GERALD R. FORD AMPHITHEATER
A brilliant cast of dancers and musicians take the stage in these signature Festival performances. Celebrating artistic collaboration and innovation, these unique evenings are full of surprises and unique “only in Vail” partnerships and role debuts by a selection of dance stars from around the world.
Generously Underwritten by Jill & Kevin Plancher.
Performance times, casting and repertory are subject to change.
International Evenings of Dance II on Saturday, August 6 will have two performances.
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Photo Credit: Unity Phelan and Calvin Royal III perform an excerpt from George Balanchine’s Apollo in 2021. Choreography by George Balanchine. ©The George Balanchine Trust. Photo by Christopher Duggan.
Pavilion | $60-150
General Admission Lawn | $27
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Meet the Performers
India Bradley is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. Born in Detroit, Michigan, she began her dance training locally at the age of four. She received additional training from Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Professional Training Program before entering the School of American Ballet in 2014. She was named an apprentice in 2017, and joined the Company in 2018. Her repertory includes leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Kyle Abraham, Andrea Miller, Justin Peck, and Pam Tanowitz.
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.
Preston Chamblee 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. Mr. Chamblee was named an apprentice with NYCB in August 2014 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in February 2015. Mr. Chamblee was promoted to the rank of soloist in January 2022.
Jeffrey Cirio began his ballet training at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary, where he studied privately with Laszlo Berdo. He also studied at Boston Ballet School under the direction of Deirdre Miles Burger and Franco DaVita. In 2006, he was awarded a Grand Prix medal in the regionals, and a gold medal in the New York finals of Youth America Grand Prix. He went on to win a bronze medal at the 2006 U.S. International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS (coached by Magaly Suarez and Rolando Sarabia). Cirio became a trainee with Boston Ballet School, and represented Boston Ballet School at the Tanzolymp Ballet Competition and Festival where he won a gold medal. He also participated in an exchange with the Royal Danish Ballet. He joined Boston Ballet II for the 2007-2008 season. Cirio then went on to train at Orlando Ballet School with Peter Stark and Olivier Munoz. At the request of Bruce Marks, he represented Orlando Ballet at the 5th Seoul International Dance Competition, where he was awarded a silver medal. He danced principal roles with both Orlando Ballet II and the company, and had the privilege of being named the Fernando Bujones scholar for 2008-2009.
Cirio’s other awards include “Best Male Dancer” at the 2006 American Ballet Competition, a silver level award in ballet at the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts 2009 Arts Week, the Senior Grand Prix Award and the Mary Day Award for Artistry at the 2009 Youth America Grand Prix, and a gold medal at the 2009 World Ballet Competition. He went on to win a gold medal at the 2009 Helsinki International Ballet Competition, becoming the first American to do so. In 2011, he received an award from the Boomerang Fund for Artists.
Cirio returned to Boston Ballet in 2009 as a corps de ballet member and was awarded the coveted Princess Grace Fellowship for 2009. He was promoted to second soloist in 2010, soloist in 2011 and principal in 2012, after his performance of Basilio in Nureyev’s “Don Quixote” (for which he received an Honorable Mention in Pointe Magazine’s “Standout Performances of the Year 2012.”) Cirio has appeared in numerous works with Boston Ballet, including, Prince Desire and Blue Bird in “The Sleeping Beauty”; the Prince in Ashton’s “Cinderella”; Prince Siegfried in “Swan Lake”; the Bronze Idol and Solor in Florence Clerc’s “La Bayadere”; Oberon and Puck in Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream ”; the Nutcracker, Cavalier, Snow King and Russian Lead in the Nissinen’s “The Nutcracker”; Mercutio and Benvolio in Cranko’s “Romeo & Juliet”; the principal male role in Lander’s “Etudes;” the peasant pas in “Giselle;” the pas de trois in “Paquita;” and Gustave in Caniparoli’s “The Lady of the Camellias.” He also performed the “Harlequinade” pas, Bournonville’s “William Tell” pas and “Flower Festival at Genzano” pas. His Balanchine roles include the principal roles in “Theme and Variations” and “Ballo della Regina,” the jumping role in “Symphony in Three Movements,” Melancholic in “The Four Temperaments,” the Third Movement in “Symphony in C,” Frantz in “Coppelia,” “Tarantella,” and both the Diamonds pas and Rubies pas in “Jewels.” Cirio originated and performed the principal role in Jorma Elo’s “Elo Experience” with prima ballerina, Larissa Ponomarenko, (for which they received Pointe Magazine’s “Standout Performances of the Year 2011” award), and in “Awake Only.” In addition, he has performed in numerous other works by Jorma Elo, and in works by Kylian (“Sech Tanze,” “Symphony of Psalms,” “Tar and Feathers”), Forsythe (“The Second Detail” and “The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude”), McGregor (“Chroma”), Martinez (“Resonance”), Ekman (“Cacti”), Wheeldon (“Polyphonia”), van Manen (“Black Cake”), Bruce (“Rooster”), Pickett (“Tabula Rasa”) and Robbins (“Fancy Free”). During the company’s tour to London in 2013, Cirio was nominated for the Best Male Classical Dance Performance at the National Dance Awards in the UK for his performance in Elo’s “Plan to B.”
