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Rogelio Corrales (Resident Artist) has been with FCBT for three seasons. He is a native of Cuba, where he graduated from The National School of Ballet in Havana. The following year he joined the Ballet Juvenil de Caracas for two years, then The Metropolitan Ballet of Caracas for one year before coming to the United States. His first company in the U.S. was Bay Ballet Theatre of Tampa. He has been a free-lance performer appearing with many dance academies and dance companies, such as Ft. Lauderdale’s Ballet Classique, Columbus Youth Ballet, Palm Beach Ballet Centre, Miami International Ballet, Lexington Ballet and Miami Hispanic Ballet. In 1996 he joined The Sarasota Ballet for two seasons. From 1998 to 2004 Rogelio was principle at Minnesota Ballet in Duluth MN. He brought to life many roles that were highly praised in the Duluth News Tribune. In 2005 he became a member of Ballet Florida in Palm Beach, Florida. He very quickly moved through the ranks to portray many important and principle roles at this company. As guest performer for the Rockford Dance Company in Illinois, he was reviewed by The Rock River Times. “Rogelio Corrales, whose polished technique, impressive leaps and charisma nearly made him a scene-stealer.” Rogelio has portrayed many lead roles in The Nutcracker, Coppelia, (was praised by the Duluth News Tribune for being “amazingly expressive and funny”), La Fille Mal Bardee, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Cinderella, Allegro Brillante (Balanchine), Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux (Balanchine) and other classical and contemporary pieces. He has performed several roles with FCBT, including leading roles in Giselle, Don Quixote, For Such A Time As This: The Story of Queen and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Rogelio taught for six seasons with the School of Minnesota Ballet and currently teaches with his wife at their school, St. Lucie Ballet, Rogelio was part of FCBT’s dance/mission trip to Cuba.
Marshall Levin (Resident Artist) began his ballet training with Susana Prieto at Ballet Etudes in Hialeah, Florida. He was a soloist with the Israel Ballet where he danced for three years. He returned to the United States, with his wife Julie; they then became initial members of Ballet Florida in 1986. Some of his more notable roles have been Hilarion & Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, Don Jose in Carmen, 3rd Sailor in Fancy Free, Le Corsair, Belong and White Swan pas de deuxs, title role in The Nutcracker, an evil step-sister in Cinderella, Tybalt, Benvolio, and Paris in Romeo & Juliet, Puck in Midsummer’s Night Dream, and Otto Frank in Anne Frank. He has taught ballet and mime for Israel Ballet and Ballet Florida Schools, The Esther Center and other local dance schools. As a choreographer, he produced pieces for Ballet Florida’s Step Ahead project and for the international Salute to Vienna. For the past 19 years Marshall and his wife have been ministering through Proclaim Ministries, which they formed in 1992, traveling throughout Christian movement arts. Marshall has been seen performing with the Florida Classical Ballet Theatre in The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Les Sylphides, Don Quixote and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Marshall was part of FCBT’s dance/mission trips to Budapest, Hungary and Cuba.
Lily Ojea (Resident Artist) is a graduate of FCBT at The Esther Center, and has danced professionally with The Alabama Ballet, Hosanna Sacred Arts and New Orleans Ballet Theater. Her favorite roles include Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Marzipan Lead in Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Giselle in Giselle and Queen Esther in For Such A Time as This: The Story of Queen Esther. Lily has completed the Petrinovic Teacher Training Program and has taught ballet for the Alabama School and The Esther Center. Lily has participated in dance mission trips to Budapest, Hungary and Cuba.
Idael German (Resident Artist) was born in Cuba, where he graduated from The National School of Ballet in Havana. The following year he joined Ballet Santiago de Cuba in 1991 he was invited to join Ballet Nacional de Caracus, Venezuela as a principal dancer, under the direction of Vicente Nebrada. He also danced in Italy, with Ballet Teatro Nuovo de of Marie Hale. During nine seasons with Ballet Florida, he brought to life many roles from The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, and Spring Waters. He currently teaches and dances professionally.
Marinna Kus (Apprentice) is a graduate of FCBT. Marinna came to The Esther Center in 2007 and has enjoyed many wonderful opportunities with the company. She has performed many roles with FCBT, with Myrtha and Flower Girls among her favorites. Marinna studied with Royal Ballet in London, England during the summer of 2008. She has performed with FCBT in Budapest, Hungary, and looks forward to more mission opportunities with FCBT. She is currently pursuing a BA in Accounting at Florida Atlantic University. Marinna has begun Teacher Certification through FCBT’s Petrinovic Teacher Training Program.
Gianna Beata (Trainee) has grown up dancing with FCBT at The Esther Center. She is a third year Trainee. Gianna has performed many roles with FCBT. Her favorites include Columbine Doll in The Nutcracker, and Gypsy Queen in Don Quixote. She is studying Children’s Education at Palm Beach State College, and has begun Teacher Certification through FCBT’s Petrinovic Teacher Training Program.
Megan Dunn (Trainee) is joining FCBT this year as a Trainee. She grew up and trained in West Palm Beach and Miami areas. She spent three summers training with the Orlando Ballet. She studied at The Boston Conservatory from 2009 to 2011. While training with FCBT, she is attending college.
Eric Emerson (Trainee) is fifteen, and has been dancing with FCBT since he was 4 years old. He is enrolled with Palm Beach Virtual School. He has been in nearly fifty performances with FCBT, and his favorite roles include Puck in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sancho Panza and Matador in Don Quixote, Lead Russian and Rat King in The Nutcracker, and Scottish Doll in Coppelia. He toured Budapest, Hungary with FCBT in the summer of 2009 as well as the dance/mission trip to Cuba. Eric hopes to major in dance in college.
Johanna Hurmemaa (Trainee) This is Johanna’s second year as a Trainee with FCBT. She has performed the roles of Bonbon, Mother and Snowflake dancer in The Nutcracker. She has appeared as a Maiden in For Such a Time as This: The Story of Queen Esther, and a Gypsy and one of Kitri’s Friends in Don Quixote.
Rebekah Levin (Trainee) has been dancing with FCBT for fifteen years. As a member of FCBT’s Ensemble, she has performed many roles, including Clara and Bonbon in The Nutcracker, Willis Giselle, and Amour in Don Quixote. Her parents are both former ballet dancers, who now teach at The Esther Center. Rebekah has modeled for and been the subject of many painting by well-known painter, Stephen Scott Young. She enjoys spending summers in England with her grandparents. While she is pursuing dance, she is also attending classes at Palm Beach State College. She was part of FCBT’s dance/mission trip to Cuba.