Let your imagination run away with you as the Children’s Orchestra Society headed by Michael Dadapp and Joan MacNaughton join forces to bring you a night of Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, the Nutracker and more. Nothing like you’ve ever seen before as professional dancers and children join a 70 piece orchestra for a night of Pas De Deux.
Tobin Eason of Mandeville, Louisiana began his ballet training at age seven at the Apetrei Dance Center. At age 11, he transferred to the Giacobbe Academy of Dance in New Orleans, LA where he studied with Richard Rholdon and Joseph Giacobbe. While in New Orleans, Tobin performed with the New Orleans Youth Ballet and Delta Festival Ballet Company. He continued his professional training through the School of American Ballet where he received a full scholarship in 2000. While at SAB, Tobin was awarded the Nureyev Foundation Scholarship Award. In the summer of 2001, he attended ABT’s Summer Intensive Program on full scholarship.
Eason joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 2002 and became a member of the Company’s corps de ballet in April 2003. His roles with the Company include the Cockerel in La Fille mal gardée, the Spanish Dance in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, a Groom in Petrouchka, the Neapolitan Dance in Swan Lake and roles in Baker’s Dozen, Black Tuesday, Company B and HereAfter.
Ms. Fichaux graduated at the Paris Opera Ballet School in France before completing her studies at the Ballet School of Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. Marie performed with the Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company, The Ballet du Grand Theatre de Genève in Switzerland and later joined the Royal Ballet of London as a First Artist. In 2003 she has been invited by choreographer Nacho Duato to be part as Soloist of La Compania Nacional de danza (Spain), where she performed until she moved to the United States.
Finally, Marie furthered her studies in Dance Education earning a Master degree at the Centre National de la Danse in Paris and holds a Doctorate in Languages and Foreign Literatures by the Geneva University.
Anna Liceica – who joined American Ballet Theatre’s corps de ballet in 1996, began training in her native Bucharest, Romania at the National Ballet School. She later studied with Yvonne Mounsey at the Westside School of Ballet in Los Angeles and at the School of American Ballet in New York City, where she received the Mae L. Wein Award for Outstanding Promise.
A prize winner at the Romanian National Ballet Competition, the Third Nureyev International Ballet Competition, and Maya Plisetskaya International Ballet Competition, Liceica danced with New York City Ballet in 1994 and 1995. She has also appeared as a guest artist with companies in the United States and in Brazil, Japan, Russia, and Hungary and with New York City Opera.
Liceica was promoted to Soloist in August 2000. Her roles with the Company include a Shade in La Bayadere, the Winter Fairy in Cinderella, and Odalisque in Le Corsaire, a Flower Girl in Don Quixote, the Russian Ballerina in Gala Performance, Moyna in Giselle, the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Silver in The Sleeping Beauty, the pas de trois in Swan Lake, the fourth movement in Symphony in C and the Venetian Carnival Pas De Deux from Satanella. She created a leading role in Mark Morris’ Gong.
Born in Mt. Holly, New Jersey and raised in Vacaville, California, Sean Stewart joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in 1997. He began dancing at the age of 10 with Lisa Clark, started ballet at 12 with Yanina Cywinska, and went on to study at Joffrey II and the Paris Opera Ballet School. He participated in summer programs for The Joffrey Ballet in San Antonio and the Bolshoi Ballet at Vail.
Stewart left ABT in 2002. He has performed as a guest artist with the Washington Ballet, Ballet NY, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Atlanta Ballet and Chamber Dance Project. Stewart was an original cast member in the Old Globe’s production of Twyla Tharp’s The Times, They Are A Changin’.
Stewart rejoined American Ballet Theatre in January 2008.
In addition to various corps roles in all of ABT’s full-length ballets, Stewart’s roles with the Company include Lankendem in Le Corsaire, the Nutcracker-Prince in Kevin McKenzie’s The Nutcracker, Mother Ginger in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Benno in Swan Lake and roles in Airs, Black Tuesday, Citizen, Cruel World, Duets, The Elements, Marimba, One of Three, Sinfonietta and Stepping Stones. Stewart created roles in Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once, Gong and Known by Heart.
Born in Joinville, Brazil, Luciana Voltolini trained at the Bolshoi School in Brazil. She began training on full scholarship with Boston Ballet School in 2004. Voltolini joined Boston Ballet II in 2006 and was promoted to Boston Ballet’s corps de ballet in 2007.
Voltolini has a diverse repertoire with Boston Ballet ranging from classical, neo-classical, and contemporary works. Her repertoire includes Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, James Kudelka’s Cinderella, Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty, Maina Gielgud’s Giselle, Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, George Balanchine’s Coppélia, Rubies, Diamonds, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Serenade, La Valse, Concerto Barocco, Ballo della Regina and The Four Temperaments, Jorma Elo’s Carmen/Illusions, Helen Pickett’s Eventide, and JiÅ™í Kylián’s Falling Angels.
Featured roles with Boston Ballet include soloist in Pino Alosa’s Paquita, Prayer in Balanchine’s Coppélia, Second Theme in The Four Temperaments, and roles in Ballo della Regina and Theme and Variations, Crystal Fairy in Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty, a Shade in La Bayadère, Helena in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Saland in Jerome Robbin’s Entique Epigraphs.
Voltolini joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in May 2011. Her repertory includes the lead D’Jampe in La Bayadère and roles in In the Upper Room and Private Light, as well as roles in all of the Company’s full-length ballets.
