Claire Kretzschmar is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. She was born in Glendale, Arizona and began her dance training at the Academy of Dance Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She later studied at the Wake Forest Community Ballet and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Ms. Kretzschmar began studying at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, during the summers of 2006 through 2009, and enrolled as a full time student in 2009. In November 2010 she became an apprentice with NYCB and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in August 2011.
Since joining the New York City Ballet, Ms. Kretzschmar has originated a featured role in Peter Martins’ Mes Oiseaux.
In her own words: "In October 2010, I was asked to be an apprentice with New York City Ballet and then in June 2011, I received a corps contract with the company. I've performed in the Nutcracker, Union Jack, Swan Lake, Four Temperaments, Symphony in C and others. I'm also currently going to Fordham University part-time and (hopefully) I can get my degree in 5 years. This past spring, Peter Martins used me and three other corps members to choreograph a new small ballet titled "Mes Oiseaux" to a dramatic piece of music by Marc-Andre Dalbavie. It premiered at the spring gala on May 10 along with another new ballet choreographed by Benjamin Millipied, and Balanchine's Symphony in C. Fashion designer Gilles Mendel also created new costumes for the piece and gave us each a unique design while still making it look cohesive."
With American Ballet Theatre since 1975, Victor Barbee was a soloist and a principal dancer. In 1988, he danced the title role in Agnes de Mille's return to ABT, "The Informer." In 1994, he was named assistant to the artistic staff and was appointed ballet master in 1997. Mr. Barbee has also appeared on Broadway, television and the motion picture screen.
A principal dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company for 12 years, Mary Cochran toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe and South America with the Taylor company and previously with the Nikolais Dance Theatre. In addition to performing, she has choreographed works for Mark Dendy Dance and Theater, the Chautauqua Festival and a collaborative program, "New Dances for the 21st Century," at the Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse.
Mark Dendy performs with and choreographs for his own company, Mark Dendy Dance and Theater, which has been critically acclaimed in appearances in the United States and Europe. Among Mr. Dendy's numerous awards are the Dance Magazine/ACDFA Young Choreographers' Award in 1983 and the National Society of Arts and Letters Choreography Award in 1982. He has performed extensively in the United States and abroad with his company and with Pooh Kaye's Eccentric Motions, Ruby Shang, Pearl Lang and the Martha Graham Ensemble. He has also been a guest artist at the School of the Arts.
A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jaime Martinez began his training at age 3 in tap, ballet and jazz. At the North Carolina School of the Arts, his scholarships included the American Dance Machine and the American Dance Festival. A founding member of Mark Dendy Dance and Theater and Parsons Dance Company, Mr. Martinez has set works by Mr. Parsons on Ballet du Rhin, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal and the Carte Blanche Dance Company of Norway. Teaching credits for the Parsons company include SUNY-Purchase, The Juilliard School and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Trey McIntyre studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts and Houston Ballet Academy. In 1989, he was named choreographic apprentice to Houston Ballet, a position created especially for him by Artistic Director Ben Stevenson. Mr. McIntyre joined Houston Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 1990. His works have included "Skeleton Clock," "Curupira" and "Touched" for Houston Ballet, and "Mantis" for Pacific Northwest Ballet's PNB Offstage program. In 1994, he was the youngest choreographer selected internationally to participate in New York City Ballet's prestigious "Diamond Project," designed to foster the creation of new dance works. His "Steel and Rain" premiered later that year to critical acclaim. In 1995 and 1996, he received choreographic fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Now a choreographic associate for Houston Ballet, Mr. McIntyre recently received a Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography.
