Young artists developing the character and technical abilities necessary for success in dance and life through performing challenging classical repertoire, new contemporary works, and outreach performances for the community.
Born in Santiago de Chile, Vinet began ballet training at Escuela de Ballet del Teatro Muncipal de Santiago. After two years under full scholarship he moved to Houston, Texas to finish his training at Ben Stevenson Houston Ballet Academy. In 2009 he joined the Houston Ballet and in 2010 the San Francisco Ballet. Vinet danced principal roles by renowned choreographers including Marcia Haydée, Kenneth Macmillan, William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon, Helgi Tomasson, Stanton Welch, Mark Morris, Ben Stevenson, Demis Volpi, Val Caniparoli, John Cranko, among others. He has been invited to dance at international ballet galas in England, Denmark, China, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Indonesia, Russia, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Ethiopia, Colombia, Japan, Australia, the United States, Hungary, Canada, Peru, Paraguay and Switzerland – where he was one of the winners and an apprenticeship recipient at the 2009 Prix de Lausanne. Vinet also was a recipient of the Premio Jovenes Líderes del diario El Mercurio (2009) – an award to Chilean artists, presented by the ambassador of Chile in the United States. Vinet appeared as a special guest dancer at the 2009 Grammy Awards and holds a parallel career as a model, appearing in campaigns for brands like Armani, Burberry, Newman and Dolce and Gabbana, and has been featured in Vogue. In 2017 Vinet was the artistic director of the first international ballet gala to be presented at the emblematic theater in Chile, Teatro Oriente and founded his own non-profit foundation to help develop ballet in his country. In 2018 he was mentioned in Dance Australia as one of the best performances of the night during the premiere of FORTE in Melbourne, Australia.
Most recently, Vinet was honored to be a 2020 Prix de Lausanne competition jurist in Switzerland. He is the youngest person in the history of the prestigious competition to be invited to join the panel of judges.
Cara Marie Gary began her formal ballet training at International Ballet Academy in Greer, South Carolina, under Vlada Kysselova and Hennadii Bespechnyi. She received a Diploma of Laureate at the VI Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition in 2006. Ms. Gary was a top twelve finalist in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) National Finals in 2008 and 2009, won the overall Grand Prix Award in the 2009 YAGP regional semi-finals and competed in the IX USA International Ballet Competition held in 2010.Ms. Gary danced with American Ballet Theatre’s ABT II (2010) and was an apprentice with Orlando Ballet (2011). Her repertoire included roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Stars and Stripes pas de deux, Flames of Pa ris pas de deux, Continuo, Vivace Motifs, Pavlovsk, and Ballo Per Sei. She has also performed the title role in The Nutcracker, La Sylphide, Don Quixote, Paquita, Coppélia, and Giselle.
Since joining The Joffrey Ballet in 2012, Ms. Gary has danced many classical and contemporary roles, including Anna Karenina (Kitty), The Nutcracker (Marie and Sugar Plum Fairy), La Bayadère (Shade and Gamzatti’s Sister), Swan Lake (Pas de trois and Little Swans), Giselle (Peasant Pas de deux and Zulma), Romeo & Juliet (Juliet’s friend), Cinderella (Spring Fairy) and roles in Vespertine, The Four Temperaments, Fool’s Paradise, Orphée et Eurydice, Forgotten Land, Sylvia, Mammatus, Glass Pieces, Interplay, Tulle, Son of Chamber Symphony, Othello, Le Sacre du Printemps, Age of Innocence, Allegro Brillante, Continuum, In Creases, and Incantations.
Ms. Gary graduated Summa Cum Laude from North Greenville University in May 2014 with a B.A. in Business Administration. In that same year, Joffrey’s ballet master, Nicolas Blanc, choreographed Rendez-vous on Ms. Gary and former Joffrey dancer Aaron Smyth for their participation in the X USA IBC, which received the Best Choreography Award.
To honor her mother’s legacy, the Gary family and International Ballet founded the Cassandra Gary Memorial Scholarship in 2015, which supports the training of pre-professional students.
Photo by Cheryl Mann