Teaching Artists

Master Class in Ballet with the NYCB’s Principal dancer Megan Fairchild
Photo © Erin Baiano

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JACQUELINE BOLOGNA – CLASSICAL BALLET

Portrait © Paul Kolnik

Jacqueline Bologna is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and began her dance training at the age of three at Ballet Workshop of New England under the direction of Jacqueline Cronsberg. At 9, she began studying with Tamara King and Margaret Tracey at Boston Ballet School. She attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in 2010 and 2011, enrolling as a full-time student during the 2011 winter term. Ms. Bologna became an apprentice with NYCB in November 2013 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in November 2014. She has been performed in new works by Alexei Ratmansky, Gianna Reisen, and Warren Carlyle, as well as featured roles in Jerome Robbins West Side Story (Maria), Peter Martins Swan Lake (Four Swans, Spanish), and originated featured roles in Nicolas Blanc’s “Mothership” and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s “Unframed”.

Instagram @jackiepb

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ANTONIO CARMENA – CLASSICAL BALLET

Portrait © Paul Kolnik

Antonio Carmena was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. He began his dance training at age seven with the Royal Conservatory of Professional Dance in Madrid.   Mr Carmena was awarded Grand Prix in the Seventh Eurovision Competition for Young Dancers, and in 1997, was named the “Most Outstanding Young Dancer” in the First International Dance Competition in Zaragoza, Spain.  After winning a Prix de Lausanne Scholarship, he came to New York City in 1997 to study at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet. He was invited to become an apprentice with New York City Ballet in October 1998 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in October 1999. In March of 2006 he was promoted to soloist.

Since joining New York City Ballet, Mr. Carmena has danced featured roles in Balanchine’s Chaconne, The Nutcracker (Soldier & Chinese Tea), Jewels (Emeralds), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon), Prodigal Son, La Sonnambula, Symphony in C (3rd Movement), La Valse, and Vienna Waltzes.   He has danced in the following Jerome Robbins ballets: Dances at the Gathering (Brick), The Four Seasons (Winter & Fall), Interplay and Piano Pieces (Le Petit Cavalier).  He was seen in Peter Martins The Sleeping Beauty (Bluebird), Swan Lake (Benno),  Eight More and Fearful Symmetries.   Mr. Carmena has originated a feature roles in Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons.

Mr. Carmena is a faculty professor teaching ballet for Barnard College’s Dance Department. He taught in New York City Ballet’s Outreach Program giving master classes in Australia, Ireland, France and throughout the United States. He has been a master teacher for institutions as Pacific Northwest Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, The School of Ballet Arizona, Ballet Hispanico, Ballet de Barcelona, the New York State Summer School, the University of Southern California’s Gloria Kaufman School of Dance, Temple University, BODYTRAFFIC, the Marin Ballet, the Laguna Ballet, the Real Conservatory in Madrid, the Royal Danish Ballet Summer Program, Art of. Summer intensive and Stage de Danse in Liege, Belgium.

Instagram @antoniocarmena

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ASK LA COUR – CLASSICAL BALLET

Portrait © Paul Kolnik

Ask la Cour is a principal dancer with New York City Ballet. Originally from Copenhagen, Denmark he studied at The Royal Danish Ballet School for 8 years until he became a member of the company at age 16. While there he performed many featured roles in the Bournonville repertoire and became proficient in the Bournonville technique. Other accomplishments at The Royal Danish Ballet were his portrayal of Lenski in John Cranko’s Onegin.

Following his desire to expand his artistic horizon, Ask came to NYC in the Fall of 2002 after an invitation from New York City Ballet’s Ballet Master in Chief, Peter Martins. He enjoyed learning the depths of Balanchine’s repertoire, his most favorite being the Neoclassical ballets, The Four Temperaments, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Monumentum and Movements to more classical pieces including, Diamonds from Jewels, and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2. He also had the pleasure to work with choreographers including Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Benjamin Millepied and Lauren Lovette. His dance career has brought him around the globe where he has had the pleasure of performing in some of the biggest cultural institutions including, the Royal Opera House in London, Palais Garnier in Paris, and Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg to name a few.

