GUEST ARTISTS

 
Katherine Barkman
Ballet Manila
From Pennsylvania, Katherine Barkman joined Ballet Manila in June 2015. She studied with Nadia Pavlenko Dance Elite.
Her roles include:  Don Quixote Grand Adagio (Kitri), Misfit or Maverick, Sotto Voce
She has recieved many awards including, First Place (Tansolymp 2015), First Place (VK International Ballet Competition 2015), Third Place (Concourso Internationle de la Danza 2015), Semi-Finalist USA International Ballet Competition 2014);  First Place (Youth American Grand Prix 2014); Finalist (YAGP New York 2014) and Silver Medalist, Pas de Deux and Grand Prix Award (Asian Grand Prix 2015)
 
 
Joseph J. Bucheck III
Joseph J. Bucheck III has been performing on stages in cities in over half of the United States and in Europe since 1973. Combining his keen musicality with mime, he has created well over 40 vivid and memorable characters while bringing a believable and outstanding dimension to every role. For over 39 years, he was the principal company character artist with Ballet Florida and h as appeared with the Masterworks Chorus, Palm Beach Opera, Madison Square Gardens Productions and with Ballet Palm Beach (formerly Florida Classical Ballet Theatre). Throughout his career, Joseph has had the privilege to work with renowned choreographers such as Val Caniparoli, Robert Davis, Marie Hale, Sean Lavery, Richard Munro, Vicente Nebrada, Jerry Opdenaker, William Soleau and Ben Stevenson – only to name a few. 

Having played a wide range of characters, his all time favorites include Drosselmeyer in Marie Hale’s The Nutcracker, Mother Ginger in The Nutcracker, Prudence in Lady of the Camellias, Juliet’s Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, The Wicked Stepmother in Cinderella, Dr. Coppélius in Coppélia, Crassus in Spartacus, Poseidon in Ondine, The Priest in Dracula, The Director in On the Air, Mother Simone in La Fille Mal Gardée, Lorenzo in Don Quixote, Haman in For Such a Time as This: The Story of Queen Esther, Catalabutte and the King in Sleeping Beauty, The General in Graduation Ball, The Shopkeeper in La Boutique Fantasque, Grandfather in Peter and the Wolf and the title role in Scrooge

Mr. Bucheck has also performed extensively with School of Ballet Florida, Dance Florida Academy, School of Ballet Arts, Palm Beach Ballet Center and St. Lucie Ballet.
 
 
Mauricio Canete
Mauricio Cañete, is a native of Santiago, Chile where he began his dance training. In 1995 he was invited to join Houston Ballet by Artistic Director Ben Stevenson, and in 2000 he was promoted to soloist. Mr. Cañete’s title roles include Peter Pan, The Pied Piper, The Jester in Cinderella, Renfield in Dracula, Ugly Stepsister in Cinderella, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, and The Bugle Boy in Paul Taylor’s Company B. He has also been featured in Five Poems, Four Last Songs, and danced the title role of Ptolem y in the world premiere of Ben Stevenson’s Cleopatra. His Contemporary repertoire includes Ghost Dances, Sergeants Early’s Dream, and Land by Christopher Bruce. He also danced in Second Before The Ground, Touched and Bound by Trey McIntyre.

Mr. Cañete received notable acclaim from the international press when he performed in England, Russia, Hong Kong, Canada, Austria, Germany, China, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2003 Mr. Cañete join Ballet Florida by Artistic Director Marie Hale where he has danced in The Slave in Le Corsaire, The Blue Bird in Sleeping Beauty, Smile with My Heart, Bakers Dozen, The Nutcracker and the role of Puck in Midsummer Night Dream.
 
In 2008 Mr. Cañete decided to perform as guest artist with different companies like Palm Beach Opera, Boca Ballet, Dance Theatre of Bradenton, Dancetown Miami and Theatre of Ballet Arts.

