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Rebecca Kelly, Artistic Director

Giorgia Bovo

Nile Baker

Robin Cantrell

Erin Ginn

Raul Peinado

Therese Wendler

Todd Bissonette
Adrian Buckmaster
Lisa Keegan
Rebecca Kelly

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NILE BAKER originally from California, moved to Michigan and trained at the O’Day School of Dance in Detroit with Sergey Rayevskiy at the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet in Novi, at Wayne State University,  and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He holds a BFA from the Ailey School/Fordham University.  Nile is currently performing at the Metropolitan Opera in productions of Carmen, Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, Pince Igor, and Rusalka. Nile also works with Bradley Shelver Contemporary Dance Theater and Indelible Dance.

He has toured with RKB since 2012 during its summer programs in the North Country, and has appeared with the Company in its annual performances at City Center Studios, in SoHo in RKB's Nutcracker Highlights, and as an RKB Guest Artist in the role of Grand Pas. His RKB repertory includes Apayaana, Filigree, Turbulence and Dispossessed.



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GIORGIA BOVO from Biela Italy, trained at Scuola del Balletto di Toscana, in Florence. In the U.S. she has danced with Armitage Gone! Dance, the Metropolitan Opera, the Francesca Harper Project, Indelible, Bradley Shelver Contemporary Dance, Collective Body Dance Lab and Untitled/Collective. Giorgia joined RKB in 2007. She has danced in many RKB’s annual Nutcracker Ballet Highlights since 2007, appearing in the lead roles of Snow Queen, Sugar Plum Fairy, Marzipan, and originating RK's Arabian solo. She was part of the original cast of RKB's unique runway show Design-into-Dance.

Her RKB repertoire includes Writing in Water, Desire, The Travelers, Long Time Passing, Apayaana, Wilderness Suite, Turbulence, and Filigree.



ROBIN CANTRELL from St. Paul Minnesota, received her training at Midwest Youth Dance Theatre.  She holds a BFA from the University of Utah in ballet performance, and a degree in anthropology.  Robin danced for City Ballet of San Diego, where she performed in a number of Balanchine ballets, including the lead violin in Concerto Barocco.  Robin has danced with Ballet Deviare and Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre, and currently dances for Battery Dance Company. Robin is Artistic Director of her own dance company: Indelible.

She has appeared with RKB since 2007, and has performed Writing in Water, Tear of the Clouds, Desire, Filigree Turbulence, and The Travelers . RK created the solo variation roles Russian and Chinese for Robin in RKB's Nutcracker Highlights project, in which she recently appeared in the role the Arabian.

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ERIN GINN was trained in Kingsport, TN and the Walnut Hill School in Natick, MA. She was a Junior competitor at the 2002 International Ballet Competition in Jackson, and danced with Cincinnati Ballet as an apprentice. She holds a BS from Indiana University in Ballet Performance with an Outside Field in Communication and Culture. Erin has danced with SensDance, Felice Lesser Dance Theater, Eryc Taylor Dance, Connecticut Ballet, Columbia City Ballet, Bristol Ballet.

Erin has appeared with Rebecca Kelly Ballet since 2008 in many projects including the development of Writing in Water, and numerous RKB Highlights from the Nutcracker Ballet. In 2015 she joins RKB as part of the ensemble for the Company's 34th Onstage Performance Program in the Adirondack Mountains at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

Erin is a certified Pilates Mat instructor and teaches in New York City.



RAUL PEINADO from Madrid, Spain trained at Victor Ullate School and The Catedra Alicia Alonso  Raul studied with Master Ullate, Christina Alverez and Juana Taft. He has performed with the Cuban National Ballet as a guest. the Joffrey Ballet Ensemble, and Peridance Ensemble, Eglevsky Ballet, Gwinnet Ballet Theater, Ruth Michel Dance Theater, Andalusia Ballet, South West Virginia Ballet,  Mobile Ballet, and Configuration Dance in USA, and with the Fukuoka International Ballet in Japan. Raul has appeared frequently in RKB's annual Highlights of the Nutcracker appearing as Therese Wendler's parnter in the Grand Pas.

His first season with Rebecca Kelly Ballet was 2007. His repertoire includes Air, Long Time Passing, Tear of the Clouds, Spice, Desire, La Belle and Le Bad Boy, Apayaana, Filigree Turbulence, and Carmen Adagio. He has been a masterclass teacher in RKB's Onstage Summer Program teaching partnering and salsa workshops and classical technique.


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THERESE MIYOSHI WENDLER from Honolulu, Hawaii, trained in Phoenix, AZ with Nina Marlow, and The Joffrey Ballet in NYC. She has since worked with Ballet Metropolitan of Caracas, Venezuela, Ballet International, Ballet Hawaii, Victoria Ballet Theatre, Connecticut Ballet, Ballet Jorgen Canada, and Frances Patrelle and Mathew Brookoff. Therese joined RKB in 2003. Her extensive RKB repertory includes principal roles in the original cast of Jose's Dream, Silver Circles, and Air, along with Reves, Spice Suite, Drums, The Travelers, Jibun Jishin, Those Who Must Be Kept, Waters. Desire, La Belle and Le Bad Boy Apayaana, Turbulence, Filigree, and Carmen Adagio.

Therese has appeared frequently in RKB's annual Highlights of the Nutcracker appearing as Kelly's Snow Queen, and as the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Therese teaches in RKB Intensives and Variations Program, and provides private coaching. She stages Kelly's youth ballets for RKB's Onstage summer programs. She also teaches independently in the NYC metropolitan area.

Guest Artists, Alumni and Friends
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Indre Erin Spanish

Kate Abarelli
Emily Adams
Mona Afable
Jonathan Collins
Maddie Deavenport
Uthman Ebrahim
Alex Forsythe

Erin Ginn
David Guggino
Julie Hebb
Carlos Renedo
Sean Scantlebury
Lara Vilches
Royce Zackery

Photographers: Todd Bissonette
Adrian Buckmaster


Lara Russian


Guest Artist: DUNCAN COOPER, former Principal Dancer, Dance Theater of Harlem. from New York City and San Francisco. Duncan partnered Therese Wendler for SILVER CIRCLES, after the fall, at RKB 25th Anniversary season, and as her cavallier in Nutcracker Ballet" guest Artists appearances.

Soloist, American Ballet Theater, was a featured dancer in Kelly's ballet noir THE TRAVELERS for RKBs 25th Anniversary season.



Karin Averty, teaching company class

Premiere Danseuse, Paris Opera Ballet, Principal Dancer, San Franciso Ballet


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