A brilliant cast of dancers from around the world takes the stage in these signature performances. Celebrating artistic collaboration and innovation, these evenings feature new partnerships and role debuts, along with new works by choreographers including Kim Brandstrup, Lauren Lovette, and Bobbi Jene Smith.
Photo by Christopher Duggan
Dancers to include: Matthew Ball, India Bradley, Lil Buck, Preston Chamblee, Adji Cissoko, Alina Cojocaru, Herman Cornejo, Patricia Delgado, Michelle Dorrance, Savannah Durham, Naomi Funaki, Joseph Gordon, Christopher Grant, Savannah Green, Kennard Henson, Maria Kochetkova, Carla Körbes, Isabella LaFreniere, Lauren Lovette, Roman Mejia, Miriam Miller, Michael Montgomery, Ron Myles, Mira Nadon, Dario Natarelli, Justin Peck, Tiler Peck, Unity Phelan, Phyouture, Calvin Royal III, Bobbi Jene Smith, Cory Stearns, KJ Takahashi, Devon Teuscher, Byron Tittle, Melissa Toogood, and James Whiteside
Musicians to include: Quartet-In-Residence Brooklyn Rider, Composer-In-Residence Caroline Shaw, Kate Davis, Cameron Grant, Alberta Khoury, and Davóne Tines
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Meet the Performers
India Bradley is a member of New York City Ballet’s Corps de Ballet. She was born in Detroit, Michigan and began her dance training at the age of four at The Link School of the Arts in Troy, Michigan. At the age of eleven, she attended the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet in Novi, Michigan, under the direction of Sergey Rayevitskey. She was named an apprentice in August 2017 and joined the Company as a member of the Corps de Ballet in August 2018. As an apprentice, India performed a featured role in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.
Isabella LaFreniere is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. She was born in Lambertville, Michigan, and began her dance training at the age of seven at the Northeast Academy of Dance under Giuseppe Canale and Scott Heinrich. At 11, she began studying with Anna Reznik and Alexei Kremnev, first at the Southold Dance Theatre in South Bend, Indiana, and then at the Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago, Illinois. Isabella became an apprentice with NYCB in August 2013 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in June 2014.
Born in Bucharest, Alina trained in Kiev for seven years before joining the Royal Ballet School in 1997. Upon completion of her training, six month later, she returned to Kiev, to join the company as a principal dancer. A year later she joined the Royal Ballet Company (november 1999) and at the end of the season she was promoted to Soloist. On 17April 2001 Sir Anthony Dowell promoted Alina to the rank of principal dancer after her performance of Giselle. Alina joined the English National Ballet in September 2013, as a Leading Principal Dancer. While a member of ENB she continues to perform as a guest artist with companies worldwide, and is a regular guest with the Hamburg Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.
Alina has Organized Gala’s in Romania and in London (Hospice of Hope) over the last few years. In February 2012 Alina premiered her Alina Cojocaru – Dream Project, in Tokyo, Japan, which she directed and staged, while performing along side friends and colleagues from the Tokyo Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, ENB and Royal Ballet. Alina’s second Dream Project took place in July 2014. In 2015 Alina presented a charity Gala at the Lincoln Center NY.
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.
Erica Cornejo trained at the Arts Institute of the Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires. At age 14, she won a gold medal at the Second International Ballet Competition in Argentina and was immediately invited to join Julio Bocca’s Ballet Argentino. She was featured as Bocca’s partner in many principal roles. Cornejo joined American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company in 1998 and later that year became a member of ABT’s corps de ballet. She was promoted to soloist in 2002.
In 2006 Erica joined Boston Ballet as a Principal Dancer. Cornejo had been honored as a Messenger of Peace by Unesco. She also received a medal of honor from the U.S. chapter of Institute Belgraniano as one of Argentina’s leading dancers. Cornejo has been featured on the cover of Pointe Magazine and Dance Magazine. In 1998 Erica and her brother, Herman Cornejo, were invited as guest artists to dance at a special tribute held at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York honoring both President Bill Clinton and Argentinean President Carlos Menem. In 2005, Erica danced for President George Bush at the White House.
