Alison Stroming was born in Recife, Brazil and adopted at eight months old. She began her formal ballet training at the School of American Ballet when she was nine years old. Alison danced for two seasons with the Alberta Ballet in Canada then with Ballet San Jose under the direction of Jose Manuel Carreno. She is now in her fourth season with the Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York City and is thrilled to be returning to Baton Rouge for her third year as the Sugarplum Fairy.
Aaron Smuth2017 Nutcracker Guest Artist
Born on the Gold Coast Australia, Aaron Smyth dancer, entrepreneur and traveller has been a company member with the American Ballet Theatre II in New York, The Royal Ballet in London and The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. He has danced for Royalty, the Obamas and beautiful people like you as he now travels the globe as a guest principal artist and is currently performing on London’s West End in Christopher Wheeldon’s New Musical An American In Paris.
Marlon Grigsby2017 Nutcracker Guest Artist
Marlon began his training with The Dancers’ Workshop and Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre and now teaches dance in Houston where he is a member of Uptown Dance Company. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University where he performed and choreographed for the LSU Dance Ensemble, appeared in “Racine D’Or” and toured performances to New York City and Boston. Marlon has performed in several BRBT productions as a professional artist, including his role as the Prince in the 2017 premier of BRBT’s “Rapunzel: A Storybook Ballet.”
2017 – 2018 Company
Jada Alfred2017-2018 Company
Mary Grace Beck2017-2018 Company
Claire Broyles2017-2018 Company
Ketreon Butler2017-2018 Company
Leah Cox2017-2018 Company
Jeanette Delise2017-2018 Company
Celia Fishbein2017-2018 Company
Natalie Gaspard2017-2018 Company
Morgan Gallegos2017-2018 Company
Kelsie Guzik 2017-2018 Company
Teddy Helouin 2017-2018 Company
Darrion Hill2017-2018 Company
Faith Huguet2017-2018 Company
Patrick Jefferson2017-2018 Company
Benton Jones2017-2018 Company
Sarah Kyker2017-2018 Company
Mary Beth Maddox2017-2018 Company
Emily McConnell2017-2018 Company
Caroline Petty2017-2018 Company
Anna Pousson2017-2018 Company
Riley Richard2017-2018 Company
Elise Saloom2017-2018 Company
Adrienne Simmons2017-2018 Company
Renee Stelzer2017-2018 Company
Claire White 2017-2018 Company
Estelle Yeargain2017-2018 Company
2017 – 2018 Apprentices
Charlotte Balart2017-2018 Apprentice
Avery Claire Bateman2017-2018 Apprentice
Anna Baumgartner2017-2018 Apprentice
Rashawn Bowie2017-2018 Apprentice
Vivian Dille2017-2018 Apprentice
Carolyn Herman2017-2018 Apprentice
Molly McMaster2017-2018 Apprentice
Presleigh O'Dwyer2017-2018 Apprentice
Megan Otterstetter2017-2018 Apprentice
Donovan Thomas2017-2018 Apprentice
Lizzie Zaffuto2017-2018 Apprentice
Maeve Zelden2017-2018 Apprentice
2015-2016 Guest Artist | Alison Stroming
Alison Stroming was adopted from Recife, Brazil at the age of eight months and grew up in New York City. She was accepted to The School of American Ballet where she began her formal ballet training when she was nine years old. She attended the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive in New York in 2004. Franco De Vita, principal of the JKO School at American Ballet Theatre, offered her a full scholarship to the new Junior Division where she continued on a full scholarship to the new Junior Division where she continued her studies. With JKO, she performed in numerous performances at the Juliard School, Guggenheim Museum, City Center, he Metropolitan opera House, Joyce Theater, and The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Alison also danced with the American Ballet Theater II (now ABT Studio Company) in Europe in 2010 and 2011.
In 2010, Alison won the title of “Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen” and won “Overall Talent” at the national Miss America Outstanding Teen Competition. Alison danced for two seasons with the Alberta Ballet in Canada and also was selected to perform with recording artist Sarah McLachan in her live concerts benefiting women with AIDS. She danced for one season in Ballet San Jose under the direction of Jose Manuel Carreno. She is now in her first season with the Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York where she is the youngest female dancer.
Le’Brian Patrick began his training with BRBT and performed in five of our Nutcrackers, most notably in the roles of The Nutcracker and the Arabian. He received his PhD from LSU, and now resides in Atlanta Georgia, where he is a company member at the Atlanta Dance Connection and an assistant professor of sociology of Women’s and Gender Studies at Clayton State University. He has danced for several other companies and enjoys ballet, modern, ballroom and Latin styles of dance.
Born in Gold Coast, Australia, Aaron Smyth was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theatre (ABT). With hard work and determination, he was promoted to ABT II where he performed numerous choreographies including, but not limited to Stars and Stripes De Deux and Grand Pas Classique.
In 2006, Smyth was awarded the title of “Showcase” Australian Dancer of the Year.” His recognition continued in 2008 with his winning the gold medal at the Genee international Ballet Competition and the Bravo Audience Choice Award. In 2010, he went on to become a finalist at the Prix de Lauanne, as well as win the silver medal at the USA International ballet Competition.
The year 2012 brought several other successes for Smyth. In addition to placing as a silver medalist at the Cape Town International Ballet and Choreography Competition, he joined the Royal Ballet where he performed several contemporary ballets and created a role in Christopher Wheeldon’s Titan: Metamorphosis in collaboration with the National Gallery. In 2013, Smyth was also awarded a silver medal for his performance at the Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition.
Other notable moments in his career include being introduced by First Lady Michelle Obama, performing in honoree of the London Olympic Games, and appearing on Australian morning TV show Sunrise and the Kerrie-Anne Kennerley Show.