our dancers




Takayuki Asai

Takayuki Asai, from Japan, finished his training at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School in 2012. He trained in his native country at Masahiro & Yuko Shimura Ballet School and at Shiho Kanazawa Ballet School. Among his performances we find him dancing Tribute by Dennis Marshall, Marjorie Grundvig, The Nutcracker, Peter Pan, Paquita, Coppelia and Swan Lake. He won Silver Medal at the Namue Classic Ballet Competition and was awarded several scholarships. He joined the company in 2012, since then he has perform soloist roles in The Nutcracker, Chipollino, Le Corsaire and El Encuentro.

Aya Baba

She began her training at Hitomi Takeuchi Ballet School in Japan. She attended Zurich Dance Academy in Switzerland on a full scholarship from 2008-2010. In 2012, she joined the Joffrey Academy of Dance as a trainee. Ms. Baba performed many roles with the main company and the academy in The Nutcracker, La Bayadere, Romeo and Juliet, Coppelia and various other ballets. She has won many competitions in Japan including Japan Grand Prix, Youth America Grand Prix, NBA National Ballet Competition, All Japan Dance Competition, International Ballet Competition in Yokohama and others.

Ramil Bagmanov

Mr. Bagmanov is a graduate of the Rudolf Nureyev Academy in Ufa, Bashkortostan.  Immediately following graduation he became a member of the National Bashkortostan State Opera and Ballet Theatre (2005-2011) and National Tatarstan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre (2008-2012). A tall skilled dancer in pas de deux work, Mr. Bagmanov frequently partners leading roles.  Trained in the classics, he is also very comfortable in contemporary roles.  Mr. Bagmanov worked for Dance Alive in Gainsville, Florida until 2014.  He was recently in Kim Tuttle´s Phantom and as the “Cavalier” in Nutcracker.  His favorite roles include “Prince Siegfried” in Swan Lake, “Prince Desire” in Sleeping Beauty, “Romeo” in Romeo and Juliet, “Albrech” in Giselle and “Solor” in La Bayadere.

Roger Fonnegra

Roger Fonnegra received his dance training at the Teresa Carreno Ballet School of Caracas with Vladimir Issaev, and shortly after he joined the National Ballet of Caracas, directed by Vicente Nebrada as an apprentice. He trained at the School of American Ballet and with Whilhelm Burmann. He later returned to his native Venezuela where he danced with the Ballet National of Caracas on an international tour. Since he relocated to the US in 2003, he has danced with Columbia Classical Ballet, the Pennsylvania Ballet in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, Sierra Nevada Ballet, New Haven Ballet, and Seiskaya Ballet.  He performed for the past seven years with Festival Ballet Providence in RI under the direction of Mihailo Djuric. Past roles include George Balanchine's Rubies, Donizetti Variations and Allegro Brillante, and The Leaves are Fading, Agnes de Mille's Rodeo, La Camorra and Short Stories, and several soloist roles in The Nutcracker. In 2012 to 2013 he joined Ballet Idaho, dancing in the productions of Serenade by George Balanchine, and Nutckracker, Carmen, Don Quixote and Swan Lake.

Lusian Hernandez

Lusian Hernandez was born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela where she started her ballet training at 7 years of age at the Fundacion Escuela de Ballet Clasico del Edo. Lara. She has participated in many local and international dance festivals including the Festival Danza Joven in Colombia in 2009 and has been awarded several times with scholarships from programs such as the Metropolitan Ballet Theatre in Minneapolis where she attended in 2008. In 2010 she was awarded Bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Caracas, Venezuela repeating the same accolade for 2011. After attending the Summer Intensive Program of Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida in 2011, she was been invited by Vladimir Issaev to join the company's apprentice program. Since then she has performed the repertoire of the company including Yanis Pikieris Danzon, and Issaev's Nutcracker, Chipollino and Suite of Waltzes. She has recently perform the role of Kitri during the showcase of the 16th Summer Intensive Program.

Lillian Hill

Lillian Hill is a native Floridian. She began her training in Fort Lauderdale at Pro-Am Dance and Magda Aunon School of Classical Ballet. While attending Dillard Center for the Performing Arts as a dance major, she apprenticed with Jubilee Dance Theater. Upon graduation, she joined Richmond Ballet and began working towards a BFA in dance at Virginia Commonwealth University. Additionally, she has attended Summer Intensives at Orlando Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. She joined Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida in 2011 and has performed solo roles in Issaev's  Harlequinade, Fairy Doll, Chipollino, Firebird, Dr. Ouch, The Nutcracker and El Encuentro, among others. Furthermore, she has had the opportunity to work with visiting artists on pieces such as Yanis Pikieris’ Danzon and Vicente Nebrada’s Pentimento and has toured with the company to New York, Peru, and Germany.


