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Sebastian Vinet was born in Santiago de Chile. He began ballet training at Escuela de Ballet del Teatro Muncipal de Santiago. After two years under full scholarship he moved to Houston, Texas to finish his training at Ben Stevenson Houston Ballet Academy under the direction of ballet master Claudio Munoz. In 2009 he joined the Houston Ballet and in 2010 the San Francisco Ballet. Vinet danced principal roles by renowned choreographers including Marcia Haydée, Kenneth Macmillan, William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon, Helgi Tomasson, Stanton Welch, Mark Morris, Ben Stevenson, Demis Volpi, Val Caniparoli, John Cranko, among others. He has been invited to dance at international ballet galas in England, Denmark, China, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Indonesia, Russia, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Ethiopia, Colombia, Japan, Australia, the United States, Hungary, Canada and Switzerland – where he was one of the winners and an apprenticeship recipient at the 2009 Prix de Lausanne. Vinet also was a recipient of the Premio Jovenes Líderes del diario El Mercurio (2009) – an award to Chilean artists, presented by the ambassador of Chile in the United States.
2009 was also the year Vinet appeared as a special guest dancer at the 2009 Grammy Awards. Sebastian holds a parallel career as a model, appearing in campaigns for brands like Armani, Burberry, Newman and Dolce and Gabbana, also being featured in magazine such as Vogue. In 2017 Vinet was the artistic director of the first international ballet gala to be presented at the emblematic theater in Chile, Teatro Oriente and founded his own non-profit foundation to help develop ballet in his country. In 2018 he was mentioned in Dance Australia as one of the best performances of the night during the premiere of FORTE in Melbourne, Australia.
Gabriel received his training at International Ballet and has performed with the company for five seasons, the most recent as a professional. He danced the principal role of Franz in Coppélia, in numerous soloist roles in The Nutcracker, and in Giselle’s “Peasant Pas;” and he performed in numerous lead roles in excerpts from Don Quixote, La Bayadere, Swan Lake, Markitenka, Fairy Doll, Little Humpback Horse, Sleeping Beauty, La Fille mal gardee, and Nayada and the Fisherman. He performed in original contemporary works by Clarence McDorman, Alexander Tressor, and Juliana Jordan.
He danced with Ballet Magnificat’s Pre-Professional Level in full productions of Face to Face, The Prodigal’s Journey, and The Scarlet Cord, and he appeared as a dancer in the book trailer for the #1 New York Times Bestseller Serafina and the Splintered Heart by Robert Beatty, which premiered on Entertainment Weekly. Gabriel placed third in the Senior Classical Division at the Youth America Grand Prix in Atlanta, and he earned a Teaching Certificate from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. He teaches Ballet I & II and Boys’ Class at IBA. He is a full-time student at Spartanburg Community College pursuing a degree in Physical Education with K-12 certification and is International Ballet’s Professional Artist- in- Residence, as well as Rehearsal Assistant, for the 2019-2020 season.
Cara Marie Gary
Cara Marie Gary began her formal ballet training at International Ballet Academy in Greer, South Carolina, under Vlada Kysselova and Hennadii Bespechnyi. She received a Diploma of Laureate at the VI Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition in 2006. Ms. Gary was a top twelve finalist in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) National Finals in 2008 and 2009, won the overall Grand Prix Award in the 2009 YAGP regional semi-finals and competed in the IX USA International Ballet Competition held in 2010.
Ms. Gary danced with American Ballet Theatre’s ABT II (2010) and was an apprentice with Orlando Ballet (2011). Her repertoire included roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Stars and Stripes pas de deux, Flames of Paris pas de deux, Continuo, Vivace Motifs, Pavlovsk, and Ballo Per Sei. She has also performed the title role in The Nutcracker, La Sylphide, Don Quixote, Paquita, Coppélia, and Giselle.
Since joining The Joffrey Ballet in 2012, Ms. Gary has danced many classical and contemporary roles, including Anna Karenina (Kitty), The Nutcracker (Marie and Sugar Plum Fairy), La Bayadère (Shade and Gamzatti’s Sister), Swan Lake (Pas de trois and Little Swans), Giselle (Peasant Pas de deux and Zulma), Romeo & Juliet (Juliet’s friend), Cinderella (Spring Fairy) and roles in Vespertine, The Four Temperaments, Fool’s Paradise, Orphée et Eurydice, Forgotten Land, Sylvia, Mammatus, Glass Pieces, Interplay, Tulle, Son of Chamber Symphony, Othello, Le Sacre du Printemps, Age of Innocence, Allegro Brillante, Continuum, In Creases, and Incantations.
Ms. Gary graduated Summa Cum Laude from North Greenville University in May 2014 with a B.A. in Business Administration. In that same year, Joffrey’s ballet master, Nicolas Blanc, choreographed Rendez-vous on Ms. Gary and former Joffrey dancer Aaron Smyth for their participation in the X USA IBC, which received the Best Choreography Award.
