Blaine Hoven, is coming Full Circle! The soloist with American Ballet Theatre, got his start here in Mobile learning from Mobile Ballet!
Joining him in a tribute to some of the world’s best ballets are an outstanding group of dancers from ABT, including Stella Abrera, Isabella Boylston, Jose Sebastian, Christine Shevchenko, Cassandra Trenary and James Whiteside.
This fabulous program will feature excerpts from some of the world’s greatest and most beloved ballets, such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote, and Balanchine’s Rubies as well as contemporary works. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see some of the most acclaimed dancers in the world today performing here in Mobile!
Blaine Hoven, soloist with American Ballet Theatre and Mobile Ballet Alum, is bringing an outstanding group of dancers from ABT, including Principal dancers Stella Abrera, Isabella Boylston, Christine Shevchenko, and James Whiteside. This fabulous program will feature excerpts from some of the world’s greatest and most beloved ballets, such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote, and Balanchine’s Rubies as well as contemporary works. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see some of the most acclaimed dancers in the world today performing here in Mobile!
Performer: Stella Abrera
Born in Mobile, Alabama, Blaine Hoven began his training at Mobile Ballet under the direction of Winthrop Corey and Ann Duke. During his high school years, he trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts with Melissa Hayden, Warren Conover, Fanchon Cordell, Nina Danilova and Susan McKee McCollough. Hoven received American Ballet Theatre‘s National Training Scholarship from 1999 through 2002 and attended ABT’s Summer Intensive for five summers.
Hoven joined ABT’s Studio Company in September 2003 and the main Company as a member of the corps de ballet in April 2004. He was promoted to Soloist in August 2016. His repertoire with the Company includes the Lead Mazurka/Czardas in Coppélia, Dorcon in Daphnis and Chloe, Bottom in The Dream, the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, the Standard Bearer in The Green Table, Known by Heart pas de deux, Des Grieux in Lady of the Camellias, Cassio in Othello, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, the Russian Dance in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Lensky in Onegin, the Bluebird and a Fairy Cavalier in The Sleeping Beauty, Benno and the Neapolitan Dance in Swan Lake, Aminta and Jaseion in Sylvia, Caliban in The Tempest and roles in Airs, Bach Partita, Baker’s Dozen, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Brief Fling, C. to C. (Close to Chuck), Clear, Désir, In the Upper Room, Mozartiana, One of Three, Overgrown Path, Private Light, Raymonda Divertissements, Seven Sonatas, Sinfonietta, Thirteen Diversions and Troika.
He created the Spanish Dance in Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, the Italian Prince in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, Don Zucchero in Whipped Cream and roles in AfterEffect, Citizen, Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once, From Here On Out, Glow – Stop,Her Notes, Pretty Good Year and Serenade after Plato’s Symposium.
Hoven was a recipient of the 2008 Princess Grace Award as well as receiving a specially designated award, the Chris Hellman Dance Award, awarded to one recipient in the dance category each year.
Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre
Stella Abrera is from South Pasadena, CA. In 1996, after winning the gold medal in London’s Adeline Genee Awards, she joined American Ballet Theatre’s corps de ballet. She was promoted to soloist in 2001 and to principal in 2015. Her ABT repertoire includes Aurora, Giselle, Cinderella, Tatiana, Lise, Myrta, Gulnare, Lescaut’s Mistress, Gamzatti, Princess Florine, The Lilac Fairy, Mercedes/Dryad Queen, and Clara/The Sugar Plum Fairy, Princess Tea Flower, as well as leading roles in works by Ashton, Balanchine, DeMille, Forsythe, Graham, Kylian, Lubovitch, Macmillan, Millepied, Morris, Ratmansky, Robbins, Taylor, Tharp, Tudor, and Wheeldon. She has also performed as a guest artist with companies such as The Australian Ballet, The Royal New Zealand Ballet, and Ballet Philippines. She is also a proud Capezio ambassador.
Born in Sun Valley, Idaho, Isabella Boylston began dancing at the age of three. While training at the Academy of Colorado Ballet, she won the gold medal in 2001 at the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City. In 2002, she began training at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, on a full scholarship.
Boylston joined the ABT Studio Company in 2005, the main Company as an apprentice in May 2006 and the corps de ballet in March 2007. She was promoted to Soloist in June 2011 and to Principal Dancer in August 2014.
