Emily Bowen, originally from Pennsylvania, began her dance training at Cumberland Dance Company in Pennsylvania. After moving to Charlotte, NC, she continued her training at N.C. Dance Theatre. While in high school, she accepted an invitation to complete her dance education at the Houston Ballet Academy. Upon graduation, Bowen received a contract to join Houston Ballet. There she was nominated by the company to compete in the prestigious Prix De Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland. At Houston Ballet, she rose to the rank of soloist and was featured by world renowned choreographers including: George Balanchine, Sir Kenneth McMillan, Antony Tudor, William Forsythe, Stanton Welch, Wayne McGregor, Jiri Kylian and Nacho Duato. In addition to performing, Emily is equally excited to be on faculty at Piedmont School of Music & Dance.
Rachele Buriassi, a native of Sarzana, Italy, began her formal dance education at the Ecole de Danse de Rosella Hightower in Cannes, France. After three years of training, Buriassi moved to Stuttgart, Germany and continued her studies at the John Cranko School. Upon graduation in 2008, Buriassi was awarded a position in the corps de ballet of the Stuttgart Ballet. During her six years with the company, Rachele was featured in many principal roles and promoted to soloist in 2012. Ms. Buriassi was selected by her director to represent Stuttgart Ballet in the Erik Bruhn Competition and won a special prize at the Vaganova Grand Prix in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2014 Rachel joined Boston Ballet as a soloist and continues to work with world renowned choreographers.
Samuel Chester started his dance training at the age of 12 with the School of Carolina Ballet Theatre, now Dance Arts Greenville. He then joined the Caroline Ballet Theatre, where he danced as a principle for 10 seasons. Currently he is a professional freelance dancer, and guests all over the world. He has performed soloist and principle roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Raymonda, La Bayadere, Le Corsaire, Petrushka, Diana and Acteon, Don Quixote, Paquita, Giselle, and Who Cares. He has performed contemporary works such as Company B by Paul Taylor, Octets Plus Four by Choo San Gho, Dwhight Roden’s Beetlejuice, Great Galloping Gottschalk, Cirque de Ballet, and Map by Alonzo King.
During the summers of 2006, 2007, and 2008, Sam was sponsored by the United States Embassy to perform at the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Gala Internacional de Danza in Montevideo, Uruguay. Sam received high acclaim for his performances. Sam has guested around the U.S. and abroad. He has guested with Charlotte Ballet, Ballet Spartanburg, Georgia Ballet, Springfield Ballet Company, Piedmont Dance Theatre, Hilton Head Dance Theatre, Barrend Dance Centre, Griffin Ballet Theatre, and was a principal guest artist with the Teresa Carreño Teatro in Caracas, Venezuela. There he performed in the Opera, La Traviata and went on tour with the company and performed Le Corsaire and Carmen. Sam will be returning for the 6th time to Fujinomia, Japan to perform with Yoko Kasia School of Dance, Sam would like to thank his wife and family for their support, and sends his love to all of those that have helped him throughout his career.
Kathleen Breen Combes
Kathleen Breen Combes trained with Magda Aunon at the Fort Lauderdale Ballet Classique, the HARID Conservatory, and The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. In 2000 she joined the Washington Ballet as an apprentice and joined the main company in 2002.
She joined Boston Ballet in 2003 and was promoted to second soloist in 2005, soloist in 2007, and to principal dancer in 2009.
Hailed by The New York Times as a “ballerina of colossal scale and boldness” Breen Combes has performed a broad variety of works including the title roles in Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, Maina Gielgud’s Giselle, John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Balanchine’s Coppelia, and Jorma Elo’s Carmen. Combes has also danced the leading roles in Rudolph Nureyev’s Don Quixote (Kitri, Mercedes), Florence Clerc’s La Bayadere (Gamzatti), Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Dewdrop), Asaf Messerer’s Spring Waters pas de deux, Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia, William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated and Second Detail, Wayne McGregor’s Chrome, Alexander Ekman’s Cacti, Jerome Robbins Antique Epigraphs and Fancy Free, Jiří Kylián’s Falling Angels, Petite Mort, Wings of Wax, Bella Figura, Tar and Feathers and No More Play, and George Balanchine’s Symphony in 3 Movements, Serenade, Apollo, La Valse, The Four Temperaments, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Prodigal Son, Symphony in C, Rubies, and Diamonds
Breen Combes was awarded the Lefkowitz Award for Special Achievement at the New York International Ballet Competition at Lincoln Center in 2003 and she was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine in 2007. In 2012 she was nominated for the prestigious Benois de la Danse award for her portrayal of Juliet in Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet and Titania in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and was invited to perform at the Bolshoi Theatre. Breen Combes has also performed in numerous galas worldwide.
Erica Cornejo trained at the Arts Institute of the Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires. At age 14, she won a gold medal at the Second International Ballet Competition in Argentina and was immediately invited to join Julio Bocca’s Ballet Argentino. She was featured as Bocca’s partner in many principal roles. Cornejo joined American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company in 1998 and later that year became a member of ABT’s corps de ballet. She was promoted to soloist in 2002.
In 2006 Erica joined Boston Ballet as a Principal Dancer. Cornejo had been honored as a Messenger of Peace by Unesco. She also received a medal of honor from the U.S. chapter of Institute Belgraniano as one of Argentina’s leading dancers. Cornejo has been featured on the cover of Pointe Magazine and Dance Magazine. In 1998 Erica and her brother, Herman Cornejo, were invited as guest artists to dance at a special tribute held at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York honoring both President Bill Clinton and Argentinean President Carlos Menem. In 2005, Erica danced for President George Bush at the White House.