In 2012 Mr. Cañete toured to Australia and New Zealand with Les Ballets Eloelle. He is also the Founder and Director of Florida Youth Dance Gala.
... Mr. Canete's Website
 
 
Jean-Hugues Feray
Jean-Hugues Feray is a native of France, began his dance training at nine years of age. The following year, he auditioned for the Paris Opera Ballet School where he was one of six boys chosen out of the 250 that applied for admission. Jean-Hugues studied with the school for five years and went on to attend the National Conservatory of Paris. He graduated from the conservatory with a first prize in Ballet awarded by a unanimous jury decision. This was the highest Ballet Award a student could receive, enabling Jean-Hugues to choose from several contract offers in European Companies. 

In 1990, Jean-Hugues was hired by Rudolph Nureyev to perform in his version of Cinderella which premiered at the San Carlo Theatre in Naples, Italy. In 1991, Pierre Lacotte hired him for the National Ballet of Nancy where he performed for seven years in many leading roles. Jean-Hugues was promoted to soloist at the age of twenty. With the National Ballet of Nancy, he toured all over the world including Moscow, Russia where the company was invited by Vladimir Vasiliev to perform at the Bolshoi Theatre. Jean-Hugues received a standing ovation for his performance of the Harlequin in Georges Balanchine’s La Somnambule.

In 1998, Jean-Hugues was hired by Marie-Claude Pietragalla at the National Ballet of Marseille. Miss Pietragalla was a principal with the Paris Opera Ballet and the new Artistic Director in Marseille. While in Marseille, Jean-Hugues performed numerous roles including the leads in Giselle, Raymonda, George Balanchine’s Tzigane and was also chosen by Maurice Bejart to be in his version of Le Bolero de Ravel.

In 2000, Jean-Hugues moved to the United States when Marie Hale invited him to join Ballet Florida. He enjoyed working with the company and performing exciting roles including the lead in Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias, Ben Stevenson’s Dracula, Marie Hale’s The Nutcracker, Vicente Nebrada’s Cinderella and Norbert Vesak’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

While at Ballet Florida, he has also worked with and danced works by world renowned choreographers such as Thierry Malandain, Sean Lavery, Peter Martins, Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine, Lar Lubovitch, Mauricio Wainrot and Trey McIntyre, to name only a few!  

Mr. Feray taught five years at the Academy of Ballet Florida. Now with his own school, he delights in passing on what he has learned over the years in the dance world. He looks forward to participating in the dance education of the next generations and gains great rewards from teaching with his innate love of dance. He has had the honor to have taught at the Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, FL. 
 
He the Founder and Director of Paris Ballet and Dance and the Paris Ballet Conservatory in Jupiter, Florida.
 
 
Idael German 
Idael German a native of Cuba graduated from the National School of Ballet in Havana. The following year he joined the Ballet Santiago de Cuba. In 1991, he was invited to join the Ballet Nacional de Caracas in Venezuela under the direction of Vicente Nebrada where he was a principal dancer. He also danced in Italy with Ballet Teatro de Torino. 

In 2000, Idael joined Ballet Florida under the Artistic Direction of Marie Hale. For nine seasons, he performed works by leading and celebrated choreographers, and has brought life to many roles from Marie Hale’s The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet and Spring Waters which are among his favorites. 

He also is a well-known teacher throughout South Florida and performs as a guest artist.
 
 
 Leah Gallas
Leah Gallas received the majority of her training at Ballet Arts Minnesota while spending summers at the San Francisco Ballet School and the Boston Ballet School on full scholarships. Leah has danced professionally with Colorado Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Virginia Ballet Theatre, Minnesota Ballet and most recently Tulsa Ballet. 
 
Leah has enjoyed dancing in various ballets including Swan Lake, Stanton Welch’s Bruiser, George Balanchine’s Serenade, Ben Stevenson’s Dracula and Paul Taylor’s Black Tuesday, among others. This is Leah’s third season with James Sewell Ballet. She is happy to be dancing back in Minnesota and would like to thank her family for their support. 

