Season 2017, The Dancers
Handpicked from companies across the US and abroad, we are thrilled to bring you this summer's amazing roster of dancers...
Elena Bello (First Season) grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey, where she became a part of the National Dance Institute program. She then auditioned for The School of American Ballet (SAB) in New York City. After being accepted into SAB, she spent four years there and found her love for ballet. Elena moved to South Carolina to attend the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. After graduating, she spent two years studying dance at Purchase College before auditioning for Richmond Ballet. She spent two years as an apprentice and one year in Richmond Ballet II, and is now enjoying her fourth season as a part of the Richmond Ballet professional company. In the summers, Elena enjoys teaching dance for disabled children in Jersey City, NJ with her family.
Augusto Cezar (Second Season) An accomplished performer in his native Brazil, Augusto Cezar brings an impressive resume of international training to his current position at Nashville Ballet. His training and experience provided him the opportunity to represent Brazil at the 2010 USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss., where he was selected as a semi-finalist. Since arriving at Nashville Ballet, Augusto has performed as the Jester in Cinderella, Blue Bird in The Sleeping Beauty, was featured in Dominic Walsh's The Whistling, as the clever Bonvolio in Paul Vasterling's Romeo & Juliet and most recently performed the title role in Vasterling’s world premiere production of Peter Pan.
Trevor Davis (First Season) began ballet at the age of six in Los Angeles, California, with Meridith Baylis. At the age of 12, he continued under the direction of Philip and Charles Fuller and soon attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. He studied with various scholarship programs through Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Jacob’s Pillow and Boston Ballet. After two seasons as a trainee at Boston Ballet, Trevor joined Richmond Ballet in 2008 as an apprentice and became part of the professional company in 2010.
Jeff Ewing (Sixth Season, third as a full company member) is from Torrance, California where he began his classical ballet training at the age of six. His family moved to Asheville while he was in high school, where he continued his studies locally with Heather Maloy as his ballet instructor. Jeff currently dances in Chicago with Lucky Plush Productions and Cocodaco Dance Project. He earned a BFA in Dance Performance at the Boston Conservatory, studied at the Juilliard Summer intensive, the apprentice program at The Chautauqua Institution, and assisted Cathy Young at Bates Dance Festival. He spent a year dancing with Charlotte Ballet’s second company where he performed the works of Mark Diamond, Dwight Rhoden, and David Ingram.
Ana Gallardo (First Season) trained at the Vocational Ballet School of Holguin and Cuba’s National Ballet School in Havana. While a student there, she participated in the International Ballet Competition of Cuba where she placed third, two years in a row. She came to the United States and joined Miami City Ballet School in 2009 and was a trainee at the Boston Ballet School in 2011. Gallardo joined Cincinnati Ballet as a member of the Second Company and was promoted to Apprentice for the 2013-14 50th Anniversary Season, and has been a full company member since 2014. Gallardo was a guest performer with The Art of Classical Ballet in Pompano Beach this past summer. Ana will be moving to Australia in July, where she will be joining the West Australian Ballet.
Gavin Stewart (First Season) hails originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is a graduate of Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance. Currently a dancer with Company E in Washington. DC, Gavin has also danced with Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Owen/Cox Dance Group, MOVE: the Company, and Richmond Ballet II. Mr. Stewart's choreography has been presented at Company E, Richmond Ballet, Richmond Ballet II, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Malaywork's INTERSECTIONS, the 15th Annual YES! Dance Invitational, Virginia Commonwealth University, and UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. Gavin also works as a singer/songwriter and composer in his free time.
Ashley Wegmann (First Season) Born in New Jersey, Ashley Wegmann received her early training from the National Ballet of New Jersey and later studied at the Princeton Ballet School on scholarship. After attending the graduate program at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, she joined the company as a corps de ballet member in 2007. In 2012, she moved to Columbus, Ohio to dance with BalletMet. Ashley just finished her second season with Atlanta Ballet, where some of her favorite roles and repertoire include a stomper in Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room, Nurse in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s Lovely Together, and James Kudelka’s Real Life and The Four Seasons.
Kara Zimmerman (First Season) was born in Hershey, Pennsylvania and began her training with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet at the age of 8. When Ms. Zimmerman was 17, she continued her training with the Pacific Northwest Ballet School on Full Scholarship before joining the Pacific Northwest Ballet as a Corps de Ballet member in 2000. After 8 seasons with Pacific Northwest Ballet, she joined the Cincinnati Ballet as a Senior Soloist. She danced as a soloist with the Joffrey Ballet from 2009-2015, before joining Victor Ullate Ballet in Madrid, Spain. She has danced principal roles in numerous classical works, as well as contemporary works by William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon, Edward Liang, Nacho Duato, Twyla Tharp and many others.