To preserve the classical art form of ballet by creating and performing exceptional productions that bring a refreshed appreciation and awareness of classical ballet to the New York state community and beyond. NYSB productions will be affordable and accessible to community members from every background and socio-economic status.

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New York State Ballet Company Dancers

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Madison Jayne Cole is in her second season with the New York State Ballet. She trained with Ellison Ballet and SLK Ballet in New York City. Madison has guest performed Villapiana, Italy, the Netherlands, and England and with Sedona Chamber Ballet, Phoenix Ballet, and Long Island Ballet Theater, and in performances with NYC based contemporary company Indelible Dance. She has danced for the Dutch National Ballet and for LINES. Madison danced in New York State Ballet’s Alice in Wonderland as the Duchess and the Queen, she performed in NYSB’s original production of Dracula, and as Dewdrop in the 2017 performance of the Nutcracker, and appeared in the NYSB original production of Mozart’s Requiem and The Marriage of Figaro.

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Kayleigh Elizabeth Danowski, originally from northeast Ohio, received her training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School Graduate Program and additionally from summer programs at Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Jacob’s Pillow. Kayleigh joined Montgomery Ballet and Albany Berkshire Ballet, dancing in Paula Weber’s Carmina Burana and as the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker. Most recently she danced with Ballet Quad Cities, performing as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Dancing with the New York State Ballet, Kayleigh has performed the title role in The Snow Queen Ballet, the role of Michaela in Carmen and performed in NYSB’s original productions of Carmina Burana and Dracula, appearing as the Countess in Mozart’s the Marriage of Figaro, and performing in Mozart’s Requiem, as well as performing regularly as the Sugar Plum in The Nutcracker. She is in her second season with the New York State Ballet.

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Tayla Kelley grew up training at Draper Center for Dance Education. At age 13 she had the opportunity to perform in a spotlight story on Dancing with the Stars. Starting at age 14, she performed company roles in Rochester City Ballet productions such as Cinderella, The Nutcracker and George Balanchine’s Serenade. She also had the opportunity to attend Boston Ballet’s Summer Dance Program in the summer of 2013 where she was offered a full scholarship to train with Boston Ballet year round under Director Margaret Tracey. During the summer of 2014 she attended American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive where she was invited by Franco De Vita to audition for a year round position at the JKO school. After graduating from Draper Center in 2015 she joined Rochester City Ballet as an apprentice before graduating high school in 2016.  Here, she performed in many productions under the direction of Jamey Leverett and David Palmer.  She is very excited for her first season dancing with New York State Ballet. 

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Trey Luciano grew up in Vineland, New Jersey and began his dance training at The Vineland Regional Dance Company. While with Vineland, Trey performed the roles of Snow Prince, Cavalier, and Rat King. Mr. Luciano has also performed many pieces for Regional Dance America Festival. During summers, Trey continues his training at Burklyn Ballet Theater. While there, he has performed in many classical ballets, such as Coppelia and Graduation Ball. Trey has also performed works by Kim Chapman, Bruce McCormmic, Daniel Marshall, And Joanne Whitehill. He is especially proud of being part of “Portraits,” choreographed by Maria Konrad and performed at Steps on Broadway and Koresh’s Come Together Festival in Philadelphia. This is his first season with New York State Ballet, and he is very excited to be working with the company.

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Natalia Serra was born in in Campina, Brazil. She is in her second season with the New York State Ballet. She trained at Iris Ativa-Lina Penteado ballet school with the methodology of the Royal Academy of London, collected numerous awards in dance competitions and performed roles as Principal and Soloist, such as the Black Swan (Swan Lake), Kitri (Don Quixote) and Paquita. Natalia trained and graduated from the Miami City Ballet School from 2013-2016, where she performed roles as Principal and Soloist such as Gamzatti (La Bayadere), Le Sylphide and Sleeping Beauty and danced in Balanchine’s Western Symphony, Theme and Variation, Diamonds, and Serenade.  With the New York State Ballet she has performed various roles in Snow Queen, the role of Fate in Carmen and danced in NYSB’s original productions of Carmina Burana and Dracula and as the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker. She performed most recently as Suzanna in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and in Requiem.

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New York State Ballet Apprentices

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(Graduate Student)

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