DANCERS

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AZAMAT ASANGUL

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. 

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BRENNA DIFRANCESCO

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

Kirsten 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 is the founder and director of REVOLVE Dance Project, and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Providence College. She is currently pursuing a certificate in Interior Design from RISD.

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KAILEE FELIX

Kailee 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. 

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JACOB HOOVER

Jacob grew up in the Boston area, and trained at Walnut Hill, Boston Dance Company, and Miami City Ballet School.  He was a dancer with José Mateo Ballet Theatre in Cambridge, MA, the Vanemuine Theatre in Tartu, Estonia, and Festival Ballet Providence, RI. Recently he has also performed with North Atlantic Dance Theatre, and City Ballet of Boston, and Robinson Ballet in Maine.  

In addition to dance, Jacob is fascinated by mathematics and language, and is currently pursuing a PhD in computational linguistics at McGill University in Montréal.  While trying to balance studying and manage to keep dancing, he also looks for moments to play the fiddle when he has the time.  Jacob is excited to participate in the Revolve Dance Project.

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MAMUKA KIKALISHVILI

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. 

ALEX LANTZ

Alex 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.

JOE LYNCH

At age nine, he began his training at Festival Ballet Providence in Providence, Rhode Island under the direction of Mihailo Djuric and Viktor Plotnikov. He then went on to train at The Rock School for Dance Education, later continuing his training at Boston Ballet School for three years as a trainee. In 2017, Joseph auditioned for Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Utah and was offered a contract in Ballet West's Second Company. After two years in Ballet West II, Joseph was offered a contract in the main company, where he is currently dancing his third season.

TEGAN RICH

Tegan is originally from South Florida where she received the bulk of her dance training at the Miami City Ballet School. Tegan danced with Festival Ballet Providence for 8 seasons in which she performed principal and soloist roles in both classical and contemporary ballets. Tegan’s career ended abruptly with an onstage injury. Tegan is a rising senior at Brown University and makes her return to the stage this summer with Revolve Dance Project. She is thrilled to be dancing with her friends again!

EUGENIA ZINOVIEVA

Originally from Moscow, Russia, Eugenia grew up training at the Boston Ballet School while also competing nationally as a rhythmic gymnast. She graduated from the high school program at University of North Carolina School of the Arts under Ethan Stiefel and spent a year at Vaganova-based SLK Ballet School in New York City before joining Festival Ballet Providence in 2012. Since then, Eugenia has been featured in a variety of classical and contemporary ballets and originated a number of roles in the company. She has also worked with the National Choreographers' Initiative, Kansas City Dance Festival, North Atlantic Ballet, Quixotic Cirque Fusion, and the Rhode Island Women's Choreography Project.