Cornejo has created leading roles in Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison and Lar Lubovitch’s “. . .smile with my heart”. She has performed with Corella Ballet in Spain and worldwide at festivals and ballet galas in Italy, Spain, Greece, Egypt, Israel, Portugal, Japan, Korea, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Brazil, Gala des Étoiles du XXI Siècle in Paris and Canada, and Gala du Diamonds in Moscow.
Her diverse repertoire includes Anna-Marie Holme’s Corsaire, Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, Paul Taylor’s Black Tuesday and Airs, Mark Morris’s Gong, Clark Tippet’s Bruch Violin Concerto, Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, August Bournonville’s La Sylphide, Maina Gielgud’s Giselle, Val Caniparoli’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion and Lady of the Camile, George Balanchine’s Emeralds, Donizetti Variation, Apollo, Coppélia, Theme and Variations, Ballo della Regina and Four Temperament, Michel Fokine’s Le Spectre de la Rose, Florence Clerc’s Bayadère and Les Sylphide, James Kudelka’s Cinderella, Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Antony Tudor’s Dark Elegies, William Forsythe’s The Second Detail and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude and Jiří Kylián’s Sechs Tänze, Petite Mort, No More Play, Falling Angels, and Bella Figura, Jorma Elo’s Bach Cello Suites, Jerome Robbin’s Antique Epigraphs, Hans van Manen’s Black Cake, Angel in John Neumeier’s Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler, Leonid Yakobson’s Pas de Quatre, Tatiana in John Cranko’s Onegin.
Cornejo danced with Boston Ballet as a Principal Dancer from 2016 until 2017, She still dancing as freelance.
Erica has taught at the Boston Ballet , American Ballet Theatre Summer Programs as well as for many others. She is a certified teacher by the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum for the levels Primary to III and a certified teacher in Progressing Ballet Technique for Junior, Senior and Advanced programs.
Miss Cornejo is the co-founder Artistic director of “INTEGRARTE “ a Dance Art Movement Center in Boston- USA, married to former Boston Ballet principal dancer Carlos Molina and is the sister of ABT principal dancer Herman Cornejo.
Herman Cornejo was born in Villa Mercedes, San Luis province, Argentina, and began his ballet studies at the age of eight at Teatro Colón’s Instituto Superior de Arte, Buenos Aires. At fourteen he received a scholarship from the School of American Ballet, the dance school of New York City Ballet and on his return to Buenos Aires he joined Julio Bocca’s Ballet Argentino. In 1999 Herman joined American Ballet Theatre, New York, was promoted to Soloist in 2000 and was appointed Principal Dancer in 2003. Herman has participated in numerous galas and has performed as Principal Guest Dancer with Ballet del Teatro Argentino de La Plata, Boston Ballet, Compañía de Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, Corella Ballet Castilla y León, New York City Ballet and Sapporo Ballet.
Lauren Lovette is a Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet. Born in Thousand Oaks, CA, she began her dance training at age 11 at California Dance Theatre, continued at the Cary Ballet Conservatory, and came to the School of American Ballet in 2006. Named an NYCB apprentice in 2009, she joined the NYCB corps de ballet in 2010, was promoted to Soloist in 2013, and to Principal Dancer in 2015. Her repertory includes leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon, among others. Lovette has choreographed two works for NYCB: For Clara (2016) and Not Our Fate (2017).
Born in Moscow, Maria Kochetkova trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School for eight years before dancing with The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet in London. She joined the San Francisco Ballet as a Principal Dancer in 2007 and has performed as a guest artist with the Bolshoi and Stanislavsky Theaters in Moscow, the Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky Theaters in St. Petersburg, ABT in New York, Rome Opera and the Tokyo Ballet. Her classical repertoire includes the title role in Giselle, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Kitri in Don Quixote, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Tatiana in John Cranko’s Onegin, the title role in Alice in Wonderland and Nikiya in The Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadère. She has also performed in George Balanchine’s Coppelia (as Swanilda), Divertimento No. 15, Jewels (Emeralds and Rubies), Serenade and Theme and Variations, Symphony in C (2nd movement), Scotch Symphony, William Forsythe’s in the middle, somewhat elevated and Artifact Suite, Kenneth MacMillan’s Winter Dreams and bedroom pas de deux from Manon, Frederick Ashton’s Symphonic Variations and Voices of Spring, Wayne McGregor’s Chroma (opening night for US premiere), Serge Lifar’s Suite en Blanc and ballets by David Dawson, Derek Deane, Jorma Elo, Mark Morris, Yuri Possokhov, Alexei Ratmansky, Jerome Robbins, Helgi Tomasson, Christopher Wheeldon and Hans Van Manen.
