The US International Ballet, diverse and innovative, ushers ballet into the twenty first century. Sold out audiences are captivated by cutting edge choreography interlaced with digital film and visual effects. USIB is the only professional company in America that guarantees every apprentice a professional contract.

 
We are very excited to announce our partnering program for the 2019/2020 season!

Health, inclusion, and innovation are the three pillars of USIB. To promote health, body diversity is embraced which is key for dancer wellness. Inclusion consists of giving each USIB dancer an opportunity to dance professionally and perform extraordinary choreography in all productions. Innovation is the cornerstone of every USIB performance. Visionary Artistic Directors create mesmerizing ballets through a brilliant combination of choreography, film, and visual effects. USIB brings ballet into the modern age by combining the technical prowess of the classical art form with the technology and imagination of the twentieth century.

 

ARTISTIC TEAM

Elizabeth Hester, founder of the Wilmington School of Ballet & Dance and the Wilmington Ballet Company, is the Executive Director of US International Ballet. Her goal in establishing these companies was to provide many opportunities to students in the Lower Cape Fear Region of NC for quality dance education.​​ Hester was a soloist with Raleigh Dance Theater and a former faculty member of the Raleigh School of Ballet. Hester studied at the Atlanta Ballet as a scholarship student, the Walnut Hill School of the Arts, North Carolina School of the Arts, East Carolina Dance Program, and the Richmond Ballet, and has a degree in Civil Engineering from NC State. 

Elizabeth Hester
Executive Director

Mr. Angelini studied at Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy, where he additionally gained performing experience with their ballet company. He was awarded a full scholarship for the JKO at American Ballet Theatre in NYC, where he graduated. He has performed as a soloist and principal dancer all around the world. He joined US International Ballet as Principal Dancer and Ballet Master in 2017. Later that year, he was additionally named Artistic Director of Wilmington Ballet Company and US International Ballet, alongside his wife, Ines Albertini. They have brought to this position a gift for choreographing and for teaching, a dynamic vision, and the pursuit of excellence. Walter is an ABT® Certified Teacher.

Visit Walter’s website for complete bio www.walterangelini.it

Walter Angelini
Artistic Director, RESIDENT Choreographer

Mrs. Albertini studied at Ballettschule Theater Basel and graduated from Tanz Akademie Zurich, in Zurich, Switzerland. She has performed, as a soloist and principal dancer all around the world. She joined US International Ballet as Principal Dancer and Ballet Master in 2017. Later that year, she was additionally named Artistic Director of Wilmington Ballet Company and US International Ballet, alongside her husband, Walter Angelini. To this position, they have brought their gift for choreographing and for teaching, a dynamic vision, and the pursuit of excellence. Ines is an ABT® Certified Teacher.

Visit Ines’ website for complete bio www.inesalbertini.it

Ines Albertini
Artistic Director, RESIDENT Choreographer
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Debra Berger began her professional career at the age of nine when she performed with the New York City Ballet Company. Debra was a student at The School of American Ballet and performed with the company in The Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Harlequinade. She studied modern at the Alvin Ailey School and jazz with Luigi, Charles Kelly and Nat Horne.Growing up in New York City she had the opportunity to study acting at HB Studios and voice with some of the greatest teachers in musical theater. Her performing credits also include: A Chorus Line, West Side Story, I Ought To Be In Pictures, and Educating Rita. As a director, choreographer, and teacher, Debra has traveled extensively, teaching ballet and jazz in the U.S. and Brazil. Debra is a certified Teaching Artist with Dancing Classrooms. She recently moved to Wilmington, and is thrilled to contribute to the performing arts in our community.

Ballet Mistress

Debra Berger

A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Kara Wilkes began her professional career performing classical and contemporary work for five seasons with Milwaukee Ballet Company. In 2006, she became a soloist for Victor Ullate Ballet in Madrid, Spain. In 2007, she joined North Carolina Dance Theatre (now Charlotte Ballet) where she danced leading roles for four seasons. Wilkes was named one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine in 2009, and joined Alonzo King Lines Ballet in 2011. During her five seasons with Lines, she was named one of “12 Standout Performances of 2015” by Pointe magazine. In 2016, Wilkes choreographed works for the Lines BFA program at Dominican University and for Midland Festival Ballet in Texas. She has taught all levels of dance, including master classes at East Carolina University, UC Santa Barbara, and in Dublin, Ireland. Kara will begin pursuing her MFA in Dance at Hollins University this summer.

Faculty Member

Kara Wilkes

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Stacey Slichter is in her seventh season with North Atlanta Dance Theatre.  Stacey most recently danced the lead Wench and lead Topaz in Mr. Garrison's Pirates of the Phantom Waves, as well as, Sugar Plum in NADT's Nutcracker.In 2008 Stacey Slichter performed Myrtha in NADT'sGiselle.  In 2007, she performed the Grand Pas De Deux in Aurora's Wedding from Sleeping Beauty.  In 2005 and 2006, she performed Fate in Michael Garrison's Carmen.  She has also performed Michael Garrison's Echa Pa'Lante solo in NADT's Spring Concert 2005 and Snow Queen and Russina in NADT's Nutcracker 2005 and 2006.Stacey began training in Miami, Florida under the direction of Lynne Dresson, Gloria Gaither and Victoria Leigh.  She spent her summers training at The Houston Ballet Academy.  After attending and graduating from The Harid Conservatory, Stacey joined The Sarasota Ballet of Florida as a company member.  She has also danced professionally with Ballet Eddy Toussaint USA, Ballet Memphis, and Atlanta Ballet, in addition to performing with The Sarasota Opera.  Stacey is currently on the faculty of North Atlanta Dance Academy.  She enjoys teaching ballet to students of all ages.  Stacey is the proud mother of eight year old Maren!

Ballet Mistress

Stacey Slichter

Nader Hamed was Russian-trained in Leningrad. He was a principal dancer with Berlin Opera, La Scala di Milan, and Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires. He was Artistic Manager and Ballet Master at Cairo Opera House. Nader worked with Rudolph Nureyev for four years in Europe.

Guest Teacher

Nader Hamed

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