Hernan Justo, Artistic Director
Hernan Justo has served as Carolina Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director since 2000 and is involved in all aspects of the company: from teaching classes, coaching, teaching afterschool dance and outreach classes to creating original works. He began dancing in 1974 at the Instituto Superior de Arte Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He joined the ballet Estable del Teatro Colón in 1982 and was then invited to perform with the Ballet del Teatro Argentino de la Plata two years later. In 1988, his career took him to the Ballet de Santiago, Chile, where he performed ballets by John Cranko, Ben Stevenson, Ronald Hynd and Andree Prokovski among others. After three years, Hernan joined the Ballet Clásico de Cámara in Caracas, Venezuela, under the direction of Nina Novak, formerly prima ballerina of Les Ballet Russe de Montecarlo. In 1992, Justo participated in the XV International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, one of the most prestigious and rigorous competitions in professional ballet, in which he and his partner won the “Best Couple” award. Justo was later featured in two gala performances, dancing Black Swan Pas de Deux. He has also won the distinction of “Best Classical Interpretation” at the Prix Volinine in Paris, France, in 1993. Justo became a principal dancer with the North Carolina Dance Theatre in 1994 under the artistic direction of the late Salvatore Aiello, with whom Hernan performed many of his ballets such as Clowns and Other, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Turn of the Screw and Rite of Spring. Later, under the artistic direction of the renowned Jean Pierre Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride and Jerri Kumery, all artists affiliated with New York City ballet, Hernan added to his repertoire several Balanchine masterpieces for which he was critically acclaimed by Dance Magazine and The New York Times. In 2000, he was invited to become Artistic Director of Carolina Ballet Theatre by its founder Barbara Selvy. His latest original work, Arriving in Indigo City, is a collaborative effort of music and dance that premiered at CBT’s 30th anniversary gala in March 2003. To this day it continues to fill seats as a huge part of Greenville’s Artisphere Festival.
Anita Pacylowski, Ballet Mistress
Anita began her dance training at age six at Columbia Conservatory Ballet in Silver Spring, Maryland. In 1981, she continued to build on her training with the Washington School of Ballet in Washington, D.C., and was also invited to attend many nationally acclaimed summer institutes. In 1989, she was asked to join the Washington Ballet as a professional dancer and ascended to a principal dancer under the artistic direction of Mary Day. In 1994, she moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, to join North Carolina Dance Theatre as a Principal Dancer under the Artistic Direction of the late Salvatore Aiello and then Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. Anita continued to dance with NCDT until she moved to Greenville to serve as the first member of Carolina Ballet Theatre’s professional company. Throughout her career Anita has received many prestigious honors and awards: Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Princess Grace Award and the Nancy Reagan Award for Dance, honoring the best dancers in the country.
She also competed in and was selected as a finalist in both the New York International Ballet Competition and the Prix de Lausanne. In 2002, Anita graced the cover of Dance Magazine’s 75th Anniversary issue of “This Year’s 25 to Watch”. Most recently, Anita was named as one of six Benois de la danse nominees. This is one of the most acclaimed international dance awards. Out of the six female dancers selected, Anita was the only dancer chosen from the United States.
Anita’s leading roles in major classical ballets and contemporary repertoire include Coppelia, Swan Lake, Giselle, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Threshold by Jacqulyn Buglisi, Before Nightfall by Nils Christi, Rite of Spring by Salvatore Aiello, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated by William Forsythe, Unknown Territory by Choo San Goh, Rodeo by Agnes de Mille, Feast of Ashes by Alvin Ailey, Company B and Esplanade by Paul Taylor and MAP, Chants and Cante by Alonzo King.
Her most famous performance was as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker at The White House for President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Anita has not only received acclaim domestically but also in her international tours to Russia, France, Singapore, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, England, Argentina and Uruguay.
Anita is incredibly thankful to her parents John and Sun Pacylowski, who gave the love and support that allowed her to excel. She thanks her mother who drove 40 miles round trip up to five times a week, to bring her to her ballet classes. This instilled her love of family that she now has with husband Hernan and three children Martin, Sofia and Nicolas. Her parents’ drive to give her the best dance training was also the base of her dream to own and direct her own ballet school, School of Carolina Ballet Theatre.
