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  • Friday | January 19, 2018 to Sunday | January 21, 2018



  Former Soloist, New York City Ballet  
  Diana White began to dance professionally at age 14 with the Lyric Opera Ballet of Chicago under the direction of Maria Tallchief. There she was seen by George Balanchine, who awarded her a scholarship to the School of American Ballet. She joined New York City Ballet one year later, working closely with Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, and touring extensively during her 20-year career with the company. Since retiring from the stage, Ms. White has taught at the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College and UNCSA, among many other schools. She is the founding Artistic Director of the Scarsdale Ballet Studio and a Repetiteur for the George Balanchine Trust and the Robbins Rights Trust, staging ballets on professional companies and conservatories worldwide.  
  Dance Faculty Member, Pacific Northwest Ballet School  
  Kelly Boal received her dance education at the School of American Ballet and joined New York City Ballet in 1984, soon becoming a soloist. She also appeared as a guest artist with various companies around the world, including Dutch National Ballet and Ballet Manila. Ms. Boal has also performed in many international galas, such as Le Gala des Étoiles in Montreal, Canada. After leaving the stage, Ms. Boal turned to dance education and joined the faculty of the School of American Ballet and the Pacific Northwest Ballet, where she coaches both the School’s Professional Division and the Company. Ms. Boal regularly appears as a Guest Master Teacher in schools across the U.S.  
  Interim Director, Ballet West II  
  Christopher Sellars was born into a family of ballet teachers, and started training with his parents. Mr. Sellars was a participant in YAGP for several seasons, and went on to study dance at the California State University, Long Beach. Mr. Sellars joined Ballet West II in 2005, and moved quickly through the ranks to become First Soloist in the main company in 2013. The following season, Mr. Sellars was named an interim director of the Ballet West II company. As a choreographer, Mr. Sellars was named an “Outstanding Choreographer” by YAGP for a piece he created on Ballet West Academy Students.  
  Faculty Member, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University  
  Shawn Stevens trained at Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts and then at the School of American Ballet. In 1982, she joined the New York City Ballet by a personal invitation from George Balanchine. Ms. Stevens later joined Twyla Tharp’s Company. At present, Ms. Stevens teaches ballet at many leading schools, universities and companies around the world. Ms. Stevens restages George Balanchine works for the Balanchine Trust, and works by Twyla Tharp through the Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation. She is currently a faculty member at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University.  
  International Master Teacher  
  Kristian Ratevossian graduated the world renowned Vaganova Academy and joined the Bolshoi Theatre under the direction of Yuri Grigorovich, touring extensively with the company. He later appeared with Staatsoper Vienna, Nippon Ballet Company Tokyo, Staatsoper Berlin and Berlin Deutsche Opera. Since retiring from the stage, Kristian has been in great demand all around the world as a master teacher, .  
  Company Artist, Joffrey Ballet  
  Jeraldine Mendoza trained at the City Ballet School of San Francisco with Galina Alexandrova and was selected by Helgi Tomasson to become a trainee at San Francisco Ballet at the age of 17. Ms. Mendoza was the first American female dancer to graduate from the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy (now known as Moscow State Academy of Choreography). Mendoza won first place at YAGP in 2011, and joined Joffrey Ballet later that year. She currently performs many principal roles in the company’s classical and contemporary repertoire.  
  Director of Dance, Interlochen Center for the Arts  
  Joseph Morrissey has danced with the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, Germany, the Boston Ballet and the Charleston Ballet Theatre and has choreographed for Stuttgart Ballet and The New York Choreographic Institute. A graduate of The Harid Conservatory, he holds a Master of Arts in Performing Arts Administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Classical Ballet from The Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University. Mr. Morrissey was the Director of Artistic Planning and Touring for The Hong Kong Ballet and the Director of CORPS, a pre-professional program in Portland, Maine, before becoming the director of the Interlochen Center for the Arts in 2015.  
  Dancer, Giordano Dance Chicago  
  Maeghan McHale studied at the Baltimore School for the Arts and Dance Theatre of Harlem. In 2005, Ms. McHale received a full scholarship and joined Giordano Dance Chicago. Ms. McHale is building her career as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer, recognized by Dance Magazine as one of their “25 to Watch” in 2010. Her choreography, Angelica, received the Performance Award at the NYC Joyce Theater.  
  Former Dancer, Colorado Ballet & Broadway performer  
  Gary Lewis began his dance training with the Ballet Theater of the School of The Virgin Islands, where he was born, and spent his summers training at the Dance Theatre of Harlem under the tutelage of Arthur Mitchell. Mr. Lewis’s company credits include the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble and Colorado Ballet. Mr. Lewis joined Ron Brown’s EVIDENCE for its Joyce Theatre season and then made his Broadway debut with “The Lion King,” also performing on the award-winning musical’s first national tour. He is a sought-after master teacher in US and abroad.  
  Assistant Artistic Director, Youth America Grand Prix  
  Alexei Moskalenko is a graduate of the Moscow Bolshoi Ballet Academy and former dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Grigorovich, later receiving a degree in Ballet Pedagogy and Choreography from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography. After moving to the US, Mr. Moskalenko was a principal dancer, and went on to open his own ballet school, becoming a celebrated national and international guest teacher. Mr. Moskalenko’s students have won the highest awards in international ballet competitions including Moscow IBC, Varna and YAGP. Having worked with YAGP since its founding as a Regional and International Judge, Master teacher and the NYC Rehearsal Director, Mr. Moskalenko was named as YAGP’s Assistant Artistic Director in 2016.