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Cincinnati Ballet

Announces New Dancers and Promotions

for the 2004-05 Season

Thursday, July 22, 2004

(CINCINNATI, OH) - Cincinnati Ballet is pleased to announce the addition of the following dancers for the upcoming 2004-05 season: Adiarys Almeida, Cervillo Miguel Amador, Jill Marlow, Marisa Keller, William Britt Hillard, and Luis Valdez (arriving October), as well as the following promotions within the company: Mishic Marie Corn and Anthony Krutzkamp to Senior Soloists, Tricia Sundbeck and Janessa Touchet to Soloists, and Amanda Jesse and Shannon Smith to Corps. Promoted to the New Dancer category are Heather Liberman and Jennifer Drake. New Apprentices to the company are Marisa Keller, Eliza Kelly-Swift and William Britt Hillard.

A press conference will be held at the Cincinnati Ballet Center on Thursday, July 22, 2004 from

2:15 P.M. - 3:15 P.M. to introduce the new dancers to the community.

Adiarys Almeida

Adiarys Almeida joins Cincinnati Ballet from Havana, Cuba where she was a member of Ballet Nacional de Cuba (National Ballet of Cuba). Almeida received her dance training from the National School of

Ballet in Havana and has performed many leading roles including Clara in The Nutcracker, Kitri in

Don Quixote, as well as soloist roles in Swan Lake, Flames of Paris, “In the Name of…”, and Le Corsaire. In the spring of 2004, Almeida requested and received asylum in the United States. She is the recipient of the Silver Medal (1997 & 1998) and the Gold Medal (1999 & 2000) from the Havana International Ballet Competition. Almeida has also competed in The Ballet Muses Ball in Tokyo and the Nagoya Ballet Competition in Japan. “I am very excited to participate in a company with such a diverse group of people and an interesting repertoire,” Almeida said enthusiastically. She is currently scheduled to travel with the company to the Vail International Dance Festival in August where she will be performing Juliet in Artistic Director Victoria Morgan’s Romeo and Juliet Balcony Scene Pas de Deux. The Cincinnati Ballet season opener will feature Almeida and Cervilio Amador, fellow Cuban dancer, in the famous Pas de Deux from the Act III Wedding Scene of Don Quixote.

Cervilio Amador

Along with Adiarys Almeida, Cervilio Amador comes to Cincinnati Ballet from Havana, Cuba. He was a member of Ballet Nacional de Cuba where he performed in many lead roles. During a performance in Daytona Beach with this company, Amador defected and applied for political asylum. Upon hearing about the Cuban defects, Cincinnati Ballet Artistic Director Victoria Morgan set out to contract the dancers. Amador received his dance training at the National School of Ballet in Havana and the Rosario Ballet School in Miami. Among the lead roles he has performed, his favorite was the lead role in Canto Vital. This season, Cervilio will be a soloist with the company.

Jill Marlow

Jill Marlow of Indiana comes to the company from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. She attended Indiana University and received a B.S. in Ballet. Marlow previously studied with Rochester City Ballet and has attended the Summer Dance programs of Boston Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Past roles she has performed include a Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, Gypsy Girl in Don Quixote, Lead Fairy in Firebird, and Winter Fairy in Cinderella. This season, Marlow will perform with Cincinnati Ballet as a corps member.

Marisa Anne Keller

Marisa Anne Keller, originally from Pennsylvania, joins Cincinnati Ballet from Pacific Northwest Ballet. She has trained at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and School of American Ballet. Keller will serve as an apprentice for the 2004-05 season.

William Britt Hillard

Also serving as an apprentice, William Britt Hillard joins Cincinnati Ballet for the upcoming season. A native of Florida, Hillard has previously danced with Richmond Ballet and Carolina Ballet.

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