PBT Welcomes Four New Company Dancers

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has signed four new dancers to the 2013-2014 company roster, which makes its main-stage debut Oct. 25-27, for “An Evening of Twyla Tharp” at the Benedum Center. 

Bringing the company to a total of 29 full-time dancers, PBT welcomes Diana Yohe of Cleveland, Ohio; Ruslan Mukhambetkaliyev of Kazakhstan;  Hannah Carter of England; and William Moore, also of England. 

Diana Yohe — Apprentice/Corps de Ballet
PBT’s newest company apprentice, Diana Yohe,
joins the company from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School’s Graduate Program. In addition to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Yohe received her training at Joffrey Ballet’s Trainee Program and Cleveland City Dance and completed summer intensive programs at PBT School, San Francisco Ballet, Juilliard and Cincinnati Ballet. Yohe has performed with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago and Juilliard. As a PBT School student, Yohe has performed in PBT main-stage productions, including “Cinderella,” “Moulin Rouge® — The Ballet,” “Giselle,” “The Nutcracker”and  George Balanchine’s “Serenade.” 

  Ruslan Mukhambetkaliyev — Corps de Ballet 

Ruslan Mukhambetkaliyev received his training at Almaty Ballet Academy in his native Kazakhstan and went on to dance professionally for Moscow City Ballet and Russian National Ballet in Moscow.  In the United States, he has danced with Cincinnati Ballet and with Oklahoma’s Tulsa Ballet. He will join PBT as a member of the corps de ballet. Mukhambetkaliyev’s repertoire includes classics, such as “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Swan Lake,” “Giselle,” “Don Quixote,” “Cinderella” and “The Nutcrackerin addition to Adam Hougland’s “Rite of Spring,” Edwaard Liang’s “Age of Innocence” and Wayne McGregor’s “PreSentient”  among others. In Pittsburgh, Mukhambetkaliyev joins his cousin and fellow company member, PBT Principal Nurlan Abougaliev.


  Hannah Carter  – Corps de Ballet 

Hannah Carter of England joins PBT as a member of the Corps de Ballet for the 2013-2014 Season. 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,” “Coppélia,” “The Nutcracker,” “La Sylphide” and Balanchine’s “Who Cares?” Her repertoire also includes “Three Muskateers,” “La Bayadère,” “Giselle,” “Firebird,” and “The Sleeping Beauty.” 

  William Moore — Corps de Ballet  

William Moore of England also joins PBT from the Estonian National Ballet, where he danced professionally as a member of the corps de ballet.  Moore 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 Bayadère,” “Giselle,” “Firebird,” “Sylvia” and “Sleeping Beauty.” With  Estonian National Ballet he has performed in “The Three Muskateers,” “The Nutcracker,” “Swan Lake,” “Coppélia,” La Sylphide,” “Before Night Falls” and “Romeo and Juliet”  among others.