To honor her mother’s legacy, the Gary family and International Ballet founded the Cassandra Gary Memorial Scholarship in 2015, which supports the training of pre-professional students.
Photo Credit: Cheryl Mann
Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, Taras Domitro trained at Alejo Carpenier School and National Ballet School of Cuba, then performing as a principal dancer with National Ballet of Cuba prior to joining San Francisco Ballet as a principal dancer in 2008. Domitro was nominated for Best Male Dancer at the 2013 Benois de la Danse, and also won the 2008 Gold Medal at the World International Ballet Competition in Orlando, Florida, the Grand Prix at Peru’s International Ballet Festival in 2003, and 1st Prize and the Revelation Award at the Concurso de Festival Internacional de Academias in Havana, Cuba.
As a guest artist, Domitro has performed on many important stages around the world, including Gala of the Stars ad the World Ballet Competition in Orlando, Florida (2009), the Gran Festival del Queretaro, Mexico (2008), The Sleeping Beauty with Balletto dell’Opera de Roma (2007), the
Alicia Alonso Foundation Gala in Madrid (2006), Gala of Stars at Beijing International Ballet Competition (2013), the Youth America Grand Prix/Ballet West (2016), the VI International Ballet Festival at the Kremlin in Moscow (2017), and the 11th International Ballet Stars Gala in Taipei (2017).
Mr. Domitro’s major roles with San Francisco Ballet include Helgi Tomasson’s “Giselle” (Albrecht), Tomasson’s “The Nutcracker” (King of Snow and Nutcracker Prince), Tomasson’s “Romeo and Juliet” (Mercutio), Tomasson’s “Swan Lake” (Prince Siegfried), Tomasson/Possokhov’s “Don Quixote” (Basilio), George Balanchine’s “Coppelia” (Franz), John Cranko’s “Onegin” (Lensky), Christopher Wheeldon’s “Cinderella” (Benjamin), Natalia Makarova’s “La Bayadere” (Solor, Kingdom of the Shades), Jerome Robbins’ “Dances at a Gathering” (Brown). He created the roles in Juri Possokhov’s “Francesca da Rimini” (Giovanni) and “Swimmer” (Swimmer).
His repertoire also includes Balanchine’s “The Four Temperaments”, “Rubies”, “Emeralds”, “Scotch Symphony”, “Symphony in C”, and “Theme and Variations”; the title role in Mikhail Fokine’s “Petrouchka”; Serge Lifar’s “Suite en Blanc”; Wayne McGregor’s “Chroma”; Rudolph Nureyev’s “Raymonda” (Act III); Alexei Ratmansky’s “Russian Seasons”, “Shostakovich Trilogy (Symphony #9)”; Jerome Robbins’ “Opus 19/The Dreamer”; Helgi Tomasson’s “7 for Eight”, “Caprice”, “Criss-Cross”, “Prism”, “On a Theme of Paganini”, “Le Quattro Stagioni”, “Trio”; Agrippina Vaganova’s “Diana and Acteon”; Vasily Vainonen’s “Flames of Paris”; Renato Zanella’s “Alles Walzer” and “Underskin”.
Katherine Barkman joined The Washington Ballet in October 2018, soon after winning consecutive Silver Medals from two of the world’s most prestigious ballet Olympiads — the XI USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, and the XXVIII Varna International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria.
Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, she moved to the Philippines in 2015 to begin her professional career as a principal dancer with Ballet Manila, one of the most eminent classical ballet companies in Asia. At 18, she was the youngest artist to assume this position with the company.
Since then, Barkman has debuted in the classical roles of Odette/ Odile in Swan Lake, Kitri in Don Quixote, Giselle in Giselle, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Nikiya in La Bayadere, Medora in Le Corsaire, as well as the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker. She has also performed the principal lead in popular masterpieces such as Grand Pas Classique, The Dying Swan, Paquita, Raymonda, Esmeralda, Satanella, and Balanchine’s Tarantella, as well as in the world premiere of contemporary choreographies by Simon Hoy (The Distance Between) and Dana Genshaft (Shadowlands).
Her major awards from international competitions include: Grand Prix Cup, 2015 Asian Grand Prix (Hong Kong); Gold Medal, Senior Women’s Classical Division, 2015 Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (New Orleans, USA); and Gold Medal, Senior Women’s Classical Division, 2015 TANZOLYMP Festival (Berlin, Germany).
As an international guest principal, Barkman has performed in festivals, galas, and full-length productions in Russia, Latvia, Australia, Canada, Argentina, Paraguay, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and in major cities across the United States.
