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DATE: Sunday, February 5, 2017

TIME: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Gennadi VostrikovGennadi Vostrikov was born in Siberia, Russia, USSR, and received his early training in Perm. The young Mr. Vostrikov studied with the renowned ballet masters Plaht and Asaular. Mr. Vostrikov's talents were recognized when he was awarded the first degree diploma in the Leningrad Ballet Competition. Upon graduation, he was asked to join the world-renowned Moiseyev Classical Ballet Company. While with the Moiseyev Company, he was coached by the legendary ballet masters Moiseyev, Asaff Messerer, and Sulamif Messerer. The Moiseyev Company traveled frequently worldwide; and, it was during one of these many tours, that Mr. Vostrikov saw the possibility for freedom and defected while in Mexico. After gaining asylum, the Mexico Ballet Company prompted him to join their company as a principal dancer and teacher.

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater heard about his defection and requested that Vostrikov join PBT. While with the PBT, Vostrikov performed in numerous principal roles in ballets including: The Nutcracker, Prince Igor, Rite of Spring, Spectra de la Rose, Carmena Burana, Coppelia, Cinderella, Giselle, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Corsaire Pas de Deux, La Bayadere, and Don Quixote. In addition, he has also performed with the Pittsburgh Opera.

Mr. Vostrikov also was a principal with Chicago Ballet and The Milwaukee Ballet, and was an associate professor of dance with the University of Alabama in Birmingham, at Shenandoah University, as well as Director of Ballet Zulia in Maracaibo, Venezuela.

Mr. Vostrikov is currently director of the Virginia Youth Ballet and Vostrikov's Academy of Ballet. Additionally, he is a guest teacher and choreographer with Cumberland Ballet, New Castle Ballet, Williamsburg Chamber Ballet, Louisiana Dance Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, PA, and is a master teacher with several national and regional ballet festivals.


DATE: Sunday, March 26, 2017

TIME: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Morales Hilda Morales was born in N.Y. City, and grew up in Puerto Rico. Her early training was with Ana Garcia of the Ballet San Juan. At 14 years of age, Ms. Morales received a Ford Foundation Scholarship to study at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet. She danced as a principal dancer with the Pennsylvania Ballet, soloist with American Ballet Theater, artist-in-residence with the Colorado Ballet and guest appearances with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Albuquerque Ballet and Jacksonville Ballet. During her dancing career, Ms. Morales performed in full-length classic ballets as well as works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille, Antony Tudor, John Butler, Alvin Ailey, and Jose Limon. Ms. Morales was featured in the movie The Turning Point, in the role of Sandra, directed by Herbert Ross. She guest teaches and is on the faculty of the Central Pennsylvania summer programs, and joined The Hartt School faculty in 1998.


DATE: Saturday, April 21, 2017

TIME: 9:00 - 10:30am & 10:30am - 12:30pm

GardnerJohn Gardner was born in Lafayette, Indiana, and began his ballet training at the age of 12 with Glen Ashton in Lafayette, and subsequently trained at the National Academy of Arts in Champaign, Illinois, under the direction of Michael Maule. He received a scholarship to American Ballet Theater's School at the age of 16 and joined ABT’s secondary company three months later, in 1977. In 1978 he joined ABT’s main company and was promoted to the rank of soloist in 1984. Gardner’s diverse repertoire included many soloist and principal roles, representing an extensive range of styles and giving him the opportunity to work with some of the great ballet choreographers of the 20th century, including Antony Tudor, Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille and George Balanchine.

In 1991 Gardner joined Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Project, affording him the opportunity to work closely with choreographers such as Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Lar Lubovitch and Martha Graham. Gardner created numerous roles during his time with the White Oak Dance Project and toured extensively in Europe, the United States, Asia and South America. He returned to ABT in 1995, where he danced a wide variety of roles with the company until 2002. In 2000, Gardner, together with his wife Amanda McKerrow, began working for the Antony Tudor Trust, staging and coaching his superlative ballet,The Leaves Are Fading, around the country.

During the course of his career, Gardner has achieved an excellent reputation as a master teacher and coach for ballet on both the professional and student levels, and has staged numerous ballets for professional companies and schools across the United States.


DATE: Saturday, April 21, 2017

TIME: 9:00 - 10:30am & 10:30am - 12:30pm

McKerrowAmanda McKerrow is one of America’s most acclaimed ballerinas. She has the honor of being the first American to receive a gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow in 1981. Since then she has been a recipient of numerous other awards, including the Princess Grace Foundation Dance Fellowship.

McKerrow was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and began her ballet training at the age of seven at the Twinbrook School of Ballet in Rockville, Maryland. She later studied with Mary Day at the Washington School of Ballet, where she danced with the company for two years and toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe.

