Festival Artists

“A magnificent cast of stellar dance artists from around the world takes the stage in these signature Festival performances.”
–The New York Times

Damian Woetzel

Damian Woetzel has taken on multiple roles in arts leadership since retiring from a 20-year career as Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet. Since 2007, Woetzel has been Director of the Vail International Dance Festival, which under his direction, has been widely-acclaimed for its innovation and growth as a nationally-recognized summer showcase for dance. In 2011, Woetzel was named the Director of Arts Programs for the Aspen Institute, where he creates programs aiming to further the value of the arts in society, focusing on education, economics, and cultural diplomacy. Woetzel is further active as a director and producer outside these roles.

Other recent projects include: Lil Buck @ Le Poisson Rouge, an award-winning show featuring Lil Buck, Yo-Yo Ma and an array of stellar musicians; an arts salute to Stephen Hawking at Lincoln Center; and the first performance of the White House Dance Series, which took place in the East Room of the White House and was hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. Woetzel works with Yo-Yo Ma on his Silk Road Connect program in the New York City Public Schools, and on “Arts Strike” events which they have pioneered as a format for artists to engage in public service. In 2012, Woetzel co-produced the Kennedy Center Honors tribute to honoree Natalia Makarova, and for the 2014 Honors, he co-produced the salute to honoree Patricia McBride. In 2009, Woetzel became the founding director of the Jerome

Robbins Foundation’s New Essential Works (NEW) Program, which over a five-year period initiated grants to enable the production of 35 new dance works. In November 2015, Woetzel launched a multi-disciplinary new series entitled DEMO at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center.

Woetzel was a Principal Dancer at New York City Ballet from 1989 until his retirement from the stage in 2008. At NYCB, he danced virtually the entire leading male dancer repertory, and had works created for him by Jerome Robbins, Eliot Feld, Twyla Tharp, Susan Stroman, and Christopher Wheeldon among others. Woetzel also frequently performed as a guest star with companies including the Kirov Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, and starred in numerous television broadcasts and as the Cavalier in the Time Warner movie version of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Woetzel has also choreographed a number of ballets for NYCB and other companies.

Among his awards, in July 2012 Woetzel was honored with the inaugural Gene Kelly Legacy Award – an honor jointly created by the Dizzy Feet Foundation and the Estate of Gene Kelly in honor of the 100th anniversary of Kelly’s birth. Woetzel serves on the artists committee of the Kennedy Center Honors, the Knight Foundation’s National Arts Advisory Committee, and was a member of the Harvard University Task Force on the Arts. Woetzel holds an MPA degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. In the fall of 2010, he was a visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School where he co-taught a course on performing arts and the law. In November 2009, President Obama appointed Woetzel to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities where he has worked on creating the Turnaround Arts Program, which now brings arts education to some of the nation’s most challenged school districts. In April 2015, Woetzel received the Harvard Arts Medal.

Artist-In-Residence

Michelle Dorrance

Michelle Dorrance

2017 Artist-In-Residence, Michelle Dorrance is a New York based tap dancer, performer, choreographer, teacher and director. A 2015 MacArthur Fellow, 2014 Alpert Award winner, 2013 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner, 2012 Princess Grace Award Winner, and both a 2015 and 2011 Bessie Award Winner, Michelle is the Founder and Artistic Director of Dorrance Dance. She is “one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today” (The New Yorker).

Scholar-In-Residence

Elena Heiss

Elena Heiss

A native of Albuquerque, NM, Elena Heiss, 19 years old, began flamenco dance training at the National Institute of Flamenco (NIF) at the age of eight. Elena was awarded a Princess Grace Foundation Scholarship in 2014 for Dance. She has performed solos at the Vail International Dance Festival, Damian Woetzel, Director, every year since 2014 and was the Inaugural Scholar-in-Residence with the Artist-in-Residence, Tiler Peck, in 2014. She performed solo at NYC’s City Center for the Vail Dance Festival ReMix NYC 2016.

She has collaborated with Lil’ Buck and Ron Myles at VIDF 2015 in ‘Ascending Bird. Elena performed at VIDF 2016 the solo choreography and World Premier “Zapateado” (Joaquín Rodrigo) choreographed by Valeriano Paños and Rafael Estévez, Estévez / Paños y Compañía (Madrid, Spain). She has also studied at the renowned flamenco school in Madrid, Amor de Dios.

Elena continues her flamenco training and studies at the University of New Mexico (UNM) in Albuquerque. In the last year, she has studied with Jesús Carmona, Adrián Santana, Iván Vargas, and Lucía Álvarez (La Piñona) through the Artist-in-Residence program at UNM’s Dance and Theater Department and NIF. She performs in Tablaos in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. She is an apprentice for Yjastros, The American Flamenco Repertory Company, under the direction of Joaquín Encinias and Marisol Encinias.

Scholar-In-Residence

Dario Natarelli

Dario Natarelli

Born in Vail, Dario Natarelli began his dance training at the age of four and he began intensive training in tap at the age of seven with the Colorado Chapter of the St. Louis Hoofers Club. Soon after, he moved to New York. He was awarded a full scholarship to The School at Jacob’s Pillow in 2014 and was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts Candidate through YoungArts in 2016. Most recently, he made his off-Broadway debut in Tappin’ Thru Life. Dario graduated LaGuardia Arts High School in New York City as a Drama major and now attends Penn State University as a Musical Theater major.

Scholar-In-Residence

Phyouture

Phyouture

Memphis jooker Phyouture “Lil P” (Altavien Hart) made his Festival debut in 2016 with fellow jookers, Lil Buck, Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles and Keviorr “Tip Toe” Taylor in Dancing in the Streets and on the Dance for $20.16 program in the world premiere of WAIT.

Phyouture “Lil P” (pron. Future) returns as the 2017 Scholar-In-Residence, dancing with a variety of artists throughout the two weeks.

Meet the Performers

Jared Angle

Jared Angle

Jared Angle trained at the Allegheny Ballet Academy, and received the Rudolf Nureyev Scholarship to attend the School of American Ballet in 1996 He joined New York City Ballet in 1998, and was awarded a Princess Grace Foundation USA Dance Fellowship in 2001. He is currently a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet.

Isabella Boylston

Isabella Boylston

Isabella Boylston was trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and the Harid Conservatory in Florida. She Joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 2006 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2014. She has also appeared as a guest star with the Mariinsky, The Royal Danish Ballet, and the National Ballet of China. Isabella was featured as the Artist-In-Residence for the 2016 Vail Dance Festival.

Lil Buck

Lil Buck

Leader of the dance style known as Jookin, which originated in Memphis, TN, Lil Buck gained mass acclaim for his YouTube collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma in The Swan directed by Damian Woetzel. Lil Buck appeared with Madonna in her 2012 Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show and he now performs with Madonna regularly. He made a guest appearance on The Colbert Report in 2013, and in 2017, Buck was featured in two nationally-televised commercials, one for Lexus (during Super Bowl LI) and the acclaimed Apple AirPods spot, which has since received millions more views on YouTube.

Elizabeth Burke

Elizabeth Burke (Rehearsal Director/Dance Captain) has been working with Dorrance Dance since the company’s inception in 2010/2011 and prior to that spent 11 years under the tutelage of her mentor, Gene Medler, in the acclaimed North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble (NCYTE). She also works with Nicholas Young’s SoundMovement Dance Company and Caleb Teicher & Company, among other choreographers.

Jeffrey Cirio

Jeffrey Cirio

Jeffrey Cirio trained at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, PA. He joined Boston Ballet in 2009, promoted to Second Soloist in 2010, Soloist in 2011 and Principal in 2012. Cirio joined American Ballet Theatre as Soloist in 2015.

Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland began dancing at the age of 13, eventually studying under California ballet instructor Cindy Bradley. Copeland joined the studio company of American Ballet Theatre in 2000, becoming a soloist several years later and starring in an array of productions such as The Nutcracker and Firebird. In June 2015, Copeland became the first African-American appointed Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre.