Madalin received her training at International Ballet and is in her fifth season with the company. Notable roles include Spanish, Snow, and Waltz in IB’s The Nutcracker, and Scottish Doll, Czardas, and Mazurka in IB’s Coppélia. She appeared in Biography, a contemporary work by Juliana Jordan. Madalin is Vice-President of IB’s chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. She has attended summer intensives at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and at International Ballet.
Volunteer Service: For the last five years, Madalin has volunteered at Artisphere.
A note of gratitude from Madalin: “I would like to think Mrs. Shoemaker. She really helped me mentally through all of last year.”
“Gabby” moved to the Upstate in 2015 from Erie, Pennsylvania, where she studied at Patterson School of Ballet and Lake Erie Ballet. This is her fifth season with International Ballet’s company. She performed as Drummer Doll, Arabian, Spanish, Snow, and Waltz of the Flowers in IB’s The Nutcracker, as Swanilda’s friend and Czardas soloist in IB’s Coppélia, and as Kitri’s friend in Don Quixote, Act I. While at Lake Erie Ballet, she performed as Clara and Fritz in The Nutcracker. Her contemporary repertoire includes Clarence McDorman’s “Time after Time” (pas de deux), Alexander Tressor’s Central Park, and Juliana Jordan’s Biography and El Condor Pasa. Gabby appeared in the book trailer for Robert Beatty’s Serafina and the Splintered Heart, the third installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling book series. She placed second in the Grand Jeté Ballet Competition in 2019 and is the 2018-2019 recipient of the Cassandra Gary Memorial Scholarship. She is President of IB’s chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Gabby has attended Ballet Met, Cincinnati Ballet, and International Ballet summer intensives.
Volunteer Service: Gabby volunteers at the Greenville Humane Society every Sunday, and for the last four years, she has volunteered at Artisphere.
A note of gratitude from Gabby: “I would like to thank my mom, who has been a continuously positive and supportive influence upon me since I began ballet. Without her, I would not be where I am today.”
Eliza has received her training from International Ballet and is in her fifth season with the company. She danced as Spanish, Snow, and Waltz of the Flowers in IB’s The Nutcracker and in Mazurka, Czardas, and Waltz of the Hours in IB’s Coppélia. Her contemporary performances include Alexander Tressor’s Four Seasonings and Juliana Jordan’s Biography. She will appear as a featured dancer in the South Carolina Children’s Theatre’s musical production of Ella Enchanted in September 2019. She is a member of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Eliza has attended summer intensives at Cincinnati Ballet and International Ballet.
Volunteer Service: Eliza has volunteered with Meals on Wheels and for three years at Artisphere.
A note of gratitude from Eliza: “I want to thank my teachers for taking the time to expand our minds and bodies in the dancing world.”
Samantha has received her recent training from International Ballet and is in her third season with the company. She has performed in International Ballet’s The Nutcracker in Spanish, Snow, and Waltz of the Flowers, and in IB’s Coppélia in Mazurka and as a Doll. Contemporary works include Alexander Tressor’s Four Seasonings. Samantha has attended summer dance programs at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and at International Ballet.
Joanna received her most recent training from International Ballet and Dance Arts Greenville. In her third season with IB’s company, she has performed with IB in The Nutcracker as Russian and Drummer Doll and in Snow and Waltz of the Flowers, in Coppélia in Mazurka, Waltz of the Hours, and Czardas, and as Kitri’s friend in Don Quixote, Act I. She appeared in Storytime Ballet in the title role in Coppélia. She performed as Clara in Carolina Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker. Contemporary performances include Time After Time (pas de deux), choreographed by Clarence McDorman. Joanna is Treasurer of the IB chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. She has attended summer programs at the Bolshoi Academy of Ballet in NYC, Indiana University, The Art of Classical Ballet, the Kirov Academy of Ballet, and at International Ballet.
Volunteer Service: Joanna has accumulated hours of volunteer service with numerous organizations including Brown Roof Thrift, Art Council Open Studios, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Fine Arts Center, Greenville Children’s Museum, March for Life, Mission, Kevin Logan Memorial, and Artisphere.
A note of gratitude from Joanna: “I want to thank Vlada Kysselova for the time she has taken to help me grow as a dancer, both technically and artistically. She is always encouraging and patient and the best teacher I have ever had. Without her guidance, I would not be the dancer I am now.”
Maggie received her training at International Ballet. This is her fourth season with the company. Notable roles include Young Clara, Mirliton, Snow and Waltz of the Flowers, in The Nutcracker and in Mazurka and Children’s Wedding Dance in Coppélia. She also danced the role of Angelina Ballerina in two Storytime Ballet productions. Contemporary works include Alexander Tressor’s Four Seasonings. Maggie is a member of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts, and she has attended summer programs at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy (Connecticut) and at International Ballet.
Volunteer Service: Maggie has served on mission trips in the Bahamas and in Honduras, and she has volunteered with Belaire Ministry (Greer, SC) and Going Greenville mission trip.
