Sabir Yapparov received his academic and ballet training at the Perm Ballet Academy, Russia and studied with some of the finest teachers in his country, including Julius Plahkt. He was a soloist with the Sverdlovsk Academic Theatre of Opera & Ballet and with the Bolshoi Theater in Uzbekistan, and was a principal with the Odessa Academic Theater of the Opera and Ballet in the Ukraine. His repertoire included leading roles in the classical, neoclassical and contemporary ballets: Albrecht in Giselle, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Prince Star in Masquerade, Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty and Ivan in Hunchback Horse. Mr. Yapparov worked with prominent teachers and artists as A. Messerer, M. Plisetskaya and V. Gordeev. He was invited as a guest principal throughout the former Soviet Union, Italy, Hungary, Portugal, Finland, India, Spain and Canada. He was also awarded the rank of Honored Artist of the Ukraine. Mr. Yapparov worked as a ballet master with the Sarasota Ballet for eleven years, serving one year as Associate Artistic Director. In 2003-2004 he was a Visiting Professor in the Dance program at the University of South Florida School of Theatre and Dance, and was a guest faculty member at North Carolina School of the Arts in 2007-2008. Mr. Yapparov recently was both a ballet teacher and the Assistant to the Artistic Director at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. He was the director of Portland School of Ballet’s pre-professional CORPS program from 2011-2012. Most recently, he served as Principal at the School of Cincinnati Ballet.
Mary’s early classical training was Cechetti, with Roxanne McHugh Rigoloso. She then studied Vaganova in depth with her frequent partner, Andrei Bossov, soloist with the Mariinsky. She has also trained with teachers of RAD (Royal Ballet,) Bournonville (Royal Danish Ballet,) and Balanchine.
She performed soloist and principal roles with Portland Ballet, Maine State Ballet, Ballet New England, and with Andrei Bossov. She danced classical roles of Lilac Fairy, Fairy Godmother, Myrtha, Chopiniana’s Mazurka, Titania, Swan Lake Act II, Grand Pas Classique pas de deux, Arabian, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Snow Queen. She performed in numerous contemporary pieces choreographed by Andrei Bossov.
Mary is a certified holistic nutrition counselor through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC. She also holds a bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology. In her early years, she was a competitive gymnast. After retiring at age 11, she was then introduced to dance by her first teacher, Ron Trell of Brunswick, Maine. She is a proud mom of her two boys, Liam and Sam.
Kaitlyn is a graduate of SUNY Purchase College with a B.F.A. in Dance. She received her early training from Boston Ballet and North Carolina School of the Arts. She has extensive performing experience including at Green St. Studios New Work, Wayfarer choreographed by Davie Sun, and An Afternoon of Dance choreographed by Jackie Underwood. Kaitlyn has also worked as a choreographer on multiple productions: Sugar Rum Cherry; A Tribal Unity; and The Things You Learn; and taught in Massachusetts for multiple years. This is Kaitlyn's second season with Portland Ballet Company.
Toni Marie Martin is from Vermont, where she began her training at the Vermont Ballet Theater School. She holds a BFA in ballet performance with a business minor from The University of Utah. She was a member of the department's company, Utah Ballet, under the direction and training of Jay Kim, Victoria Stocki-Kim, Calvin Kitten, and Maggie Wright Tesch. As a member of the Utah Ballet, she performed in Swan Lake, Balanchine’s Serenade, Coppelia, and in Michael Bearden's Simpatico. By invitation, Toni traveled to Seoul, Korea taking part in the Choreographers of the Far East, a contemporary series performance, in which she performed in The Permeation of Consciousness and Transcendence, by Dr. Jung Shik Roh from Seoul, Korea, and Binari, by Professor Jay Kim. Toni has attended dance programs at ABT Austin, Kaatsbaan, Boston Ballet, Ballet West, and Colorado Ballet. She was a member of Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company from 2014 -2017, where she also taught with the Colorado Ballet Academy. This is Toni's first season dancing and teaching with Portland Ballet.
A native of Maine, Jane received her early training from The Ballet School in Topsham, Maine under the direction of Elizabeth Drucker. Following that she trained at Portland Ballet in the Pre-Professional CORPS Program. Jane spent the last three years at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School in their Full-Time High School Program and Graduate Program. She is happy to be back to Maine and in her second year with Portland Ballet.
James Kramlich started performing at age 9 with the Boy Singers of Maine and then in various musical theater productions before turning to dance. He has now performed as the ‘Postmaster’ in PSB’s productions of Around the World with Flat Stanley and toured to Canada with PBC’s production of Giselle. James is memorable as the ‘Soldier’ in the debut of Shipman’s The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace and has appeared in PBC’s 2013 Halloween Spooktacular, The Victorian Nutcracker, and Boy Meets Girl. Most recently Mr. Kramlich portrayed ‘Ichabod Crane’ in Portland Ballet’s 2016 production The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This is his second year as our young men's instructor.
Jennifer came to Portland Ballet after four seasons as a Principal Dancer with The Northwest Florida Ballet. Previous to dancing in Florida, she danced as a Soloist with Montgomery Ballet, and an Apprentice with Dance Connecticut (formerly Hartford Ballet). Her repertoire includes Myrtle in Oskar Antunez's Gatsby, Kitri in Don Quixote, Tiger Lilly and the Queen of Hearts (and the Crazy Cook) in Antunez's Alice in Wonderland, the Prayer Variation in Coppelia, the lead role in George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco, a lead in Jean Grand-Maitre's Uroboros and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, which she has performed as a guest artist for companies in Tennessee and Georgia. Her Portland Ballet credits include Katrina in the 2011 production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; By Request; The Victorian Nutcracker and Giselle in Giselle. Jennifer has been a company member since 2010.
Jamie Schwellenbach, R-DMT - Jamie holds a Masters degree in Dance/Movement Therapy through Lesley University, has completed module I of Laban Movement Studies and Analysis, and is trained in leading children’s yoga. She currently works as a clinician in a day treatment facility for children with autism and related developmental disabilities, and is passionate about supporting children of all abilities as they navigate living life to the fullest embracing their differences. Jamie brings a rich background of teaching people of all ages in a variety of settings and dance/movement modalities.
Vanessa is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Dance. She has performed professionally on both the East and West Coasts and is an experienced teacher and choreographer with a background in Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Tap. Vanessa is also a lecturer at University of Southern Maine's theater department.