Patricia Delgado

Patricia Delgado

Patricia Delgado is a former principal dancer with the Miami City Ballet. She is currently a freelance artist living in NYC. She was born and raised in Miami, Florida. With the Miami City Ballet, she performed many ballets by George Balanchine, and Jerome Robbins as well as works by Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Anthony Tudor, Trey Mcyntire, Richard Alston, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Liam Scarlett, Justin Peck and John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet. Her classical repertoire includes Swanhilda in Coppelia, and featured roles in Giselle and Don Quixote. She has danced at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and at Le Chatelet in Paris, France as well as all over the U.S, most recently at the Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Donovan Dorrance

Donovan Dorrance, (Chapel Hill, NC), studied music and voice before graduating from The University of North Carolina (B.A., Philosophy). After singing in an a cappella group, and drumming in an indie-rock band, Donovan moved to Brooklyn to assist his sister’s company and pursue music. Donovan co-composes music for Dorrance Dance, takes online business courses, and gets published in his UNC professors’ philosophy books.

Chloe Felesina

Chloe Felesina received her primary training at Deane Dance Center in Sacramento and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, directed by Summer Lee Rhatigan. Chloe spent three years dancing for the San Francisco based company The Foundry directed by Alex Ketley, where she was integral to the creation of works involving processes like improvising outdoors, collaborating with poets, and going to residency programs around the country. She then joined Sacramento Ballet for three seasons, where she performed various principal and soloist roles.

Francesca Forcella

Francesca Forcella has previously danced with Houston Ballet II, Los Angeles American Contemporary Ballet, and Washington Ballet Studio Company. She joined BalletX in Fall 2013.

Angelica Generosa

Angelica Generosa

Angelica Generosa began her dance training with Gina Forcella in Sayreville, NJ, and has trained at both the Princeton Ballet School, and the School of American Ballet. She was a recipient of the Youth America Grand Prix Regional Hope Award in 2005 and was a New York finalist in 2007. Ms Generosa also received the School of American Ballet’s Mae Wien Award in 2011. She joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2011 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2012.

Marcelo Gomes

Marcelo Gomes

Marcelo Gomes, a native of Brazil, began his dance studies at the Helena Lobato and Dalal Achcar Ballet Schools. He studied at The Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, and at the schools of the Paris Opera Ballet, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Cuballet. Gomes joined American Ballet Theatre in 1997 and was promoted to Soloist in August 2000 and Principal Dancer in August 2002. In 2008, Gomes danced Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Suite, partnering Luciana Paris, at the Kennedy Center Honors. He won the Benois de la Danse for best male performer in the same year. Gomes was the recipient of a Dance Magazine Award in 2015.

Joseph Gordon

Joseph Gordon

Joseph Gordon has trained at the Phoenix Dance Academy and the School of American Ballet in New York. He has been a member of New York City Ballet corps de ballet since 2012. In February 2017, Mr. Gordon was promoted to soloist.

Francesca Hayward

Francesca Hayward

English dancer, Francesca Hayward studied at The Royal Ballet School 2003–11 and graduated into the company during the 2010/11 Season. She was promoted to First Artist in 2013, Soloist in 2014, First Soloist in 2015 and Principal Dancer in 2016. After joining The Royal Ballet, Hayward represented the company at the 2012 International Competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize and won Best Emerging Artist (2014) and the Grishko Award For Best Female Dancer (2016) at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards.

Bill Irwin

Bill Irwin

William Mills “Bill” Irwin is an American actor, clown, and comedian. He is best known for his vaudeville-style stage performances and has been noted for his contribution to the renaissance of American circus during the 1970s. He has also made a number of appearances on film and television, and he won a Tony Award for his role in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf on Broadway. Children know him as Mr. Noodle on Sesame Street’s Elmo’s World.

Gary Jeter

Gary W. Jeter II trained on full director’s scholarship at University of the Arts. He has previously danced with PHILADANCO, Eleone Dance Theater, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Joined BalletX in Fall 2014.

Zachary Kapeluck

Zachary Kapeluck was born in Pittsburgh, PA. Trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer Program, and Point Park University. Joined BalletX in Summer 2013.

Carla Körbes

Carla Körbes

Carla Körbes was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and began her ballet training at age five. In 1996 Korbes moved to New York to study at the School of American Ballet and in 1999, was the Mae. L. Wien Award recipient and became an apprentice with New York City Ballet. She was promoted to Soloist in 2005 and later that year joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a soloist. Körbes was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2006. June 7, 2015 marked Korbes’ last performance with PNB. Photo: Patrick Fraser

Misa Kuranaga

Misa Kuranaga

Misa Kuranaga trained at the Jinushi Kaoru Ballet School in Osaka, Japan, and the School of American Ballet. Formerly a member of the San Francisco Ballet, she Joined the Boston Ballet in 2003. In 2005 she was promoted to Second Soloist, later promoted to Soloist in 2007, and was promoted to Principal in 2009.

Lauren Lovette

Lauren Lovette

Lauren Lovette was born in Thousand Oaks, California and began studying ballet at the age of 11 at the Cary Ballet Conservatory in Cary, North Carolina. She attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, during the summers of 2004 and 2005 and enrolled at SAB as a full time student in 2006. In October 2009, Ms. Lovette became an apprentice with NYCB and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in September 2010. She was promoted to soloist in February 2013 and to principal dancer in June 2015. Lovette recently began choreographing dance and has had her works featured on stage with critical acclaim.

Skyler Lubin

Skyler Lubin was trained at The Rock School for Dance Education and Miami City Ballet School. Previously dance in the Corps de Ballet with Miami City Ballet. She joined BalletX in Fall 2014.

Adi Malcolm

Adi Malcolm

“Audacious Adi” Malcolm was doing research for a school assignment and found something that sparked her interest: dance. At 13, she has not taken a single dance class, but has 29,000 subscribers on YouTube and a few viral videos. Adi loves to perform and teach, and races motocross in her spare time.

Aaron Marcellus

Aaron Marcellus, singer, vocal coach, writer, musician, dancer, and actor, started in Gospel music. His credits include American Idol 2011 and STOMP. Marcellus hosts a Burlesque show at Duane Park, and founded Surrender To Love, LLC, a foundation that supports arts programs and seeks to feed the hungry, and Adventure Voice, a training program offering vocal classes for groups and individuals.

Daniel Mayo

Daniel Mayo trained at The Juilliard School and he previously danced with Atlanta Ballet and RUBBERBANDance Group. Daniel appeared in the film Bravo!FACT and has been a member of BalletX since 2014.

Roman Mejia

Roman Mejia

Roman Julian Mejia was born in Fort Worth, Texas. Studied ballet with his parents, Paul Mejia and Maria Terezia Balogh. At the age of fifteen, he entered the School of American Ballet. Now, at the age of seventeen, Roman starts his apprenticeship with New York City Ballet.

Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles

Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles

Bessie-Award winner, Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles was born in Memphis, TN and specializes in Jookin, a type of freestyle dance developed on the streets of Memphis. Ron has appeared in the feature films Footloose (2011), Frank and Cindy (2014) and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip (2015). Ron has also starred in several commercials including Beats by Dre, Diet Pepsi (with Sofia Vergara), Kohl’s and Adidas Originals.

Matthew Neenan

Matthew Neenan

Trained at the Boston Ballet School, LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and the School of American Ballet. His works have been featured and performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Colorado Ballet and Ballet Memphis, among many others.

Tiler Peck

Tiler Peck

Tiler Peck began her dance training at the age of seven, studying privately with former Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Alla Khaniashvili . At the age of 12, she entered the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet. In February 2005 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. She was promoted to Soloist in December 2006, and principal dancer in October 2009. She is the currently the spokesperson for Body Wrappers and was named to the 2014 Forbes 30 under 30.

Unity Phelan

Unity Phelan

Unity Phelan began her dance training at the age of five at the Princeton Ballet School. During the summers of 2008 and 2009, Phelan attended the summer sessions at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, and enrolled as a full-time student in fall of 2009. She became an apprentice with NYCB in December 2012 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in November 2013. In February 2017, Ms. Phelan was promoted to soloist.

Caili Quan

Born in Guam, Caili Quan trained at Ballet Academy East and Richmond Ballet. She has previously danced with North Carolina Dance Theatre and First State Ballet Theatre. Quan joined BalletX in 2013.

Gregory Richardson

Gregory Richardson (composer and multi-instrumentalist) tours with the band Darwin Deez, performing at many of the world’s largest music festivals. His second home is with the New York City tap dance community, composing for and/or performing in several shows with Dorrance Dance, including Myelination, which was commissioned by the Fall For Dance Festival and premiered at New York City Center.

Calvin Royal III

Calvin Royal III

Calvin Royal III began his formal dance training at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, Florida at the age 14. He joined the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in September 2006. Royal joined ABT II (now the ABT Studio Company) as an apprentice in October 2010 and the corps de ballet in April 2011.

