Kyle Seguin - Instructor - Columbia College, Chicago, IL; Owner, One Hundred - Chicago, IL
Kyle Seguin began his dance training in Huntsville, AL before attending the University of Alabama as a full scholarship dance major. From 2001-2008, Kyle danced with The Alabama Ballet in Birmingham, Alabama where he performed many principal roles including, Count Albrecht in Giselle, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty, Franz in Coppelia, El Capitan in George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes, and the title roles in Dracula and Romeo and Juliet. Kyle is a personal trainer, a Stott trained Pilates instructor, holds a BS in Psychology with honors from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and is currently adjunct faculty at Columbia College, Chicago where he teaches ballet, Pilates, and anatomy. In March 2010, Kyle opened One Hundred, a Pilates and Dance studio in Chicago’s East Lakeview neighborhood. Tuscaloosa audiences have seen Kyle as Clara’s Dream Prince/Cavalier in several TCD Nutcracker productions and as Von Rothbart in Swan Lake. Kyle choreographed “Sans Vue”, a contemporary ballet on Tuscaloosa Community Dancers and has taught many Master Ballet Classes for the company.
Jennifer Lauren Quarles - Principal, Miami City Ballet
Jennifer Lauren has performed with the Miami City Ballet for five seasons. She previously performed with the Alabama Ballet for nine seasons. She is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she began her training with Rebecca Tingle. She also studied with Louise Crofton, Monica Barnett Smith, and Roger Van Fleteren. During her tenure with Miami City Ballet she performs all the Balanchine works along with works by Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor and Jerome Robbins which include "the sleepwalker" in La Sonnabula, Scotch Symphony, Jerome Robbins In The Night, Rubies, Dances At A Gathering, Western Symphony, and In The Upper Room among others. While at the Alabama Ballet Jennifer performed as Cinderella, Kitri in Don Quixote, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Katrina in Alan Hineline’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Sugar Plum Fairy, DewDrop Fairy and Marzipan Soloist in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Jennifer has also performed principal roles in Roger Van Fleteren’s UnRAVELed, Concert Fantasy, Be Major, Bach Variations, A Ballroom Competition, and Ragtime. Additionally, Jennifer has performed principal and soloist roles in Cinderella, Don Quixote, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Raymonda, Carnival in Venice, Le Corsaire Pas de Deux, Leslie Browne’s Brahms Trio, Alan Hineline’s Twist, Eddy Toussaint’s Souvenance, Jimmy Gamonet de los Heros’ Nous Somes, Balanchine’sTarantella, Donizetti Variations, Divertimento #15, and Allegro Brilliante and Eliot Feld’s Mr. XYZ with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Jennifer is a member of the Alabama Ballet’s Gorham’s Bluff Summer Residency. In addition to performing with Tuscaloosa Community Dancers, Jennifer also performs as guest artist for Charleston Ballet Theatre, Columbia Classical Ballet, Lexington Ballet, and New Orleans Ballet Theatre. Jennifer joined Tuscaloosa Community Dancers at the age of 12 and since 1991 danced the roles of Polichinelle, Friend of Clara, Clara, Columbine Doll, Snow Soloist, and Mirliton. She was the recipient of the prestigious Druid Arts Award for Dance Performer of the Year in 1999 and in 2011 was the second recipient of the Druid Arts Home Grown Award, awarded to artists who have made a significant contribution to their art form on a national or international level. Jennifer has been featured as TCD’s guest artist as Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Juliet, inRomeo and Juliet, Odette, the Swan Queen in Swan Lake and the title roles in Snow White,Paquita, Sans Vue , Black Swan Pas De Deux as well as Dream Clara for many years. She frequently coaches advanced ballet students and teaches master classes.
Didier Bramaz, Soloist, Miami City Ballet
Didier Bramaz from Geneva Switzerland trained at the Geneva Dance Center and School of American Ballet. He danced with American Ballet Theatre prior to joining Miami City Ballet in 1996. He was promoted to Principal Soloist in 2008
Patrick Willison, Montgomery Ballet
Patrick Willison is a graduate of the Houston Ballet Academy where he performed with the Houston Ballet in Ben Stevenson's The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Cleopatra and Swan Lake, Kenneth MacMillan's Manon and Trey McIntyre's Peter Pan. Patrick performed with Nashville Ballet in Paul Vasterling's The Nutcracker and Dracula, and was a member of the Sandra Organ Dance Company. As a member of the Alabama Ballet in Birmingham, Patrick performed in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, Carousel, Flower Festival Pas de Deux, Concert Fantasy, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, An American in Paris, Don Quixote, and in Leslie Browne's Brahm's Trio. He has performed featured parts throughout the years in many of Montgomery Ballet's productions, including Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Firebird, and The Games we Play, by Australian choreographer Timothy O'Donnell. Patrick orginated the principal role in Liberty Bell and was featured as Karl in The Nutcracker, both choreographed by Artistic Director, Darren McIntyre. This is Patrick's sixth season with The Montgomery Ballet's Professional Company and also teaches in The Montgomery Ballet School.