July 5, 2007
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 ABT’s Summer Intensive where she was named a Coca-Cola scholar in 1998 and 1999. Boone joined ABT’s Studio Company in August 1999 and became a member of ABT’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 Wheeldon’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 Tudor’s Dark Elegies, Mark Morris’ Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes, Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Jiřƒ∑ KyliƒØn’s Petite Mort and William Forsythe’s workwithinwork. In addition, Boone created a leading role in Jorma Elo’s Glow – 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 Theatre’s Summer Intensive on full-scholarship, and in 2000, was named ABT’s National Coca-Cola scholar. She joined the ABT Studio Company later that year and became a member of ABT’s corps de ballet in April 2001. Her repertory with the Company includes a Shade and the Lead d’Jampé in La Bayadère, 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 Tharp’s In the Upper Room and Sinatra Suite, as well as Mark Morris’ Gong. Copeland created a leading role in Glow – 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 Canada’s school. She joined the ABT Studio Company in 2001 and joined ABT as a member of the corps de ballet in 2002. Her repertory with ABT includes a Shade in La Bayadère, 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 Company’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 Wheeldon’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 – 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 Theatre’s Summer Intensive. Matthews was invited to join the ABT Studio Company in 2001 and joined ABT’s main company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2003. His repertoire with ABT includes the Head Fakir in La Bayadère, 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 T√§nze, Sinfonietta, Symphonic Variations and workwithinwork. In addition, he created a leading role in Glow – Stop.