Hirohito Ikeuchi

Hirohito Ikeuchi, graduated from the Mie Hatanaka Ballet School, he also attended the Kasuga Ballet School. He has recently finished his Ballet studies at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School after winning awarded during the 2008 YAGP. As an accomplished dancer he has received numerous awards as the 2nd place at the 2012 BA All Japan Ballet Competition, Gold at the 2010 Nagoya Ballet Competition. Hiro joined the company in 2012 and has danced Issaev's Nutcracker and Chipollino, Donizetti's Variations, and toured with the company to Peru where he performed Flames of Paris at the International Young Dancers Festival in Lima.

Hirofumi Kitazume

Hirofumi Kitazume, was born in Yokohama, Japan and attended the Nowa Ballet School in Kanagawa since 2001 and in 2008 he attended the Central School of Ballet in London where he graduated. He joined the Kumakawa Ballet Company in 2009 and danced several soloist roles in the productions of Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Tales of Beatrix Potter, Cinderella and Romeo and Juliet. In 2012 he relocated to the US to join Atlantic City Ballet as a principal dancer, where he performed in The Nutcracker, Dracula, Caught Up In The Swing and Carmen. Hirofumi has been awarded in several ballet competitions in Tokyo and Nagoya. He has recently joined Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida.


Hernan Montenegro

Hernan Montenegro from Chile graduated from the Teatro Municipal de Santiago. In 2010 he participated at the International Ballet Competition in Lima, Peru where he was awarded Silver medal and a scholarship to attend the Summer Program at Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida. Following his participation in the program, he received an invitation to join the company. He has previously danced with Ballet de Santiago and Ballet de Camara dancing solo roles in Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Les Sylphides, Paquita, Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, Pinocchio, Graduation Ball and Nutcracker among others. Since joining the company in 2012, Hernan has performed Yanis Pikieris' Danzon, Issaev Nutcracker, Chipollino, Donizetti's variations and Le Corsaire. This will be Hernan's second season with Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida.


Saori Morioka

Saori Morioka, from Japan. She has started her ballet training at Mami Ballet Land in Japan and completed her training at School of Alberta Ballet, Canada.  She attended the Colorado Ballet Summer Program in 2013. She was been awarded at the Nara Ballet Competition in 2009 and was a Sendai Competition finalist in 2010. Ms. Saori has recently joined Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida and is looking forward to an exciting season of performances.


Eileen Puauluan

Eileen Pualuan is from Chile, she has competed her ballet studies at the Ballet School of the Teatro Municipal de Santiago and she attended for two years with the Hamburg Ballet School in Germany. She has performed several roles in the Nutcracker, La Bayadere, Sleeping Beauty, Les Sylphides, Raymonda and Paquita. She joined the company in 2012 as an apprentice after completing the Summer Intensive Program of Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida. She has danced The Nutcracker, Chipollino and Suite of Waltzes among other pieces of the company's repertoire.

Elise Shea

Elise Shea is from Indianapolis. Her ballet training commenced at the Jordan Academy of Dance and she graduated from the Indiana Ballet Conservatory where she studied with Tatiana Pali, Alexei Moskalenko, Alyona Yakovleva-Randall and Sergey Sergiev. She has been fortunate to attend summer programs at the Paris Opera Ballet School, the Rock School, and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy summer intensive programs. Among her repertoire we find The Nutcracker and Chipollino. Elise has been awarded at the Youth American Grand Prix. This season is her first with the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, and her beginning as a professional dancer.



Yukina Yasuhara

She comes from attending the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School and the Houston Ballet Academy. She previously trained in Japan at the Mie Hatanaka Ballet School and the Etoile Ballet School. She also attended the Summer Programs of Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts and the Kirov Ballet Academy of Washington. She has performed in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita and Don Quixote. Yukina joined Arts Ballet Theatre in 2012 as an apprentice to the company and has recently been promoted to the professional corps. She has danced Donizetti's variations, Sleeping Beauty Pas de Deux, The Nutcracker and Chipollino this past season. She also toured with the company to Lima, Peru for the International Young Dancers Festival.




Sara Cate Bingham began dancing at a very young age. She started lessons with Terri Post at the Post School of Ballet in Roanoke, Virginia and later joined the Southwest Virginia Ballet, under the artistic director Pedro Szalay. While dancing with the Southwest Virginia Ballet, she performed many roles in The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet and Coppelia. Sara has also participated in the summer programs of Atlanta Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Richmond Ballet and Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida. In 2011 and 2013, Sara traveled to Prague, Czech Republic with the Southwest Virginia Ballet obtaining important awards.

