Kelsey Byrne is from Orange County, California, where she received her training at the Orange County High School of the Arts as a member of the Classical and Contemporary Dance Department. She also received training during summer intensives at the Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, and Alonzo King LINES. She graduated from Indiana University in 2015 as a ballet major in the Jacobs School of Music. At IU, she had the opportunity to perform a variety of Balanchine works, namely The Four Temperaments, Western Symphony, Emeralds, and Swan Lake, as well as classics such as La Bayadere and Michael Vernon’s adaptation of The Nutcracker. This is Kelsey’s second season with Boulder Ballet.
Rania Charalambidou is from Nicosia, Cyprus. She attended Jacksonville University, where she was awarded the Outstanding Freshman and Sophomore awards by the Dance Department. She graduated Magnum Cum Laude with a BA in Dance Education and a Math minor from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. She trained at the Joffrey Ballet School and with Elena Kunikova at Steps on Broadway. Rania has been a company member with Sarasota Ballet, Columbia City Ballet, Ballet San Antonio and currently with Boulder Ballet. She has danced soloist and principal parts such as Adult Clara and Arabian Pas De Deux in the Nutcracker, Princess Vasilissa in Firebird, Lead Bride in Dracula, Summer Fairy in Cinderella, Scheherazade in Scheherazade, Beauty Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, The Assistant in Matthew Bourne’s Boutique etc. In 2009, Rania performed with the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Susan Stroman’s Tony-Award winning musical Contact as Trouble. Rania guest performed with a number of companies such as San Angelo Ballet, San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet, Diesel | Fusion Dance Theater, Dance Cyprus, Amfithdromo Chorotheatro, Florida Ballet, Freespace Dance etc. She also performed in the 50th anniversary celebration of the independence of Cyprus in 2010. Rania is the co-owner of Long Body Yoga and 35° 33° Dance Company in Cyprus. This is Rania’s second season with Boulder Ballet.
A native of Boulder, Ryland Early has danced for Ballet West, Ballet Arizona, Nevada Ballet Theater, and most recently Phoenix Ballet under the direction of Slawomir Wozniak. He has enjoyed performing the works of Stanton Welch, George Balanchine, Amy Seiwert, and Robert Dekkers throughout his career, as well as dancing classical roles such as Albrecht in Gisele, Von Rothbart in Swan Lake, and the Prince in Sleeping Beauty. This is Ryland’s first season with Boulder Ballet.
Veronica Goldberg is from Buffalo, New York, where she received her training at The Neglia Conservatory of Ballet and Center Stage Dance Studio. Veronica continued her training at Point Park University, where she graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance as well as a minor in Psychology. There, she had the opportunity to perform in George Balanchine’s Serenade, Ben Stevenson’s End of Time, and Nicolas Petrov’s Romeo and Juliet as Juliet. After graduating, she went on to work with City Ballet of San Diego for two seasons under the direction of Steven and Betsey Wistrich. During her time in San Diego, Veronica had the opportunity to perform in Mozart’s Requiem, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, and George Balanchine’s Emeralds, The Four Temperaments, and Walpurgisnacht. This is Veronica’s first season with Boulder Ballet.
Martin Gonzalo Justo Bernardez is from Caracas, Venezuela, and began dancing in 1999. He trained with Quinte Ballet School in Canada and School of Carolina Ballet Theatre. He has toured throughout Uruguay with CBT and has recently traveled and performed as a guest in Fujinomia, Japan, dancing pas de deux from Giselle, La Bayadere, and Swan Lake. Some of his signature roles are the charming young Nutcracker Prince in Hernan Justo’s The Nutcracker, the Mad Scientist in Madeline Jazz’s Super Heroes, and the male soloist in A Tango for Angelina. While dancing with CBT, Martin performed works by renowned contemporary choreographers such as Dwight Rhoden’s Beatle Juice, and Alonzo King’s Map. This is Martin’s second season with Boulder Ballet.
Matthew Helms began his training in Colorado on full scholarship at the Academy of Classical Ballet, where he danced principal roles in The Nutcracker, Giselle and Le Corsaire. He then studied on full scholarship with Mark and Sandra Carlson and German Zamuel at the International Ballet School where he performed soloist roles in The Nutcracker and Peter Pan. Matthew competed in the 2008 Youth America Grand Prix and the 2008 Denver Ballet Guild Competition where he received a full scholarship to The Ballet West Academy in Salt Lake City, Utah. Matthew has been a guest artist with ballet companies in Utah, California, and Idaho, and for the last three years has performed leading roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Paquita, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, and Le Corsaire. He choreographed a contemporary ballet that was premiered in the Ballet West Academy Spring show in 2009. Matthew was promoted to the Ballet West Pre-Professional Trainee Program in 2010 and has trained with artists from American Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, Joffrey Ballet, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Kirov Ballet and David Taylor Dance Theater. Matthew has studied martial arts since age three, has been acting since age four, and has appeared in movies, commercials and TV shows as an actor or a fight choreographer. This is Matthew’s sixth season with Boulder Ballet.