Adair Keller, Rehearsal Assistant
Adair Keller is from Greenville, South Carolina, and began dancing when she was three years old. She trained with School of Carolina Ballet Theatre, South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, the Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet, and Boston Ballet. Adair graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Butler University. Before joining Carolina Ballet Theatre, she also danced professionally with Charleston Ballet Theatre. Her primary dance roles include Swanhilda in Coppelia, Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Myrtha in Giselle, and Bernarda Alba in Hernan Justo’s Tarde Flamenca. Adair joined CBT in 2008.
Lance Hardin, Guest, Winter
Lance Hardin is a native of Chicago, where he received his training from Larry Long at the Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ballet from Indiana University, where he studied under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride, Jacques Cesbron, and Violette Verdy. As a professional dancer, Mr. Hardin has danced with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theatre (currently Charlotte Ballet), Chautauqua Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Boulder Ballet, Springfield Ballet Company, and the Yoko Kasai Ballet Studio located in Japan. He has performed principal roles by world renowned choreographers such as George Balanchine (Allegro Brilliante, Four Temperaments, Western Symphony, Who Cares), Paul Taylor (Esplanade, Company B), Dwight Rhoden (Verge), Nacho Duato (Jardi Tancat), William Forsythe (In the Middle Somewhat Elevated), Michael Pink (Romeo and Juliet), and Alonzo King (Map). Presently, Lance is enjoying many requests as guest artist, teacher, and choreographer. Mr. Hardin has taught dance for the past 23 years and holds numerous choreographic credits including The Denver Independent Choreographer’s Project, Springfield Ballet Company, Boulder Ballet and Fractured a collaboration with his wife Amy Earnest for James Sewell Ballet. Lance and Amy served as Co-Dance Directors at The Myles Reif Performing Arts Center in MN prior to joining Boulder Ballet.
Daniel Ulbricht, Guest, Winter
Daniel Ulbricht was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, and began his dance training at the age of 11 at the Judith Lee Johnson Studio of Dance, studying with Lenny Holmes. He also studied at Les Jeunes Danseurs with Javier Dubraq and attended the Chautauqua Summer Dance Program, training with Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. In 1999, Mr. Ulbricht was invited by the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, to continue his training during their Winter Program. As a student at SAB, Mr. Ulbricht performed with New York City Ballet as a Jester in Peter Martins’ The Sleeping Beauty. In December 2000, he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet and in November 2001 he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. In January 2005, Mr. Ulbricht was promoted to the rank of soloist and principal dancer in May 2007.
Jeanette Delgado, Guest, Winter
Jeanette Delgado was born in Miami and began her dance training with Vivian Tobio, Liana Navarro and Maria Victoria Gutierrez. At the age of nine she received a scholarship to study at Miami City Ballet School and spent her summers studying at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Chautauqua Dance Program. In 2003, Delgado received the Princess Grace Award and began her apprenticeship with Miami City Ballet before becoming a member of the corps de ballet the following year. In 2006, she was promoted to soloist and to principal dancer in 2008. She has been invited to perform outside of MCB with the Chautauqua Ballet Company, under the direction of Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride, and has participated in Oregon Ballet Theaters’ Dance United performances in 2010 and 2012.
Mary Kate Reynolds, Guest, Winter/Spring
Mary Kate Reynolds grew up in Greenville, South Carolina where she started ballet at the Greenville Ballet School at age two. At age 14, she joined the school of Carolina Ballet Theatre under the direction of Hernan Justo and Anita Pacylowski. During her time there, she placed in the Youth American Grand Prix regional competition and competed in the nationals in New York in 2008 and 2009, and received a full scholarship to the Bolshoi summer program in NYC. She also credits much of her training to many summers spent studying with Magaly Suarez in Pompano Beach, Florida.This is Mary Kate’s seventh season with First State Ballet Theatre, Delaware’s Professional Ballet Company.
Peter Base, Winter
Peter Base is from Westlake, Ohio, and began dancing in 1993. He trained with Greenville Ballet and the Fine Arts Center of Greenville. Peter attended South Carolina Governor’s School summer program, Orlando Ballet summer program, Nashville Ballet summer program, and Brevard Ballet Theatre. His primary dance roles include The Nutcracker, Chinese and Russian variations, Twilight pas de trois, and Happy-Snow White, and the Air element from Anita Pacylowsk-Justo’s Mahabhuta. He has been featured in Hernan Justo’s We the People as the legendary Clark Kent. Peter enjoys teaching the Boy’s Class at School of Carolina Ballet Theatre. He joined CBT in 2009.
