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From the company:

BOSTON BALLET ANNOUNCES 2006-2007 ROSTER

August 8, 2006

(BOSTON)— Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen announced the roster for the Company's 2006-2007 Season today. Nine dancers have received promotions, one new principal dancer joins the Company, and nine new dancers have joined the corps de ballet. In addition, Boston Ballet II, the pre-professional second company of Boston Ballet, welcomes five new members.

Erica Cornejo joins the Company as a principal dancer. Cornejo comes to Boston Ballet from American Ballet Theatre. She was born in San Luis, Argentina and began studying ballet at age four. Cornejo joined ABT's Studio Company in May 1998 and, later that same year, joined ABT. She was promoted to soloist in 2003. Cornejo is married to fellow Boston Ballet principal dancer Carlos Molina.

Rie Ichikawa and Sabi Varga have been promoted from second soloist to soloist, and Lia Cirio, John Lam, and James Whiteside have been promoted from the corps de ballet to second soloist. Megan Gray, Katherine Hartsell, Bradley Schlagheck, and Christian Squires have joined the corps de ballet from Boston Ballet II.

Also joining the corps de ballet are Alexander Alexandrov and Boyko Dossev from Ballet International, Bo Busby from American Ballet Theatre, Raul Casasola from Opera du Ballet du Rhin, Kelsey Hellebuyck and Claire Stallman from San Francisco Ballet School, Lorin Mathis from Alberta Ballet, Josephine Pra from Birmingham Royal Ballet, and Dong Ting Xing from Liaoning Ballet.

The new members of Boston Ballet II include Boston Ballet School alumni Alejandro Diaz and Luciana Voltolini. Joining them are Krista Ettlinger, Robert Kretz, and Samuel Shapiro.

BOSTON BALLET COMPANY ROSTER 2006-2007

PRINCIPAL DANCERS

Romi Beppu

Erica Cornejo

Lorna Feijóo

Tai Jimenez

Nelson Madrigal

Carlos Molina

Larissa Ponomarenko

Reyneris Reyes

Roman Rykine

Karine Seneca

Yury Yanowsky

SOLOISTS

Melanie Atkins

Mindaugas Bauzys

Pavel Gurevich

Rie Ichikawa

Jared Redick

Sabi Varga

SECOND SOLOISTS

Lia Cirio

Kathleen Breen Combes

Misa Kuranaga

John Lam

Heather Myers

Joel Prouty

James Whiteside

CORPS DE BALLET

Alexander Alexandrov

Bo Busby

Raul Casasola

Daniel Cooper

Jaime Diaz

Boyko Dossev

Megan Gray

Katherine Hartsell

Kelsey Hellebuyck

Melissa Hough

Gabor Kapin

Lorin Mathis

Tempe Ostergren

Dalay Parrondo

Kelley Potter

Josephine Pra

Katelyn Prominski

Brooke Reynolds

Raul Salamanca

Daniel Sarabia

Bradley Schlagheck

Christian Squires

Claire Stallman

Kimberly Uphoff

Heather Waymack

Sarah Wroth

Dong Ting Xing

BOSTON BALLET II

Alejandro Diaz

Krista Ettlinger

Robert Kretz

Luca Sbrizzi

Samuel Shapiro

Luciana Voltolini

Nadezhda Vostrikov

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