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Soili Arvola

Former Principal National Ballet of Finland, June 19 – 23

At the age of eight, Soil 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

Renato 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.

Megan Coleman Stuart

Former Company, Lexington Ballet and Ballet Theatre of Ohio
July 24 – 28

“After being cast in the Nutcracker at a very young age, I had my sights set on the role every little girl desires, Clara. I became obsessed with ballet! I worked endless hours daily, spent summers filled with workshops, master classes, and intensives until finally my dream came true. At the age of 12, after spending my first summer at the American Ballet Theatre Detroit Summer Intensive, I was cast in my dream role as Clara. I ended up performing the role for 6 seasons. As I evolved as an artist, so the part evolved with me. Once that dream had been realized, I decided to pursue a career doing what I love; dancing and sharing the love of this beautiful artform. Words can not express what dancing does for my heart. When I am on stage, it’s like I’m sharing what is in my soul with the audience. Dancing and performing is the ultimate form of expression. It takes me to another place and I get to portray another person or character, whether they have similar or polar opposite characteristics of my own personality. Throughout the years I have enjoyed developing my artistry. From the sweet and naive title role in Cinderella and the technically demanding and strong Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, to the cruel and evil Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, I have relished in the opportunity to develop the many facets of these characters.

Originally from Taylor, Michigan, I began my training with Patricia Squire Lorenz and Leif Lorenz at Ballet Americana.  I continued training throughout my college years with Patricia and Leif and was given the opportunity to perform many classical and contemporary ballets. I supplemented my training in the Detroit Metro area with Samantha Shelton and later with Christina Kammuller, and Lisa Mayer of Toledo Ballet. My summers were spent training at The David Howard Summer Intensive, The Bolshoi at Vail, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Midwest, and on scholarship with Ballet Met. While performing in the Regional Dance America Midstates Festival, I was chosen to perform with RDA at The International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. Studying on a dance scholarship at Eastern Michigan University, under the guidance of Sherry Jerome and Holly Hobbs, I won The National Society of Arts and Letters Career Award for ballet and represented Michigan at the nationals. After performing a season with the Detroit Opera House Civic Ensemble, under the direction of Samantha Shelton and Michael Anderson, I began my professional career with Ballet Theatre of Ohio. Under the direction of Artistic Director Christine Meneer, I had the opportunity to dance the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen and Arabian in The Nutcracker, Wicked Witch of the West in the premier of The Wizard of Oz, Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, and many contemporary works in the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festivals, including One by Joseph Morrissey. In the winter of 2010, I was invited to perform with Verb Ballets, in Cleveland, OH. I recently finished my sixth season with the Lexington Ballet. My repertoire with the company has included Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Dew Drop, Fairy Doll, Swanilda, Cinderella, Evil Witch in Snow White, and many original works by director Luis Dominguez. In June of 2016, my family and I relocated to Akron, OH where I am currently working as a freelance artist-for-hire for the 2016-2017 season.”

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