Stars of International Ballet
A unique star-studded evening featuring some of the biggest names in ballet performing the most beloved pieces of classical repertoire as well as exciting contemporary selections. Don’t miss the opportunity to see leading dancers The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Washington Ballet and many more, together on one stage for an unforgettable ballet gala performance!
Adiarys Almeida, International Guest Artist
Joseph Gatti, International Guest Artist
Matthew Golding, Principal Dancer – The Royal Ballet
Greta Hodgkinson, Principal Dancer – National Ballet of Canada
Lauren King, Soloist – York City Ballet
Misa Kuranaga, Principal Dancer – Boston Ballet
Brooklyn Mack, Washington Ballet
Mayara Pineiro, Pennsylvania Ballet
Daniil Simkin, Principal Dancer – American Ballet Theatre
Daniel Ulbricht, Principal Dancer – New York City Ballet
Former Cincinnati Ballet and Corella Ballet Principal Dancer and First Soloist with Boston Ballet.
Born and raised in Matanzas, Cuba. Ms. Almeida professional training include the Vocational Art School “Alfonso Perez Isaac” in Matanzas, Cuba and the National Ballet School in Havana, Cuba. After graduation in 2001 as a Professional Ballet Dancer and Teacher, she joined the National Ballet of Cuba for two years 2001-2003, under the direction of Alicia Alonso. She participated in the International Ballet Competition of Havana, Cuba, where she received the Silver Medal in 1997 and 1998 and the Gold Medal in 199 and 2000. In 1999 Ms. Almeida participated in the International Dance Competition in Nagoya, Japan and the Gala of the Ballet Muses in Tokyo as partner of Rolando Sarabia. She was also the first Cuban female dancer to be a finalist at the USA International Ballet Competition in 2006.
Some of her Principal Roles include Giselle in “Giselle”, Juliet in Victoria Morgan’s “Romeo and Juliet”, Nikiya in “La Bayadere”, Kitri in “Don Quixote”, Medora in “Le Corsaire”, Aurora and Princess Florine in Ashton’s and Kirk Peterson’s “Sleeping Beauty”, Odette-Odile in Angel Corella, Victoria Morgan and Magaly Suarez’s “Swan Lake”, Clara in Alicia Alonso’s “The Nutcraker”, Marie and Rose in Val Caniparoli’s “The Nutcraker.
Former Cincinnati Ballet and Corella Ballet principal Dancer and First Soloist with Boston Ballet.
Born in Warwick, New York and raised in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Gatti began dancing at the Orlando Ballet School in Florida and continued his training with Vadim Fedotov and Irina Depler. Joseph danced with Orlando Ballet as an apprentice 2001 – 2003 under the direction of Fernando Bujones. in 2003 he was coached by Orlando Molina for the Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition in New York hwere he was awarded the Gld Medal and a Scholarship to the Royal Ballet School in London. Upon graduating with honors he received the 2004 Dame Ruth Railton Award for Excellence in Dance. After attending the 2003 American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive he joined the American Ballet Theater Studio Company for the 2004-2005 season. In 2005 he bacame the first American Male Dancer to win the prestigious Gold Medal at the New York International Ballet Competition. Joseph was nominated as best male dancer for the 2006 Benois de la Danse in Moscow, Russia. In 2006 he bacame a Bronze Medalist at the USA International Ballet Competition and a Silver Medalist at the Seoul International Ballet Competition in Korea. He was also chosen to be featured in a video entitled “The Male Ballet Dancer” presented by master teacher Fnis Jhung. In 2007 Joseph was coached by Magaly Suarez for the first World Ballet Competition in Orlando, Florida, where he receive the Gold Medal. Mr. Gatti also received the Bronze Medal at the 2010 Istanbul International Ballet Competition. In 2013 Joseph receive the Mr. Virtuosity Award at the Dance Open Ballet Festival in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
Canadian dancer Matthew Golding is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School on a Prix de Lausanne scholarship, and joined the Company as a Principal in 2014, having appeared with the Company as a Guest Artist the previous Season as Solor (La Bayadère). Since joining the Company his roles have included Basilio and Espada (Don Quixote), Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty), Eugene Onegin, Oberon (The Dream), Des Grieux (Manon) and roles in Serenade and DGV: Danse à grande vitesse.