Leonardo Sandoval

Leonardo Sandoval hails from Brazil, where he developed his distinctive style, aiming to incorporate Brazilian rhythmic, musical, and dance traditions into tap. He has danced with Dorrance Dance since moving to New York in 2013, in addition to solo projects as a dancer and choreographer, including the recent premiere of his first evening-length piece, Music from the Sole.

Claudia Schreier

Claudia Schreier

Claudia Schreier has been commissioned by the Lake Tahoe Dance Collective, Intermezzo, The Ailey School, Ballet Academy East and Columbia Ballet Collaborative. In 2015, she presented a full evening of her work at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York. A 2008 Harvard graduate, Ms. Schreier is a recipient of the Suzanne Farrell Prize for Outstanding Artistry in the Field of Dance, the 2014 Winner of the Breaking Glass Project and a 2015 Dance Magazine Nominee for Best Emerging Choreographer.

Pam Tanowitz

Pam Tanowitz

Pam Tanowitz has been making dances since 1992. She is a graduate of Ohio State University and Sarah Lawrence College, where she was mentored by former Merce Cunningham principal dancer Viola Farber. She founded Pam Tanowitz Dance in 2000, and has received commissions and residencies at The Joyce Theater, New York Live Arts, and the Danspace Project among others. She received a 2009 Bessie Award for the dance, Be in the Gray With Me, at Dance Theater Workshop.

Devon Teuscher

Devon Teuscher

Born in Pennsylvania, Devon Teuscher began her dance training at the Champaign Urbana Ballet Academy and continued her training at the Vermont Ballet Theatre School. From 2002 to 2006 Teuscher attended American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive, and was a National Training Scholar from 2003 to 2006. In 2005, Teuscher relocated to New York to dance at American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School on full scholarship. Teuscher joined the Studio Company in 2006. She joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in December 2007 and the corps de ballet in June 2008. Teuscher became a Soloist in August 2014 and was promoted to Principal in July 2017.

Byron Tittle

Byron Tittle is a multiform dancer from New York; tap became of chief interest upon studying with David Rider and joining the American Tap Dance Foundation’s Tap City Youth Ensemble. Byron has worked in film, television, and live performance in Los Angeles, and recently performed at the 2015 BET Awards in a tribute to Janet Jackson.

Melissa Toogood

Melissa Toogood

Melissa Toogood was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company; has taught Cunningham Technique since 2007 and is a 2013 & 2015 Merce Cunningham Fellow. She began working with Rashaun & Silas in 2010 and Pam Tanowitz in 2006. She has performed with Stephen Petronio Company, Sally Silvers, Rosie Herrera, Kyle Abraham and others. Dance Magazine named her in their 25 to watch in 2014.

Richard Villaverde

Richard Villaverde was trained on full scholarship at University of the Arts. He received the award for Senior Male Outstanding Dancer at New York City Dance Alliance, and joined BalletX in 2013.

James Whiteside

James Whiteside

James Whiteside was born in Fairfield, Connecticut. He trained at the D’Valda & Sirico Dance and Music Center, as well as the Virginia School for the Arts. He joined Boston Ballet in 2002, and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2009. Whiteside joined American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in 2012, and was named Principal Dancer in 2013.

Andrea Yorita

Andrea is from Irvine, California, where she received her classical ballet training at Academy of Dance under the direction of Merle Sepel and Rebecca Tsivkin. Originally trained under the R.A.D. syllabus, Andrea has completed all Vocational R.A.D. exams with Distinction as well as received the Solo Seal Award. Andrea graduated in 2012 with a BFA in Dance Performance from the University of California, Irvine as a Gillespie Scholar. She joined BalletX in 2013.

Kate Davis

Kate Davis

Lauded by MTV as one of 2014’s “15 Fresh Females Who Will Rule Pop,” Kate grew up with an instrument in her arms and a head full of inventive lyrics. Alternating between achingly soulful and flippantly funny, Kate’s songwriting combines ranging sonic textures with an anecdotal knack. Her lyrics are novel and rhapsodic, cutting through the clichés and trivia of pop parlance to deliver something honest and truly perceptive. She’s performed at such illustrious venues as The Kennedy Center, The Bowery Ballroom, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall—as well as pretty much every noteworthy club in NYC.Recently, Kate has shared the stage with such diverse artists as Alison Krauss, Josh Groban, Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles, and Renee Fleming. Her accolades include a Robert Allen Award from the ASCAP Foundation, and her arts advocacy work includes a presentation at TEDx Portland and participation in the 2010 National Arts Policy Roundtable.

Marcelino Sambé

Marcelino Sambé

Portuguese dancer Marcelino Sambé is a Soloist of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School and graduated into the Company during the 2012/13 Season, promoted to First Artist in 2014 and Soloist in 2015.

Cameron Dieck

Cameron Dieck

Mr. Dieck was born in Mount Kisco, New York, and enrolled at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, in 1998. As a student at SAB, Dieck performed in New York City Ballet’s production of Les Gentilhommes. He became an apprentice with NYCB in October 2007, and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2008.

Cameron Grant

Cameron Grant

Cameron Grant joined the New York City Ballet in 1984, became a Solo Pianist there 2 years later, and was appointed pianist of the NYCB Orchestra in 1998. He has performed all the major piano ballets of the company such as the Goldberg Variations and Dances at a Gathering of Jerome Robbins, Davidsbundlertanze of George Balanchine, and Waltz Project of Peter Martins as well as virtually all the piano concerti of the repertory including those of Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Hindemith, Beethoven, Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Mr. Grant has been the soloist in premieres of ballets by Richard Tanner, Robert La Fosse and Christopher Wheeldon, and toured as a featured performer with the company on trips to Paris, Edinburgh, Athens, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Italy, Russia and Denmark. In 2004, he appeared in the Emmy Award-winning _ Live from Lincoln Center_  broadcast of New York City Ballet, as well as being invited (along with 3 other members of NYCB), to perform at the Kennedy Center Honors before the President.

Nicholas Van Young

Nicholas Young is a dancer, musician and choreographer, and a 2015 Bessie Award recipient. Past credits include STOMP (principal role, rehearsal director, 10 year run) and Tapestry Dance Company of Austin, TX, among many, many others. Nicholas is currently working on ETM: Double Down, a collaborative effort with Michelle Dorrance.

Caroline Shaw

Caroline Shaw

Caroline Shaw is a New York-based musician. She is the youngest ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music for her enigmatic composition Partita for 8 Voices. Her career defies categorization—she performs as a violin soloist, chamber musician, and as a vocalist in the Grammy-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth. Recent commissions include works for Carnegie Hall, the Guggenheim Museum, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra with Jonathan Biss and mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter. She also frequently collaborates with Kanye West. Currently a doctoral candidate at Princeton, Caroline also studied at Rice and Yale. Caroline loves the color yellow, otters, Beethoven opus 74, Mozart opera, the smell of rosemary and the sound of a janky mandolin.

About the Leonard Bernstein Composer-In-Residence Program:

Established in tribute to the extraordinary impact and example provided by Leonard Bernstein, and in honor of the upcoming centennial year of his birth, this new role will integrate the composition of new music into the structure of Festival programming. The Composer-In-Residence will create a new piece of music to be choreographed and premiered at the Festival and will also participate in programming highlighting the indispensable partnership between music and dance. Additionally, existing work of the Composer-In-Residence will be featured in various performances throughout the Festival.

The inaugural Leonard Bernstein Composer-In-Residence for 2017-18 is Pulitzer Prize-winning Caroline Shaw

Daniel Ulbricht

Daniel Ulbricht

Daniel Ulbricht is a principal dancer with New York City ballet and the founder and director of Stars of the American Ballet, a company that tours nationally and internationally and is devoted to presenting high caliber dance performances and offering educational and outreach programs. Ulbricht has performed featured roles in George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son, Tarantella, stars and Stripes, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mozartiana, Nutcracker, Symphony in 3 Movements, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Rubies, Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free, Interplay, Four Seasons, Peter Martins’ Jeu de Cartes, Hallelujah Junction, Eight More, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo + Juliet, Christopher Wheeldon’s Les Carillons, Shambards and Alexi Ratmansky’s Concerto SDCH, among many others.

