Kaila Feldpausch began at Assif Dance, Paavola’s School of Dance, and the Rochester School of Dance, and as a member of the Michigan Ballet Theatre. She studied under Violet Verdy, Shawn Stevens, and Michael Vernon. She performed as Snow Queen in “The Nutcracker”, as well as “The Sleeping Beauty”, George Balanchine’s “The Four Temperaments and Western Symphony”, and Violet Verdy’s “Variations for Eight”. Kaila has also performed with American Contemporary Ballet, and Saint Louis Ballet for four seasons. She is a member of Ballets with a Twist. This is her first season with Albany Berkshire Ballet. Rachel Neville Photography.
Giorgia Comeau graduated from Union College, with her BS in Mechanical Engineering along with a minor in Dance. She is a graduate of the Cantarella School of Dance and a member of the Albany Berkshire Ballet, with whom she has performed multiple roles in their touring production of The Nutcracker, as well as other classical repertoire. She was the choreographer for the Union College Mountebank productions of Chicago and Urinetown as well as the lead choreographer in Taconic High School productions of West Side Story, All Shook Up, Once Upon a Mattress and Little Shop of Horrors.
Laura Karanevich began at Legacy School of the Arts under the direction of Maura Landers and Michele Hamlett-Weith and Kansas School of Classical ballet under the direction of Juan Pablo Trujillo and Stefani Schrimpf. She performed in “La Bayadere”, “Les Sylphides”, and “Paquita”. Recently, Laura performed in “Concerto Barocco” by George Balanchine, and set by Nilas Martins and “Les Sylphides”, set by Paula Weber. Professionally, Laura has danced with Quixotic Fusion and Albany Berkshire Ballet. This is Laura’s first tour with Albany Berkshire Ballet.
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.
Kerry Piaggione is a graduate of the School of the Albany Berkshire Ballet. Ms. Piaggione studied dance at Hofstra University and holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Union College. Ms. Piaggione has performed extensively with the ABB including The Nutcracker, Rockwell Suites, Caprice and Carmina Burana. She also has participated in Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s Classical Kids program, promoting classical dance in local schools.
Karly Burton began her training at Artistic Dance Conservatory under the Artistic Direction of Jennifer Dubilo and Rebecca Sutter. As a dance student, Karly performed with the Albany Berkshire Ballet as Clara, a Party Child and a Soldier. She summered with The Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theater and Peridance Capezio Center. She is thrilled to be making her professional debut with Albany Berkshire Ballet.
Kendra Lassor began her formal dance training at age four at the Cantarella School of Dance. She studied the Cechetti method of ballet as well as contemporary dance. She was a professional member of The Albany Berkshire Ballet. Kendra is performing with the company again after a 22 year hiatus and is thrilled to be part of the 2018 Nutcracker Tour.
Marie Buser began at the School of the Albany Berkshire Ballet earning her BFA at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at University of Missouri-Kansas City. She performed with the Kansas City Ballet and Alonzo King Lines Ballet School. Marie went on to dance with Los Angeles’ American Contemporary Ballet as a founding company member, and then joined Ballet Quad Cities. Most recently, Lyon’s Dance”Four”Piano, performed alongside Grammy winning pianist Emmanuel Ax. Marie is thrilled to return to Albany Berkshire Ballet.
Erica Lohman trained at the Ballet Theatre of Carmel under the direction of Jane Hachiya-Weiner. She is continuing her dance studies on scholarship at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. While in Kansas City, she danced George Balanchine’s “Concerto Barocco”, Christopher Wheeldon’s “There Where She Loved” central pas de deux, and a soloist role in “Les Sylphides”. This is her first season with Albany Berkshire Ballet.
Vincent Brewer, from Great Barrington, MA, trained at the Cantarella School of Dance and earned a B.S. in Ballet and Religious Studies from Indiana University. He has danced with Festival Ballet Providence, Oakland Ballet, and Albany Berkshire Ballet. He has danced in ABB’s productions of Phillip Jerry’s “Our Town,” Mary Giannone Talmi’s “Spindown,” and Madeline Cantarella Culpo’s “The Nutcracker.” He’s thrilled to be dancing in ABB’s production of “The Nutcracker”!
Jai Mason received his core training at the Decker School of Ballet/Fokine Ballet Company. While dancing with Fokine Ballet he appeared in such works as The Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf, Etudes, Stars and Stripes, and Sleeping Beauty. Jai attended the Rod Serling School of Fine Arts completing his International Baccalaureate degree in both Dance and Theatre.