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Ariana, a Chicago native, began her training with Larry Long at the Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance and later graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts under the direction of Ethan Stiefel. Since joining the Alabama Ballet in 2011, her featured roles include Sugar Plum Fairy in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante, as well as leading roles in productions of Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, Cinderella, Coppelia, and La Fille Mal Gardée. One of her favorite roles to perform was a Stomper in Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room. Ariana currently attends University of Alabama at Birmingham as a Kinesiology major with a concentration in exercise science and is on faculty at Encore Performance Company.
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