Paola Hartley, Karl Condon And Ilya Kozadayev and More Will Be On Faculty For Shreveport Dance Academy's Summer Intensive
ZHONG-JING FANG, soloist of American Ballet Theatre, PAOLA HARTLEY, former principal dancer of Ballet Arizona, KARL CONDON, former principal dancer of the Boston Ballet, and ILYA KOZADAYEV, former soloist of the Houston Ballet will be on the Shreveport Dance Academy's Summer Intensive to be held in Shreveport, Louisiana. Zhong-Jing Fang and Paola Hartley will be on the faculty from July 23-27, 2018, and Karl Condon and Ilya Kozadayev will be on the faculty from July 30-August 3, 2018.
Born in Shanghai, China, Ms. ZHONG-JING FANG received her early ballet training at the Shanghai Dance School, majoring in ballet, where she was trained for seven years. Ms. Fang graduated from the Performing Arts College of Shanghai Drama University in 2002, specializing in ballet. Ms. Fang's ballet studies in Shanghai were under the guidance of Zhu Mei Li. In 2000, Ms. Fang was the winner of the famed Prix de Lausanne, and winner of the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation Prize at the Ninth International Ballet Competition in Paris. In June 2001, Ms. Fang won the First Prize in the Junior Division of the Helsinki International Ballet Competition. Most recently, she won first place in the Junior Division of the Shanghai International Ballet Competition. In 2002 Ms. Fang joined ABT's Studio Company. In April 2003 Ms. Fang joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice and, in January 2004, Ms. Fang became a member of the corps de ballet. In 2018 Ms. Fang was promoted to the rank of soloist. Ms. Fang's repertoire includes the role of Prayer in Coppelia, Zulma in Giselle, the Prelude in Les Sylphides, Act I Pas de Trois and the Hungarian Princess in Kevin McKenzie's production of Swan Lake, Diana and Ceres in Frederick Ashton's Sylvia, the Nanny and the Sugar Plum Fairy in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker, Mercedes in Kevin McKenzie/Susan Jones's production of Don Quixote, Canary Fairy and Sapphire Fairy in Ratmansky's The Sleeping Beauty, Lady Montague and a Harlot in Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet, the Prelude in Les Sylphides, and principal roles in Frederick Ashton's Symphonic Variations, Peter Quanz's Kaleidoscope, Jiri Kylian's Sinfonietta, and Antony Tudor's Continuo. Ms. Fang also created a principal role in Trey McIntyre's Pretty Good Year. In 2005 Ms. Fang was selected to perform excerpts from The Nutcracker in the East Room of The White House with President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura Bush, in attendance, which was broadcasted nationwide. In 2011 Ms. Fang participated in American Ballet Theatre's choreography workshop, Innovation Initiative, choreographing the world premiere, The Final Frame. In 2016 Ms. Fang co-choreographed Song Before Spring, and choreographed Painted Within for New York Theatre Ballet. Ms. Fang is also a popular guest teacher and coach. Ms. Fang has taught as a guest teacher for the Brandywine Ballet, in China, and for the Mami Hariyama Studio in Japan.
PAOLA HARTLEY was born in Bonn, Germany and grew up in South Africa and Chile where her parents danced with the PACT Ballet and Ballet de Santiago. In Chile Ms. Hartley studied with Karen Connolly and at the School of the Teatro Municipal. Ms. Hartley pursued her ballet studies in the United States at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts under the guidance of Melissa Hayden, Duncan Noble, Gyula Pandi, Dianne Markham, and Trish Casey. In 1993 Ms. Hartley joined Ballet de Santiago which was then under the direction of Marcia Haydee. In 1997 Ms. Hartley was promoted to the rank of soloist by Ballet de Santiago's artistic director, Ivan Nagy after performing the role of Myrtha in Giselle with guest artist Igor Zelensky. Ms. Hartley worked with many guest artists who appeared with Ballet de Santiago including Jose Manuel Carreno, Maximiliano Guerra, Carlos Acosta, and Lauren Anderson. Her repertoire included Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis in Giselle, Olga in John Cranko's Onegin, The Mad Lady in Ben Stevenson's Peer Gynt, The Countess in Ronald Hynd's The Devil To Pay, Spring and Autumn Fairies in Stevenson's Cinderella, the Sugar Plum Fairy in Stevenson's The Nutcracker, Mercedes in Don Quixote, and created the role of Stella in the world premiere of Mauricio Wainrot's A Streetcar Named Desire.
