Ballet Jörgen

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Adrian Ramirez

Adrian Ramirez

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Adrián Ramírez Juarez was a member of Ballet Jörgen’s 2013 Junior Company. Originally from Mexico, this is Adrián’s first season as an Apprentice with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen.

Daniel Da Silva

Daniel Da Silva

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Originally from Brazil, Daniel Da Silva began his ballet training in 2005 in Santa Barbara D’Oeste with Ana Rita Da Silva. In 2007, Daniel received a full scholarship to train at Pacific Dance Arts in Vancouver with Li Yaming. In 2009, Daniel competed at the Youth America Grand Prix in NYC and finished in the top twelve. He was offered a full scholarship to participate in the summer program at Jacob’s Pillow. Daniel was also a guest dancer for two seasons with Ballet BC, performing a premiere piece by James Kudelka and the classical ballets Carmen and Peter Pan. Daniel has also performed variations from Flames of Paris, Swan Lake, Raymonda, Don Quixote and Coppélia. Daniel joined Canada’s Ballet Jörgen for the 2009-2010 season. He performed the lead role of Siegfried in the company’s 25th Anniversary production of Swan Lake. Daniel also starred in the short film The Marvelous Girl which was produced by Canada’s Ballet Jörgen (the film was part of both The Cannes Film Festival and The Montreal World Film Festival).

Gustavo Hernandez

Gustavo Hernandez

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Gustavo Hernandez was born in La Havana, Cuba and began his ballet training at the age of 11 in the Provincial School of Arts. In 2007, he graduated from the Cuban National School of Ballet in Havana, under the direction of Ramona de Saa. In 2004 and 2005, he took home the bronze medal from the International Ballet Competition in Havana. In 2007 he received the bronze medal in the first edition of the National Competition UNEAC. After graduating, Gustavo became part of the National Ballet of Cuba and under the direction of Alicia Alonso was promoted to the category of Coryphaeus three years later. He danced major roles such as Alain in La Fille Mal Gardée and the Mouse King in The Nutcracker. There, he also performed in productions of Don Quixote, Giselle, Coppélia, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, as well as in works from Balanchine, Bournonville and Contemporary ballets. Gustavo was a member of Ballet Jörgen’s Junior Company in 2011 and 2012. Gustavo joined Canada’s Ballet Jörgen as a company dancer for the 2012-2013 season.

Hiroto Saito

Hiroto Saito

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Hiroto Saito was born in Kobe, Japan and began dancing at the Sadamatsu Hamada Ballet School at age 7. He later studied at the English National Ballet School in London. Upon graduating, he joined Hong Kong Ballet under the direction of Stephen Jefferies. He worked with internationally recognized figures such as Wayne Eagling, Alexander Grant, and Susanne Farrell. Hiroto first met Bengt Jörgen while he was dancing with Hong Kong Ballet in Bengt Jörgen’s Romeo and Juliet. Hiroto first came to Canada and joined Ballet Jörgen in 2007. In addition to his role as a leading dancer, Hiroto organized Dance for Japan, a fundraiser show with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen to support earthquake relief in Fukushima, Japan. He also teaches and coaches students all around the world. Hiroto was a teacher, private coach, and rehearsal master for Ballet Jörgen’s Summer Intensive and Junior Company in 2012 and 2013. During the summer of 2013, he taught for Damansara Performing Arts Centre in Malaysia. He has choreographed many works such as 05:46 for Hong Kong Ballet, Lost and Found for George Brown Dance, and Lord of the Rings for Toronto Youth Ballet/Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra. He was also the choreographer for The Marvelous Girl, a short film produced by Canada’s Ballet Jörgen (the film was part of both The Cannes Film Festival and The Montreal World Film Festival). His major roles with Ballet Jörgen include Romeo and Mercutio in Bengt Jörgen’s Romeo and Juliet, the principal roles of Nathaniel and Dr. Coppélius in Jörgen’s Coppélia and the leading male role, Dimitry in Jörgen’s Anastasia. During Ballet Jörgen’s 25th anniversary season, Hiroto was involved in creating many roles in the company’s new production of Swan Lake. He toured Canada and the United States performing the principal role of Count Siegfried and the main antagonist Von Rothbart.

