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July 11, 2013

San Francisco Ballet Announces New Company Members for 2014 Repertory Season

SAN FRANCISCO, Thursday, July 11, 2013—San Francisco Ballet has announced five promotions, as well as the addition of one new principal dancer, two new soloists, five new corps de ballet members, and five new apprentices for the 2014 Repertory Season. Mathilde Froustey has joined the Company as a principal dancer and Simone Messmer and Dmitry Zagrebin have joined as soloists. In addition, Isabella DeVivo, Esteban Hernandez, Alexandra Meyer-Lorey, Julia Rowe, and Grace Shibley, have joined the corps de ballet, along with the following former apprentices who have been promoted to the corps de ballet level: Lacey Escabar, Lauren Parrott, Alexander Reneff-Olson, Emma Rubinowitz, and Wei Wang. The five new apprentices joining the Company include: Liana Carpio, Max Cauthorn, Aaron Renteria, Miranda Silveira, and Mingxuan Wang.

Lacey Escabar, from Fairfax, California served as a Trainee at SF Ballet School before joining the Company as an apprentice for the 2013 Season. Her repertory includes John Cranko’s Onegin; John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid; Rudolf Nureyev’s Raymonda, Act III; and Helgi Tomasson’s Giselle and Swan Lake. Lauren Parrott hails from Marietta, Georgia, and was a Trainee at SF Ballet School prior to joining the Company as an apprentice for the 2013 Season. She has performed in works such as George Balanchine’s Symphony in C and Coppélia, as well as Tomasson’s Nutcracker and Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote. Alexander Reneff-Olson, from San Francisco, served as an SF Ballet School Trainee before becoming an apprentice for the 2013 Season. His repertory includes Balanchine’s Scotch Symphony, Cranko’s Onegin, Jerome Robbins’ Glass Pieces, and Tomasson’s Nutcracker. Emma Rubinowitz, from Mill Valley, California, entered the Company from the SF Ballet School as an apprentice for the 2013 Season. Her repertory includes Balanchine’s Coppélia, Yuri Possokhov’s The Rite of Spring, Tomasson’s Nutcracker, and Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote. Wei Wang hails from Anshan-Liaoning, China and was a Trainee with SF Ballet School before joining the Company as an apprentice for the 2013 Season. His repertory includes Nureyev’s Raymonda, Act III; Possokhov’s The Rite of Spring; Tomasson’s Criss Cross; and Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote.

