Originally from Pittsburgh, began dancing at the age of nine. In 1998 he was the recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Foundation Dance Honorarium. Alan joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s professional company at age 17 where he performed a wide array of ballets dancing Soloist and Principal roles in ballets such as “Symphony in C” and “Divertimento 15″. In 2011 Alan won first place in the Pittsburgh Chapter of The National Society of Arts and Letters Choreography Competition. Recently, Alan was named by Dance Magazine as one of the “Ones to Watch in 2013″. In addition to teaching, choreographing and performing at Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Alan is also the founder and Artistic Director of Texture Contemporary Ballet.
Alexandre Silva is from Brazil, where he received his dance training from Cuban master teacher Pablo Moret, Ofelia Gonzales, and the Brazilian teacher Christina Helena. Alexandre performed professionally with Sesi Minas in Cuba, and then later in the United States at Utah Regional Ballet.
He was the 1997 Silver Medalist, 1998 Silver Medalist and 2000 Gold Medalist in the International Festival of Joinville and also received special recognition for the highest scores among all competitors for the entire event.
His professional dance career spans 19 years of experience as a professional dancer; including 12 years as a soloist of Pittsburgh Ballet Theater (“PBT”). In this capacity, he performed numerous main roles in the classical ballets Swan Lake, Giselle, Le Corsaire, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Cinderella, Raymonda, Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, La Fille Mal Gardee, and many others. Additionally, he has had experience dancing in numerous modern ballet productions including: Sinfonietta by Jiri Kylian; In the Night and The Concert by Jerome Robbins; In the Upper Room by Twyla Tharp; Sylvia, Allegro Brillante and Western Symphony by Balanchine, among many others.
Christopher Bandy grew up in West Virginia and took ballet starting at the age of 9 at the Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet School. He would spend several weeks a year in NYC taking classes with David Howard on scholarship. After high school he spent a year at the Princeton Ballet School before beginning a 14 year dance career with American Repertory Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Terpsicorps Theater of Dance in North Carolina, where he serves as ballet master during the month of June each year. He has taught ballet for over ten years for professional dancers from Pittsburgh to San Francisco to Nashville. Three years ago Bandy co-founded a pre-professional program at Oglebay Institute in Wheeling. He is also an avid choreographer and has created works for Terpsicorps, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Texture Contemporary Ballet in addition to creating an original production of The Nutcracker on commission from the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra.
Hallie Neill Leach
Hallie Neill Leach is a graduate of Duquesne University where she received both her Bachelor and Master degree in Education. She currently works as a secondary English teacher at Mount Alvernia High School in Millvale. Hallie’s dance background began as a student of Jean Gedeon’s at age eight and continued for more than ten years. Hallie’s dance training also took her to Point Park Conservatory of Dance, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, North Carolina School of the Arts and the PA Governor’s School for the Arts. Currently she teaches preschool dance at PYBC.
Katherine Rotz started her ballet training with the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet under the direction of Jean Gedeon for 10 years. There she had the opportunity to perform numerous George Balanchine ballets such as Serenade, Nutcracker Snowflakes, Who Cares, Waltz of the Hours, Raymonda Variations, A Midsummer's Night Dream and Harlequinade. In 2009, Katie was chosen to perform with the New York City Ballet in their production of Coppelia at the Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center. After receiving a scholarship to study with the School of Pennsylvania Ballet, Katherine moved to Philadelphia to train and perform with the Pennsylvania Ballet. With the school she had the opportunity to perform the Waltz Girl from Balanchine's Serenade as well as perform and tour with the main Pennsylvania Ballet company in George Balanchine's A Midsummer's Night Dream, Christopher Wheeldon's Swan Lake and Carnival of the Animals, and Balanchine's Nutcracker. In 2015, Katherine was asked to join Pennsylvania Ballet II. Additional training has included merit scholarships to the School of American Ballet and Boston Ballet . Along with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Katherine has been a guest dancer with Texture Contemporary Ballet Company and was most recently with the American National Ballet. Katie's ballet teaching experience includes the Oil Region Ballet and the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet.