BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Joe Rubino
Treasurer Colleen Wagaman
Secretary Tiffany Rubino
Support Illinois Youth Dance Theatre
Isaac Sharratt - Milwaukee Ballet
Cody Szarko - Visceral Dance Chicago
Karl Watson - Visceral Dance Chicago
Ricardo Santiago - Boston Ballet, Former Joffrey Ballet
2011 and Earlier
Michael Levine - Former Joffrey Ballet
Guillermo Leyva - Former Joffrey Ballet
Samuel Pergande - Cirque de Soleil, Former Joffrey Ballet
The Nutcracker 2015, 2016
Braeden Barnes, a native from Chicago, Illinois, received his training from Faubourg Ballet, Academy of Dance Arts, San Francisco Ballet School, and Houston Ballet school. Braeden was then accepted into the Joffrey Ballet training program under the directors Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik. During his time there, he did works by Francisco Avina, Ronn Stewart, Amy Hall, and Diana Princeton.
Braeden has worked professionally with Balletmet, Joffrey Ballet, Ron de Jesus Dance, Billy Elliot the Musical, Cocodaco Dance Project, LEVELdance, and Nevada Ballet Theatre. Among his time at these companies, Braeden has worked with choreographers such as James Canfield, Paul Vasterling, Andre Kastan, Gerald Charles, and Eddy Ocompo.
Braeden has also danced professionally in major cities such as Chicago, Milwaukee, Columbus, Portland, Montreal, Lancaster, Palm Springs, and Las Vegas. During his travels, he has worked and danced works by choreographers such as Jose Navas, Matthew Neenan, Sarah Slipper, Adam Pelty, Banning Bouldin, and Yoshito Sakuraba.
The Nutcracker 2015
Columbia Classical Ballet Principal Dancer, was born in Kagawa, Japan and began his ballet studies at the Hikasa Ballet Studio in Japan. He came to the U.S. at age 16 to attend the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. before moving to Columbia, S.C. to continue his advanced training with Radenko Pavlovich. This past June, Kota was awarded the Gold Medal (Professional Division) at the 2015 World Ballet Competition in Orlando for his outstanding performance. Other awards include the Bronze Medal 2014 WBC, First Place Senior Male 2014 YAGP Atlanta Regionals, Silver Medalist at the 2013 Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition NYC, First Place at the 2012 All Japan Osaka Ballet Competition and All Japan Ballet Competition, Third Place 2012 Japan Grand Prix and First Place at All Japan Nagoya Ballet Competition. His repertory includes the principal and soloist roles in The Sleeping Beauty - Prince, Don Quixote - Basilio, Romeo and Juliet - Romeo, Swan Lake - Pas de Trois, and The Nutcracker - Cavalier, Marzipan, and Nutcracker among many others. Columbia Classical Ballet is very pleased to welcome the very talented Kota Fujishima back for his third season.
The Nutcracker 2015
The Nutcracker 2014
Nations was born in Wurzburg, Germany but has resided in Columbia, South Carolina for the past seven years where he has trained exclusively with Radenko Pavlovich. In 2013, at the age of 14, Nations had the honor of receiving Second Place in the Student Division of the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (VKIBC), NYC. The next year he placed in the top six of the Youth American Grand Prix Male Senior Division in Atlanta, Georgia. This past spring Nations travelled back to NYC where he won the Gold Medal for the Junior Division 2015 VKIBC and then went on to the 2015 World Ballet Competition in Florida where he was awarded the Bronze Medal in the Pre-Professional Category. Nations’ repertory includes the Wizard in Oz, Little John in Robin Hood, Marzipan, the Nutcracker Prince, and Cavalier in The Nutcracker, Aladdin, and Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake. Nations is a senior in high school and is very happy to be back performing with Columbia Classical Ballet for his fourth season.