KATE ANN BEHRENDT: is originally from St. Paul, MN where she grew up dancing at Minnesota Dance Theatre under the direction of Lise Houlton. Her additional training includes The Juilliard School, Pacific Northwest Ballet and The Chautauqua Institute. She graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2010 where she was a merit scholarship recipient. Upon graduation, Kate joined Charlotte Ballet (formerly North Carolina Dance Theater) where she danced for two seasons. She has performed works by various choreographers including George Balanchine, Dwight Rhoden, Robert Battle, Jiri and Otto Bubenicek and Cherylyn Lavagnino. Her repertoire includes Mark Godden’s Dracula, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s The Nutcracker, and Riet Velthuisen’s Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. She has danced featured principal roles including Princess Aurora with Riet Velthuisen’s Continental Ballet in Bloomington, MN.
JESSE CAMPBELL: is from Santa Fe, NM and received his dance training on scholarship both at the University of Arizona’s School of Dance and at The Joffrey Ballet School in NY where he was a member of the Joffrey School Company. He graduated with a BA in Communication from the University of NM at age 19 then graduated from the University of AZ with a BFA at age 21, both Magna Cum Laude. He is currently on hiatus from pursuing his MFA degree at the University of AZ. Mr. Campbell is currently a company member of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet and Orlando Ballet. He has performed as a guest artist with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, NC Dance Theatre, Festival Ballet Albuquerque, the National Dance Institute – NM, and has performed internationally for Canterbury Ballet in New Zealand. Since its inception, he was part of Alessandra Ferri’s production of The Piano Upstairs, which premiered in Spoleto, Italy. His featured repertoire includes Gerald Arpino’s Birthday Variations and Kettentanz, George Balanchine’s Agon, Allegro Brilliante, Episodes, The Four Temperaments, Serenade and Valse Fantasie, Nicolo Fonte’s Left Unsaid and Jerome Robbins’ The Concert. Jesse is excited to join Ballet NY this season.
XIAOXIAO CAO: was born in China and began her professional ballet training at age ten at Guangzhou Art School. She danced with Guangzhou Ballet directly after her graduation from school at age sixteen. In 2011, Xiaoxiao was promoted to Soloist, and in 2012 she was invited by Mark Roxey to join Roxey Ballet. She has also worked with many international choreographers and performed in numerous ballets, including Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, La Sylphide, Cinderella, Theme and Variations, and Serenade. In 2014, Xiaoxaio was invited to perform with Suzanne Farrell Ballet, where she made her debut at the John F. Kennedy Center, Washington DC. In 2015, she came up with her designs product line of Ballet leotards called Xiaoxiao Designs.
KATIE GIBSON: is a native of Boston, Massachusetts and began her training at Ballet Workshop of New England under the instruction of Jacqueline Cronsberg. She continued her training at the San Francisco Ballet School where she had the opportunity to perform with San Francisco Ballet. Katie first joined Oregon Ballet Theatre under the direction of Christopher Stowell before joining Edward Villella’s Miami City Ballet where she performed for five seasons. Currently, Katie is a dancer with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet and has performed featured roles in Balanchine’s Danses Concertantes, Agon, Pas de Dix, and Episodes and Jerome Robbin’s The Concert. Internationally she has danced in Muscat, Oman and Moscow, Russia with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet and in Valletta, Malta with choreographer Antonia Franceschi. This is Katie’s fifth season with Ballet NY.
GEOFFREY GONZALEZ: has been dancing for the past several years with the City Ballet of San Diego. Originally from Phoenix, AZ, Geoff began his formal dance training at the School of Ballet Arizona under direction of Kee Juan Han. After high school he completed his training at the University of Arizona as a dance major. Performance credits in San Diego include principal roles in such ballets as Giselle, Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet. Balanchine credits include Apollo; Emeralds; Four Temperaments, Sonatine and Serenade. Geoff is also fortunate enough to be a member of the Bad Boys of Dance an international touring performance company, which headline performances in cities such as; Paris, Rome, Munich and Madrid. Geoff has also been busy with choreographing new contemporary ballets for the City Ballet of San Diego to excited audiences and very warm reviews.
JESSICA LAWRENCE: originally from California, received her primary training and began her professional career at The Sacramento Ballet. She received additional training from the San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Rock School, and The Washington Ballet. From 2009-2014 she danced with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet where she performed ballets by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Maurice Bejart. Repertoire credits with Ballet NY include works by Ginger Thatcher, Margot Parsons, and Antonia Franceschi. Jessica is a proud member of E:motion Dance Ensemble, a musical theater company in Folsom, CA, under the direction of Sunny Staton Mitchell. Jessica holds a BA in Liberal and Performing Arts from Saint Mary’s College of California.
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.
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 (tcdanceproject.org). Brent is a licensed Massage Therapist and has his degree in occupational health.