In 1998 Ms. Hartley joined Ballet Arizona rising to the rank of principal dancer. Ms. Hartley continued to expand her repertoire to include Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, the title role in Giselle, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Swanhilda in Coppelia, the title role in La Sylphide, Hermia and Helena in Ib Andersen's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Juliet in Andersen's Romeo and Juliet, the Sugar Plum Fairy in Andersen's production of The Nutcracker, and Kitri in Don Quixote.
Ms. Harley has danced with guest artists, Marcello Gomes (La Fille Mal Gardee Pas de Deux), Nikolaj Hubbe (Napoli), and Gael Lambiotte (Swan Lake). Ms. Hartley has also danced principal roles in the Balanchine ballets, Agon, Allegro Brillante, Apollo (Terpsichore and Polyhymnia), Concerto Barocco, Divertimento No. 15, Duo Concertant, Serenade, Theme and Variations, Rubies, Stars and Stripes, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and The Four Temperaments, and in Jerome Robbins' In The Night. She has also danced principal roles in Alejandro Cerrudo's Off-Screen, and Alexei Ratmansky's Le Carnaval des Animaux, and created a principal role in Ib Andersen's Symphonie Classique, and Andersen's Topia. She has also danced leading roles in Ib Andersen's Play, Indigo Rhapsody, Amoroso, and Mozaic.
Ms. Hartley has received critical acclaim for her performances in contemporary works including principal roles in Kevin O'Day's HeliBlondeGroove, Paul Taylor's Company B, Julia Adam's Before, Twyla Tharp's Sinatra Suite and The Golden Section, and Dwight Rhoden's Ave Maria, and the world premieres of Rhoden's Scarlet Symphony, and Skinny Puzzle, and Moses Pendleton's Opus Cactus.
Ms. Hartley has toured in Stuttgart, Buenos, Aires, Budapest, and New York. Ms. Hartley, partnered by Astrit Zejnati, performed at a Gala in Albania in 2005, and represented Ballet Arizona in the Miami International Dance Festival in 2006. In 2008 Ms. Hartley was featured in North Carolina's Manteo Summer Festival, as an alumna of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2012 Ms. Hartley appeared as a guest artist in the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet's production of The Nutcracker.
She has been seen by millions performing as a guest artist in the Chilean TV talent show, "Rojo Fama Contrafama", where her father was a judge.
During 2008 and 2009, Ms. Hartley performed with Novaballet, and is a popular teacher in the Phoenix, Arizona area. She has worked with upcoming choreographer Emery LeCrone in Pulling to Break , performed Vicente Nebrada's Our Waltzes, and restaged David Palmer's and Yanis Pikieris' Adiemus. In 2013 Ms. Hartley joined The Suzanne Farrell Ballet as a soloist where she performed the role of Juliet in Paul Meijia's Romeo and Juliet, Odette in George Balanchine's production of Swan Lake Act II, and principal roles in Balanchine's Episodes, Agon, Tempo di Valse, Allegro Brillante, and Pas de Dix.
In 2015 Ms. Hartley left Ballet Arizona and joined the Suzanne Farrell Ballet as a principal dancer while also pursuing a career as a freelance guest artist and teacher. In 2011 and 2012 Ms. Hartley was a guest faculty member for the Goh Ballet Academy's Summer Intensive in Vancouver, Canada. In 2014 and 2018 Ms. Hartley was a guest faculty member for the Shreveport Dance Academy's Summer Intensive. Ms. Hartley has also taught ballet at several dance academies in Arizona including the Tempe Dance Academy, the Master Ballet Academy, and the School of Ballet Arizona.
KARL CONDON began his dance training at the Canterella School of Dance in his native Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Within two years, he joined the Berkshire Ballet, where he studied under Madeline Culpo. He also received a scholarship for three consecutive years from The Joffrey Ballet School in New York. Mr. Condon became a member of Boston Ballet II in 1980, and entered the Boston Ballet's corps de ballet in 1986. Mr. Condon was appointed a principal dancer in 1992.
