our sugar plum fairy
Ballerina Claudia Leczano returns to Charleston for our 2019 Nutcracker - ! To reprise her role of Sugar Plum Fairy ! She began her training at the age of 7 in the Cuban National School of Ballet “Alejo Carpentier” under the direction of Alicia Alonso in La Habana, where she trained for 5 years.
After leaving her country, Claudia continued her training with The Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami School, and her educa-tion at New World School of the Arts where she was also introduced to the world of Contemporary and Modern techniques. She graduated with Highest Honors in 2014 achieving a Bachelors in Fine Arts with a Major in Dance. Shortly after, Claudia joined the Florida Grand Ballet, and The Sarasota Ballet for 2 Seasons. This year she returned to Miami to continue dancing with her former company The Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, and Dimensions Dance Theater of Miami -
our cavalier to
sugar plum fairy
Natanael Leal is a dancer, teacher, artist and choreographer. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he was educated at Miami City Ballet School and currently dancing with Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami was most recently a Soloist Dancer at Ballet Fantastique in Eugene, OR.
Graduated from the Pre-Professional Division at Miami City Ballet School under the direction of Darleen Callaghan. Trained under principal faculty; Geta Constantinescu, Gerard Ebitz, Olivier Pardina,Maria Torija, Rafi Maldonado-Lopez, Liz Malm and Herman Payne.
Leal's love of dance and passion for the arts shows through with each work he is involved in and choreography he composes. Imaginative and creative, he is constantly seeking the inspiration which will bring the next performance to life. #chasballet #nutcrackercharleston2019
After three years at the American Ballet Theatre School in New York City, Mr. Leeth came to Boston Ballet as an apprentice in 1976. The following year he became a member of the Company. He danced leading roles in a variety of classical and contemporary ballets, including Concerto Barocco, Fall River Legend, Fanfare, Four Temperaments, Giselle, Lilac Garden, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Serenade, and Swan Lake. In 1980 Leeth staged and danced Sleeping Beauty for the Ballet Clasico de Santo Domingo. He also has made guest appearances with a number of U.S. ballet companies, performing in Don Quixote, Le Corsaire and Les Sylphides.
Arthur is no stranger to Charleston Dance Scene – he created the role of Lord Capulet in Jill Eathorne Bahr’s Romeo and Juliet, and taught in numerous CBT Intensive Summer Ballet Workshops. Since his official retirement from the stage in 1987, Leeth has continued to perform character roles in Boston Ballet's productions of La Sylphide, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, Lilac Garden, Scheherazade, and La Sonnambula. He has also taught at the Boston Conservatory of Music, Boston Ballet School, Harvard University and Boston Ballet's South End Community Dance Project outreach program. Arthur is also Director of Artistic Operations for Burklyn Ballet Theatre; a summer dance program in Vermont. Arthur is also ballet master for Burklyn Youth Ballet in their summer performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. Now a familiar face in productions by Jill Eathorne Bahr—. She attended the South Carolina Governor ’s School for the Arts, where she took daily classes with Stanislav Isseav & Irena Ushakova. She was instructed by Robert Ivey, Alonzo King, Hernan Justo, Robert Barnett, Sandra Neels, Lloyd Withmore along with several others. Katie has performed in CBT Center for Dance Education’s Twas the Night Before Nutcracker and Happily Ever After in the Spring dancing the role of Pocahontas. She also performed the role of the Summer Fairy in Cinderella and the Arabian Princess in the Nutcracker. She debuted the role of Mary Poppins in Jill Eathorne Bahr's new Chim-Chim Cherie last season
began ballet at the late age of14. He studied under Deborah Case at the Deborah Case Dance Academy, home of the Rio Grande Valley Ballet. He had the luxury of working with numerous instructors including Prima Ballerina Absoluta Galina Mezentseva of the Kirov Ballet, Alex Ossadnick Ballet Bordeaux (current Ballet Master of Ballet Idaho), Michael and Olga Wise of Moscow Classical, Willie Shives of Joffrey Ballet, He then began to perform with The Rio Grande Valley Ballet portraying lead roles in and touring within the state of Texas. He had the pleasure of sharing the stage with principals of the Joffrey Ballet as well as dance and partner in Carnival of the Animals with Prima Ballerina Absoluta Galina Mezantseva. Formerly a principal with the Robert Ivey Ballet, he portrayed Quasimodo in Hunchback of Notre Dame, Firebird, and Scheherazade,. He has trained in many styles of dance from instructors across the globe. He has had the privilege of choreographing for competitions, as well as working with artist for music videos, live concerts, musicals and plays. Is a sought out Master Teacher across the Country. He performs in Coastal Ballet USA productions and teaches in the Charleston Ballet Center School . Michael and Katie have a 11 month old son -Sebastian. He debuted the role of Burt in Jill Eathorne Bahr's new Chim-Chim Cherie last season
began dancing at the Toledo Ballet School, under the direction of Marie Vogt. “Jenny” spent consecutive summers studying at The School of American Ballet, with further studies: The Boston Ballet, School, The Joffrey Ballet School. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Ballet from Indiana University’s School of Music. As a scholarship student, Jenny trained with Jean-Pierre Bonnefous, Violette Verdy and under the tutelage of Patricia McBride, Jenny won First Prize in the collegiate NSAL competition.
