Our Company

Led by Artistic Director Roy Kaiser, NBTs professional company of dancers hail from around the world and throughout the United States.

NBT Company Artists

Sergio Alvarez

Sergio Alvarez

Hometown: Manizales, Columbia
Joined Nevada Ballet Theatre in 2015
Sergio Alvarez was born in Manizales, Colombia and trained at the Miluzka Ballet School, Ballet Anna Pavlova and National Ballet of Colombia. He furthered his training and received scholarships to attend prestigious summer programs including Jacob’s Pillow and Ballet Hispánico, and received a full year scholarship to The Rock School for Dance in Philadelphia. Before joining NBT in 2015, Sergio danced lead roles in many Ballets including The Nutcracker, Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty. He has also performed as a guest artist in Christopher Fleming's Myth and Madness of Edgar Allan Poe and Leonard Ajkun’s Les Miserables among others. Sergio's professional experience includes performing for the National Ballet of Colombia and the National Theatre of Colombia with the musical CABARET. During his time at NBT, he has performed Principal and Soloist roles in both Classical and Contemporary Ballets including "Tybalt in James Canfield’s Romeo & Juliet the "Prince" in Cinderella, choreographed by James Canfield and Tara Foy, as well as “Snow” and “Arabian” in NBT's annual production of The Nutcracker, choreographed by James Canfield. He has danced in Ballets by George Balanchine including Serenade, Who Cares? and Western Symphony (Rondo) and he recently performed in Paul Taylor's Company B and Christopher Wheeldon's Carousel (A Dance). During the Company’s 2017-2018 Season, Sergio danced the title role of the "Beast" in Lew Christensen's Beauty and the Beast and was also featured in Matthew Neenan's World Premiere Until December, which premiered that same year. In 2017, Sergio debuted his choreography at the Mystère Theatre for the 10th annual A Choreographers' Showcase, the acclaimed partnership between NBT and Cirque du Soleil.

Jaime DeRocker

Jaime DeRocker

Hometown: Oneida, New York
Joined Nevada Ballet Theatre in 2017
Jaime DeRocker is originally from Oneida, New York and started dancing at The United Academy of the Performing Arts with Sandra Fukes and Wende Warne. At age eleven, she began her formal Ballet training with Delia Foley at Mohawk Valley Ballet and studied at various Summer Intensives around the country including the School of American Ballet, Chautauqua, Boston Ballet School and The Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, FL. In 2007, she was accepted into The Harid Conservatory as a full-time student, where she graduated with the Level Three Dance Award. Upon her graduation, she joined The Colorado Ballet Studio Company under the direction of Gil Boggs before dancing with Ballet West, NBT and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. In 2015, she received a tuition scholarship to the Nederlands Dans Theatre Summer Intensive. Jaime joined Festival Ballet Providence in 2013 where she performed a varied repertoire of Ballets including Études, George Balanchine’s Agon, The Nutcracker and Jorden Morris’ Peter Pan among others. Since returning to NBT, Jaime has performed the lead roles of “Sugar Plum Fairy” and “Winter Fairy” in NBT’s production of The Nutcracker, choreographed by James Canfield. She has also danced in Lew Christensen’s Beauty and the Beast, Paul Taylor’s Company B, Matthew Neenan’s World Premiere, Until December, and Ballets by George Balanchine including Serenade, Western Symphony and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.

Christina Ghiardi

Christina Ghiardi

Hometown: Morgantown, West Virginia
Joined Nevada Ballet Theatre in 2014
Originally from Morgantown, West Virginia, Christina Ghiardi received her early ballet training from Morgantown Dance Studio. At the age of 14, she was invited to join the Joffrey Ballet School Trainee Program on full scholarship where she studied for one year. Christina attended the School of American Ballet's (SAB) 2008 Summer Course and was subsequently invited to attend the School's Winter Term where she completed four years of pre-professional training. Upon graduating from SAB, Christina joined Boston Ballet II and performed with Pennsylvania Ballet before joining NBT in 2014. Since that time, she has performed lead roles in Ballets by George Balanchine including “Hippolyta” in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Serenade (Dark Angel), Who Cares? (Jumping Girl), Western Symphony (Rondo) and “Striptease Girl” in Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, a role she recently reprised for NBT’s 2017-2018 Season Finale, Ballet & Broadway. Christina has also danced principal and soloist roles in Ballets such as “Myrtha” in Giselle, “Fairy Godmother” in Cinderella, and “Sugar Plum Fairy”, “Arabian" and “Spring Fairy” in NBT’s annual production of The Nutcracker, choreographed by James Canfield. In May of 2018, Christina was featured in Matthew Neenan’s World Premiere for NBT, Until December. As a choreographer, her work has been featured as part of NBT’s subscriber-only benefit, The Studio Series, as well as SAB’s 2016 and 2018 Summer Course. Christina is currently a faculty member at the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre and is a guest teacher at both SAB’s Summer Course and Boston Ballet School's Summer Dance Program.

