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.
Born in Daly City, California, Alan Alberto began his formal ballet training at 15 with Marielena Mencia and Yanis Pikieris in Miami, Florida. A year later he was accepted to the Harid Conservatory, FL from which he graduated in 2005. Upon graduating he was accepted to the Vaganova Ballet Academy, formally known as the Kirov Ballet School in St. Petersburg, Russia. In the Academy he studied under the direction of Yuri Ivanovich Umrijin. Once completing his studies and returning to the US he began working as a company member with Nashville Ballet. To further develop his career he moved to NYC and began working as a freelance artist with Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Ballet X, and New Chamber Ballet. In 2010 he was invited to join the Croatian National Theater in Split as a Soloist. Highlights from his career include Grande Pas from La Bayadere; Twyla Tharp’s Octet; Oberon in Midsummer Night’s Dream; Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle; Blue Bird in The Sleeping Beauty and other soloist roles in Concerto Barocco, The Nutcracker, Carmina Burana, and Zorba the Greek. This is his first season with Festival Ballet of Providence.
Originally from Stuart, Florida, Tegan began her training at the Dance Academy of Stuart with Alicia Chodera, Loretta Miller, Charles Russell, and Charlotte Ray. She later moved to Miami and danced with the Miami City Ballet School where I studied under Alexandra Koltun, Alex Lapshin, Geta Constantinescu, Carter Alexander, and benefitted from master classes with Edward Villella. While at MCBS, I especially enjoyed dancing Russian Girl in Serenade, Medora in Le Corsaire and Balanchine’s Square Dance. I have attended summer programs at Orlando Ballet, Joffrey Midwest, ABT NY, SAB, Miami City Ballet School, and spent the past summer at Festival Ballet Providence. This is her second year with Festival Ballet Providence.
Madeleine Issa was born and raised in Providence, RI. She began her training with the school of The State Ballet of Rhode Island, until her final year of training, where she continued study at the Festival Ballet Providence School as a Junior Company member. In addition to this training, she also attended summer programs at Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Miami City Ballet, and Orlando Ballet. In 2010, Ms. Issa competed with her peers from Festival Ballet Providence in the Youth American Grand Prix. In the same year, she completed the summer intensive at Festival Ballet, and was invited to join the company as a trainee. She studies part-time at the University of Rhode Island. This is Ms. Issa’s third season with the company.
Dylan began his training at the age of 6 at the Raleigh School of Ballet in Raleigh, North Carolina. At the pre-professional company Raleigh Dance Theatre he performed in Les Sylphides, Sleeping Beauty and new works by Artistic Director Mary LeGere. He also performed with Carolina Ballet in various productions between 2002 and 2008. He continued his training at summer programs at North Carolina Dance Theatre, Boston Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. In 2008 he joined Indiana University Ballet Theater where he performed in Balanchine’s Rubies, Allegro Brillante, and Who Cares? He also performed the roles of Arabian and Cavalier in The Nutcracker. He graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance and an Outside Field in Journalism. This is his second season with Festival Ballet.
Brenna DiFrancesco was born in Seekonk, MA where she currently lives. She began her training with the Brae Crest School of Ballet, official school of the State Ballet of Rhode Island under the guidance of Herci Marsden before joining Festival Ballet as a junior company member. Brenna performed the Don Quoxite pas de deux in Festival Ballet School’s culmination as well as Snow and Flower corps in The Nutcrackerand the role of Joan in Boyko Dossev’s Mother Goose Goes to Hollywood with the company. She also trained with The Nutmeg Conservatory and Orlando ballet, and The School of American Ballet. Brenna also completed in the Youth American Grand Prix competition placing second place in 2003 and first place in 2004. Brenna joined the company as a trainee in 2010 and looks forward to her third season with the company.
A native of Great Barrington, MA, Vincent trained with the Albany Berkshire Ballet and Berkshire Pulse in Western Massachusetts. He furthered his dance training at Indiana University on scholarships from the Jacob’s School of Music and the Hutton Honors College, graduating with a B.S. in Ballet and an Outside Field in Religious studies in 2011 (honors with high distinction). At Indiana University, Vincent danced the male principals in Valse Fantaisie, Allegro Brillante, and Glinka Pas de Trois (Balanchine), Melancholic in Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, and Cavalier, Snow Prince, and Trepak in Michael Vernon’s The Nutcracker. He also performed works by Ashton, Tudor, Tharp, and Nijinska. He has danced with Eglevsky Ballet and Suzanne Farrell Ballet, performing Flower Festival at Genzano and Balanchine’s Tarantella with Eglevsky Ballet. This is Mr. Brewer’s second season with Festival Ballet Providence.
Born in Moscow, Russia, Eugenia moved to the United States at a young age. She trained at the Boston Ballet School for 8 years and completed her final two years of school at University of North Carolina School of the Arts under Ethan Stiefel with a major in ballet. She spent a year training in New York City with Sara Knight before coming to FBP as a trainee. Eugenia has attended summer programs at Chautauqua, the Harid Conservatory, Boston Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and American Academy of Ballet. She has performed in productions of Paquita, Balanchine’s Symphonie Concertante, Coppelia, La Bayadere, TheSleeping Beauty, and other original works.
Lauren Sylvia was raised in Rochester, MA where she currently lives. She began training at FBP when she was nine years old, and two years later became a scholarship student. At the age of 13, she was accepted into the junior company. She attended summer intensive programs at FBP, Chautauqua, and CPYB. Lauren also competed in the Youth America Grand Prix in 2009, 2010, and 2011. As a student, she has danced alongside the FBP company as a corps member in Giselle, Swan Lake, and The Nutcracker, in which she also received the opportunity to perform the role of Clara. Lauren studies at Rhode Island College. This is her first season with FBP.
Originally from Worcester, Mass., Shela began her training at Performing Arts School of Worcester and later, Ballet Arts Worcester. From there, she was accepted into the Kirov Academy of Ballet where she trained for three years, under the direction of Lyubov Fominich, Marianna Lobanova, Elena Tenchikova and graduated in May, 2012. She attended summer programs at Boston Ballet, Kirov Academy of Ballet, Miamy City Ballet, and most recently, Festival Ballet Providence, where she was accepted as a trainee. This is her first season with FBP.