Meet the Guest Professional Dancers (Bio and Video Link included on each photo)
JOHN MICHAEL ABENANTY
JOHN MICHAEL ABENANTY from Brooklyn, New York, began his ballet training at Luigi Jazz Centre and Manhattan Youth Ballet/ Studio Maestro at his young age. He was then accepted to the HaridConservatory on full tuition scholarship under the director of Gordon Wright. During his 3‐year training
at the Harid Conservatory, he received “Dance Study Award” in Ballet, Jazz and Modern dance classes.
His repertoire experiences includes Nutcracker, Le Corsair, Raymonda Pas and Swan Lake Don Quixote,
KATIE BADGETT was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. After years of training, she soon found her home at the Robert Ivey Ballet School at the age of fourteen. She left for a brief period to
study under watch of Stanislav Isseav and Irena Ushakova at the South Carolina Governor’s School for
Arts and Humanities. Along the challenging road of dedication, Katie found her way in classes instructed
by Alonzo King, Hernan Justo, Robert Barnett, Sandra Neels, and Lloyd Whitmore,
is from Japan and began his ballet studies at the Hikasa Ballet Studio in Japan and then came to the US to continue his studies at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC. He attended summer intensive programs at both the Kirov Academy and at American Ballet Theatrek and
Los Angles. He was awarded the silver Medal in the senior division at the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition in 2013.
SEHYUN JIN, a native of South Korea, was trained at Daejoan Art High School in South Korea. She waslater accepted to Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, DC on both an artistic and academic scholarship and trained at The Kennedy Center master Class Series. Upon graduation she joined Milwaukee Ballet Company II until joining Columbia Classical Ballet.
After three years at the American Ballet Theatre School in New York City, Mr. Leeth came to Boston Ballet as an apprentice in 1976. The following year he became a member of the Company. He danced leading roles in a variety of classical and contemporary ballets, including Concerto Barocco, Fall River Legend, Fanfare, Four Temperaments, Giselle, Lilac Garden, The Nutcracker, Romeoand Juliet, Serenade, and Swan Lake.
Alexey Kulpin, is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia and most recently danced at the Grand Rapids Ballet in Michigan. He has performed internationally in France,
Israel, Germany, China, Poland and The Netherlands. He is the 1998 winner of the
‘Grand Prix’ of the ‘Muse of St. Petersburg’ ballet competition. He has danced with the Kransoyarsk Dance Ensemble of Serbia, St. Petersburg Opera and San Diego Ballet.
MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ began ballet at the late age 14. He studied under Deborah Case at the Deborah
Case Dance Academy, home of the Rio Grande Valley Ballet. He had the luxury of working with numerous instructors including Prima Ballerina Absolut Galina Mezentseva of the Kirov Ballet, Alex
Ossadnick Ballet Bordeaux (current Ballet Master of Ballet Idaho), Michael and Olga Wise of Moscow
Classical, Willie Shives of Joffrey Ballet, and many others.
SAKURA OKA, is originally from Japan. She has extensive ballet instruction at Kirov Academy of Ballet,
Ecole de Ballet M.U., and Megumi Ballet School. She has attended summer intensives at the KirovAcademy of Ballet in 2011 and at the Boston Ballet School in 2013. Her beautiful technique has been
awarded many times as she took second place at the Japan Grand Prix in 2012
2013 won the ADC Grand prix. In June of 2013,