Cornejo has created leading roles in Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrisonand Lar Lubovitch’s “. . .smile with my heart”. She has performed with Corella Ballet in Spain and worldwide at festivals and ballet galas in Italy, Spain, Greece, Egypt, Israel, Portugal, Japan, Korea, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Brazil, Gala des Étoiles du XXI Siècle in Paris and Canada, and Gala du Diamonds in Moscow.
A native of Savannah, Georgia, David began dancing at the age of three and studied ballet under Shannon Kelly, owner and director of Kelly & Co. Studios. After graduating from high school in 2011, David joined the Columbia Classical Ballet under the direction of Radenko Pavlovich. His ballet repertoire includes lead and corps roles in Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, La Esmeralda, Giselle, La Bayadère, and Le Corsaire. David has also performed as a guest artist with Ballet Spartanburg, Charleston Ballet in West Virginia, and Hilton Head Dance Theatre.
At the young age of 20, David concluded his third season with CCB and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with degrees in Marketing and Management and a minor in French. In 2015, David relocated to New York City to continue furthering his training and career as a professional dancer. Since moving, he has performed with the New York Theatre Ballet (as the Dancing Master in Donald Mahler’s Cinderella) and, most recently, concluded one season with the American Repertory Ballet in NJ. With ARB, he performed lead roles in Douglas Martin’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (as Puck), Rite of Spring, Nutcracker, and corps roles in Kirk Peterson’s Glazunov Variations (based on Raymonda) and Mary Barton’s Shades of Time. David continues to return regularly to the southern region to teach, choreograph, and perform, and he is thrilled to be a guest artist this year!
A native of Davidson, NC, Catherine began dancing at the age of 3. She studied dance at Piedmont School of Music and Dance in Concord, North Carolina under the direction of Rebecca and Daniel Wiley. During the summers she attended dance intensives with American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, The Juilliard School, Colorado Ballet, and most recently Boston Ballet. Upon graduation she was not only accepted into Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, but also received a contract to dance professionally with Boston Ballet. Catherine decided to defer for a year to dance with Boston Ballet during their 2017-2018 season. She is currently performing as a guest dance artist and will be attending Duke University the Fall of 2018.
Was born in Cali, Colombia. He started his studies at the age of 10 at the Instituto Colombiano de Ballet Clasico “Incolballet”in Cali, where he obtained his Certificate as a Professional Dancer after 8 years of training. He also trained at the Houston Ballet Academy in Texas for one year.
In 1992 Carlos joined The Ballet de Cali Company in Cali-Colombia, where he danced as part of the Corp de Ballet. In 1994 he joined the the Hartford Ballet in CT USA as a Principal Dancer and danced with the company for 4 years. Carlos is the Winner of the first Igor Youskevitch Award given at the New York International Ballet Competition in 1996. During the 1997-1998 season, while still with the Hartford Ballet, Carlos also danced with American Ballet Theatre in NY. In 1998 he joined American Ballet Theatre full time, promoted to soloist in 2001. In 2004 Carlos joined the Boston Ballet as a principal dancer where he danced for 6 years. Mr. Molina has been a freelance principal dancer since 2010.
Along his long career Carlos has danced with many companies and in several events around the World. He has been recognized by many choreographers and directors as an incredible partner and artist. His wide and mixed repertoire as a principal dancer includes ballets such as:
Giselle, Swan Lake, La Sylphide, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Eugene Onegin, Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Fire Bird, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Raymonda, Don Quixote, An Afternoon of a Faun, Spectre de la Rose, Les Sylphides, Le Beches, Etudes, The Dream, Variations for Four, Three Virgens and a Devil, Billy the Kid, Pillar of Fire, Offenbach in the Under World, Leaves are Fading, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Apollo, Western Symphony, Serenade, Who Cares?, The Four Temperaments, Ballet Imperial, Symphony in C, Divertimento # 15, La Valse, Jewels, Theme and Variations, Polyphonia, Sin and Tonic, Bruch Violin Concerto # 1, Belling The Slayer, Paramour, Ancient Airs, Weren’t We Fools, Petit Mort, Six Dances, Sarabanda, Diversion of Angels, Without Words, Black Tuesday, In the Middle Some What Elevated, In the Upper Room, Brahms Haydn Variations, Diana and Acteon Pas de Deux, Flames of Paris, Don Quixote Pas De Deux, Pas D’esclave Pas de Deux, including his own Spartacus, Jeu D’Amour, Carmen
Yury Yanowsky’s career as a principal dancer with the Boston Ballet spanned over two decades. Yanowsky was the recipient of the first prize at the Prix de Lausanne and won the Silver medal at both the Varna International Ballet Competition and the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS.
Yanowsky’s passion for choreographing began early in his dancing career and over the past decade he has had the opportunity to choreograph numerous ballets for Boston Ballet, Boston Ballet II, Carlos Acosta’s “Premiere’s Plus”, Festival Ballet Providence, and international galas. In 2015, Yanowsky was awarded the Choreographic Prize at the prestigious Erik Bruhn Competition for his ballet, District. In 2016 he was commissioned to create new works for Boston Ballet and The Bundes Jugend Ballet Hamburg and was the guest choreographer for the Opening Night Gala for the Ballet Program at Jacob’s Pillow 2016.
Yury is currently on faculty at Harvard University and Centro Coreographico, Las Palmas Spain, Summer Program. He has also taught at Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Brookline Ballet, and Colby College.