Gillian Murphy (Dance ’96) is a ballerina with American Ballet Theatre. Her repertoire includes leading roles in the full-length works “Swan Lake,” “Don Quixote,” “Manon,” “La Fille Mal Gardee,” “Sylvia,” “Cinderella,” “Raymonda,” “Le Corsaire,” “La Bayadere,” “Giselle,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Othello” and “The Sleeping Beauty.” In March 2008, she will make her debut with the Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg dancing Odette/Odile with Andrian Fadeyev. During Ballet Theatre’s 2008 season at the Metropolitan Opera House, she will dance a leading role in the world premiere of a work by Twyla Tharp and will also dance Nikiya in “La Bayadere” for the first time. She danced Odette/Odile in Ballet Theatre’s television production of “Swan Lake,” seen throughout the world and available on DVD. She has been prominently featured in the Company’s shorter works by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Jerome Robbins, Jiri Kylian, Antony Tudor, William Forsythe, Martha Graham, Lar Lubovitch, Frederick Ashton and Agnes de Mille. She appeared in world premieres by Benjamin Millepied, Stanton Welch, Jorma Elo, Peter Quanz, Natalie Weir, John Neumeier and Robert Hill. For the past few summers, Ms Murphy directed a summer training program for dancers aged 12 to 14, DREAMCATCHERS. She is also a charter member of the concert ensemble, STIEFEL AND STARS. She is in demand as a guest artist both in the United States and throughout the world, including Germany, Mexico, Canada, Chile, Russia, Italy, Greece and Japan. Her television credits include Ballet Theatre’s “Le Corsaire;” the Washington Opera’s “Die Fledermaus;” The Balanchine Foundation’s video of “Stars and Stripes” and “Donizetti Variations”and the feature film CENTER STAGE and its sequel, CENTER STAGE 2. Her honors include the Prix de Lausanne Espoir Award and the Princess Grace Foundation Award. Ms. Murphy’s primary training was at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Ms. Murphy joined Ballet Theatre in 1996 and was named principal in 2002.
In 1976, Janie Parker joined Houston Ballet, where she was later promoted to soloist and principal dancer. Frequently invited to perform at the world's most prestigious galas and festivals, she won a Gold Medal at the 1982 International Ballet Competition. She danced with the Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve from 1974-76.
A member of Pilobolus for nine years, Peter Pucci now choreographs and performs with his own dance company, Peter Pucci Plus Dancers. His company has performed at the Joyce Theatre, the Riverside Dance Festival and the American Dance Festival, where he was the recipient of the first American Dance Festival Humphrey-Wiedman Fellowship Award. Mr. Pucci has choreographed for the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Batsheva Dance Company of Israel, Ballet Met and Alberta Ballet.
Keith Roberts joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in 1987 and was appointed soloist in 1992 and principal dancer in 1997. His roles included Bronze Idol in "La Bayadere," Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet" and Hilarion in "Giselle," as well as leading roles in "Airs," "The Rite of Spring," 'Les Sylphides," "Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes" and "Sinfonietta." He made his Broadway debut as The Swan in Matthew Bourne's "Swan Lake" and appeared in "Fosse." Mr. Roberts has also toured with Twyla Tharp and Dancers.
A former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Company, Jeanne Ruddy performed leading roles in such Graham works as "Andromache's Lament," "Diversion of Angels," "Seraphic Dialogue," "Clytemnestra," "Cortege of Eagles," and "Appalachian Spring." In 1984 she was featured in the PBS "Great Performances" series as The Chorus in Graham's "Cave of the Heart." Ms. Ruddy has also danced on Broadway and toured in "The King and I" starring Yul Brynner. She was an original member of Agnes de Mille's Heritage Dance Theatre and has performed in the concert dance companies of Kazuko Hirabayashi and Peter Sparling. She directed, choreographed and danced in her own company, Jeanne Ruddy and Dancers, from 1985-87. A guest artist and teacher around the world, Ms. Ruddy was the first to bring Graham-based modern technique to Russia in 1993 under the auspices of the American Dance Festival. She has been on the faculty of The Juilliard School's Dance Division since 1988. She earned her B.F.A. at the North Carolina School of the Arts and her M.A. from New York University.
Edward Stierle joined the Joffrey Ballet in 1986 and won remarkable acclaim each season, most notably for his last work, "Empyrean Dances." His awards included gold medals at the prestigious Prix de Lausanne and the International Ballet Competition.
After receiving his B.F.A. from the School in 1988, Michael Thomas joined The Jamison Project, where he danced for two years. After a year with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, he returned to New York to work with Judith Jamison when she was appointed director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Mr. Thomas has choreographed workshop productions for the Ailey School and for the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Currently a principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet, Katita Waldo has received outstanding reviews for her performance of works by such noted choreographers as Balanchine, Peter Martins, Bournonville and Antony Tudor. She was a member of The Washington Ballet prior to joining SFB in 1987. Ms. Waldo is also in demand as a guest artist with other ballet companies in the United States.