Corps de Ballet
Corey Bourbonniere, a native of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, is thrilled to be back for his third season with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Prior to joining the company in 2012, Corey received his training with the State Ballet of Rhode Island and Heritage Ballet in Rhode Island as well as the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School Graduate Program. He also attended summer programs at the American Academy of Dance and Texas Ballet Theater. Among his many PBT performances, Corey’s favorites include Mark Morris's Maelstrom and Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes and roles, such as a Stomper in Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room and Drosselmeyer in Terrence S. Orr's The Nutcracker.
Danielle Downey was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, and was raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. She received her early training with the Lake Erie Ballet, and attended summer programs with Boston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She studied in PBT’s Graduate Program prior to joining the company. This is Danielle’s eighth season with the company.
Olivia Kelly, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, began her training at Ballet Tech Ohio under Claudia Rudolf Barrett. When she was thirteen, she was awarded a scholarship to study ballet at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C. After graduating from the Kirov, Olivia trained in PBT School’s Graduate Program. Olivia has attended summer programs at Julliard, American Ballet Theatre and the Joffrey Ballet School. Olivia joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in 2011.
Joseph Parr, in his seventh season, grew up in Owensboro, KY, and graduated high school in Wooster, Ohio. He received his training from University of Akron and PBT School. Some of his favorite roles include the Jester in Swan Lake, Toulouse Lautrec in Jorden Morris' Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet, the soldier in John Neumeier's A Streetcar Named Desire, Renfield in Ben Stevenson's Dracula and Benvolio in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette.
Caitlin Peabody of New Hampshire is in her sixth season with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. She received her training from Boston Ballet and joined Boston Ballet II in 2007. Caitlin toured to Spain with Boston Ballet in 2007, and in 2006 was awarded the Dierdre Miles Burger Scholarship. With PBT, Caitlin has performed feature roles, including The Upper Room, Marie and the Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, and Nathalie in Jorden Morris' Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet.
Caitlin regularly contributes to the the PBT dancer blog, Human or Dancer.
Born and raised in Florida, JoAnna Schmidt began training at Central Florida Ballet when she was seven years old. After ten years under the instruction of Vasile Petrutiu, Heather Fryxell, and Vladimir Bykov, she graduated from the Central Florida Ballet Academy in 2010. In the fall of the same year, JoAnna joined the Graduate Program in the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. After spending two years as a Grad student, JoAnna is excited to be in her first season as a company member at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. She has received additional training from summer programs at Miami City Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Academy and Jacob's Pillow.
Casey Taylor, a Pittsburgh native, grew up dancing in PBT School and the PBT School Graduate Program before joining the company in 2012. She also trained in the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Professional Division and attended summer courses at The School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Boston Ballet. She has performed in numerous works with Pacific Northwest Ballet and as a guest artist with Dresden Semperoper Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet.
Cooper Verona is originally from Connecticut and joined PBT in 2011. He received his training from David Lawrence and Wendy Fish-Lawrence, Ethan Stiefel at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Claudio Muñoz and Andrew Murphy at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy. He has performed with Houston Ballet and Houston Ballet II on tour. His favorite roles with PBT include a Stomper in Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, the groom in Julia Adam’s Ketubah, and Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker as well as dancing in Mark Morris’ Maelstrom and Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes.
Molly Wright, originally from Tampa, Florida, is in her fifth season at PBT. Molly first began dancing at the Diane Partington Studio of Classical Ballet before joining the Pre-Professional Graduate Program at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. Molly has also participated in intensive summer programs at Chautauqua Institution, Miami City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Since joining the company, she has enjoyed performing roles, such as Snow Queen and Marie in Terrence S. Orr’s The Nutcracker, Crossover Girl in Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room and a Flower Girl in Don Quixote.
Diana Yohe, of Willoughby, Ohio, is excited to join PBT for her second season. She received her training from Cleveland City Dance under the direction of Courtney Laves and Mark Otloski. Diana spent a year in Joffrey Ballet's trainee program before joining Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's Graduate Program in 2012. In addition, she completed summer intensive programs with Juilliard, San Francisco Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet along with PBT's own summer program. Her favorite ballets that she has performed with the company to date are George Balanchine's Serenade, PBT's Giselle and Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room.
After training at the Almaty Ballet Academy in Kazakhstan from 1996 to 2004, Ruslan performed as a soloist in the 2004-05 Season with Moscow City Ballet. Before joining PBT, Ruslan danced with the Cincinnati Ballet, with the Tulsa Ballet as a demi-solist and with the Russian National Ballet as a Principal. Ruslan has performed lead roles in full-length ballets, such as The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote and La Bayadere and Chopeniana, and has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Israel, China and South Africa. Following a performance on tour with Russian National Ballet in 2006, the New York Times wrote, “The most interesting cast member was Ruslan Mukhambetkaliev, a very young Prince Siegfried with a long, lyrical body line and buoyant jumps." With Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ruslan has performed in Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room and Nine Sinatra Songs, Dwight Rhoden's 7th Heaven, and he also has danced the roles of the Jester in Swan Lake and the Cavalier, Nephew and Snow King in PBT's The Nutcracker.
Hannah Carter of England joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in 2013. Carter graduated with honors from The Royal Ballet School in London, where she had the opportunity to dance in a num-ber of company productions and school performances. Prior to coming to the United States, Carter danced profes-sionally with Estonian National Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet, and performed in productions, includ-ing “Romeo and Juliet,” “Swan Lake,” “Coppelia,” “The Nutcracker,” “La Sylphide” and Balanchine’s “Who Cares?” Her repertoire also includes “Three Muskateers,” “La Bayadere,” “Giselle,” “Firebird,” and “The Sleeping Beauty.”
William Moore of England joins PBT from the Estonian National Ballet, where he danced professionally as a member of the corps de ballet. William graduated with honors from The Royal Ballet School, where he also performed onstage with The Royal Ballet company in productions, such as “The Nutcracker,” “La Bayadere,” “Giselle,” “Firebird,” “Sylvia” and “Sleeping Beauty.” With Estonian National Ballet he has performed in “The Three Muskateers,” “The Nutcracker,” “Swan Lake,” “Coppelia,” La Sylphide,” “Before Night Falls” and “Romeo and Juliet” among others.