Kateryna Derechyna, Caroline Diane, Nicole Haskins, Hyun-Woong Kim and Melih Mertel join TWB as Company members


Studio Company dancers Ji Young Chae and Daniel Roberge promoted to Company Apprentice


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Ballet (TWB) announces the 2012.2013 company roster, including the addition of Kateryna Derechyna, formerly of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company; Caroline Diane, formerly of the San Francisco Ballet; Nicole Haskins, formerly of The Sacramento Ballet; Hyun-Woong Kim, formerly of the Korea National Ballet Company; and Melih Mertel, formerly of Istanbul State Opera and Ballet, who begin their first season as Company members. Ms. Derechyna, Diane and Haskins and Mr. Kim and Mertel join resident company members Kara Cooper, Aurora Dickie, Emily Ellis, Zachary Hackstock, Jonathan Jordan, Sona Kharatian, Tamás Krizsa, Corey Landolt, Brooklyn Mack, Andile Ndlovu, Jared Nelson, Maki Onuki, Morgann Rose and Luis R. Torres.


Studio Company members Ji Young Chae and Daniel Roberge have been promoted to Company apprentices. Ms. Chae and Mr. Roberge join resident company apprentice Ayano Kimura.


“I am thrilled to welcome five new dancers to our roster this season said Septime Webre, TWB’s Artistic Director.  “I am also excited to promote two of our Studio Company dancers into the company as Apprentices”



Kateryna Derechyna, of Ukraine, began training at the Odessa Ballet Academy under Elvira Karavaeva and performed with the main company at the Odessa Ballet Opera. In 1997, she competed in the International Competition in Kiev where she won first place in the senior category. Ms. Derechyna came to the United States to compete in the 2000 Youth American Grand Prix where she was awarded a full scholarship to the Harid Conservatory. She has danced as a soloist with Columbia Classical Ballet and performed as a guest artist with Carolina Dance Theater.  In 2005, she joined the Grand Rapids Ballet. She has danced a variety of repertoire including Gordon Peirce Schmidt’s  Petra, The Tempest, Rite of Spring, Firebird, Jack the Ripper, George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son, Who Cares, Valse Fantaisie, Serenade, Septime Webre’s  Where the Wild Things Are, Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs, Lew Christiansen’s Con Amore, Mario Radacovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, Black White Swan, The Nutcracker, La Bayadere, Paquita, Raymonda, and Napoli. Most recently she worked with Olivier Wevers, who is the recipient of the Princess Grace Choreography Award, for his piece The Sofa.


Caroline Diane, of Colorado Springs, CO, began her training with German Zamuel and Valentina Moukhanova Zamuel at Zamuel Ballet School in Colorado.  Ms. Diane has attended summer programs at The Washington School of Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet on scholarship. In 2006, as a Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) national finalist, she was awarded a scholarship to train year-round at The National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada. In 2007, she was again named a YAGP national finalist, receiving a full scholarship to train at The John Cranko Ballett Schule and Staatliche Ballettakademie in Stuttgart, Germany. While a student there, Ms. Diane performed with the Stuttgart Ballet in Frederick Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardee and Haydee/Petipa’s Sleeping Beauty; as well as dancing lead for the school’s tours in George Balanchine’s Grand Pas de Deux from Sylvia. Upon graduation in 2010, Ms. Diane joined the San Francisco Ballet as an apprentice. She was promoted to corps de ballet in 2011. Her favorite roles at San Francisco include the Ballerina Doll solo in Helgi Tomasson’s Nutcracker and Bridesmaid in John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid. Other roles include works by Helgi Tomasson, George Balanchine, Mark Morris, William Forsythe, Yuri Possokhov, Alexi Ratmansky and John Cranko.


Nicole Haskins, of Venice Beach, CA, spent the previous seven years with The Sacramento Ballet performing various principal and soloist roles. Some of her favorite repertory includes Alice in Ron Cunningham’s Alice in Wonderland, The Sugar Plum Fairy in Cunningham’s The Nutcracker and Liberty Bell in George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes. She received her training from The Westside School of Ballet under Yvonne Mounsey, Rosemary Valaire and Colleen Neary. She has also had the privilege to dance many ballets by George Balanchine, Septime Webre, Twyla Tharp, Edwaard Liang, Amy Seiwert and Matt Neenan. Ms. Haskins is also an experienced choreographer creating over 15 works for The Sacramento Ballet and working with schools across the country.
In 2010 she participated in the New York Choreographic Institute and in 2011 was awarded their Fellowship Grant to create a new work for The Sacramento Ballet.