Kochetkova has created principal roles in Yuri Possokhov’s Diving into the Lilacs, Raymonda Pas de Deux, Classical Symphony and Francesca da Rimini, Helgi Tomasson’s On a Theme of Paganini and Trio, Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella, Within the Golden Hour and Number 9, Alexei Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands, Jorma Elo’s One Overture, Mauro Bigonzetti’s Cinque and Wayne McGregor’s Borderlands.
Her guest performances include Kitri in Don Quixote for the 2009 NBS World Ballet Festival in Tokyo and Cinque and One Overture with the Bolshoi’s Reflections project (2011). She has also performed at the Stars of the 21st Century Ballet Galas in Toronto, Moscow, Panama and Paris, the Roberto Bolle and Friends Gala at the Arena di Verona and New York, the Nijinsky Gala in Hamburg, the Boris Eifman and Ballet Stars Gala at Mikhailovsky Castle in St Petersburg, Les Etoiles pour le Japon Gala at the Palais des congrès in Paris, the International Ballet Star Gala in Taipei, the YAGP Pestov Galas in Moscow and New York and YAGP Ballet’s Greatest Hits Gala in Tampa Florida.
Kochetkova performed the Grand Pas de Deux in San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker which was broadcast by PBS in 2008 and won the solo gold medal in the NBC series Superstars of Dance which was watched by over 10 million viewers.
Kochetkova’s prizes and awards include the Isadora Duncan Award for the role of Giselle and medals at the International Ballet Competitions in Seoul (Gold, 2005), Rome (Gold, 2005), Riety (Gold, 2005), Luxembourg (Gold, 2003), Varna (Silver and the Press Jury Prize, 2002), Moscow (Bronze, 2001). She is also a winner of the Prix de Lausanne (2002) and was nominated for the best dancer award in the Benois de la Dance (2013) and National Dance Awards (2014).
Melissa Toogood is a Bessie Award winning performer. She joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 2007 and performed through the Legacy Tour. She has taught Cunningham Technique internationally since 2007, is a 2013 & 2015 Merce Cunningham Fellow, and has staged his work on institutions such as Stephen Petronio Company, The Washington Ballet, Vail Dance Festival, New World School of the Arts and Bard College. A member of Pam Tanowitz Dance since 2006, she also serves as Rehearsal Director, and Assistant to the Choreographer on many projects.
She has performed with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Kimberly Bartosik, Wally Cardona & Jennifer Lacey, Michelle Dorrance, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, Miro Dance Theater, Stephen Petronio Company, Sally Silvers, Christopher Williams, The Bang Group: Tap Lab, and many others.
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). She was the Festival’s Artist-In-Residence in 2017.
Mira Nadon is a member of New York City Ballet’s Corps de Ballet. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and began her ballet training at the age of six at the Inland Pacific Ballet Academy in Montclair, California under the direction of Victoria Keonig and Jill Voznick. In 2017, Mira became an apprentice with NYCB and as an apprentice, she originated a corps role in Gianna Reisen’s Judah. She joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in November 2018.
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) and 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.
Naomi Funaki is a tap dancer from Tokyo, Japan, currently living in New York City working with New York based companies, Dorrance Dance Second Company, Caleb Teicher & Company, and Music From The Sole. She is also an alumni of The School at Jacob’s Pillow for their tap program of 2017. Other performance credits include “Tap Family Reunion”, Vail Dance Festival, Dance Against Cancer (Lincoln Center), and Ayodele Casel and Arturo O’Farrill (Joyce Theater).
