Ms. Ansanelli was born in Laurel Hollow, New York. She began her ballet training at the age of 10 in Roslyn, New York, with Danny Holstein and began taking courses at the School of American Ballet in the fall of 1990. While attending SAB, she danced the role of one of the children in the film version of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, which was released in the fall of 1993. Ms. Ansanelli was invited to become an apprentice with New York City Ballet in the fall of 1996, and was made a member of the corps de ballet in December 1996. She was promoted to the rank of Soloist in November 1998 and was named a Principal Dancer in May 2003.
Since joining New York City Ballet, Ms. Ansanelli has been seen in numerous corps roles and has danced principal roles in the company's repertory. She originated roles in Peter Martins' Swan Lake (Neapolitan), River Of Light, Walton Cello Concerto; NYCB's premiere of Robbins' Les Noces, Garth Fagan's "Ellington Elation" from DUKE!; Christopher Wheeldon's Polyphonia and Variations Sérieuses; and Nichol Hlinka's Cheating, Lying, Stealing for the 1998 NYCB Choreography Workshop. Ms. Ansanelli received the Princess Grace Award for emerging artists in 1997 from Prince Albert of Monaco. In 1999, Ms. Ansanelli was selected as one ofTeen People Magazine's "20 Teens To Change The World."
Peter Boal, Guest Artist
Mr. Boal was raised in Bedford, New York. He began studying dance at the School of American Ballet (SAB) at the age of nine. He became a member of the New York City Ballet's corps de ballet in 1983 and became a Soloist four years later; in 1989 he was promoted to the rank of Principal.In addition to touring with the New York City Ballet, Mr. Boal has performed as a Principal Dancer with the Ballet du Nord, the Royal Birmingham Ballet, Norwegian National, Arizona and Suzanne Farrell Ballets, New York's Metropolitan Opera, Wendy Perron Dance Company and with Molissa Fenley at the Joyce Theater. In 1996, Mr. Boal received the Dance Magazine Award. In 2000, he received a Bessie award for his performance of a solo by Ms. Fenley at The Kitchen.
In addition to his performing career, Mr. Boal is a full-time faculty member at SAB.
Mary Carpenter, Rehearsal Assistant
Ms. Carpenter returns to Dance as Ever for her fifth season with the company, and her third as rehearsal assistant. She has danced professionally with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and has appeared as a principal guest artist with the Granite State Ballet, Ballet Artists of Cincinnati and Festival Ballet of NY. She has performed as a soloist with Maryland Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theatre and the Lexington Ballet.
In addition to dance, she studied at the National Shakespeare Conservatory and performed professionally in musicals and plays. She is currently on faculty at Ballet Hispanico in NYC, and Nunnbetter Dance, NJ. She has served as Ballet Mistress for Ballet for Young Audiences, and rehearsal assistant for the Lexington Ballet. Ms. Carpenter has recorded six elementary ballet classroom music CDs with artistic advisor David Howard (available on Roper Records).
Evren Celimli, Composer
Mr. Celimli was born in New York City in 1971. He grew up in Boston and attended the New England Conservatory extension division where he began studying music theory at age 11. His first serious piece, composed as a sophomore in high school, was accepted into Boston University's High School Composers Workshop. As a senior in high school he received First Prize in the Harvard Musical Association's achievement awards.
After high school Mr. Celimli continued his studies at Brandeis University where he studied with Eric Chasalow and Allen Anderson. The Lydian String Quartet (in residence at Brandeis) performed his String Quartet and he was awarded the Reiner Prize for best undergraduate composition two years in a row. Mr. Celimli went on for a Master's degree in composition in England at the University of Sussex where he studied with Michael Finnissy and was awarded the Stockhausen Prize.
In 1995, on his return from abroad, Mr. Celimli began to participate in new music festivals. Celimli's scores were presented at the May in Miami and June in Buffalo festivals and at the Music Breaks Free festival back in England. In 1996 Mr. Celimli moved to New York City and began working with modern dance and avant-garde theater companies. Since 1996 Mr. Celimli's music has been heard throughout the US and Europe in conjunction with numerous dance and theater projects.
Mr. Celimli has worked with many New York City based choreographers including Doug Elkins, Seán Curran, Ben Munisteri, Murray Spalding, Tanya Kane-Parry and Jeanette Stoner.