Hometown: New York, New York
Claudia learned her first dance steps at the Spring Lake Community House in New Jersey. In Kindergarten, she began dancing at the Dance Stop Dance Education Center in Parlin, New Jersey where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and lyrical for ten years. During that time she danced competitively and was a scholarship winner at numerous conventions. Claudia has attended the NYCDA summer and winter intensives and has performed in Dancers Responding to Aids fundraisers, Voices Transposed (a show to raise money for UN), and in the Dances Patrelle Nutcracker. She has studied closely with choreographers such as Al Blackstone, Chloe Arnold, and Alexandra Damiani.
Hometown: New Haven, CT
Claire began dancing when she was two years old in Asheville, NC. When her family relocated to Connecticut, she danced at the Hartt School for a year before moving to New York to attend the School of American Ballet in 2013. During her five years at the school, she performed works by Balanchine and Wheeldon. In 2017, she performed in Wheeldon's Scènes de Ballet as part of the New York City Ballet's winter season. She has attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet and Boston Ballet. Her ream roles include Balanchine's Duo Concertante and Robbins's Afternoon of a Faun.
Hometown: Davidson, NC
Catherine has been dancing for 17 years. She studied dance at Piedmont School of Music and Dance. During the summer, Catherine attended dance intensives with American Ballet Theatre in California, Houston Ballet, The Juilliard School, Colorado Ballet, and most recently Boston Ballet. After graduating high school in 2017, she danced in Boston Ballet II for the 2017-2018 season. Catherine is so excited to continue pursuing her love of ballet in DEP while also becoming a mechanical engineer.
Hometown: New Market, Alabama
Orianna started dancing when she was four years old, and trained at the North Alabama Dance Center. She switched studios to The Dance Company Inc., and joined their Senior Ballet Company during her last year of high school. She has attended multiple intensives with Luba Gulyaeva, and and also attended Nashville Ballet's Summer Intensive. At Duke she aspires to Major in both Biology and Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry.
Hometown: Vienna, Virginia
Kristi was born in Northern Virginia, where she began dancing at local studios. At 14, she continued her training at the Washington Ballet, eventually joining their Professional Training Program. At the Washington Ballet, she studied with teachers including Julie Kent, Xiomara Reyes, Kim Sonderegger, Mimmo Miccolis, and Vladimir Djouloukhadze. She also attended summer programs at Houston Ballet, Ballet Chicago, and the Kennedy Center’s Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell. Her favorite roles to perform have included George Balanchine’s Who Cares? and Serenade, Mimmo Miccolis’s Firsts, Fosse’s Steam Heat, and Suzanne Farrell’s ballet to Polovtsian Dances.