Sasha de Sola and Tiit Helimets to Appear in Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER, 12/7-8

Sasha de Sola and Tiit Helimets to Appear in Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER, 12/7-8

SASHA DE SOLA, soloist of the San Francisco Ballet, and TIIT HELIMETS, principal dancer of the San Francisco Ballet, will appear as guest artists in the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet's production of The Nutcracker on December 7 and 8, 2013 at the Riverview Theatre in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Born in Winter Park, Florida, SASHA DE SOLA trained at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. on full merit scholarship.

At the age of 16, Ms. De Sola joined San Francisco Ballet where she quickly rose through the ranks and is currently a Soloist with the company.

Ms. De Sola has danced several principal roles with San Francisco Ballet including George Balanchine's Divertimento No. 15, Tarantella andSymphony in Three Movements; Alexei Ratmansky's From Foreign Lands; Serge Lifar's Suite en Blanc; Jerome Robbins's In the Night, among others.

She has originated featured roles in Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella; Helgi Tomasson's Trio and Yuri Possokhov's Rite of Spring. Her repertory also includes Queen of the Driads in Helgi Tomasson's Don Quixote; featured roles in Rudolf Nureyev's Raymonda Act III; Helgi Tomasson's Giselle; and William Forsythe's Artifact Suite.

Ms. De Sola has appeared as a guest artist in several galas around the world and was also awarded the Best Junior Couple prize at USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi (2006); the Silver Medal at World Ballet Competition (2008); and the Bronze Medal at Varna International Ballet Competition (2006); among other honors.

TIIT HELIMETS was born in Viljandi, Estonia and received his ballet training at the Tallinn Ballet School.

In 1996 Mr. Helimets joined the Estonian National Ballet as a soloist, and was appointed a principal dancer, within six months, that same year. Mr. Helimets' repertoire included Prince Desire and Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Albrecht in Giselle, Siegfried in Swan Lake, Romeo inRomeo and Juliet, and Daphnis in Daphnis and Chloe.

In 1999 Mr. Helimets joined the Birmingham Royal Ballet and was promoted to principal dancer in 2002. Notable for being an elegant classical dancer and superb partner, Mr. Helimets has expanded his repertoire to include such classical roles as Albrecht in David Bintley's production ofGiselle, the Prince in Peter Wright's production of The Nutcracker, the Prince and the Bluebird in Wright's production of The Sleeping Beauty,Franz in Wright's production of Coppelia, Siegfried in Wright's production of Swan Lake as well as showing a more dramatic side as Romeo in David Bintley's Shakespeare Suite, and a keen comic bent as Fred Beenstock in Bintley's Hobson's Choice. He has also danced the role of Lancelot in Bintley's Arthur, William Boldwood in Bintley's Far From The Madding Crowd, The Young Man in Frederick Ashton's The Two Pigeons, Colas in Ashton's La Fille Mal Gardee, Franz in Peter Wright's production of Coppelia, the Beast in Bintley's Beauty and the Beast,and Apollo in Bintley's The Orpheus Suite.