When he is not working with the company, Ask enjoys pursuing choreographic projects, collaborating with various classical and contemporary artists and composers. Most recently he choreographed to Jane Antonia Cornish’s composition Into Silence. He has received several awards and grants, most recently in 2013 a grant from the Vibeke Roervig Foundation.
He feels driven to give back to artist and the community at large whenever possible, performing in numerous benefit events throughout his career and has co-produced a couple of them as well.

Instagram @asklacour

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SARA ESTY – CLASSICAL BALLET AND THEATER DANCE

Portrait © Evan Zimmerman

Following a ten year career with the Miami City Ballet (soloist), Sara moved to NYC in 2014 to pursue musical theater. She is the recipient of a Princess Grace Fellowship Award for excellence in dance. Select theater credits: An American in Paris (OBC, First National tour – Lise Dassin), Brigadoon (Jean, NYCC Encores), A Chorus Line (Maggie, U/S Cassie, NYCC Encores), A Chorus Line (Cassie, Cape Playhouse), Marie Dancing Still (Fifth Ave Theater, Seattle). TV/Film credits: Fosse/Verdon (FX), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime). Upcoming: West Side Story directed by Stephen Spielberg, in theaters December 2020.

Instagram @estygrl

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MEGAN FAIRCHILD – CLASSICAL BALLET

Portrait © Erin Baiano

Megan Fairchild is a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and began her dance training at the age of four, at Dance Concepts in Sandy, Utah, and at the Ballet West Conservatory in Salt Lake City. She moved to New York City to train at the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York  City Ballet, in 2000, and was hired as an apprentice with NYCB the following year. Ms. Fairchild was promoted to the rank of soloist in 2004, and to principal in 2005.

Ms. Fairchild’s expansive repertoire with New York City Ballet includes principal roles in classical full-length ballets such as Swan Lake, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty and La Sylphide, as well as principal roles in ballets choreographed by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, and Alexei Ratmansky. She was featured as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the 2011 telecast of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker streamed in movie theaters worldwide.

In 2014 she made her Broadway debut as Miss Turnstiles in the revival of On the Town, for which she was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award and received a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway debut.

In addition to performing full time with the New York City Ballet, Ms. Fairchild is currently a teaching fellow with the School of American Ballet.

Instagram @mfairchild17

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ROBERT FAIRCHILD – CLASSICAL BALLET AND THEATER DANCE

Portrait © Daniel D’Ottavio

Robert Fairchild made his Broadway debut in 2015 with his breakout role as “Jerry Mulligan” in the Tony Award-winning musical AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, which he reprised in London in 2017. He was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance By An Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical and the Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Performance, and won the 2015 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, the 2015 Astaire Award for Best Male Dancer, the 2015 Theatre World Award, and the National Dance Award UK. He was also nominated for the 2015 Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance.

As one of the world’s preeminent dancers, Robert Fairchild began dancing at the age of four in Salt Lake City. He began his balletic training at the School of American Ballet at the age of 15 and shortly after rose through the ranks of the prestigious New York City Ballet. He became an apprentice with NYCB in June 2005. The following June, he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet, was promoted to Soloist in May 2007 and to Principal Dancer in October 2009. He performed his farewell performance with the company in October 2017.

Instagram @robbiefairchild

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EMILIE GERRITY – CLASSICAL BALLET

Portrait © James Jin

Emilie Gerrity was born in Danbury, Connecticut, and began her dance training at the age of five at Betty Jean’s Dance Studio in Wappingers Falls, New York before studying at the New Paltz School of Ballet. Ms. Gerrity attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, during the summers of 2004, 2005, and 2006, before enrolling as a full-time student in winter 2006.

While at SAB, she performed George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco as part of Protégés II at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in June 2008. Ms. Gerrity was named as an apprentice in 2009 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in September 2010. In February 2017, Ms. Gerrity was promoted to soloist.

Instagram @emiliegerrity

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ALEC KNIGH – CLASSICAL BALLET

Portrait © Paul Kolnik

Alec Knight was born in Queensland, Australia. He began his dance training in jazz and tap dance at Davidia Lind Dance Centre in 2007, and trained at The Australian Ballet School from 2010 to 2013.

Mr. Knight attended the summer course at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in 2013, and enrolled as a full-time student the following winter term.

