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Cassandra Surianello

Cassandra Surianello is originally from Buffalo, NY and began her formal dance training at the age of 3 years old. After graduating high school Cassandra moved to Pittsburgh, PA in order to pursue a career in dance, studying at Point Park University receiving her B.F.A in Dance, under the direction of Ruben Graciani in 2016.

Cassandra has varied her studies by attending numerous training programs such as Alonzo Kings Lines Contemporary Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, River North Dance Chicago, Visceral Dance Chicago and Axis Connect.

She has had the honor to study and perform the works of Crystal Pite, Andy Blankenbuehler, William Forsythe, Alejandro Cerrudo, Hofesch Shechter and Alexandra Damiani. Along with working closely with world renown choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Dwight Rhoden, Cindy Salgado and Sonya Tayeh.

Professional credits for Cassandra include touring internationally as the Principal Dancer of Rasta Thomas' "Rock the Ballet" (Bad Boys of Ballet), Principal Dancer performances with The Orsano Project, and MTV Live. Also, modeling and film with companies such as Makeup Forever, Sephora and HBO.

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Olivia Rose Cece

Olivia Cece is a Rhode Island born dancer who has been living and training professionally in NYC for the last four years. She just recently signed with Clear Talent Group, and graduated the acclaimed Pace University Commercial Dance Program, where she trained in all forms of dance, and was able to work very closely with choreographers and teacher such as Rhonda Miller, Liz Imperio,( New York City Ballets) Tiler Peck, Robbie FairChild, Alexandra Damiani, Nick Kenkel, Scott Jovovich, Jessica Hendricks, Suzi Taylor, and many more. Olivia is a professional assistant with Artists Simply Human the Workshop where she travels to cities to work with hundreds of talented dancers and work alongside many talented choreographers. Olivia has been working a lot in her post graduate months and has recently done, a video commercial shoot as a choreographer and main dancer for the Brand Ilo Gear based out of Miami Florida. She also just finished a shoot with Dance Teachers magazine, assisting the acclaimed ballet teacher Judy Rice. She danced in the new Adidas national commercial, was hired as the principal dancer for a new print ad for one of the biggest Tech Companies, and was also one of the dancers hired in a commercial for "The Lotte Palace" in NYC. Olivia is currently performing in her first off broadway show in NYC, called “ The American Dance Spectacular, produced by Broadway’s Daniel Levine, and choreographed by Al Blackstone. She is currently also assisting a piece for Complexions Dance Company, alongside choreographer Dee Caspary. She is auditioning for Broadway, which is where she would love to see her career go next. Her focus will remain on singing intensely, acting, and keeping up her love for her craft.

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Ricky Ubeda

Ricky Ubeda is an American dancer and actor. He is best known for winning Season 11 of the popular televised dance competition show "So You Think You Can Dance" as well as playing the role of "Mistoffelees" in the Broadway revival of Cats. Ricky comes from Miami, Florida and specializes in contemporary dance, though he's had training in multiple dance styles. Other Broadway roles include: On the Town. Off-Broadway: Freddie Falls in Love. Television: “So You Think You Can Dance” (season 11 winner), “Live with Kelly and Michael,” The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Ricky has also performed with Shaping Sound Dance Co. and as a soloist for Sia.

Valery Lantratov

Valery Lantratov has had a distinguished career as a dancer in the companies of Vladimir Vasiliev, Maya Plitsetskaya and Ekaterina Maximova and international tours with Rudolf Nureyev. Most recently he has made international headlines for his role as Czar Nicholas II in a production of the new ballet Rasputin, with Farouk Ruzimatov of the Marinsky Theater (Kirov) and for successful international tours of Don Quixote and original choreography for the annual festival for the goddess Aphrodite in Cypruss.

A graduate of the Moscow Academic Choreographic College, Lantratov was selected as a first soloist with the Moscow Stanislavski Ballet. With the theater he danced principal roles in such ballets as Don Quixote, Copellia and Romeo and Juliet. He has received accolades in the Russian and international press for his strong technique, personality and expressiveness.

In 1993, Lantratov began working for the Kremlin Ballet. This same year, he formed the Russian National Ballet Foundation. He has toured as a solo guest artist in such countries as Japan, Germany, Italy, Greece, France, Portugal, Spain and the United States. The Russian National Ballet Foundation has toured in Europe, Asia, The Middle East and the United States.

In 1997, Russian president Boris Yeltsin named Valery Lantratov "People’s Artist of Russia," the Russian Federation’s highest artistic honor.

Mr. Lantratov holds a teaching certificate Russia's renowned National Academy of Theatrical Arts-GITIS.* For three years, Mr. Lantratov served as a guest instructor at the Boston Ballet.

With his Russian National Ballet Foundation, Lantratov is able to realize his goal of introducing new audiences throughout the world to some of the finest classical works of Russia. "No matter what might happen between the countries in the world, dance can deliver peace, compassion and art—eternal values."