Meghan Loman, Fall/Winter/Spring
Originally from Springfield, Illinois and now a company member at Ballet Spartanburg. She began her training in Illinois, at Dance Arts Studio where she took classes under owner and mentor Grace Luttrell Nanavati and was privileged to become one of her instructors for nearly seven years. At age 13, she auditioned and was accepted into the Springfield Ballet Company and was a Company member and soloist for 10 years with artist director Julie Ratz. Meghan traveled to compete in classical ballet and contemporary styles several times, in 2004, 2005, and 2007 she went to Chicago and then the New York City Finals for Youth America Grand Prix. Continuing to perform in Illinois and guest in South Carolina she then relocated in 2013 to start her professional career at Carolina Ballet Theater under Hernan Justo and Anita Pacylowski-Justo.
Laura Mortimer, Fall/Winter/Spring
Laura Mortimer is in her 2nd season as a company dancer with Carolina Ballet Theatre, and previously danced as a trainee with the company for three seasons. She has been featured in various soloist roles including the Arabian soloist, a Snow Princess and a Bridesmaid in The Nutcracker, Once Upon a Time in Greenville. Laura recently danced as a guest artist with Naina Dewan Dance Company in the film Do or Dye, by Caleb Suttles.
Laura started her ballet training at the age of eleven, studying with Maryland School of Ballet and Modern Dance where she also studied jazz, modern, and choreography. She continued to dance at Baltimore Ballet School where she trained with Artistic Director Cem Catbas, Bat Udval, and various guest teachers. She also attended training intensives at Goucher College, Carolina Ballet Theatre, and North Carolina Dance Theatre.
Laura became an apprentice with Baltimore Ballet Company in the fall of 2011 and was promoted to a full company member status the following spring. She danced various solo roles as a company member such as Spanish and Marzipan in The Nutcracker, as well as her own choreography for their presentation at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Matt Harvey, Fall/Winter/Spring
Matthew Harvey, 23, began his dance training at the age of nine. He studied at Repertory Dance Theatre in Allentown, Pennsylvania, under the direction of Jennifer Haltzman Tracy and Trinette Singleton. He attended Summer Dance Intensives on scholarship at Joffrey Ballet School and Chautauqua Institute. Matthew danced as a trainee at the North Carolina Dance Theatre School from 2006 to 2007. His career highlights so far include dancing in Alonzo King’s Map and Hernan Justo’s We the People as the Martin Luther King, Jr. solo. Matthew has also been featured as a guest artist in Maryland, Florida, and various cities across South America. Matthew has also been choreographing since 2006, including works for the Dance Spirit Magazine Competition and the Youth American Grand Prix. Matthew is a favorite jazz teacher at School of Carolina Ballet Theatre.
Madeline Jazz Harvey, Fall/Winter/Spring
Madeline Jazz began her training at North Carolina Dance Theatre School. She became an apprentice with the company at age 14. She also studied at Chautauqua Institute, Complexions and The Julliard School in New York. She has been choreographing professionally since 2005. In 2007, she received the New York Choreographic Institute Fellowship Award. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. She has served on the faculties of North Carolina Dance Theatre School, School of Carolina Ballet Theatre, and Davidson College. She joined Carolina Ballet Theatre in 2010 and has helped develop curricula for various community outreach programs. Among her favorite dancing roles are those of Giselle, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, and various contemporary works.
Francesca Genovese is from Rochester, New York, and began dancing in 1991. She trained with the Deborah McKay School of Dance, the American Academy of Ballet, and on full Scholarship at the Garth Fagan School. Her primary dance roles include the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, the Black Swan in Swan Lake, Nikya in La Bayadere and the Solo in Alonzo King’s MAP. Francesca has been asked to perform as a guest artist in Springfield Ballet Company’s performances of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. In 2007, she was asked to perform with Configurations Dance Theater, under the Artistic Direction of Joe Cipolla; performing in both Buffalo, New York, and New York City. Francesca has also become an accomplished choreographer. She has choreographed several pieces for CBT, including Just About, Virginia’s Mine, and The Ribbon. Since 2007 she has been invited to share her choreography with the Springfield Ballet Company in Springfield, Illinois. She joined CBT in 2004 and has been one of the company’s Resident Choreographers since 2009.