MeKerrow joined American Ballet Theater under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1982, was appointed a soloist in 1983, and became a principal dancer in 1987. Her repertoire included: the leading roles in CinderellaGiselleRomeo and Juliet,ManonLa BayadèreCoppéliaDon QuixoteThe Sleeping BeautySwan LakeLa Sylphide and The Nutcracker. She has been acclaimed for performances of shorter works by George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Sir Frederick Ashton, Jerome Robbins and Jiří Kylián. McKerrow has created roles in ballets by choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Clark Tippet, James Kudelka, Agnes de Mille, Choo San Goh and Mark Morris. She has also appeared as a guest artist with ballet companies throughout the world.

In 2000, together with her husband John Gardner, McKerrow began working for the Antony Tudor Trust, staging and coaching his superlative ballet,The Leaves Are Fading, around the country. She has also staged numerous other ballets for professional companies and schools across the United States. During her last ten years performing as a principal ballerina with American Ballet Theatre, she spent as much time as she could working with students and young dancers. Upon her retirement from ABT in 2005, she has devoted the majority of her time to teaching and coaching this great art form.


DATE: Sunday, April 22, 2017

TIME: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Carney Devon Carney was born in New Orleans, where he began his dance training with Harvey Hysell. He later joined the New Orleans Ballet, where he danced his first leading roles. In 1978, Mr. Carney was invited to join Boston Ballet. While a corps de ballet member, Mr. Carney was chosen by Choo San Goh to dance the title role of Romeo in Goh’s first and only full-length ballet, Romeo and Juliet. Mr. Carney was promoted to principal in 1986.

During his 21-year professional dance career, Mr. Carney was able to perform many leading roles in well-known classical ballets such as Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty and Raymonda Act III. Mr. Carney had the opportunity also to perform leading roles in 20th century classical works such as John Cranko’s Eugene Onegin and Taming of the Shrew, Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, Bruce Wells’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Harald Lander’s Etudes, and Anthony Tudor’s Lilac Garden. He also was able to dance roles choreographed by cutting-edge choreographers. These roles include Maurice Bejart’s Le Sacre du Printemps, Paul Taylor’s Company B, Merce Cunningham’s Breakers, Sir Frederick Ashton’s Monotones 1, Mark Morris’ Mort Subite, and Susan Marshall’s Overture. His George Balanchine repertoire includes principal roles in Square Dance, Agon, Mozartiana, Rubies, The Four Temperaments, and Theme and Variations among others.

Mr. Carney has toured extensively throughout Europe, the United States, Mexico and Asia with such greats as Rudolph Nureyev, Fernando Bujones and Cynthia Gregory. In 1994, Mr. Carney was the non-competing partner of the Senior Division Bronze Medalist at the Jackson International Ballet Competition.

Mr. Carney served as Ballet Master for Boston Ballet from 1998 to 2003. During this time he worked closely with choreographers Ben Stevenson, Christopher Wheeldon, Michael Corder, Michael Pink and Bruce Wells. Furthermore, he has worked closely with Anna-Marie Holmes in the staging of several major productions of the great classics.

Mr. Carney was appointed Artistic Director of Boston Ballet Summer Dance Program in 1994 and served in this capacity for nine years. Teaching credits include Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Arizona Ballet Summer Program, Ballet Austin, Boston Ballet, BalletMet, Cincinnati Ballet, Guangzhou Ballet of China, Hartford Ballet, Houston Ballet Summer Program, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, University of North Carolina School for the Arts, Texas Christian University, Boston Conservatory, Butler University, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music Dance Department and various regional ballet companies and schools across the United States and Europe. He also has served as a judge on the juries of the 2002 Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition finals in New York City and the 2005 and 2006 American Ballet Competition.

In addition, his choreographic endeavors include the ballets Opus II and Interlude for Boston Ballet, Cascades and Daystar for Boston Ballet II. Through the years, he choreographed Symphony #1, Awakenings and Wonderful Land for the Boston Ballet Summer Dance Program, as well as staged several classical ballet excerpts. He choreographed a work for BalletMet in August of 2007 titled Speaking In Tongues. He also has worked very closely with the Cincinnati Opera from 2005-2012 choreographing works in Aida, Un Ballo in Maschera, Lucie de Lammermoor, Die Meistersinger, La Traviata and many others. In addition, Mr. Carney has choreographed several ballets for Cincinnati Ballet including U Too?, Just You and Me, Another Time Another Space, Blue Rondo and in September of 2007 Convergent Sight. Also, in February of 2006, Mr. Carney choreographed Acts 2 and 4 of the full-length Swan Lake for Cincinnati Ballet. Then, in November of 2006, he choreographed his full-length version of Giselle for Cincinnati Ballet to rave reviews. Also, he presented his full-length world premiere of Dracula in October of 2008 and then subsequently choreographed his world premiere of World Citizen in March of 2009 with a review stating, “Carney’s work is not only well crafted but moody and intense with a palpable sense of loneliness. His work grows more confident and more skillful with every piece he creates” (David Lyman, Cincinnati Enquirer).

