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Each season SF Ballet audiences look forward to seeing new dancers on the Opera House stage, and also to learn which dancers have been promoted up through the ranks of the Company. For aspiring young dancers, the invitation to join America’s first professional ballet company—or being selected by Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson for a promotion— marks a defining moment in their lives. Join us as we celebrate a major turning point in the careers of these extraordinary artists.
Luke Ingham, originally from South Australia, has been promoted from the rank of soloist to principal dancer. Since joining SF Ballet as a soloist in 2012, Ingham has caught the attention of audiences and critics alike. Last season DanceTabs called Ingham’s performance in Robbins’ Glass Pieces “glorious.” Prior to joining SF Ballet, he performed with The Australian Ballet and Houston Ballet. He received his training at The Australian Ballet School.
Carlos Quenedit, from Havana, Cuba has been promoted from the rank of soloist to principal dancer. He joined the Company as a soloist in 2012. Prior to SF Ballet, Quenedit was with a number of companies including Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Miami City Ballet, and The Joffrey Ballet. About their performance in Paris, in Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, CriticalDance.org said, “Maria Kochetkova and Carlos Quenedit gave a vibrant performance, both dancing with lots of passion and drama.”