Dancers

 
 
 
 
 
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ELI BARNES

Eli Barnes started his ballet training in his hometown of Santa Fe, New Mexico, at the age of 15. Prior to joining Alberta Ballet, Eli trained in Seattle, Washington, with Pacific Northwest Ballet and then in Cincinnati, Ohio, with Cincinnati Ballet. During his time with Alberta Ballet Eli has danced the roles of the White Angel in Mozart's Requiem, Roderigo in Othello and the Pink Couple in Forgotten Land. Some of his favourite productions include George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Western Symphony and Forgotten Land by Jiří Kylián. This is Eli’s fifth season with Alberta Ballet.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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JOHN CANFIELD

Born in Oakland Maryland, US, John grew up in rural Virginia and received his early training at local studios in the area. John trained with The Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts and The Richmond Ballet School before moving to Toronto to attend Canada's National Ballet School. In 2015 John was awarded The Canada Council's Peter Dwyer Award for the Arts. Some of his favourite repertoire includes Aszure Barton's Come In, Jiří Kylián's Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen and Marius Petipa's Harlequinade excerpts. This is John’s second season with Alberta Ballet.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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NICOLE CARON

Nicole is in her 15th season with Alberta Ballet. She was born in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and grew up in Vancouver, B.C. She received her ballet training at the Richmond Academy of Dance, as well as Canada’s National Ballet School, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, the American Ballet Theatre, and is an alumna of The Banff Centre’s Festival Dance. Some of her favourite roles include the title role in Carmen, Desdemona in Othello, Helena in A Midsummer’s Night Dream, the principal dancer in Balanchine’s Rubies, Serenade, Allegro Brillante, and Who Cares?, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Kitri in Don Quixote, Stomper in In The Upper Room and She in Balletlujah!. Nicole also enjoys teaching and adjudicating across Canada.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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GABRIELLE CHENARD

Born and raised in Montreal, Gabrielle is a graduate of l’École supérieure de ballet du Québec. In order to further develop her training, she has attended several intensives including Canada’s National Ballet School and Art Of Forsythe workshop in Berlin. She has also joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens’ professional corps de ballet for their annual production of The Nutcracker. This is Gabrielle’s first season with Alberta Ballet following a year with Alberta Ballet II.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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TANYA CHUMAK

Tanya is in her second season with Alberta Ballet. She was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta and trained at the School of Alberta Ballet. Upon gradation she danced professionally with New York Theatre Ballet for two years. She then returned to Calgary and was given the opportunity to perform with Alberta Ballet in their productions of Giselle, Don Quixote, and The Nutcracker.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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JARED EBELL

Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Jared began his training with the Parksville Ballet School when he was six. He also trained with Arts Umbrella Dance and Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. As a professional, Jared has enjoyed performing works such as James Kudelka's Four Seasons, Ben Stevenson's Don Quixote and David Nixon's The Three Musketeers. This is his third season with Alberta Ballet.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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MELISSA EGUCHI

Melissa started her training at the age of three in Huntington Beach, California at Huntington Academy of Dance, under the direction of Marnell Himes-Ushijima. After completing Cecchetti exams, Primary through Grade 10 with Honors, through Cecchetti USA, she continued to further her training at the School of Alberta Ballet from 2012 to 2015. Melissa is also a two-time finalist for the Youth American Grand Prix and the Cecchetti International Ballet Competition. She is also the winner of the CICB Audience Choice Award 2014. In 2015-2016 Melissa joined Alberta Ballet II, and this is her first season with Alberta Ballet.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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ALEXANDRA GIBSON

Alexandra was born in Toronto and moved to Calgary as a young child. She trained exclusively at the School of Alberta Ballet. This will be Alexandra’s eighth season with the company. She has performed the role of Myrtha in Giselle, as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Klara in The Nutcracker, as one of the four cygnets in Swan Lake, and as the Lover in Balletlujah!.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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JENNIFER GIBSON

Jennifer Gibson was born in Toronto and moved to Calgary with her family at a young age. She received twelve years of training at the School of Alberta Ballet and is now in her eighth year with the company. She has performed as one of the four cygnets from Swan Lake, as part of Aszure Barton’s Happy Little Things (Waiting On A Gruff Cloud Of Wanting), and in the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Klara in The Nutcracker.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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GARRETT GROAT

Garrett is thrilled to be back for his seventh season with Alberta Ballet. He was born and raised in Edmonton, where he trained at Dance Unlimited in various styles of dance. At age 17, Garrett was awarded a scholarship to train at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in New York City. Some of his favourite roles with Alberta Ballet include Puss in Boots in The Sleeping Beauty, an angel in Love Lies Bleeding, the Sugar Plum Cavalier in The Nutcracker, the dance for four men in Swan Lake, and as a cast member in Dump the Physical Memory.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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HAYNA GUTIERREZ

