Kelley Hashemi is from Little Rock, Arkansas where she began her training at the Academy of Ballet Arkansas. She attended summer programs including those at the American Ballet Theatre in New York City, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The Juilliard School, and Houston Ballet. She enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts after high school. While there Kelley participated in Nutcracker performances as a student with the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre and in various interdisciplinary works with MIT Theater Arts professor Jay Scheib. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in engineering and a concentration in dance. After college Kelley moved to Austin to pursue graduate engineering work at the University of Texas. She continues to work toward her Ph.D. and takes classes at Ballet Austin.
Alexandra Gemma-Grace Vidaurri began her dance career in Bakersfield, California. At the age of 4 she started dance and musical theater training at Linda Larma's Academe of Dance. She continued Ballet training with Kathy Correa at Dancers' Workshop. In 2008, Alex moved to Texas and trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary and lyrical with Ms. Lisa Shoup-Rathbone at Performing Arts Studio in Georgetown. She has participated in numerous conventions, productions, and has competed in many dance competitions and showcases, earning high awards as ballet soloist and with her dance teams. Now a freshman at Southwestern University, Alex is an active member of Southwestern's Dance Team. She is majoring in Psychology & Kinesiology with a dance application minor and has plans to incorporate dance technique and movement in therapy. An avid tennis play for the last 10 years, Alex also coaches at the Georgetown Tennis Center while pursuing her USTA Pro coaching certification. This is Alex’s second season with Georgetown Ballet and first as a company dancer. She is excited to be performing in Nutcracker again!
Meghan Rose Smith
Richard Mendoza is from El Paso, Texas and has been living in Austin since July of 2014. He moved to Austin to become an artist and is taking the necessary steps to accomplish his dream. He’s a musician, an actor, a writer, as well as an amateur dancer and photographer. His first play in theater took place in the seventh grade and then he decided to venture off in to music. Later, he decided to return to acting and began taking classes for a year before venturing off on his own. He then decided to move to Austin and pursue his passions to becoming an artist. He’s thankful for the opportunities that have come his way and looks forward to many more fun projects.