Steven Goforth

Steven Goforth

Hometown: Vancouver, Washington
Joined Nevada Ballet Theatre in 2012
Steven Goforth was born in Vancouver, WA and began his dance training with Jan Hurst and Zachary Carroll. As a high school student, he attended the Regional Dance America Craft of Choreography Conference and the International Dance School at the 2010 International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MI. He also spent summers at the Ballet West Academy in Salt Lake City, UT, where he later joined their Professional Trainee Program. Since joining NBT in 2012, Steven has performed lead roles in numerous classical and contemporary ballets including “Spring” in Paul Vasterling’s Seasons, “Tybalt” in James Canfield’s Romeo and Juliet, and the “Beast” in Lew Christensen’s Beauty and the Beast. He has also danced Principal and Soloist roles in many George Balanchine ballets including Serenade (Elegy), “Demetrius” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Western Symphony (Allegro), Who Cares? and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. He originated the role of “The Snow Prince” in NBT’s The Nutcracker, choreographed by James Canfield, and performed the title role of “Prince Siegfried” in NBT’s 2017 presentation of Swan Lake, staged by legendary Ballerina, Cynthia Gregory. Most recently, Steven appeared as the lead male in Christopher Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance) and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B)” in Paul Taylor’s Company B, part of NBT’s 2017-2018 Season Finale, Ballet & Broadway. As a choreographer, his work has been showcased in the NBT and Cirque du Soleil annual collaboration, A Choreographers’ Showcase, as well as NBT’s subscriber-only benefit, The Studio Series. Steven is an instructor with NBT’s affiliated school, the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre.

Caroline MacDonald

Caroline MacDonald

Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Joined Nevada Ballet Theatre in 2014
Caroline MacDonald was born in Portland, Oregon and received her training at The Portland Ballet and the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy. Additionally, she trained at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School Graduate Program, where she was also a summer scholarship recipient for three years. Besides studying Ballet, Caroline has tapped professionally and was a champion level competitive Irish Dancer. While she was training in Portland and Pittsburgh, she worked with choreographers such as John Clifford and Julia Adam, as well as performed with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in multiple programs including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle and Don Quixote. Caroline joined NBT in 2014 and since that time, has performed roles in several Ballets including “Fairy of Song” in The Sleeping Beauty, “Cygnets” in NBT’s production of Swan Lake staged by legendary Ballerina, Cynthia Gregory, “Chinese” and “Spanish” in NBT’s production of The Nutcracker, choreographed by James Canfield, Paul Vasterling’s Seasons, Lew Christensen’s Beauty and the Beast, Jorden Morris’ Peter Pan and most recently, Christopher Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance). Caroline has also appeared in Ballets by George Balanchine including Serenade, Who Cares?, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Western Symphony. As a choreographer, she has created eight original works for NBT, including multiple featured works in A Choreographers’ Showcase, NBT’s annual collaboration with Cirque du Soleil and three works for NBT’s subscriber-only benefit, The Studio Series. Caroline was also a finalist in Ballet Arkansas’ Visions Choreographic Competition and has choreographed works for The Portland Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Pre Professional Division.