Gabe Schnider

Gabe Schnider

A recent graduate of the Juilliard School, guitarist/composer Gabe Schnider has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Bell, Bill T. Jones, Jon Batiste, Dee Dee Bridgewater and many others. A regular sideman/bandleader at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Gabe performs nationally and internationally with a variety of projects and has been featured at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and the Newport, Monterey, Montreux, Marciac, Montreal and Toronto International Jazz Festivals, as well as the 2016 American Folk Festival. Recently, Gabe was featured at the 2016 Marciac Jazz Festival as a member of Wynton Marsalis’ group, “Wynton Marsalis and the Young Stars of Jazz.”

Savannah Harris

Savannah Harris is a drummer and writer who recently graduated from Howard University with a degree in Journalism. Growing up in Oakland, Calif., she learned drums at an early age, studying and performing with her father Fred Harris and her step-father Khalil Shaheed, as well as Bay Area luminary Faye Carol. As a member of the Howard University Jazz Ensemble, she has shared the stage with Bobby Watson, Hubert Laws, Sonny Fortune and Hugh Masekela, and has performed independently with names such as Geri Allen and Cyrus Chestnut. This year she joined Jason Moran and the Bohemian Caverns All Stars for an installment of Moran’s Jason+ series at the Kennedy Center. She currently acts as teaching artist for NJPAC’s Jazz For Teens and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz For Young People programs.

Herman Cornejo

Herman Cornejo

Herman Cornejo was born in Mercedes, San Luis, Argentina and began his ballet studies at the age of eight at the Instituto Superior de Arte at Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires. In 1999 he joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet, was promoted to Soloist in August 2000 and to Principal Dancer in August 2003. His roles with the Company include Solor and the Bronze Idol in La Bayadère, the Red Cowboy in Billy the Kid, Pyotr in The Bright Stream, the fourth movement in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, the Jester in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, Franz in Coppélia, Conrad, Ali, Lankendem and Birbanto in Le Corsaire, It Was Spring in Dim Lustre, Basilio and the lead gypsy in Don Quixote, Puck in The Dream, the first sailor in Fancy Free, Colas and Alain in La Fille mal gardée, Ivan in Alexei Ratmansky’s Firebird, the Peruvian in Gaîté Parisienne, Albrecht and the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, The Profiteer in The Green Table, The Man in HereAfter (Heaven), the Joker in Jeu de Cartes, Lescaut in Manon, the Lead Pontevedrian Dancer and the Maitre D’ in The Merry Widow, the Nutcracker-Prince and the Cavalier in Kevin McKenzie’s The Nutcracker, the Nutcracker-Prince in Alexei Ratmansky’sThe Nutcracker, Cassio in Othello, Petrouchka in Petrouchka, the Piper in The Pied Piper, the Son in Prodigal Son, Abderakman and Bernard in Raymonda, Romeo and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Prince Désiré and the Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, the Rose in Le Spectre de la Rose, Prince Siegfried, Benno and the Neapolitan dance in Swan Lake, James and Gurn in La Sylphide, Aminta and Eros in Sylvia, the third movement in Symphony in C, Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew, The Boy in Whipped Cream, Le Grand Pas de Deux, Sinatra Suite, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and Theme and Variations and roles in Amazed in Burning Dreams, Ballo della Regina, Baroque Game, Black Tuesday, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Brief Fling, Clear, Company B, Diversion of Angels, Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes, Gong, In The Upper Room, Jabula, Marimba, Mozartiana, Overgrown Path, Petite Mort, Sinfonietta, and workwithinwork.

Andrea Gibson

Andrea Gibson

Andrea Gibson is not gentle with their truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led them to the forefront of the spoken word movement – the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam – Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality. Their work has been featured on the BBC, Air America, C-SPAN, Free Speech TV and in 2010 was read by a state representative in lieu of morning prayer at the Utah State Legislature. Now, on their fifth full-length album Flower Boy and their second book The Madness Vase, Gibson’s poems continue to be a rally cry for action and a welcome mat at the door of the heart’s most compassionate room. In their most recent book, Pansy Gibson balances themes of love, gender, politics, sexuality, illness, family and forgiveness with stunning imagery and a fierce willingness to delve into the exploration of what it means to truly heal. Each turn of the page represents both that which as been forgotten and that which is yet to be released. While this book is a rally cry for political action, it is also a celebration of wonder and longing and love.

Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie

Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, a 2016 Bessie Award Winner for Innovative Achievement in Dance, is a New York City-based bgirl, dancer and choreographer. As artistic director of Ephrat Asherie Dance (EAD), she has presented work nationally and internationally. Ephrat is on faculty at Wesleyan University and Broadway Dance Center.

Warren Craft

Warren Craft is a New York City tap dancer who has trained in ballet with both the American Ballet Theatre and the School of American Ballet. He has been a member of Brenda Bufalino’s New American Tap Dance Orchestra, Max Pollak’s RumbaTap, and Dorrance Dance. He moves with “bizarre physicality,” and “unconventional eloquence.” – The New York Times

Gabe Winns Ortiz

Gabe Winns Ortiz, was born and raised in San Diego, CA. He started dancing at the age of 11, and his love for the art form has continued to grow. He has toured worldwide with the critically-acclaimed stage show Tap Kids, and since moving to New York City he has worked with various companies, including RumbaTap, Dorrance Dance and Swing FX. He also directs his own group called the Students of Sound and teaches at the American Tap Dance Foundation. Television credits include America’s Most Talented Kids (2002), America’s Got Talent (2011), and FakeOff (2014).

Barton Cowperthwaite

Barton Cowperthwaite

Barton was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He attended Denver School of the Arts and The Academy of Colorado Ballet. After graduating from high school he transitioned to the dance department at The University of Arizona. He graduated a year early, cum laude, with a BFA in Dance. He then joined the Bad Boys of Ballet to tour Europe as Romeo in their new contemporary dance production of Romeo and Juliet. He currently resides in New York City as a freelance dancer, actor, and model. Barton has had the pleasure of working for Lar Lubovitch, Pontus Lidberg, Lindsay Nelko, Emily Schoen, The Muses of Motion and many more artists. He recently starred in the third installment of the Center Stage movie series Center Stage: Dance Camp.

Janie Taylor

Janie Taylor

Janie Taylor was born in Houston, TX where she began her ballet training at age 2 with Gilbert Rome. She trained at the Giacobbe Academy of Dance in New Orleans from 1993-1996. After attending two years of the summer program at the School of American Ballet, she became a full-time student in the fall of 1996.  While a student at SAB she originated a featured role in Christopher Wheeldon’s Soiree Musicale for the Spring workshop performance in June of 1998. She received the Mae L. Wien Award at the SAB Annual Workshop and was invited to become and apprentice with New York City Ballet. A month later, she became a member of NYCB’s corps de ballet. She was promoted to the rank of of Soloist in February 2001 and to Principal in 2005. During her career with New York City Ballet she originated roles in ballets choreographed by Peter Martins and Benjamin Millepied. She also performed featured roles in numerous ballets by George Balanchine, and Jerome Robbins, as well as pieces by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Susan Stroman, Twyla Tharp, and Mirriam Mahdaviani. Ms. Taylor appeared in the film Center Stage directed by Nochilas Hytner which was released in 2000. She retired from the New York City Ballet on March 1, 2014. Ms. Taylor is now a repetileur setting ballets for Justin Peck and Benjamin Millepied on companies around the world and has since started a career in design. She has designed costumes for the New York City Ballet and L.A. Dance Project. Photo: David Michalek

Cory Stearns

Cory Stearns

Cory Stearns was born on Long Island, New York and began his classical training at Seiskaya Ballet with Mme. Valia Seiskaya. At fifteen, he participated in the Youth America Grand Prix and was offered a full scholarship to the Royal Ballet School in London. During his training there, he performed in Madrid, Moscow, Milan and Germany. His principal roles included principal roles in Mark Annear’s Mendelssohn Concerto, Kenneth Macmillan’s Concerto, Kirk Peterson’s Eyes That Gently Touch, Robert Hill’s Piano Concerto #2, and Barry Moreland’s Fearful Symmetries. In March 2004, Mr. Stearns appeared with Kylie Minogue in her music video Chocolate. Upon graduating from the Royal Ballet School with honors, he received, for the second year, the Dame Ruth Railton Award for excellence in dance. Mr. Stearns joined American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company (now ABT II) in September 2004, the main Company as an apprentice in January 2005 and as a member of the corps de ballet in January 2006. He was appointed a Soloist in January 2009 and a Principal Dancer in January 2011. Mr. Stearns won the 2009 Erik Bruhn Prize for best male dancer.