Christopher Collins, Winter
Mr. Collins received his training from the Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education, on scholarship with the Joffrey Ballet School, Hubbard Street Dance summer intensive, and Point Park University. He has performed with Gelsey Kirkland and the Joffrey Ballet School, as Arabian, Russian, Fritz, and Snow King, in their performances of The Nutcracker, and with Ballet for Young Audiences in New York City. Mr. Collins has performed various roles with Rochester City Ballet including the Nutcracker Prince, Magical Doll, Lead Spanish, and Italian Ice in The Nutcracker, the Dance Master in Cinderella, and roles in Jamey Leverett’s 4Play and the world premiere of InCantation.
Jessica Tretter, Winter
A Rochester, New York native, Jessica Tretter trained at the Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education, and the Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy under full scholarship. She also attended the School of American Ballet summer intensive, under full scholarship, and American Ballet Theatre’s summer intensive in New York City. Ms. Tretter was a member of Houston Ballet II, performing lead roles in Stanton Welch’s Blue and Bruiser with additional performance opportunities in the Houston Ballet’s productions of Romeo and Juliet and Raymonda. Later joining the Houston Ballet, she performed in The Nutcracker, Dracula, Giselle, Don Quixote, Onegin, Madame Butterfly, Coppelia, Carnival of the Animals, Western Symphony (Balanchine), and as one of the four Little Swans for the world premiere of Mr. Welch’s Swan Lake. Joining Ballet San Antonio, she danced in The Nutcracker and as a featured dancer in La Valse Sentimentale and Suzaki Dances. With the Rochester City Ballet she has danced as the Christmas Spirit, Harlequin, Dew Drop, and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, the Spring Fairy and Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, the Most Beautiful Maiden in Firebird, the Cat and the Duck in Peter and the Wolf, the Waltz Girl in Balanchine’s Serenade, and in Ms. Leverett’s How to Break a Heart, Push & Pull, 4Play, and Bravo! Coloradoand Hoedown with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Tretter was the Chosen Virgin in the world premiere of Jamey Leverett’s The Blood Countess. In summer 2014, she performed in New York City with Ballet Next.
Benjamin Rabe, Winter
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Benjamin Rabe received his core training from The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. Following graduation, Mr. Rabe joined Rochester City Ballet in 2009 where he danced featured roles including Chinese Tea and the Mouse King in The Nutcracker, Escamillio in Edward Ellison’s Carmen, Waltz Boy in Balanchine’s Serenade, and the featured soloist in Jamey Leverett’s Gershwin Preludes and 4Play. In the summer of 2012, Mr. Rabe joined BalletMet Columbus, where he enjoyed dancing such roles as Renfield in David Nixon’s Dracula, the White Pas de Deux in James Kudelka’s Rite of Spring, and Benvolio in David Nixon’s Romeo and Juliet. Mr. Rabe has returned to RCB as a guest artist numerous times to perform at the Jacob’s Pillow Inside Out Festival, and this past spring as the Jester in Cinderella. He is excited to be performing with RCB again this season.
John Aaron Brewer, Spring
John began dancing in his hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. He continued his training at the Miami City Ballet School under artistic director Edward Villella. John has worked with companies such as Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Richmond Ballet and First State Ballet Theatre until joining Louisville Ballet in 2016.
Anthony Schweighardt, Spring
Anthony Schweighardt started his stage career at 14 while attending an after school performing arts studio where he trained heavily in drama, voice, tap and ballroom dance. After being featured in musicals such as A Chorus Line, Crazy for You and Hairspray amongst others he realized his passion for dance. At 16 he moved to a competitive dance studio to further his dance education and while competing for them he won CDM’s Mr. Dance of NC. At 17 Anthony started attending a local ballet school to train for a professional job for a ballet company. Now a dancer for Charlotte Ballet he is very happy to be guesting here for Carolina Dance Theatre. He hopes one day to become an artistic director for a ballet company. Past roles include Jack of Hearts in Alice In Wonderland, Albrect in Giselle, Prince Charming in Cinderella, Peter Pan in Peter Pan and Caviler in Nutcracker.