The Joffrey Ballet's Ashley Wheater MBE, The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director and President/CEO Greg Cameron announced the addition of nine dancers to the Joffrey roster for the 2022-23 season.
They are Coco Alvarez-Mena (Miami, Florida), Wictor Hugo Pedroso (UberlÀ˘ndia, Brazil), Nae Kojima (Gold Coast, Australia), Zachary Manske (St. Paul, Minnesota), Annabelle de la Nuez (Cincinnati, Ohio), Davide Oldano (Turin, Italy), Sergei Osminkin (St. Petersburg, Russia), Basia Rhoden (Fresno, California) and Natali Taht (Tallinn, Estonia).
Wheater said in a statement, "As we prepare to launch our 2022-23 season with a world premiere by choreographer Chanel DaSilva in Beyond Borders, followed by our second collaboration with Chicago Symphony Orchestra this fall and the largest Joffrey production to date this spring with The Little Mermaid, we are pleased to welcome new dancers Coco, Wictor, Nae, Zach, Annabelle, Davide, Sergei, Basia, and Natali to the Joffrey, and are proud to see Nae and Davide, graduates of the Trainee program at the Joffrey Academy of Dance, elevated [to] the company."
"The Joffrey and Chicago continue to be a preferred destination for talented artists from around the world," Cameron added. "The Joffrey artists are the foundation of The Joffrey Ballet, and we warmly welcome our new company artists who now join a legacy of excellence."