Amanda Cochrane, a native of Spokane, Washington, joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in 2009. She received her training at PBT School's Graduate Program, Ballet Arts Academy and Sandra Olgard’s Studio of Dance. Since joining the company, she has enjoyed dancing many roles including Caroline in Anthony Tudor's Jardin Aux Lilas, Russian Girl in George Balanchine's Serenade, Cinderella in Septime Webre's Cinderella, Tinkerbell in Jorden Morris' Peter Pan as well as Marie and The Sugar Plum Fairy in Terrence S. Orr's The Nutcracker. She is grateful for the opportunity to share the magic and beauty of dance with Pittsburgh audiences.
Amanda was featured in the July issue of Dance Magazine! Check out the article here.
Elysa Hotchkiss is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania, and received her early training with the Lake Erie Ballet School. She attended PBT School’s Intensive Summer Program, and was offered a full scholarship to attend PBT School Graduate Program. Since joining PBT in 2004, she has enjoyed performing such roles as the lead in Dwight Rhoden’s Carmina Burana,Lady Capulet in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Romeo et Juliette, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Flora in Dracula and the principal pas de deux in Balanchine’s Agon.
Robert Moore, now in his sixth season with PBT, began his dance training in Indianapolis with the White River Ballet Company. He furthered his training there with Jordan Academy of Arts at Butler University. Robert was accepted to the Harid Conservatory, and, following graduation, joined Boston Ballet II in 1996. In 1998, he was promoted to the Boston Ballet Company. Robert’s repertoire includes Mark Morris’ Maelstrom and Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes, Christopher Wheeldon’s Corybantic Ecstasies, Firebird and The Four Seasons, Balanchine’s Four Temperaments, Theme and Variations, Serenade and Rubies and MacMillan’s Winter Dreams. With Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre he has danced Dwight Rhoden’s Ave Maria, the male lead in Rhoden’s Carmina Burana, Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby, Paul Taylor’s Company B, Cavalier in Terrence S. Orr’s The Nutcracker and Stanley when PBT became the first U.S. company to perform John Neumeier's A Streetcar Named Desire.
Luca Sbrizzi was born in Udine, Italy where he trained with his sister, Alessia Sbrizzi, at Abidance and Pino Carbone at “Club il Vortice”. He received such honors as Premio Speranza, Giovanissimi Talenti and XVII Trofeo Internazionale Citta’ di Palmanova. After dancing with Boston Ballet II, Luca joined PBT in 2007, where he has performed roles including Bluebird in Terrence S. Orr’s The Sleeping Beauty, Ballet Boy in Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Cavalier in Terrence S. Orr's The Nutcracker, Peter Pan in Jorden Morris's Peter Pan, Frederick and Renfield in Ben Stevenson's Dracula, Matthew in Jorden Morris's Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet and The Prince in Septime Webre's Cinderella. In 2011, Luca was promoted to soloist. He lives with his wife Jenna, in their new home in Stanton Heights.
Yoshiaki Nakano, a native of Japan, received his early training at the Elite Ballet Studio in Osaka, Japan. He later trained at San Francisco Ballet School and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School's Pre-Professional Graduate Program. In 2010, Yoshiaki won the silver medal at the World Ballet Competition in Orlando, Florida. Yoshiaki has danced in PBT's past performances of The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. This is Yoshiaki’s third year with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.
Alexandre Silva is from Brazil where he performed professionally with Sesi Minas and then later in the United States at Utah Regional Ballet. He received his dance training from Cuban master teacher Pablo Moret at Ballet Cristina Helena, and was awarded Best Male Dancer in 2000 at the Joinville International Competition. Alexandre joined the Corps de Ballet in 2006 with his wife, Christine Schwaner, and was promoted to soloist for the 2008-2009 Season.
Eva Trapp is from Florence, Kentucky. She trained with Cornelia Sampson at Michigan Ballet Theatre, The Cleveland School of Dance and with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. Eva danced with Ohio Ballet for four seasons as a principal dancer. She joined the Corps de Ballet with PBT in 2006, and was promoted to a soloist in 2009. Some of her most cherished moments onstage include Dwight Rhoden’s Ave Maria, Flora in Ben Stevenson's Dracula, the Siren in George Balanchine's Prodigal Son and Blanche from John Neumeier's A Streetcar Named Desire. She is grateful for her parents' never-ending love and support.
Eva regularly contributes weekly to the the PBT dancer blog, Human or Dancer.