Emma McGirr

Emma McGirr

Hometown: Little Hocking, Ohio
Joined Nevada Ballet Theatre in 2014
Originally from Ohio, Emma McGirr began her training at the Schrader Youth Ballet. She graduated with a BFA in dance with a ballet emphasis from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Prior to joining NBT in 2014, Emma danced with the Louisville Ballet and the Eugene Ballet where she performed works such as George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Adam Hougland’s Rite of Spring, Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain and Heather Maloy’s Le Suil Go and Second Line. Since joining NBT, Emma’s repertoire includes numerous lead roles in Ballets such as “Peasant pas de deux” from Giselle, “Clara” in NBT’s production of The Nutcracker choreographed by James Canfield, “Cygnets” in NBT’s presentation of Swan Lake, staged by Cynthia Gregory, “Princess Florine” in The Sleeping Beauty, the title role in Cinderella (Canfield/Foy), “Tinkerbell” in Jorden Morris’ Peter Pan and “Beauty” in Lew Christensen’s Beauty and the Beast. She has performed in George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Who Cares? (Embraceable You), Serenade (Russian Girl) and Western Symphony (3rd movement Soloist Couple). Emma recently performed in Paul Taylor’s Company B (“I Can Dream, Can’t I?”), Matthew Neenan’s 2018 World Premiere for NBT, Until December and as a demi-soloist in Christopher Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance) as part of NBT’s 2017-2018 Season. Emma has danced for Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance and performed with them as part of their 15th anniversary season. She has also performed with the unique performance group #instaballet in which audience members help choreograph a ballet in real time with the dancers.

Rachel Thomson

Rachel Thomson

Hometown: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Joined Nevada Ballet Theatre in 2015
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Rachel Thomson started training at the age of 15 at the School of Alberta Ballet under the direction of Murray & Nancy Kilgour. She later joined Alberta Ballet II under the direction of Aram Manukyan, where she performed a variety of Ballets including Ben Stevenson’s Don Quixote, Flavia Vallone’s Giselle, and Edmond Stripe’s The Nutcracker and Madame Butterfly, set by Houston Ballet’s Stanton Welch. Rachel joined NBT in 2015 and since that time, she has performed as a “Big Swan” in NBT’s presentation of Swan Lake staged by legendary Ballerina, Cynthia Gregory, James Canfield’s Romeo & Juliet and Cinderella, and several Ballets by George Balanchine including Who Cares?, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue and Serenade (Dark Angel). She has also danced the lead roles of “Sugar Plum Fairy” and “Autumn Fairy” in NBT’s annual production of The Nutcracker, choreographed by James Canfield. In 2017, Rachel co-choreographed a work with Anthony Cardona of Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson ONE entitled Frequent See, for the 10th Annual A Choreographers’ Showcase, NBT’s acclaimed collaboration with Cirque du Soleil. Her work Synergy also debuted later that Season as part of NBT’s subscriber-only benefit, The Studio Series. In 2017, Rachel performed as part of Cirque du Soleil’s 7th Annual One Night for One Drop starring singer songwriter Jewel.

Benjamin Tucker

Benjamin Tucker

Hometown: Freemont, Michigan
Joined Nevada Ballet Theatre in 2014
Originally from Evart, Michigan, Benjamin Tucker trained with Grand Valley State University and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. In 2009, he joined Richmond Ballet as an Apprentice, where he earned the Malcolm Burn Award from the Kip Kephart Foundation. During his early career, he performed works such as George Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de deux and Valse Fantaisie. He danced with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet during their European Tour performing in several principal roles, and joined Ballet Tucson in 2011 as a Principal Dancer. There he performed a range of ballets including Antony Tudor’s Continuo, Agnes de Mille’s Three Virgins and a Devil, Raymonda, and Carmen. Since joining NBT in 2014, Benjamin has performed lead roles in several George Balanchine Ballets including “Lysander” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Serenade, Who Cares?, Western Symphony (Adagio Couple) and most recently the “Hoofer” in Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. He has also danced Principal and Soloist roles in full-length Ballets such as “Albrecht” in Giselle, “Romeo” in James Canfield’s Romeo & Juliet, “Captain Hook” in Jorden Morris’ Peter Pan, “Siegfried” in NBT’s presentation of Swan Lake, staged by Cynthia Gregory, and “The Nutcracker/Nephew” and “Snow Prince” in NBT’s annual production of The Nutcracker, choreographed by James Canfield. As part of NBT’s 2017-2018 Season, Benjamin performed a lead role in Paul Taylor’s Company B (There will Never Be Another You) and the male duet in Matthew Neenan’s World Premiere, Until December. Benjamin has guest taught for Spokane Youth Ballet, Ballet Tucson and NBT’s affiliated school, the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre. During the summer he performs with the National Choreographers Initiative (NCI) in Irvine, CA, which promotes the creation and production of original work.