Oleksandr Vykhrest:

Ballet Master

Joined Columbia Classical Ballet in 2008.

Originally from the Ukraine, studied classical ballet and graduated from the Ballet Academy of Ukraine in 2001. His was in the class of Vladimir Denisenko, under the direction of Tatiana Taiakina. From 2001 through 2002, he was a soloist dancer with Classical Ballet of Kiev under the direction of Valeriy Koftun where he danced principal roles from La Bayadere, Giselle, Swan Lake, and Romeo and Juliet. In 2002, he joined Donetsk Ballet Company under the direction of Vadim Pisarev. While with the Donetsk Ballet Company he toured in Japan, United States, China, Greece, Bulgaria, and Levon.

His principal roles include The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Chipolina, Per Gunt, Don Quixote and Spartacus. Oleksandr joined Sarasota Ballet of Florida in January of 2005 until 2008 as a Soloist. He has danced Soloist roles in Robert de Warren’s Mid Summer Night’s Dream, Carmina Burana, Catasan, La Buetic Fantastic, Diana and Actacon, Firebird, Othello, The Nutcracker and Coppelia.


Simone Cuttino:

Resident Choreographer

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/Monchenglabach 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.

Mrs. Cuttino performed with Columbia Classical Ballet in the King and I, LifeChance 2000, and Madame Butterfly.

As Director of the Ballet Department at Stepping Out Studio, her choreographies have won gold and platinum awards.

She returned to the company as resident choreographer in 2006. During Columbia Classical Ballet’s 2006-2007 season, Mrs. Cuttino choreographed the Nutcracker and Wizard of Oz performances.

Her Choreographies have included pieces for the yearly Cabaret Night and Life Chance Gala, and the performances of Nutcracker, Wizard of Oz, Robin Hood, Aladdin and Romeo and Juliet. She will add Cinderella, Bolero and Ursa Major to the repertoire for the 2015-16 season.

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