Lisa Iannacito McBride is a graduate of the School of the Albany Berkshire Ballet who received her BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. She performed in New York City with numerous companies including Lydia Johnson Dance, Dances Patrelle, and Riedel Dance Theater, where she also served as Associate Artistic Director. She rejoined ABB in 2015, reprising her many Nutcracker roles and dancing Madeline Culpo’s Rockwell Suites. She has been on faculty at Pace University, Ballet Academy East, The Mark Morris Dance Center, and the New York State Summer School for the Arts.
Vincent Brewer (Great Barrington, MA) trained with the Albany Berkshire Ballet and Berkshire Pulse in Western Massachusetts. He continued his training at Indiana University, where he worked with Violette Verdy, Mimi Paul, and Michael Vernon and earned a Bachelor of Science in Ballet and Religious Studies (honors). Vincent has performed choreography by George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Twyla Tharp, Auguste Bournonville, Marius Petipa, and Frederick Ashton. Career highlights include dancing “Birthday Variations” (Arpino) with City Ballet Boston, “Tarantella” (Balanchine) with Eglevsky Ballet, and dancing in Berkshire Opera Festival’s 2018 production of “Rigoletto.” Vincent was invited to perform with Island Moving Company at the 2017 World Expo in Astana, Kazakhstan by the U.S. embassy and danced on the Ted Shawn Stage with the Jacob’s Pillow Ballet Program. He has worked with choreographers Mary Giannone Talmi, Lorraine Chapman, Viktor Plotnikov, and Adam Miller and has mentored with Marina Eglevsky. He founded Berkshire Choreography Project in 2014, which supports collaboration among artists of different genres. Vincent toured with the Albany Berkshire Ballet for their 2018 Nutcracker tour, performing Cavalier. Vincent has danced with Festival Ballet Providence, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, and currently dances with the Albany Berkshire Ballet.
Ruslan Sprague has been dancing with the ABB since he was three, cast as the changeling in their production of A Midsummer Nights Dream in ’93 all the way up to the Snow Prince in their annual production of The Nutcracker. Ruslan also studied with Darrell Puciarello from the Metroploitan Opera Ballet and attended several dance programs with Boston Ballet, as well as their choreographic workshop under the teachings of Helen Pickett and Jorma Elo. After dancing with Ballet West in Salt Lake City Utah, Ruslan has returned to the Berkshires.
Anna Acker was born and raised in Albany, NY, where she began her ballet training at The School of the Albany Berkshire Ballet. She spent summers studying at the Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and on scholarship to the Milwaukee Ballet. After graduating from ABB, Anna was offered academic and dance scholarships to study at the University of Missouri at Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance. There, under the tutelage of Professor Paula Weber, she performed principal roles inRaymonda, Les Sylphides, and Swan Lake, and danced in George Balanchine’s Serenade. She also trained extensively in the Horton modern technique. In 2006, Anna graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. The same year, she became a trainee for the Milwaukee Ballet, where she joined the company in performances of Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Nutcracker, and La Bayadere. In 2008, Anna joined the Minnesota Ballet, where she enjoyed 3 seasons performing Antony Tudor’s Little Improvisations, Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Suite, George Balanchine’s “The Man I Love” pas de deux, excerpted from Who Cares?, and leading roles in Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, among others. Anna is also a certified pilates instructor, and has enjoyed teaching at various ballet and pilates studios throughout her performing career. She has been thrilled to join the faculty of the Albany Berkshire Ballet after returning to Albany in 2011 to take on her newest role as Mom to Ethan, who was born in January of 2012.
Marie Buser began her training at the School of the Albany Berkshire Ballet. Supported by a dance and academic scholarship, she earned her BFA at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at University of Missouri-Kansas City. During this time, she performed with the Kansas City Ballet in their 2011 production of Giselle, and supplemented her training at Alonzo King Lines Ballet School. Upon graduating, Marie joined Los Angeles’ American Contemporary Ballet as a founding member, where she originated soloist roles in Lincoln Jones’ L’Apotheose de Corelli and Serenade in La. Marie then went on to dance with Ballet Quad Cities, where she spent six seasons and was privileged to perform and originate numerous featured roles. Some notable favorites include: Courtney Lyon’s Rite of Spring, Lucy in Deanna Carter’s Dracula, filmed for Iowa Public Television, the bride in Dominic Walsh’s Die Hochzeit, the title role in Lyon’s The Firebird, and Billy’s Sweetheart in Lyon’s rendition of Billy the Kid. Recently, Marie enjoyed performing Dance “Four“ Piano, alongside Grammy award winning pianist Emmanuel Ax, and personified Giovanni Boldini’s 1912 painting “Portrait of a Lady” to celebrate the 2018 opening of the French Modern exhibit at the Figge Art Museum. Marie is thrilled to be welcomed back to Albany Berkshire Ballet for it’s fiftieth anniversary season.