Golding was born in Saskatchewan and from the age of 14 trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, joining the Universal Ballet Academy in Washington D.C. aged 16. In 2002 he won the Youth America Grand Prix and a Prix de Lausanne scholarship to study at The Royal Ballet School. In 2003 he graduated into American Ballet Theatre. In 2009 he joined Dutch National Ballet as a second soloist and was promoted to principal in 2010. He continues to dance as a guest artist with the company. Other guest appearances include with such companies as the Mariinsky Ballet, Vienna State Ballet, Berlin State Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Tokyo Ballet, English National Ballet and at the Nureyev Ballet Festival, the Japan International Ballet Festival and in Hong Kong. His repertory includes Solor, Romeo (Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet), Basilio (Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote) and Prince (Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella and Peter Wright’s The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker).
Golding’s awards include the Zwaan Prize (2010), the Alexandra Radius Prize (2011) and nominations for the Benois de la danse Prize (2012 and 2013). His DVD recordings include Wheeldon’s Cinderella, Ratmansky’s Don Quixote and Wayne Eagling and Toer van Schayk’s The Nutcracker.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island and trained Festival Ballet of Rhode Island and The National Ballet School, Greta Hodgkinson joined The National Ballet of Canada, where she has been a Principal Dancer since 1996. An artist acclaimed for her dazzling technical virtuosity, dramatic intensity and articulate characterization, she is the complete ballerina, par excellence. Ms. Hodgkinson has performed every leading role in the classical repertoire and her talents extend to the contemporary repertoire as well. She has had numerous roles created for her by world renowned choreographers and has worked closely with such icons as William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Glen Tetley, John Neumeier, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, James Kudelka and Crystal Pite.
As a guest artist, Ms. Hodgkinson has appeared with The Mariinsky Ballet, Teatro alla Scala, The Royal Ballet, The Australian Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Munich Ballet, Teatro Comunale di Firenze, the Gala des Etoiles, Stars of the 21st Century and International Ballet Galas in the United States, Russia, Japan, Europe and Canada. Ms. Hodgkinson was invited to tour Japan dancing Swan Lake with K-Ballet, partnered by Tetsuya Kumakawa. She also performed at The World Ballet Festival in Tokyo, with frequent partner Roberto Bolle.
Ms. Hodgkinson has graced the covers of Dance Magazine and Dance International Magazine and has been featured in various fashion publications including; Vanity Fair, Lucky, W, GQ Italia, ELLE, NUVO, Flare and FASHION among others.
Ms. Hodgkinson’s film credits include collaboration with director Moze Mossanen in the title role in the film Roxana, based on the novel by Daniel Defoe, as Margot Fonteyn in the Bravo! TV docudrama, Nureyev, CBC’s Romeos and Juliets and The Rings of Saturn. She also appeared in the title role in The Firebird, The Four Seasons (starring in Summer), A Dancer’s Story-50 Years of The National Ballet of Canada (dancing The Sleeping Beauty pas de deux) and as a guest star on the premiere of the Canadian comedy television series Baxter. In 2013, Ms. Hodgkinson performed Giselle in Emerging Pictures’ film, “Ballet’s Greatest Hits”, a ballet gala filmed and presented in over 200 cinemas throughout North America.
Ms. Hodgkinson has received two Citations from the State of Rhode Island. One of the highest honours given by the state, the Citations are in recognition of her extraordinary talents and accomplishments as a world class prima ballerina and her outstanding contribution to arts and culture in the United States.
Lauren King was born in Massapequa Park, New York, and began her dance training at the age of 10 with Jane Miller, Luba Gulyaeva, Ali Pourfarrokh, and Lynn Glauber at the American Theater Dance Workshop, the official school of the Eglevsky Ballet Company, in New Hyde Park, New York. Ms. King performed with the Eglevsky Ballet Company during its 2000-2001 season. In fall of 2001, Ms. King entered the full-time program at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet. Ms. King became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in the fall of 2003. As an apprentice Ms. King danced a featured role in Michel Fokine’s Chopiniana, performed by SAB as part of New York City Ballet’s 2004 winter season, and she originated a corps role in Susan Stroman’s Double Feature. Ms. King joined New York City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in June 2004 and was promoted to soloist in February 2013.
