Ani received her early training at the Susan Ina Dance Studio and Sudbrook Arts Center in Baltimore, MD, while performing both contemporary and classical roles in the Baltimore Youth Ballet. She received a scholarship to study with Alla Sizova at the Kirov Academy while training with ABT, Boston Ballet, and Richmond Ballet. Prior to Orlando, she performed with companies in New York while pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Art at the Purchase Conservatory. Featured roles include Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Songs, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Swan Lake, Coppelia and The Nutcracker. Ani is celebrating her 10th season with Orlando Ballet.
Elizabeth Gaither has had a career span as a professional ballerinafor 21 years. She began her earlier ballet studies with her mother, Gloria Gaither in Miami Florida. While studying with her mother she received three years of high honors in the Royal Academy of Dance Examinations. She then continued her ballet training at the Houston Ballet Academy, joining Houston Ballet Company at the age of 15. After dancing with Houston ballet for 5 seasons Ms. Gaither decided to follow her dream of wanting to dance with American Ballet Theatre. She was able to live out her dream and joined the company for eight incredible seasons. During her time there she toured the world, danced on the Metropolitan House stage regularly and performed many wonderful and special roles. She then decided to keep moving forward in her career and explore what else was out there for her to experience in the ballet world. After being contacted by The Washington Ballet she was offered a Principal Dancer position and was ready to take on a new city, a new company and continue learning and growing from those around her. Ms.Gaither danced with Washington Ballet for eight amazing seasons...
During the course of her career she has performed numerous roles such as Giselle and Zulma in Giselle, the pas de deux in Fancy Free, Princess Florentine, Puss N Boots and Silver Fairy from The Sleeping Beauty, Clara, Snow Queen and Sugar Plum in the Nutcracker, Cygnets and Polish Princess in Swan Lake, Demi Soloist in Gorge Balanchine's Theme and Variations, Symphony Concertante and Symphony in C as well as Russian Girl and Dark Angel in his Serenade, Titania and Lover in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Swanilda in Coppelia, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella in Cinderella, The Sylph in La Sylphide, Daisy in the Great Gatsby and has performed in Forsythe's In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, Jerome Robbins' In the Night, Nacho Duato's Na Floresta, Christopher Wheeldon's Morphoses and There Where She Loved, Mark Morris' Gong and Drink to Me only with Thine Eyes, Paul Taylor's Black Tuesday, Lar Lubovitch's Meadow, My Funny Valentine and Othello as well as Edwaard Liang's Wunderland.
Elizabeth was a finalist in the Jackson International Ballet Competition in 1990 and placed fourth in the world in the junior division and won the Amilita Hoffman Award.
She has been in the PBS American Ballet Theatre filmmings of Le Corsaire, A Mid Summer Night's Dream and the Documentary Dance Across America and, she was in the in the film Center Stage.
Her second passion is yoga, and she is a certified teacher in vinyasa yoga and really enjoys helping others through the power of yoga. Ms.Gaitheris the honored and proud wife ofWashington DC photographer Theo Kossenas and loves working and collaborating with him on photography projects.
Mimmo Miccolis, an Italian born dancer and choreographer, is a contemporary teacher and choreographer at The Washington Ballet. He is the winner of the “Outstanding Choreographer Award” at the Youth American Grand Prix Finals 2015 in New York City and at the YAGP Pittsburgh Semifinals 2016. In 2011, he was one of the winners of the BBC Performing Arts Fund Dance in London, UK. Miccolis graduated from two dance academies in Italy: “Fondazione Niccolò Piccinni” (Bari) and “Balletto di Toscana” (Florence).
His recent performance engagements as choreographer and dancer include In All performed at Carnegie Hall, New York City.; Courage performed at the European Forum Alpbach (Austria); and Enlightment2.0 performed at the European Commission Joint Research Center in Ispra (Italy). These three works are the result of a close collaboration with the dancer and choreographer Gloria Benedikt.
Miccolis’ recent choreographies Echo and Away were awarded First Place for the ensemble category at the semifinals of the Youth America Grand Prix in Pittsburgh 2015 and 2016. As of August 2016, Mimmo has presented 15 new choreographies at the YAGP, 13 with The Washington School of Ballet and two with The Orlando Ballet School. In 2016, he also presented new works for the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (VKIBC) in New York, the Helsinki International Ballet Competition and the Vienna International Ballet Experience (VIBE) in Austria.
