Meet the Guest Professional Dancers (Alphabetical Order)
PHYLLIS ROTHWELL AFFRUNTI
At 17, Phyllis was accepted on full scholarship to the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet and performed with Pennsylvania Ballet in company roles. She has danced for Southern Ballet Theatre and as a principal at Charleston Ballet Theatre where she performed leads in Balanchine’s Serenade, Tarantella, Who Cares? and Allegro Brilliante.
In 2003 Phyllis joined Ballet Idaho/Eugene Ballet under the direction of Toni Pimble. In 2004, she was promoted to Principal. Noted roles include Clara, Gi
in her first year with the company, has been dancing since she was two and a half years old at her neighborhood dance studio in Jacksonville, Florida. She has spent summers training with The School of American Ballet, The Rock School, Joffery Ballet School, LINES Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre, all under scholarship. At the age of 16, Audrey auditioned for the high school ballet program at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, earning placement and a Dean’s Merit Scholarship from Dean and former ABT Principal Dancer Ethan Stiefel. Before graduating in 2012, she performed as Lead Spanish in Ethan Stiefel's The Nutcracker and Kitri in Don Quixote. She is beyond thrilled to be a part of a company that is "World Class at Every Turn!"
Katie 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, Lloyd Whitmore, and several others.
Born and raised in California and started dance training at the age of twelve in Marin County. He trained and attended both the San Francisco Ballet School and Pacific Northwest Ballet. He has performed in both San Francisco Ballet’s and Pacific Northwest Ballet’s The Nutcracker and in Prodigal Son, The Concert, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Who Cares? and Cortege Hongrois. James dances with Ballet Idaho
John is a graduate of the Ballet West Academy. He was accepted into Ballet West II under the directorship of Jonas Kage and Peter Christie. In 2006 he joined Ballet West where he danced a variety of classical ballets as well as contemporary pieces such as Glen Tetley’s Rite of Spring, Twyla Tharp’s 9 Sinatra Songs and the premiere of Helen Picket’s But Never Doubt I Love. He also performed many character roles such as a Stepsister in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, Stefano in Michael Smuin’s Tempes
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. He teaches all level of ballet and begins his second season with CBT.
Kathleen Martin’s is from Grayslake, Illinois and started her professional training at Boston Ballet. Kathleen attended Point Park University and spent a season with Ballet West. While at Ballet West, she was a part of the BBC Worldwide Production “Breaking Pointe” on the CW channel. Breaking Pointe" riped back the curtain on the inner workings of elite Salt Lake City Ballet Company, Ballet West. It obliterates the notion that ballet is a dated art form and shatters pre-conceived stereotypes ab
hailing from Toledo Ohio, trained at the School of American Ballet, and graduate from Indiana University Dance Department, Jennifer Norman joins CBT Center for Dance Education on stage. Jennifer danced professionally with Charleston Ballet Theatre and continues to support the endeavors of Jill Eathorne Bahr and Cantwells . She now continues to train children in the Low country privately and at Peace Love Hip Hop
Michael 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.
He then began to perform with The Rio Grande Valley Ballet p
returns to stage to premiere the role Herr Diaghilev in Jill Eathorne Bahr’s premiere of “Twas the Night Before Nutcracker” Holiday Production. Doug studied with Robert Ivey Ballet in Charleston, SC before attended North Carolina School of the Arts. He danced professionally with the Nevada Dance Theatre, Sarasota Ballet, and Ballet Eddy Toussaint and has extensive choreography and production experience. He serves as rehearsal director for The North Charleston cast of the Great Russian Nutcracker. Doug is the Artistic Director of the newly formed 5 Seconds of Summerville Civic Ballet.