Junior Gaspar Caballero

Junior Gaspar Caballero

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Junior Gaspar Caballero is an exceptional young dancer with a beautiful technique. He is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School where he studied on full scholarship due to his extraordinary talent. He won awards at several prestigious national and international ballet competitions including the Gold Medal in classical ballet and Best Dancer at the XIII National Ballet Competition in Paraguay, the Gold Medal at the XVII International Dance Competition in Argentina and he is a 2012 Prix de Lausanne finalist. He joined Canada’s Ballet Jörgen as an apprentice for the 2014-2015 season.

Mei Ishibashi

Mei Ishibashi

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Saniya Abilmajineva

Saniya Abilmajineva

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Saniya Abilmajineva is originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She graduated from the Choreography College in Moscow in 2007. From 2007-2008, she was the first soloist with the Natalia Satz Theatre (formally known as the Children’s Musical Theater). Saniya is the recipient of many awards: In 2005, she took home the silver medal from the International Ballet Competition in Berlin and one year later she received a gold medal at the same competition. In 2007, she received a diploma from both the International Ballet Competition in New York and the International Ballet Competition in Shanghai. In 2009, she was a semi-finalist at the International Ballet Competition at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre. Saniya joined Canada’s Ballet Jörgen during the 2009-2010 Season. She has danced many roles including the title role in Bengt Jörgen’s Anastasia, and Lady Birch in The Nutcracker: a Canadian Tradition. Saniya was part of the creation of many roles in Ballet Jörgen’s 25th anniversary production of Swan Lake. She then toured Canada performing the acclaimed principal role of the Swan Queen. In 2013 Saniya had the opportunity to dance Giselle as a guest artist with the International School of Ballet.

Annelie Liliemark

Annelie Liliemark

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Annelie Liliemark comes to us from the Royal Swedish Ballet with whom she danced from 2010 to 2012 performing roles in The Nutcracker, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Swan Lake, The Rite of Spring and Coppélia. A 2011 graduate of the Royal Swedish Ballet School, Annelie began her training at Balettakademien, Stockholm, Sweden in 1998, joining the Royal Swedish Ballet School in 2002. She is the recipient of the Agda Cecilia Rilton Scholarship (2007) and the Carina Ari Scholarship (2008, 2009). Annelie attended summer intensives at The Gotland International Dance Seminars, Visby, Sweden (2007, 2008); the International Summer Course at Canada’s National Ballet School (2009); and The Bartholin International Dance Seminars at the Royal Danish Theater (2010 on scholarship, 2011). She was a finalist at the Stora Daldansen ballet competition in Falun, Sweden (2010). Annelie joined Canada’s Ballet Jörgen for the 2012-2013 season.

Elizabeth Gagnon

Elizabeth Gagnon

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Hannah Mae Cruddas

Hannah Mae Cruddas

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Hannah Mae Cruddas, born and home-educated in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, began her dance training with the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts School of Dance and the Leica Hardy School of Dance. In 2009, she joined Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto. Hannah Mae was honoured to be the youngest recipient of the Society of Russian Ballet’s Nesta Toumine Memorial Award and at 14, was a semi-finalist in the Genée International Ballet Competition. She was also privileged to be the recipient of the Jan Wicha Memorial Cup and Nova Scotia Talent Trust’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. At home, she danced the title role in Alice (Dearborn), the Ragdoll Queen in The Nutcracker (Hardy), and worked with Kennet Oberly and Otar Beridze. Hannah Mae fully appreciates what Ballet Jörgen’s mandate to bring dance to smaller communities means to young dancers; a highlight of her young dance career was playing Anastasia’s daughter in Ballet Jörgen’s world premiere of Anastasia. Her Toronto repertoire credits include Peggy Baker’s 5 Views of a Temple Garden, Petipa’s La Bayadere and Paquita, and Nacho Duato’s Jardi Tancat. Having graduated from NBS in June 2011, Hannah Mae was a member of Ballet Jörgen’s 2011 Junior Company and was extremely excited to join Canada’s Ballet Jörgen as an Apprentice for their 2011-2012 season. Hannah Mae became a company dancer during Ballet Jörgen’s 2012-2013 season. Hannah Mae was recently awarded the Janice Merritt Flemming Award administrated by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust.

Igor Voloshyn

Igor Voloshyn

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Kealan McLaughlin

Kealan McLaughlin

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Kealan McLaughlin was born in Toronto and began dancing ballet at the age of 6. After beginning his training at Canada’s National Ballet School, Kealan studied at the Pacific Dance Centre and Banff Centre for the Arts before returning to NBS and graduating in 2007. After two years of post-secondary training and guesting across Canada, he began his professional career with Alberta Ballet. After two seasons in Calgary, Kealan returned to Toronto and joined Canada’s Ballet Jörgen for the 2011-2012 season.