Miriam Miller

Miriam Miller

Miriam Miller is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. She was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and began her dance training in 2001 at University of Iowa Youth Ballet and School of Dance under the direction of Kathryn Smith. In 2006, she began studying with Sarah Barragan at City Ballet of Iowa. She attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in 2011 and 2012, enrolling as a full-time student during the 2012 winter term. Ms. Miller became an apprentice with NYCB in January 2015. While still an apprentice with NYCB, Miller performed the role of Titania in George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as featured roles in Balanchine’s Harlequinade (Le Bonne Fée) and Peter Martins’ Swan Lake (Princess). She joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in January 2016.

Benjamin Millepied

Benjamin Millepied

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Christine Cox

Christine Cox

this is an artist.

Garret Ammon

Garret Ammon

this is an artist.

Gil Boggs

Gil Boggs

Gil Boggs began his dance career with the Atlanta Ballet. He joined American Ballet Theatre in 1982, was promoted to soloist dancer in 1984 and principal dancer in 1991. Boggs was a member of the company for 17 years. He also performed with the Twyla Tharp Dance Company, Baryshnikov and Company, Nureyev and Friends, and made several guest appearances around the world. In 2006, Boggs accepted the position of Artistic Director with Colorado Ballet. During his tenure with Colorado Ballet, he has restaged and added numerous full-length productions, and has presented 15 world premieres and 15 Company premieres.

Janet Eilber

Janet Eilber

Janet Eilber has been the Martha Graham Center’s Artistic Director since 2005. Her direction has focused on creating new forms of audience access to the Martha Graham masterworks. These initiatives include designing contextual programming, educational and community partnerships, use of new media, and commissions and creative events such as the Lamentation Variations and Prelude and Revolt. In recent projects, she has created new arrangements of classic Graham choreography for such wide-ranging projects as the Martha Graham Google Doodle and the Italian theater production of Cercando Picasso starring Giorgio Albertazzi. Earlier in her career, as a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Ms. Eilber worked closely with Martha Graham. She danced many of Graham’s greatest roles, had roles created for her by Graham, and was directed by Graham in most of the major roles of the repertory.

Kathryn Hatmaker

Kathryn Hatmaker

Violinist Kate Hatmaker enjoys a varied career as performer, educator and entrepreneur. She is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Art of Élan (www.artofelan.org), a San Diego chamber music organization committed to bringing classical music to diverse audiences, and has been a violinist with the San Diego Symphony since 2006. Ms. Hatmaker has been a featured soloist with a variety of North American orchestras and has performed at the Vail International Dance Festival, La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, the Breckenridge Music Festival and the Strings Music Festival. She teaches privately and at the Coronado School of the Arts and is a frequent chamber music recitalist and guest clinician.

Stephanie Amurao

Stephanie Amurao

Stephanie Amurao was born 1988 in Vancouver, Canada.  She trained at the Richmond Academy of Dance and graduated in 2010 from The Juilliard School with a BFA Dance degree under director Lawrence Rhodes.  Stephanie was a guest artist with TAKE Dance Company in NYC and MOVE: the company in Vancouver.  She became a member of Bern Ballett in 2010 under Cathy Marston and after two seasons, she moved to Tel Aviv to join the Batsheva Dance Company under Ohad Naharin.  There she performed internationally for two seasons.  Stephanie joined L.A. Dance Project in 2014. Photo: Morgan Lugo

Aaron Carr

Aaron Carr

Aaron Carr began dancing at age six in Pensacola, Florida. He studied ballet throughout high school as an ABT national training scholar before attending The Juilliard School in New York City. Since graduating in 2009, Aaron has been a member of KEIGWIN + COMPANY, and ZVIDANCE. While working with these companies, Aaron toured internationally and cultivated his love for teaching. Aaron has also had the opportunity to dance for Charlotte Bydwell, Jaclyn K. Walsh, The Troupe, Jonathan Royce Wyndham, Emily Schoen and PROJECT RUIN. He joined L.A. Dance Project in 2013. Photo: Morgan Lugo

Julia Eichten

Julia Eichten

Julia Eichten grew up dancing in Minnesota. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School under the directorship of Lawrence Rhodes, where she received the Hector Zaraspe award for choreography. She has performed with Camille A. Brown & Dancers, as well as Aszure Barton & Artists. Julia has shown her work at locations including: Le Poisson Rouge, Dumbo Dance Festival, Dance Theater of Harlem, as well as a choreographic residency at The Yard. In collaboration with Proxima Centura, and LADP company member she shared a choreographic debut premiering, “Attitude du Cage,” in Bordeaux, FR. Most recently she created with L.A. Dance Project, “O’de,” which premiered at the Water Theater Grove at the Palace of Versailles. She is also thrilled to be currently working on a new creation for the company. As a founding member of L.A. Dance Project, Julia performs works by Benjamin Millepied, Merce Cunningham, Justin Peck, Danielle Agami, Emanuel Gat and William Forsythe around the world. Photo: Morgan Lugo

David Adrian Freeland Jr.

David Adrian Freeland Jr.

David Adrian Freeland Jr. is from Jacksonville, FL. He began his dance training at LaVilla School of the Arts under the direction of Michelle Ottley-Fisher and Susan Jennings. He went on to study at the Jacksonville Centre of the Arts, where he received much of his training under the direction of Kezia Rolle. David has attended summer intensives at the Nashville Ballet and The Juilliard School under full scholarship. He later studied at the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase College. David was a member of Alvin Ailey’s second company, Ailey II, for three seasons. During that time, he performed the works of Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, Robert Battle, Troy Powell, Dwight Rhoden, and Jennifer Archibald. David has also performed in the 2015-2016 season at The Metropolitan Opera House. David is excited to share the stage with the amazingly talented artists of the L.A. Dance Project. Photo: Morgan Lugo

Morgan Lugo

Morgan Lugo

Morgan Lugo is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina, where he began his dance training in clogging, eventually medalling gold and silver in the Junior Olympics. Later he began his formal training at North Carolina School of the Arts, receiving a BFA from SUNY Purchase. Morgan has enjoyed performing in works created by Benjamin Millepied, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, William Forsythe, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Emmanuel Gat, Doug Varone and Roy Assaf.  In 2013, he was asked to Participate in Boris Charmatz’s “20 Dancers for the XX Century” at MoMA.  In the past year, his photographic works have been exhibited at the Leica Gallery in Los Angeles and Parc de Ateliers in Arles, France.  Morgan joined LADP in 2012. Photo: Morgan Lugo

Nathan B. Makolandra

Nathan B. Makolandra

Nathan B. Makolandra began dancing and choreographing in Greenville, South Carolina. He is a graduate from The Juilliard School under director Lawrence Rhodes. There he performed works by Alexander Ekman, Nacho Duato, Jerome Robbins, Bronsilava Nijinska, Eliot Feld, Sidra Bell, and Jose Limon. Nathan’s work appeared in Juilliard’s Choreographic Honors concert (2009-2012), and is a recipient of the Hector Zaraspe Award for choreography (2012).  In 2011 he placed 1st runner up for the Capezio Award for Choreographic Excellence. He collaborated with composer Jared Miller, and choreographed Richard Walters’ music video, “American Stitches.” Nathan created “Attitude du Cage” with fellow L.A. Dance Project member, has choreography featured on So You Think You Can Dance, and is a Fresh Dance Intensive faculty member. Professionally Nathan has performed the works of Benjamin Millepied, William Forsythe, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Hiroaki Umeda, Emmanuel Gat, Danielle Agami, Julia Eichten, and Justin Peck in locations such as Los Angeles’ Union Station, the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and the Gardens at the Palace of Versailles. Photo: Morgan Lugo

Robbie Moore

Robbie Moore

Robbie Moore is a 2014 Juilliard School graduate hailing from Houston, Texas. He has had the pleasure of dancing across the United States and Canada in works by José Limón, Martha Graham, Pina Bausch, Ohad Naharin and William Forsythe. In 2010, Robbie worked alongside Peter Chu – founder of chuthis. – as he developed, This Thought.  That same year he was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the twenty Presidential Scholars in the Arts.  The Houston Metropolitan Dance Company commissioned Robbie to develop an original work, This Expression of Surprise, in 2012. He has recently performed with TOES for dance, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and Opera Omaha.  In addition, Robbie works with world-renowned dynamic anatomist, Irene Dowd, with the objective to learn, model, archive, and teach her body of work.  Robbie joined L.A. Project in 2015. Photo: Morgan Lugo

