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Tony Neumann

Anthony Neumann began his dance training in his hometown of Rochester, Minnesota. He attended the Banff Centre of the Fine Arts, and graduated from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Division with honors in 1987. During his professional career he has danced with such companies as: Milwaukee Dance Theater, the Royal Winnepeg Ballet, and Ballet Mississippi, as a featured soloist performing a variety of roles from The “Cavalier” and “Snow King” in  “The Nutcracker” to “Captain Hook” in “Peter Pan”. As a touring professional he provides a wide range of educational opportunities for area dancers from theater to jazz as well as classical ballet and partnering throughout the country. He is also a regular staff member for the International Ballet  Competition(IBC).

“Tony” is a regular guest artist here in New Albany, and we are proud to have him returning for a 6th season with
us as a guest teacher as well as performing artist.

Christopher Scruggs

Christopher of Annapolis, Maryland is currently dancing with The Albereta Ballet in Canada. Previous to joining, he was dancing with the Louisville Ballet and the Boston Ballet.  Scruggs is a recent graduate of Indiana University where he earned aBachelor of Science in Ballet, a Dual Degree inPolitical Science , and a minor in Spanish Language. Before attending IU, he studied with the Maryland Youth Ballet under Michelle Lees and Christopher Doyle. Other previous training includes  summer programs with Boston Ballet, Peter Stark’s Next Generation Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and The Washington Ballet. While at Indiana, Scruggs trained under Michael Vernon, Violette Verdy, Guo Ping Wang, and Jacques and Virginia Cesbron.

Scruggs has been seen in the principal roles of Petipa’s The Sleeping  Beauty , Michael Vernon’s The Nutcracker,  Anthony Tudor’s Lilac Garden, Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, Allegro Brillante, and Glinka pas de Trois. Scruggs has also danced soloist and corps de ballet roles in Dwight Rhoden’s Dear Frederic, Jerome Robbins Fanfare and West Side Story Suite, Mikko Nissinen's 2012 World Premiere of The Nutcracker, Boston Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty , Bruce Simpson's Swan Lake, Jorma Elo's Lost by Last,Nijinska’s Les Noces, Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, Nureyev's Act III Raymonda, and George Balanchine’s Rubies, Who Cares, Serenade, The Four Temperaments, and Coppélia.

Brian Grant

Brian began his professional career with the Louisville Ballet in 2005 where Mr. Grant was very fortunate to have performed various roles, including The Funny Boy in Robert North's “Troy Game”, Val Caniparoli's “Lambarena”, Rochefort in Andre Prokovsky's "The Three Musketeers” and Russian Lead in The Nutcracker”.

Mr. Grant then joined the Dayton Ballet in 2012 under the direction of Karen Russo Burke. While at Dayton Ballet, Mr. Grant performed roles in Gerald Arpino's “Confetti”, Jessica Lang's “From Foreign Lands and Peoples”, Dermot Burke's “Fete de Courtiers”, Bess Imber's “Inner Geist”and Arabian and Soldier Doll in “The Nutcracker”.

Other of Mr. Grant's favorite roles includes: Ali the Slave in “Le Corsaire”, Basilio in “Don Quixote” and Von Rothbart in “Swan Lake”. Grant holds a B.F.A. in Theater Arts with an emphasis in Dance Performance from Northern Illinois University, where he graduated Cum Laude in 2005.

Jake Casey

Jake Casey was born in Syracuse, New York, where he began his training with Kathleen Rathbun at the Syracuse City Ballet.  He then moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to train on scholarship at the Rock School for Dance Education. During his summers, he studied on scholarship with the Boston Ballet and at the Chautauqua Institution. Casey danced as a corps de ballt member with Ballet Idaho during the 2013-2014 Season. Under the artistic direction of Peter Anastos, he performed principal and soloist roles.

