Brooklyn Mac of Elgin, South Carolina, is a International Principal Guest Artist, most recently dancing with English National Ballet. He began his dance training at age 12 with the Pavlovich Dance School under Radenko Pavlovich and Milena Leben before receiving a scholarship to study at the Kirov Academy of Ballet. While at the Kirov he trained primarily under the auspices of Anatoli Kucheruk and Vladimir Djouloukhadze. After graduating from Kirov, Mr. Mack then apprenticed with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago and later joined American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company. Mr. Mack spent three seasons as a principal dancer with Orlando Ballet before becoming principal dancer of The Washington Ballet where he danced for 9 seasons. Mr. Mack has danced a wide array of choreography, spanning many different styles between classical, neoclassical, contemporary, abstract, and modern works throughout his career.
Some of his notable awards include the Senior Silver Medal at the 2006 Jackson International Ballet Competition in Mississippi; the 2007 Princess Grace Fellowship Award; The Senior Silver Medal at the 2009 Helsinki IBC; the Marius Liepa Prize at the 2011 Boston IBC; the Silver Medal at the 2011 Korean International Dance Competition; the Gold Medal at the 2012 Boston International Ballet Competition; winner of the 2012 Istanbul Grand Prix; and the gold medal at the 2012 International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria.
Mr. Mack has also been featured on ABC, NBC, NPR, Ebony Magazine, listed in theGrio’s Top 100 (2014), and was named as a top “25 [dancers] to watch” by Dance Magazine (2012).
Mr. Mack is highly in demand as a guest Principal dancer the world over. In 2016, Mr. Mack made his debut on three of the world's greatest stages; at Covent Garden's largest theatre; the London Coliseum, The historic Bolshoi in Moscow, as well as the illustrious and historic Paris Opera ballet's Palais Garnier stage. In 2017, Mr. Mack debuted in the Republic of Georgia at the Tbilisi Opera House. In 2018, Mr. Mack made his debut in the role of Solor during his debut on the Ukrainian National Opera's stage with the Ukrainian National Ballet in La Bayadere. In June of 2019 Mr. Mack made his debut on the Metropolitan Opera House Stage at Lincoln Center, NYC as a Principal Guest Artist with American Ballet Theatre. Most recently, Mr Mack was Principal Guest Artist with English National Ballet for half of their 2019-2020 season, dancing various works in their repertoire including Ben in Wheeldon's Cinderella, Prince in Wayne Eagling's Nutcracker, William Forsythe's Playlist, exceprts of Coppelia and Etudes, as well as reprising his leading roles in Le Corsaire.
Simone Cuttino, who hails from Koblenz, Germany, studied Ballet at the Academie of Dance in Cologne, Germany. Her teachers were Ursula Bormann and Peter Vondruszka. Mrs. Cuttino finished her studies at the John Cranko Ballet School in Stuttgart, Germany.
Her professional career began in Krefeld/ Monchengladbach where she performed well over 1,000 classical and modern ballets, including Romeo & Juliet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Giselle, The Three Musketeers, Rite of Spring, and The Gershwins. Her favorite solo roles include Warenka in Anna Karenina, Venus in Primavera, and the lead in Carmina Burana. As Director of the Ballet Department at Stepping Out Studio, her choreographies have won gold and platinum awards.
Mrs. Cuttino performed with Columbia Classical Ballet in the King and I, LifeChance 2000, and Madame Butterfly. She returned to the company as resident choreographer in 2006. Mrs. Cuttino has choreographed full-length productions of Oz, Nutcracker, Robin Hood, Aladdin, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood for Columbia Classical Ballet. Her Choreographies have also included pieces for the yearly Studio Series and LifeChance Gala.