Rachelle Rafailedes

Rachelle Rafailedes

Rachelle Rafailedes is a native Ohioan that began her formal dance training at an early age. She has since received her BFA from The Juilliard School in 2009, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes, where she was awarded the Martha Hill Prize for excellence in leadership and dance. In her career thus far, Rachelle has been fortunate to perform work by renowned choreographers including: Ohad Naharin, Twyla Tharp, Antony Tudor, Merce Cunningham and William Forsythe, as well as guest perform with Keigwin + Company and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. She was a member of Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion from 2009-2012 and is a Bessie Award winning collaborator for Mr. Abraham’s The Radio Show. Rachelle joined L.A. Dance Project in 2013. Photo: Morgan Lugo

Lilja Rúriksdóttir

Lilja Rúriksdóttir

Lilja Rúriksdóttir left her native Iceland to attend the Juilliard School. In addition to performing works by choreographers such as Martha Graham, José Limon, Eliot Feld, Pam Tanowitz, Victor Quijada, Stephan Laks, Nacho Duato, Andrea Miller and Alexander Ekman, she was awarded the Hector Zaraspe prize for choreography in 2013. Upon graduation she joined the Dash Ensemble in New York under the direction of Gregory Dolbashian and worked on various projects with Jonah Bokaer, Gallim Dance, Joanna MendlShaw, Bryan Arias, Janis Brenner and Cindy Salgado. In the fall of 2014, she received a generous grant from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation to create new full-evening work for CPR, Brooklyn in collaboration with Chez Bushwick and Jonah Bokaer. Lilja joined L.A. Dance Project in 2015. Photo: Morgan Lugo

Dana Benton

Dana Benton

Dana Benton was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where she began her training at The Dance Centre. At the age of nine, she was accepted to the National Ballet School in Toronto where she trained for eight years. Dana graduated with Honors in Academics and was awarded the Peter Dwyer Award for Excellence in Dance. Upon graduating in 2000, Dana spent one year with Alberta Ballet Company in Canada as an apprentice. In 2001, she joined Colorado Ballet’s Corps de Ballet, was promoted to Soloist in 2007 and was promoted to Principal in 2014.

Chandra Kuykendall

Chandra Kuykendall

Chandra Kuykendall is from Parker, Colorado and trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet from 1988-1997. In 1996, she won the Denver Ballet Guild Competition and received the Florence Rustin Award. She also attended summer programs at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Vail (under full scholarship), Kirov Academy of Ballet, San Francisco Ballet Academy and School of American Ballet. In 1997, Ms. Kuykendall joined Colorado Ballet. She spent the 1998-1999 season with Leipzig Ballet in Leipzig, Germany and returned to Colorado Ballet in 1999. This is her 20th season with Colorado Ballet.

Domenico Luciano

Domenico Luciano

Domenico Luciano was born in Naples, Italy and graduated from Royal Teatro di San Carlo Ballet School in Naples in 1999.  In the same year, Mr. Luciano joined the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf, Germany.  After dancing with several companies in Europe including Europadance, Maggio Danza, Teatro Dell’Opera and Teatro di San Carlo, he joined Tulsa Ballet as a Demi-Soloist in 2004.  In 2005, he joined Dominic Walsh Dance Theater in Houston as Principal Dancer.  He joined Colorado Ballet as a soloist in 2013 and was promoted to principal in 2014.

Yosvani Ramos

Yosvani Ramos

Yosvani Ramos was born in Camagüey, Cuba and trained at the National Ballet School, then dancing with Jeune Ballet de France and Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris after winning the Gold Medal at the Paris International Ballet Competition in 1998. He joined English National Ballet in 1999 and was promoted to Soloist, Senior Soloist, and then Principal Dancer. He danced with ENB until 2008, then joined The Australian Ballet as a Principal Artist, where he remained until 2013. He danced with Cincinnati Ballet in 2014 and joined Colorado Ballet in 2015 as principal dancer.

Asuka Sasaki

Asuka Sasaki

Asuka Sasaki was born in Nagano, Japan. She trained at the Beijing Dance Academy in China and later joined Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet as an Aspirant. She joined Colorado Ballet’s Company in 2005, was promoted to Soloist in 2010, and promoted to Principal in 2017. With Colorado Ballet, she has worked with accomplished choreographers such as Val Caniparoli, Eldar Aliev, Michael Pink, Ben Stevenson, Martin Fredmann, Lila York, Shelly Washington, Jessica Lang, Dwight Rhoden, Edwaard Liang and Amy Seiwert. Sasaki has danced many soloist and principal roles with the Company.

Sharon Wehner

Sharon Wehner

Sharon Wehner is originally from San Jose, California. She trained with San Jose Dance Theatre, San Francisco Ballet and San Jose/Cleveland Ballet. Ms. Wehner joined Colorado Ballet in 1995, was promoted to Principal in 1999, and in the last 22 years, has performed many lead roles with the Company. In addition to Colorado Ballet, Ms. Wehner has also performed with The Washington Ballet, Oakland Ballet and Amy Seiwert’s Imagery. She has also been a guest artist at the Vail Dance Festival, in Japan in the Aoyama Ballet Festival, and the National Ballet of Japan’s Golden Ballet Co-star.

Morgan Buchanan

Morgan Buchanan

Morgan Buchanan is from Houston, Texas. She trained at the Ballet Center of Houston under the direction of Victoria Vittum and Gilbert Rome. Ms. Buchanan also trained at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy for two years, where she earned the highest final evaluation variation score in her class. Before joining the Colorado Ballet Studio Company in 2009, Ms. Buchanan attended summer programs with American Ballet Theatre, Orlando Ballet and Houston Ballet.  She joined the Company in 2011 and was promoted to Soloist in 2016.

Francisco Estevez

Francisco Estevez

Born in Quito, Ecuador, Francisco moved to the USA in 1995. He began his ballet training in Louisville, Kentucky and at the age of 16 was invited to finish his professional training at the School of American Ballet in New York. Upon graduating in 2008, Francisco joined Boston Ballet where he danced for two years before joining the Barcelona Ballet. Francisco won 1st Place at the Premio Internacional de Danza Roseta Mauri, in 2011. Francisco joined Colorado Ballet during the 2012-2013 season and was promoted to soloist in 2015.

Tracy Jones

Tracy Jones

Born in Cork, Ireland, Tracy Jones started dancing at the age of five with Ballet Theatre Ireland. At 11, she went on to train at The Royal Ballet School. In 2006, Tracy won the Ursula Moreton choreographic competition and was a finalist of the Young British Dancer of the Year. She performed with the Royal Ballet on their 2007 International tour.  Upon graduating, she joined the English National Ballet as an Artist.  From 2008-2012, Tracy was a member of the Barcelona Ballet.  Tracy joined Colorado Ballet in 2013 and was promoted to Soloist in 2017.

Christophor Moulton

Christophor Moulton

Christophor Moulton born in Colorado Springs, Colorado began his training with Rozanne David at the Dance Center of Colorado Springs and continued his training in Colorado with German Zemuel. He is a graduate of the Harid Conservatory in Florida. He also studied for a year at the Jacquelyn Kennedy Onassis School and is a recipient of the 2007 Rudolph Nureyev Education Fellowship. He joined Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company in 2009, was promoted into the Company in 2010, and was promoted to Soloist in 2017.

Kevin Gaël Thomas

Kevin Gaël Thomas

Kevin Gaël Thomas is from France and studied at Rosella Hightower’s International Ballet Center and at Canada’s National Ballet School, where he received a full scholarship and graduated with honors in 2006. Mr. Thomas also graduated with honors from the Music Conservatory in France for piano. He danced for a year with Houston Ballet II, then joined Colorado Ballet in 2007.  Mr. Thomas was chosen to represent France at the New York International Ballet Competition in 2009 and at the USA Jackson International Ballet Competition in 2010.  He was promoted to Soloist in 2016.

Joshua Allenback

Joshua Allenback

Josh Allenback, a native of Colorado, has been dancing since he was four years old.  He has studied on scholarship, with American Ballet Theatre, The Rock School, and Joffrey Ballet.  He is also a former member of Houston Ballet II as well as Ballet San Antonio.  Josh performed many principal roles in various classical ballets.  He joined Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company in 2013 and was promoted into the Company in 2014.

