Tulsa Ballet Announces Additions to the Company

Aug 5, 2014 in 14-15 Season Releases


Tulsa Ballet’s 2014/15 Season begins in September with six new main company members, promotions and six additions to the second company, Tulsa Ballet II

TULSA, Okla. – August 5, 2014 –
Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director, Marcello Angelini, has announced the roster of his 20th anniversary season. Tulsa Ballet’s Company now stands at 28 company dancers from ten different countries. Close to 700 audition applications were submitted and auditions were held in New York, San Francisco, London and

"As I walk out of the first training session of the season, I am ecstatic with the level of the company this year,” said Angelini.  “At least 70% of the company dancers have been with Tulsa Ballet for an average of four years.  This core of people, who understand and embody the company’s culture, bring stability to the ranks.  Given the retirements of last season, one dancer who moved to another company and the addition of a position or two to our roster, we were able to also add some talent and experience to our ranks.  This is one of the most well balanced groups of my tenure in Tulsa.”

The full Company has returned to Tulsa Ballet’s 45th Street studios in Brookside and are preparing for the 2014/15 season.


Additions to the Roster include Norton Fantinel, Dustin Snoddy, Karina Moreira, Reka Gyulai, Hunter Finnegan and Maine Kawashima. 

Norton Fantinel, Senior Soloist, was born in Porto Alegre,Brazil. He trained at the School of Ballet Vera Bublitz, the School of Ballet Bolshoi in Brazil and the School of The Washington Ballet. Following graduation, Fantinel joined The Washington Ballet where he later became a Soloist. Fantinel joins Tulsa Ballet from the Sao Paulo Companhia de Danca where he was a Principal dancer. His repertory includes Principal roles in Don Quixote by Anne Marie Holmes, Grand Pas de deux Diana e Acteon by Agripina Vaganova, James and Gurn in La Sylphide by August Bournonville, Green Boy in Celts by Lila York, RubiesTchaikovsky Pas de DeuxTheme and Variations and Serenade by George Balanchine,Russian and Cavalier in The Nutcracker and Peter Pan in  Peter Pan by Septime Webre, In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated by William Forsythe, Six Dances by Jiri Kylian, Legend by John Cranko, among others. Also, Norton has worked with Nacho Duato, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Edwaard Liang and Richard Cragun. Norton received many awards at competitions such as The Youth America Grand Prix, World Ballet Competition, and the Festival Internacional de Danca de Joinvil. He has also been invited to perform as a Principal Guest Artist in companies and galas worldwide including “The Rudolf Nureyev Gala” and YAGP "Gala Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow".

Dustin Snoddy, Demi-Soloist, was born in Dayton, Ohio where he started training at the age of 15. He later trained at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts before receiving his first job offer from Fernando Bujones at Orlando Ballet. While in Orlando, Dustin also worked at Disney World as an ensemble dancer. He then danced with The Washington Ballet before dancing with San Francisco Ballet. Snoddy’s repertoire includes works by Septime Webre, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Nicolo Fonte and George Balanchine.

Reka Gyulai, Corps de Ballet, received her training at the Hungarian Dance Academy in Budapest, Hungary. She was trained by Imre Dozsa, Zoltan Solymosi, and Mark Diamond and performed with companies including Hungarian National Ballet, Columbia Classical Ballet, SC, New Jersey Ballet, NJ, Dance Alive National Ballet, FL and San Diego Ballet, CA. Toured in Russia, Brazil and the United States. She was a finalist of the International Ballet Competition in Vienna, a recipient of the Elvira Vecsei Prize and the Scholarship of the Republic from the Hungarian Ministry of Education. Reka’s repertoire includes Principal roles in Cinderella, Kitri in Don Quixote, Sugar Plum, female lead dancer in Walpurgis Night, among others.

Karina Moreira, Corps de Ballet, was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and trained at the School of the Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro Maria Olenewa and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim, Germany. Upon graduation, she joined Des Badisches Staatstheaters Karlsruhe for a season before being recruited by Ballet Ireland. Karina most recently hasbeen dancing with the Sao Paulo Companhia de Danca. Karina's repertory includes Principal roles in Legend by John Cranko, Bachiana N1 Pas de Deux by Rodrigo Pederneiras, The Nutcracker by Tatiana Leskova and a Demi-Soloist role in Theme and Variations by George Balanchine. She has won several competitions including the “Best Dancer” given by Tatiana Leskova. 

Hunter Finnegan, Apprentice, was born in Vietnam and grew up in Orlando, FL. He did gymnastics until he was 9 and then he started dance from there. He studied at Central Florida Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. He was awarded a silver medal at World Ballet Competition in Orlando, FL in 2010 and a bronze medal at YAGP Semi-finals in Orlando, FL in 2007. He has played many roles in performances such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Napoli, La Vivandierre, Coppelia, Quatro A. Verde, Graduation Ball, among others.

Maine Kawashima, Apprentice, Maine was born in Sapporo, Japan and raised in Torrance, CA. She began her professional ballet training at The Marat Daukayev School of Ballet, then later continued her training at The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's Pre Professional Graduate Program for two years. She has competed as a finalist in The Boston International Ballet Competition and The Japan Grand Prix. She also received second place in The Youth America Grand Prix Semi Finals in Pittsburgh, and third place in The World Ballet Competition's Pas de Deux category in 2014.

Diana Gomez and Rodrigo Hermesmeyer were promoted to Soloist.
Shu Kinouchi, Jose Antonio Checa Romero, and Joshua Stayton were promoted to Demi-Soloist.
Regina Montgomery was promoted from Tulsa Ballet II to Corps de Ballet.
Xavier Nuñezwas promoted from Tulsa Ballet II to Apprentice.

Anna Craddock, Seiskaya Ballet Academy
Luis Delcid, everybody dance!
Nikolas Gaifullin (2nd Year), Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education
Bobbie Lynn Kandravi (2nd Year), Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education
Peter Kurta, San Diego Ballet School
Minori Sakita, Houston Ballet Academy
Julia Turner, Pacific Northwest Ballet
Mary Cooper, (Apprentice) Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education

The 2014/15 Season will open on September 5 with Tulsa Ballet II performing On Your Radar followed by the main company premiere on September 26, with Creations in Studio K, a two-weekend performance in Tulsa Ballet's intimate 300-seat Brookside theater, Studio K.  For tickets, please call (918) 749-6006 or visit us online at www.tulsaballet.org.

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