Fallon Gannon began her training with Stephen and Canan Jackson and Delia Foley, A.R.A.D. Under the direction of Ms. Foley, Fallon studied the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus. She furthered her training at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School’s Pre-Professional Program. Upon completing this program, Fallon was awarded a Presidential Scholarship to attend the University of the Arts, where she graduated with a BFA in Ballet Performance. Fallon has performed with Ballet Fleming, Dance Del Bello, Arch Contemporary Ballet.
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.
Kazuya Furukawa was born in Fukuoka Japan. Mr. Furukawa learned jazz and theater dance at Koji Otonari Dance School before coming to New York. Since arriving in New York, Mr. Furukawa graduated from the Ailey School. He is a member of Benjamin Briones Ballet, danced with The Next Stage Project, and performed as a soloist in both the Choreojoey project and Maimi Hariyama Ballet’s production of Cinderella as Prince and Paquita.
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.
Emily Ricca began her ballet studies in Springfield, Missouri, where she was invited at a young age to be part of the Missouri State University Ballet. After Miss Ricca graduated from the Virginia School of the Arts, she joined Ballets de San Juan, where she worked with Ricardo Melendez and Ana Maria Castañon. Emily was principal with Florida Dance Theatre for three seasons. She has also danced as a soloist and guest artist with Boca Ballet Theatre, Vero Classical Ballet, Florida Arts and Dance Company, Wellington Ballet, and Springfield Ballet, dancing principal roles.
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.
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.
Christine Settembrino began her training at Center Stage Dance and Theatre School and continued through high school at Princeton Ballet School’s Professional Training Program. Christine graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BFA in Ballet from the College-Conservatory of Music. She performed as a classical soloist in Deirdre Carberry’s stagings of Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, and La Bayadère and as a featured contemporary dancer in Ben Needham-Wood’s Responding to You and Anthony Krutzkamp’s Similar.
Giovanna Lamboglia began her training in classical ballet in Fortaleza, Brazil at the age of nine. She has studied at Maria Olenewa State Dance School, as well as under Veronika Ivanova, Piotr Rusanov, and Jacy Jambay as well as Joffrey Ballet School. Giovanna has performed with the Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro Ballet, Damz Dance Company of Rio de Janeiro, Ballets de France of Toulouse and Ballet Jorgen.
Angessa Lynn is making her debut season with The Albany Berkshire Ballet Company. She received her BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory. Some of her theatre credits include Will Roger’s Follies, The King & I, and 42nd Street. Her favorite role was starring as Aurora in Sleeping Beauty at the age of 16. She has also performed at well-known venues such as: Radio City Music Hall, Lake Placid Olympic Arena, Off-Broadway, PBS Television, and Jacob’s Pillow.
Misa Mochizuki was born in Hyogo, Japan, and began dancing at age 5 at Yuki Ballet Studio. In America, she trained at Joffrey Ballet School and Ballet Arts. . In 2013 she joined Albano Ballet Company and performed Spanish, Snow Queen and many contemporary and modern pieces as Soloist. In 2016 she joined Albany Berkshire Ballet Company and has performed Sugar Plum Fairy and Dew Drop as Principal. Currently, she receives coaching in classical ballet technique from Luis Villanueva. She is a member of Benjamin Briones Ballet.