Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy is thrilled to announce a new Master Class Series curated by Artistic Director Jodie Gates.
Classes are open to intermediate and advanced level students, ages 13 and up, with a minimum of 4 years of formal training. Students with advanced pointe skills should bring their pointe shoes. Each Master Class event features a dance technique class followed by a Q&A with the artist. Observers are also invited to join us with a discounted ticket option.
As a Principal Dancer with San Francisco Ballet, Tiit Helimets has danced major roles in Tomasson’s Giselle (Albrecht), Nutcracker (Grand Pas de Deux Prince), The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Desiré), and Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried and Von Rothbart); Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Basilio); Cranko’s Onegin (Gremin); Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid (Prince, Poet); Scarlett’s Frankenstein (Alphonse Frankenstein); and Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Prince Guillaume). He created principal roles in Caniparoli’s Doublestop, Ibsen’s House, and Tears; King’s The Collective Agreement; Liang’s The Infinite Ocean; Possokhov’s Swimmer (Humbert); and Wheeldon’s Ghosts. Read more…
Born in Zaragoza, Spain, Principal Dancer Gonzalo Garcia began training at eight years old, at María de Ávila’s school. After a summer session at San Francisco Ballet School, he participated in the Prix de Lausanne, becoming the youngest dancer to receive a gold medal. He joined San Francisco Ballet as a corps de ballet member in 1998, was promoted to soloist in 2000, and principal dancer in 2002. In 2000, he was the recipient of a Princess Grace Award. Read more…
Keelan Whitmore from Rockford, Illinois, trained at the Rockford Dance Company, the Joffrey Ballet School/New School University, and graduated from Michigan’s Interlochen Arts Academy and St. Mary’s College L.E.A.P. Program where he received his B.A. in Dance. As a member of Kansas City Ballet from 2001-2006, Whitmore performed works by choreographers including George Balanchine, Nacho Duato, Jerome Robbins and Twyla Tharp. In 2006, Whitmore became a member of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet. His choreography has been showcased in workshop and gala performances presented by Kansas City Ballet, Virginia School of the Arts, the LINES Ballet Training Program, LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican, and Regional Dance America, which presented Whitmore with its National Choreography Recognition Award in 2005. That same year, he co-founded Kansas City–based multi-disciplinary ensemble Quixotic Fusion. Whitmore danced with Alonzo King LINES Ballet from 2006-2013. He is currently a soloist with TanzTheater Muenster in Germany.
In 1986, Tracey joined the NYCB corps de ballet, launching a celebrated 16-year stage career. A principal dancer from 1991 until her retirement in 2002, she excelled in the Balanchine repertoire, appearing frequently in such core works as Apollo, Allegro Brilliante, Ballo della Regina, Concerto Barocco, Serenade, Square Dance, Symphony in C, Vienna Waltzes, Western Symphony, and Who Cares?, among others. She was also featured in a range of Robbins’ ballets, including Andantino, Afternoon of a Faun, The Four Seasons, and The Goldberg Variations, and created a role in the choreographer’s Ives, Songs (1988). She originated roles in works by William Forsythe, Richard Tanner, Ib Andersen, Trey McIntyre and Peter Martins, including Martins’s Les Petit Riens, Fearful Symmetries, Zakouski and his production of The Sleeping Beauty, in which she appeared both as Princess Aurora and Princess Florine.
Antonio Carmena was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. He began his dance training at age seven with the Royal Conservatory of Professional Dance in Madrid. After winning a Prix de Lausanne Scholarship, he came to New York City in 1997 to study at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet. He was invited to become an apprentice with New York City Ballet in October 1998 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in October 1999. In March of 2006 he was promoted to soloist. Since joining New York City Ballet, Mr. Carmena has danced featured roles in Balanchine’s Chaconne, The Nutcracker (Soldier & Chinese Tea), Jewels (Emeralds), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon), Prodigal Son, La Sonnambula, Symphony in C (3rd Movement), La Valse, and Vienna Waltzes. He has danced in the following Jerome Robbins ballets: Dances at the Gathering (Brick), The Four Seasons (Winter & Fall), Interplay and Piano Pieces (Le Petit Cavalier). He was seen in Peter Martins The Sleeping Beauty (Bluebird), Swan Lake (Benno), Eight More and Fearful Symmetries. Mr. Carmena has originated a feature roles in Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons.
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