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Giorgia Bovo was trained thanks to a full scholarship at Scuola del Balletto di Toscana (Firenze, Italy), appearing in the junior company (Junior Balletto di Toscana). While in Italy she performed with Kaos-Balletto di Firenze. After moving to NY in 2007 she has been company member of Armitage Gone! Dance performing at the Guggenheim Museum and the Lincoln Center Out of Doors besides touring internationally. Giorgia works and has worked as a free lance artist for several companies and choreographers including: Collective Body/Dance Lab (directed by choreographer Brian Carey Chung), Alexandra Damiani, Terra Firma Dance Theatre (where she worked with choreographers Stuart Loungway and Peter Leung), Gabrielle Lamb, Giada Ferrone Dance and Untitled Collective. She is a current member of Rebecca Kelly Ballet, The Francesca Harper Project and Indelible Dance. Giorgia was recently featured on Dance Spirit’s April issue “You Should Know” and is appearing on the current season of Dance 212, a reality show featuring 5 chosen dancers living in NYC produced by Dance Media.

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GIORGIA BOVO

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Natsuki Arai, a native of Japan, holds a BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase.


After graduation, she has worked with Kraig Patterson, Anita Cheng, Christopher Williams, Nilas Martins, and Christopher d'Amboise, Neta Pulvermacher and Collective Body Dance Lab among others.


She has been a member of Gibney Dance since 2009.

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NATSUKI ARAI

Born in Sapporo, Japan, Shinohara started dancing and creating his own work while studying anthropology at International Christian University in Tokyo in 2004. After dancing and touring nationally and internationally with companies such as Nomade-s, Grinderman, and with his own company Team Punchinello, he moved to NYC in 2009 to further his creative work. Trained in modern and contemporary dance techniques as well as improvisation, Shinohara has collaborated with artists such as Jennifer Muller, Daria Faïn, Darcy Naganuma, Lovid, Philippa Kaye, Giada Ferrone, Lynn Neuman and others. He has also presented his ambitious dances for Movement Research at Judson Church, Hatch/Hatched Series, PMT Dance Festival, Evolve Dance Festival, WestFest, Queens Fringe Festival, Collaborations in Dance Festival, Fertile Ground/Take Root Series at Green Space, WAX Series, and more. His work has been described as ''A spirited and fun take on urban experience,'' (Art Values Education) and ''Filled with humor''(OFFOFFOFF.com). He has taught his workshops in Sapporo and Tokyo in Japan, also in NYC. He has also choreographed for an iphone app, in the collaboration with Gina Fujita, which will be released in 2013. And since this year he has been running his choreographic research project Math Time, with 9 dancers in NYC, looking to new ways to expand space using mathematical materials, to be presented in 2013.

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Emily Wagner, trained under scholarships at the Flint Youth Ballet, Virginia School of the Arts, and the American Ballet Theater School. Her most influential training came from Sabrina Pillars, friend and mentor from the New York City Ballet. Her dance career began to bloom when she received an invitation to dance with American Ballet Theater’s Studio Company. Since then, Wagner has performed nationally and internationally with great reviews. companies include: Ballet Austin, Eglevsky Ballet, Ballet Noir, Terra Firma Dance Theater, International Ballet Theater, and Ballet X among others. In 2005, she performed Peter Breuer's Bolero in Salzburg, Austria with the Salzburg Ballett and from 2005 to 2007 she danced as a soloist with the Movement Network of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. while in Europe, she also received an International Pilates Certification with Body Arts and Sciences International. Emily's most exciting moment to date was performing in Monte Carlo for the Prince of Monaco in 2009. Wagner also freelances in New York City as a tango artist with the New Generation Dance Company and is a guest artist with the Pennsylvania Ballet. Wagner has also modeled for Sansha and KD Dance. Emily is currently in her fIfth season with Armitage Gone! Dance.

