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is from Saitama, Japan. She began her training at Van Metre School of Dance in Tennessee and continued at Koshizuka Natsuko Ballet School in Japan. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance from Butler University. Ayako has 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 danced professionally with Lexington Ballet Company for 10 years. Some of her repertoire includes the title role of Cinderella, The Dying Swan, Myrtha in Giselle, Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland, Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Mazurka variation from Les Sylphides, Prayer in Coppélia, Dew Drop Fairy, Lead Arabian, Spanish soloist, Chinese soloist, and Marzipan in The Nutcracker, and various roles created by Luis Dominguez. Ayako is passionate about passing on the dance art form to the next generation, and enjoys every moment of teaching. She has been teaching at Lexington Ballet School and its summer intensive, adult intensive and MAD camp for the last 10 years. She has successfully completed the American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum (Pre-Primary to Level 3) in New York City. She is also a certified Pilates instructor and likes to incorporate Pilates exercises in the training to help create a healthy and strong dancer. She has coached for Youth American Grand Prix, Stage One, Headliners and other regional competitions. She has been a guest teaching artist with Kentucky Governor’s School of Arts, The Lexington Theater Company, and surrounding schools in Kentucky. Ayako is grateful to be living the dream and would like to thank her teachers, colleagues, and family for their continuous support and inspiration.
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 from Atlanta, Georgia, where she trained under the direction of Michael Garrison with North Atlanta Dance Theatre. She attended summer intensives at The Royal Ballet School in London, Nashville Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet. In 2015, Hannah joined Nashville Ballet as a Trainee and had the opportunity to perform the role of Myrtha in Giselle in the Spring Showcase. As a trainee with Louisville Ballet, she was chosen to perform principal, soloist, and corps roles in many productions. These included Principal Rose in The Brown-Forman Nutcracker, Zulma in Giselle, and a Shades Soloist in an excerpt from La Bayadere in Studio Connections. Hannah is so excited to dance with Lexington Ballet for her second season!
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.
Mark Burns, former Soloist with the Dance Theatre of Harlem began his training at the Joffrey Ballet school at the age of 10. At 16 years old was accepted at both the School of American Ballet and Tisch School of the Arts. He decided to get his BFA in Dance and studied at the School of American Ballet during his summers off. Upon Graduation he was accepted as an Apprentice to Miami City Ballet and later the The Dance Theatre of Harlem, where he danced for 12 years. While at DTH Mark has worked with many noted choreographers as well as danced leading roles in Balanchine, Ailey, Forsythe, Rohdan Ballet. Mark has danced/guested with many companies such as New York City Ballet, Rambert Ballet, Complexions, Collage Dance Collective and The Georgia Ballet. Currently Mark is a Master ballet teacher at the North Atlanta Dance Academy, Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance, Anthony Burrell Center for Dance, and The Atlanta Dance Academy. He is also a Principal Guest Artist with the Roswell Dance Theater, North Atlanta Dance Theater, Georgia Ballet, and has recently returned to Dance Theatre of Harlem to perform.
Born in Mexico City, after graduating from Escuela de Danza Ana Pavlova in Mexico, she travel to New York City where she joined The Dance Theater of Harlem and later on became a principal dancer. She has performed in most of the major Opera Houses around the world ( Metrolpolitan Opera House in N.Y., Kennedy Center in Washington, Covent Garden in London, Theater du Chatelet in Paris to name a few). She was certified in The Pilates Method in New York by Romana Kryzanowska in 1995, Elena has furthers her studies of Pilates with such personalities as: Ron Fletcher, Kathy Grant, Pat Guyton and Bob Liekens to name a few, and now she is the owner of Pilates Center of Las Vegas. Currently she directs the Pilates Teacher Training certification program at Manaster Center in Mexico City, Studio DC in Valencia Spain, Costa Rica and in Paris France. Elena has worked with Cirque du Soleil teaching Pilates to Mistere artists. She has also been a guest artist with the Oakland Ballet, La Joven Guardia in Cuba, Mexico City and Flint Michigan as well as Toledo Ballet. Elena has taught dance, dance education and Pilates for Dance Theater of Harlem, Ballet Hispanico, Ballet Concepcion de Chile, Maumee Country Day School, Lexington Ballet and Toledo Ballet. Currently she is a member of the Ohio Department of Education Dance Content Standards Writing Team.
