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New roles at N.C. Dance Theatre

While there is stability on the men's roster for the new season at N.C. Dance Theatre, there are several changes among the women.

Sarah James, who was a member of N.C. Dance Theatre 2 last season, was promoted to the first company for this season. Originally from Emmaus, Pa., James spent summers at the School of American Ballet and the Kirov Academy and also danced with the Lake Erie Ballet.

Sarah Hayes Watson was hired to be part of N.C. Dance Theatre 2 but was promoted to the first company at the beginning of the season. The Waynesville native's early training was at the Asheville Center of Performing Arts. She completed her junior and senior years of high school at N.C. School of the Arts. Watson was a trainee with N.C. Dance Theatre for the 2007-2008 season.

Due to injuries, Mia Cunningham will not be dancing in the Balanchine program but hopes to return for Innovative Works in October and November, according to N.C. Dance president and artistic director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux.

Rebecca Carmazzi, on the cover of this season's brochure, is on maternity leave. Carmazzi, whose baby is due in January, will help with rehearsals.

Nicholle Rochelle, who is no longer with NCDT, is freelancing with other companies.

Alessandra Ball has joined Victor Ullate Ballet in Madrid, Spain. Ball is a Lawrenceville, Ga., native. But her mother is from Panama and has family in Madrid, and Spanish is Ball's first language.

Bonnefoux said the company can withstand the changes because it has the talent and a repertory that is interesting and varied enough to attract young people from across the country. Mary C. Curtis