Company Dancers 2019/2020
Guest Artist: Natalia Harrison
Natalia was born and raised in Albuquerque where she began her training at Alwin’s School of Dance at the age of 3.
She has been dancing classical ballet for 19 years as well as many other forms of dance including contemporary, jazz, tap, and modern. She has performed in various productions including The Nutcracker, George Balanchine’s Valse
Fantasy, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, as well as playing the role of Mary in How Love Wins and Christmas Joy. In 2014, Natalia was selected to compete in the Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition where she was placed in the finals, earning her a scholarship with Richmond Ballet Company as a Trainee for a year. There, she trained rigorously performing in The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, George Balanchine’s Serenade, and several contemporary pieces. Natalia is thrilled to continue her career performing with us.
Guest Artist: Carolina Valverde
Carolina Valverde is a New Mexico native and began her dance training under Ms. Karen Alwin at the age ofseven. She trained in ballet, jazz, and contemporary, and received her student certifications for the Cecchetti Method Grades I-VII by the age of 14. Very early on Carolina felt a passion for dance and performing and joined the Performer’s Ballet & Jazz Company in 2008. While in the company, Carolina performed lead roles in various productions such as “Christmas Joy,” “How Love Wins,” and “Project Jazz.” Receiving incredible training during the summer workshops at Magnify Dance Center from teachers including Wendy Miner, Andrea Basile, Luis Fuentes, Catherine Batcheller, Joanna Berman, and Lee Wei Chao, Carolina was inspired to explore more of what the dance community had to offer. Carolina traveled to Marin Dance
Theater with a full tuition scholarship, where she spent two summers (2014, 2015) training with Lynn Cox and Margaret Swarthout.
In 2017, Carolina auditioned for and attended the Houston Ballet Summer Intensive Program to which she received a full scholarship. Carolina was infatuated with this new world of ballet she had come to discover and was offered a full scholarship to train at Stanton Welch AM’s Houston Ballet Academy year-round. With the support of her family and dance teachers, Carolina felt it was the right time to further her dance education and moved to Houston, Texas, where she progressed through the Professional Program at HBA to the status of Invited Guest of Houston Ballet’s second company, HBII. Carolina trained with Stanton Welch AM, Claudio
Muñoz, Vicki Attard, Melissa Bowman, and Cherynne Busch. In her three years in the prestigious academy, Carolina performed both classical and contemporary works which are widely known throughout the country and across the globe. Some of these works and roles include “Swan Lake,” “Raymonda,” “La Bayadère,” by Stanton Welch AM, Red Riding Hood from Claudio Muñoz’s, “The Sleeping Beauty,” a solo from “The Ladies” (Welch), Moyna from “Giselle” (Welch), the Sugar Plum Pas de Deux from “The Nutcracker,” and “Molto Espressivo” by Ilya Kozadeyv. Carolina also performed alongside the Houston Ballet company in numerous productions, which she enjoyed very much. Carolina is very fortunate that ballet helped her develop determination, discipline, and passion, not only in ballet but in everything she does and is grateful that she can continue her dance journey with the artists of MDE.