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Special Guest Dancers

Guest Artist
Performing the role of Princess Irene from October 17th – October 20th 

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Paloma graduated with the highest qualification from the Institute of Art at the Colon Opera Theatre before going on to train at the Minsk Ballet School, the English National Ballet in London and at the School of American Ballet in New York City. A fast-rising star early in her career, Paloma joined American Ballet Theatre as a corps de ballet member in 1991 before becoming the Company’s youngest principal dancer at age 19 in 1995.

An international award-winning performer, Paloma has danced numerous high-profile lead roles both with American Ballet Theatre and around the globe with such internationally-acclaimed ballet companies as the New York City Ballet, the Kirov Ballet, Ballet Teatro Alla Scala of Milan, Kremlin Palace Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet. In addition, Paloma has had many famous choreographers create leading roles for her including Twyla Tharp, Nacho Duato, James Kudelka, Benjamin Millepied and Alexei Ratmansky, among others.

Paloma has previously been featured on the cover of The New York Times Magazine, who named her as one of 30 artists (the only one in dance) considered “most likely to change culture” in the next 30 years. Paloma was also named by Dance Magazine as one of the “Top Ten Dancers of the Twentieth Century” and was chosen as “Leader of the Millennium” by TIME and CNN Television in 1999. 

Guest Artist &

Assistant to the Choreographer
Performing the role of King Papa 

Native New Yorker John Selya was was trained at the School of American Ballet, where he was received the Mae L. Wien award as an artist with outstanding promise. Mr. Selya then joined American Ballet Theatre, where he performed works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp and Mark Morris, among others. He also choreographed three works for the company while there; Moondance, Disposition and Don’t Panic. Following his departure from ABT, Mr. Selya joined Twyla Tharp Dance. Mr. Selya then created the central role of Eddie in Tharp’s Movin’ Out. His performance earned him a Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Musical, an Astaire Award for Outstanding Dancing on a Broadway stage and a Theater World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut. Since then Mr. Selya has appeared as the Mambo dancer in Damn Yankees, Scranton Slim in Guys and Dolls and Sid in Twyla Tharp's Come Fly Away. He also served as Resident Director during the Come Fly Away international tour.

In addition to appearing on stage, John also has appeared on screen in the feature films Everyone Says I Love You, Across the Universe, Romance and Cigarettes and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.


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