Misa Kuranaga began her training at the Jinushi Kaoru Ballet School and later continued at the School of American Ballet. In 2001, Kuranaga joined the San Francisco Ballet as an apprentice after winning the professional scholarship award at the Prix de Lausanne. In 2003, Kuranaga was offered a corps de ballet position at Boston Ballet. She quickly rose through the ranks after performing the Sylph in August Bournonville’s La Sylphide as a corps member. She was promoted to second soloist in 2005, soloist in 2007 and to principal dancer in 2009.
She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including a gold medal in the junior division of the Ninth Moscow International Ballet Competition and the gold medal in the senior division of the 2006 USA International Ballet Competition.
In 1993, Kuranaga performed in the Moscow Ballet Competition Gala at Bolshoi Theater as a guest of Yuri Grigorovich. In 2009 she performed Serenade with New York City Ballet in Lincoln Center and in 2012, Kuranaga danced the roles of Odette and Odile at the Komaki Ballet in Tokyo, Japan. She is an annual guest artist at the Vail International Dance Festival, which Damien Woeztel directs. Kuranaga has traveled all over the world performing in galas including the Youth American Grand Prix Gala in New York City, the Dance Open Gala in Helsinki, the 7th International Ballet Star Gala in Taipei, the Prix de Lausanne Gala in Tokyo, the International Ballet Gala in Dortmund and Alina Cojocaru & Friends in Sarasota, Florida.
Her repertoire includes Nureyev’s Don Quixote (Kitri); Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet (Juliet); Maina Gielgud’s production of Giselle (Giselle); Florence Clerc’s La Bayadere (Nikiya), Les Sylphides (Prelude), Frederic Ashton’s La Fille mal Gardée (Lise), Cinderella (Cinderella); Bournonville’s La Sylphide (the Sylph); Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty (Princes Aurora, Princess Florine), Swan Lake (Odette/Odile); Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen and Clara), Harald Lander’s Etudes (the Ballerina); James Kudelka’s Cinderella, lead role in George Balanchine’s Coppélia (Swanhilda), Leading roles of Theme and Variations, Diamonds, Rubies, Symphony in C, Serenade, Ballo della Regina, Tchaikovsky pas de deux, Tarantella, A Midsummer Night Dream, Divertimento No.15, Who Cares?, Concerto Barocco, Symphony in Three Movements; Alexander Ekman’s Cacti; Jiri Kylián’s Petite Mort, Wings of Wax, Symphony of Psalms, Sechs Tanze; William Forsythe’s The Second Detail; Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia; Helen Pickett’s Tsukiyo, Layli o Majnun, Tabula Rasa; Mark Morris’s Up and Down; Victor Plotnikov’s Moonlight Sonata, “2”; Boyko Dossev’s Crane, Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room; Jorma Elo’s Slice to Sharp, Lost by Last; Wayne McGregor’s Chroma and Peter Martin’s Barber Violin Concerto.
Mr. Mack began his ballet training at the Pavlovich Dance School with Radenko Pavlovich before attending the Kirov Academy of Ballet and training with Anatoli Kucheruk and Vladimir Djouloukhadze. Mr. Mack was named one of Dance Magazines ’25 to Watch in 2012′ and is a Princess Grace Award recipient. He received the silver medal at the 2006 USA IBC, the silver medal at the 2009 Helsinki IBC, the silver medal at the 2011 Seoul International Dance Competition, the gold medal at the 2012 Boston IBC, the Grand Prix at the 2012 Instanbul IBC, and the Gold medal at the prestigious 2012 Varna IBC, among many other awards. Mr. Mack has been featured in Ebony Online Magazine and was named in theGrios top 100 in 2014. Mack is frequently a principal guest artist with companies all over the world and is currently working as a principal dancer with the Washington Ballet.
Mayara Pineiro was born in Havana, Cuba and graduated from The Cuban National Ballet School under the direction of Ramona de Saa. She participated in International Dance Festivals in South Africa, Peru, and Canada. At the age of 16, she won a Silver medal in The International Ballet Competition held in Havana, Cuba. That same year, she received a gold medal in the Danza & Mare Competition in Calabria, Italy. In 2011, she was awarded the gold medal in the Youth American Grand Prix in Tampa.
