Alejandro Diaz is from Miami, Florida, and 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. This is Alejandro’s seventh season with PBT and his first as a soloist.
Elysa Hotchkiss is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania, and received her early training with the Lake Erie Ballet School. She attended PBT School’s Intensive Summer Program, and was offered a full scholarship to attend PBT School Graduate Program. Since joining PBT in 2004, she has enjoyed performing such roles as the lead in Dwight Rhoden’s Carmina Burana,Lady Capulet in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Romeo et Juliette, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Flora in Dracula and the principal pas de deux in Balanchine’s Agon.
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’ diPalmanova. After dancing with Boston Ballet II, Luca joined PBT in 2007, and has performed roles, including Bluebird in Terrence S. Orr’s The Sleeping Beauty, Ballet Boy in Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Cavalier in Terrence S. Orr's The Nutcracker, Peter Pan in Jorden Morris' Peter Pan, Frederick and Renfield in Ben Stevenson's Dracula, Matthew in Jorden Morris' Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet, The Prince in Septime Webre's Cinderella and Basilio in Terrence S. Orr's Don Quixote. 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.
Gabrielle Thurlow is a native of Buffalo, New York, and is in her seventh season with PBT. She received her training from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, where she participated in the Graduate Program, and Neglia Conservatory of Ballet in Buffalo, NY. She has also studied at various summer programs, including School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre in New York.