Mr. Carney was most recently the Associate Artistic Director of Cincinnati Ballet and had been with the Cincinnati Ballet since 2003. He had the opportunity to work closely with choreographers such as Donald Byrd, Lynn Taylor Corbett, Jorma Elo, Victor Kabanieav, Trey McIntyre, Donald McKayle, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Kirk Peterson, Viktor Plotnikov and many others during this time.

He recently created a new version of the full-length version of the world renowned Sleeping Beauty to great critical acclaim. In addition he choreographed in the spring of 2011 a world premiere, Thrive On Here, set to the live music of the nationally known hit group Over the Rhine. In the summer of 2011 Mr. Carney again had the opportunity to choreograph for the Cincinnati Opera for the recently written opera A Flowering Tree by John Adams. In the Spring of 2012 he choreographed a world premiere version of the Hans Christian Anderson story of The Steadfast Tin Soldier. In the spring of 2013 he had the opportunity to choreograph two works back to back for Cincinnati Ballet. The first was Concerto #4 in March of 2013. The second, which closed the 2012–2013 season, was Boot It Up! This was performed with the live musical accompaniment of rock-and-roll legend Peter Frampton and his entire band and hailed as a tremendous high point in the Cincinnati performing arts scene for the season.

Mr. Carney was appointed Artistic Director of Kansas City Ballet starting with the 2013–2014 season. Upon arrival he created his first work for the company, titled Opus I. Additionally, in 2014, he choreographed for Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s productions of Die Fledermaus and La Traviata. Also, in 2014 Kansas City Ballet presented his critically-acclaimed version of Giselle. In 2015, Kansas City Ballet debuted his newly-choreographed rendition of the timeless classic, The Nutcracker, with stellar reviews including: “The rebuilt and re-imagined “Nutcracker” … is, among other things, a visually mesmerizing spectacle that will fill viewers’ heads with indelible images.” (Robert Trussell, The Kansas City Star) This success was immediately followed in 2016 with his staging of the world-renowned classical masterpiece, Swan Lake. One review stated: “In Kansas City Ballet’s first ever presentation of “Swan Lake,” artistic director Devon Carney’s relentless enthusiasm and vision seems to have finally manifested—the performance Friday indicated a company capable of anything.” (Libby Hansen, The Kansas City Star)

Guest Artists: Past & Present

CBT had hosted numerous workshops taught by extraordinary artists from all over the world. Here are some of these artists who have taught our workshops or master classes in the past:

2016-2017 Guest Artists

  • Gennadi Vostrikov
    Gennadi Vostrikov
  • Morales
    Hilda Morales
  • Carney
    Devon Carney
  • Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner
    Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner

2015-2016 Guest Artists

  • Victor Adebusola
    Victor Adebusola
  • Lucy Bowen
    Lucy Bowen
  • Lauren Edson
    Lauren Edson
  • Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner
    Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner
  • Koresh Dance Company
    Melissa Rector

  • Iquail Shaheed
    Iquail Shaheed

  • Marilyn York
    Marilyn York

2014-2015 Guest Artists

  • Veronika Freifrau von Loehnysen
    Veronika Freifrau von Loehnysen
  • Audra Johnson
    Audra Johnson
  • Dan Joyce
    Dan Joyce
  • Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner
    Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner

2013-2014 Guest Artists

  • Lucas Crandall
    Lucas Crandall
  • Audra Johnson
    Audra Johnson
  • Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner
    Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner
  • Stephen Pier
    Stephen Pier
  • Iquail Shaheed
    Iquail Shaheed

2012-2013 and before

  • Tom Sawyer with Alisher Saburov
  • Coppélia with Jean Paul Comelin
    Coppélia with Jean Paul Comelin
  • Anastasia Babayeva
    Anastasia Babayeva
  • Amy Brand
    Amy Brandt
  • Jennifer DePalo
    Jennifer DePalo
  • Denis Gronostayskiy
    Denis Gronostayskiy
  • Dan Joyce
    Dan Joyce
  • Svetlana Kravtsova
    Svetlana Kravtsova
  • Valery Lantratov
    Valery Lantratov
  • Gavin Larsen
    Gavin Larsen
  • Anna Liceica
    Anna Liceica
  • Karen Reedy
    Karen Reedy
  • Scott Rink
    Scott Rink
  • Deanna Seay
    Deanna Seay
  • Michael Shannon
    Michael Shannon
  • Lorraine Spiegler
    Lorraine Spiegler
  • Gennadi Vostrikov
    Gennadi Vostrikov
  • Miranda Weese
    Miranda Weese
  • ...and many others:
    Nicolai Baletsenko
    Marjorie Mussman
    Christine O'Neal
    Barbara Pontecorvo