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Get To Know This Season's Guest Artists!

From Ballet San Antonio, Nutcracker Guest Artist: Michael Agudelo

Michael Agudelo is from Spartanburg, South Carolina. He has received his formal training from Ballet Spartanburg under the guidance of Carlos Agudelo and Lona Gomez, the South Carolina Governor’s for the Arts under the guidance of Varna Gold Medalist Stanislav Issaev, the Harid Conservatory, and as a Trainee with Joffrey Ballet.

In 2010, he won second place in the Youth America Grand Prix Regionals and competed as a finalist at Youth American Grand Prix in New York.

Later, he became a member of the Milwaukee Ballet II where he performed in Michael Pink’s, The Nutcracker, Dracula and Peter Pan. Agudelo also danced four seasons with Minnesota Ballet in such roles as Renfield in Dracula, Cavalier and Nutcracker Prince in The “Manhattan” Nutcracker, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pyotr in Firebird, and Prince Charmant in The Sleeping Beauty.

The Duluth News Critic, Lawrance Barnabo wrote of Michael’s Prince Charmant, “[Best are] those moments at the apex of his jumps when he freezes for a split second before descending back to earth.” The Duluth News Tribune also praised his “sharply articulated performance” in Harlequinade Pas de Deux.

In 2016, Agudelo joined Ballet San Antonio as Corps de Ballet member. Since then, he has performed roles such as Basilio in Artistic Director,Willy Shives’ staging of Don Quixote, Blue Bird in The Sleeping Beauty, and Siegfried in the Black Swan Pas de Deux. He also performed in Willy Shives’ original works, Elements and A Tropical Fiesta.

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From Ballet San Antonio, Nutcracker Guest Artist: Kate Maxted

Kate Maxted began dancing at age 3 at the Dance Center. Her professional ballet training started on a scholarship at Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, also continuing her training at Houston Ballet, Washington Ballet, Ballet Austin, and Joffrey Midwest. Upon graduation from Walnut Hill, Maxted joined the Joffrey Ballet as a Trainee and performed in their 2011 Ballet Gala. Later, she joined the Colorado Ballet for two seasons, performing in a range of ballets including Glen Tetley’s Rite of Spring and Michael Pink’s Peter Pan.

In 2013, Maxted joined Ballet San Antonio as a Corps de Ballet member and was promoted to Soloist in 2016. Since then, she has been featured in a variety of principal roles with the company including Kitri in Don Quixote, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and performed the lead role in Ballet San Antonio’s premier of George Balanchine’s Donizetti Variations. Her performance in Donizetti Variations received rave reviews in San Antonio’s Rivard Report:

“She is not only lovely, but quick and strong, her hops en pointe light as a feather.”

Other repertoire includes Gerald Arpino’s Confetti, Willy Shives’ Bolero, and his pas de deux, Solace. Maxted has also danced notable roles in a several of Ben Stevenson O.B.E.’s ballets, including the Pas de Trois, Cygnets, and Neapolitan Princess in Swan Lake, and the Spring Fairy in Cinderella.

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