MICHAEL EATON: received his formal training from the School of American Ballet and the Houston Ballet. Michael began his professional ballet career with San Francisco Ballet and has performed as a soloist with Tulsa Ballet and Kansas City Ballet. He has toured internationally and performed at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Paris Opera House. Michael earned the bronze medal at the 1995 Helsinki IBC, was a finalist at the 1999 Jackson IBC and performed for First Lady Barbara Bush at the 1992 Republican National Convention. His repertory includes works by: George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Nacho Duato, Arenal, and Jerome Robbins, among many more.
MIRIAM ERNEST: began her ballet studies at the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater and continued training at the School of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. She danced for two years as a Professional Division student at Pacific Northwest Ballet School. There she performed corps de ballet roles in Kent Stowell’s Cinderella and The Nutcracker, Jerome Robbins’ Glass Pieces, Peter Boal’s Giselle, George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Ronald Hynd’s The Sleeping Beauty. Miriam has danced with Texture Contemporary Ballet in Pittsburgh, Grand Rapids Ballet Company (under the directorship of Patricia Barker), and in Casse-Noissette with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal. She is also a corps de ballet member with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.
KATIE GIBSON: is a native of Boston, MA and began her training at Ballet Workshop of New England under the instruction of Jacqueline Cronsberg. Katie continued her training at the San Francisco Ballet School where she had the opportunity to perform with the San Francisco Ballet. She joined Oregon Ballet Theatre under the direction of Christopher Stowell in 2003 and danced with Miami City Ballet under the direction of Edward Villella from 2005-2010. Currently, Katie is also a dancer with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet and has danced with that company for three seasons.
TAUREAN GREEN: born in Portland, ME, was most recently a company member of Dance Theatre of Harlem, to which he returned in 2011 after eight seasons dancing with companies such as Pacific Northwest Ballet, City Ballet of San Diego and Company C Contemporary Ballet. At Dance Theatre of Harlem, Mr. Green has danced featured roles in George Balanchine’s Agon and The Four Temperaments, Michael Smuin’s A Song for Dead Warriors and St. Louis Woman and Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free, among others. At Pacific Northwest Ballet, Mr. Green was featured in many Balanchine ballets as well as original works created for the company. In San Diego, he performed leading roles in Don Quixote, Apollo, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Four Seasons and La Bayadère; and in San Francisco, Mr. Green had several original works set on him as well as reprised older works by noted choreographers such as Twyla Tharp and Lar Lubovitch.
JESSICA LAWRENCE: received her dance training and began her professional career with The Sacramento Ballet under the direction of Ron Cunningham and Carine Binda. She received additional training from the San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Rock School, and The Washington Ballet. She has performed a variety of classical and contemporary ballets including Jerome Robbins’ In Memory of…, Maurice Bejart’s Romeo & Juliet,and George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, Diamonds, and Agon. Jessica is currently also a dancer with E:motion Dance Ensemble, a musical theatre based company in California, and with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet in Washington, DC.
IBRAHIM PEREZ: was born in Caracas, Venezuela and began his ballet studies at age 16 at the Fundacion Gustavo Franklin Escuela Ballet Arte, Caracas. Ibrahim moved to New York City where he went on to study with Ballet Hispanico and at the Joffrey Ballet – New York on a full merit scholarship. He also studied on scholarship at the summer program of Boston Ballet. Semi-finalist at the Jackson International Ballet Competition 2010, Ibrahim has performed with the Joffrey Ballet School; Alma Dance Company; Boston Ballet; Ballet Memphis and Northern Ballet Dance Center, among others. His repertoire includes the Nutcracker-Prince in The Nutcracker, the Pas d’Esclaves in Le Corsaire , Basilio in Don Quixote, Solor in La Bayadere and many others.
AMY SAUNDER: was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and moved to the United States when she was eleven years old. She graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts high school program under the tutelage of Ethan Stiefel and has attended various summer programs on scholarship including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Chautauqua Institute, and Harid Conservatory. She was a trainee with Richmond Ballet for two years and has danced professionally with Eugene Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, and is currently also a member of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.
BRENT WHITNEY: is originally from Traverse City, MI and began his training at local studios and continued on as a dance major at Western Michigan University. His first professional job was with the Milwaukee Ballet Company where he performed a variety of classical and contemporary roles by some of the leading choreographers for the next four years. Brent has also danced for the Milwaukee Opera; Ballet X; Connecticut Ballet; New York Theatre Ballet; San Diego Opera; Toledo Opera; Carolina Opera and The Key West Contemporary Dance Company. He is also a choreographer and has created work for a variety of companies as well as his own company that he is the founder and artistic director of, The Traverse City Dance Project (traversecitydanceproject.org). Brent is a licensed Massage Therapist and has his associate’s degree in occupational health.