is originally from Japan. She began her training at Van Metre School of Dance in Tennessee and continued at Koshizuka Natsuko Ballet School in Japan. She attained her Bachelor's degree of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from Butler University. In the summer of 2007 Ayako attended the Vaganova Seminar in St. Petersburg, Russia where she studied with renowned professors from Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. She has also trained with Orlando Ballet School and Parsons Dance Company. Ayako joined the Lexington Ballet Company in 2009. Her recent repertoires include the title role of Cinderella, Myrtha in Giselle, Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland, Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Mazurka variation from Les Sylphides, Prayer in Coppelia, Dew Drop Fairy, Spanish soloist, Chinese soloist, and Marzipan in The Nutcracker, and various roles created by Luis Dominguez. Ayako believes the dance art form is an important part of education and enjoys teaching at The Lexington Ballet School and participating in outreach programs in the community. Ayako is excited to dance with the company for the ninth season and would like to thank her teachers and her family for their guidance and continuous support.
spent his early years in Soldotna Alaska, moving to Tennessee in middle school. He began his training at the School of Nashville Ballet under the tutelage of Donna Delseni, Nicole Koenig, Gonzalo Espinoza, and Kathleen Spinazzola. He then joined Dance Theatre of Tennessee as a company artist, under the Artistic Direction of Christopher Mohnani, where he performed ballets such as: Verdi, Carmen, Coppelia by Christopher Mohnani, Aspects of Love by Brian Williamson, Cinderella by Tom Pazik, Fado de Amore by Ron De Jesus of Hubbard Street. Casey has also been a guest artist for various companies including Ballet Fantastique, New York State Ballet, Ohio Dance Theatre, and Georgia Dance Theatre, among others. This is Casey's fifth season with the Lexington Ballet, where he has danced such roles as Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliette, The White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, the Devil in A Soldier's Tale, and Prince Charming in Cinderella.
Angelica South is originally from Traverse City, Michigan where she trained under the direction of Thomas Morrell at Ballet Etc. Dance Institute. She performed in the youth companies, Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre and West Michigan Youth Ballet. Angelica has attended summer intensives with the Bolshoi Ballet in New York City, American Ballet Theatre Collegiate Intensive, The Harid Conservatory and the Grand Rapids Ballet. In 2013, Angelica competed in the Youth American Grand Prix regional competition in Indianapolis and received first place in the Pas De Deux category along with an invitation to the finals in New York City. Angelica is in her fifth season as a dancer with the Lexington Ballet. She has performed title roles in: Afternoon of a Faun (The Nymph), The Nutcracker (Snow Queen, Sugar Plum Fairy, Columbine Doll, Dewdrop, Marie, Spanish soloist), Giselle (Peasant Pas de Deux), A Midsummer Night's Dream(Helena), The Koln Concert, Alice in Wonderland (Alice), The Soldier's Tale (The Princess), and Scheherazade.
is from Kernersville, North Carolina and began her ballet training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she trained for ten years. Alexandra continued her training, on both academic and dance scholarships, at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA where she graduated Cum Laude, receiving a BA in Dance with a minor in Accounting. It is in Erie that she performed with the Lake Erie Ballet Company for three seasons under the direction of Alethea Bodine, performing a variety of lead roles. She also completed a season as a member of the Mercyhurst Ballet Theatre, an in-residence company at Mercyhurst University under the direction of Tauna Hunter and Michael Gleason, before joining the Lexington Ballet in 2014. In her first two seasons with Lexington Ballet, Alexandra has performed roles such as The Gryphon in Alice in Wonderland and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. Alexandra is very excited to return to Lexington Ballet for a third season as a company member.
is originally from Spring Grove, Illinois where she began her ballet training at an early age under the direction of Alyce Keaggy-Brinkmann (Milwaukee Ballet) with Illinois Dance Conservatory. Through this training, Victoria had the opportunity to perform with the company Illinois Youth Dance Theatre (IYDT) in multiple productions including Clara/Marie, Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in the Nutcracker, The Sea Goddess in The Little Mermaid, as well as leading roles in excerpts from Don Quixote, Paquita, Americana, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and many more. Victoria also had the opportunity to compete in New York City with an ensemble for Youth America Grand Prix as a finalists from Chicago, Illinois as well as compete in New York City as a soloist through Valentina Koslova International Ballet Competition as a finalist from New Orleans, Louisiana. Victoria has attended various summer programs and workshops, many on scholarship, with Milwaukee Ballet, Visceral Dance Chicago, Ballet West, Oklahoma City Ballet, Ballet Austin and Regional Dance America. In 2015, Victoria moved to Austin, Texas where she was invited to continue her training with Ballet Austin under the direction of Bill Piner and Michelle Martin. Victoria is excited to be joining The Lexington Ballet for her second season and looks forward to the upcoming repertoire.