Hayna is in her seventh season with Alberta Ballet. She was born in Havana, Cuba, and trained at the National Ballet School in Havana. Hayna has performed as a principal dancer with the Ballet National de Cuba and the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami. She has also represented Alberta Ballet at the International Ballet Festival in Cali, Columbia in 2012 and 2014. In 2013 she won the Miami Life Award for Best Hispanic Female Dancer. Some of her favourite roles include the title role in Giselle, and Kitri in Don Quixote. Hayna has also performed as She in Balletlujah!, The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, a lead in Balanchine’s Serenade, as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, and as Cio-Cio San in Madame Butterfly.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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SEIRA IWAMOTO

Seira is from Fukuoka, Japan, and is in her second season with Alberta Ballet. She received her training at Fukuoka City Kawazoe Ballet Academy, the School of Alberta Ballet, and The Dutch National Ballet Academy. In 2013-2014 she performed with the Dutch National Ballet in Sir Peter Wright's Sleeping Beauty and also performed in the live stream project in Assemblée Internationale 2013. During her training she had the privilege to work with Hans Van Manen, Sorella Englund, Didy Veldman, and Kirk Peterson. Her repertoire with the company includes Swan Lake, Don Quixote, and The Nutcracker.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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MARIKO KONDO

Mariko was born in Hiroshima, Japan, and is in her 10th season with Alberta Ballet. She trained at Canada’s National Ballet School and has danced professionally with Leipzig Ballet in Germany and Opera Atelier in Toronto before joining Alberta Ballet in 2008. Mariko’s repertoire includes Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Desdemona in Othello, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Cio-Cio San in Madame Butterfly, and Giselle in Giselle.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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ALAN MA

Lang Ma (Alan) is from China and began his formal training in 2006 at the LiaoNing Ballet of China Academy. He continued his training in Vancouver B.C. at the Goh Ballet Academy before going to the United States to attend the Washington School of Ballet in Washington, D.C. While at The Washington Ballet, Alan had the opportunity to perform in The Nutcracker in the roles of Chinese, Spanish, Star, and Prince. His other repertoire includes roles in Le Corsaire, Coppelia, and Don Quixote. Alan has won numerous awards including a Gold Medal in the 2014 World Ballet Competition, 2015 Youth America Grand Prix 3rd Place Senior Division NYC, 2014 Youth America Grand Prix Finalist, 2013 Korea International Ballet Competition Second Place, 2012 China Tao Li Bei Competition First Place, and First Place in the 2010 Osaka International Youngsters Ballet Competition. Most recently with the Columbia Classical Ballet Company in Washington, DC, this is Alan’s first season with Alberta Ballet.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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KELLEY MCKINLAY

Kelley is celebrating his 15th season with Alberta Ballet and has danced many principal roles with the company. He trained at Dance Alberta in Edmonton under the direction of Ross Brierton and at The Banff Centre. He has performed with Dance Arts Vancouver, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, and in The Banff Centre’s Festival Dance. Some of his favourite roles are Iago in Othello, Stomper in In the Upper Room, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, and Don Jose in Carmen. In 2008, Kelley was invited to perform Iago’s opening solo from Kirk Peterson’s Othello at the Benois de la Danse Awards Gala at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia. This past summer, he was invited to be a Guest Principal Artist on tour with David Nixon’s Madame Butterfly with the Northern Ballet in the UK. Kelley's most recent repertoire with Alberta Ballet includes ruin/time, Albrecht in Giselle, D’Artagnan in The Three Musketeers, and Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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REILLEY MCKINLAY

Reilley is happy to be back with Alberta Ballet for her ninth season. She grew up just outside of Seattle in Eatonville, Washington. She has formal training from Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Canada’s National Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, and the San Francisco Ballet School. She is also an alumna of Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell.  Reilley is proud to have worked with Frederic Franklin, who staged Balanchine’s Raymonda, which was filmed for the Balanchine Trust Archives. Her favorite role she has performed with Alberta Ballet is Queen Anne in David Nixon’s The Three Musketeers.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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TARYN NOWELS

Taryn is in her fourth season with Alberta Ballet. She is from Huntington Beach, California, where she attended Orange County Dance Center from the age of three. She furthered her training through courses at San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and The School of American Ballet. Prior to joining Alberta Ballet, Taryn was part of the Professional Trainee Division at Ballet West and was an apprentice with Oregon Ballet Theatre. Taryn has performed in numerous productions with the company, including one of the leading roles in Jean Grand-Maître’s Balletlujah!.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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LUNA SASAKI

Luna was born in Kanagawa, Japan and began her dance training at the age of six. In 2009, she received a full scholarship to the Professional Program of the Houston Ballet Academy. In 2011 she attended the summer dance program at the Boston Ballet School and continued her training as a Boston Ballet School Trainee. Some of her favorite roles include Juliet in Romeo & Juliet and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. She has also performed in Aszure Barton’s Happy Little Things (Waiting On a Gruff Cloud of Wanting), as the lead in Yukichi Hattori’s 01010010 01101001 01110100 01100101 (rite), Suzuki in Stanton Welch's Madame Butterfly, the Peasant Pas de Deux and Lead Willis in Giselle, She in Balletlujah!, Red Couple and Pink Couple in Jiří Kylián's Forgotten Land and Klara in The Nutcracker. This is Luna’s fourth season with Alberta Ballet.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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CHRISTOPHER SCRUGGS