Ms. Gallas has performed many roles with St Lucie Ballet.
 

Claudia Lezcano
Sarasota Ballet




 

Reinhard Von Rabenau
Reinhard Von Rabenau studied dance at School of the Minnesota Ballet, Point Park University International Summer Dance and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Professionally, he danced with Minnesota Ballet for eight years. While at Minnesota Ballet, besides being a dancer, he taught young men's classes and the highest level at the School of Minnesota Ballet. Over the years he has also appeared as a guest artist in many roles.


 
 
 Marshal Ian Levin
Marshal Ian Levin began his dance career training with Susana Prieto in Hialeah, Florida. After three years, he auditioned in New York and was accepted into the Israel Ballet where he quickly became a soloist. Upon returning to the US, he became one of the initial members of Ballet Florida and danced with the company for 15 years where he performed many varied and often leading roles. After leaving Ballet Florida, he became a guest dancer, teacher and rehearsal assistant, and is currently on staff at The Esther Center/Florida Classical Ballet Theatre. 

Mr. Levin has had a long and exciting career. He has danced in over 170 different ballets and has had the privilege of working with many of the world’s most renowned choreographers. His most notable roles have been Hilarion and Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, Don Jose in Carmen, Third Sailor in Fancy Free, Le Corsair Pas de Deux, White Swan Pas de Deux, Belong (a gold medal winning pas de deux), Drosselmeyer and the Grande Pas de Deux in The Nutcracker, an ugly step-sister in Cinderella, Tybalt, Benvolio and Paris in Romeo and Juliet, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Otto Frank in Anne Frank, Alaine in La Fille Mal Gardée, The Poet in Les Sylphides, The Prince in Sleeping Beauty, Dr. Coppélius in Coppélia and Don Gamoche and the title role in Don Quixote

Marshall has been a teacher for the Israel Ballet and Ballet Florida. He was a teacher and artist in residence at UB Kinsey Elementary School of the Arts for five years and has been a respected guest teacher in various schools throughout South Florida. Marshall was the choreographer and a dancer for the International Salute to Vienna for five seasons and choreographed several pieces for Ballet Florida's StepAhead project. Also as a trained classical mime artist, he has performed and taught throughout the US, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and England. 

Mr.  Levin has also performed in Saladino Dance Production's production of Singin' and Dancin' in the Rain.

While with the Israel Ballet, Marshal met and married fellow dancer Julie Smyth. Marshall and Julie have two beautiful daughters; Rebekah and Hannah. Mr. Levin has also had the privilege of participating in dance missions trips to Hungary and Cuba with Ballet Palm Beach's (formerly Florida Classical Ballet Theatre) Ballet Ambassadors International.


Tyveze Littlejohn

Ballet Palm Beach











Lily Ojea
Lily Ojea currently dances as a resident artist with Ballet Palm Beach. She is a graduate of The Esther Center, the official school of Ballet Palm Beach. 

Throughout her bright career, Lily has danced a variety of exciting roles. Her favorites include Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Swanilda in Coppélia, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Kitri in Don Quixote, Marzipan Lead in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker and the title role of Queen Esther in For Such a Time as This: The Story of Queen Esther. 

As an accomplished teacher, Ms. Ojea has completed Royal Academy of Dance Teacher Training and the Ruth Petrinovic Teacher Training Program. She has taught ballet for The Alabama Ballet School and currently teaches for The Esther Center in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Ms. Ojea has had the privilege of participating in dance missions trips to Hungary and Cuba with Ballet Palm Beach's Ballet Ambassadors International.  

Lily danced professionally with The Alabama Ballet, Hosanna Sacred Arts and New Orleans Ballet Theatre before joining Ballet Palm Beach.
 

