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

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 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.

Megan Bartula

Megan Bartula trained at Deborah’s Stage Door in Michigan, where she spent 10 years on their national award-winning competition team. At The University of Michigan, Megan was an executive member, dancer and choreographer for Rhythm Tap Ensemble. Megan has worked with Derick Grant, Max Pollak, Lisa La Touche, and Dorrance Dance.

Christopher Broughton

Christopher Broughton, of Los Angeles, grew up under Paul and Arlene Kennedy and the Kennedy Tap Company, which has produced tap luminaries Derick Grant and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards. Alongside Sumbry-Edwards, Broughton performed in the Broadway show After Midnight, which garnered Tony, Astaire and Drama Desk Awards. Broughton’s dancing has also received recognition from the NAACP twice with the ACT-SO Award.

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

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 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 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 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.

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 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

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

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 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.

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 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

“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 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

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

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 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 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.

Claudia Rahardjanoto

From Berlin, Germany, Claudia Rahardjanoto was named one of “25 To Watch” by  Dance  Magazine and featured on the cover of  Dance  Teacher Magazine. Credits include work with Andreas Dänel, Sven Göttlicher, Dianne Walker, Ted Levy, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Michelle Dorrance, Derick Grant, Brenda Bufalino, Roxane Butterfly, Barbara Duffy, Max Pollak, the late Harold ‘Stumpy’ Cromer, and the legendary Mable Lee.

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 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 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 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.

Caleb Teicher

Caleb Teicher is a 2011 Bessie Award Winner and one of Dance Magazine’s 2012 “25 to Watch.” Stage: The Chase Brock Experience, The Bang Group, Syncopated City Dance Company, West Side Story (Int’l Tour), Irma La Douce (City Center Encores!). An artist-in-residence at the American Tap Dance Foundation and CUNY Queens College, he creates/presents work under the banner of Caleb Teicher & Company.

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.

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 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 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.

Nicholas 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.

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.

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 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

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 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.

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