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EMILY WAGNER

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This is Sophie’s fourth season in The Nutcracker, A Contemporary Ballet.  She currently studies ballet at Connecticut Dance Center, under the direction of Tamara Saari. She is an eighth grader at Turn of River Middle School; her past credits include The Cat in the Hat in Northeast Elementary School’s Seussical Jr.  She has also appeared in Meet Me in St Louis, Fiddler on the Roof and The King and I. Sophie has been featured in Giada Ferrone’s Nutcracker as Young Clara in 2010 & 2011.  This year she serves as a mentor to the newest Young Clara and will be performing featured roles in The Party Scene and Wind’s Love. She is excited to be dancing the Chinese solo this season!

FEATURED YOUNG DANCER

SOPHIE CIOKAJLO

GINGERBREAD TOY

Umihei (Gunma, Japan) attended the Tokyo School of Music and trained in Ballet,Jazz, Modern,Contemporary and Hip-Hop. While studying at TSM, Umihei made several TV commercial appearances as well as performing in promotional events held throughout Japan. He was also featured as a background dancer on national televised programs. After graduating from TSM, he was mentored by renowned choreographer Erika Akoh. Umihei, who moved to NYC in 2005, has been training at Peridance/Capezio Center and joined Samurai Sword Soul in 2007. He has participated in the International Dance Festival, Dumbo Dance Festival, Movement Research, Cherry Blossom Festival, Anime Festival and Fringe Festival. He is also a member of Japanese Folk Dance Institute NY. Umihei would like to say special thanks from the bottom of his heart to his family, teachers, friends, and all the people of his support.  This is his 4th season with The NUTCRACKER NYC, A Contemporary Ballet.

KENSAKU SHINOHARA

KING SPIDER

ATSUNORI ‘Umihei’ HAYAMIZU

ELLIOT HAMMONS

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Elliot Hammans began his formal dance training in 2008 with Robert Sher Machhendl, a former principal with the Dutch National Ballet, with whom he continued his ballet training for the next two years. In late 2009 Elliot moved to Santa Fe, NM where he continued his ballet and modern dance education with Moving People Dance. In June of 2010 he preformed a season with the Moving People Dance Company as an apprentice. That summer he attended Alonzo King’s LINES program on full scholarship, and spent the next two summers training at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In 2011 Elliot was accepted into NYU Tisch School of the Arts on scholarship where he is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in dance. In 2012 he spent his summer semester studying abroad at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance and recently joined the Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance company.

Patrick was born and raised in Potomac, Maryland.


In 1989 after being a member of the Joffrey Ballet for four years, Patrick joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company where he became one of its most celebrated members and danced there until 2005. Patrick was featured in five PBS Great Performances between 1988 and 2004 and the 1998 Academy Award nominated documentary Dancemaker.


In 2001 Patrick was the recipient of the New York Performance Award (Bessie) for Sustained Achievement with The Paul Taylor Dance Company.

Patrick founded his own company CorbinDances in 2003 and stages his own work as well as the work of Paul Taylor on companies through out the United States. Patrick is presently studying at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where he is an MFA candidate in Dance.

THE NUTCRACKER NYC is honored to have Patrick Corbin join us as Drosselmeyer this season!

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CLEMENT MENSAH

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Born and raised in Ghana, West Africa. He moved to the Netherlands at the age of 11. After high school and graduating from CIOS (sports academy) he went to Amsterdam School of Arts and graduated in June 2008. He came to the Alvin Ailey School in 2007 as an exchange student where he received a fellowship to study. He was also member of the Student Performing Group at the Alvin Ailey School. Clement is a former member of the Kisshoffmoves Company based in Amsterdam. He has apprenticed at the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. He has also been part of the Francesca Harper Project, Performing at the Harlem stage, Venice (Italy), Summer Stage East River Park and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, danced with the Elisa Monte Dance Company from 2008 till 2010, Matthew Westerby Company in 2009 and Fist and Heel Performance Group. Mr. Mensah, a former member of Transitions Dance Company at Trinity Laban School of Contemporary Dance in London, where he received his MA degree in Dance Performance. In September 2011, he returned to New York and worked on Project Poetry Live with Matthew Westerby Company and danced with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence A Dance Company. As a member of Battery Dance Company, Mr. Mensah became part of Reggie Wilson Fist and Heel Performance Group in 2011 and looks forward for many more years.