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Avery Held

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Born in Carmel, Indiana, Avery Held began her ballet training at the Russian Ballet Academy of Indiana under the direction of Alyona Yakovelea-Randall and continued training with Jane Hachiya-Weiner at Ballet Theatre of Carmel. Avery then went to Walnut Hill School for the Arts and trained under Micheal Owen for the four years she was there.

 

Following Walnut Hill, she studied and performed with BalletMet in Columbus, OH as a trainee, for two years. In 2020 Avery moved to Michigan to join Grand Rapids Ballet. She joined as a trainee and was promoted to apprentice in 2022. Since then she performed in James Sofranko's Precious Lord, Val Caniparoli's Nutcracker, Ben Stevenson's Cinderella, Christopher Stowell's A Midsummer Night's Dream, George Balanchine's Serenade and Who Cares?, James Sofranko's Romeo and Juliet and Penny Saunders Jump Cut. She is delighted to be joining Azara Ballet as a company member for their 2023-2024 inaugural season and cannot wait for what the future will bring. 

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