Artists

Artists

Giuseppe Canale’s experiences, in Italy and abroad have allowed him to build a large network of dancers and artists in the field. GCDANCEVENTS offers artistic collaborations with international renowned dancers and professionals to help you reach your goal or create your desired event.

Dancers

Lucia Lacarra

Principal Dancer
Nationality: Spanish

Career

International Principal Dancer

Born in Spain she graduated from Victor Ullate Ballet School and immediately after joined the company and already from the start performed leading roles.

Soon after Lucia moved to France to start working as Principal Dancer with Roland Petit’s Ballet de Marseille where has been for years an inspirational muse for the choreographer, performing in most of his productions.

In 1997 decided to move overseas all the way to USA and start performing as Principal Dancer with San Francisco Ballet, enriching her repertoire with classical and neoclassical works from some of the most acclaimed choreographers.

In 2002, Lacarra moved to Munich becoming Principal Dancer with the Bavarian State Ballet, where for more than a decade has danced divinely the entire repertoire of the company, interpreting a large part of John Neumeier ballets.

Since 2016 kept performing internationally with some of the most prestigious theatres around the world and guested as principal ballet star in some of the finest dance events.

Lucia is an international acclaimed Principal Dancer awarded with some of the most prestigious prizes in the history such as:

-2002 Nijinsky Award

-2003 Prix Benois de la Danse

-2010,2011 and 2012 Dance Open Award

-2011 The Dancer of the Decade

Lucia has been our main ballet start at Bellini International Dance Gala in 2017 and we are honored and thrilled to being able to have her on stage in some of our future events.

Jurgita Dronina

Principal Dancer
Nationality: Russian

Career

International Principal Dancer

 

Maria Baranova

Principal Dancer
Nationality: Finnish

Career

Currently Principal Dancer with Bavarian State Ballet ( Munich, Germany)

Maria started her dance education at the Helsinki Dance Institute in 1999. As a student, she took part in the prestigious Prix de Lausanne young talent competition, where John Neumeier became aware of her and offered her a scholarship for the Ballet School of the Hamburg Ballet. At the age of 16 Maria won the Helsinki International Ballet Competition 2009.

In the same year she was accepted into the Hamburg Ballet and was trusted with many roles from Neumeier’s original works as well as various solo parts. In 2015, Kenneth Greve offered her a position as a Principal Dancer with the Finnish National Ballet. 

There she danced for four years until she engaged herself to the Boston Ballet at the invitation of artistic director Mikko Nissinen. In the United States, Maria enriched her repertoire with neoclassical and modern ballets by George Balanchine, Jorma Elo and William Forsythe. Since the beginning of the 2019/20 season, Maria has been a Principal Dancer with the Bavarian State Ballet.

Maria’s repertoire spans classic, neoclassical and modern ballets. She has worked with many of the leaders in the dance world, including choreographers Justin Peck, Jacopo Godani, Pierre Lacotte, Patrice Bart, and David Dawson.

We are very excited to have her on board and looking forward to see her  in our future events.

 

Matthew Golding

Principal Dancer
Nationality: Canadian

Career

International Principal Dancer

He began his professional ballet training at 14, at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, then moved on to the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC, where he studied on a full scholarship for two years.

At 16, Golding won the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix in New York and Prix de Lausanne, which gave him the opportunity to study at The Royal Ballet School in London, where he graduated with honors.

He joined ABT’s Studio Company in September 2003 and the main company as an apprentice in April 2004.

In 2009 he joined Dutch National Ballet as a second soloist and was promoted to principal in 2010 and has been guesting with the Mariinsky Ballet, Vienna State Ballet, Berlin State Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Tokyo Ballet, English National Ballet and at the Nureyev Ballet Festival, the Japan International Ballet Festival and in Hong Kong.

He joined the Royal Ballet as a Principal Dancer in February 2014 but left the company in 2017. His repertory includes Solor, Romeo (Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet), Basilio (Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote) and Prince (Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella and Peter Wright’s The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker).

Golding’s awards include the Zwaan Prize (2010), the Alexandra Radius Prize (2011) and nominations for the Benois de la danse Prize (2012 and 2013).

We are thrilled to have him on our team and can not wait to share his experience on our future events

Rachele Buriassi

Principal Dancer
Nationality: Italian

Career

Currently Principal dancer with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal.

Born in Sarzana (Italy), Rachele started dancing in Italy before being admitted, at the early age of 11, at the École De Danse de Rosella Hightower (Cannes,France). She then moved to Germany to attend the John Cranko School (Stuttgart, Germany) to complete her studies under the Vaganova Method.

Immediately after graduation, Rachele joined Stuttgart Ballet as corps de ballet but, in just a few years, her talent was recognized and she was promoted first to Second Soloist and then to First Soloist.

In 2015, She decided to move over to the other side of the world and join Boston Ballet (Boston USA) as First Soloist.

