Ballet San Jose Names Nathan Chaney as a Principal Dancer
Ballet San Jose Artistic Director José Manuel Carreño and Associate Artistic Director Raymond Rodriguez have announced that former Zurich Ballet Soloist Nathan Chaney will join Ballet San Jose as Principal Dancer effective January 13 as the Company prepares to open its 2014 repertory season-the first under the artistic leadership of Mr. Carreño-with a program of ballets by Ohad Naharin, George Balanchine and Jorma Elo February 14-16. For information, visit www.balletsj.org and follow Ballet San Jose on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BalletSJ, Twitter: http://twitter.com/balletsj, Google+: https://plus.google.com/b/115533886414740478353/115533886414740478353, YouTube:http://youtube.com/balletsj and Blog: http://balletsj.wordpress.com."We are pleased to welcome Nathan Chaney to Ballet San Jose and look forward to his talent, vision, versatility and stage presence enhancing our excellent Company of performers," said Mr. Carreño and Mr. Rodriguez. About Nathan Chaney Nathan Chaney joins Ballet San Jose after four seasons as a member of Zurich Ballet. His repertoire includes classical, neo-classical, contemporary and modern pieces from international choreographers such as George Balanchine, Matz Ek, William Forsythe, Robert Hill, Marius Petipa, Heinz Spoerli and Christian Spuck. He has also performed in Cinderella, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, La Bayadère, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, Rite of Spring, Woyzeck, Leonce und Lena, ...und mied den Wind, Grid, Ein Sommernachstraum, Ware Heute Morgen und Gestern Jetzt, In Spillville, Dorn Roschen, Goldberg Variations and Cello Suites, among others. In 2010, Mr. Chaney received Gold Medals for both Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance at the Cape Town International Ballet Competition in South Africa and was a finalist at the Jackson International Ballet Competition earlier that same year. Mr. Chaney began his training at the Classical Ballet Academy in Herndon, VA, under the direction of Cynthia Rudorfer and Alisher Saburov. He then trained intensely with Magaly Suarez in Pompano Beach, FL, before attending the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC, and the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. He also had the opportunity to work intensely with Peter Stark at Orlando Ballet in Orlando, FL, prior to joining Zurich Ballet. Ballet San Jose Repertory Season Opening Feb. 14-16Following its tremendously successful gala in November-which featured some of the world's top ballet stars from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Boston Ballet-and annualNutcracker performances, Ballet San Jose will open its first repertory season planned by new Artistic DirectorJosé Manuel Carreño February 14-16 at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. The program will feature the Company premiere of Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin's inventive and popular Minus 16, the return of Balanchine's sublimely neo-classical Serenade-the first ballet he choreographed in the U.S.-and Jorma Elo's Glow-Stop, which was a hit of Ballet San Jose's 2013 season. Performances will be givenFriday, February 14, at 8 pm; Saturday, February 15, at 1:30 and 8 pm; and Sunday, February 16, at 1:30 pm.