Birthplace: Overland Park, KS
Training: Ballet Chicago, Miami City Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre
Other Companies: City Ballet of San Diego, Queer the Ballet
Resi was born on a locomotive speeding through the Alps Mountains in her native Bavaria. She quickly realized the limitations of her native folk dancing and quaint handicrafts. Upon her arrival in America, she learned everything she now knows about ballet from a seminar entitled “Evil Fairies on the Periphery of the Classical Dance.”
The recipient of this year’s Jean de Brienne Award, Ilya is particularly identified for his Rabelaisian ballet technique. A revolutionary in the art of partnering, he was the first to introduce crazy glue to stop supported pirouettes.