Meet Django

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Originally from San Francisco, CA, Mr. Allegretti trained at the San
Francisco Ballet School on scholarship for ten years. He studied with Jorge
Esquivel, Parrish Maynard, Jeff Lyons and Jean-Yves Esquerre and attended
numerous summer intensives including American Ballet Theatre and Ballet
Chicago on scholarship. He danced with Ballet Theatre of Maryland as a
Principal and was featured as Cavalier and Snow King in the Nutcracker,
Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, and in Antony Tudor’s Continuo. As a Principal
with Manassas Ballet Theatre he performed roles such as Hilarion in Giselle,
Cavalier and Snow King in The Nutcracker and the Jester in Cinderella. Mr.
Allegretti is looking forward to his first season with Chicago Repertory Ballet.


 

 

Meet Savannah

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Savannah grew up in Boise, Idaho. In 2012, she was accepted into the Butler University Dance Program on academic scholarship. During her time there she was awarded the Lynnett Jordan Schisla Dance Scholarship and Performance Awards for her roles in the Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and her soloist performance in the Midwinter Festival. She has been freelancing in the Chicago area for the past year and a half in both contemporary and classical works.


 

 

Meet Jacqueline

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Founder and choreographer of Jaxon Movement Arts, Jacqueline is joining CRB for her 6th season.


Ms. Stewart has performed for such companies as Thodos Dance Chicago, The Seldoms and various independent choreographers. Jacqueline most recently was a principle dancer for The Lyric Opera's season of Les Troyens, Eugene Onegin, My Fair Lady and The Pearl Fishers. Jacqueline has danced for Tony Award winner Chet Walker in the Broadway Presentation of Anastasia. In 2010, Stewart became the 10,000 Dollar Grand Prize Winner of The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2010: Chicago granted by The Joyce Theatre Foundation of New York for her choreographic work. Ms. Stewart has presented her work widely in New York City at the Joyce Soho, The Ailey Citi Group Theatre, The Wild Project, Triskaleon Arts Center and extensively in Chicago. Jacqueline’s choreography has been featured for Chicago Repertory Ballet and most recently for Madison Ballet's 2015-18 seasons.

 

Meet John

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John Cartwright is originally from Madisonville, KY and began his training in Evansville, IN at the Children’s Center for Dance Education.  He continued his studies with the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Austin, National Taiwan University of the Arts, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. John graduated from Butler University in 2008 with a degree in Dance and Arts Administration.  He has had the privilege to perform works by Bob Fosse, Bella Lewitzky, Sybil Shearer, Ann Reinking, Val Caniprioli, Ron de Jesus, Steven Mills, Amy Seiwert, Helen Pickett, Lila York, KT Nelson, Garfield Lemonius, Kevin Iega Jeff, Lucas Crandall, Brian Enos, Autumn Eckman, Kristina Isabelle, Robyn Mineko Williams, and Wade Schaaf.  John has performed as a guest artist with Chicago-land companies such as Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater, NoMi Dance Company, Momenta Dance Company, Schaumburg Dance Ensemble, and the Berkshire Ballet Theater.

 

Before coming to Chicago, John performed and choreographed for the Louisville Ballet and Louisville’s Moving Collective.  His choreography has also been produced for main stage, touring, and educational outreach shows for Thodos Dance Chicago. John was a member of Thodos Dance Chicago for 7 seasons and was the co-artistic director of Thodos Dance Chicago’s Youth Ensemble for 5 years.  Currently, John is the Faculty Head of the Secondary Program at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Youth Dance Program.  He also teaches at the North Suburban School of Dance in Northbrook, IL, The Dance Workshop in Orland Park, IL, the Lake Forest Dance Academy in Lake Forest, IL, and the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, which holds their summer residency at Centre College in Danville, KY. John has appeared as a guest artist with Chicago Repertory Ballet on several occasions, including the company’s debut performance, but this is his first full season as a company member.
 