Johanna Crick started her ballet training in New Jersey and later at The Center of Dance in Blacksburg, Virginia. At age 13 Johanna joined the Southwest Virginia Ballet and began training with artistic director Pedro Szalay. She performed many roles with the Southwest Virginia Ballet in The Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf, Don Quixote, and Coppelia. Johanna has attended summer intensives at The Harid Conservatory, Richmond Ballet and Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida. In 2013 she traveled to Prague, Czech Republic, to participate in the New Prague Dance Festival, obtaining a special award. Johanna was invited to join Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida this past summer.


Yasmin Haghayegh began her ballet training at Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet at the age of 10. Since then, Yasamin has expanded her extensive repertoire by performing in all of the company’s productions such as The Nutcracker, Firebird, Doctor Ouch, Petrouchka, Taiko, Suite of Waltz, Fuga con Pajarillo, Harlequinaide, Fairy Doll, Chipollino, A Celebration to Klimt, among other classical and neoclassical pieces, as well as contemporary pieces by choreographers Josee Garant, Yanis Pikieris and Edgar Anido. She has also consistently demonstrated her vigorous dedication to her training, by attending all Summer Intensive Programs of Russian Technique. She has traveled around the globe with the company to participate in various renowned dance festivals in Germany (2008), Denmark (2009), Mexico (2010), Poland (2012) and Germany (2014).


Caitlyn King began her training at the Post School of Ballet in Virginia. She has trained with Terri Post and Pedro Szalay. She was a member of the Southwest Virginia Ballet Company for nine years. She has attended Summer Intensives at the Cincinnati Ballet and Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida. In 2013 she participated in the New Prague Dance Festival in the Czech Republic with the Southwest Virginia Ballet Company. They placed 1st in classical ballet and won the Grishko award. She has performed soloist roles in the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Coppelia and Raymonda. This will be her first year with Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida.


Kayci Rodriguez started taking ballet lessons at Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet. She was promoted to begin her training with Vladimir Issaev following the Vaganova Syllabus Method under the tutelage of Vladimir Issaev, Olga Mekhonoshina and Liza Maltseva. She has been attending all Summer Intensive Programs of Russian Technique since 2007. Kayci has an extensive experience on stage, dancing the most challenging classical and neo classical repertoire in The Nutcracker, Paquita, Raymonda, La Bayadere, Don Quixote, Taiko, Waltz Glinka, Dr. Ouch, Harlequinade, Chipollino, Fairy Doll, Firebird, Petrouchka, Fuga con Pajarillo, Danzon, and Fragmentos by Edgar Anido. She has also been fortunate to have been invited to participate in the International young dancers Festival in Miami, Mexico, Poland and Germany in addtition to the Choreographers Festival in New York in summer 2012.



Valentina Guidi
Began her ballet training at Vladimir Issaev’s School of Classical Ballet at the age of 4. She has trained with Vladimir Issaev, Olga Mekhonoshina, Liza Maltseva, Melissa Wrinkle, Belinda Zaret and Jennifer Ortiz. In 2008, she was awarded for "Outstanding Achievement in Dance" by the Moscow Foundation of Dance and Choreography. Valentina has participated in Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida’s Summer Intensive program for four consecutive years with Mme. Yelena Zabalkanskaya and Mme. Yelena Shertsnieva, from the Vaganova Academy in Russia, along with Ms. Yulia Kasenkova, soloist of the Mariinsky Ballet Theatre and Mr. Misha Bart. She also attended American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive of 2012 in New York, training with some of the most popular dancers and directors in the United States. Valentina has participated in the American Dance Competition and the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition in the past year. She has danced in roles such as Clara, Spanish Princess, Marzipan and Dew Drop in the Nutcracker, Rose in Chipollino, and the Pas de Trois in Paquita, also dancing alongside the professional Company during performances of Donizetti and Pentimento. Valentina has just recently taken part in the International Dancers Festival in Peru during the summer of 2013.



Junior Members


Alexia Barandarian, Alexandra Behar, Sharon Beriro, Jessica Fischer, Gabriela Gelman, Sara Marlin, Seydi Ortiz, Daniel Panameno, Laura Panameno, Capriana Petruzielo, Sabrina Serber, Veronica Serber, Danielle Stoller, Claudia Suarez, Dominique Szymkiewicz, Esther Treusch.






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