Christopher is a native of Annapolis, MD and started his training with the Maryland Youth Ballet, later attending summer programs with Washington Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. He finished his training at Indiana University, graduating with a dual degree in Ballet Performance and Political Science. Before joining Alberta Ballet, he was dancing with the Louisville Ballet and Boston Ballet. Christopher has danced featured roles in works by Anthony Tudor, Dwight Rhoden, George Balanchine, Ma Cong, Val Caniparoli, Jerome Robbins, and Jorma Elo. This is Christopher’s third season with Alberta Ballet.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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HEATHER THOMAS

Heather is from Lewisberry, Pennsylvania. She began dancing with Pennsylvania Regional Ballet and continued her training until graduation at Canada's National Ballet School. She has also trained and worked with the Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago, Cincinnati Ballet, and BalletMet Columbus. Some of her favourite productions include Adam Hougland's Rite of Spring and James Kudelka's The Man in Black. This is Heather’s fourth season with Alberta Ballet.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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LAURA VANDE ZANDE

A native Calgarian, Laura is in her third season as a full company artist with Alberta Ballet. She trained locally at Crossings Dance, International School of Ballet and completed her last year of training at the School of Alberta Ballet following a two-year apprenticeship with the company. Upon graduation she was awarded her RAD Solo Seal Award and competed at the Geneé International Ballet competition in London, England. Her most memorable performances with the company so far have been Swan Lake, Forgotten Land, Happy Little Things (Waiting On A Gruff Cloud Of Wanting) and Futureland.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

YOSHIYA SAKURAI

Yoshiya began his training with Niigata Ballet School in his hometown of Niigata City, Japan. At age 14, he took fifth place in All Japan Junior Competition, Japan Grand Prix, received scholarships for Royal Ballet School and John Cranko Ballet School, and attended Canada’s National Ballet School. There, he danced in several ballets including Jiří Kylián's Sinfonietta, Evening Songs, Four Last Songs, and Ein von Viel by S. Matthews. In 2007, he received Peter Dwyer Scholarships from Canada Council for the Arts and was a semi-finalist in Prix de Lausanne. At American Repertory Ballet, Mr. Sakurai performed several soloist roles, including the Prince in The Nutcracker. In 2008, he joined Boston Ballet II and danced in Balanchine’s Rubies, The Nutcracker, and numerous works by Jorma Elo. In 2010 he joined Kansas City Ballet, where he performed several lead and soloist roles including White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, Benno in Swan Lake, Peasant Pas De Deux in Giselle, Puck in Midsummer Night's Dream, Porthos in The Three Musketeers, Jester in Cinderella, and in Fancy Free and Wunderland by Edwaard Liang. This is Mr. Sakurai's first season with Alberta Ballet.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Auditions

 
 
 
 
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2017/18 Season

Male Company Artist

(Soloist or Principal Level)

 

If you are an experienced professional dancer with strong, classical ballet technique and extensive partnering experience, we invite you to consider auditioning for a position with Alberta Ballet.

 

Please email your completed application to auditions@albertaballet.com. See audition requirements below.

 

 

2018/19 Season

 

Alberta Ballet is seeking male and female dancers with strong, classical ballet technique for its 2018/2019 Season!

 

Alberta Ballet will be holding Open Auditions in the following cities:  
New York    February 17, 2018
Toronto       February 18, 2018
Calgary        February 25, 2018

 

Audition times and locations will be posted on November 14, 2017. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updates. If you are unable to attend any of our open auditions, we do allow for private auditions at our Calgary Studios by INVITATION ONLY. 

 

Audition applications will be accepted beginning November 14, 2017.

 
 
 

Requirements

 

 

All applicants must submit the following material. Your application will not be processed unless all the required documents, photos and videos are submitted.

 

Email your completed application to auditions@albertaballet.com.

 

1.    Complete CV (accepted formats: .doc, .docx, .pdf)

  • Must include your email address, height, date of birth, citizenship, training and performance experience.

 

2. Photographs (accepted formats: .jpg, .pdf)

  • One headshot
  • One full body arabesque position.
  • Additional photographs in dance positions are useful but not required.

 

3. Video Link (accepted formats: YouTube or Vimeo Links)

  • One classical variation*.
  • One contemporary variation*.
  • Additional video that is useful but not required: Pas de deux work, a jump exercise (men may include entrechat six and double tour en l’air), a turn exercise and an adage.
  • Barre and other class work is not needed.  
  • Please remember to include a password if needed and keep your video work available for viewing until March 31, 2018.
  • Please do not email video files, they will not be downloaded and your application will be considered incomplete.

*Video work should ideally be shot in a studio and not filmed too far away. Performance video is acceptable if of good quality and filmed close-up. For the classical variation, it is recommended that women wear pink tights and leotard or tutu and men wear light coloured tights