Melissa Heslep received her training at the School of Orlando City Ballet for 13 years under the direction of Beatrix Aldana and spent her summers training with teachers including Luba Gulyaeva, Mark Spivak, Valeria Sinyavakaya, and Veronica Aldana. She performed with the student company until 2001, and upon graduation was accepted into the 2002 Youth America Grand Prix finals in New York City. In Orlando, she performed with Russian Ballet under the direction of Vadim Fedotov and has spent the last five seasons with Central Florida Ballet under the direction of Vasile Petrutiu. She has also had the opportunity to travel as a guest artist for many venues in the United States. Her repertoire includes classics such as The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and The Nutcracker, and contemporary works. This is Melissa’s sixth season with Boulder Ballet.
Dionysios Mitsios was raised in Jacksonville, FL by Greek parents. He attended Jacksonville University where he graduated Magnum cum Laude with departmental honors in Dance and Magnum cum Laude in Computer Information Systems. While in school he was awarded the Dance Management, Most Improved Dancer, and Dance Contribution Awards. During college, he also studied on scholarship at Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory, where he received the Service Award. At Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory, he had the opportunity to work with Moses Pendelton of Momix. His class at Nutmeg was used to choreograph Lunar Sea for Moses Pendelton, which is now touring for Momix. Upon graduation he began performing professionally. He has been fortunate to perform with Florida Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theatre, HT Chen & Dancers, Busch Gardens, Ballet Revelle, Columbia City Ballet, Ballet San Antonio, and now Boulder Ballet. Danny has also been a guest performer with many organizations such as Ovations Dance Repertory Company, Freespace Dance, Equilateral Theater, Connecticut Dance Theatre, San Angelo Civic Ballet, San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet, and Skien Cultural Center in Norway. In addition to a dance career Danny is also co-owner of Long Body Yoga, TheGreatestWebAndGraphics.com, and 35° 33° Dance Company in Cyprus. He is also an active member of the United States Coast Guard Reserves. This is Danny’s second season with Boulder Ballet.
Kate Adams is a Boulder native who began dancing at Boulder Ballet at the age of 3. In Colorado, she has had the chance to compete in the Denver Ballet Guild’s Young Dancers Competition where she received 2nd place in 2010 and 6th place in 2014. As she rose through the school, Kate also had opportunities to attend summer programs such as The Harid Conservatory, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and Texas Ballet Theater. After graduating high school, she moved to Georgia to study with the Atlanta Ballet. In her two years with Atlanta, she was given the opportunity both years to perform in the snow and flower corps alongside the Atlanta Ballet company in John McFall’s The Nutcracker. Kate has since moved back to Boulder where she is excited to continue working with Boulder Ballet while pursuing a Health Sciences degree online through the University of South Dakota. This is Kate’s first season as an Apprentice Dancer with Boulder Ballet.
Livia Diener, a high school senior at Boulder Universal, began her ballet training at Boulder Ballet School at age five. She has attended summer intensives with Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theater and the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow on scholarship. As a student, Livia has performed in many Boulder Ballet company productions, including An American in Paris, Carnival of the Animals, Cinderella, Coppelia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, andThe Nutcracker. As a member the Boulder Ballet junior company, Livia danced the principal role in Paquita. Livia is excited to now be joining Boulder Ballet as an apprentice this year.
Alexis Greenberger fell in love with ballet when she saw the Nutcracker at the age of two in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She enrolled in classes the following year with Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, and completed her training at The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre. She went on to dance with The Israel Ballet for three seasons before returning to the states to dance with The Sarasota Ballet. Lexi also performed with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet before moving to Boulder at the end of 2015. She most recently performed with Briah Danse and is thrilled to perform with Boulder Ballet this season.
Chelsea Vonu grew up in Yorktown, Virginia and trained with the Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts with Sandra Balestracci. Chelsea is also a graduate from the University of Colorado’s School of Law, and is currently practicing law. She has performed in Delusions of Grandeur Productions’ Strange Bird and the Cloud Spirits, Boulder Ballet’s academy performance Mary Poppins, and with Briah Danse. She loves the challenge of balancing both careers and is enjoying her first season with Boulder Ballet.