Richard Villaverde was born in Miami, Florida and began dancing at the age of thirteen. He graduated from New World School of the Arts in 2009 under the direction of Daniel Lewis, where he studied Ballet, Graham, Limon, and Horton. In 2009 Richard also won the title of Senior Male outstanding dancer at New York City Dance Alliance and at the same time was awarded a four year full ride to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia PA. There he has worked with many well known artist such as Douglas Becker, Michael Sheridan, Roni Koresh, and Christine Cox.
In December 2011 he was selected to study abroad in Venice at La Biennale for six months under the direction of Ismael Ivo, there he trained with many contemporary artist from all over the world including Francesca Harper, Terence Lewis, Jozef Frucek and Linda Kapatanea, Ko Murobushi, Adriana Borriello, and Pichet Klunchun.
Richard is currently a senior at the University of the Arts, and began his first season with Ballet X this fall.
Allison Walsh – Originally from Bethesda, Maryland, Ms. Walsh received her training at Maryland Youth Ballet and at the School of American Ballet summer workshops on full scholarship.
In her first season with BalletX Ms. Walsh performed in several new creations made on the company, including Jodie Gates’ Delicate Balance performed at the Joyce Theater and Matthew Neenan’s Switch Phase premiering at the Vail International Dance Festival.
Allison Walsh also danced with The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago for 7 years. Prior to joining The Joffrey, Ms. Walsh performed with the Washington Ballet Studio Company and as guest dancer at American Ballet Theater. During her tenure at Joffrey, Ms. Walsh performed leading roles in The Rite of Spring, Tharp’s Waterbaby Bagatelles, Lubovitch’s Othello, Possokhov’s Bells, Tarentella, Dark Elegies, and Les Presages among others. She has originated roles in the world premieres of Edwaard Liang’s Age of Innocence and Jessica Lang’s Crossed.
She attended the Northwest Professional Dance Project in 2007 and has performed with the Avi Scher and Dancers company. She has also been featured in Pointe Magazine, performed at the White House, and is featured in the documentary “The Joffrey Ballet: American Mavericks of Dance”.
Vitali Krauchenka – Born in Minsk in the Republic of Byelorussia, Vitali Krauchenka trained, from the age of six, at the Byelorussian Choreographic School and performed with the Byelorussian Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. After graduations he joined the National Ballet Theatre of Belarus, then moved to Riga, Latvia where he danced with the Latvian National Opera. He also danced in Canada with Atlantic Ballet Theatre and Ballet Jorgen of Canada. His repertory with those companies included roles in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, Romeo and Juliet, and other classical and modern ballets such as Carmen, Le Sacre du Printemps, 3x, Ben Jorgan’s Petrouchka, Boris Eifman’s Tchaikovsky and Kchistof Pastor’s Carmen.
Krauchenka joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in April 2004. His roles with the Company include the Rajah in La Bayadère, a role in Duets, the Father in Fall River Legend, the Duke of Courland in Giselle, The Man She Must Marry in Jardin aux Lilas, Armand’s Father in Lady of the Camellias, the Mouse King in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Prince Gremin in Onegin, the Father in Prodigal Son, the Lead Spanish Dancer in Raymonda, Lord Montague in Romeo and Juliet, Gallison and the Russian Prince in The Sleeping Beauty and Von Rothbart and the Spanish Dance in Swan Lake, as well as other roles in the Company’s repertoire. He created Mother Ginger in Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker.
Krauchenka has toured extensively, performing in Russia, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Finland, Switzerland and Italy, among others.
WALTZ OF THE FLOWERS
Choreographed by Oksana Konobeyeva
Featuring; Marie Lorne Fichaux as the Dew Drop Fairy
And the Leggz Ltd / RVC Guild For The Arts Nutcracker Dancers;
THE CHILDREN’S ORCHESTRA SOCIETY (COS), founded in 1962 by Dr. H. T. Ma, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to “teaching children the language of music”, and to presenting these young musicians in orchestra and chamber music concerts with their peers and well-established artists. Under the leadership of Executive Director Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma and Music Director Michael Dadap, COS has, since 1984, held a firm belief in a child’s innate capability to learn and develop musical talent of the highest level when nurtured in a supportive environment. With this vision, enormous support of its board members, and the hard work of its talented faculty and staff, COS has grown from an 18-member ensemble to more than 110 members comprising of four orchestras, a chamber music department, musicianship classes, and private lessons in piano, guitar and all orchestral instruments. Its most advanced orchestra, the Young Symphonic Ensemble, has presented annual concerts at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and, in more recent years, Carnegie Hall since the establishment of the Discovery Concert Series in 1994. It has also toured numerous North American cities as well as the Far East and the United Kingdom.
The Young Symphonic Ensemble, Michael Dadap, Principal Conductor
Guest Conductor, Scott Jackson Wiley
Kota Nomura, concertmaster
Erick Celedonio, asst. concertmaster
Wesley Wu, principal
Julie Rhee, asst. principal
Zachary Chen, principal
Sara D’Alessandro, asst. principal
Camille Bangug, co-principal
Valerie Chen, co-principal
Man Wai Che+
Erica Mumford, principal
Brittany Kil, asst. principal
Eric Higashide, principal
Isaac Suh, asst. principal
Austin Chen, principal
* COS Alumni
^ COS Faculty