New York Metropolis Ballet seven promotions

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New York Metropolis Ballet (NYCB) has the promotion of seven of the Firm’s corps de ballet members. Preston Chamblee, Ashley Hod, Emily Kikta, Isabella LaFreniere, Miriam Miller, Mira Nadon and Emma Von Enck have all been promoted to Soloist upfront of the Firm’s 2022 Winter Season, which continues by means of February 27. 

Preston Chamblee in Lauren Lovette’s ‘Not Our Destiny’. Photograph by Paul Kolnik.

Preston Chamblee was born in Wendell, North Carolina, and commenced his dance coaching on the age of 14 on the Raleigh College of Ballet. He continued his coaching on the Worldwide Ballet Academy in Apex, North Carolina, and commenced finding out on the College of American Ballet (SAB), the official faculty of NYCB, throughout the 2012 and 2013 summer season programs, and enrolled as a full-time scholar in 2013. He was named an apprentice with NYCB in August 2014, and joined the Firm as a member of the corps de ballet in February 2015. His repertory at NYCB contains main roles in works by George Balanchine, Warren Carlyle, Ulysses Dove, Peter Martins, Benjamin Millepied, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, Jerome Robbins and Christopher Wheeldon, and he has additionally originated roles in ballets by Robert Binet, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Lauren Lovette, Andrea Miller, Peck and Gianna Reisen. 

Ashley Hod was born in Nice Neck, New York, she started her dance coaching at age 4 on the Nice Neck College of Dance and got here to SAB in 2003. As a scholar at SAB, she danced in a number of NYCB productions, together with George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Named an NYCB apprentice in 2012, she joined the NYCB corps de ballet the next yr. Her repertory contains main roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, Justin Peck and Christopher Wheeldon, and he or she has additionally originated corps de ballet roles in ballets by Kim Brandstrup, Annabelle Lopez OchoaAlexei Ratmansky and Troy Schumacher. 

Emily Kikta was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and commenced her dance coaching on the Thomas Studio of Performing Arts in Pittsburgh earlier than finding out on the Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh. Kikta started finding out at SAB throughout the summer season 2006 course and enrolled as a full-time scholar in 2008. She turned an apprentice with NYCB in October 2010, and joined the Firm as a member of the corps de ballet in August 2011. Since becoming a member of NYCB, Kikta has danced featured roles in works by George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Peter Martins, Justin Peck and Jerome Robbins, and he or she has originated featured roles in ballets by Sidra Bell, Martins, Pam Tanowitz and Peter Walker. 

Isabella LaFreniere in George Balanchine's 'Chaconne'. Photo by Erin Baiano.
Isabella LaFreniere in George Balanchine’s ‘Chaconne’. Photograph by Erin Baiano.

Isabella LaFreniere was born in Lambertville, Michigan, and commenced her dance coaching on the age of seven on the Northeast Academy of Dance, adopted by coaching on the Southold Dance Theatre in South Bend, Indiana, after which on the Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago, Illinois. She started finding out at SAB throughout the 2008 summer season course, and enrolled as a full-time scholar throughout the 2010 winter time period. She acquired further coaching on the Chautauqua Establishment and Pacific Northwest Ballet summer season packages. LaFreniere turned an apprentice with NYCB in August 2013, and joined the Firm as a member of the corps de ballet in June 2014. Since becoming a member of NYCB, LaFreniere has carried out featured roles in works by George Balanchine, Peter Martins, Justin Peck and Jerome Robbins, and has additionally originated a featured function in a piece by Sidra Bell. LaFreniere was a recipient of the 2013 Mae L. Wien Award. 

Miriam Miller was born in Iowa Metropolis, Iowa, and commenced her dance coaching in 2001 at College of Iowa Youth Ballet and College of Dance. In 2006, she started finding out at Metropolis Ballet of Iowa. She attended summer season programs at SAB in 2011 and 2012, enrolling as a full-time scholar throughout the 2012 winter time period. Miller turned an apprentice with NYCB in January 2015. She joined the Firm as a member of the corps de ballet in January 2016. Since becoming a member of NYCB, Miller has carried out featured roles in works by George Balanchine, Peter Martins, Justin Peck and Jerome Robbins, and he or she has additionally originated featured roles in works by Peck and Pam Tanowitz. Miller is a recipient of a 2017 Princess Grace Award. 

Mira Nadon in George Balanchine's 'Rubies'. Photo by Erin Baiano.
Mira Nadon in George Balanchine’s ‘Rubies’. Photograph by Erin Baiano.

Mira Nadon was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and commenced her ballet coaching on the age of six on the Inland Pacific Ballet Academy in Montclair, California. She attended summer season programs at SAB in 2014 and 2015, earlier than coming into SAB full-time for the 2015 winter time period. She joined the Firm as a member of the corps de ballet in November 2018. Since becoming a member of NYCB, Nadon has carried out featured roles in works by George Balanchine, Peter Martins, Justin Peck and Jerome Robbins, and he or she has additionally originated featured roles in works by Sidra Bell and Pam Tanowitz

Emma Von Enck was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and commenced her dance coaching on the age of 5 on the Royal College of Ballet. She later studied on the Cleveland College of Dance and the Cleveland Ballet Conservatory, and attended summer season programs at SAB in 2011 and 2012. She enrolled as a full-time scholar at SAB for the 2012 winter time period. In August of 2016, she turned an apprentice with NYCB. As a member of the Firm, Von Enck has carried out featured roles in works by George Balanchine, Peter Martins, Justin Peck, Gianna Reisen and Christopher Wheeldon, in addition to originating a featured function in a Reisen premiere. Von Enck is a recipient of the 2016 Mae L. Wien Award. 

Tickets for NYCB’s 2021-22 season can be found on-line at www.nycballet.com or by telephone at 212-496-0600. For full programming info for New York Metropolis Ballet’s 2021-22 repertory season, go to nycballet.com.









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