is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. She grew up dancing with Atlanta Dance Theatre under Jonnie Kelley, and trained with Victoria Leigh, former ABT soloist, and Marcial Ibarra, former dancer with The National Ballet of Cuba. In 2012, Rachel competed in YAGP and placed in the Top 12 in the contemporary category. For her senior year of high school Rachel was accepted into Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's full time program on scholarship, and continued to study there for two years after in the Graduate Program. From there, she became a Trainee with Nashville Ballet on full scholarship, and the following year joined Columbia Classical Ballet in South Carolina. Rachel has also had the privilege of attending summer intensives including Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Carolina Ballet, most of which were on scholarship. She has enjoyed being in many big productions like Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, as well as working with choreographers on brand new ballets. Rachel is very excited to be joining Lexington Ballet and looks forward to her first season!
was raised in Cupertino, California. He trained under Diane Lauridsen and Alicia Head, who have trained notable alumni such as Misty Copeland and Ashley Ellis. He attended California State University of Long Beach for their dance program. There he trained in modern dance under Keith Johnson, former Bill T. Jones company member, and Jeff Slayton, former Merce Cunningham company member. At the university Lorin Johnson, former ABT member, trained him in ballet. He danced with Milwaukee Ballet II under the direction of Rolando Yanes. He joined Missouri Contemporary Ballet under Karen Grundy. He has had the pleasure to work with contemporary choreographers such as Petr Zahradnicek, Tiffany Billings, Christian Denice, Lindsey Matheis, Bryn Cohn, Joel Hathaway, Karen Grundy. He's performed classical principal and soloist roles such as Ali in Corsaire, Bronze Idol in La Bayadere, Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Great Big Little Panther in Peter Pan. He has danced under full scholarship for two summers intensives at Milwaukee Ballet and a summer at Burklyn Ballet. As a student he received Honors at the 2014 RDA festival. He enjoys teaching and choreographing. He staged his piece Apex: Primal at Burklyn in 2016. He's excited to dance with Lexington Ballet for his first year!
is originally from Chicago, Illinois Luis moved to Owensboro, Kentucky in middle school. He started dancing his sophomore year of high school with Owensboro High School's dance program in 2011 under former NYC Rockette Ashley Ayer-Martin. Later his Junior year he began training at Johnson's Dance Studio in 2012 where he later joined their pre-professional company Owensboro Dance Theatre for three years; studying under former Giordano Dance Chicago dancers Joy Johnson and Allison McCoy, among Lexington Ballet's former company dancer Karen Corathers. After three years with ODT, he received a scholarship to Louisville Ballet's summer program then later a scholarship to Louisville Ballet's school year program for the 2015/16 season under the School Director Elena Fillmore-Diehl. Once finishing his first year with the school he joined Louisville Ballet's Trainee program for their 2016/17 season under the Artistic & Executive Director Robert Curran performing where he performed in Swan Lake and Nutcracker dancing the role of Chinese Soloist. Luis has worked and trained hard for six and a half years and is thrilled to be joining Lexington Ballet for his first season as a professional dancer.
is from Grand Haven Michigan, where she began her training with Jefferson and Nancy Baum. She continued at the Grand Rapids Ballet under Patricia Barker and Attila Mosolygo. She was a member of the Junior Company and performed in the Orange Bowl halftime show in Miami as well as in many Junior Company ballets and touring events. Sydney performed with the Grand Rapids Ballet's professional company in the Nutcracker, Raymonda, Paquita, Sleeping Beauty and Dracula. At 15 she moved to Chicago to train with the Studio Company at Ballet Chicago under the direction of Dan Duell, Patricia Blair and Ted Seymour. While at Ballet Chicago Sydney had the honor of performing many of George Balanchine's works. She attended summer programs, many on scholarship at Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Kansas City Ballet and Ballet Chicago. Sydney is excited to be joining the Lexington Ballet and looking forward to an amazing season.