Emily Neale

Minnesota Ballet
 











Sam Neale
Minnesota Ballet

Australian born and raised, Sam began his training at the Atelier School for Classical Ballet under Joanne Neale before being accepted on scholarship into The McDonald College, where he was also a member of Premier State Ballet. Sam stayed there for two years under Josephine Jason and Allan Cross. After spending the summers of 2009 and 2010 at Milwaukee Ballet Summer Intensive, Sam was accepted into Milwaukee Ballet II, where he danced 2010–2012. Some of Sam’s highlighted roles are Lila York’s Celts, Mauro de Candia’s Something I Had in Mind, Salvatore Aiello’s Clowns and Others, Jiri Kylian’s Symphony in D, Undead in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Betrothed Couple in Michael Pink’s Esmeralda. Other roles include roles as Cavalier in The “Manhattan” Nutcracker, Kostchei in Firebird, and the Pirate Conrad in Le Corsaire Pas de Trois.



 Alaia Rogers-Maman
 

Kiel Peterson
Kiel Peterson started to dance at the age of three. He received his dance training from schools including Palm Beach Ballet Center, Atlantic Arts Academy, Paris Ballet and Dance, The Maltz Jupiter Theater Conservatory of the Performing Arts, Bak Middle School of the Arts and Dreyfoos School of the Arts. To become an extremely versatile and sought after performer, he has taken classes and continues to train in the wide variety of disciplines of classical ballet, jazz, tap, modern and hip hop. Kiel has also had the opportunity and privilege to work with such well-known choreographers as Stefanie Batten-Bland, Billy Bell, Rick McCollugh, Troy Powell and Margo Sappington.

As an actor, Kiel has a strong passion for theatre. He has appeared with Maltz Jupiter Theater and their Conservatory in shows such as, Cats, Footloose, Pippin, Amadeus and A Chorus Line (scheduled in January 2014.) Also, he has experience as s stage manager with the Maltz Jupiter Theater
...And has
directed a production of Hamlet.

Mr. Peterson has appeared with St. Lucie Ballet before. It is always a pleasure to have him working in the studio, as well as on stage.

 
 
Francisco Serrano
Royal Ballet
He joined The Royal Ballet’s Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme from the start of the 2016/17 Season and entered the Company as an Artist from the start of the 2017/18 Season. He trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School.

Serrano was born in the USA and has a Cuban background. He began his ballet training aged 14 at the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School. He won a scholarship at the 2014 Youth America Grand Prix to train at The Royal Ballet School. Performances while at the School include Solor (Waltz and Pas d’action from La Bayadère) and in Frederick Ashton’s Rhapsody pas de deux and Kenneth MacMillan’s Soirées musicales at the annual matinees, and with The Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker and Frankenstein.

Serrano’s awards include, Second prize in the 2015 Lynn Seymour Award for Expressive Dance. In a very short time he has achieved many awards such as YAGP Grand Prix Atlanta 2013. He placed
top 12 at the YAGP New York finals where he won a full scholarship to the Royal Ballet in London.
He was a Gold Medalist at American Dance Competition 2013 in the Classical and Contemporary Divisions and he also won the Fernando Bujones Excellence Award at American Dance Competition 2013.

Mr. Serrano first performed with St. Lucie ballet in Don Quixote in August 2013
 
 
Ben Slayen 
Ben Slayen trained at the School of American Ballet and has danced with Ballet Florida, Miami City Ballet, Sarasota Ballet and Dance Alive National Ballet. He has performed the roles of the Cavalier in The Nutcracker, the Bluebird from Sleeping Beauty, the lead role in Balanchine’s Who Cares, Allegro Brillante and Valse-Fantasie (Theme and Variations) and the lead male in Gregory Dawson’s Eclipsing Venus.

Mr. Slayen has also danced works by many renowned choreographers including Fredrick Ashton, Alonso King, Vicente Nebrada, Norbert Vesak and Christopher Wheeldon.  He has also danced with Alberta Ballet and Ballet Memphis.

Besides taking roles as a guest artist, Ben is currently a Personal Trainer and teacher.