Born in Hartford, Connecticut from immigrant parents of Portugal and Poland, Paul Branco started his ballet training at the age of 7. He attended the Hartt School for Music and Dance where he occasionally performed in conjunction with the Hartford Ballet in Kirk Peterson’s “Nutcracker”. At 11 years old Paul was selected to be featured in a dance film produced by former Martha Graham Principal Peggy Lyman, and a few years following began training with Miguel Campaneria specializing in classical cuban-style ballet technique. At 16, Paul moved to North Carolina to pursue his training under Miguel with the International Ballet Academy. While there, Paul has competed in several competitions including WBC and YAGP, gaining recognition in solo variations, pas de duex, and ensembles. At 18 Paul was invited to Orlando Ballet’s second company, and one year later accepted a Corps contract with the Sarasota Ballet. He was promoted to Coryphee just 2 years following. Some of the featuring roles Paul performed include Principal in Tuckett’s full length production of “The Secret Garden”, Principal in Harrison’s “The Blue Hour”, Soloist in MacMillan’s “Concerto”, Principal in Graziano’s “Shostakovich Suite”, Polka Boy in Taylor’s “Company B”, Pas de Trios in Balanchine’s “Emeralds”, Soloist Men’s Regiment in Balanchine’s “Stars and Stripes”, Soloist in Ashton’s “Enigma Variations”, as well as being understudied for Principal Jean De Brienne in Nureyev’s “Raymonda”, Principal in Sir Peter Wright’s “Summertide”, Principal in Fokine’s “Les Sylphides”, and Principal Armand in Ashton’s “Marguerite and Armand”. Paul has also made several appearances as a guest artist in productions and galas across the US, including partnering Alina Cojocaru amongst an incredible lineup of other internationally renown dancers.
Christina Stockdale is originally from Philadelphia. She studied at the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Academy of International Ballet. She was a finalist at Youth America Grand Prix in 2004 and 2005.
She has danced with ballet companies all over the country including Nevada Ballet Theatre, Manassas Ballet Theatre, City Opera Ballet, Northwest Ballet Theatre, and continues to guest perform with companies like Imagine Ballet Theatre and Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann Presents as well as Las Vegas Ballet Company.
Currently Ms. Stockdale is dance captain at Tournament of Kings, one of the longest running shows on the Las Vegas Strip, and dances ten shows per week. The past two years Ms. Stockdale also choreographed for Excalibur’s Christmas Show: Tournament of Kings ‘Twas the Knight.