Meet Christine

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Christine Janák is delighted to be dancing with Chicago Repertory Ballet for the 2018 season. She has performed across Europe and nationally since 2012. In Switzerland and touring through Germany, and Liechtenstein, she performed as a soloist with, Cinevox, in productions of; Cinderella, Bolero, Le Sacre du Printemps, and Cielo y Tierra. In the Netherlands she performed in various works by Martine Van Santen and Rianne Slenema. Returning to her home state, she was honored to be a part of the Denver Public Works' Holocaust remembrance piece choreographed by internationally renowned choreographer  Robert Sher-Machherndl, entitled White Mirror. Again in Colorado she danced and choreographed for Mercury Dance Company. While with Ballet 5:8, here in Chicago, she performed in the world premiere of Scarlet, a retelling of the scarlet letter and various other pieces. She has a deep love for dance education and has taught in as many paces as she has danced throughout the Midwest and abroad. She enjoys photography and photo-manipulation, learning new languages and reading books.

Meet Eliza

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Eliza Weekley, originally from Athens, Ohio began her ballet training with BalletMet Columbus, where she became a trainee at the age of 16. There she was given the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Gerard Charles and Edwaard Liang and to perform alongside the company dancing corps de ballet roles in many productions including “The Nutcracker” and “Alice in Wonderland”. After graduating from high school, Ms. Weekley continued her training with the Joffrey Academy of Dance Chicago. She joined the Mezzo company of Cocodaco Dance Project, under the leadership of Ronn Stewart, in 2015 where she has spent the last three seasons dancing. Eliza is very excited for her first season with Chicago Repertory Ballet.

Meet Luis

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Luis Vazquez is thrilled to be joining Chicago Repertory Ballet for their 2018 season. Luis was born and raised in Chicago and began his dance training with various studios throughout the city before attending the dance program at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp with an emphasis in modern technique. His passion for dance grew as he went on to earn his BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. While studying at the University of Illinois, he had the pleasure of performing works by Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, Jennifer Monson, Tere O’Connor, Sahar Azimi, Elijah Gibson, and Jennifer Archibald, among many others. Vazquez continued his professional training through numerous intensives including Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet, for which he received a scholarship to attend. Vazquez began his professional career when he joined Thodos Dance Chicago for two seasons, where he performed works by Melissa Thodos, Ann Reinking, Brian Enos, Shannon Alvis, Kevin Iega Jeff, and Garfield Lemonius. He made his debut as a professional choreographer when his piece Siren premiered at the 2017 Thodos New Dances concert. Luis was then selected as one of four winners of the Joffrey Ballet's Winning Works choreographic competition. 

 

Meet Marco

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Marco Clemente began his dance training at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts under the directorship of Larry Long. He has since danced for Dayton Ballet, Minnesota Ballet, and Ballet Nebraska. Some of his most memorable roles include Puck, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Goro, "Madame Butterfly," the Harlequinade pas de deux , and the Grand pas de deux from "The Nutcracker." This is Marco's first season with Chicago Repertory Ballet

Meet Chris

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Chris Tallmadge hails from Michigan, where he received the bulk of his training from Grand Valley State University. There, he had the privilege of performing works by Charles Askegard, Eddy Ocampo, Becca Lemme, Joshua Manculich, and many others. Upon completing his time at Grand Valley, he discovered a love for teaching, and taught at various West Michigan studios before moving to Chicago. 2018 is Chris's first season with Chicago Repertory Ballet, and he's very excited to explore and learn from the company!

Meet Michelle

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Michelle Meltzer is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana where she trained at the Indianapolis School of Ballet under the direction of Victoria Lyras. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science in Ballet with an Outside Field in Education from the Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University. There, she had the privilege of dancing in ballets choreographed by Michael Vernon, August Bournonville, and George Balanchine, and she placed in the Bloomington Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters competition in 2010. Michelle was previously a member of Nevada Ballet Theatre for four seasons where she performed as Juliet in James Canfield’s Romeo and Juliet, in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Who Care’s, Slaughter on 10th Avenue, and Serenade, in Cynthia Gregory’s staging of Swan Lake, as well as dancing in collaboration with Cirque du Solei. Since moving to Chicago, Michelle has danced for Aerial Dance Chicago and performed at Simantikos 2nd Annual Celebration of Chicago Art. This is Michelle’s first season with Chicago Repertory Ballet.