Mr. Condon's most notable roles included Puck in the world premiere of Bruce Wells' A Midsummer Night's Dream; Espada, the Gypsy Boy, and Sancho Panza in Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote; Papa Thomas in La Fille Mal Gardee; Dr. Drosselmeyer, the Snow King, the Cavalier and Trepak in The Nutcracker; the Jester in the Dudinskaya/Sergeyev production of Swan Lake; Gurn in La Sylphide; Romeo and Tybalt in Choo San Goh's Romeo and Juliet; Lebo in Esmeralda Pas de Deux, the Grand Pas Hongrois in Fernando Bujones' Raymonda Act III, the Golden Slave in Fokine's Scheherazade, Jack-in-the-Box in the world premiere of Bruce Wells' and Bruce Marks' The Steadfast Tin Soldier, and principal roles in George Balanchine's Tarantella, Bourree Fantasque, and Theme and Variations. Mr. Condon's contemporary roles included the Third Movement in James Kudelka's Alliances, a Young Man in Maurice Bejart's The Rite of Spring, and principal roles in Bruce Marks' Inscape, William Forsythe's Love Songs, Twyla Tharp's In The Upper Room and A Brief Fling, and Jiri Kylian's Symphony in D.
Mr. Condon has appeared as a guest artist with Ballet Mississippi, the Charleston (West Virginia) Ballet, in the International Ballet Celebration gala performances in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Memphis, Tennessee, partnering Dierdre Myles in Esmeralda Pas de Deux and E. Virginia Williams' Sea Alliance, with Fernando Bujones and Stars of the Boston Ballet 1990 Tour and with many regional ballet companies in the United States. He has also coordinated and acted as artistic director for the Boston Ballet Dancers' Benefits. In 1993 Mr. Condon was appointed principal dancer and artistic director of the Metropolitan Ballet Theatre in Detroit, Michigan. With Metropolitan Ballet Theatre he reprised his success in the role of Puck in Bruce Wells' A Midsummer Night's Dream. Mr. Condon resigned from his position at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre in 1994 and in 1995 was appointed balletmaster and associate director of Ballet Memphis.
In 1998 Mr. Condon restaged Coppelia for Ballet Memphis and in 1999 Mr. Condon staged his production of The Nutcracker for Ballet Memphis. During the 2002-03 season Ballet Memphis presented Mr. Condon's world premieres South of Everywhere, and Murder on the Orient Express. During the 2003-04 season Ballet Memphis presented the world premieres of Mr. Condon's The Rescue and Broad Waters. In 2013 Mr. Condon left Ballet Memphis to pursue a career as a freelance guest teacher and choreographer. In 2014 Mr. Condon was appointed Chair of the Dance Department of the NOCCA Institute. In 2016 Mr. Condon was on the faculty for the Goh Ballet Academy's Summer Program in Vancouver, Canada.
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, to a family of professional ballet dancers, ILYA KOZADAYEV began his ballet training in 1988 at the famous Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg under the guidance of Ludmila Karateeva.
After immigrating to the United States, he continued his ballet training at the School of American Ballet in New York, and had the privilege of studying under the guidance of Stanley Williams, Andre Kramarevsky, and Richard Rapp. Mr. Kozadayev also studied for five years under the guidance of his parents Sergey Kozadayev and Zhanna Dubrovskaya at the Academy of Colorado Ballet in Denver, Colorado. While still a student at the Academy of Colorado Ballet, Mr. Kozadayev was invited to perform in Tokyo, Japan at the Auyama Ballet Festival where he danced the Pas de Deux from the Second Act of Giselle.
Completing his training in 1998 Mr. Kozadayev graduated from the John Cranko Ballet School where he studied with Peter Pestov. While a student at the John Cranko Ballet School, Mr. Kozadayev performed Auguste Bournonville's Flower Festival in Genzano Pas de Deux, a solo in William Forsythe's Love Songs, and a pas de deux in Renato Zanella's Tryptichon. From 1998 through 1999 Mr. Kozadayev was a member of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre where he performed in Daniel Pelzig's Romeo and Juliet, George Balanchine's Theme and Variations, and Kent Stowell's Carmina Burana.