Ms. Pineiro began her professional career in 2010, when she joined the National Opera of Bucharest as a Soloist. There, she danced many roles, including the Woodland Glade Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, the Russian Girl in Serenade, and a Slave in Le Corsaire. In 2012, she was invited as a guest artist to Balletto del Sud in Italy under the direction of Fredy Franzutti where she performed The Blue Bird pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty and the title role in Carmen. From 2012-2014, Ms. Pineiro danced with Milwaukee Ballet. She joined Pennsylvania Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet for the 2014-2015 Season.
Daniil Simkin was born in Russia to a ballet family. In 1990, the family left for the West and, after several international engagements, settled in Wiesbaden, Germany, where Simkin first appeared on the stage. From the age of six he often appeared onstage, dancing alongside his father Dmitrij Simkin.
At ten, Simkin began his training under the direction of his mother, Olga Aleksandrova. At 12, he began participating in ballet competitions and galas around the world and, at the same time, he finished his academic education. He joined the ballet company of the Vienna State Opera in 2006 as a demi-soloist and since then has danced many roles in the classical, neoclassical and contemporary repertoire of the company. In 2007, he danced his first principal role, Basilio in Don Quixote, as a guest with the Lithuanian National Opera.
Simkin’s awards include the Senior Gold Medal at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson 2006, Grand Prix International Ballet Competition Helsinki 2005 and First Prize and Gold Medal at the 21st International Ballet Competition in Varna 2004, among others.
Simkin joined American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in October 2008 and became a Principal Dancer in December 2012. His repertoire with the Company includes the Bronze Idol in La Bayadère, the Ballet Dancer in The Bright Stream, Franz in Coppélia, Ali and Lankendem in Le Corsaire, Basilio and the Lead Gypsy inDon Quixote, Puck in The Dream, the first sailor in Fancy Free, the Flames of Paris pas de deux, the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, Lescaut in Manon, Kolia in A Month in the Country, the Nutcracker Prince in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Lensky in Onegin, the Son in Prodigal Son, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Boy With Matted Hair in Shadowplay, Prince Désiré and the Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, the pas de deux from Stars and Stripes, Prince Siegfried and Benno in Swan Lake, Gurn in La Sylphide, Eros and a Goat inSylvia, the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and roles in Allegro Brillante, Black Tuesday, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Company B, Duets, In the Upper Room, The Leaves Are Fading, One of Three, Piano Concerto #1 and Symphony in C. He created the Chinese Dance in Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Ariel in The Tempestand roles in Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once and Troika.
Daniel Ulbricht was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, and began his dance training at the age of 11. At age 16, Mr. Ulbricht was invited by the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, to continue his training. As a student at SAB, Mr. Ulbricht performed with New York City Ballet as a Jester in Peter Martins’ The Sleeping Beauty. In December 2000, he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet and in November 2001 he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. In January 2005, Mr. Ulbricht was promoted to the rank of soloist and principal dancer in May 2007. During his time there, he has danced featured roles in a number of Balanchine, Robbins, Martins, and Wheeldon ballets including George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son, Tarantella, Stars and Stripes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mozartiana, Nutcracker, Symphony in 3, The Steadfast Tin Soldier: Jerome Robbins’s Fancy Free, Interplay, Four Seasons; and Peter Martins’s Jeu de Cartes, Hallelujah Junction, Eight More, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo + Juliet among many others. Mr. Ulbricht has also danced Tarantella at the 2004 Kennedy Center Honors to celebrate the Balanchine Centenary. He has also performed at a number of national and international festivals and galas. Mr. Ulbricht is a guest teacher at the School of American Ballet, Ballet Academy East, as well as, teaching at a number of well-known national dance schools, private schools, and universities throughout the United States. Mr. Ulbricht is currently the Artistic Advisor of Manhattan Youth Ballet. Mr. Ulbricht is also the Associate Artistic Director of New York State Summer School for the Arts in Saratoga Springs, NY. Mr. Ulbricht is also founder and director of “Stars of American Ballet”, a touring group focusing on high art, education and outreach.