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Yuki was born in Japan and trained at the Joffrey Ballet School, and Steps on Broadway. She spent summers at the Boston Ballet, and the Connecticut Ballet. Yuki has danced with the Metopolitan Ballet, Peoria Ballet and USA Ballet. She performed the roles of Lucile Grahn in Pas de Quatre, the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, the Lilac Fairy and Bluebird in Sleeping Beauty, and Don Quixote.
Zoe graduated from Mount Holyoke College where she studied Dance and Biology. She also studied ballet at Boulder Ballet School, Joffrey South Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Kansas City Ballet. We welcome Zoe to our teaching staff and also as one of our professional performers.
Joseph received his early training from Minnesota Dance Theatre and Continental Ballet Company and recently graduated from the University of Minnesota, where he studied Dance and Arts Administration. He performed as Dream Curly in Oklahoma at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and has produced two shows in the Minnesota Fringe Festival: Conundrum (2007) and Conundrum Rehabbed (2008). Joseph has performed in numerous ballets for Continental Ballet Company.
Karen graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a BFA in Ballet Performance. Previously she trained at Ballet Iowa and Central Iowa Dance with summers at American Ballet Theatre and Kansas City Ballet. She performed with Central Iowa Dance Youth Ballet, Iowa Dance Theatre, Oklahoma Festival Ballet, and Ballet Quad Cities before finding her home at Continental Ballet. She is thrilled to be starting her fifth season with CBC and looking forward to teaching this year.
Nicole began studying at Continental in 1991 when there were studios in Apple Valley and Bloomington. Eventually she was taking classes at both studios, trying to take as many classes from Riet as possible. Nicole has performed in many ballets. She started as a student and after years of training she worked her way into the Junior Company and later the Company. Productions Nicole has performed in include: Nutcracker, Cinderella, Peter & the Wolf, Carnival of the Animals, Rodeo, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, and many of Riet’s original works.
In addition to teaching ballet, Nicole has years of experience working with preschoolers, having spent time as an aide, preschool teacher and a brief period as the assistant director of a child care center before leaving the field for another career path. Nicole is excited to share her love of classical ballet with young students, in a fun, and educational setting.
Marcia started her dance training in Minneapolis with Hy Somers, moving on to the Joe Savino Ballet and Centre de la Danse in Cannes, France. She has performed with the Children’s Theatre Company, Minnesota Opera, the Guthrie Theater and Minnesota Ballet with Frank Bourman. Marcia teaches both company class and student classes.
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