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2017 Ballet Summer Intensives

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Soili Arvola

Former Principal National Ballet of Finland, June 19 – 23

At the age of eight, Miss Arvola was accepted to the Ballet Academy of the National Opera House in Helsinki, Finland. After graduating from the Academy at the age of 17, she was invited to join the National Ballet of Finland and toured with the company around the world.

While dancing with the San Francisco Ballet for 4 years, she and her husband Leo Ahonen started their partnership both on stage and off. Miss Arvola’s performance partnership with her husband lasted thirty years. In 1972 Tokyo’s NHK-TV produced a half-hour special of Miss Arvola and Mr. Ahonen in their monthly program: The World of Music. And in 1976, on the Day of Constitution, they became citizens of the United States.

Among her numerous honors, Miss Arvola received a Bronze Medal and a diploma for high artistic achievement in Women’s Senior Category (professional category) at the prestigious 1972 International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. In 1975 she was the Texas State winner of Outstanding Young Woman of America.

Miss Arvola has appeared as the featured guest artist with Finnish National Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Chicago Ballet, Houston Ballet, London’s Royal Ballet Choreographic Group, Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, Ballet International de Ochi of Japan, and with numerous symphony orchestras, opera companies and civic ballet companies throughout the United States and abroad.

Her roles as ballerina include: Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Coppelia, Don Quixote, among many, many others. She also choreographs and stages most of the Classics, and lately she has become a creator of “new style” full-length ballets including: Tarzan, Dracula, Samson and Delilah.

Miss Arvola not only choreographs her ballets, she also writes the libretto, chooses the music, and designs and makes the costumes herself. She retired from performing in 2006 after a long, healthy career of 40 years, never cancelling a performance!

In 2009 she was the adjudicator for Regional Dance America/Southwest.

In 2005 Miss Arvola received the first Marie Bollinger Vogt Achievement Award at Toledo Ballet’s 65th annual Nutcracker. In these performances she also danced the role of “Sugar Plum Fairy” for the last time – a role she began portraying in 1970!

Miss Arvola has influenced generations of Toledo Ballet students since her first appearance on their stage—she has been a regular guest artist or visiting instructor for Toledo Ballet since 1973. In 2013, she choreographed and staged the classic romantic ballet Giselle for Toledo Ballet. A longtime friend of Toledo Ballet Founder and Artistic Director Emerita Marie Bollinger Vogt, Miss Arvola was honored as being one of three “legendary ladies” of Toledo Ballet’s history, at the Legends Studio naming ceremony held in 2015.

penteado_renato_b-w-cropRenato Penteado

Principal, Miami City Ballet
July 17- 21

Mr. Penteado was born in São Paulo Brazil, where he began his dance training at the age of seven. He began his training with Ballet Twin’s Academy and Studium Marisa Ballet .

In 1997 he participated in a program called “Special Group of Classical Dancers of São Paulo ”. Through a course with “Cuballet” under the direction of Laura Alonso, he danced as a soloist in Giselle.

In 1998, he was invited to dance the lead role of “Siegfried” in Swan Lake. Later that year, he became a semifinalist at the International Competition in Jackson, Mississippi and Varna, Bulgaria. He was then invited by Mr. Villella to join the Miami City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet, and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2004.

In 2007 He married the Principal Ballet Mistress Roma Sosenko.

He has performed many leading roles in the Balanchine repertoire, including Donizetti Variations, Symphony in C, Tarantella, Ballet Imperial and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, to name a few. In addition, he has performed in Jerome Robin’s Fancy Free, Dances at a Gathering and In the Night, as well as Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs, In the Upper Room and the Golden Section. He has also performed the lead roles in Don Quixote, Giselle and Edward Villella’s The Neighborhood Ballroom among many others. Mr. Penteado also performed Jerome Robin’s West Side Story Suite and Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia in the 2013 – 2014 Miami City Ballet Season under the new Artist Director, Lourdes Lopez.

Penteado has danced many principal roles nationally and internationally with Miami City Ballet including in Torino, Italy, Paris, Venezuela and Canada. In 2011, together with the Miami City Ballet, Mr. Penteado performed at the “Les Etes De La Danse” in Paris, France, where the company danced for three weeks at Theatre du Chatelet, Mr. Penteado has also served as a faculty member of the Miami City Ballet during various summer programs.

Mr. Penteado was the winner of Dance Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards 2016 for Best Male Performance.

Currently Mr. Penteado is a Principal Dancer with the Miami City Ballet.

tricia-albertson_b-w_cropTricia Albertson

Principal, Miami City Ballet
July 24 – 28

Tricia Albertson was born in Newburgh, N.Y., and raised in Santa Cruz, Calif. She began her ballet training at The Studio School of Classical Ballet with Vicki Bergland and Rebecca Bartlow. She received additional training attending summer programs at San Francisco Ballet School and the School of American Ballet (SAB) in New York City. Starting in 1995, she attended SAB as a full-time student for two years, and in 1997 she joined Miami City Ballet as a coryphée. In 2001 she was promoted to soloist, in 2005 she was promoted to principal soloist, and in 2006 she was promoted to principal dancer.

In her 20 years with Miami City Ballet, Albertson has had the privilege to dance most of the corps, soloist and principal roles in the company’s repertoire. She has also had the opportunity to originate roles for Justin Peck and Liam Scarlett. In the off-season she has enjoyed performing as a guest artist with the Maryland Regional Ballet performing full-length ballets such as Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. Tricia has also been a guest teacher at Cary Ballet Conservatory, as well as Toledo Ballet.

Some of her favorite principal roles have been in Giselle,Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering and In the Night, and George Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial, Rubies, Square Dance, and The Nutcracker.