Meet the Dancers: Tess Lane

Tess Lane, FBP trainee
Tess Lane, FBP trainee

From Lenox, Massachusetts, Tess began studying at Albany Berkshire Ballet and later at Studio One under Darrell Pucciarello. At age 16 she was accepted into Walnut Hill School of the Arts and trained there for a year. She furthered her training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and most recently Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Dance. During her time in NYC, she studies under Gelsey Kirkland, Alexandra Lawler, and Leslie Browne. Tess has attended summer programs at Walnut Hill, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Ballet Austin, and Festival Ballet Providence. This is her first season with the company.

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Meet the Dancers: Kara Gentile

Kara Gentile, FBP trainee
Kara Gentile, FBP trainee

Originally from Glocester, RI, she began her training with Festival Ballet at a young age. Kara danced with FBP as a scholarship student and also as a membr of the junior company. She has participated in the Joffrey summer intensive New York and attended Festival Ballet’s Trainee summer intensive program in 2011. Kara has also competed in Youth America Grand Prix in 2010 and 2011. With Festival she has danced a variety of roles in The Nutcracker, including Clara and snow corps. This is her second season with Festival Ballet Providence as a company trainee.

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Meet the Dancers: Casey Dolson

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Casey Dolson, FBP Trainee
Casey Dolson, FBP Trainee

Originally from Palm Harbor, FL, Casey began her training at the age of 12. She trained with America’s Ballet School and has attended various summer programs including Boston Ballet, School of American Ballet, Orlando Ballet, and Festival Ballet Providence. In 2009 she attended Orlando Ballet as a trainee, performing in The Nutcracker, and Peter Stark’s Cinderella. Most previously, she has danced with Sarasota Ballet as an apprentice, performing in Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15, Donizetti Variations, Who Cares?, and Serenade. She has also performed in Agnes DeMille’s Rodeo, Sir Frederick Ashton’s Façade, Will Tucket’s Spielende Kinder, and Yuri Possokhov’s Firebird. This is Casey’s first season with Festival Ballet Providence.

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Meet the Dancers: Louisa Chapman

Louisa Chapman, FBP trainee
Louisa Chapman, FBP trainee

Today we are beginning a new series featuring each of our trainees, apprentices, and company dancers. We think this is a great way to meet the unique and talented artists that are the heart of this great company. Keep checking back to see all the interviews throughout the rest of our season.

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