2018 - 2019 Guest Artists

James Kopecky

Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, James grew up dancing at Dancenter North in Libertyville, IL. He trained in ballet, jazz, tap, modern and musical theater. After high school, James studied at Butler University under Marek Cholewa, Susan McGuire, Derek Reid, Cynthia Pratt, Tong Wang, Stephan Laurent and Michelle Jarvis. In 2010, he graduated with a BFA in Dance and was offered an apprenticeship at Ballet San Jose under the artistic leadership of Dennis Nahat. In his second season, James was promoted to Corps de Ballet. During his five years with Ballet San Jose, he was featured in a number of works including Paul Taylor's Piazzolla Caldera, Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room and Jorma Elo's Glow/Stop. Last year, James moved to Charlotte to be a part of the Charlotte Ballet, where he has enjoyed dancing numerous Principal roles.

This will be James' third season with the Company. James Kopecki appears courtesy of Charlotte Ballet and will perform the role of Cavalier in Commonwealth Ballet’s 2018 production of The Nutcracker (November performances only).

Gregory Tyndall

Gregory was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia where he began his formal dance training at the age of fourteen. Tyndall was accepted into the Cobb County Centre for Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School where his instructor, Denis Reeves, encouraged him to broaden his horizons in classical, contemporary and modern dance. Tyndall then began to train with various different schools acrouss the country, including The Atlanta Ballet, The Kirov Academy in Washington, D.C., The Rock School for Dance Education, Nashville Ballet, and The Cincinnati Ballet. In 2009, Gregory was accepted in the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Ballet Theatre where he would spend the next four years performing various repertoire by choreographers such as George Balanchine, Dwight Rhoden, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp and Joshua Bergasse. Tyndall has spent the last five years dancing professionally with The Sant Louis Ballet under the direction of New York City Ballet legend Gen Horiuchi. During his tenure with the company Tundall has performed principal roles such as Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty, Sugar Plum Fairy Cavalier in The Nutcracker, and the lonesoe cowboy in GEorge Balanchine's Western Symphony. Gregory is currently dancing his first season with Island Moving Company in Newport, RI.

Gregory Tyndall appears courtesy of Island Moving Company and will perform the Cavalier in Commonwealth Ballet’s 2018 production of The Nutcracker (December performances only).

Lindsay Moncrieff

Lindsay is the owner and Artistic Director of the Acton School of Ballet where she studied for 12 years before attending Butler University where she received a B.S. in Dance Arts Administration. While at Butler she performed soloist and principal roles including Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, as well as in George Balanchine's Walpurgisnacht Ballet and Nacho Duato's Por Vos Muero. She received four different performance awards during her time at Butler in addition to the Eileen Poston Dance Scholarship. Lindsay also had the opportunity to study and perform internationally at the Polish National Ballet School in Warsaw, Poland and at the Rimsky-Korsakov Music Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia. Upon graduation, Lindsay joined Colorado Ballet where she performed several Corps de Ballet roles and worked with world-renowned choreographer Steven Mills on Light, The Holocaust and Humanity Project, as well as Glen Tetley's Rite of Spring and George Balanchine's Theme and Variations. Lindsay has worked in development and fundraising for several prominent dance organizations including American Dance Festival in Durham, NC, Charlotte Ballet, and more recently was the Assistant Director of Donor Relations at Walnut Hill School for the Arts. Lindsay was a member of Commonwealth Ballet Company from 2003 - 2008 and returned as a Guest Artist in the role of Sugar Plum Fairy for several seasons. She served as Commonwealth Ballet's Regiseusse for four years and is now a member of the Company's Board of Directors.

Lindsay will perform the role of Sugar Plum Fairy in Commonwealth Ballet’s 2018 production of The Nutcracker.

Rosario Guillen

Rosario hails from Pharr, Texas where he trained under the direction of Nadia Valdez. It is there where he began his extensive training in Ballet, Jazz, Flamenco, Modern and Contemporary dance styles. To further his training, Rosario left his home town and attended various elite intensives and workships with a myriad of companies such as Nashville Ballet, NYC Beginnings Workshop, TAMUCC (acting intensive) and Joffrey Elite Ecole. Rosario also has had the opportunity to portray several roles with theaters across Texas and Massachusetts. In the dance field, Rosario has worked with highly acclaimed teachers and choreographers for instance Diane Orio, Yuri Yanowksy and Ben Cameron. Commonwealth Ballet premiered his new ballet, Portraiture, in May 2018. Rosario is currently a Junior at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Rosario will perform the roles of Snow King and Neopolitan in Commonwealth Ballet’s 2018 production of The Nutcracker.

Matt Parello

Matt will perform the role of Nutcracker in Commonwealth Ballet’s 2018 production of The Nutcracker.

Christopher Phillips

Christopher will perform the roles of Harlequin and Arabian in Commonwealth Ballet’s 2018 production of The Nutcracker.

Selah Smart

Selah will perform the role of Mouse King in Commonwealth Ballet’s 2018 production of The Nutcracker.