Alejandro Diaz is from Miami, Florida, received his early dance training with Tony Catanzaro and later trained at the Boston Ballet School. He danced with Boston Ballet II prior to joining PBT in 2008. With PBT, Diaz’s repertoire includes Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room and Nine Sinatra Songs, Dwight Rhoden’s Chromatic and 7th Heaven and Mark Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes. He also has performed featured roles as Prince Siegfried in PBT’s Swan Lake, Basilio in Don Quixote and the Cavalier and Snow King in The Nutcracker. This is Alejandro’s eighth season with PBT and his third as a soloist.
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 number of company productions and school performances. Prior to coming to the United States, Carter danced professionally with Estonian National Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet, and performed in productions, including Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Coppèlia, The Nutcracker, La Sylphide and Balanchine’s Who Cares? Her repertoire also includes Three Muskateers, La Bayadère, Giselle, Firebird and The Sleeping Beauty.
Luca Sbrizzi was born in Udine, Italy, where he trained with his sister, Alessia Sbrizzi, at Abidance and Pino Carbone at “Club il Vortice.” He received such honors as Premio Speranza, Giovanissimi Talenti and XVII Trofeo Internazionale Citta’ di Palmanova. After dancing with Boston Ballet II, Luca joined PBT in 2007 and has performed roles including Frederick and Renfield in Ben Stevenson's Dracula, Peter Pan in Jorden Morris' Peter Pan, Matthew in Jorden Morris' Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet, The Prince in Septime Webre's Cinderella, Prince Desiré in Terrence S. Orr’s The Sleeping Beauty, The Beast in Lew Christensen's Beauty & the Beast, Basilio in Terrence S. Orr’s Don Quixote and Solor in Terrence S. Orr’s La Bayadère. In 2011, Luca was promoted to soloist. He lives with his wife, Jenna, in their home in Stanton Heights.
Alexandre Silva is from Brazil where he performed professionally with Sesi Minas and then later in the United States at Utah Regional Ballet. He received his dance training from Cuban master teacher Pablo Moret at Ballet Cristina Helena, and was awarded Best Male Dancer in 2000 at the Joinville International Competition. Alexandre joined the Corps de Ballet in 2006 with his wife, Christine Schwaner, and was promoted to soloist for the 2008-2009 Season. He has performed the roles of Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Albrecht in Giselle, the Nephew and Sugarplum Cavalier in The Nutcracker as well as featured roles in Jerome Robbins' The Concert,Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room and Nine Sinatra Songs, and Mark Morris' Maelstrom.
A native of Buffalo, New York, Gabrielle Thurlow is in her ninth season with PBT and her second as a soloist. She received her training from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, where she participated in the Graduate Program, and Neglia Conservatory of Ballet in Buffalo, New York. She also has studied at various summer programs, including School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre in New York. Her featured roles with PBT have included a “Bomb Squad” dancer in Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Kitri in PBT’s Don Quixote and Marie and the Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker.