Julie Kent began her dance training with Hortensia Fonseca at the Academy of the Maryland Youth Ballet. She attended the American Ballet Theatre II Summer session and the School of American Ballet before joining American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 1985. In that same year, Kent won first place in the regional finals of the National Society of Arts and Letters at the Kennedy Center. In 1986, she was the only American to win a medal at the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition, and she became a member of ABT's corps de ballet. She was appointed a Soloist with ABT in 1990 and a Principal Dancer in 1993, the year in which she won the Erik Bruhn Prize in Toronto.
Kent's roles with the Company include the Girl in Afternoon of a Faun, the title role in Anastasia, Terpsichore and Calliope in Apollo, Nikiya in La Bayadère, Zina in The Bright Stream, the third movement in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, the title role in Frederick Ashton's Cinderella, the title role in James Kudelka's Cinderella, the title role in Ben Stevenson's Cinderella, Medora in Le Corsaire, the Lady with Him in Dim Lustre, Kitri and the Queen of the Driads in Don Quixote, Titania in The Dream, The Dying Swan,Anne in Christopher Wheeldon's VIII, the Accused in Fall River Legend, the second girl in Fancy Free, the Glove Seller in Gaîté Parisienne, Giselle in Giselle, Caroline in Jardin aux Lilas, Marguerite in Lady of the Camellias, Manon in Manon, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, Natalia Petrovna in A Month in the Country, His Wife in The Moor's Pavane, the Sugar Plum Fairy in Kevin McKenzie's The Nutcracker, Tatiana in Onegin, Desdemona in Othello, the pas de deux Other Dances, the pas de deux in Les Patineurs, Hagar in Pillar of Fire, the Siren in Prodigal Son, the Ranch Owner's Daughter in Rodeo, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, a Lover in Sin and Tonic, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, the Sylph in La Sylphide, Odette-Odile in Swan Lake,the second movement in Symphony in C, the Nocturne and the Prelude in Les Sylphides, Sylvia in Sylvia, Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew, the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, the Woman in Weren't We Fools? and leading roles in Ballet Imperial, Dark Elegies, Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes, Duets, The Garden of Villandry, Gong, Kaleidoscope, The Leaves Are Fading, Meadow, Mozartiana, Overgrown Path, Sinfonietta, "... smile with my heart", Spring and Fall, Stepping Stones, Symphonie Concertante and Theme and Variations.
She created Artemis in Artemis, Sibyl Vane in Dorian, His Memory and His Experiences in HereAfter and leading roles in Apothéose, Americans We, Baroque Game, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, C. to C. (Close to Chuck), Chamber Symphony, Clear, Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra, Cruel World, Getting Closer, Glow - Stop, Known by Heart, Rigaudon, Seven Sonatas, States of Grace, Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison and Without Words.
In April 2000, Kent won the Prix Benois de la Danse. Kent starred in the motion pictures Dancers, directed by Herbert Ross, and Center Stage (2000), directed by Nicholas Hytner with original choreography by Susan Stroman.
Kent is married to Associate Artistic Director Victor Barbee.
Carlos Lopez is a Ballet Master at ABT Studio Company and Company teacher at the American Ballet Theater. He began his professional career at the Victor Ullate Ballet in his native country, Spain where he danced as Principal Dancer for 6 years.
Lopez joined American Ballet Theatre in 2001 where he danced as a soloist for 8 years. He has worked with Natalia Makarova, Gelsey Kirkland, Twyla Tharp, Alexei Ratmansky and William Forsyth…
In 1996, he won the Silver Medal at the “Paris International Ballet Competition” and was awarded the “Les Etoiles de Ballet 2000” Prize in Cannes.
As a Guest Artist, he has performed with the National Ballet of Georgia, the National Ballet of Cuba, Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company among others and being invited to Galas as the“Miami International Ballet Festival” or “Havana Ballet Festival” in Cuba.
Lopez is an ABT® Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Since he started teaching in 2013, he has participated at the Royal Ballet School exchange in London, ABT’s Summer Intensive, Ibstage Barcelona, YoungArts Miami and member of the jury at “Youth America Grand Prix”.
In addition to his teaching and coaching, Carlos performs as International Guest Artist.
Lauren King was born in Massapequa Park, New York, and began her dance training at the age of 10 with Jane Miller, Luba Gulyaeva, Ali Pourfarrokh, and Lynn Glauber at the American Theater Dance Workshop, the official school of the Eglevsky Ballet Company, in New Hyde Park, New York. Ms. King performed with the Eglevsky Ballet Company during its 2000-2001 season. In fall of 2001, Ms. King entered the full-time program at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet. Ms. King became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in the fall of 2003. Ms. King joined New York City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in June 2004 and was promoted to soloist in February 2013. In addition to dancing with the New York City Ballet, Lauren was also a founding member of Troy Schumacher’s Ballet Collective in 2010, and continues to perform with the Ballet Collective for their annual performances.
Craig was born in Maywood, Illinois. He began his dance training at the age of four at Stairway of the Stars with Lois Baumann & Heidi Renteria. At age 14, he began studying with Anna Paskevska, Randy Duncan, Winifred Haun, and Claire Bataille at the Chicago Academy of the Arts. He also studied at the Ruth Page Dance Foundation with Larry Long. Craig entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, full time in the fall of 1997. While a student at the School of American Ballet, he originated a featured role in Christopher Wheeldon’s Scènes de Ballet, which premiered during New York City Ballet’s 1999 spring season. In October 1999, Craig became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in February 2000.
In May 2007, Craig was promoted to soloist. Since joining NYCB, he has danced featured roles in George Balanchine’s Agon, Apollo, Episodes, The Four Temperaments, The Nutcracker (Tea, Candy Cane), Serenade, La Sonnambula, Western Symphony; Angelin Preljocaj’s La Stravaganza; Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, The Cage, Fanfare, Glass Pieces; Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain, DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse, Liturgy. Roles were also created on him by Mario Bigonzetti, Jiri Bubenicek, Eliot Feld, Jorma Elo, Robert La Fosse, Douglas Lee, Peter Martins, Wayne McGregor, Benjamin Millepied, Justin Peck, and Lynne Taylor-Corbett.
Craig is currently NYCB balletmaster and assistant to world renowned New York City Ballet Resident-Choreographer Justin Peck. He’s also a guest teacher at Manhattan Movements Arts Center, coach, and has given master classes and seminars across the U.S.
His film work includes Columbia Pictures’ feature film Center Stage and the film NY EXPORT: OPUS JAZZ, a scripted adaptation of the Jerome Robbins ballet of the same name, which aired on PBS and won an Audience Award at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival. He was also featured in the first season of the AOL web series city.ballet presented by Sarah Jessica Parker.
Photo by Henry Leutwyler