Gregory Amato has a wide breadth of experience in the international world of ballet. During his four years with Ballet Du Nord in France, Mr. Amato performed in 53 countries. These included performances before the Queen of England, two presidents, numerous ambassadors, dignitaries and prime ministers.
He was tapped by New York City Ballet principal dancer Edward Villella to join him as a founding member of Villella's Miami City Ballet. After relocating to the Bay Area, he was similarly chosen by Michael Smuin as a founding member of Smuin Ballet. While dancing there, Smuin created several ballets on Mr. Amato, including "Frankie and Johnny,” and "Cyrano." He also appeared in the movie, "The Fantastics," which Smuin choreographed.
Mr. Amato's primary teacher and inspiration was New York City Ballet Dancer, Nolan T'Sani. He also studied under full scholarships at the San Francisco Ballet School and the Joffrey Ballet School in New York.Mr.
Amato competed and won the gold medal in the Fred Astaire International Ballroom Dance Competition. Despite his impressive ballet career, his personal highlight was his experience as the featured dancer at Carnegie Hall for the 100th Celebration of George Gershwin’s birthday.
Nina Amato is a former principal ballerina with the Sacramento Ballet and has danced the lead role in such ballets as Swan Lake, Giselle, Nutcracker, Cinderella, Coppelia, La Fille Mal Gardee, Les Sylphides, Sleeping Beauty, and Juliet in Ron Cunningham’s Romeo and Juliet, a role which was created specifically for her. She has also danced and created roles in a wide range of contemporary works by renowned choreographers, and the lead in several ballets by George Balanchine.
Aline Carili* was born in Brazil. She trained and studied dance at Mvsika Center for Studies, graduating in 2010. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Physical Education from PUC Goiás in Brazil in 2014. Aline has been teaching for 11 years. She loves teaching at PBT because PBT is her second family, and it is an enjoyable place to work.
Léna Alvino* is originally from Switzerland. She started ballet at 5 and modern and contemporary dance at 14. After graduating from an artistic high school, she joined Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program in San Francisco. In August 2017, she moved to Santa Barbara, danced with State Street Ballet’s Professional Track Program and taught at Momentum Dance Company and Westside Dance. She is very excited to be back in the Bay Area, and to have joined eMotion Arts dance co. since March 2018, Peninsula Ballet Theater since August 2018 and The DanceWright Project since April 2019. Léna currently teaches at Peninsula Ballet Theatre and Petits Pas Studio.
Allison Meson* received her ballet training at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She went on to dance with the Houston Ballet II and was a member of the Corp de Ballet of the Pennsylvania Ballet. While dancing with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Allison performed many works by George Balanchine, including Ballo Della Regina, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jewels, Serenade, and Stravinsky Violin Concerto. Allison has been on faculty at Indiana University, First Position Dance Arts, and the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet. She has also attended Marcia Dale Weary's teaching seminars. She is excited to share her love of dance through teaching at Peninsula Ballet Theatre this season.
Caitlin Radcliffe* began dancing at Boulder Ballet in Colorado at age four. Through her time there, she performed in numerous productions including as Clara in The Nutcracker. Caitlin later trained with Kansas City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Milwaukee Ballet, and she participated in the dance program at Colorado State University. Besides dancing ballet, Caitlin has competed in Irish dance with the McTeggart Irish Dancers all over the world. She is very excited for her first season with Peninsula Ballet Theatre.
Minna has been professionally trained in ballet, jazz, tap, and modern dance. Her personal style of dance and teaching is to integrate technical excellence with emotional expression. She began her professional studies at Ballet Arts in Tucson, AZ. Minna has studied at Master classes and workshops at the University of Arizona, Vienna Opera Ballet School, Vienna Conservatory Ballet, among many others. She teaches Ballet, Performance Studies, and Musical Theatre Dance at PBT and choreographs and performs locally in Musical Theatre productions.
Chloé Watson* was born in Dallas, Texas. She began her early training at the Dallas Ballet Center, graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and earned her BFA in Dance at the State University of New York at Purchase College on scholarship. During her time at Purchase, Chloé performed at Jacob’s Pillow, and trained in Paris and Madrid. Chloé spent five seasons performing with American Midwest Ballet in Omaha, Nebraska, and with their sister company Ballet Vero Beach in Florida. Her choreography was commissioned by both companies. While in Omaha, Chloé coached dancers of American Midwest Ballet II, and trained competitive dancers at a local studio. She is delighted to be dancing and teaching at Peninsula Ballet Theatre for a second season.