Jenny has danced professionally with The Los Angeles Classical Ballet, Indianapolis Ballet Theater and made her home with, The Charleston Ballet Theatre. While dancing with CBT, Jenny enjoyed being featured in Balanchine’s, “Who Cares?,” and “Serenade,” and Jill Eathorne Bahr’s, “Rite of Spring,” and “Peter Pan.” Jenny also loves to give ballet classes.s, and has been teaching aspiring dancers throughout her career. Jenny is honored to be working with the dancers at Coastal Ballet USA.. She also will be teaching at Charleston Ballet Center for Dance.
ANDREA DeVRIES SNIDER
, a Charleston native, has always had a passion for dance. As a student she trained at both Charleston Ballet Theatre and Robert Ivey Ballet. During her summers she attended summer intensives across the United States including, Colorado Ballet, David Taylor Dance Theatre, Florida Dance Festival, Charlotte City Ballet, and North Carolina School of the Arts as well as Charleston Ballet Theatre’s intensives. After her training Andrea danced at the Charleston Ballet theatre for her professional career for eleven Years. During that time she also spent seven years choreographing Musicals for Porter Gaud School’s middle and high school theatre departments. Supporting and educating young people in dance has been her lifetime goal. In 2013 Andrea accepted a position at the Charleston Dance Center as Ballet Mistress. She is enjoying the beauty of teaching and has the pleasure of performing in cameo roles throughout the Lowcountry.
Kramer is an alumni of Project Ballet. He began his dance career studying street and hip-hop dancing, as well as competition dance styles, before being recruited by Mrs. McLeish to begin intensively studying classical ballet. While a student a Project Ballet, Mr. Kramer attended summer intensives on scholarship with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Ballet Chicago and Hubbard Street Dance. After graduating from Project Ballet in 2014, he performed for two years with Ballet Chicago before returning to Fort Wayne. Mr. Kramer permanently joined our Adjunct Ballet Faculty in August 2017
Originally from Toledo Ohio, Stephen Everson started dancing recreationally at the age of 12. In 2016, Stephen was invited to join the Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts to start his classical ballet training. Stephen’s training included, Classical Technique, Pas de Deux, Men’s Class and Modern - as well as cross-training classes such as Pilates, Core Dynamics, and Progressing Ballet Technique. After 2 years of training, Stephen became a trainee with Ballet 5:8. As a Trainee, Stephen danced with Ballet 5:8’s professional ballet company in the productions of “Scarlet”, “The Four Seasons of the Soul” and “The Space in Between” – he performed and toured across the country with Ballet 5:8 in 2019. .
In 2018, Stephen had the opportunity to study at the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory in Torrington, Connecticut and most recently had the privilege of attending the Royal Danish Ballet Summer School in Copenhagen, Denmark under instructors such as Antonio Carmena, Nicolai Hansen,
and Jonathan Chmelensky. He also had the honor of learning from Fosse legends Ann Reinking and Dana Moore. Stephen is currently studying at Project Ballet in Fort Wayne, Indiana under the guidance of Beth McLeish and Robert Steele.