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Ariel Breitman

ARIEL BREITMAN of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, is beginning his first season as a Studio Company member of The Washington Ballet. He began his dance training at the age of eight with the Boys Scholarship Program of Metropolitan Ballet Academy directed by Lisa Collins. At age twelve, he performed the role of the Little Prince in George Balanchine's Nutcracker with Pennsylvania Ballet. At sixteen, Ariel moved to New York City to train with Edward Ellison, director of Ellison Ballet- Professional Training Program. While in New York, Ariel has had the opportunity to perform roles such as Jerome from Flames of Paris, Basilio from Don Quixote, the Poet from Chopiniana, James from La Sylphide, and Cavalier from The Nutcracker. Ariel has competed in the Youth America Grand Prix, winning gold medals in Classical Ballet in the 2012 Torrington, Connecticut, semifinals, as well as two gold medals for Classical and Contemporary Ballet in the 2013 Hartford, Connecticut, semifinals. He also earned a silver medal for Classical Ballet in the 2013 Tanzolymp international ballet competition in Berlin, Germany.