· DANCERS ·
Betsy McBride is originally from Coppell, Texas. She began her training at the Ballet Academy of Texas. At age 14, she continued her training at Texas Ballet Theater’s School. She performed Clara in The Nutcracker with Texas Ballet Theater and joined the company under O.B.E. Ben Stevenson at age 15.
McBride was an American Ballet Theatre National Training Scholar and performed in George Balanchine’s Mozartiana during ABT’s tour of Texas at age 11. She was awarded the Grand Prix at the 2007 Youth American Grand Prix Regional Competition and was a finalist at the 2012 Helsinki International Ballet Competition.
McBride danced for Texas Ballet Theater, rising through the ranks to Principal dancer, from 2007 to 2015. Some of her principal roles include Ben Stevenson’s Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and The Nutcracker, Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow, Svetlana in Stevenson’s Dracula, Green Lady and Solveig in Stevenson’s Peer Gynt, Waltz Girl and Dark Angel in George Balanchine’s Serenade, Solo Girl in Balanchine’s Rubies, pas de trois in Glen Tetley’s Voluntaries, and Stevenson's Sylvia Pas, as well as roles in Jiří Kylián's Petite Mort, Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena, Jonathan Watkin's Crash, Stevenson's Five Poems and Kenneth MacMillan’s Gloria.
McBride joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in June 2015.
Born in Madrid, Spain, Carlos Gonzalez began studying classical dance in 2005 at the Fortea Conservatory of Madrid. In 2012, he continued his training at the Royal Conservatory of Dance Mariemma of Madrid. His repertoire included the peasant pas de deux from Giselle, Basilio in Don Quixote, Solor in La Bayadère, the Nutcracker Prince in The Nutcracker, Franz in Coppélia and roles in Le Corsaire, Paquita, Swan Lake, Majísimo, Jose Tirado’s A Bigas, Goyo Montero’s Alrededor no hay nada, Juan Carlos Santamaría’s Sounds and Jean-Philippe Dury’s Four Seasons. In 2013, Gonzalez placed third in the Junior Classical Dance category in the XVII International Dance Competition in Ribarroja del Turia, Spain.
Gonzalez joined the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in September 2015 and became an apprentice with the main Company in December 2016 and joined the corps de ballet in June 2017.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Isadora Loyola began her training at the age of eight at the National School of Dance with Maria Olenewa and, at 11, studied with Magda Aunon at Fort Lauderdale Ballet Classique. At the age of 13, Loyola began training with Liudmila Polonskaya and that same year attended the Harid Conservatory and trained with Victoria Schneider, Olivier Pardina, and Svetlana Osiyeva. Loyola has been featured in Harid’s productions as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Satanella in Carnival of Venice, and a soloist in The Flower Festival in Genzano.
Loyola was a National Scholar for four years at ABT’s Summer Intensive and joined ABT II (now the ABT Studio Company) in 2007. She joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in January 2008 and became a member of the corps de ballet in January 2009.
Jose Sebastian, a native of New York City, started his dance training at age 8 with the School of American Ballet and continued training there for nearly 10 years. He received additional ballet training at Studio Maestro and private training with Fabrice Herrult and Olga Kostritzky.
Sebastian joined ABT’s Studio Company in 2006 and American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in January 2009 and became a member of the corps de ballet in January 2010.
Mr. Sebastian’s performances with American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Lisa Towbin.
Born in Pensacola, Florida, Lauren Post began her dance training at the age of three. After moving to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, she continued her training under Henry Danton. In 2002, she left home to study at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. She joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in January 2008 and the corps de ballet in June 2008. Her repertory includes the third girl in Fancy Free, one of the Nutcracker's Sisters in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker, the Rancher's Daughter in Rodeo, Rosaline's Friend in Romeo and Juliet, the Italian Princess in Swan Lake, Persephone in Sylvia, and Odalisque in LeCorsair, Zulma in Giselle, and Miette qui Tombent fairy in Sleeping Beauty, and a solo couple in Songs of Bukovina. She created the Silver Fairy in Alexei Ratmansky's The Sleeping Beauty.
Post has also performed in Joshua Beamish's Surface Properties in 2015, with Gemma Bond's Harvest in 2016/2017, and in Isabella Boylston’s Ballet Sun Valley festival in 2017 and 2018.
Patrick Frenette was born in Vancouver, Canada. He began his early training at the Goh Ballet Academy under the instruction of Ms. Fiona Smith. In 2008, his family relocated to California to further his professional ballet training with former ABT dancer Chris Martin and former Bolshoi Ballet dancer Dmitri Kulev. He was a two-time recipient of the Senior Grand Prix award at the Youth America Grand Prix's regional competitions. In 2011, he was also awarded the Mary Day Award for Outstanding Artistry in the New York City Finals.Mr. Frenette began studying full time at The School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet, in 2012. While attending SAB, he was awarded The Rudolf Nureyev Foundation Scholarship. He studied with Jock Soto and Suki Schorer, and also performed in New York Choreographic Institute workshops. He performed a principal role in George Balanchine's Divertimento No. 15 in his graduation performance.Mr. Frenette joined ABT as an apprentice in 2013 and became a member of the corps de ballet in January 2014. His repertoire includes the Harlequin Doll in Coppelia, one of the Three Ivans in Aurora's Wedding, Cockerel and Notary's Clerk in La Fille mal gardée, a Slave in Sylvia, Wilfred in Giselle, the Recruit, Bees, and Russian in Alexei Ratmansy's The Nutcracker, a Fairy Cavalier in The Sleeping Beauty, the Spanish Dance in Swan Lake and a role in Mark Morris’ After You. Mr. Frenette also originated a soloist role in Mr. Ratmansky’s 2017 World Premiere of Songs of Bukovina.
Rachel Richardson began her training with John Grensback Oregon Ballet Academy. In 2009, she was awarded a scholarship to attend The Rock School for Dance Education year-round program in Philadelphia, under the direction of Bojan and Stephanie Spassoff. While at The Rock School, she competed in Youth America Grand Prix and won the silver medal at the New York City finals in 2013. Rachel has received scholarships to multiple summer intensives including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Houston Ballet, Royal Ballet School and San Francisco Ballet. She has performed classical variations from Raymonda, The Nutcracker, Grand Pas Classique, Giselle, Paquita, Esmeralda and Swan Lake, as well as works by Susan Jaffe, Antony Tudor and Bruce Steivel.
Richardson joined ABT’s Studio Company in 2013. She joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in January 2015 and became a member of the corps de ballet in June 2015.