Kansas City Ballet to Discuss NEW MOVES Showcase, 4/1

Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye is a native of Waterville, Maine. He began his training at the age of 15 under the instruction of Andrei Bossov. In 2003, Mr. Nye joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division where he received the prestigious Arnold Spohr Scholarship. Upon graduation in 2005, Mr. Nye was asked to participate in the Banff Summer Arts Festival in Banff, Alberta. There, he originated roles in Sabrina Matthews' Losing Ground and Peter Quanz's Quanz by Quanz, and performed the leading role in Fernand Nault's Carmina Burana. Mr. Nye began his professional career with Festival Ballet of Providence and then in 2006 joined the Eugene Ballet Company where he performed soloist roles in several works by Artistic Director Toni Pimble. In 2007, he joined Director Peter Anastos at Ballet Idaho and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2011. Mr. Nye is an award-winning choreographer and has had three world premieres with Ballet Idaho, including Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet and City Symphony with music by Philip Glass. With Kansas City Ballet, he has danced in Jessica Lang's Splendid Isolation III, Toni Pimble's Carmina Burana, Margo Sappington's Common People, and as Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker. This is his third season with the company. Mr. Nye joined KCB in 2012.

Charles Martin received his primary ballet training from Penny Askew at the Western Oklahoma Ballet Academy in Clinton, Oklahoma. He also studied intensively at the American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet School in New York, and the Glenda Brown Choreography Project in Austin and Kansas City. He has performed extensively with the Western Oklahoma Ballet Theatre in addition to guest performances with Allegro Ballet of Houston, Texas, and Remix Dance Group touring Austria. Mr. Martin also has had 12 choreographic works selected for the Regional Dance America/Southwest Festival concerts, two receiving special recognition from the Monticello Foundation. He has taught at Summer Intensives in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Clinton, Oklahoma, Victoria and Denton, Texas. With Kansas City Ballet, he has been featured in soloist roles in Brahms Paganini, Piano Concerto #2, Lambarena, Concerto Grosso, As Time Goes By, Nine Sinatra Songs, A Solo in Nine Parts, The Moor's Pavane, the Friar in Romeo & Juliet, Common People, Huck Finn in Tom Sawyer, Renfield in Dracula, The White Rabbit in Alice (in wonderland), and Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle.

Stephanie Martinez is an award-winning Chicago dance artist with over 30 years professional performing experience on stage, film and television. During her 17-year stint with River North Dance Chicago, she worked with guest choreographers Ashley Roland, Kevin Iega Jeff, Daniel Ezralow, Frank Chaves, Sherry Zunker and Ron De Jesus, among others, and was merited the Ruth Page Award for Outstanding Performance. Her eclectic performance resume also includes guesting with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance, Ron De Jesus Dance, and as a featured dancer for The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the 2006 World Cup opening ceremonies with Diana Ross.

Upon leaving RNDT, she made her 2009 choreographic debut, AviMar, for Luna Negra Dance Theatre's 10th anniversary season, instantly securing her status as a sought-after dance-maker. Since then, she has been traveling across the country setting works on professional companies and major universities. Forthcoming commissions include Ballet Hispanico, Eugene Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Neos Dance Theatre, Dance St. Louis, The Big Muddy Dance Company and Dance Kaleidoscope.

Andrew Skeels, a choreographer noted for his contemporary and sometimes political focus,created two works in response to the five-year anniversary of the U.S. led invasion of Iraq. Choubi Coubi! was created for the Colorado Ballet Studio Company and was performed to pop music from Sadam-era Iraq. Palimpsest was an evening-length work that focused on the victims of the Iraq War. In 2009 Colorado Ballet presented blind spot, an emotionally driven work about his relationship with his visually impaired sister. His work has been presented by Colorado Ballet, Festival Ballet Providence, University of Massachusetts Boston, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Boston Ballet School, Colorado State University and Neglia Ballet.

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