After graduating from the Novosibirsk Ballet School (Russia), Oksana won First Prize at the Vaganova Ballet Competition in St Petersburg, Russia. In 1990 Ms Konobeyeva joined the Y. Grigorovich Ballet - Bolshoi Theater. Some of the soloist and principal roles she perfromed included Odette-Odile in "Swan Lake", Aurora and Princess Florine in "Sleeping Beauty" and many others. In 1994 she joined the Moscow Renaissance Ballet where her repetoire included "Pas de Quatre", "Tailsman" and "Paquita". In 1996 she won The First Prize and a Gold Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Luxembourg. In the same year Oksana joined American Ballet Theater where she was promoted to soloist in 1996. Besides perfroming the classics, she has performed in new works by Twyla Tharp, John Neumeier and Robert Hill. Some of her teachers included: M Lavrovsky, R. Karelskaya, L Ribinkina & N Fedeychev from the Bolshoi Theater.
Born in Moscow, Russia, Alexei Agoudine began ballet training at age nine at the School of Classical Ballet with Alexandra Markeyeva, Natalie Zolotova, Boris Rahmanin and Gennady Lediakh. In 1999, at the age of 17, he received a Rudolf Nureyev Scholarship to study at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School. . In 2001, Agoudine joined Ballet Internationale in Indianapolis where his repertory included the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, the Chinese, Russian and Spanish dances in The Nutcracker, among others.. In 2002, he joined the Universal Ballet Company in Seoul as guest artist and participated in the International Ballet Competition in Varna as a choreographer and partner. In 2003, he won the Bronze Medal at the 7th New York International Ballet Competition. Agoudine joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in April 2004. His roles with the Company include Gamache in Don Quixote, Bottom in The Dream, Wilfred in Giselle, Njegus and the Lead Pontavedrian Dancer in The Merry Widow, Friar Laurence and Escalus in Romeo and Juliet, a role in Sinfonietta, Gallison and a Fairy Knight in The Sleeping Beauty, the Spanish Dance in Swan Lake and Pluto in Sylvia.
Davis is based in New York City. Robertson is married to former Joffrey dancer Nicole Marie Duffy, and they are the proud parents of a son whom he considers his greatest creation to date.
Davis Robertson is a dancer and choreographer of remarkable versatility: classically trained yet with an unmistakable originality rooted in his love of improvisation. From his beginnings as a break-dancer on the streets of Jacksonville, Florida, he went on to become a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, choreograph for Mikhail Baryshnikov, and appear in a featured role in Robert Altman's film, The Company. Robertson was a member of the Joffrey Ballet from 1993 to 2003, and was invited to choreograph two ballets for the company during his tenure there. His principal roles include the Cavalier in Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker, Petruchio in John Cranko's Taming of the Shrew, George Balanchine's Prodigal Son, and David Parson's Caught. Robertson's portrayal of the Faun in the Joffrey's reconstruction of Vaslav Nijinsky's L'Apres Midi d'un Faun prompted the Chicago Sun-Times critic to write, Davis Robertson gives the finest performance I've seen, including that of Rudolf Nureyev for whom the Joffrey re-created this masterpiece in 1979.
Robert E. Cleary, Artistic Director KDC, faculty, choreographer, dancer, KDC ('95-date); formerly with Minnesota Ballet and Minnesota Dance Theater, trained under Frank Bourman, David Voss, Loyce Houlton, Bonnie Mathis, Mary Hinkson, Tisha Von Burpee, received his BA from Univ of Minnesota in Dance and History (90). Cleary studied at the School of American Ballet; and the Susan Klein-Releasing Technique, NYC. He danced with Bebe Miller, Bill T Jones, Danny Ezralow, Paula Mann, Carolyn Brown and others. While on faculty at Oure Idrtshjskole, Denmark, he toured his choreography to Arhus, Odense, and Copenhagen and danced as soloist in Nini Theilade's Ballet Schubert. He served as Guest Faculty at Southwest Texas State and Academy of Russian Ballet, Denver, CO ('01-03.) He annually performs in The Nutcracker for Ballet Minnesota, has danced with numerous companies in the Midwest including Wendy Hambidge. He has awards ('95-date) from WAB, CitiARTS, MAC, MCF, Pleasant T Rowland Fdtn, MCCF, and DCCAC