In August 2015, Mr. Knight became an apprentice with NYCB. While still an apprentice, he originated a featured role in Nicolas Blanc’s Mothership. He joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in May 2016.

HONORS

In 2015, Mr. Knight received the Martin E. Segal Award as a student at SAB, and he also received an Award of Excellence from The Australian Ballet School in 2011.

FILM CREDITS

Mr. Knight was also featured in the first season of the Teen Vogue online docu-series “Strictly Ballet,” which followed a group of SAB students, in 2014.

Instagram @alecknight

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ASHLEY LARACEY – CLASSICAL BALLET

Portrait © Paul Kolnik

Ashley Laracey was born in Sarasota, Florida. She began her dance training at the age of five with Cheryl Carty and Christine White at the Carty Academy of Theater Dance in Bradenton, Florida. At age 12, she began training with Pavel Fomin, Diane Partington, and Isabel and Javier Dubrocq at Sarasota Ballet of Florida. She continued her studies at age 15 with Victoria Schneider, Olivier Pardina, and Svetlana Osiyeva at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. Ms. Laracey entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in the fall of 2001. In October 2002, Ms. Laracey became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and in February 2003 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet and was promoted to soloist in February 2013.

Ms. Laracey has danced many featured roles in George Balanchine, Peter Martins, Jeorme Robbins, Troy Schumacher, Justin Peck and Christopher Wheeldon.

Ms. Laracey is on the board of Balletcollective, an arts collective, and also teaches movement therapy to children and young adults with disabilities, specifically Cerebral Palsy.

Instagram @ashleylaracey

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MEGAN LECRONE – CLASSICAL BALLET

Portrait © Paul Kolnik

Megan LeCrone was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She began her dance training at the age of four at Greensboro Ballet with Maryhelen Mayfield, John Dennis, and Elissa Fuchs. At age 14, she began studying with Melissa Hayden and Duncan Noble at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winton-Salem. Ms. LeCrone entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, full-time in the fall of 2001, and in November 2001 she became an apprentice with New York City Ballet. Ms. LeCrone joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in October 2002 and was promoted to soloist in February 2013.

Instagram @meganlecrone

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OLIVIA MACKINNON – CLASSICAL BALLET & BALLET INSPIRED FITNESS

Portrait © James Jin

Olivia MacKinnon was born in Mobile Alabama and is a ballerina with the New York City Ballet (NYCB). At the age of 17, she joined NYCB and has toured around the world including Denmark, France, Japan, China, Greece, West Indies, and various cities in the United States.

As a professional ballerina and choreographer, she has created works for New York City Fashion Week and the House of Doyenne. Olivia is the founder of Ballet Inspired Fitness, she teaches both ballet and fitness classes for students all over the world. Olivia was featured in John Wick Parabellum film, and has had appearances in several documentaries.

She has worked with numerous well known companies and artists such as Elle Decor, Museum of Modern Art, Puma, Rebecca Minkoff, Sarah Jessica Parker and Tiffany and Co.

Instagram @oliviamackinnon

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UNITY PHELAN – CLASSICAL BALLET

Portrait © Erin Baiano

Unity Phelan was born in Princeton, New Jersey and began her dance training at the age of five at the Princeton Ballet School, where her teachers included Douglas Martin, Maria Youskevitch, and Mary Barton.

During the summers of 2008 and 2009, Ms. Phelan attended the summer sessions at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, and enrolled as a full-time student in fall of 2009.

She became an apprentice with NYCB in December 2012 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in November 2013.

In February 2017, Ms. Phelan was promoted to soloist.

Instagram @unityphelan

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INDIANA WOODWARD – CLASSICAL BALLET

Portrait © Erin Baiano

Born in Paris France, Indiana Woodward‘s earliest memories are of watching ballet class and being backstage in the theater. After moving to Los Angeles, Indiana began training with Yuri Grigoriev and it was from that moment that she knew that this was going to be her lifelong passion and career.

Indiana began studying at the School of American Ballet in the summer of 2010 and joined the school as a full time student in the fall of 2010. In August 2012 Ms. Woodward became and apprentice with New York City Ballet and a full member of the company in December of the same year. Indiana was promoted to soloist in February 2017.

Instagram @indiana_woodward

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