Her repertory with the Company includes Gamzatti in La Bayadère, the Ballerina in The Bright Stream, Fairy Godmother and the Fairy Summer in Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, Moss in James Kudelka’s Cinderella, Aurora in Coppélia, Gulnare and an Odalisque in Le Corsaire, Chloe in Daphnis and Chloe, Kitri and a flower girl in Don Quixote, the second girl in Fancy Free, Lise in La Fille mal gardée, the title role in Alexei Ratmansky’s Firebird, Giselle, the peasant pas de deux and Moyna in Giselle, Clara, the Princess in The Nutcracker, Lescaut’s Mistress in Manon, Olga in Onegin, Juliet and a Harlot in Romeo and Juliet, Princess Aurora and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, Odette/Odile, the pas de trois and the Polish Princess in Swan Lake, the Mazurka in Les Sylphides, Sylvia and Persephone in Sylvia, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, the lead in Theme and Variations, Princess Tea Flower in Whipped Cream and roles in After You, Bach Partita, Ballo della Regina, Birthday Offering, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Brief Fling, Désir, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once, Her Notes, In the Upper Room, From Here On Out, Gong, The Leaves Are Fading, Monotones I, Sinfonietta, Symphony in C and With a Chance of Rain.
She created the Diamond Fairy in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty and leading roles in Lauri Stallings’ Citizen, Ratmansky’s Chamber Symphony and Dumbarton, Demis Volpi’s Private Light and Christopher Wheeldon’s Thirteen Diversions.
Boylston won the 2009 Princess Grace Award and was nominated for the 2010 Prix Benois de la Danse. In 2011 she received the Clive Barnes Award. She was the recipient of the 2014 Annenberg Fellowship.
She has appeared as a guest artist with the Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg and the Royal Danish Ballet.
Ms. Boylston’s performances with American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Linda Allard and Andrea and Ken Brodlieb.
Corps de Ballet
Jose Sebastian, a native of New York City, started his dance training at age 8 with the School of American Ballet and continued training there for nearly 10 years. He received additional ballet training at Studio Maestro under the direction of Francois Perron and Deborah Wingert.
His performance experience includes Scenes de Ballet choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini by Benjamin Millepied and Square Dance, choreographed by George Balanchine and staged by Suki Schorer, among others.
Sebastian joined ABT II (now the ABT Studio Company) in 2006 and American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in January 2009 and became a member of the corps de ballet in January 2010. His repertoire with the Company includes Persian Man in The Golden Cockerel, the Spanish Dance in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, a Fairy Cavalier and the English Prince in The Sleeping Beauty and the Spanish Dance in Swan Lake, Jaseion in Sylvia, as well as roles in Company B, Private Light, Raymonda Divertissements, Serenade after Plato’s Symposium and Sinfonietta and roles in all of the Company’s full-length ballets. He created roles in the first production of Aftereffect (2013) and the new production of AfterEffect (2015).
Christine Shevchenko was born in Odessa, Ukraine where she was chosen to train in rhythmic gymnastics and ballet at an Olympic School. At the age of eight, she moved to the United States and trained for nine years at Pennsylvania Ballet’s Rock School, under the direction of Bo and Stephanie Spassoff. She has also studied with Olga Tozyiakova, Lev Assaulyak and Alexander Boitsov. Shevchenko danced the children’s lead in Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker for three years, and was featured in the NBC special Degas and the Dance. In 2002 she was invited to perform with International Ballet Theatre Company’s “Stars of Kirov, Bolshoi and Ukrainian Ballet” in Annapolis, Maryland. In 2003, Shevchenko became the youngest recipient of the Princess Grace Award. Other awards include the Bronze Medal in the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, 2005 Gold Medal and Title of Laureate at the Moscow International Ballet Competition, the George Zoritch of Ballet Russe Award for Talent Recognition, the 2010 Margaret Moore Dance Award and the 2015 Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship. She danced leading and soloist roles from Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Harlequinade, The Flames of Paris, Grand Pas Classique, Le Corsaire, Paquita, La Bayadère and Balanchine’s Symphony in C. She also performed various contemporary pieces by many choreographers that included Caprice #1 specially choreographed by Benjamin Millepied for a competition.
Shevchenko joined American Ballet Theatre‘s Studio Company in August 2006 where she performed classical and contemporary pieces including Raymonda in Raymonda Divertissements, the pas de deux from August Bournonville’s Flower Festival at Genzano, Lilac Garden and Continuo by Anthony Tudor, and Eyes that Gently Touch by Kirk Peterson, along with other pieces. She joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in December 2007 and the corps de ballet in June 2008. She became a Soloist in August 2014 and a Principal Dancer in September 2017.
