Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has signed four new dancers to the 2013-2014 company roster, which makes its main-stage debut Oct. 25-27, for “An Evening of Twyla Tharp” at the Benedum Center.
Bringing the company to a total of 29 full-time dancers, PBT welcomes Diana Yohe of Cleveland, Ohio; Ruslan Mukhambetkaliyev of Kazakhstan; Hannah Carter of England; and William Moore, also of England.
Diana Yohe — Apprentice/Corps de Ballet
|Ruslan Mukhambetkaliyev — Corps de Ballet
Ruslan Mukhambetkaliyev received his training at Almaty Ballet Academy in his native Kazakhstan and went on to dance professionally for Moscow City Ballet and Russian National Ballet in Moscow. In the United States, he has danced with Cincinnati Ballet and with Oklahoma’s Tulsa Ballet. He will join PBT as a member of the corps de ballet. Mukhambetkaliyev’s repertoire includes classics, such as “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Swan Lake,” “Giselle,” “Don Quixote,” “Cinderella” and “The Nutcracker” in addition to Adam Hougland’s “Rite of Spring,” Edwaard Liang’s “Age of Innocence” and Wayne McGregor’s “PreSentient” among others. In Pittsburgh, Mukhambetkaliyev joins his cousin and fellow company member, PBT Principal Nurlan Abougaliev.
|Hannah Carter – Corps de Ballet
Hannah Carter of England joins PBT as a member of the Corps de Ballet for the 2013-2014 Season. Carter graduated with honors from The Royal Ballet School in London, where she had the opportunity to dance in a number of company productions and school performances. Prior to coming to the United States, Carter danced professionally with Estonian National Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet, and performed in productions, including “Romeo and Juliet,” “Swan Lake,” “Coppélia,” “The Nutcracker,” “La Sylphide” and Balanchine’s “Who Cares?” Her repertoire also includes “Three Muskateers,” “La Bayadère,” “Giselle,” “Firebird,” and “The Sleeping Beauty.”
|William Moore — Corps de Ballet
William Moore of England also joins PBT from the Estonian National Ballet, where he danced professionally as a member of the corps de ballet. Moore graduated with honors from The Royal Ballet School, where he also performed onstage with The Royal Ballet company in productions, such as “The Nutcracker,” “La Bayadère,” “Giselle,” “Firebird,” “Sylvia” and “Sleeping Beauty.” With Estonian National Ballet he has performed in “The Three Muskateers,” “The Nutcracker,” “Swan Lake,” “Coppélia,” La Sylphide,” “Before Night Falls” and “Romeo and Juliet” among others.