American Repertory Ballet Welcomes New Dancers
American Repertory Ballet Artistic Director Douglas Martin is please to announce its 2013-2014 Company Dancers, including the addition of Company Dancer Nanako Yamamoto and the promotion of dancers Andrea D'Annunzio and Mattia Pallozzi from Trainee to full Company Dancer. Yamamoto, D'Annunzio, and Pallozzi will join returning dancers: Cameron Auble-Branigan, Euphrosyne Avery, Stephen Campanella, Alice Cao, Alexander Dutko, Shaye Firer, Monica Giragosian, Samantha Gullace, Joshua Kurtzberg, Karen Leslie Moscato, Marc St-Pierre, Edward Urwin, and Claire van Bever. The 2013-2014 Season will be Auble-Branigan's and Firer's second season with ARB. It will be the third season for Avery, Cao, Giragosian, and van Bever. Campanella, Gullace, Moscato, St-Pierre, and Urwin are entering their fourth season, Dutko his fifth, and Kurtzberg is entering his sixth season with ARB.
Nanako Yamamoto was born and raised in Japan, where she began her training at the Geijutsuza Ballet Studio and at The Royal Ballet School's summer program. She continued her training at the Elmhurst School for Dance in Association with the Birmingham Royal Ballet in the UK where she performed in the Birmingham Royal Ballet's National Tour of Firebird, Fokine's Petrushka, Petipa's Ramonda, and David Bintlye's Beauty and the Beast. Since graduating in 2009, she has performed with New Tampa Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Tampa, Ballet Fleming, and in Giselle with Boca Ballet Theatre alongside Julie Kent and Marcelo Gomes.
Andrea D'Annunzio is a graduate of the Jordan College of Fine Arts at Butler University in Indianapolis, with a B.A. in Dance Pedagogy. While at Butler, she received the Freshman Award (most outstanding freshman dancer) and the Performance Award, as well as being on the Dean's List. Originally from Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, D'Annunzio received her early dance training with the Metropolitan Ballet Academy in Jenkintown, PA. She spent summers training at the schools of Richmond Ballet and Paul Taylor Dance Company, and at Princeton Ballet School, the Official School of ARB. She began studying at Princeton Ballet School as an ARB Trainee during the Summer of 2011. As a Trainee, D'Annunzio has danced alongside the company in Mary Barton's Straight Up with a Twist, Trinette Singleton's Capriccios, as the Nurse in Douglas Martin's Romeo and Juliet, and as a Marzipan dancer, Snowflake, and Flower in The Nutcracker. She recently performed the lead role of Odile in Princeton Ballet School's Spring 2013 Production of Swan Lake.
Mattia Pallozzi is from Rome, Italy, where he trained at the Scuola del Teatro dall'Opera di Roma and later at the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome. In 2010, he received the Diploma Accademico di Primero Livello in Classical Dance from the Accademia Nazionale di Danza. Mattia began his studies at Princeton Ballet School with the 2011 Summer Intensive. He danced the lead role of Basilio in Princeton Ballet School's Spring 2012 Production of Don Quixote. This past season, Pallozzi has had many major performance opportunities with ARB, including as Romeo in Douglas Martin's Romeo and Juliet, as Snow King in The Nutcracker, featured roles in Patrick Corbin's Caress and Ann Marie DeAngelo's Blackberry Winter, and more.
American Repertory Ballet opens its Fall 2013 Season with an evening of repertory favorites: "ARB's Fall Kick-Off Performance" at Rider University's Bart Luedeke Center, September 20-21 at 7:30pm. On October 11 at 8:00pm, the company will premiere the full production of Douglas Martin's Romeo and Juliet at the State Theatre in New Brunswick. This fall, ARB will also be returning to Union County PAC's Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts this year with American Artist Showcase October 18-19, and to The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College with Premieres Evening on October 26.