Lakey Evans-Peña, born in Reading, Pennsylvania, discovered her passion for dance as a little girl. After earning her BFA in Dance from The University of Arts in Philadelphia, Lakey moved to New York, where she received a scholarship to The Ailey School and soon afterwards an invitation to join Ailey II, where she danced for three seasons. Lakey has danced with Donald Byrd/The Harlem Nutcracker, City Opera, and freelanced with numerous choreographers including Ron Brown, Nathan Trice, Eleo Pomare, Vernard Gilmore, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Kevin Wynn, Cecelia Marta, and Milton Myers. As a member of the Ailey family, Lakey discovered her zest for education through the Ailey's National Outreach Program with Arts In Education, which allowed her to travel across the country and engage an incredibly diverse spectrum of different people. Over the past 20 years, Lakey has been on the teaching faculty of The Ailey School (including Ailey Camp and a Horton instructor with their partnership with Professional Performing Arts School/PPAS), The American Dance Festival (teaching and resetting Mr. Ailey's Escapades & Isba works), Hollins University, Ballet Hispanico, Peridance, and as a guest teacher for Broadway Dance Center and NYU Tisch. For the past 3 years Lakey has been the adjudicator with Melanie Person on the audition tour for the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program and The Ailey School's Summer Intensive. She is a CPT specializing in pre/post-natal fitness, TRX, Pilates Mat, and Functional Stability -Postural training. She was a contributor and featured artist in The Method Series, a dance/pilates fitness fusion DVD collection. Lakey founded Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center to help individuals of all backgrounds discover their inner artist and dancing spirit. Her mission is to develop and sustain dance.
Sergey Rayevskiy received his early training as a full-time scholarship recipient at the Vaganova Academy in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. He graduated with honors from the Kirov Academy in Washington, D.C., and went on to dance professional neo-classical and classical solo and principal roles with Mariinsky Theatre's North American Tour, Sarasota Ballet and Tulsa Ballet. Mr. Rayevskiy continues to share his love of dance and technical precision with students worldwide as the Director of Ballet Detroit, and a sought after guest instructor in the US and abroad. As an advocate for the student and professionals he mentors, Mr. Rayevskiy negotiates guest contracts, coordinates performance and repertoire, and arranges auditions. With many years of interaction within professional companies and elite ballet schools, he counsels his students about additional opportunities for them to grow as dancers within dance communities both in the US and overseas. Alumni of Mr. Rayevskiy's training can been seen performing in domestic and international classical and contemporary ballet companies, professional competitions such as YAGP and Prix de Lausanne, and prestigious universities around the world.
Artistic Director - Apex Dance Mr. Reuille (pronounced "Roy") has a distinct artistic vision for dance that fuses many different dance styles into a vibrant and exciting movement style accessible to everyone, no matter their level of exposure to the arts. He has created dances for numerous professional and regional dance companies including: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Lexington Ballet, AYBT, Illinois Ballet, and more. In the theatre genre, Mr. Reuille has worked with Curious Theatre on their productions of The War Anthology Curious New Voices, and Dead Man's Cell Phone. He has received several awards and fellowships for his choreography, including the Montgomery County Arts Fellowship. As a professional dancer and choreographer, Mr. Reuille's career has spanned 23 years and 8 countries. He began his professional career with Lexington Ballet where he quickly established himself as a soloist and principal dancer. Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) was his home for six years after leaving Kentucky. While in Dayton, he performed in the works of such master choreographers as Jose Limon, Donald McKayle, and Tally Betty. David has also danced in new works created by choreographers Bill T. Jones, Dwight Rhoden, Bebe Miller, Ron Brown, and Kevin Ward. Following DCDC, Mr. Reuille was a member of the New York based Parsons Dance Company where he toured nationally and internationally to great acclaim. He has also been a guest dancer with Louisville Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Central Illinois Ballet, Peoria Ballet, and various other regional companies. His television credits include the PBS documentary Free to Dance. As well as directing Apex, Mr. Reuille is currently a professional teacher, choreographer, and dancer based in Denver, CO. He is a resident choreographer and teacher at Denver School of the Arts. He has taught master classes around the world including the International Dance Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, American Dance Festival, and throughout the U.S.
