Studio Company

2019/20 STUDIO COMPANY MEMBERS

Olivia Barcia started her dance training in 2005 at the Boca Ballet Theater. In 2007, she moved to Jacksonville, FL and began training at The Florida Ballet under the founder and Artistic Director, Mrs. Laurie Picinich-Byrd.

Ms. Barcia attended Douglas Anderson School of the Arts from 2013-2015. In the fall of 2015, she joined The Florida Ballet Conservatory until graduating high school in 2017. Olivia attended the Graduate Program at The Florida Ballet for the 2017/18 season and during that time was an assistant teacher in multiple ballet classes.

Ms. Barcia's classical repertoire includes Clara, Arabian, Lead Marzipan, Dew Drop in "The Nutcracker", Little Swans in "Swan Lake", Firebird in "The Firebird", Gulnare in "Le Corsaire", Myrtha in "Giselle", and Swanhilda in "Coppelia". She has also performed in original classical and contemporary works choreographed by locally and nationally recognized choreographers.

Currently, Ms. Barcia is attending Florida State College at Jacksonville earning her associate's degree. In 2018, she joined The Florida Ballet Faculty and The Florida Ballet Studio Company. She is currently continuing in both capacities for the 2019/20 season.

Rebekah is originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She began her training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. While dancing at CPYB she performed the Sugar Plum, Dew Drop, and Arabian in George Balanchine's Nutcracker and the lead role of Cinderella.

She continued her training with the San Francisco Ballet School. After spending one year in the school, she was asked to join the trainee program. While in San Francisco, Bekah performed the lead role of the Liberty Bell in Stars and Stripes, as well as, had the opportunity to perform in The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, and Swan Lake with the Company.

After two years in San Francisco, Bekah joined Boston Ballet II. While in Boston, she performed The Nutcracker, La Bayadere, and A Midsummer's Night Dream. Later Bekah joined Ballet Theatre of Maryland as an apprentice and was promoted to demi-soloist. During her time at BTM, she performed roles such as Spanish in the Nutcracker, The Diamond Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, as well as, several other featured roles in original works.

After spending some time at BTM, Bekah joined Corpus Christi Ballet as a Principal. During her time at CCB, she performed roles such as Sugarplum Fairy, Snow Queen, and the lead role of Giselle.

Alexandre Gomes Barbosa began his dance training in 2014 with Patricia Salgado and Maria Vakhrucheva at the Petite Danse School of Ballet in Brazil. In 2016, Mr. Gomes Barbosa joined Sarasota Ballet's Studio Company where he spent two years working with renowned répétiteurs and dancers from New York City Ballet, The Birmingham Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and The Royal Ballet including Sandra Jennings, Paul Boos, Phillip Neal, Marcelo Gomes, Friedmann Vogel, Iain Webb, Margaret Barbieri, Christopher Carr, Grant Coyle, William Tuckett, Christopher Wheeldon, Christopher Hird, David Bintley, and many others. Most recently, Alexandre danced professionally with Orlando Ballet in their 2018/19 seasons performing roles in Robert Hill's The Nutcracker and Arcadian Broad's Wonderland. 

2019/20 STUDIO APPRENTICES 

Alexa Lucente is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There she trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet studying under Margarita DeSaá and John White (Cuban National Ballet). She furthered her training and education at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania under the direction of Department Chair Tauna Hunter (Ballet West).

Ms. Lucente graduated with honors in 2015 earning a B.A in Dance with a concentration in Pedagogy. Upon graduation, she danced professionally for four seasons at Florida Dance Theatre in Lakeland, Florida under founding director Carol Krajacic Erkes (Cincinnati Ballet). Featured roles include: The Nutcracker (Snow Queen, Dew Drop Fairy), Peter Pan (Mermaid Queen), Sleeping Beauty (Princess Fluorine), Dracula (Vampire), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Principal Duet), and numerous contemporary works.

Before moving to Jacksonville, Ms. Lucente was also a performer at Universal Studios, Orlando, dancing the role of a Beauxbaton at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. In addition to classical ballet, she is qualified in modern, contemporary, and tap.

Her mission as a dancer and educator is to be a catalyst in exposing the transcendence of the arts to the world.

Katarina Weissbach began dance at Portland School of Ballet after training in elite gymnastics. She was a member of the pre-professional CORPS program at PSB. Under the direction of Roberto Forleo, Katarina participated in YAGP and advanced to the NYC finals where she was offered several scholarships. Katarina also attended Boston Ballet School’s pre-professional training program.

2019/20 TRAINEES

Penelope Bloodworth

Lyndsey Givens

Morgan Olschewske