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Dancer promotions and roster moves

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A few dancers are now off of the Pennsylvania Ballet's website: paballet.org

Principal, James Ady, retired at the end of last season

Corps de ballet, Alexei Charov, Thomas Baltrushunas, Joaquin Crespo Lopes, and Emily Waters are no longer listed on the website.

Good luck to all of them in their future endeavors!

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Here's a release regarding promotions and additions to the roster:




Artistic Director Roy Kaiser is pleased to announce the 2008-2009 Company roster, which includes several exciting promotions and promising additions. The Company begins its 45th Season this fall with 39 dancers, ranked into Principal, Soloist, Corps de Ballet and Apprentice positions.  The Company welcomes new dancers Katelyn Prominski and Daniel Cooper to the corps de ballet, both former dancers with Boston Ballet; and congratulates Brooke Moore and Barette Vance who have been promoted to Soloists. Megan Dickinson and Tyler Galster have both been invited to join the corps de ballet after serving as Apprentices since 2006 and 2007, respectively, and former Pennsylvania Ballet II dancers Molly Flippen, Chelsea Gilday and Nicholas Sipes have accepted Apprentice positions.

Katelyn Prominski began her dance training at The Washington School of Ballet and San Francisco Ballet School, and has studied privately with Shirley Bennett and Barbara Walczak. Ms. Prominski has performed with The Washington Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet (2004), and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet in such ballets as George Balanchine's The Four Temperaments,  Divertimento No. 15 and Serenade, Chaconne, Divertimento No. 15, La Source, La Valse, Raymonda, Serenade, Stars and Stripes, Tempo di Valse, Tzigane and Who Cares?. She has also performed works by contemporary choreographers such as Val Caniparoli, Jorma Elo, James Kudelka, and Mikko Nissinen. Prominski danced in the revival of Balanchine's Don Quixote with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in 2005 and at the Edinburgh Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2006.

Daniel Cooper began his training at the North Carolina School of the Arts and then attended San Francisco Ballet School where he was selected by Helgi Tomasson to join the school's trainee program in 2005. Mr. Cooper has trained at the Houston Ballet Academy, the School of American Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet School. Most recently with Boston Ballet, Mr. Cooper's repertory has included a feature role in Val Caniparoli's Lambarena, Russian and Spanish in Mikko Nissinen's The Nutcracker, and ensemble work in Jorma Elo's Carmen, Bronislava Nijinska's Les Noces, George Balanchine's Serenade, Sir Frederick Ashton's La Fille mal gardée, James Kudelka's Cinderella, and Marius Petipa's Raymonda, Act III.

Pennsylvania Ballet II Director William DeGregory recently announced six new additions to Pennsylvania Ballet II, who will join returning dancer Sarah Hay: Suzette Logue, Lillian Marie DiPiazza, Jenny Winton, Edward William Barnes, Henry Philofsky, and T. Alexander Ratcliffe-Lee. Pennsylvania Ballet II, a troupe of pre-professional dancers led by former principal dancer, William DeGregory, is designed to complement Pennsylvania Ballet's existing outreach and education program, Accent on Dance. Specifically, this program enables Pennsylvania Ballet to greatly expand the scope and depth of its outreach effort through theatre and non-theatre-based performances at Philadelphia area schools and other small venues.

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