A note of gratitude from Maggie: “I’d like to thank Miss Juliana [Jordan] for being such an encouragement and a light for the Lord in classes.”
Aneliese has received her training at International Ballet. This is her fourth season with the company. She danced in The Nutcracker in the Waltz of the Flowers, in Coppélia in Czardas and Doll, and in Jumpé from La Bayadere. She has attended summer intensives at the Joffrey Ballet School (Genoa, Italy), The Art of Classical Ballet, and at International Ballet.
Volunteer Service: Aneliese has volunteered at Artisphere, the Soup Kitchen, at an elementary school art fair, and with the National Beta Club.
A note of gratitude from Aneliese: “I’d like to thank my parents for making it possible for me to attend ballet classes and for always supporting me. They also constantly motivate me to do my best.”
Anna received her training at International Ballet. In her third season with the company, she performed in International Ballet’s The Nutcracker as Young Clara and Chinese and in Snow and Waltz of the Flowers. In IB’s Coppélia, she performed in the Young Villager’s Dance trio; she also danced in Ocean & Pearls from the Little Humpback Horse, in Manu from La Bayadere, and in Alexander Tressor’s Four Seasonings. She appeared in the title role in Storytime Ballet’s Ella Bella Ballerina and Cinderella. She placed in the Top 24 in the Junior Classical Division at Youth America Grand Prix in Atlanta and third in Junior Classical at the Grand Jeté ballet competition. She is a member of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Anna has attended summer programs at the Royal Ballet School in London, American Ballet Theatre in NYC, and at International Ballet.
Volunteer Service: Anna has volunteered with IB Summer Dance Camps and at Artisphere.
A note of gratitude from Anna: “I would like to thank my parents for taking the time out of their day every day to take me to class and supporting my love for dance.”
Emma received her training at International Ballet and is in her fourth season with the company. Notable roles include Snow and Waltz of the Flowers in IB’s The Nutcracker and the Mannequin, Waltz of the Hours, and Czardas in Coppélia.. She appeared in the title roles of Storytime Ballet’s Ella Bella Ballerina and Swan Lake and Ella Bella Ballerina and a Midsummer Night’s Dream. Contemporary works include Alexander Tressor’s Four Seasonings. Emma is a Junior Representative in the IBA Chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. She has attended summer intensives at Ballet Magnificat, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and International Ballet Academy.
Volunteer Service: Emma volunteers weekly at Sunday Hospitality at her church, and for the last five years, she has volunteered at Artisphere.
A note of gratitude from Emma: “I’d like to thank my family for supporting my brother, Gabriel, and me in ballet, my teachers for their support, and also to the IB donors who support us in our dancing.”
McKaela has received the majority of her training at International Ballet and is in her sixth season with the company. She has performed with IB as Chinese, Columbine, Young Clara, Mirliton, Snow, and in Waltz of the Flowers in The Nutcracker; as Coppélia Doll and in the Children’s Dance Trio in Coppélia; as Lise in excerpts from La Fille mal gardee, in the title role in an excerpt from Giselle, in “Jumpé” (soloist) from La Bayadere; and in “Ocean and Pearls” from the Little Humpback Horse. She has appeared as the title character in Storytime Ballet’s Tallulah’s Tutu and Tallulah’s Solo. Contemporary roles include Alexander Tressor’s Four Seasonings. McKaela placed in the Top 12 at Youth America Grand Prix in Atlanta and received an Honorable Mention at the 2019 Grand Jeté Competition. She is the IB Chapter Secretary for the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. She has attended summer intensives at the Joffrey Academy of Ballet, the School of American Ballet, Ellison Ballet, Ballet Magnificat, and International Ballet.
Volunteer Service: McKaela has volunteered with the Beta Club and with IB Summer Dance Camps.
A note of gratitude from McKaela: “I’d like to thank Mrs. Vlada, for always pushing me to be more than my best. I’m so thankful for the time and effort she invests into each dancer as well as making each show a quality production. She never fails to give us a boost of encouragement when we need it. I will carry the many things I’ve learned from her wherever I may be.”
Lauren received her training at International Ballet. This is her fifth season with the company. She has performed in The Nutcracker in Snow and Waltz of the Flowers, in the Waltz of the Hours and Czardas in Coppélia, and in numerous corps roles. She is a member of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Lauren has attended summer programs at Ballet Magnificat and International Ballet.
Volunteer Service: For the last four years, Lauren has volunteered at Artisphere.
A note of gratitude from Lauren: “I would like to thank my parents, who have always encouraged me to keep dancing even when I’ve felt like giving up. I would also like to thank Ms. Vlada, for always being loving and pushing me to be the best I can be. Lastly, I would like to thank the donors, who have helped all of the dancers at IB tremendously in providing things we need for our dance education.”