Meet the Dancers: Toleu Mukanov

Toleu Mukanov
Toleu Mukanov

Born in Kazakhstan, Toleu received his early training at the Almaty Choreographic College and later on graduated from Kyrgyzstan Ballet School. In 2002 he was a gold medal recipient at the International Ballet Competition in Crimea, Ukraine, and in 2006 he received a silver medal at the Almaty Ballet Competition. Immediately upon graduation he joined Astana Ballet in Kazakhstan. Later on he danced with Kyrgyzstan’s Opera and Ballet Theatre, Moscow’s Russian Ballet Theatre and Russian National Ballet Company. His past roles include: Basilio in Don Quixote, Golden Idol in La Bayadere, Ali inLe Corsaire, James in La Sylphide, Franz in Coppelia, Joker in Swan Lake, Blue Bird in Sleeping Beauty, Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle. Toleu joined Festival Ballet Providence in April 2012 and this past season was his first full season as a company member.

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Backstage at the RISD Fashion Show

This season, Little Red Riding Hood was the show that wouldn’t die…not that we wanted it to! After a cancelation due to the blizzard (in February) and adding additional shows due to popular demand (In April), the final act of this ballet came this past weekend, at the RISD “Collection 2013” fashion show. The dancers were asked to adapt a short piece from the ballet and perform it atop the 8 ft x 80 ft runway. It was a big honor and an awesome event with some of the most creative young designers around.

Getting makeup done by the Maybelline team

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Getting makeup done by the Maybelline team

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Meet the Dancers: Elizabeth Mochizuki

Elizabeth Mochizuki
Elizabeth Mochizuki

Born in California, Ms. Mochizuki received her early training in Fresno with Diane Mosier. Her professional career began with the 1999/2000 season as an apprentice with Festival Ballet Providence, during which she was a full-time college student in Boston. Ms. Mochizuki has since appeared with Anna Myer and Dancers, BalletRox, Boston Dance Company, Dance Currents, Ithaca Ballet, Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theatre, Spindle City Ballet, and State Street Ballet. Her classical repertoire includes: Aurora in Sleeping Beauty,Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker, Taglioni in Pas de Quatre, and the title role in Cinderella, Giselle, Raymonda, Snow White, and Sylvia. Elizabeth has also worked with such accomplished contemporary choreographers as Gianni DiMarco, William Soleau, and Josie Walsh. Ms. Mochizuki holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Tufts University. After a 12-year hiatus, Ms. Mochizuki returns to FBP for her second season.

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In rehearsal – Grand pas de Deux

Meet the Dancers: Ian Matysiak

Ian Matysiak
Ian Matysiak

Mr. Matysiak, a native of West Boylston, Massachusetts, started his intensive ballet training after getting accepted into the Walnut Hill School, a premier performing arts boarding school. Upon graduating, Ian studied with the Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education in the school’s advanced level. Throughout the years, he has attended summer programs at the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the FBP Center for Dance Education. With Festival Ballet Providence, Ian has performed in Giselle, Eldar Aliev’s A Thousand and One Nights,Viktor Plotnikov’s Cinderella and The Widow’s Broom, and in Gianni DiMarco’s Fiesta Italiano. This is Mr. Matysiak’s fifth season with FBP.

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Meet the Dancers: Emily Loscocco

Emily Loscocco
Emily Loscocco

Emily began her dance training at the Dancing Arts Center in Holliston Massachusetts under Wayne Stewarte and Stephanie Moy. At the age of sixteen she was accepted to the Kirov Academy in Washington D.C. and trained with Glania Kozlava. She has also studied with The Rock School of Dance Education, Boston Ballet, and Cosmin Marculetiu. Emily has danced with the Orlando Ballet under the direction of Bruce Marks and BalletMet in Columbus Ohio lead by Gerard Charles. Emily has also been one of the Top 12 in the Youth America Grand Prix Finals and was awarded a full scholarship to study with the Munich Ballet School. During her career Emily has danced in works such as Twyla Tharp’s Water Babies and Bergit Scherzer’s Requiem. She has also enjoyed performing in classics such as The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Don Quixote. This is Emily’s second season with Festival Ballet Providence and wants to thank her family and friends for their endless love and support.

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Game Face

Alan Alberto in the heat of the game at our company Picnic in the Park today.
Alan Alberto in the heat of the game at our company Picnic in the Park today.

Alan Alberto in the heat of the kickball game at our Picnic in the Park this afternoon at Colt State Park in Bristol, RI. Thanks to all who came out!

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Meet the Dancers: Ruth Whitney

Ruth Whitney
Ruth Whitney

Ruth Bronwen Whitney comes to Festival Ballet Providence from Teatrul de Balet Sibiu in Romania where her repertory included Juliet in Romeo and Juliet; the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker; and other soloist roles in GiselleBoutique Fantasque, and Raymonda. She began ballet at the age of 3 before receiving training at Boston Ballet School under Tatiana Legat and Laura Young. She has danced with Boston Ballet, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, Lorraine Chapman: The Company, and other companies in New England. In 2005, she graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English and Dance from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. This is her first season with Festival Ballet Providence.

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Meet the Dancers: Alex Lantz


Alex Lantz
Alex Lantz

Alex Lantz began his dance training at age seven at the Rockford Dance Company in his home town of Rockford, Illinois and was accepted into the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division in 2006 at age 17. Recipient of the Arnold Spohr Scholarship and the Daimler-Chrysler Scholarship, he performed a variety of works with the school including Pas De Quatre by David Maroni and the Roles of Alain in La fille Mal Gardee and Gamache in Don Quixote. Lantz’s piece, The Sea Within Us, wowed the crowd at the RWB School’s First Steps Choreographic Competition 2009, earning him first place and the RWB School Award. The Sea Within Us was also featured at the National Ballet School of Canada’s Assemblee International 2009 where it was performed with an international cast. Lantz joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet company as an apprentice in 2010. He performed with the company in Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Moulin Rouge – The Ballet, Dracula, Wonderland, The Exstacy of Rita Joe, Svengali, Giselle, and Carmina Burana. This is  his first season with Festival Ballet Providence.

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Meet the Dancers: Kirsten Evans

Kirsten Evans
Kirsten Evans

Shortly after we taped this interview, Kirsten was promoted from Apprentice to Company Dancer. We are very proud of her and wish her the best of luck in her new position!

From Massachusetts, Kirsten performed as a member of Festival Ballet’s Junior Company for 5 years before joining the company as a trainee in 2010. Ms. Evans has trained with Mihailo Djuric, Cosmin Marculetiu, Viktor Plotnikov, Yves de Boutillier, Valentina Kozlova, Anna Maria Holmes, Adam Sklute and Vera Kurmasheva. She has also trained with the Nutmeg Conservatory, Bolshoi Ballet Academy and was a member of Jacob’s Pillow Summer Dance Festival in 2009. Ms. Evans was a two time finalist in the Youth American Grand Prix Compeition in New York City, where she was awarded a scholarship and traineeship with Ballet West in Utah. Previous roles with Festival Ballet include Pas de Trois and Cygnets in Swan Lake, Willi in Giselle, Factory Girl in Viktor Plotnikov’s Carmen, Clara, Lead Snowflake, Lead Flower, and Marzipan in The Nutcracker, and Witch in Plotnikov’s The Widow’s Broom. Kirsten also attends Providence College part time. This is Ms. Evans’ third season with the company.

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