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PA Ballet Promotions for 2012-13 announcedPAB Press Release text

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#1 Ray


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Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:27 AM

Copied from the Company's press release. Especially notable (to me, anyway) is Jermel Johnson, an amazing dancer.

Pennsylvania Ballet Announces Promotions for 2012-2013 Season
Fadeley, Hussey, Johnson, and Moore promoted to Principal

Philadelphia, PA (May 24, 2012) – Pennsylvania Ballet announces four promotions from within to
Principal Dancer. Soloists Lauren Fadeley, Ian Hussey, Jermel Johnson, and Brooke Moore will
ascend to the Company’s highest tier for the 2012-2013 Season.

“Each of our new Principal Dancers has developed their own unique artistry while here at
Pennsylvania Ballet,” Artistic Director Roy Kaiser says. “I am so pleased to honor their talent and
dedication with these promotions.”

In addition to the promotions above, Company Members Evelyn Kocak and Jong Suk Park will be
promoted to Soloist. Apprentices Alexandra Hughes, Elizabeth Mateer, Alexander Peters, and
Eric Trope will be promoted to the Corps de Ballet. Pennsylvania Ballet II dancers Amy Holihan
and Harrison Monaco will be promoted to Apprentice.

All of the promoted artists can be seen onstage next in the finale to Pennsylvania Ballet’s 2011-
2012 Season, N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz, May 31-June 3, 2012 at the Merriam Theater. Tickets are
available online at paballet.org, by phone at 215.893.1999, or in person at the Kimmel Center Box

Lauren Fadeley was born in Orlando, FL, where she began her dance training at age four. She
studied at The Rock School for Dance Education and The School of American Ballet. At age 16,
Ms. Fadeley was invited to join New York City Ballet. In May 2007, she graduated Cum Laude
from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance with an outside field in
Kinesiology. Ms. Fadeley joined Pennsylvania Ballet in fall 2007 and was promoted to Soloist for
the 2011-2012 Season. She has performed principal roles in Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake
(Odette/Odile); Trey McIntyre’s Peter Pan (Wendy); and George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™
(Sugarplum Fairy and Dewdrop), Agon (Pas de Deux), and The Four Temperaments (First
Theme). She has originated featured roles in works by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Peter Quanz,
and Matthew Neenan. Ms. Fadeley was one of fourteen Pennsylvania Ballet dancers who
performed in the Academy Award-winning film Black Swan. She is married to Principal Dancer
Francis Veyette.

Ian Hussey was born in Westmont, NJ and began his ballet training at age nine at The Rock
School for Dance Education. Mr. Hussey continued his training at Central Pennsylvania Youth
Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary and at various prestigious summer intensives.
Mr. Hussey was a member of Pennsylvania Ballet II and an apprentice before being promoted to
the Corps de Ballet for the 2007-2008 Season. He was promoted to Soloist for the 2010-2011
Season. Since joining the Company, Mr. Hussey has danced featured roles in ballets such as
Matthew Neenan’s Carmina Burana, Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena, Twyla Tharp’s Push Comes to
Shove and Nine Sinatra Songs, Paul Taylor’s Company B, Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake
(Pas de Quatre), Sir Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée (Alain), and George Balanchine’s The
Four Temperaments (Melancholic) and Agon (First Pas de Trois). He has also danced the title
role in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet and Cavalier in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™.
Mr. Hussey has originated leading roles in ballets such as Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Requiem for
a Rose and Jorma Elo’s Pulcinella.

Jermel Johnson began his dance education at the Baltimore School for the Arts’ after school
program. He went on to study at The School of American Ballet under such choreographers as
Peter Martins, Peter Boal, Jock Soto, and Andrei Kramerevsky. Mr. Johnson joined Pennsylvania
Ballet II in September 2003 and rose through the ranks of the Company to a promotion to Soloist
in 2009. He has performed featured roles in Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake (Pas de Trois),
George Balanchine’s The NutcrackerÔ (Cavalier), and Robert Weiss’s Messiah. During the 2007-
2008 Season, Mr. Johnson received audience and critical acclaim for his performances at City
Center in Manhattan and in the world premiere of Matthew Neenan's Pampeana No. 2 in
Philadelphia. In October 2008, Mr. Johnson received a prestigious Ballet Fellowship from the
Princess Grace Foundation-USA, which supported his salary for the season and will support his
choreographic endeavors in the future.

Brooke Moore was born in Latrobe, PA, where she began studying ballet at age eight with Laurel
Youth Ballet. She went on to study at Chautauqua Institution, American Ballet Theatre, and San
Francisco Ballet School. Ms. Moore earned an apprenticeship with San Francisco Ballet and
danced with the company for eight years. She joined Pennsylvania Ballet in 2007 and was
promoted to Soloist for the 2008-2009 Season. Ms. Moore has performed featured roles in
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ (Dewdrop, Sugarplum Fairy, and Coffee), The Four
Temperaments (Second Theme), Concerto Barocco (2nd Violin), and Agon (First Pas de Trois);
Ben Stevenson's Cinderella (Fairy Godmother); William Forsythe's The Vertiginous Thrill of
Exactitude; and Matthew Neenan's As It’s Going. In 2011, she performed the principal role of
Odette/Odile in Christopher Wheeldon's Swan Lake.

#2 Rosa


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Posted 01 June 2012 - 12:11 PM

Thanks Ray. I remember being impressed by Jermel in the pas de trois in Wheeldon's Swan Lake when he was an apprentice in 2004.

Congratulations to all the promoted dancers! Posted Image

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