Born in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, Azamat began his dancing training at age 10 and graduated from the Vaganova Academy in 2010. He has danced with a number of professional companies internationally, including the Moscow City Ballet, Universal Ballet in South Korea, Russian National Ballet, Kyrgyz National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, and Island Moving Company in Newport, Rhode Island. Azamat is currently in his third season with Festival Ballet Providence.
Ethiopian by birth, Alban Birhanu Costello began his ballet education at the age of 8. While at Southold Dance Theatre, Mr. Costello was awarded a full merit scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina School of the Arts at the age of 15. There he trained under Susan Jaffe, Misha Tchoupakov, Jared Redick, Ilya Kozadayev and others while working with world renowned choreographers such as Goyo Montero and Helen Picket. Alban placed within the top three at numerous Youth America Grand Prix competitions from Denver to New York. He also was chosen as one of two UNCSA representatives to attend the 2019 Prix de Lausanne Choreographic Workshop. Alban is currently dancing his first season as an Apprentice with Festival Ballet Providence.
A native of Seekonk, Massachusetts, Brenna began her dance training at the Brae Crest School of Ballet, official school of the State Ballet of Rhode Island, before completing her dance education at the Festival Ballet Providence School as a member of the Junior Company in 2010. Upon graduation, Brenna joined Festival Ballet as a trainee, where she has risen through the ranks to become a Company Dancer. She has been featured in a number of soloist and principal roles in both classical and contemporary ballets with the Company, where she is currently dancing her tenth Season.
Kirsten Evans began her classical ballet training at age 11 at Festival Ballet Providence School. She is currently in her tenth season with Festival Ballet Providence, where she has danced a wide range of soloist and principal roles in both classical and contemporary works. Kirsten also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Providence College and is pursuing a certificate in Interior Design from RISD.
Kailee Felix grew up in the small town of Swansboro, North Carolina where she started her career at Swansboro Dance Studio. At the age of 10, she performed with Carolina Ballet in their productions of Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and La Sylphide. In 2013, Kailee continued her training at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy, where she performed a variety of classical repertory. Kailee is currently a company artist with Festival Ballet Providence, where she is dancing her fourth season.
Mamuka began his dance training at the V. Chabukiani Tbilisi Ballet Art State School in Tbilisi, Georgia at age 11. Upon graduation, Mamuka joined the Z. Paliashvilil Opera and Ballet State Theatre, as a member of the company of State Ballet of Georgia, under the direction of Nina Ananiashvili. Since then, Mamuka's career has taken him across the globe, from Hungarian National Ballet, to Hong Kong Ballet, to Boston Ballet. Most recently, Mamuka has joined Festival Ballet Providence, where he is currently in his second season a company artist.
Alexander Lantz began his dance training in his hometown of Rockford, Illinois, before being accepted into the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division in 2006. Mr. Lantz joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as an Apprentice in 2010, performing with the Company in Canada and touring internationally for two years before joining Festival Ballet Providence in 2012. Alex has been featured in soloist and principal roles in both classical and contemporary ballets with the Company, where he is currently dancing his eighth season.
Born in Sammamish, WA, Charlotte completed her dance training at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and San Francisco Ballet School. In 2017, Charlotte joined BalletMet 2 in Columbus, Ohio, where she performed soloist roles in a number of ballets. Ms. Nash is currently dancing her second season with Festival Ballet Providence, where she has been featured in soloist and principal roles in both contemporary and classical works.
Mahallia Ward is from Austin, TX. She received her early dance training at Ballet Austin and Slavin-Nadal School of Ballet. Mahallia went on to attend the Harid Conservatory, before accepting a trainee position at the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. A year later, she joined the company and performed featured roles in numerous classical and contemporary works. She now lives in North Carolina with her husband and young son Mikael. Mahallia is renovating a little old house and pursuing her bachelors degree in Interior Architecture.