New Company Members
Mathilde Froustey, a former soloist with Paris Opera Ballet, received her training at the Marseille National School of Ballet and at the Paris Opera Ballet School. At the age of seventeen, she was engaged by the Paris Opera Ballet where she has performed many lead roles in works such as Sir Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée, Balanchine’s Serenade, Cranko’s Onegin, Neumeier’s Lady of the Camellias, many Nureyev works including Swan Lake and La Bayadère, as well as works by Serge Lifar, Roland Petit, and Pierre Lacotte, to name a few. Froustey has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Paris Ballet Donation Foundation dance prize and a gold medal at the Varna International Competition (both 2004), the Ballet2000 dance prize (2007), and Danza & Danza’s best foreign dancer award (2013). Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Simone Messmer trained at Ballet Arts Minnesota and at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. In 2001, Messmer joined American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company. In 2002 she was named an apprentice with ABT and the following year she became a member of the corps de ballet; in 2010, she was appointed to the rank of soloist. Her repertory at ABT includes feature roles in works such as The Bright Stream, Le Corsaire, Raymonda, Ballo della Regina, Birthday Offering, Company B, Drink to Me Only With thine Eyes, In the Upper Room, Overgrown Path, Petite Mort, Sinfonietta, and Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison. Her principal roles have included Myrtha in Giselle, Ganzatti in La Bayadère, and Prudence in Lady of the Camellias. In addition, many principal roles have been created on her including the Maiden in Ratmansky’s Firebird and for works such as Ratmansky’s Symphony #9. She was also a recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship. Born in Moscow, Dmitry Zagrebin studied at the Bolshoi Ballet academy before joining the Bolshoi Ballet in 2007. He has garnered a number of competition awards, including gold medals at the International Ballet Competition in Seoul and at the Moscow International Ballet competition. His repertory includes works such as Yuri Grigorovich’s Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, and Spartacus; Jiri Kylian’s Symphony of Psalms; August Bournonville’s La Sylphide; and Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons; to name a few. In 2012, he was named a soloist at Stanislavsky Ballet in Moscow. Isabella DeVivo hails from Great Neck, New York and received her training at the School of American Ballet from 2003-12. As a student, she performed in numerous works with New York City Ballet, such as Marie in Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, and roles in Mozartiana, Harlequinade, and Coppélia. In addition, she performed in the Broadway production: Chita Rivera, A Dancer's Life, and joined the SF Ballet School as a Trainee in 2012. Esteban Hernandez, originally from Mexico, trained at both the Rock School in Philadelphia as well as the Royal Ballet School. He is a recipient of a number of scholarships and awards including scholarships to attend the Rock School, as well as summer intensives at Russia’s Vaganova Academy and at ABT. In addition, he has won a Jerome Robbins Foundation Award and gold medals at the Youth America Grand Prix, among other accolades. Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Alexandra Meyer-Lorey trained at Westside Academy of Dance in Los Angeles and San Francisco Ballet School prior to being named a Company apprentice in 2003. She joined the Company as a corps de ballet member in 2004 and performed a varied repertory that included works by David Bintley, Michel Fokine, Mark Morris, Possokhov, Robbins, Christopher Wheeldon, and Renato Zanella, among others. Meyer-Lorey left the Company in 2012 and returns as a corps de ballet member. Julia Rowe joined Oregon Ballet Theatre after spending a year at San Francisco Ballet School and ten years training with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Her roles at OBT have included the Sugar Plum Fairy in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Princess Florine in Christopher Stowell’s The Sleeping Beauty, and principal roles in Balanchine’s Square Dance and William Forsythe’s The Second Detail. Grace Shibley, a native of Oregon, received her training at the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre and Portland Metro Performing Arts. She joined OBT in 2006 as an apprentice and was promoted to the company in 2007. Shibley has performed lead roles in Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue and The Nutcracker, Vaslav Nijinsky’s Afternoon of a Faun, and Stowell’s The Rite of Spring.

New Apprentices
Helgi Tomasson has named five new apprentices for the 2014 Season. As apprentices, these dancers will take Company class and perform corps de ballet roles in the Company’s diverse repertory. Originally from Houston, Liana Carpio trained at a number of schools including the Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts. From 2008-12, Carpio trained with Houston Ballet II on full merit scholarship and since 2012, she has held the position of apprentice with Houston Ballet. Max Cauthorn hails from San Francisco and has been a student at SF Ballet School for eight years, the last two of which, he’s spent as a Trainee. Aaron Renteria, from Corona, California, attended two summer sessions before joining SF Ballet School as a year-round student in 2008. He’s been a Trainee with the School for the past two years. Miranda Silveira hails from Spain and trained in Barcelona and Madrid before being awarded a merit scholarship to SF Ballet School in 2012. She has also trained at a number of summer intensives on scholarship including English National Ballet School and the School of American Ballet and spent last year as a Trainee with the School. Originally from China, Mingxuan Wang received his training from the Shanghai Dance School. A 2012 finalist at the Prix de Lausanne Competition and first place winner of the Korean International Dance Competition, Wang joined the SF Ballet School as a Trainee in 2012.

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Lacey Escabar Corps de Ballet
Lauren Parrott Corps de Ballet
Alexander Reneff-Olson Corps de Ballet
Emma Rubinowitz Corps de Ballet
Wei Wang Corps de Ballet


New Company Members/Level

Mathilde Froustey Principal Dancer
Simone Messmer Soloist
Dmitry Zagrebin Soloist
Isabella DeVivo Corps de Ballet
Esteban Hernandez Corps de Ballet
Alexandra Meyer-Lorey Corps de Ballet
Julia Rowe Corps de Ballet
Grace Shibley Corps de Ballet


New Apprentices/Training

Liana Carpio Houston Ballet II
Max Cauthorn SF Ballet School
Aaron Renteria SF Ballet School
Miranda Silveira SF Ballet School
Mingxuan Wang SF Ballet School