began her studies at Ballet Clasico Nina Novak, in Caracas Venezuela. There she was trained and coached by Prima Ballerina of Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Nina Novak. She received Cuban, Russian, and American training by teachers from Kirov, and Bolshoi, including Olga Kostrizky, Kaleria Fedicheva, and Magaly Suarez. Mariaelena performed an extensive part of the classical repertoire and at age 14 became the youngest member of the Ballet Nacional de Caracas, under the direction of Vicente Nebrada. Soon after, she won 3rd place Junior Division at the Jackson USA International Ballet Competition and received a full scholarship to continue her studies at the School of American Ballet in New York. There she studied under Stanley Williams, Peter Martins, Andrei Kramarevski, Alexandra Danilova, Antonina Tumkovski, Suki Schorer, and Susan Pillare. She won the Best Couple award and 3rd Place Senior Division at the Varna International Ballet Competition and also won at the Prix Volinine in Paris. Over the next seven years, Mariaelena performed principal roles at Bay Ballet Theater, Cleveland San Jose Ballet, and Ballet Hispanico. She also performed as a guest artist for many other companies in the US and Europe. From 2000 to 2006 Mariaelena danced an all Balanchine repertoire in the Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and extensively toured the US. In collaboration with the National Ballet of Canada, Mariaelena danced in the revival of George Balanchine's Don Quijote, which was also presented at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. In 2000 she also began teaching part-time at The Rock School for Dance Education and became full-time Ballet Master at The Rock School in 2006. In 2015 Mariaelena started building and directing her new Professional Training Program at CBC where she continues to coach and train the next generation of outstanding dancers. Mariaelena has been a judge and guest teacher for YAGP and has also worked with the New York International Ballet Competition. She was featured in the award winning Documentary First Position and in the WHYY Philadelphia documentary made about the first Curtis Institute of Music and Rock School Collaboration in 2009. In 2016 Mariaelena was named outstanding teacher at the ADC International Ballet Competition and was a judge at the Danzamé,rica Competition in Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina. She has coached medalists for major competitions including Moscow IBC, Jackson USA IBC, Boston IBC, Prix de Lausanne, Youth America Grand Prix, and American Dance Competition. Her former students have taken jobs at companies such as National Ballet of Canada, American Ballet Theater, Het National Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, Washington Ballet, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, Ballet West, and on Broadway. In 2016 three of Mariaelena's students went on directly to dance company jobs before the PTP was even one year old. Mariaelena is now looking forward to even greater success as a teacher and coach.
began her dance training at a young age in Lexington, KY. As a teen, she studied at The School of Classical Ballet and participated in the SCAPA ballet program under the direction of Patti Bingham. She furthered her training and stage experience at Louisville Ballet while attending the University of Louisville. After graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in English and a minor in French, she performed with Dance Theatre of Florida, Ballet Theatre International (FL), and City Ballet of San Diego (CA). While living in California, Candy taught ballet class for both children and adults at Performing Arts Workshop, Ballet des Etoiles, Balletiquette, and City Ballet. She also worked as a certified fitness instructor, Pilates teacher, and personal trainer during this time. More teaching experience was gleaned while running a colleague's dance studio (Dance Unlimited, Inc.) before Candy moved to Chicago and obtained a masters degree in ministry. Since returning to Kentucky, she has had the opportunity to perform, teach, and choreograph locally. She counts it a privilege to have been involved with the University of Louisville Dance Academy, The Dance Theatre of Elizabethtown, and Lexington Ballet's MAD Camp Program. In the summer, Candy performs in The Stephen Foster Drama Association's productions which have included the following: The Stephen Foster Story, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Footloose, Floyd Collins, The Wizard of OZ, Seussical the Musical, and Shrek-The Musical. She has also been the assistant choreographer for The Stephen Foster Story since 2011 and was the choreographer for Shrek-The Musical in 2013.
