Three Margaret Barbieri Conservatory Trainees Join The Sarasota Ballet Studio Company for the 2020-21 Season
Katelyn Cudiamat, Cynthia Ryan, and Terri Jean Thomson begin their careers as professional ballet dancers with The Sarasota Ballet Studio Company
The Sarasota Ballet’s Margaret Barbieri Conservatory is delighted to announce that Katelyn Cudiamat, Cynthia Ryan, and Terri Jean Thomson will be joining The Sarasota Ballet Studio Company for the 2020-21 Season. Having joined the Conservatory through the International Intensive, they were the first students to join the new Trainee Program in 2018.
“I am so proud of their achievement,” says Education Director, Christopher Hird. “They are incredibly dedicated and talented young dancers, and their promotion is a reflection of their remarkable work ethic. It is so rewarding for all of the faculty to see these three wonderful students take such an important step in their journey to becoming professional dancers.”
All three women represented The Sarasota Ballet at the Youth America Grand Prix semi-final in Atlanta in 2019, with Thomson winning second place, and Ryan and Cudiamat placing in the top twelve. In the 2019-20 Season, they all performed as Snowflakes in John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker and at the Gala in Principal Dancer Kate Honea’s new work, Stella Natalis.
“This is a true testament to the quality of the training at the Conservatory,” says Margaret Barbieri, Assistant Director of The Sarasota Ballet. “We started the Conservatory to bring in talent that would progress into the Company. Whilst we’ve had Conservatory students join the Company in years past, to have three promoted from a single year really demonstrates the Conservatory’s growth and the caliber of students we are attracting and training. More and more we can look first to the Trainee Program each year to find the next generation of Sarasota Ballet Studio Company members.”
Katelyn Cudiamat began her experience with The Sarasota Ballet through the Company’s 2018 Summer International Intensive, where she dedicated five weeks to condensed pre-professional training. At the end of this intensive, Hird offered her a position with the Conservatory’s new Trainee program. “I am eternally grateful for everything that The Margaret Barbieri Conservatory has helped me accomplish,” says Cudiamat. “It is an honor to become a member of The Sarasota Ballet Studio Company. I am so excited to work with this distinguished Company and dance alongside the wonderful dancers both in the studio and on stage.”
Cynthia Ryan’s first exposure to The Sarasota Ballet was at age twelve, while attending the Company’s performance at the Joyce Theater in New York City. Several years later, she attended an open adult class with The Sarasota Ballet School during a visit to Sarasota with her family. After the class, she was offered an opportunity to join the Margaret Barbieri Conservatory as well as their Summer Intensive. Ryan graduated high school in New York a year early in 2018, after which she joined the Conservatory’s Trainee Program. Ryan says, “During the past two years as a Trainee, I have had so many wonderful opportunities; YAGP, Canada’s National Ballet School’s Summer Exchange Program, multiple performances, chances to understudy company roles and outreach shows. All these opportunities helped me grow into the dancer that I am today. My teachers at the Conservatory nurtured and guided me to achieve my goals, I am truly grateful to all of them.”
Terri Jean Thomson first came to The Sarasota Ballet through the 2016 Summer Intensive. Returning to Sarasota for both the 2017 and 2018 Intensives, she joined the Margaret Barbieri Conservatory year-round as a Trainee, where she spent the next two years learning, growing, and developing into the dancer she has become today. Says Thomson, “I completely fell in love with The Sarasota Ballet years ago, and earning a Studio Company contract means the absolute world to me! This is quite honestly a dream come true and I could not be more thrilled to be part of this wonderful company in their 30th season!”
About The Sarasota Ballet
Since 1990, the mission of The Sarasota Ballet has been enriching lives, captivating emotions, and strengthening the community through the art of dance. Under the leadership of Director Iain Webb, Executive Director Joseph Volpe, and Assistant Director Margaret Barbieri, The Sarasota Ballet has received national and international recognition for its diverse repertoire of rarely performed ballets, as well as the integrity and artistry of its performances. The Company’s expanded repertoire includes works by world-renowned choreographers such as Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Sir Matthew Bourne, Dame Ninette de Valois, Michel Fokine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Rudolf Nureyev, Jerome Robbins, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Antony Tudor, and Christopher Wheeldon. During Webb’s tenure, The Sarasota Ballet has been invited to perform twice at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and twice at the Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Center, as well as week-long residencies at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the Joyce Theater in New York. In May 2017 The Sarasota Ballet performed at the inaugural National Choreographic Festival in Salt Lake City and in August of 2018 returned to the Joyce Theater for another sold out week-long residency.
About The Margaret Barbieri Conservatory
The Margaret Barbieri Conservatory is a pre-professional program designed to prepare students for a career in classical ballet. The Conservatory is led by Christopher Hird, Education Director, and Dierdre Miles Burger, Assistant Education Director, and overseen by Margaret Barbieri, Assistant Director of The Sarasota Ballet. With an exceptional instructional staff, who are committed to excellence, they provide the highest quality dance education in order to provide students with the technique and artistry needed to succeed in the world of dance. Their knowledge of the art form is nurtured with professional development lectures and master classes from visiting guest teachers and choreographers. Former students are now dancing with The Sarasota Ballet and other ballet companies around the USA and abroad.