Savannah Durham is an apprentice in the New York City Ballet. She began her pre-professional training in third grade at the UNSCA’s Preparatory program, and recently completed her training in Level D at the School of American Ballet. February 2019, Savannah was honored with a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist award, and she also recently received the Herbert Family Dance Award.
Savannah Green was born & raised in New York City, where she attended the famed LaGuardia High School for Music, Art & the Performing Arts as a Dance Major. She studied at Manhattan Youth Ballet on a full merit scholarship, performing featured roles in professional-level repertoire including George Balanchine’s Stars & Stripes, Emeralds, & Serenade, as well as Jerome Robbins’ Interplay. Savannah graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in June 2017 with a BFA in Dance & a minor in Political Science. In her final year at UCSB, she was a member of the Student Dance Company & spent the year touring internationally & performing works by José Limón, Andrea Miller, Anna Halprin, among others. During that time, Savannah was privileged to be a featured soloist in Limón’s tribute to Isadora Duncan, Dances for Isadora. Savannah is in her second season as a Dance Fellow with BalletX where she has performed works by Matthew Neenan and Nicolo Fonte. She is also a member of Buglisi Dance Theater, performing new works in New York City & Kaatsbaan International Dance Center.
Tiler Peck is a Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet. Born in Bakersfield, CA, she began her dance training at age 2 at Bakersfield Dance Company, and studied with Alla Khaniashvili as well as Conjunctive Point and the Westside School of Ballet before coming to the School of American Ballet in 2003. Named an NYCB apprentice in 2004, she joined the NYCB corps de ballet in 2005, was promoted to Soloist in 2006, and to Principal Dancer in 2009. Her repertory includes leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, William Forsythe, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon, among many others.
Unity Phelan is a Soloist with New York City Ballet. Born in Princeton, New Jersey, she began her dance training at age 5 at the Princeton Ballet School and came to the School of American Ballet in 2009. Named an NYCB apprentice in 2012, she joined the NYCB corps de ballet in 2013 and was promoted to Soloist in 2017. Her repertory includes leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Robert Binet, William Forsythe, Lauren Lovette, Peter Martins, Matthew Neenan, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon.
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 across the United States. Delgado is the associate choreographer of the Steven Spielberg directed movie version of West Side Story.
Byron Tittle started tap dance at a young age with David Rider and the American Tap Dance Foundation in his hometown of New York. Wanting to study other disciplines, he also trained at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. Now he is a dancer at Dorrance Dance. Byron recently toured the United States, Australia, and New Zealand with Hugh Jackman in The Man, The Music, The Show, and is humbled to have received a 2019 Princess Grace Foundation Dance Fellowship Award.
Calvin Royal III
Calvin Royal III began his formal dance training under the direction of Suzanne Pomerantzeff and Patricia L. Paige at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was a finalist at the Youth America Grand Prix Scholarship Competition in New York City in April 2006 and joined the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in September 2006. Calvin joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in October 2010 and the corps de ballet in April 2011. In the spring of 2017, Calvin was promoted to a soloist with American Ballet Theatre.
Lil Buck is a movement artist who began jookin at age 13. Named one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch, he gained international notoriety after an impromptu piece with Yo-Yo Ma went viral. Since then he has collaborated with artists including JR, Damian Woetzel, the New York City Ballet, Madonna, Benjamin Millepied, and Spike Lee. Buck is an avid arts education advocate, recipient of the WSJ Innovator Award. He has collaborated with brands like Glenfiddich and Louis Vuitton, and launched a capsule collection with Versace.
Christopher Grant was born in Jamaica, Queens. He began his dance training at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in 2002. Additional training includes summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) and the New York State Summer School of the Arts. In August 2015, he became an apprentice with NYCB. As an apprentice with the Company, Mr. Grant originated a featured role in Nicolas Blanc’s Mothership. He joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in August 2016.
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. 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.
Dario Natarelli is a US Presidential Scholar in the Arts, a YoungArts Winner, and a Capezio Athlete. He is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. Dario is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia HS of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York where he was a drama major and delivered a commencement address at Lincoln Center centering around the importance of arts education.