is an instructor, choreographer, dancer and Director currently living in Frankfort, Kentucky. Kate began her professional instructing and choreography career at 19 being invited to teach and choreograph for private competition studios, performing arts schools, college, theatre programs, concert dance, dance festivals as well as her own professional dance company. Through this work, Hadfield-Antonetti has been awarded 24 choreography awards. In 2013, Kate was offered a position to instruct and choreograph for a franchise of studios in South Florida and after one year close to Miami, Kate was anxious to get back to her bluegrass home returning with intentions to fully immerse herself in the Kentucky dance world. Kate is the Director and one of the founding members of Lexington's original contemporary dance company, Movement Continuum, which celebrates greatly successful seasons (now, in their seventh) through their extravagant productions, community outreach and highly trained and talented dancers. Hadfield-Antonetti serves on the Advisory Board for the Downtown Arts Center in Lexington as the dance representative for the city, as well as being involved in a multitude of collaborative, creative ventures with other regional artists. Kate is currently on staff at Limelight Dance Company as an instructor and choreographer and is the Head Dance Director of the dance program at Champions Elite All-Stars.
is from Woodridge, Illinois, where she began her pre-professional training at The Hinsdale Dance Academy in Hinsdale, Illinois, under Jennifer Grapes. She attended summer programs at Kansas City Ballet and Montgomery Ballet. In Montgomery, Holly danced with the company in Don Quixote. Holly attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City on scholarship where she studied extensively under Paula Weber. While at UMKC, Holly performed soloist rolls in White, Carmina Burana, and Klavier Poems as well as Odette in the Act II pas de deux from Swan Lake. She performed in the corps de ballet with The Kansas City Ballet in The Nutcracker for two seasons. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2017, Holly joined Columbia Classical Ballet and danced in their productions of La Bayadere, Cinderella, and The Nutcracker. She has also been featured in Pointe magazine. This is Holly’s first season with Lexington Ballet.
was born and raised in New York, where she received her BFA in Fine Arts and K-12 Art Education Degree. After teaching art for 3 years in NY, Ms. Soch relocated to the Washington, DC area, where she taught art for 6 years and received her Master's Degree in Education and her K-12 School Administration Degree and Principal Certification. Ms. Soch has more than 20 years experience teaching art and is currently in Jessamine County Schools. Ms. Soch is an accomplished pianist and has directed many musicals, art programs, arts exhibits and outreach programs. Ms. Soch is very excited to be a part of the Lexington Ballet's wonderful summer academies and is looking forward to another great MAD CAMP session!
is from Nicholasville, Kentucky. He received his Bachelor of Music Education and Masters in Education from Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky. Mr. Garrison recently retired after teaching music at Brookside Elementary in Nicholasville for 27 years. He has produced and directed many musicals, concerts and special events. Mr. Garrison has also served as a church music director for over 20 years and is currently Music Director at Hillcrest Baptist Church, Lexington.
graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Elementary Education. She currently teaches 3rd grade in Jessamine County Schools, and will be beginning her 10th year in education this coming Fall. Mrs. Ratliff specializes in curriculum planning, classroom management and organization, and meeting the individual needs of all her students. Mrs. Ratliff has been nominated for Teacher of the Year for six consecutive years at her school.