The season ends with five promotions!
AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE NAMES FIVE SOLOISTS
Kristi Boone, Misty Copeland, Yuriko Kajiya, Sarah Lane and
Jared Matthews have been promoted to the rank of Soloist with American
Ballet Theatre, it was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.
All promotions become effective August 1, 2007.
Kristi Boone was born in Rochester, New York and trained at the
Draper Dance Studio. She danced with the Rochester City Ballet and received
full scholarships at San Francisco Ballet School, the Chautauqua Institute
Ballet Program and ABTâ€™s Summer Intensive where she was named a Coca-Cola
scholar in 1998 and 1999. Boone joined ABTâ€™s Studio Company in August 1999
and became a member of ABTâ€™s corps de ballet the following year. Her roles
with the Company include Her Stepsister in Cinderella, an Odalisque in Le
Corsaire, Katherine in Christopher Wheeldonâ€™s VIII, Zulma in Giselle, Bianca
and a Carnival Dancer in Othello, the Polovtsian Princess in Polovtsian
Dances, a Harlot in Romeo and Juliet and the Fairy of Fervor and the White
Cat in The Sleeping Beauty, as well as leading roles in Antony Tudorâ€™s Dark
Elegies, Mark Morrisâ€™ Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes, Twyla Tharpâ€™s In the
Upper Room, JiÅ™Ã KyliÃ¡nâ€™s Petite Mort and William Forsytheâ€™s workwithinwork.
In addition, Boone created a leading role in Jorma Eloâ€™s Glow â€“ Stop.
Misty Copeland was born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in
San Pedro, California where she began studying ballet at the age of 13. She
won first place in the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards and
continued her studies at Lauridsen Ballet Center. Copeland studied at the
San Francisco Ballet School and American Ballet Theatreâ€™s Summer Intensive
on full-scholarship, and in 2000, was named ABTâ€™s National Coca-Cola
scholar. She joined the ABT Studio Company later that year and became a
member of ABTâ€™s corps de ballet in April 2001. Her repertory with the
Company includes a Shade and the Lead dâ€™JampÃ© in La BayadÃ¨re, Blossom in
Cinderella, the Goat in Sylvia, an Odalisque in Le Corsaire, a Flower Girl
in Don Quixote, the pas de trois, a cygnet and the Hungarian Princess in
Swan Lake, the Fairy of Valor in The Sleeping Beauty and the peasant pas de
deux in Giselle. In addition, she has performed leading roles in Twyla
Tharpâ€™s In the Upper Room and Sinatra Suite, as well as Mark Morrisâ€™ Gong.
Copeland created a leading role in Glow â€“ Stop.
Yuriko Kajiya was born in Nagoya, Japan and began her dance
training at Matsumoto Michiko Ballet. At age ten, she moved to China to
study at the Shanghai Ballet School where she graduated on scholarship.
Kajiya was one of the youngest finalists at the Third International Ballet
Competition in Nagoya, Japan in 1999 and, the following year, won the Prix
de Lausanne Scholarship and Public Prize, enabling her to study at The
National Ballet of Canadaâ€™s school. She joined the ABT Studio Company in
2001 and joined ABT as a member of the corps de ballet in 2002. Her
ABT includes a Shade in La BayadÃ¨re, Blossom in Cinderella, a Flower Girl in
Don Quixote, the pas de trois in Swan Lake, the Waltz in Les Sylphides and
the Fairies of Fervor and Joy in The Sleeping Beauty.
Sarah Lane was born in San Francisco, California and began her
dance training in Memphis, Tennessee. She later trained with Timothy Draper
and Jamey Leverett at the Draper Center for Dance Education in Rochester,
New York. She won the Silver Medal, the highest medal in the Junior
Division, at the Jackson International Ballet Competition in 2002 and won
the Bronze Medal at the Youth American Grand Prix. Lane joined American
Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in August 2003 and became a member of the
Companyâ€™s corps de ballet in April 2004. Her roles with the Company include
Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, Amour in Don Quixote, Anne in
Christopher Wheeldonâ€™s VIII, the Two of Diamonds in Jeu de Cartes, the pas
de trois in Swan Lake, a Goat in Sylvia and leading roles in Drink To Me
Only With Thine Eyes, Glow â€“ Stop, In the Upper Room, Sinatra Suite and
Theme and Variations.
Jared Matthews was born in Houston where he received his early
ballet training under the tutelage of Victoria Vittum and Gilbert Rome. He
attended summer programs at North Carolina School of the Arts, The Joffrey
Ballet, School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatreâ€™s Summer
Intensive. Matthews was invited to join the ABT Studio Company in 2001 and
joined ABTâ€™s main company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2003. His
repertoire with ABT includes the Head Fakir in La BayadÃ¨re, the peasant pas
de deux in Giselle, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, von Rothbart, Benno and
the Neapolitan Dance in Swan Lake and leading roles in Drink To Me Only
Thine Eyes, In the Upper Room, Petite Mort, Sechs TÃ¤nze, Sinfonietta,
Symphonic Variations and workwithinwork. In addition, he created a leading
role in Glow â€“ Stop.