In May 2016 his Icons premiered for over 9,000 guests at the Embassy of Italy, Washington, DC with 7 dancers of TWSB. In 2015 Miccolis choreographed a rebranding music video for the Inter American Development Bank (IDB). In 2014, his work White was performed by a group of TWSB dancers and TWB Studio Company and Trainee program dancers at the Smithsonian American Art Museum during an event organized by the Embassy of Italy and the organization “Italy in the US”. Also in 2014, he presented a well-received show at the Kennedy Center An evening for humanity that included the American premiere of Rights(?) and the world premiere of Growth in collaboration with the dancer and choreographer Gloria Benedikt. An excerpt of Growth was also presented and performed by the two artists in May 2015 in Vienna, Austria at the House of the European Union during an event organized to commemorate the 70th anniversary since the end of World War II. In London, Miccolis presented two shows, Rights(?) about human rights and Lust Lost Last, a work that addresses violence against women. His last works in London are the choreographies for the music video by Aurora Lee Creature, and a contemporary Flashmob in Central London for the OBR UK Art Festival.
Miccolis previously danced with RBR Dance Company in Verona and with Evolution Dance Theatre in Rome, and he performed in operas including La Traviata and Carmen, and Satyricon in Italy, Spain and Oman. In Italy, Miccolis took part in the TV show “Domenica In” as a member of the chorus and in the American TV series “Rome” as a performer.
Florian is a dance teacher, choreographer, and performer who has worked extensively across three continents. Mr. Rouiller has an MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland, where he choreographed and performed the original productions Profondeur Inconnue and Wave while continuing extensive performance with local dance companies outside the university. Mr. Rouiller began his dance career with training at the prestigious John Cranko School in Stuttgart with a BFA, and performed with the Stuttgart Ballet in productions such as Sleeping Beauty and Giselle. Upon immigrating to the United States, he danced with Merce Cunningham Dance Company as an apprentice, Ohio Ballet, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Ballet International Eldar Aliev, Ballet Metropolitano de Caracas and Ballet Contemporanea de Caracas in Venezuela, as well as Goteborg Ballet in Sweden. Performing soloist and principal roles and working with choreographers such as Alonzo King, Jiri Kylian, Simon Dow, Robert North, Jorma Uotinen , Jean-Paul Comelin ,Lynne Taylor Corbett to name a few….He has also performed with many companies throughout the United States and taught extensively, including at the Kirov Academy in Washington DC, the Washington Ballet School, City Dance Ensemble, and other schools throughout the Washington DC area. In the DC area, he has performed with City Dance Ensemble, Dana Tai Soon Burgess and Lucy Bowen McCauley, Karen Reedy. His piece Fragments was at the finals in the 2010 Korean Ballet competition and his Female solo Verge just won the 3 prizes at YAGP competition in 2013. He also won a 3prizes in the Men division 2015 at YAGP. Mr. Rouiller is currently teaching and choreographing in the DC area. This year he is teaching at Coppin State University, Baltimore Community College and Montgomery College. Fall 2013 Resident artist at UMBC. Currently he is working at Baltimore School of the Arts, UMBC, Ballet Royale Institute of Maryland and Coppin State University. Also he was a guest teacher at Towson University and David Elkins College. Summer 2015 Kirov academy in DC.
Courtney born and raised in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, Courtney celebrates a part Jamaican and part African American background. Before dancing, Courtney gained over a decade of experience as a student musician. He studied piano and saxophone from an early age, and was a member of one of the premier high school marching bands in the state.
His dance journey began in 2008 when he learned and performed salsa and rueda de casino as a student and later as president of Pa’lante Salsa en Rueda Dance Troupe at Cornell University. During his time with Pa’lante, he co-organized and hosted master Rumba and Afro-Cuban workshops with the late Felix “Pupy” Insua and his wife. Pupy was the source of his interest in Rumba and Afro-Cuban dance and a hidden genre known as timba (and the difference between authentic and Americanized forms of Cuban dance). In addition, he spent a semester studying basic Afro-Cuban and Cuban percussion with Palante percussion instructor Hiram Jimenez of Havana, Cuba. Courtney brings his marching, musical, and leader precision to rueda de casino and has been performing with DC Casineros since 2013.