Kristi Capps, Ballet Master
A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, her ballet training includes the School of American Ballet, Harid Conservatory and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. While at UNCSA, she was chosen to study and perform with the Hungarian State Ballet School in Budapest, Hungary. Upon her graduation, Kristi was a member of the Atlanta Ballet for three seasons and then joined Cincinnati Ballet. Rising quickly through the ranks to Principal, Mrs. Capps delighted audiences in many lead roles including Swanhilda in Coppelia, Kitri in Don Quixote, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Giselle in Giselle, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cinderella in Cinderella and Diamond in George Balanchine’s Jewels. Her repertoire also includes works by choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Val Caniparoli, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Trey McIntyre, Kirk Peterson, Stanton Welch and Jorma Elo. In 2002, Kristi danced the role of the Sleepwalker in the recreation of George Balanchine’s La Sonnambula under the direction of Frederic Franklin, CBE for the Balanchine Trust Archives. Mrs. Capps also danced as a principal with the Chautauqua Ballet Company in New York under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. In 2008, she performed the leading role in George Balanchine’s Chaconne with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC As a guest artist, she performed with many ballet companies and galas such as the International Ballet Festival of Miami, Florida, International Dance Festival in Vail, Colorado, and with Angel Corella and Stars of American Ballet in Spain. Kristi performed original works by Luca Veggetti at New York City’s Guggenheim Museum “Works in Process” series as well additional works of Veggetti’s with the Morphoses dance company in Paris, France. As a teacher she has been part of the faculties of the Cincinnati Ballet Academy and Colorado Ballet Academy as well as a guest teacher at numerous universities and ballet academies throughout the country. Prior to joining KCB, Kristi served as ballet mistress in residence for Kansas City Ballet’s 2013-2014 season during the production of Dracula as well as a repetitor for its spring production of Cinderella.
Parrish Maynard, Ballet Master
Parrish Maynard danced with American Ballet Theatre, where he was invited to join by Mikhail Baryshnikov, and as a principal dancer at The Joffrey Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. In addition to being a recipient of the Princess Grace Award and the Presidential Scholar Award, he was a silver medalist in the International Ballet Competition. Mr. Maynard has performed in Dance in America, American Ballet Theatre’s ‘Now’, danced Nacho Duato’s Romanso, San Francisco Ballet Lar Lubovich’s Othello in the role of Iago which was created on him. In 2005 Mr. Maynard joined the faculty of San Francisco Ballet School. In his 10 years at San Francisco Ballet, Mr. Maynard choreographed more than 20 ballets for the San Francisco Ballet School, some of which have been danced around the world including Royal Ballet School, Royal New Zealand Ballet and National Ballet of Canada.
RYAN JOLICOEUR-NYE, SECOND COMPANY MANAGER
Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye was born in Maine and began his training with Andrei Bossov. Upon graduating from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Mr. Nye danced for Festival Ballet Providence, Eugene Ballet Company and Ballet Idaho. Mr. Nye was chosen to participate in the 2005 Banff Summer Arts Festival where he created roles in Sabrina Matthews’ Losing Ground and Peter Quanz’s Quanz by Quanz. He has been featured in Jessica Lang’s Splendid Isolations III, Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free and Michael Pink’s Dracula. He has performed ballets by Hans van Manen, Rudy van Dantzig, Vicente Nebrada, Mark Godden, Jodie Gates and George Balanchine. Mr. Nye retired from Kansas City Ballet after the 2015-2016 season. As a choreographer, he has created ballets for Ballet Idaho, Kansas City Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, and the Kansas City Dance Festival. Mr. Nye also had his work performed by dancers from companies all across the U.S. and Europe, including Alberta Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Kansas City Ballet and the Finnish National Ballet. Recently he was named “Outstanding Choreographer” at the 2017 Youth America Grand Prix where he was recognized for his Kansas City Ballet School work, Concerto 21. Mr. Nye’s choreography has been featured in KC Studio magazine and was recently performed in Niigata, Japan. In February his solo, The Painter, was presented at a gala for The Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, FL.