Her repertoire with the Company includes Polyhymnia in Apollo, a Shade in La Bayadère, a role in Birthday Offering, Milkmaid in The Bright Stream, the Fairy Summer in Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, Lead Mazurka/Czardas in Coppélia, Medora and an Odalisque in Le Corsaire, Kitri and a flower girl in Don Quixote, Lead Can-Can Dancer in Gaîté Parisienne, Myrta and Moyna in Giselle, Lead Persian Lady in The Golden Cockerel, the Partisan Woman in The Green Table, Nanine in Lady of the Camellias, one of the Nutcracker’s Sisters in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, a Harlot in Romeo and Juliet, Lilac Fairy, Diamond Fairy and the Fairy Violente (Temperament) in The Sleeping Beauty, the pas de trois and the Italian Princess in Swan Lake, Diana and Ceres in Sylvia, Mademoiselle Marianne Chartreuse in Whipped Cream and roles in Bach Partita, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Company B, Duets, Her Notes, Mozartiana, Piano Concerto #1, Raymonda Divertissements, Seven Sonatas, Sinfonietta, Symphonic Variations and Thirteen Diversions. She created roles in AfterEffect, Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once and Private Light.
Cassandra Trenary began her dance training in Georgia at the Lawrenceville School of Ballet. She received additional training at the Regional Dance America conventions, Brookwood High School’s dance department, and the American Ballet Theatre‘s Summer Intensive in NY where she was later invited to join the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of ABT. After attending the JKO School, Trenary went on to tour with the ABT’s studio company in 2011, joined the corp de ballet of ABT in the same year, and was promoted to soloist in 2015. Since beginning her professional career, Cassandra has had the honor of performing a wide variety of repertoire including Soloist and Principal roles in both contemporary and full length Ballets with ABT and has performed as a guest artist in various galas and productions internationally. Cassandra is a 2011 Youngarts winner and a Presidential Scholar in the Arts Nominee. In recent years, she has been awarded a Princess Grace Honorarium for dance in 2015 and the Annenberg Fellowship for dance for 2017.
Born in Fairfield, Connecticut, James Whiteside began his training at age nine at the D’Valda & Sirico Dance and Music Centre, where guest faculty included Charles Kelley, Franco De Vita and Raymond Lukens. He continued his training at the Virginia School of the Arts for one year under the direction of Petrus Bosman and David Keener. In 2002, Whiteside joined Boston Ballet II, where he continued to train under the tutelage of its director Raymond Lukens, now director of ABT’s National Training Curriculum. Whiteside joined the corps de ballet of Boston Ballet in 2003 and became a second soloist in 2006. He was promoted to first soloist in 2008 and to principal dancer with Boston Ballet in 2009.
Whiteside’s repertoire with Boston Ballet included Principal roles in George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Coppélia, Ballo della Regina, Rubies, The Four Temperaments(Sanguinic), Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Who Cares?, Serenade, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Symphony in 3 and La Valse; Maina Gielgud’s Giselle; Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker and Swan Lake; John Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet; Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty and Raymonda Act III; Antony Tudor’s Dark Elegies; Jiří Kylián’s Bella Figura, Sarabande, Petite Mort and Sechs Tänze; Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room; and Mark Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes. He created roles in Jorma Elo’s Brake the Eyes, Plan to B, Carmen, Slice to Sharper and In On Blue; Helen Pickett’s Eventide and Etesian; and Mark Morris’ Up & Down.
Whiteside joined American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in September 2012 and was named a Principal Dancer in October 2013. His repertoire with the Company includes Solor in La Bayadère, the Prince in Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, Conrad and Ali, the Slave in Le Corsaire, Bryaxis in Daphnis and Chloe, Basilio and Espada in Don Quixote, Oberon in The Dream, the third sailor in Fancy Free, Colas in La Fille mal gardée, Albrecht in Giselle, Astrologer in The Golden Cockerel, Lescaut in Manon, the Nutcracker Prince in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Iago in Othello, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Prince Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty, Prince Siegfried and von Rothbart (Ballroom) in Swan Lake, Orion in Sylvia, Caliban in The Tempest, Prince Coffee in Whipped Cream, leading roles in Bach Partita, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Duo Concertant, Chamber Symphony, Her Notes, Raymonda Divertissements, Symphonic Variations, Symphony in C, Theme and Variations and Valse Fantaisie and featured roles in Gong, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, In the Upper Room and Sinfonietta, .He created The Man in AfterEffect and leading roles in Serenade after Plato’s Symposium and With a Chance of Rain.
James Whiteside is also known for his theatrical personas JbDubs, pop-dance artist, and Ühu Betch, part of the hilarious drag posse The Dairy Queens.