Hyun-Woong Kim, of Seoul, Korea, studied ballet at Korea National University of Arts (KNUA) with Professor Sun-Hee Kim. While at KNUA, he also trained at Vaganova Ballet Academy (VBA) in St.Petersberg, Russia under Gennady Seltutsky and was chosen as the Prince in Nutcracker for his graduation performance at VBA. Mr. Kim has been awarded numerous awards throughout his career, inlcuding a nomination for the Prix Benois de la Dance in 2006, the Danseur Noble Award by Korea Ballet Association and recognition as leading artist of the year by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2007. After graduating from KNUA in 2004, Mr. Kim joined Korea National Ballet and performed in principal roles for seven years including works by Yuri Grigorovich, Patrice Bart of Paris Opera, Rolan Petit and Boris Eifman.


Melih Mertel, of İstanbul, Turkey, began classical ballet training at the İstanbul State Conservatory under Oral Yazıcı.  Mr. Mertel danced with the Antalya State Opera and Ballet for five years before joining the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet.  During his five years with the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet, Mr. Mertel performed works by George Balanchine, Mehmet Balkan and Uwe Scholz.  In 2010, he was a guest artist with the Tokyo Kaneta Ballet and the Takamahatsu Hisaka Ballet.




Ji Young Chae, of Seoul, South Korea, was a Washington Ballet Studio Company member last season.  Ms. Chae trained at Seoul Arts High School and Korea National University of Arts and performed at the Paris Conservatory Ballet festival and the International Baltic Ballet Festival Gala. Awards include the gold medal at the 2010 International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, 1st prize at the 2010 International Ballet Competition (Varna) and the gold medal at the 2011 Boston International Ballet Competition.


Daniel Roberge, of Australia, spent one season with The Washington Ballet Studio Company upon completion of The Washington Ballet’s Trainee Program. In 2008, he trained at the National College of Dance under Marie Walton-Mahon achieving a diploma in dance performance and placing first in choreography.  Awards include Silver Medalist–Genee International Ballet Competition (Singapore), R.A.D. Solo Seal, Finalist–A.I.C.D. International Awards, Finalist—YAGP (NYC), Semi-Finalist–Alana Haines Australasian Awards and A.R.S. Musica Australis Scholarship for outstanding achievement in Dance.



The Washington Ballet 2012.2013 Season

The Washington Ballet opens its 2012.2013 season on October 24 with a preview of Michael Pink’s chilling blockbuster Dracula (October 25- November 4) at the Kennedy Center and continues with L’Amour (love, baby) (February 14-17), the new gala-style Tour-de-Force: Stars & Stripes (February 22-24), and Septime Webre’s ravishing Cinderella (March 21-24). Further, TWB celebrates the holiday season with The Nutcracker (November 30- December 23) at the Warner Theatre and introduces the world premiere of Septime Webre’s Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises (May 9-12) as part of TWB’s American Experience. Rounding out the season, the Studio Company will be performing Peter and the Wolf (May 18-19) at THEARC Theater.


Subscriptions for the 2012.2013 season, priced from $106 to $478, are currently available at the Washington Ballet’s website or at 202.362.3606 x605. 



Originally founded as The Washington School of Ballet in 1944 by legendary ballet pioneer Mary Day and incorporated as a professional company in 1976, The Washington Ballet (TWB) is one of the pre-eminent ballet organizations in the United States.  TWB built an international reputation presenting bold works by choreographers from around the world, including Choo-San Goh, Christopher Wheeldon, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp and Nacho Duato, as well as Neoclassical masterworks and fresh stagings of 19th century classics. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Septime Webre and Executive Director Peter M. Branch, TWB has embraced a three-part mission: ensuring excellence in its professional performance company; growing the next generation of dancers through its Washington School of Ballet; and serving the community in which it resides through robust community engagement programs.