Michaela Gobas

Michaela Gobas

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Sarahí Cárdenas

Sarahí Cárdenas

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Ayva Rossouw-Holland

Ayva Rossouw-Holland

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Ayva Rossouw-Holland grew up in Victoria, B.C. She attended the George Brown Dance Performance Studies Program before becoming a mentorship student with Ballet Jörgen Canada during the 2011-2012 season. Ayva has studied at the Pacific Dance Studio in Victoria, B.C. and attended summer intensive programs at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Banff Fine Arts Centre and the Alberta Ballet.

Emily Whittome

Emily Whittome

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Heather Lumsden-Ruegg

Heather Lumsden-Ruegg

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Heather Lumsden-Ruegg grew up in Newmarket, ON. She is a 2011 Dance Performance Studies graduate of George Brown College, and was a mentorship student with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen during the 2011-2012 season. Originally an Irish dancer, Heather began her ballet training at the age of 12 at the Peter Stanton School of Dance. Heather was a member of Ballet Jörgen’s Junior Company in 2012 and joined Canada’s Ballet Jörgen as an Apprentice for the 2012-2013 season. This is Heather’s first season as a company dancer for Canada’s Ballet Jörgen.

Julia Pochko

Julia Pochko

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Kirill Lordski

Kirill Lordski

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Kirill Lordski is originally from Russia. He began his ballet training with Victoria Ballet Academy at the age of 10 in Toronto, Ontario. In 2008 he joined Elite Danceworx studio in Markham, Ontario, where he continued his ballet education with former dancers of the Mariinsky Theatre, Anna Karpova, and Vladimir Karpov. In 2010 Kirill won 1st place at the Youth America Grand Prix semi-finals in Chicago. Kirill was a gold and silver medalist and prize winner at regional ballet and dance competitions across Canada and the USA. In 2011 Kirill joined Karpov Ballet Academy as a graduate student. He performed the leading roles in The Nutcracker and Giselle. In 2013 Kirill was accepted to the National Ballet School of Canada as a Post-Secondary Student. This is Kirill’s first season as an Apprentice with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen.

Momoka Matsui

Momoka Matsui

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Momoka Matsui began her dance training at the Yukiko Kato Ballet School in her home country of Japan. Under Kato’s mentorship she performed major roles in the Nutcracker, Paquita, Harlequinade and Coppelia. She is the Silver Medal winner of the 2009 Ballet Competition Fukuoka, and the Bronze Medal holder of the 2010 and 2013 NAMUE Classical Ballet Competition. Momoka, an exceptionally technical and graceful dancer, was awarded the renowned Fukuoka Prefectural Governor Award in 2012. She then joined a Russian concert tour produced by Morihiro Iwata and had the opportunity to dance at pretigious ballet schools, such as the Moscow Ballet Academy. Momoka joined Canada’s Ballet Jörgen in 2014 as an apprentice.

Taylor Gill

Taylor Gill

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Taylor Gill received her early training at the Alberta Ballet School and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. At the age of 15 she began training in Vancouver with Yaming Li at Pacific Dance Arts and she spent her summers at a variety of schools including the Banff Centre for Performing Arts, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Miami City Ballet. Taylor qualified as a semi-finalist, and as the only Canadian, at the 2007 Shanghai International Ballet Competition in China.  She danced with the Atlanta Ballet Company for one year before joining Canada’s Ballet Jörgen in 2009 as a Royal Bank Foundation Apprentice.  Taylor has performed various roles in Bengt Jörgen’s full-length productions of Coppélia, Anastasia, and Cinderella. While dancing with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen she has been a part of the creation of many new works including lead roles in Malgorzata Nowacka’s Icarus, Bengt Jörgen’s Life and Laughter, and Derek Sangster’s Good Mourning.  Last season, she made her debut as the Swan Queen in Ballet Jörgen’s 25th anniversary production of Swan Lake. She has also danced the role of the Snow Queen and Lady Birch, both leading roles in The Nutcracker: a Canadian Tradition.  She was a member of Ballet Jörgen’s Junior Company in 2012 and also the star of the short film The Marvelous Girl which was produced by the company (the film was part of both The Cannes Film Festival and The Montreal World Film Festival).