Since 2019, Rachele is a Principal Dancer at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (Montreal Canada).

She has been collaborating with GCDancEvents from its very beginnings and we are thrilled to continue our work together for the many events to come.

Roddy Doble

Principal Dancer
Nationality: American

Career

Currently Principal Dancer with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.

Born in Southbury (Connecticut, USA) his professional dance career began in 2006 with American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company. He was promoted into their main company in 2007, and served as a corps de ballet member until 2013, when he joined Boston Ballet. Doble was promoted to second soloist there in 2014, and first soloist in 2017. In 2019, he joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens as a principal dancer.

Roddy’s repertoire includes a big part of the classical repertoire and creations of great choreographers, such as William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Wayne McGregor, Twyla Tharp and George Balanchine.

Alessio Scognamiglio

Dancer
Nationality: Italian

Career

Currently dancing with Les Ballets de Monte Carlo.

Alessio started dancing in Naples (Italy) , under the direction of Rosalba Cesare, and then completed his studies at Academie Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo where he graduated in 2013.

He joined West Australian Ballet immediately after graduation and became a demi-soloist soon after.

In 2018 moved to Montreal joining Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal where he had the chance to dance soloist roles like Albrecht in Giselle.

In 2019 he was welcomed by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo under the direction of Jean Christophe Maillot, where he performs internationally with some of the best choreographers of our time.

Natascha Mair

Principal Dancer
Nationality: Austrian

Career

Currently Principal Dancer with Vienna State Ballet.

Born in Vienna ( Austria) completed her dance studies at Vienna State Ballet School and immediately after graduation joined the Vienna State Ballet.

Right from the start Natascha has been dancing important roles in most of the company’s repertoire.

In 2018 she got promoted to Principal Dancer following the performance of Rudolf Nureyev’s Nutcracker.

Natascha has been guesting in a lot of prestigious dance events and galas around the world in Italy, Romania, Austria, Japan, Slovenia, Spain and many more.

She has been awarded with many recognized prizes such as:

-Prize of the jury at the International contest of Ballet Schools in Beijing (China)

-First prize at Premio Roma Danza ( Italy)

-Sponsorship Award at the ballet Club Wiener Staatsoper & Volksoper

 

We are very excited to have her on board of our team and looking forward to have her on our future events.

Esnel Ramos

Principal Dancer
Nationality: Cuban

Career

Yui Sugawara

Principal Dancer
Nationality: Japanese

Career

Currently Soloist with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.

Yui started dancing at age 4 and graduated from Ellison Ballet ( New York, USA) in 2014.

She worked with Hong Kong Ballet from 2014 to 2017, and has been dancing with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal ( Québec, Canada)  since 2017. And was then promoted to soloist in 2018.

Yui has been dancing soloist roles in many classical productions, such as Don Quixote, Serenade, Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, Carnival of the animals, Giselle, Coppélia, Pinocchio, as well as other neoclassical ballets and contemporary creations.

GCDancEvents is looking forward to share her talent with the public.

Mai Kono

Soloist
Nationality: Japanese

Career

Currently Soloist with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens

Mai started dancing in Japan and then completed her studies at the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung Munich Ballet Academy (Munich, Germany) 

Second  place and the Audience Favorite Award at the Prix de Lausanne competition in 2007, she joined Bavarian State Ballet in Munich and in the same year got promoted to Soloist. 

She has performed as soloist in a large amount of roles, such as: Olga in Onegin, Helena in Midsummer Night’s Dream by John Neumeier, Gulnara in Le Corsaire by Ivan Liska after M.Petipa, Voice of Spring by Frederick Ashton and many more leading choreographers.

In 2017 joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal (Quebec, Canada) as a soloist, where she has had the opportunity to work with some of the best choreographers, under the direction of Ivan Cavallari.

Anya Nesvitaylo

Soloist
Nationality: Ukrainian

Career

Currently Soloist with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal.

Born and raised in Kharkov (Ukraine), Anya completed her dance studies at the  Kharkov Choreography School. Immediately after graduation in 2001, Anya joined The Kharkov Theatre of Opera and Ballet n.Lysenko ( Kharkov, Ukraine) where she danced a big part of the classical repertoire.

After six years in Ukraine, she decided to move abroad and join The Cairo Opera House (Cairo, Egypt) as a first soloist.

She soon moved again and joined Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada ( New Brunswick, Canada)  as lead soloist where she had the chance to dance internationally with classical, neo-classical and contemporary creations.

Since 2015, Anya has worked at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal (Quebéc , Canada) as soloist and works with internationally renowned choreographers, under the direction of Ivan Cavallari.

GCDancEvents is looking forward to collaborating with her for upcoming events.

Choreographers

Garrett Smith

Choreographer
Nationality: American

Career

Garrett Smith was born in Salt Lake City (Utah, USA)  where he began training with the Utah Regional Ballet.