In Summer of 2014 Jake joined the Cincinnati Ballet, where he currently dances as a corps de ballet member. With Cincinnati he has performed in ballets by: Victoria Morgan, Septime Webre, Trey McIntyre, Edwaard Liang, Jennifer Archibald, Val Caniparoli, Viktor Plotnikov, and Adam Houghland. Jake is also an established award winning Choreographer.  Most recently his work was presented at the ReverbDance Festival in NYC this past November to rave reviews. 

Casey was a 2013 NYC Finalist for the Youth American Grand Prix. Jake has also worked in the commercial dance world, where he is represented by DDO The Movement, being featured in national commercials, NBC’s America’s Got Talent, and several Music Videos.  He also competed nationally as a Level 10 gymnast with USA Gymnastics, where he was an academic All-American.   As a Guest Teacher and Artist, Jake has instructed and danced at institutions all around the country.  Casey is excited to be dancing with his new friends at New Albany Ballet Company.

Chris Linger

Chris Lingner began his career joining the 08-09 national tour of Twyla Tharp’s “Movin Out” and danced the principle roles of Eddie and James making him one of the youngest to ever dance these roles. He then joined the first full-length Broadway show to hit the high seas in “Hairspray” [Brad] and was a featured aerialist in the revue show, “Come Fly With Me,” on the Oasis of the Seas. Lingner also performed with Las Vegas Star, Clint Holmes in his new musical “My Own Song” as well as the musical “Guys and Dolls” at Flatrock Playhouse, which inducted him into Actor’s Equity Association.

Lingner has also been a featured guest artist with Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, Indianapolis School of Ballet, Peoria Ballet, Young Stars of Ballet gala presented by Indianapolis City Ballet, and Chamber Dance Project. In 2012, Sonya Tayeh created a new work on him for a benefit sponsored by the NFL Super Bowl. Lingner studied ballet in the Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University where his repertoire included works by Michael Vernon, Anthony Tudor, Dwight Rhoden, Twyla Tharp, Josh Bergasse, Nicolo Fonte, Violette Verdy, Paul Taylor, August Bournonville, Peter Martins, and George Balanchine.

Lingner now is a corps dancer with Cincinnati Ballet. In 2015, Lingner was nominated for his first Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical as a Co-Producer of the Musical “On The Town,” and in the summer of 2016, Lingner Produced the first “Ballet Royalty Gala” in Havana, Cuba and was live streamed online in 30 countries world wide.

Arkadiy OrohovskyJustine Stewart and Arkadiy Orohovsky

Arkadiy Orohovsky grew up in Kiev, Ukraine where he trained at the Kiev State Choreographic School. After graduation, he joined the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet where he toured throughout Europe, North America, and Japan. He danced soloist and principal roles such as the Prince in Cinderella, Siegfried in Swan Lake, and the Prince in The Nutcracker.

After coming to the United States in 1994, he danced as a principal dancer with Ballet El Paso. He joined Houston Ballet in 2000 where he continued to perform soloist and principal roles in the classical repertory as well as in ballets by George Balanchine and Ben Stevenson.

As a guest artist and master teacher, Mr. Orohovsky is sought after by  schools throughout the United States. He and his wife Katya currently serve as directors of South Mississippi Ballet Theatre.

Benjamin Wetzel 

Benjamin Wetzel hails from the San Francisco Bay Area, where he studied ballet until he relocated to Pittsburgh and continued his studies at Point Park University.

His most notable teachers at the university conservatory included Dana Arey, Lindy Mandradjieff, Jay Kirk, Susan Stowe, Ernie Tolentino, and Garfield Lemonius. Following his graduation from university, Benjamin danced for two seasons as an apprentice with Ballet Austin, where he performed contemporary works by artistic director Stephen Mills, Thang Dao, Nelly Van Bommel, and Jennifer Hart, as well as classical works by August Bournonville and Marius Petipa.

Currently Benjamin dances with Louisville Ballet, where he just completed his third season. Career highlights include Balanchine's Concerto Barocco, Adam Hougland’s Fragile Stasis and Cold Virtues, and Ma Tethered Pulse.


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