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Olivia Rose Cece

Olivia Cece grew up dancing in Cranston, RI, where she competed for 15 years, becoming a two time national champion. She then traveled to Miami, Florida, where she trained for Six months prior to moving to New York City. Olivia spent four years at the Pace University Commercial Dance Program, where she obtained her BFA in Commercial Dance, with a concentration in pedagogy. It was at Pace that Olivia worked with choreographers Nick Kenkel, Tiler Peck, Robbie Fairchild, Liz Imperio, Al Blackstone, Rhonda Miller, Jessica Hendricks, Suzy Taylor and more. Upon graduating Olivia was cast in her first professional NYC dance show, “ The American Dance Spectacular” choreographed by Al Blackstone! She then began working commercially when she booked Saturday Night Live with Miley Cyrus. Olivia has been featured on SYTYCD, New York Fashion Week, and commercials for Apple, Adidas, ILO Gear, The Lotte Palace Hotel NYC, Scotch and Soda, and more. Olivia’s Latest credit was joining the Broadway Tour of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, where she began as ensemble, and then took over the principal role of Veruca Salt. Besides Olivia’s love for the stage, she enjoys getting in the room and teaching and creating work! She has taught on MSA on Tour, is currently still on Faculty with Groove: The Convention, and was a professional assistant for 5 years on Artists Simply Human. Olivia has assisted on many projects, including the NYC knicks auditions, Bronx Tale Broadway Tour auditions, RWS, Complexions Dance Company, and more. Olivia hopes to continue to inspire the next generation, as she remembers her teachers so vividly inspired her. 

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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.

Cassandra is currently in the first National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof.

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Victor Smalley

Victor has trained and developed some of the top dancers in America over the last ten years. These dancers have gone on to be winners at the top dance competitions in the world, featured on numerous national and international television shows, and students at some of the world's top dance institutions. Victor has trained Ambassador Brady Farrar who is currently on the reality TV show Dance Mom's Season 8. He has also trained SYTYCD winner Ricky Ubeda and SYTYCD finalists Derek Piquette, Daniela Avanzini, and Logan Hernandez, and NBC's World of Dance competitors Diana Pombo, Nick Daniels, and Vivian Ruiz.  

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Mark Sampson

Mark Sampson, from Charlottetown Prince Edward Island Canada, received his formal ballet training at the National Ballet School of Canada and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School.

Following his classical training Mark studied contemporary dance at The Juilliard School where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and the Martha Hill Prize for leadership and excellence in dance. Upon graduation he danced with BJM Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal performing throughout Canada, China, Europe, Mexico and the United States. Currently Mark is working with Gauthier Dance Company - Theaterhaus Stuttgart under the direction of Eric Gauthier. He has performed works by Andonis Foniadakis, Barak Marshall, Brian Brooks, Camille A. Brown,

Danielle Agami, Ishan Rustem, Itzik Galili, Jerome Robbins, José Limón, Kate Weare, Kyle Abraham, Merce Cunningham, Rodrigo Pederneiras and Twyla Tharp.

Outside of his performance career Mark has acted as a choreographic assistant to Andonis

Foniadakis staging his work “Bolero” for Bale de Cidade de Sao Paolo.

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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."