Ayano Kimura (Japan) is in her third season as a company member with The Washington Ballet after two seasons as an apprentice and two seasons with the Studio Company.
Kimura was born in Germany and began her training at the age of nine under Soda Shizuko. She went on a short-term study abroad to Russia and England in 2005. In 2006, she won first place at the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) semi-final competition in Japan and placed in the top 10 at the finals in New York City. She was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Ballet Academy School and studied at La Scala Theatre Ballet School for two years where she graduated at the top of the class. She also performed with former director of Dressden ballet in Germany Vladimir Derevyanko when she was in school and was awarded 'best dancer' in the same year.
Kimura performed with Roberto Bolle in the Opening Ceremonies for the Torino Olympic Games. In 2008, she was a finalist at the YAGP Ballet Competition, where she was awarded a scholarship to Essen Ballet in Germany. In 2014 she was invited to gala 'Ballet USA V' hosted by former principal dancer of New York City Ballet Gen Horiuchi and danced with former principal dancer of Royal Ballet Miyako Yoshida.
She has performed principal roles in Septime Webre's The Nutcracker and Peter Pan, Kirk Peterson's Swan Lake, Giselle and many other soloist roles. Kimura also performed contemporary works by Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon, Hans van Manen, Christopher Bruce, Trey McIntyre, Edward Liang, Amy Seiwert, Twyla Tharp and George Balanchine.
Soo Bin Lee (South Korea) has performed leading roles in performances of The Sofia National Opera and Ballet including Swan Lake in 2015 and La Bayadère in 2016.
In 2014 she received a "Special Distinction" award in the Junior Division and the special prize, "Emil Dimitrov" for young talents at the International Ballet Competition - Varna.
Brooklyn Mack (USA) started his ballet training at the Pavlovich Dance School with Radenko Pavlovich before attending the Kirov Academy of Ballet and training with Anatoli Kucheruk and Vladimir Djouloukhadze.
Mr. Mack was named one of the '25 to Watch in 2012' and is a Princess Grace Award recipient. He received the silver medal at the 2006 USA IBC, the silver medal at the 2009 Helsinki IBC, gold medal at the 2012 Boston IBC, the Grand Prix at the 2012 Istanbul IBC and the gold medal at the prestigious 2012 Varna IBC, among many other awards.
Brooklyn Mack has been featured in Ebony Online Magazine and was named in the Grios top 100 in 2014. He premiered in the title role of Veronica Paeper's production of "A Spartacus Of Africa" in June, 2015 to critical acclaim. Mr. Mack made his London debut in January, 2016 and again received acclaim from the audience and media.
Brooklyn Mack is currently working as a principal dancer with the Washington Ballet.
Erica Pereira (USA) was born in Northport, New York. She began studying ballet at the age of eight and enrolled at Ballet Academy East from the age of 10. In 2005 Ms. Pereira began studying at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet. S
he attended summer programs at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Ms Pereira became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in December 2006. While an apprentice, Ms Pereira danced the role of Juliet in Peter Martins' Romeo + Juliet as part of the 2007 spring season. She joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet that May. In December 2009 Ms Pereira was promoted to soloist.
Daniel Ulbricht (USA) was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, and began his dance training at the age of 11. At age 16, Mr. Ulbricht was invited by the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, to continue his training. As a student at SAB, Mr. Ulbricht performed with New York City Ballet as a Jester in Peter Martins' The Sleeping Beauty.
In December 2000, he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet and in November 2001 he joined the company as a member of the corps de ballet. In January 2005, Mr. Ulbricht was promoted to the rank of soloist and principal dancer in May 2007.
During his time there, he has danced featured roles in a number of Balanchine, Robbins, Martins and Wheeldon ballets including George Balanchine's Prodigal Son, Tarantella, Stars and Stripes, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mozartiana, Nutcracker, Symphony in 3, The Steadfast Tin Soldier: Jerome Robbin's Fancy Free, Interplay, Four Seasons; and Peter Martin's Jeu de Cartes, Hallelujah Junction, Eight More, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo + Juliet among many others.
Mr. Ulbricht has also danced Tarantella at the 2004 Kennedy Center Honors to celebrate the Balanchine Centenary, He has also performed at a number of national and international festivals and galas. Mr. Ulbricht is a guest teacher at the School of American Ballet, Ballet Academy East, as well as, teaching at a number of well-known national dance schools, private schools and universities throughout the United Sates. Mr. Ulbricht is currently the Artistic Advisor of Manhattan Youth Ballet.
Mr. Ulbricht is also the Artistic Director of New York State Summer School for the Arts in Saratoga Springs, NY. Mr. Ulbricht is also the founder and director of "Stars of American Ballet," a touring group focusing on high art, education and outreach.