LEB-COMPANY: 2015-2016


José began his training at 11 years old in Joinville, Santa Catarina in Brazil. He was one of 10 children who were selected out of 30,000 to study ballet at Bolshoi School. He trained under Dmitry Afanasiev and Galina Kravchenko and was rehearsed by Vladimir Vasiliev for "Don Quixote", "The Nutcracker" and the polovtsian dances in the Russian Opera, "Prince Igor". After graduating from the Bolshoi School at age 18, he was accepted into the Trainee program at the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. During his two year traineeship at Joffrey Ballet, he danced the Arabian and Russian roles in "The Nutcracker", "Impulse Within" by Ma Cong, the Lion in "Carnival of the Animals" by Alexei Kremnev, and was also invited by the main company to dance in "The Nutcracker" and "Don Quixote". Following his traineeship with Joffrey Ballet, he was accepted into Milwaukee Ballet's second company. During his two years in Milwaukee, Mr. Soares had the opportunities to perform several leading roles for the second company, such as Basilio in "Don Quixote", the principle couple in Timothy O'Donnell's contemporary works "At World's End" and "And Then It Rained", principle couple in Nadia Thompson's contemporary work "Next Step", James in "La Sylphide" and the pas de trois from Paquita. He also had the opportunities to perform leading roles with the Milwaukee Ballet main company, such as a Jack in Michael Pink's "The Nutcracker", a Demon in Michael Pink's "Mirror Mirror", and he also danced in the pas de neuf in Michael Pink's "Don Quixote". Additionally, Mr. Soares served approximately 60,000 children in 250 outreach performances in the Milwaukee area during his two years with the Milwaukee Ballet second company. Mr. Soares is very excited for the opportunity to join Lake Erie Ballet.



FRANCISCO AGUILAR was born in Santiago de Cali, Colombia where he graduated from Institute Colombiano of Ballet (INCOLBALLET), in Cali Colombia. Mr. Aguilar has performed professionally with; InColballet, Colombiana of Ballet, Ballet Juvenil de Cali both in Colombia, Montgomery Ballet in Alabama-USA and Atlanta Ballet in Georgia-USA. Mr. Aguilar is a silver medalist at the National Ballet Competition in Cali, Colombia in South America and a full scholarship recipient to the American Ballet Theater Training Program. His repertory includes all the traditional classical ballets as well innovative works by choreographers; Aurora Bosch, Bruces Wells, Christopher Wheeldon, Darren McIntyre, David Bintley, Flavio Salazar, George Balanchine, Gloria Castro, Gustavo Herrera, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Jimmy Gamonet, John McFall, Juan Carlos Penuela, Maria Helena Llorente, Michael Pink & Nancy Raffa. Mr. Aguilar is pleased to be in Erie to once again work with Mr. McIntyre and Lake Erie Ballet.





IZABELLY POSSATTO was born in Vila Velha, ES (Brazil) where she trained and danced professionally with Espaço da Dança. Ms. Possatto received a degree from Escuela Nacional de Cuba and is a graduate of School of the Bolshoi Theater in Brazil. Ms. Possatto is the recipient of several international dance competitions including; the Festival de Dança de Joinville, Festival Internacional de Cabo Frio, Seminário de Dança de Brasília, Passo de Arte, CBDD and the Youth America Grand Prix finals in New York in 2011. Her repertory includes all the traditional classical ballets as well innovative works by choreographers; Darren McIntyre, Liliani Cunha, Mitzi Marzzutti, Nerdim Montenegro & Ricardo Scheir. Ms. Possatto is excited to be in her first season with Lake Erie Ballet.





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