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.
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.
Danny Tidwell was born in Norfolk, Virginia is an American dancer best known for being the runner-up on Fox’s third season of So You Think You Can Dance in 2007.
Tidwell began dancing as a child, at first focusing on jazz before changing to ballet while attending Kirov Academy of Ballet at the age of fifteen. He has worked in elite companies, including the American Ballet Theatre. He has also performed the works of renowned choreographers, including Debbie Allen, William Forsythe, and Mia Michaels. He is Travis Wall’s brother, a runner-up of the second season of “So You Think You Can Dance.” Tidwell is currently the Artistic Director of Movmnt Magazine and was a soloist dancer with Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, Norway.