The San Diego Nutcracker Guest Stars

Katie CritchlowKatie Critchlow

Katie began training under Leslie Craig at Performing Arts Workshop. Later she went on to train at Anaheim Ballet with Lawrence and Sarma Lapenieks Rosenburg, and then San Elijo Dance Academy with Ben and Laurie Michelle Houk. She spent her summers training with American Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. After graduating high school Katie moved to Seattle Washington to train in the Professional Division of Pacific Northwest Ballet. She spent two years there, fortunate to be able to continue her study of ballet by performing with the company in their Nutcrackers, Balanchine's Symphony in 3 movements, La Valse, and Serenade, Ronald Hdye's The Merry Widow and The Sleeping Beauty, and many others. Katie joined Ballet West in 2006 as an Apprentice and was promoted to Corps artist in 2008, Demi-Soloist in 2012, and Soloist in 2016. Katie has had original featured roles created on her by world renowned choreographers such as Nicolo Fonte, Val Caniparoli, and Helen Pickett. Some of her favorite moments onstage include dancing Juliet in Cranko's Romeo and Juliet, Suzuki in Stanton Welch's Madame Butterfly, and principal and soloist roles in William Forsythe's in the Middle Somewhat Elevated, Jiri Kylian's Petite Mort, Forgotten Land, and Overgrown Path, Nicolo Fonte's Almost Tango, and Jerome Robbins' Fancy Free. Katie was also a part of the original cast of the CW's Breaking Pointe, a reality show that followed Ballet West for two seasons.

 

Trevor NaumannTrevor Naumann

Trevor Naumann began his training under Peter and Lisa Naumann, who are both alumni of the New York City Ballet under the directorship of George Balanchine and later Peter Martins. At the age of 15, he was asked to join the School of American Ballet on full scholarship. He trained there for 4 years until 2009 when he was offered a contract with Ballet West II. In 2011, he joined Ballet West fully as a Corps Artist, and was again promoted to demi soloist in 2016. Since joining he has performed featured roles in Stanon Welch's "Madame Butterfly", "The Sleeping Beauty" co-choregraphed by Pamela Robinson-Harris and Mark Goldweber, John Cranko's "Romeo and Juliet", William Christensen's "The Nutcracker", as well as featured roles in Jiri Kylian's "Petit Mort", "Overgrown path", and "Forgotten Land". Mr. Naumann also originated roles in new pieces by choreographers such as Nicolo Fonte, Val Canaparoli and Christopher Ruud.

 

Luke Willis
Retired from San Francisco Ballet

Luke Willis

Luke Willis danced for over a decade with San Francisco Ballet and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. He has traveled the world and worked with some of the most established living choreographers. As well as being featured in Dance Magazine, and on PBS's Great Performances series, Luke was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Award for his role as "The Elder" in Yuri Possokhov's Rite of Spring in 2013. Luke retired from the San Francisco Ballet in July 2014 and is currently studying film production at University of Southern California. He also works with the new USC Kaufman School of Dance creating all of their YouTube and website video content. Luke is proud to be sharing the stage with his niece, Luciana Rehm.