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The Ballet Herald is an independent voice in the cultural conversation. We are influenced and motivated only by the desire to share our passion for the arts and to express the impact they have – or have had – on our lives.

The views expressed in any given non-news article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the entire team. It is with this individual and company-wide integrity that we bring you stories related to the dance industry.

Editor-in-Chief

Cherilyn's lifelong passion for ballet has opened the door to the next chapter of her journey. Her strong foundation includes training at the School of American Ballet, being a featured dancer with Hartford Ballet and Carolina Ballet, and being co-director/owner of City Ballet Raleigh. She was granted the Affiliate Teacher Award after successfully completing the ABT National Training Curriculum®. A professional career in the industry along with extensive global travel provide her with a unique set of experiences to draw upon as an audience member. Cherilyn is excited to be sharing her insight about ballet performances around the world.
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Contributors

Eugene Barnes, a Baltimore native, received his formal ballet training at The Baltimore School for the Arts studying under Norma Pera, Tony Wilson, and Debra Robinson. In 2003, at the request of Carolina Ballet's founding Artistic Director Robert Weiss, Mr. Barnes auditioned for the company. In 2004, he joined Carolina Ballet and danced there until 2014, rising to soloist in 2009. During his tenure, he originated many roles by Weiss, Tony Award nominee Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and current company Artistic Director Zalman Raffael. It was also there where Mr. Barnes developed a greater understanding of George Balanchine's style and ballets, working one-on-one with some of the most incredible Balanchine dancers. Since his departure from Carolina Ballet, Mr. Barnes has appeared as a guest artist with Paul Mejia International and Grand Rapids Ballet (under the direction of Patricia Barker). He transitioned into corporate management working for 7-Eleven, Macy’s and Gap Inc., and worked as an Aftercare Specialist/Facilitator for a prominent drug rehabilitation center in Northern Michigan. Currently, Mr. Barnes is the Director of Training and Principal Dancer with Avant Chamber Ballet where he continues to share his love for classical and neo-classical ballet.
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Stone Meredith is the founder of Clever Chicas Project, a collaborative network that highlights ordinary women doing extraordinary things. Collaborations include the Finding Florida initiative with the Florida State Theatre. She is Creative Director for the Florida Hemingway Society and is an accomplished online instructor of literature, philosophy, and writing.
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One of Stefan Smith's proudest professional accomplishments has been helping create a start-up venture called Music Audience Exchange that has pioneered ways to connect musicians with new audiences through innovative brand partnerships, multi-media content creation, and live stream and other events. In that role, he has developed expertise in the areas of music and personal image licensing. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Avant Chamber Ballet and volunteer with youth groups in the Dallas area. Stefan is a practicing attorney who studied at Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas School of Law. In his spare time he loves travel, cooking, fitness, nature, and the arts.
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Nadia Vostrikov was a former television actress and dancer for Boston Ballet II, Alberta Ballet, and various freelance companies. She currently works as a Digital Marketer in NYC. (Photo by: Katrina Cunningham)
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