Pablo Javier Perez
Pablo Javier Perez, born in Uruguay, graduated with the highest honors from the National School of Dance. In 1994 he won a silver medal at an international dance competition in Brazil. Mr. Perez has also danced with The Teatro de Colon de Buenos Aires. Mr. Perez joined Carolina Ballet in its first season. His roles include Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, Puck and Oberon in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hilarion in Giselle, Renfield in Dracula, and principal roles in the Balanchine ballets Tarantella, Square Dance, Four Temperaments, Fancy Free, Steadfast Tin Soldier, Rubies, Valse Fantaisie. He has had several principal roles choreographed on him, including Weiss’ Adagio, Joker in Masque of the Red Death, Peter in Peter & the Wolf. In 2001, he was invited by the First Lady of Uruguay to participate in a national tour of Uruguay.
Mr. Perez teaches the Boys Level 3 & 4 classes.
Yevgeny Shlapko was born in Odessa, Ukraine but raised in Brooklyn, New York. He began his ballet training at age eight, with Madame Olga Kostritzky at The School of American Ballet in New York City. He spent the next ten years there under the direction of many teachers including Peter Boal, Jock Soto, and Andrei Kramarevsky. In his final years of training, he performed in Peter Martins’s Les Gentilhommes and Christopher d’Amboise’s Tribute.
In 2007 Mr. Shlapko launched his professional dancing career by accepting an invitation by Carolina Ballet Artistic Director Robert Weiss to join the company. Since then, he has been featured in Robert Weiss’s Sleeping Beauty (the Raven), George Balanchine’s Four Temperaments (first theme), and George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie (principal couple). Roles choreographed on him include the pas de deux in Robert Weiss’s Moving Life and “Renfield” in Principal Guest Choreographer Lynne Taylor Corbett’s Dracula.
Mr. Shlapko teaches the Robert Weiss Boy’s Scholarship class.
Ann Vorus, Founder
Ann Vorus founded The Raleigh School of Ballet (RSB) in 1981 and Raleigh Dance Theatre in 1984. Ms. Vorus trained with Dorothy Alexander, Robert Barnett, and Merrilee Smith at the Atlanta School of Ballet with additional study at the American Ballet Theatre School and the Joffrey Ballet. She danced as a soloist with Atlanta Ballet and was on the faculty of the Atlanta School of Ballet before moving from Atlanta. Ms. Vorus retired in 2003, passing the school onto long-time faculty members Susan Galdy and Mary LeGere.