Ariel Breitman

Ariel Breitman

Ariel Breitman of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, began his dance training at the age of eight with the Boys Scholarship Program of Metropolitan Ballet Academy. At 16, Ariel moved to New York City to train with Edward Ellison. In 2012 and 2013, Ariel earned three gold medals from YAGP and one silver medal in 2013 from the Tanzolymp International Ballet Competition in Berlin. After graduating, Ariel joined The Washington Ballet Studio Company for one season. Ariel was invited to compete in the 2014 USA International Ballet Competition.  He joined Colorado Ballet in 2014.

Arianna Ciccarelli

Arianna Ciccarelli

Arianna Ciccarelli is from Bristol, CT.  She began dancing ballet at age 12 and studied in the pre-professional resident program at The Nutmeg Conservatory for The Arts. While at Nutmeg, she studied under Eleanor D’Antuano, Sharon Dante, Kirk Peterson and Victoria Mazzerelli.  She has spent her summers training at The School of American Ballet, English National Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Washington Ballet.  Arianna was a member of the Colorado Ballet Studio Company in the 2013-2014 season.  Before joining Colorado Ballet in 2016, she spent two years dancing with Ballet Arizona.

Mackenzie Dessens

Mackenzie Dessens

Mackenzie Dessens is from New Orleans, Louisiana where she began her training at Giacobbe Academy of Dance and privately with Kimberly Beck. She attended summer programs in New York with the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. Ms. Dessens continued her training at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy and upon completion, joined Cincinnati Ballet’s second company. With Cincinnati Ballet, Dessens performed many works with the company and the second company.  This is Mackenzie’s third season with Colorado Ballet.

Alyssa Fazekas

Alyssa Fazekas

Alyssa Fazekas is from Orlando, Florida where she began her training at age 14.  In 2010, she joined Orlando Ballet School and in 2012, joined Orlando Ballet II. Alyssa placed Top 12 in in both contemporary and classical categories in YAGP, performed in the YAGP Gala in Tampa, and moved on to the NYC Finals. In 2012, she was a semi-finalist at Helsinki International Ballet Competition. In 2014, she joined Milwaukee Ballet II, and in 2016 joined Ballet Arizona’s Studio Company. This is her first season with Colorado Ballet.

Kevin Hale

Kevin Hale

Born in Warren, New Jersey but raised in England, Kevin began dancing at the age of 5. At the age of 11, he was accepted into The Royal Ballet School where he graduated in July 2013.  Kevin has won the Kenneth McMillan Choreographic Competition twice and had one of his ballets performed at the school’s annual show at the Royal Opera House.  He has also been featured as a dancer on the BBC.  Kevin joined Colorado Ballet in 2013.  This is Kevin’s fifth season with Company.

Bryce Lee

Bryce Lee

Bryce Lee was born in Missouri and started his professional training at 12 at Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy, in Laguna Hills. California.  He trained during the Winter Term program at SAB from 2011-2012.  Bryce received several awards in classical and contemporary forms of dance, 1st place, semi-finalist at YAGP Europe, as well as 2 time YAGP Finalist Qualifier.  He attended several summer courses on full scholarship including SAB, Miami City Ballet and Colorado Ballet.  He joined Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company in 2013.  This will be Bryce’s fifth season with Colorado Ballet.

Fernanda Oliveira

Fernanda Oliveira

Fernanda Oliveira, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, trained at the Escola Estadual de Danca Maria Olenewa in her hometown and later was awarded a full scholarship to The Washington School of Ballet, where she trained with Kee Juan Han, Carlos Varcárcel and Vladimir Djouloukhadze. While still a student at TWSB, Ms. Oliveira won the third prize in the regionals of the Youth America Grand Prix.  Upon graduating, Ms. Oliveira joined The Washington Ballet as a Studio Company member.  This is her third season with Colorado Ballet.

Sean Omandam

Sean Omandam

Sean Omandam is from Fresno, California, where he began his training with Shirley Winters. He went on to train on full-scholarship at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. Upon graduation in 2004, he joined Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company, and was promoted into the Company in 2005. In 2007, he was a competitor and gala performer at the New York International Ballet Competition. In 2013, he was featured as a contestant on the South Korean television show, Dancing 9. With Colorado Ballet, he has performed a variety of soloist and principal roles.

Kristine Padgett

Kristine Padgett

Kristine Padgett was born in Littleton, Colorado and began dancing at the age of three. At 11, she started training professionally at the Academy of Colorado Ballet. From 2006-2014, she attended summer intensives and training programs all over the world including ABT, the Royal Ballet School, and Bolshoi Ballet Summer Intensive in NYC. In 2011, she won a full scholarship to perform at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy’s spring gala in Moscow, Russia, then attended year-round. Ms. Padgett joined the Colorado Ballet studio company in 2013. This is her third season as a company member.

Nicolas Pelletier

Nicolas Pelletier

Nicolas Pelletier was born in Quebec City, Canada. He moved to California when he was eight, where he attended the San Francisco Ballet School for 10 years. He completed his training with Canada’s National Ballet School in 2010 and joined Alberta Ballet in 2011. In his six years with the company, he had the opportunity to dance many principal roles. He also had the pleasure of working closely with Jean Grand-Maître in the creation of many new works throughout his time at Alberta Ballet. This is his first season at Colorado Ballet.

Emily Speed

Emily Speed

Emily Speed is originally from Argyle, TX and began her professional training under Marina Almayeva. In 2006, she was a Finalist at World Ballet Competition. She won first place in the classical division at the 2007 Youth American Grand Prix Regionals. Emily was one out of 100 participants worldwide who qualified and competed in the 2010 Varna International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. In 2014, she went to the USA IBC. During her career, she has danced professionally with Alabama Ballet, Ballet Tucson, Boulder Ballet, and joined Colorado Ballet in 2014.

Jeremy Studinski

Jeremy Studinski

Jeremy Studinski began his training at the Colorado Conservatory of Dance at the age of 9. He then spent 2011-2013 in Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company. Then after spending two seasons as a member of Orlando Ballet II, he was promoted to apprentice with the company and then joined the full company the following year. Jeremy also performed in the Internationale Haydntage at the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria with Oklahoma Festival Ballet.  This is his first season as a company member.

Sarah Tryon

Sarah Tryon

Sarah Tryon was born in Hanmer, Ontario, Canada and at the age of 11, was accepted to train at Canada’s National Ballet School. During her training, Sarah participated in exchange programs with various international schools including Pacific Northwest Ballet School, École Supérieur De Danse Rosella Hightower, and Tanz Akademie Zurich. Upon graduating in 2010, she moved to New York City to train with Edward Ellison. In 2013, Sarah joined the Sarasota Ballet as a corps de ballet member. This is Sarah’s third season with Colorado Ballet.

Ben Winegar

Ben Winegar

Ben Winegar is from Grand Rapids, Michigan and he began his training at the School of the Grand Rapids Ballet at the age of 11. There he was trained by Attila Mosolygo, Gaiane Akopian, and Akop Akopian, and had the opportunity to perform in several ballets with the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. In 2010, Ben spent a year training at the School of American Ballet. Upon graduating, he danced one season with the Los Angeles Ballet. This is Ben’s fifth season as a member of Colorado Ballet.

Melissa Zoebisch

Melissa Zoebisch

Melissa Zoebisch grew up in Mexico and studied at the Chamber Ballet of Jalisco. She received a scholarship to attend for a year at the Kirov Academy of Ballet, and returned to Mexico to graduate in 2004. She participated in many workshops around the world including: Cuba, Canada, Austria, Spain and the United States. In 2005, she joined the National Dance Company. Zoebisch was a finalist at the Korea International Ballet Competition, 2010 and recipient of a Special Award KIBC. Before joining Colorado Ballet in 2014, she freelanced with her husband around the country.

Regan Kucera

Regan Kucera

Regan Kucera grew up in Cary, North Carolina and started dancing at the age of four.  She studied at International Ballet Academy in Cary under the direction of Rossana Nesta Gahagan, Servy Gallardo, Roberto Munoz and Miguel Campaneria. She attended summer programs at ABT NY, Orlando Ballet with full scholarship, and Saratoga Springs. She has participated in competitions including Youth American Grand Prix and World Ballet Competition. In 2013, she joined the Studio Company at Colorado Ballet. This is her second season as a company member.

