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.