by Xiomara Reyes, Kim Sondereggor and Mimmo Miccolis. This is in his first season with Atlanta Ballet 2.

Sage Wilson