Amanda Farris was born and raised in Central California, training in ballet with Central West Ballet, Valley Oak School of Dance, and during summers with Boston Ballet. Ms. Farris was a medalist in the Russian Pointe USA national ballet competition in 2004. She attended Long Beach State on a full academic scholarship where she studied both cultural anthropology and dance. There Ms. Farris trained in modern dance and ballet under world renowned faculty. After graduating summa cum laude, she joined The Georgia Ballet where she quickly rose to dancing principal roles, many of which were created on her. Some featured roles include those in Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Pas de Quatre, Janusz Mazon’s Pinnochio and The Firebird, and Alexandre Proia’s The Four Seasons. Since joining Diablo Ballet in 2014, Ms. Farris has danced in works by Robert Dekkers, George Balanchine, Sonya Delwaide, Val Caniparoli, Christopher Stowell, Sean Kellly, Norbert Vesak, and Trey McIntyre.
Jamar Goodman began his dance training when he was eight years old at The School of the Hartford Ballet under a Dance City Youth Scholarship. He performed with The Hartford Ballet, American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, and American Ballet Theatre performing roles in Kevin McKenzie's productions of "The Nutcracker", "Swan Lake", and "Don Quixote", George Balanchine's "Theme and Variations", Ronald Hynd's "The Merry Widow", and Harald Lander's "Etudes". He also performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet, where he danced roles in George Balanchine's "The Four Temperaments" and "Agon", Peter Martins' "Fearful Symmetries", and Christopher Wheeldon's new production of "Swan Lake". Mr. Goodman was a dancer in the film, "Center Stage", and appeared in the published works, "The Dancer Book". Since joining Diablo Ballet in 2015, Mr. Goodman has performed in works by: Sean Kelly, Robert Dekkers, Tina Kay Bohnstedt, Sonya Delwaide, and Gary Masters.
Jackie McConnell, from Salem, Oregon, trained with Pacific Northwest Ballet School and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She danced with Nevada Ballet Theatre, toured with the Portland-based company, Bodyvox, and continues to work bi-coastally with the contemporary ballet company, Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance in New York City. In the Bay Area, she has danced with Company C Contemporary Ballet, Post: Ballet, Garrett and Moulton Productions, Menlowe Ballet, Oakland Ballet and the San Francisco Opera. Since joining Diablo Ballet in 2015, Ms. McConnell has performed in works by: Val Caniparoli, Sean Kelly, Robert Dekkers, and Gary Masters.
Christian Squires, was born in Charleston, South Carolina and, received his early training from Robert Ivey Ballet and SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, as well as through summer programs at the School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. In 2005, Christian was awarded a contract with Boston Ballet II at the Helsinki International Ballet Competition, and was promoted to the main company the following season. He danced with the Copenhagen International Ballet during the summer of 2008 and joined Oregon Ballet Theatre later that year. In 2011, Mr. Squires joined Smuin Ballet, and in 2014 he joined Diablo Ballet.. He has performed featured roles in works by choreographers including William Forsythe, George Balanchine, Val Caniparoli, Twyla Tharp, Jorma Elo, James Kudelka, Frederick Ashton, Helen Pickett, Alexei Ratmansky, Trey McIntyre, and Alejandro Cerrudo, among others. An inaugural member of Post:Ballet, Mr. Squires has danced in works by Robert Dekkers and was recently nominated for an Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance- Ensemble. As Post:Ballet’s aesthetic advisor and a frequent costume designer, he has designed and built costumes for Robert Dekkers, Post:Ballet and Diablo Ballet. This is Mr. Squires third season with Diablo Ballet.
Rosselyn Ramirez was born and received her training in Caracas, Venezuela. From 2005-2011, she performed with Ballet Classico de Camara Nina Novak, and with the Ballet National de Caracas Teatro Teresa Carreño. She has danced principal roles in the classical ballet repertoire, including "Le Corsaire", "Esmeralda" and "The Nutcracker" and in contemporary ballets such as "Amor", "Brujo", "Passion", and "Texturas". Ms. Ramirez has performed in Uruguay and Cuba, and was a guest artist at the 21st Festival of Ballet in Havana, Cuba. Since joining Diablo Ballet in 2011, Ms. Ramirez has danced in works by Val Caniparoli, Sean Kelly, Christopher Stowell, Robert Dekkers, Tina Kay Bohnstedt, KT Nelson, Ben Stevenson, and George Balanchine's "Apollo".
Raymond Tilton was born in San Marcos and trained at San Elijo Dance Academy and San Francisco Ballet School prior to being named an apprentice in 2010 with the San Francisco Ballet and joining the Company in 2011. His repertory with the San Francisco Ballet includes Tomasson's "Nutcracker" (King of the Mice and Arabian), Tomasson’s "Giselle", Tomasson's "Romeo and Juliet", Balanchine’s "Coppélia", Cranko’s "Onegin", Neumeier’s "The Little Mermaid", Wheeldon’s "Cinderella" (Winter and Courtier), Balanchine’s "Scotch Symphony", Fokine’s "Petrouchka", Lifar’s "Suite en Blanc", Nureyev’s "Raymonda"—Act III, Possokhov’s "Firebird", Ratmansky’s "Shostakovich Trilogy" (Symphony #9 and Chamber Symphony), and Robbins’ "Glass Pieces". Since joining Diablo Ballet in 2015, Mr. Tilton has performed in works by: Sean Kelly, Robert Dekkers, Norbert Vesak, Gary Masters, Sonya Delwaide, and George Balanchine's "Apollo".
Oliver-Paul Adams was born in Stoke-On-Trent, England and received his early training at Jill Clewes Performing Arts Centre and the Elmhurst School for Dance in Association with The Birmingham Royal Ballet. His performances with the Birmingham Royal Ballet included Kenneth MacMillan's "Romeo and Juliet" and Peter Wrights’ "Sleeping Beauty". After graduating from school, Mr. Adams joined the Slovak National Ballet in Bratislava, where he danced soloist roles including Benno in "Swan Lake", the Bluebird in "Sleeping Beauty", in works by Jiri Kylian and in the 'World Stars Ballet Gala' in both Prague and Bratislava. In 2010, he joined the Sacramento Ballet performing in principal roles in George Balanchine's "Serenade", "Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux", "Stars and Stripes Pas De Deux" and "Western Symphony" as well as "The Nutcracker", "Midsummer Night’s Dream" and "The Rite of Spring". Mr. Adams has also danced in contemporary works by Edward Liang, Septime Webre, Trey McIntyre and KT Nelson. In the spring of 2016 he performed in Smuin Ballet's spring season. This is Mr. Adams first season with Diablo Ballet.
Felipe Leon was born in Bogota, Colombia and trained on full scholarship at Ballet Academy East in New York City. He performed with Compania Colombiana de Danza, in Bogota and has danced soloist and principal roles in works by Maurice Berjart, Wendy Whelan, Matthew Neenan, Margo Sappington, Lisa de Ribere, Claudia Schreire and Alan Hineline. Mr. Leon’s repertoire includes works created for him, Coppelia, Alice in Wonderland and The Nutcracker. This is Mr. Leon's first season with Diablo Ballet.
Larissa Kogut was born in Buffalo, NY and received her training at the National Ballet of Canada and then later at the University of Utah. She performed with the Sacramento Ballet performing principal roles in Ron Cunningham’s The Nutcracker, Ma Cong’s Blood Rush, Rudolph Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Act I (Mercedes) and in Septime Webre’s Juanita y Alicia. Ms. Kogut is a founding member of Capital Dance Project and this is her first season with Diablo Ballet.