Garrett was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and was honored to meet George W. Bush at the White House where he was presented with and award by Mikhail Baryshnikov. He later studied at the Houston Ballet Academy and created five works for Houston Ballet II’s repertoire.

Garrett joined Houston Ballet and danced works by Stanton Welch, Jorma Elo, Nicolo Fonte, Christopher Bruce, Christopher Wheeldon, and Ben Stevenson.

Garrett choreographed his first work on Houston Ballet as an apprentice, through an award presented by Peter Martins from the New York Choreographic Institute Fellowship.

Mr. Smith later joined Norwegian National Ballet where he worked personally with choreographers Jiři Kylían, Nacho Duato, Alexander Ekman, and danced other works by William Forsythe and John Cranko. Garrett was commissioned by Houston Ballet to create new works in the 2013, and 2015 seasons.

Other recent commissions include The Mariinsky Ballet, Les Grands Ballets De Montréal, Bolshoi Ballet (Faces Project), Norwegian National Ballet, Ballet West, Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet National de Bordeaux, Tulsa Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, and Salt Contemporary Dance. Mr. Smith was a selected choreographer to make a new work for the National Choreographers Initiative 2014.

His choreography “Mortal Form” took 1st place at the 2015 Genesis International Choreographic Competition. Smith’s choreography “Solace” was recently seen in a new premiere in Deauville (France) as part of the Festival de L’Art Russe, as well as a U.S. premiere of his work “Imitations” with Norwegian National Ballet, for the 2018 Dance Salad Festival.

Garrett co-choreographed a new Swan Lake production on ice at the Dynamo Stadium in Moscow, combining figure skaters, acrobats, and ballet dancers, with Olympic Gold Medalist, Evgeni Plushenko and prima ballerina Olga Smirnova.

You can see Garrett’s choreography next season on Netflix for the original new series “Tiny Pretty Things”

We are honored to have Garrett on our team and we really hope to continue collaborating in the future to create magical dancing emotions.

Others

Riolina Topalova

Dance Professor
Nationality: Bulgarian

Career

Assistant Director, Ballet Mistress and Choreographer with Bulgarian National Ballet (Sofia, Bulgaria), Professor in Dance Pedagogy of the Vaganova Russian Method at the University of Dance (Plovdiv, Bulgaria) and Dance teacher at The Bulgarian National Academy of Dance (Sofia, Bulgaria).

Graduated from The Bulgarian National Academy of Dance, Riolina immediately joined The Bulgarian National Ballet as soloist, where she danced major soloist roles from most of the existing classical Russian repertoire.

Once she retired as a dancer, she stayed in the Theatre and started working as Stage Manager, Assistant Director and Ballet Mistress and has had the opportunity to choreograph various productions for the Ballet and the Opera of The National Theatre.

She has starred in various concerts, seminars, competitions, TV shows and films.

Mrs.Topalova has a Master in Pedagogy of the Vaganova Method of Saint Petersburg, she carried out great updates on the method side by side with the last pupils of Agrippina Vaganova.

She received multiple prizes and awards from the Bulgarian Government for her great contribution to the dance world in Bulgaria.

Naming some of the great names of the dance world she has personally worked with:

Pierre Lacotte, Irina Kolpakova, Yuri Grigorovich, Oleg Danovski, Dina Bjorn, Sonia Alonso, Lorca Masine,Andris Liepa, Prof. Petar Lukanov, Academician Plamen Kartarov, Catherine Pouzin, Susan Farrell, Prof. N. Trofimova, N. Tarasova, Diana White, Catherine Benets, Kiplin Huxton, Svetlana Zakharova, Denis Rodkin, Ivan Vassilev, Amanda Gomesh, Kimin Kim, Igor Zelensky, Julia Mahalina, Vladimir Malakhov, Diana Vishneva and Eldar Aliev.

Right from the start we were able create a continuous exchange between Italy and Bulgaria, annually organizing dance seminars, final year dance jury and auditions for a possible admission to The Bulgarian National Academy of Dance.

GCDancEvents is honored to collaborate with Riolina and is looking forward to see what this collaboration could bring in the future.

Sasha Onyshchenko

Dance Photographer
Nationality: Ukrainian

Career

Sasha, born and raised in Ukraine, has studied to become a ballet dancer and danced professionally for 13 years. In 2010 he gave up his lifetime passion to become a full-time photographer.

The influence of Eastern Europe and his days as a ballet dancer laid a strong foundation for Sasha’s vision and fostered a unique taste for aesthetics and elegance and helped develop his photographic style. 

Sasha has a perfect eye in the photographic choice of dance, a rare quality which gives a magical touch to his shots.

Sasha is based in Montreal (Canada), where he has been working in many projects with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. GCD is looking forward to working with him.

Antonio Pio Rosato

Art and Creative Director
Nationality: Italian

Career

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Photo credits goes to: Federica Capo, Sasha Onyshchenko, Erik Berg, Amitava Sarkar, Alexander Iziliaev and James Williams