Valentino grew up in Erial, New Jersey, where she trained under the direction of Andrea Duffin for 7 years. While there, she had the opportunity to perform in many full length ballets with roles including Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Cinderella in Cinderella, Swanilda in Coppélia, and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2015, she was hired to dance in Wilmington Ballet’s The Nutcracker, where she danced in Robert Rodham’s Snow Pas. Amanda continued her training at Ellison Ballet Professional Training program under the tutelage of Edward Ellison and Lyubov Fominih. For the 2017-2018 Season, she danced with Houston Ballet II under the direction of Stanton Welch and Claudio Muñoz. With Houston Ballet II, she performed in Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker, A Dance in the Garden of Mirth, A Time to Dance, Play, and Swan Lake, Ilya Kozadayev’s Molto Espressivo, Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling, Marius Petipa’s Raymonda set by Claudio Muñoz, George Balanchine’s Symphony in C, as well as Swanilda in Claudio Muñoz’s production of Coppélia. Amanda is very excited to dance with CB2 this season.
With visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads, dozens of hopeful children auditioned for The Nutcracker Presented by Frisch’s Big Boy Young Performers cast. What an amazing day for these talented dancers! Thank you to everyone who participated in this year. Here’s a peek inside our studios during the auditions.