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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2006 4:18 pm 
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In the Houston Chronicle, Molly Glentzer talks to Artistic Director Stanton Welch about his repertoire choices for the 2006-07 season:

2006-07 Season


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Dances Born of Vision, Not a Set of Rules
by ANNA KISSELGOFF for the New York Times

The Houston Ballet plans its own homage tomorrow when it presents “Voluntaries,” this choreographer’s signature piece, as the fifth Tetley work to enter its repertory. (The program runs through Sept. 17 at the Wortham Theater Center.)

published: September 6, 2006
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I do not know how long the NY Times keeps these articles online. But if you have membership (free) you should be able to see the review of Simple Elegance.

Houston Chronicle reviews...here and here.

The performances run through this weekend.


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It's hard to imagine Houston Ballet's The Nutcracker without its most famous confection.

But Lauren Anderson, 41, the dynamic ballerina who became the company's first black principal dancer in 1990, says she'll retire her pointe shoes after her performances as the Sugar Plum Fairy in December. It's a role she first danced in the early 1980s.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACTS: Melissa Carroll
August 8, 2006 713 535 3226
HOUSTON BALLET ANNOUNCES
PROMOTIONS AND ADDITIONS TO THE COMPANY

Cuban Sensation Rolando Sarabia Joins Company as a Principal Dancer
Ian Casady, Randy Herrera, and Nicholas Leschke Promoted to First Soloist
Carl Coomer and Shingo Yoshimoto Promoted to Demi Soloist
New Dancers Join the Company
Houston, Texas – Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch announced plans today
for the company’s 2006-2007 season, including the arrival of a new male principal
dancer, five promotions and the addition of new dancers. Houston Ballet’s roster now
stands at 54.
The acclaimed 23 year-old Cuban Rolando Sarabia will join Houston Ballet as a
principal dancer. He has been hailed by Time Magazine as “a star of Cuba's National
Ballet, whose spectacular performances have won him a reputation among dance
aficionados as another Mikhail Baryshnikov.” One of the youngest figures of the Cuban
ballet, Mr. Sarabia began his studies in 1990 at Alejo Carpentier Elementary Ballet
School and at the National Ballet School of Havana. As a student, he participated in
many academic and competitive events in Cuba as well as America, Europe and Asia. In
1999, he joined the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, where he was promoted to principal dancer.
His repertoire includes the soloist and leading roles from classic ballets including: Basilio
in Don Quixote, Franz in Coppélia, Albrecht in Giselle, Siegfried in Swan Lake, Prince
Desirée in The Sleeping Beauty, among others. In July 2005, Mr. Sarabia made a
dramatic defection, walking across the bridge from Reynosa, Mexico, into McAllen,
Texas, asking U.S. border agents for political asylum.
"He's a beautiful dancer, and dynamic, with a strong stage personality," says Houston
Ballet artistic director Stanton Welch. "He's also a strong partner and very nice to work
with."
Ian Casady, Randy Herrera, and Nicholas Leschke have been promoted from soloist to
first soloists. Carl Coomer and Shingo Yoshimoto have been promoted from the corps de
ballet to demi soloist.
“Ian, Randy, Nicholas, Carl and Shingo did a great job in their performances this past
season and have proven to be valuable assets,” said Stanton Welch, Artistic Director,
Houston Ballet. “Promoting them allows us to recognize their unique talents and the
many layers of talent within the company.”
Apprentices Peter Franc, McGee Maddox and Jessica Tretter have been promoted to the
corps de ballet. Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy graduates Emily Bowen and
Josh Seibel join the company as first year corps members and Andrew Green as an
apprentice. Allison Miller also joins the company in the corps de ballet. Apprentices
include Jennifer Carmichael, Alexander Christian, Jonathan Davisson, Kimberly
Demaree and Jordan Reed.
Houston Ballet has six ranks of dancers: apprentice, corps de ballet, demi soloist, soloist,
first soloist, and principal, the top level in the company.
Ian Casady, Randy Herrera, and Nicholas Leschke Promoted to First Soloist
Ian Casady joined Houston Ballet in 1998 and was promoted to soloist in 2002. Born in
Marin County, California, Casady trained at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy
and Dance Theater Seven. During the 2005-2006 season, Casady received critical
acclaim for his stellar interpretation of Christopher Bruce’s World Premiere Hush
(March, 2006). Mr. Casady shined in several other leading roles including The
Nutcracker, Play, and Velocity. Mr. Casady has brought exposure to Houston Ballet
through significant guesting appearances, including performing a leading role in Stanton
Welch’s Velocity for The Australian Ballet. “Casady has proven himself as the most
versatile Houston Ballet dancer and is frequently choreographed on by visiting dance
makers,” commented Mr. Welch.
Randy Herrera was born in Acapulco, Mexico and graduated from The Chicago
Academy for the Performing Arts and the Latin American Performing Arts Conservatory.
Mr. Herrera performed with The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago from 1997 until 2001, when
he joined Houston Ballet as a soloist. Mr. Herrera’s significant performances this season
include his debut as Basilio in Don Quixote, Gopak in The Nutcracker, and leading roles
in Velocity and Wild Life. In June, he represented Houston Ballet at the 2006
International Ballet Competition held in Jackson, Mississippi. “Randy has extremely
strong technique and breathtaking jumps,” said Mr. Welch.
Born in Newton, Wisconsin, Nicholas Leschke trained at the Virginia School of the Arts
and performed with Ballet Austin prior to joining Houston Ballet as an apprentice in
1996, quickly rising through the ranks to soloist in 2000. Mr. Leschke has danced a
number of leading male roles including Rothbart in Stanton Welch’s new staging of Swan
Lake, a role created for him, Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, and the Prince in The
Nutcracker. Mr. Leschke’s significant guesting appearances include performing
Pinkerton in Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly for Singapore Dance Theatre and a gala
performance featuring leading roles in Ben Stevenson’s Twilight and Stanton Welch’s Of
Blessed Memory for Queensland Ballet.
“Nick is one of the best performers Houston Ballet has, and is an excellent asset to the
company,” commented Mr. Welch.
Carl Coomer and Shingo Yoshimoto Promoted to Demi Soloist
Born in Birkenhead, England, Carl Coomer studied at The Royal Ballet School and
Wallasey School of Ballet. He joined Houston Ballet in 2001. Coomer’s leading male
roles this season include Onegin in Onegin, Gloria, Nosotros, the Prince in The
Nutcracker, Velocity and Wildlife. One of Mr. Coomer’s notable roles includes his
partnering ability in Ben Stevenson’s Three Preludes with Barbara Bears.
Born in Kyoto, Japan, Shingo Yoshimoto received his training from his mother, Honda
Keiko, at the Honda Keiko Ballet School, the Kyoto Ballet Academy, and Paris Opera
Ballet School. Prior to joining Houston Ballet, Yoshimoto danced with Cleveland San
Jose Ballet from 1998-2000 and Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley from 2000-2004. Mr.
Yoshimoto’s significant roles this season include Swan Lake, The Nutracker, and a highoctane
performance in Christopher Bruce’s Rooster.
Founded in 1969, Houston Ballet is one of the leading dance companies in the U.S. The
internationally acclaimed company is America’s fifth largest with an academy training
dancers for both Houston Ballet and companies around the world. Under the dynamic
leadership of artistic director Stanton Welch, the company comprises 54 dancers,
including artists who have won gold and silver medals at major ballet competitions. For
more information about Houston Ballet, visit www.houstonballet.org
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