Francesca Martoccio

Francesca Martoccio

Originally from Miami, Florida, Francesca Martoccio received her early ballet training at Thomas Armour Youth Ballet and at the New World School of the Arts. In May 2016, Francesca graduated from SUNY Purchase where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with a Ballet Concentration. In 2014, she was chosen by the faculty to study abroad at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. After graduating, Francesca joined Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company for the 2016-17 season. This is her first season as a Company member.

Tyler Rhoads

Tyler Rhoads

Tyler Rhoads is from Midland, Texas, where he began his training with Susan Clark at Midland Festival Ballet. He later went on to train on full-scholarship at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, under the instruction of Victoria Schneider, Olivier Pardina, and Svetlana Osiyeva. After his graduation in 2011, he attended Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, studying under acclaimed staff including Violette Verdy and Michael Vernon. Upon his graduation from college, Tyler joined Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company, and he was promoted into the Company in 2016.

Lloyd Knight

Lloyd Knight

LLOYD KNIGHT (Principal) joined the Company in 2005 and performs leading roles in Appalachian Spring, Embattled Garden, Errand into the Maze and others. Born in England and raised in Miami, he trained at Miami Conservatory of Ballet and graduated from New World School of the Arts, under the direction of Daniel Lewis. There he worked with choreographers, Donald McKayle, Robert Battle, and Michael Uthoff. He received scholarships to The Ailey School and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Dance Magazine named him one of the “Top 25 Dancers to Watch” in 2010. Recently he partnered Wendy Whelan in Moon and Misty Copeland in At Summer’s Full.

Abdiel Jacobsen

Abdiel Jacobsen

ABDIEL JACOBSEN (Principal), native of Cote D’Ivoire, joined the Company in 2011 and performs lead roles in Graham’s iconic repertory, including Errand into the Maze with prima ballerina Diana Vishneva. As well, he performs works by Nacho Duato, Robert Wilson, Sonya Tayeh, Luca Veggetti, Andonis Foniadakis, Michelle Dorrance, Larry Keigwin, Doug Varone, Richard Move, and Bulareyaung Pagarlava. Mr. Jacobsen received a B.F.A. in Modern Dance from the University of the Arts.  He is also a Professional Competitive Ballroom and Latin dancer/instructor, and a guest artist with the Cecilia Marta Dance Company.

Ben Schultz

Ben Schultz

BEN SCHULTZ (Principal) joined the Company in 2009 and dances leading roles including King Hades in Clytemnestra and Jason in Cave of the Heart.  He premiered Martha Graham’s work in Russia performing Errand into the Maze with prima ballerina Diana Vishneva at the Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg. Earlier dance credits include the Tony Award® winning Blast!, the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, and Hannah Kahn Contemporary Dance. Mr. Schultz has served as faculty and resident choreographer for the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Mr. Schultz starred in the world premiere of AXE, a work created by Mats Ek for the Company.

Xin Ying

Xin Ying

XIN YING (Principal) joined the Company in 2011 and performs lead roles in Diversion of Angels, Clytemnestra, Woodland and I used to love you among others. In 2008 she received the China Dance Lotus Award. She was the director of the Dance Department at Sichuan College of Arts & Culture and a guest teacher at the Graham School, the Beijing Dance Academy and Nanjing University of Arts. She was awarded a full scholarship to the Graham School, and was a member of Graham 2.

Natasha M. Diamond-Walker

Natasha M. Diamond-Walker

NATASHA M. DIAMOND-WALKER (Soloist) hails from Los Angels, CA, joined the Company in 2011. Ms. Diamond-Walker performs lead roles in Graham’s Appalachian Spring, Diversion of Angels, Cave of the Heart, Embattled Garden, and has worked with Annie-B Parson, Kyle Abraham, Sonya Tayeh, and Nacho Duato. She graduated with a BFA in dance from Fordham University and has been featured in numerous TV commercials, films, and print ads, as well as, co-starred on Fox’s Gotham.

Charlotte Landreau

Charlotte Landreau

CHARLOTTE LANDREAU (Soloist) a native of France, joined the Company in 2013. She dances lead roles in Graham’s Appalachian Spring (The Bride), Errand into the Maze, The Rite of Spring (The Chosen One) and Maple Leaf Rag. She trained as a rhythmic gymnast and studied ballet, circus, acting, and modern dance at the Maurice Béjart School (Switzerland). In 2012 she received a scholarship to study at the Martha Graham School. Ms. Landreau danced with Graham 2 and was honored with the Pearl Lang Award.

Lloyd Mayor

Lloyd Mayor

LLOYD MAYOR (Soloist) joined the Company in 2012 and performs lead roles in Appalachian Spring, Diversion of Angels, Embattled Garden, Andonis Foniadakis’s Echo, and Richard Move’s The Show (Achilles Heels), first danced by Mikhail Baryshnikov. In 2014, Mr. Mayor was honored with the Clive Barnes Dance Award and is now a board member of the Foundation. For the Company’s 90th anniversary in April 2016, Mr. Mayor danced an excerpt of Appalachian Spring with former Étoile and Artistic Director of the Paris Opera Ballet, Aurélie Dupont.

Ari Mayzick

Ari Mayzick

ARI MAYZICK (Soloist) hails from New York where he began his professional dance training at the age of 11. Ari has danced with Pearl Lang Dance Theater, Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre (now Rioult), Scapino Ballet (Holland), Washington Opera as a guest soloist, Les Ballets Grandiva, Buglisi Dance Theatre and Dance Iquail just to name a few. He is a recipient of the Princess Grace Award of Excellence in Dance and is currently on faculty at The Ailey School.

Lorenzo Pagano

Lorenzo Pagano

LORENZO PAGANO (Soloist) joined the Company in 2012 and dances lead roles in Graham’s Appalachian Spring, Embattled Garden, Night Journey, Dark Meadow, and Diversion of Angels and in contemporary works by Andonis Foniadakis, Nacho Duato, Pontus Lidberg and Sonya Tayeh. A native of Torino, Italy, he moved to the US and trained as a scholarship student at The School at Jacob’s Pillow and the Martha Graham School. In 2016 Pagano received the Italian International Dance Award for “Male Rising Star.”

So Young An

So Young An

SO YOUNG AN (Dancer) joined the Company in 2016. Ms. An received a BFA from Dong-Ah University in Korea. She is the recipient of the 1995 International Arts Award and the Grand Prize at the Korea National Ballet Grand Prix in 2001. She has danced with Korea National Ballet Company and Buglisi Dance Theatre and has also performed works by Yuri Grigorovich, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Mats Ek, Patricia Ruanne and Samantha Dunster.

Lauren Dalley Smith

Lauren Dalley Smith

LAUREL DALLEY SMITH (Dancer), from England, joined the Company in 2015. She performs lead roles in Graham’s Errand into the Maze, Maple Leaf Rag and Diversion of Angels, and roles in contemporary works by Marie Chouinard, Pontus Lidberg and Annie-B Parson. Ms. Dalley Smith graduated from Central School of Ballet with 1st class Honours. Before joining Graham she performed with the UK Tour of West Side Story, Joss Arnott Dance and Yorke Dance Project, creating roles in Robert Cohan’s 2014 Lingua Franca and Lacrymosa.

Anne O’Donnell

Anne O’Donnell

ANNE O’DONNELL (Dancer) joined the Company in 2014 and performs lead roles in Graham’s Appalachian Spring and Dark Meadow Suite and in new works by Marie Chouinard, Mats Ek, Pontus Lidberg, Annie-B Parson and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. She danced with Ailey II and Buglisi Dance Theatre and attended Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Program, Glimmerglass Opera Festival, and Springboard Danse Montreal. She appeared on the cover of Dance Spirit’s February 2016 Issue “Young and Modern.”

Anne Souder

Anne Souder

ANNE SOUDER (Dancer) joined the Company in 2015. Ms. Souder began her dance training in Maryville, Tennessee and continued to earn her degree in the Ailey/Fordham BFA program, graduating with a double major in Dance and Theology. There she performed works by Alvin Ailey, Ronald K. Brown, Dwight Rhoden, and more. Upon graduation, Ms. Souder joined Graham 2 and was awarded a Dizzy Feet Foundation scholarship.

Leslie Andrea Williams

Leslie Andrea Williams

LESLIE ANDREA WILLIAMS (Dancer), raised in Raleigh, NC, received her BFA degree from The Juilliard School, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. During her senior year, she performed the lead role of “She of the Ground” in Martha Graham’s Dark Meadow. She has been described in an Oberon’s Grove review as “a girl who dances in her own sphere.”

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