Credits include: Tappin’ Thru Life with Maurice Hines (Off-Broadway), The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, A Salute to the Presidential Scholars at The Kennedy Center directed by Debbie Allen, Breaking Brooklyn (film), Scholar-In-Residence at the Vail Dance Festival, Assistant Choreographer to Michelle Dorrance at Vail Dance Festival, Assistant Choreographer to J. Austin Eyer for Hands on a Hardbody at Penn State Centre Stage, Assistant Choreographer to Michele DunLeavy for Men on Boats at Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, Inside/Out at Jacob’s Pillow, and national commercials.
Dario is on the teaching faculty at the acclaimed Broadway Dance Center in New York City. He has taught master classes in tap dance and contemporary dance nationwide. He teaches private dance lessons and creates choreography for dancers of all levels. He volunteered for many years as an assistant teacher at American Tap Dance Foundation (NYC) and with Broadway Workshop for Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS.
He is currently a BFA Musical Theater student at Pennsylvania State University where he performed one of his pieces for the University-wide initiative, “All In at Penn State: A Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion.” He has achieved Dean’s List status for every semester and is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Fraternity. Dario is grateful to all of his teachers and supporters, at Penn State and throughout his training – especially his late tap dance mentor, Robert L. Reed, who always reminded him to “Respect the Dance.”
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.
Joseph Gordon is a Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet. Born in Phoenix, AZ, he began his dance training at age 5 at Phoenix Dance Academy, and came to the School of American Ballet in 2006. Named an NYCB apprentice in 2011, he joined the NYCB corps de ballet in 2012, was promoted to Soloist in 2017, and to Principal Dancer in 2018. His repertory includes leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, August Bournonville, William Forsythe, Peter Martins, Benjamin Millepied, Matthew Neenan, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, Troy Schumacher, and Christopher Wheeldon.
Justin Peck is a Tony Award-winning choreographer, director, and dancer based in New York City. He is currently the acting Resident Choreographer of New York City Ballet. Peck began choreographing in 2009 at the New York Choreographic Institute. In 2014, after the creation of his acclaimed ballet Everywhere We Go, he was appointed as Resident Choreographer of New York City Ballet. He is the second person in the institution’s history to hold this title.
Peck joined New York City Ballet as a dancer in 2006. As a performer, Peck has danced a vast repertoire of works by George Balanchine , Jerome Robbins, Alexei Ratmansky, Benjamin Millepied, Christopher Wheeldon, and many others. In 2013, Peck was promoted to the rank of Soloist, performing through 2019 with the company. Peck has created over 40 ballets– 20 of those for New York City Ballet. His works have been performed by Paris Opera Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, LA Dance Project, Dutch National Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet, to name a few. His collaborators include composers Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner (The National), Dan Deacon, Caroline Shaw, M83; visual artists Shepard Fairey, Marcel Dzama, John Baldessari, George Condo, Steve Powers, and Jules de Balincourt; and fashion designers Mary Katrantzou, Humberto Leon (Kenzo, Opening Ceremony), Tumori Chisato, and Dries Van Noten.
In 2014, Peck was the subject of the documentary Ballet 422, which followed him as he created NYCBallet’s 422nd original dance, Paz de la Jolla. In 2015, his ballet Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes won the Bessie Award for Outstanding Production. Peck directorial and choreographic work on film includes 20th Century Fox feature film RED SPARROW (starring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton), the New York Times GREAT PERFORMERS Series (starring Julia Roberts, Ethan Hawke Emma Stone, Glenn Close, and others), and the upcoming film remake of WEST SIDE STORY (in collaboration with Steven Spielberg).
Peck choreographed the 2018 Broadway revival of Carousel. The production was directed by Jack O’Brien and stars Jesse Meuller, Joshua Henry, & Renée Fleming. Peck has been awarded the National Arts Award (2018), the Golden Plate Honor from the Academy of Achievement (2019), and the Tony Award for his choreography on Broadway’s Carousel (2018).
Kennard Henson was born in Baltimore, Maryland and began his ballet training at the T.W.I.G.S. after-school program at the Baltimore School of the Arts at age 11 with Samantha Ordaz, Paula LeVere, and Norma Pera. He attended the summer course at the School of American Ballet, NYCB’s official school, in 2013 and enrolled full-time for the 2013 winter term. In August 2016, he became an apprentice with NYCB. As an apprentice, Mr. Henson originated a corps role in Lauren Lovette’s For Clara. He joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in August 2017.
