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Meet the 2010/2011 Company

We are pleased to welcome back so many returning Company Members as well as welcome new folks.

Returning to the Farrell Ballet family:
Violeta Angelova, Soloist, joined 2006
Tommy Bettin, Corps de Ballet, joined 2009
Amy Brandt, Corps de Ballet, joined 2003
Michael Cook, Principal, joined 2007
Kara Genevieve Copper, Corps de Ballet, joined 2007
Ian Grosh, Corps de Ballet, joined 2006
Kirk Henning, Corps de Ballet, joined 2006
Elisabeth Holowchuk, Soloist, joined 2001
Andrew Shore Kaminski, Corps de Ballet, joined 2004
Jessica Lawrence, Corps de Ballet, joined 2009
Natalia Magnicaballi, Principal, joined 1999
Kendra Mitchell, Soloist, joined 2009
Momchil Mladenov, Principal, joined 2001
Matthew Renko, Corps de Ballet, joined 2009
Jordyn Richter, Apprentice, joined 2007
Ted Seymour, Corps de Ballet, joined 2007
Lauren Stewart, Corps de Ballet, joined 2009

A special congratulations to Jessica Lawrence who, after being promoted, will return to the company this fall as a Corps de Ballet member. Jessica joined the company as an Apprentice in 2009.

Making their Farrell Ballet Debut:
Aoi AnrakuAoi Anraku (Apprentice), originally from Japan, has trained stateside with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, Miami City Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, and The Washington School of Ballet. Aoi's professional credits include Texas Ballet Theater and Columbia Classical Ballet (SC). This is Aoi's first season with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.

Vincent BrewerVincent Brewer (Apprentice) is currently a student at Indiana University where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Ballet with an Outside Field in Religious Studies. He is originally from the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts where he trained with the Albany Berkshire Ballet. Roles at IU include Melancholic in Balanchine's The Four Temperaments, the male principal in Balanchine's Valse Fantasie, and Cavalier, Snow Prince, and Trepak in Michael Vernon's Nutcracker. He has received scholarships from the Jacob's School of Music, Hutton Honors College, and an award from the National Society of Arts and Letters. This summer Vincent danced with the Eglevsky Ballet under the artistic direction of Marina Eglevsky. This is Vincent's first season with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.

Ariel DerbyAriel Derby (Corps de ballet) was born in Chicago, IL. She has trained at The Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, Pacific Northwest Ballet School under the direction of Peter Boal, and Ballet Austin with additional training at American Ballet Theatre summer intensive. Professional performance credits include Pacific Northwest Ballet. This is Ariel's first season as a member of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.

Jane MorganJane Morgan (Apprentice) is from Annapolis, MD. She began her training at Ballet Theatre of Maryland and then studied at Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy. She has also studied at the Kirov Academy of Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Jane was three times selected for the Kennedy Center Master Class Series in which she studied under directors from several internationally acclaimed companies. This is her first season with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.


Sy SarSokvannara "Sy" Sar (Corps de ballet) is from Siem Reap, Cambodia where he trained and performed with the Wat Bo School of Traditional Dance. In 2000, Sy traveled to the U.S. to train at the School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School, Miami City Ballet School, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. He joined Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2006 where he performed featured roles in works by Balanchine, Forsythe, Tharpe, and Stowell. Sy also performed with Chaktamouk Theater in Phnom Penh in honor of the US Embassy inauguration in 2006; later that year he became a semifinalist in the International Ballet Competition at Varna. At the 2008 and 2010 Vail International Dance Festivals he premiered works by Benjamin Millepied and Larry Keigwin. Sy is the subject of the documentary Dancing Across Borders. This is Sy's first season with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.

Cleopatra Avery (Apprentice), from Carlisle, Pennsylvania, began her training at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet where she originated roles by Sherry Morray and Alan Hineline.  She continued training at Pacific Northwest Ballet School summer intensive in 2006 and 2007.  Cleopatra’s Balanchine repertoire includes The Nutcracker, Who Cares?, Raymonda Variations, Divertimento No. 15, Valse Fantisies, La Source, Walpurgisnacht, and Stars and Stripes.  Cleopatra is currently a trainee with Richmond Ballet.  This is her first season with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.

Suzanne Farrell

"I look forward to seeing my dancers, old and new, each fall after a long summer break. It's always fun to get back into the studio and back to work!”
- Suzanne Farrell