New Faces at FBP – Meet the Trainees!

Among the new faces when the company returns to work tomorrow will be four new trainees! We couldn’t wait to meet them, so we didn’t! Here’s a little background about the newest additions to the FBP family:

JAIME DeROCKER

Jaime Derocker

Jaime Derocker

Hometown
Oneida, New York

Where did you train?
The HARID Conservatory, Mohawk Valley Ballet, and United Academy of the Performing Arts

What other interests do you have?
Hiking, Running, Water Sports (anything outdoors really). Since living out west, I’ve fallen in love with nature. Also, currently working on a degree.

What did you do this summer?
Spent some time in Colorado with friends. Other than that working at the Thinking Cup in Boston and working on a college degree. Also, exploring my new home: Boston, MA!

What you’re looking forward to this season?
Gaining knowledge and inspiration from the company members and artistic staff of FBP! Can’t Wait!

Jamie at Red Rocks National Park in Las Vegas, Nevada

Jamie at Red Rocks National Park in Las Vegas, Nevada

Bio
Jaime DeRocker is originally from Oneida, NY. She began her training at United Academy of the Performing Arts and Mohawk Valley Ballet located in upstate New York. At age sixteen, she accepted a full scholarship to the Harid Conservatory where she graduated from high school. After graduating high school in 2009, Jaime spent two years at Colorado Ballet in the Studio Company. She was also a trainee at Ballet West from 2011-2012. She recently spent her first professional season at Nevada Ballet Theatre.

 COURTNEY HANAWAY

Courtney Hanaway

 

Hometown
Weimar, California

Where did you train?
Northern California Dance Conservatory

What other interests do you have?
Listening to music and hanging out with friends

This always seems to happen when dancers get together

This always seems to happen when dancers hang out

What did you do this summer?
I attended Project Launch Summer Dance Festival, hung out with friends!

What you’re looking forward to this season?
I’m really looking forward to working with such amazing dancers, teacher, and choreographers and performing!

Courtney2

 

Bio
Courtney, originally from California, started dancing at the age of 3 and began training at 10 Years old at Northern California Dance Conservatory under the direction of Jen Bradford and Theodore Constant. In the past she has danced at Project Launch and worked with many incredible choreographers including , including Jody Gates on Forsythe Rep, Lillian Barbeito on Barak Marshall Rep, Theodore Constant, Sidra Bell, Ben Levy, Amy Seiwert, Lee Wei Chao, Drew Jacoby, Iratxe Ansa, Marek Rozycki, Tina Bohnstedt and Cosmin Marceletiu. She has also attended the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet Summer Intensive in New York, and toured with Young Tanzommer Festival in Austria, Italy, and Germany.

KRISTINA LIU

Kristina Liu

Kristina Liu

Hometown
Reston, Virginia

Where did you train?
I started dancing at the Conservatory Ballet in Reston, VA under the direction of Julia Cziller Redick when I was a small child. Then I continued at Butler University to get my Bachelors degree and just recently graduated in May 2013.

Kristina Liu

Kristina Liu

What other interests do you have?
I am really into art & design and fashion. I like having random adventures in whatever city I am in and hanging out with friends. I also blog in my spare time.

What did you do this summer?
Besides trying to stay in shape, I work the front desk at a massage therapy clinic. I also have been catching up on TV shows, crafting, and reading books for fun. Stuff I never get to do during the year!

What you’re looking forward to this season?
Learning and working on new choreography!

Bio
Born and raised in Northern Virginia, I started dancing at the Conservatory Ballet, in Reston, VA under the direction of Julia Cziller Redick. I performed a few fun roles there such as Snow Queen in the Nutcracker, a sylph in Les Sylphide, and a variation from La Raymonda. In 2009, I went to Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. I had the opportunity to perform the Mazurka in Coppelia, flower corps in the Nutcracker, and contemporary pieces choreographed by Cynthia Pratt and Michael Johnson. I also attended summer programs at Orlando Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, ABT MI, and Festival Ballet.

MELISSA WONG

Melissa Wong

Melissa Wong

Hometown
Portsmouth, OH

Where did you train?
En’lair Ballet Theatre School (Portsmouth, OH), BalletMet Columbus, University of Akron’s Dance Institute, Pioneer Valley Ballet, Five College Dance Department (Smith College and Mt. Holyoke College), Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.

What other interests do you have?
Playing tennis, doing yoga, cooking/baking, watching movies, listening to Macklemore x Ryan Lewis ‘The Heist’

What did you do this summer?
I saw One Direction in concert! I spent two weeks at Cincinnati Ballet’s Summer Intensive before the four-week intensive here at Festival Ballet Providence. After the program, I’ve been at home and enjoying some much needed rest before I move to Providence!

What you’re looking forward to this season?
What you’re looking forward to this season – This is my first year in a company so to be honest, I’m excited about everything from taking class with the company everyday to performing on stage! I’m looking forward to doing something that I love everyday and trying to be a better ballet dancer both artistically and technically.

Bio
Melissa began her training in her hometown of Portsmouth, OH at En’Lair Ballet Theatre School and later at BalletMet Columbus Dance Academy and the University of Akron Dance Institute. From 2008-2012, she continued her training at Pioneer Valley Ballet in Easthampton, MA and the Five College Dance Department. In 2012, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Smith College. Prior to joining Festival Ballet as a trainee, she studied at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy. Melissa has attended summer programs with BalletMet Columbus, Northern Ballet Theatre, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, and Festival Ballet Providence.

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Meet the Dancers: Vilia Putrius

We have come to the final video in our “Meet the Dancers” series, and – appropriately – this one features company dancer Vilia Putrius, who created, organized, filmed, and edited all of these fantastic videos. Thank You, Vilia, for all of your hard work on this series. What a joy it was to see the diverse talents and personalities of FBP showcased in this way over the past four months! 

Vilia Putrius

Vilia Putrius

Born in Lithuania, Ms. Putrius received her early training at the Vilnius Ballet School. In 1995, following graduation, she joined the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre in 1995 where she was a soloist for five years. In 2001, Ms. Putrius joined Ballet Arlington in Texas as a principal dancer where she performed for three years before joining Boston Ballet in 2004. Favorite roles include Terpsichore inApollo, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Coppelia in Coppelia, Dark Angel in Coma, Odette and Odile in Swan Lake, Giselle and Myrtha in Giselle and Nurida in Eldar Aliev’s A Thousand and One Nights with principal roles in Allegro BrillanteDonizetti Variations, Paquita and Les Sylphides. She also performed the pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty, Esmeralda, Grande Pas Classique and the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. She is married to company dancer Mindaugas Bauzys. This is Ms. Putrius’ seventh season with FBP.

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Meet the Dancers: Harry Yamakawa

Harry Yamakawa

Harry Yamakawa

Originally from Japan, Harry received formal training with Nowa Ballet School in Kanagawa, Japan, as well as with John Cranko School in Stuttgart, Germany. Before joining Atlanta Ballet, Harry performed with National Company of Portugal (CNB), Colorado Ballet, Nashville Ballet and Atlanta Ballet. Also, Harry performs often as a guest in Japan. Harry enjoys both classical and contemporary work, such as a recent summer workshop with Complexions in New York.  His repertory includes the Nutcracker Prince and Cavalier from The Nutcracker, James from La Sylphide, Peter from Peter and the Wolf, and various roles inSwan Lake, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Who Cares?, Kazimir’s Colours, Dracula, Four Seasons, Moments of Dis, Rush, Eden/Eden, and Prayer of Touch.  Harry is excited to be a part of Festival Ballet Providence and thankful to his family in Japan and the USA.

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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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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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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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