In 1999 Mr. Kozadayev joined the Colorado Ballet and was quickly promoted to soloist in 2000, a position he held until 2002. With the Colorado Ballet Mr. Kozadayev expanded his repertoire to include the roles of the Nutcracker Prince in Martin Fredmann's The Nutcracker, Jonathan Harker in Michael Pink's Dracula, the Jester in Fredmann's Cinderella, Popular Song in Frederick Ashton's Façade, The Cowboy in Agnes de Mille's Rodeo, the Jester in Sergey Kozadayev's production of Swan Lake, Narcissus in Kasian Galizovsky's Narcissus, James in Auguste Bournonville's La Sylphide, the Pas de Deux in George Balanchine's Stars and Stripes, and a principal role in Choo San Goh's Configurations.
In 2000 Mr. Kozadayev appeared as a guest artist with the Boston Ballet dancing the role of Ptolemy in Ben Stevenson's Cleopatra. Also in 2000 Mr. Kozadayev won the Silver Medal at the New York International Ballet Competition. In 2002 Mr. Kozadayev appeared as a guest artist with the Columbia Classical Ballet dancing a principal role in George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante, Marius Petipa's Flames of Paris Pas de Deux, and creating the title role in Milena Lebon's The Miraculous Mandarin.
In 2002 Mr. Kozadayev joined the Boston Ballet where he expanded his repertoire to include the principal roles of Alain in Frederick Ashton's La Fille Mal Gardee, the Mandolin Dance in Rudi van Dantzig's Romeo and Juliet, and roles in Mark Morris' Maelstrom, and William Forsythe's In The Middle Somewhat Elevated. In 2003 Mr. Kozadayev joined the Houston Ballet at the invitation of artistic director Stanton Welch and was promoted to soloist in 2004.
Mr. Kozadayev continued to expand his repertoire to include the title role in Trey McIntyre's Peter Pan, the Lead Pontevedrian in Ronald Hynd's The Merry Widow, the Jester in Ben Stevenson's Cinderella, Goro in Stanton Welch's Madam Butterfly, the Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, the Bluebird in Ben Stevenson's The Sleeping Beauty, Amor in Ben Stevenson's Don Quixote, Benvolio in Ben Stevenson's Romeo and Juliet, the Fire God in Stanton Welch's production of La Bayadere, the Beggar Chief in Kenneth MacMillan's Manon, the Pas de Trois in the Emeralds Act of George Balanchine's Jewels, the Boy in Blue in Frederick Ashton's Les Patineurs, and principal roles in Jiri Kylian's Forgotten Land, Stanton Welch's Falling, and Mark Morris' The Sandpaper Ballet.
Mr. Kozadayev has also danced in Jiri Kylian's Soldiers' Mass, Stanton Welch's Divergence, Clear, Blindness, Maninyas, The Core, Elements, Tapestry, and Velocity, Christopher Bruce's Sergeant Early's Dream, Hush, and Rooster, Twyla Tharp's The Brahms-Haydn Variations, and Christopher Wheeldon's Carnival of Animals. Mr. Kozadayev has also created roles in Christopher Bruce's Hush, Stanton Welch's Brigade, and The Four Seasons, Aszure Barton's Angular Momentum, Jorma Elo's ONE/END/ONE, and Trey McIntyre's The Tinderbox.
In 2013 the Houston Ballet II presented the world premiere of Mr. Kozadayev's Molto Espressivo. He also created Impromptu for the Houston Ballet and Houston Ballet II, On 2 E, a commissioned solo work for Samantha Lynch of the Norwegian National Ballet, Bounded Regions for the Kansas City Ballet, Harmonic Inspirations, The Seasons, Caged, and Quintett for Oklahoma Festival Ballet, Moonlight and Hansel and Gretel for Festival Ballet Providence, Void for Milwaukee Ballet II, Symbiosis for Tulsa Ballet II, (E)Motions for Ballet Arkansas, and Lucid for Contemporary Dance Oklahoma. In 2015 Mr. Kozadayev was the winner of Ballet Arkansas' Visions Choreographic Competition. In 2013 Mr. Kozadayev left the Houston Ballet and was appointed an Assistant Professor of Ballet at the University of Oklahoma's School of Dance in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
In 2017 Mr. Kozadayev joined the faculty of the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Mr. Kozadayev holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in choreography from Jacksonville University in Florida. Mr. Kozadayev continues his dancing career as a freelance guest artist and also as a master ballet teacher having taught ballet classes at summer programs and workshops in the United States.