Yeonji Heo was born and raised in the coastal town of Pohang, South Korea where she began attending Kwon Ok Hee Dance Academy at the age of 8. In 2013, Yeonji earned 2nd place prizes in both Sookmyung Women’s University Dance Competition and The Korea Association Dance Leaders Competition. After attending Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea, she joined American Repertory Ballet in 2018 as a trainee. Here she has danced in performances of Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty. Most recently she has performed in Beauty and the Beast and had a leading role in Don Quixote. This is her first year in the second company as a member and is excited for the upcoming season.
Hallie Rumsey Lasersohn began her dance training at the age of 13 in Media Pennsylvania under the direction of Anastasia Babayeva and Denis Gronostayskiy. She danced as an apprentice with International Ballet Classique for 3 years before joining Ballet Theatre of Maryland where her repertoire included Dying Swan, Paquita pas de deux, Arabian, and Marzipan lead from the Nutcracker. She has competed as a finalist in Youth America Grand Prix and attended Summer Intensives with The Academy of International Ballet, Kirov Ballet school, Joffrey Ballet School, and Koresh Dance Company. She danced as a trainee with American Repertory Ballet for one season before joining the second company.]
Andrea Marini started dancing at the age of 5 in a town near his hometown of Rome, Italy. In 2014 he joined the Opera di Roma Theatre Schol and graduated in July 2019. During his senior year he was selected to perform in a Gala near Milan, the Nutcracker Pax De De Deux staged by Pablo Moret and Ofelia Gonzalez. In his graduation exam he performed Ali variation from Le Corsaire. He trained with Alessandro Molin, Pablo Moret, Ofelia Gonzalez, Valentina Canuti, Alessandro Bigonzetti. He joined the 2019 PBS Summer Intensive where he received a full scholarship for the trainee program. This is his first season with ARB2.
Jonathan Montepara started his training at the age of 7 in his hometown Orsogna,Italy. He joined the Rome Ballet School in 2016,and graduated in 2018. During the 2017/18 season he was chosen to create the Rome Ballet Junior Company where he performed the new neoclassical version of Coppélia by the choreographer Milena Zullo. He also performed in Switzerland Notti Bianche, a new choreography by his Russian teacher Alexandre Stepkine played by the famous pianist Vovka Ashkenazy. In the graduation show he performed the Adagio from Paquita. He trained with Alexandre Stepkine, Giulia Rossitto, Milena Zullo, Matteo Levaggi. He joined the 2018 PBS Summer Intensive where he received a full scholarship for the trainee program. This is his first season with ARB2.
Faith Woodyard was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in the dance prime. She received her early dance training at Carroll County Dance Center and Ballet Conservatory under the instruction of Megan Logee, Paul Wegner, and Jessica Huebner. She trained in many styles of dance such as ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and contemporary. Faith attended summer programs, many on scholarship such as American Ballet Theatre, Carolina Ballet, Richmond Ballet, and American Repertory Ballet. She was a Trainee with the Richmond Ballet from 2016-17 and with American Repertory Ballet prior to joining ARB2.
Nina Yoshida was born in New York City and began her ballet training at the New Jersey School of Ballet at the age of 11. After attending the 2013 summer program at Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet in New York City, she was invited to study in the professional training program. Upon graduation in 2015 she joined the Gelsey Kirkland Ballet Studio Company. During her time as a company dancer with Gelsey Kirkland Ballet her leading roles included Marie/Sugar Plum (Nutcracker), Who in Stealing Time, Lead Bacchanal (Walpurgisnacht), Eternal Spring Pas de Deux from Yakobson’s Rodin, and Maria in Calvary Halt. She also was featured as soloist in Don Quixote (Cupid) and Sleeping Beauty (Little Red Riding Hood). In addition, Nina was a guest artist with Benjamin Briones Ballet, a contemporary ballet company in New York City, and New Jersey Ballet during their 2017 Nutcracker season.