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Joffrey Ballet expands roster of dancers

Good news for the Joffrey Ballet. The company is expanding its roster of dancers to 45.

The three new company members have widely diverse backgrounds. They include: Yoshihisi Arai, who began his training in Japan, went on to Britain’s Royal Ballet School and most recently danced with the Tulsa Ballet; Guillaume Basso, who initially trained in Dijon, France, went on to study at the Paris Opera Ballet School, and, since 2010, has danced with the Houston Ballet II; and Cara Marie Gary, a native of Belton, S.C., who most recently was an apprentice with the Orlando Ballet and danced with American Ballet Theatre’ ABT II troupe.

The three dancers will begin rehearsing with the company on July 30.

Meanwhile, the Joffrey Ballet will be performing at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance on Aug. 20 as part of the 6th annual Chicago Dancing Festival. It will then travel to the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts where, from Aug. 22-26 it will be the featured performers for the final week of the Festival’s 80th anniversary season.

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