KJ Takahashi is an apprentice in the New York City Ballet. The 18-year-old was born in Texas in 2002, and in addition to his ballet career, he is well known as a dubstep dancer, accumulating more than 280,000 YouTube subscribers and over 36 million views for a series of videos.
English dancer Matthew Ball is a Principal dancer of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined the Company during the 2013/14 Season, promoted to First Artist in 2015, Soloist in 2016, First Soloist in 2017 and Principal dancer in 2018. Ball was born in Liverpool. He joined The Royal Ballet School aged 11 and graduated through the School. Roles while a student included Fritz (The Nutcracker) with The Royal Ballet. Awards as a student include at the School’s 2011 Lynn Seymour Competition, the 2009 Kenneth MacMillan Senior Choreographic Competition and the Gailene Stock and Gary Norman Award for Excellence. He was twice a finalist at Young British Dancer of the Year.
Ball’s roles with the Company include Prince Siegfried, Romeo, Armand, Prince Florimund and Bluebird (The Sleeping Beauty), Prince (The Nutcracker), Crown Prince Rudolf (Mayerling), Solor (La bayadère), Lensky (Onegin), Lysander (The Dream), Young Man (The Two Pigeons), Escamillo (Acosta’s Carmen), Officer (Anastasia), Albrecht and pas de six (Giselle), Matvei and Beliaev (Month in the Country), Lensky (Onegin), Wirt Roddy (The Wind), Basilio (Don Quixote) and in Yungen, Symphonic Dances, Jewels, The Human Seasons, Woolf Works, Afternoon of a Faun, Carbon Life, Scènes de ballet, Aeternum and Age of Anxiety. His role creations include Albert de Belleroche (Strapless) and in Corybantic Games, The Illustrated ‘Farewell’, Multiverse, Obsidian Tear, Strapless, Connectome, Untouchable, The Unknown Soldier and Medusa. In 2016 he was named Best Emerging Artist at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. He performed The Swan/Stranger in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake.
Preston Chamblee is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. He was born in Wendell, North Carolina and began his dance training at the age of 14 at the Raleigh School of Ballet under Mary Legere and Pablo Perez. He continued his training at the International Ballet Academy in Apex, North Carolina from 2010 to 2013. Mr. Chamblee studied at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, during the 2012 and 2013 summer courses, and enrolled as a full-time student in 2013. He was named an apprentice with NYCB in August 2014 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in February 2015.
Roman Mejia is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. Born in Fort Worth, TX, he began studying ballet at age 3 with his mother and father, and continued his training at the Mejia Ballet Academy before coming to the School of American Ballet in 2015. Named an NYCB apprentice in 2017, he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet later that year. His repertory with NYCB includes leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Kyle Abraham, Edwaard Liang, Peter Martins, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, and Gianna Reisen
Bessie-Award winner, Ron 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.
Memphis Jooker Phyouture “Lil P” (Altavien Hart) made his Festival debut in 2016 with fellow Jookers, Lil Buck, Ron 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” (pronounced Future) was our 2018 Scholar-In-Residence.
Carla 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. She was the Festival’s 2015 Artist-In-Residence, and in addition to her performing career, is an associate professor in ballet at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Adji Cissoko grew up in Munich, Germany where she trained at Ballet Academy Munich. Cissoko attended the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in New York City on full scholarship, before joining the National Ballet of Canada in 2010. In 2012 she was awarded the Patron Award of Merit by the Patrons’ Council Committee of The National Ballet of Canada. Cissoko joined LINES Ballet in 2014.
Michael Montgomery of Long Beach, CA, trained at the Orange County High School of the Arts and studied at the Alvin Ailey School in the Certificate program. In 2011 he graduated from the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program at Dominican University of California. Montgomery was awarded the American College Dance Festival Association’s best student performer award for the Southwest Region in 2008. In 2010, he joined LINES Ballet and was named a Shenson Performing Arts Fellow that same year. Montgomery was named to the list of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine in 2013.