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Ballet West 2010 Promotions, New Hires, Departures

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For the 2010/2011 Season, Artistic Director Adam Sklute has promoted 13 dancers, welcomes 8 new company dancers and 4 new Ballet West II Dancers and we say goodbye and farewell to 7 company dancers and 3 Ballet West II dancers.

Promotions:

Annie Breneman - promoted to Senior Soloist

Katherine Lawrence -promoted to Senior Soloist

Thomas Mattingly - promoted to Soloist

Elizabeth McGrath - promoted to Soloist

Christopher Sellars - promoted to Soloist

Jacqueline Straughan - promoted to Soloist

Christopher Anderson - promoted to Demi-Soloist

Beau Pearson - promoted to Demi-Soloist

Rex Tilton - promoted to Demi-Soloist

Arolyn Williams - promoted to Demi-Soloist

Lindsey Duerfeldt - promoted from Apprentice to full Corps Artist

Whitney Huell - promoted from Apprentice to full Corps Artist

Alexander MacFarlan - promoted from Apprentice to full Corps Artist

New Dancers:

Haley Henderson - joins Ballet West as a Soloist

Easton Smith - joins Ballet West as a Soloist

Sayaka Ohtaki - joins Ballet West as a Demi-Soloist

Adrian Fry - joins Ballet West as a Corps Artist

Jenna Herrera - joins Ballet West as a Corps Artist

Kuei-Hsien Chu - joins Ballet West as a Corps Artist

Katherine Meeusen - joins Ballet West as an Apprentice

Elizabeth Weldon - Joins Ballet West as an Apprentice

Kathleen Martin - Joins Ballet West II

Ryan Sargent - Joins Ballet West II

Beckanne Sisk - joins Ballet West II

Ronald Tilton - joins Ballet West II

Departures

Soloist -- Kate Crews retires

Demi-Soloist-- Victoria Lock retires

Senior Corps Artist -- Aaron Orlowski retires

Senior Corps Artist -- Josey Silva retires

Corps Artist -- Megan Furse retires

Corps Artist -- John Frazer moves on

Corps Artist -- David Kim moves on

Ballet West II Dancer - Robert Goodman moves on

Ballet West II Dancer - Stephen King moves on

Balet West II Dancer Kaleigh Schock moves on

Principal Guest Artist Sara Webb will return to Ballet West (courtesy of Houston Ballet) for The Sleeping Beauty in February.

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For the 2010/2011 Season, Artistic Director Adam Sklute has promoted 13 dancers, welcomes 8 new company dancers and 4 new Ballet West II Dancers and we say goodbye and farewell to 7 company dancers and 3 Ballet West II dancers.

Promotions:

Annie Breneman - promoted to Senior Soloist

Katherine Lawrence -promoted to Senior Soloist

Thomas Mattingly - promoted to Soloist

Elizabeth McGrath - promoted to Soloist

Christopher Sellars - promoted to Soloist

Jacqueline Straughan - promoted to Soloist

Christopher Anderson - promoted to Demi-Soloist

Beau Pearson - promoted to Demi-Soloist

Rex Tilton - promoted to Demi-Soloist

Arolyn Williams - promoted to Demi-Soloist

Lindsey Duerfeldt - promoted from Apprentice to full Corps Artist

Whitney Huell - promoted from Apprentice to full Corps Artist

Alexander MacFarlan - promoted from Apprentice to full Corps Artist

New Dancers:

Haley Henderson - joins Ballet West as a Soloist

Easton Smith - joins Ballet West as a Soloist

Sayaka Ohtaki - joins Ballet West as a Demi-Soloist

Adrian Fry - joins Ballet West as a Corps Artist

Jenna Herrera - joins Ballet West as a Corps Artist

Kuei-Hsien Chu - joins Ballet West as a Corps Artist

Katherine Meeusen - joins Ballet West as an Apprentice

Elizabeth Weldon - Joins Ballet West as an Apprentice

Kathleen Martin - Joins Ballet West II

Ryan Sargent - Joins Ballet West II

Beckanne Sisk - joins Ballet West II

Ronald Tilton - joins Ballet West II

Departures

Soloist -- Kate Crews retires

Demi-Soloist-- Victoria Lock retires

Senior Corps Artist -- Aaron Orlowski retires

Senior Corps Artist -- Josey Silva retires

Corps Artist -- Megan Furse retires

Corps Artist -- John Frazer moves on

Corps Artist -- David Kim moves on

Ballet West II Dancer - Robert Goodman moves on

Ballet West II Dancer - Stephen King moves on

Balet West II Dancer Kaleigh Schock moves on

Principal Guest Artist Sara Webb will return to Ballet West (courtesy of Houston Ballet) for The Sleeping Beauty in February.

Wow,

congratulations to all the promotions!

I'll miss Kate Crews, Victoria Lock and the other departing dancers so much. they are fantastic! I wish them the very best for the future! Ballet West will never be the same without them.

How exciting to see all the new talent coming in though!

I'm glad Sara Webb is coming back too!

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Wow, that's a lot of promotions! Congratulations to the dancers :wub:

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How wonderful to see all these promotions! But I am very sad to see the retirements, too. Especially Kate Crews, as she is a favorite of mine. I wish all the non-returning dancers the best of luck in their new endeavors.

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