Cirio joined American Ballet Theatre in September 2015 as a Soloist and was promoted to Principal in June 2016. His roles at ABT included leading roles in “Company B,” “After You,” “After Effect,” “Chamber Symphony,” “Her Notes,”
“Serenade after Plato’s Symposium,” and “Symphonic Variations.” He danced the roles of Colas in “La Fille Mal Gardee,” Basilio in “Don Quixote,” Solor in “La Bayadere,” Ali and Lankendem in “Le Corsaire,” Prince Guidon in “The Golden Cockerel,” Lensky in “Onegin,” the Son in “The Prodigal Son,” Harlequin in “Harlequinade,” the Prince in “The Nutcracker,” Mercutio in “Romeo & Juliet,” Bluebird in “The Sleeping Beauty,” Eros in “Sylvia,” the Boy in “Whipped Cream,” Gigue in
“Mozartiana,” and Benno in “Swan Lake” among others. He was nominated in 2017 for the Benois de la Danse for his roles in “La Fille Mal Gardee” and “The Prodigal Son.”
Cirio performs in galas and events both nationally and internationally, including the Vail International Dance Festival, with Daniel Ulbricht’s Stars of American Ballet, in Mongolia and Japan with Altan Dugaraa & Friends, and in China, Ukraine and Mexico. Cirio had the privilege of dancing at the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. honoring Patricia McBride, where he danced Balanchine’s Rubies pas de deux with Lauren Lovette of New York City Ballet. In the fall of 2017, he was a guest artist with English National Ballet, performing several principal roles and the role of Hilarion in Akram Khan’s Giselle. He also appeared in the cinematic version of Khan’s “Giselle”. In 2018, he joined English National Ballet as Lead Principal, where he his roles included Messenger of Death, MacMillan’s “Song of the Earth;” James, “La Sylphide;” Romeo, Nureyev’s “Romeo & Juliet;” the Nephew/Prince, Eagling’s “The Nutcracker;” Des Grieux and Lescaut in MacMillan’s “Manon;” Prince Siegfried in “Swan Lake;” Prince Guillaume and Benjamin in Wheeldon’s “Cinderella;” Conrad and Ali in “Le Corsaire;” Harald Lander’s “Etudes;” and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s “Laid in Earth.” Created roles include William Forsythe’s Playlist (Track 1, 2) and Torvald in Stina Quagebeur’s Nora (based on Ibsen’s A Doll’s House). Cirio was nominated Best Male Dancer in the 2019 and 2020 UK National Dance Awards.
Cirio’s efforts have also included the area of choreography, choreographing numerous competition solos, pieces for Boston Ballet, Boston Ballet II, Ballet Academy East and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. His work for the 2014 Boston Ballet @ Home show, “of Trial,” was well-received, and he was commissioned to create a piece for the spring of 2015 for the Boston Opera House stage, titled, “fremd,” which was funded by a Jerome Robbins Foundation grant. He took part in Joffrey Ballet’s 2016 “Winning Works” program, for which he choreographed, “Chapter 1, Chapter 6.” Cirio has also formed The Cirio Collective with his sister, Lia, Principal with Boston Ballet. Cirio Collective is a summer project which brings together dancers and choreographers to work and perform in a residency environment, and to create without fear of failure. The Collective created and performed “MiniM” in its inaugural year at Cape Dance Festival and Vineyard Arts Project. In their second season, the Collective collaborated with musicians to create another piece entitled, “Efil Ym Fo Flah” (Half of my Life). In 2017, the Collective was invited to perform at The Joyce Ballet Festival for a full evening performance, for which Jeffrey choreographed “In The Mind: The Other Room.” He created a work for the Fire Island Dance Project in 2018, and the Collective performed in Mexico in 2019 at the Despertares Festival.
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.
Patricia Delgado (she/her), first generation Cuban-American, was born in Miami, Florida. She was a principal dancer with the Miami City Ballet where she worked for almost 20 years and is currently a freelance artist living in NYC and a member of the faculty at The Juilliard School, where she is also part of their mentorship program. She began her dance training, under cuban tutelage at 5 years old. She spent summers training in NYC at the School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. In 2000, she was the Princess Grace Nominee and Edward Villella invited her to join his company as an apprentice.
Delgado has performed works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Anthony Tudor, Richard Alston, Christopher Wheeldon, Edward Villella and Trey McIntyre as well as classical works such as Coppelia, Giselle, and Don Quixote. One of her most memorable performances was performing the role of Juliet in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet. Delgado has also been incredibly fortunate to have created feature works with choreographers Alexei Ratmansky, Justin Peck, Pam Tanowitz, Jamar Roberts, Lauren Lovette, John Heginbotham, among others.
She has performed at The Bolshoi, in Moscow, at the Theatre du Chatelet, in Paris, France, at the Chicago Dancing Festival, at the Vail Dance Festival in Colorado and in New York City; at Fall for Dance at City Center, at the Joyce Theater and at the Koch Theatre at Lincoln City among others.
She has written several essays for dance publications. One entitled “Why I Dance” in January of 2015 for Dance Magazine and one for Dance Spirit Magazine in April of 2013.
She performed as Maggie Anderson in the musical Brigadoon, directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon at Encores! City Center, she starred in the music video “The Dark Side of the Gym” for The National and also appeared as a guest performer on The Tonight Show. She is a repetiteur for Justin Peck. She staged In Creases on Boston Ballet, Ballet Arizona, and for members of American Ballet Theatre and Heatscape in Dresden, Germany at the Semperoper Ballett. She was an Associate Producer on the 2020 Broadway revival of West Side Story and she is an Associate Choreographer on the feature film West Side Story, directed by Steven Spielberg.
She is devoted to creating a nurturing and positive environment for diversity, authenticity, inclusivity, vulnerability, and belonging in all that she embarks upon, especially as she ventures into producing work for artists she admires, most recently Adriana Pierce’s #QueerTheBallet.
She and her husband, Justin Peck welcomed their daughter, Lucia Isabella into this world in March 2021.
Michelle Dorrance (Artistic Director, Choreographer, Dancer) is a New York City–based artist. Mentored by Gene Medler (North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble), she studied under many of the last master hoofers. Career highlights include: STOMP, Derick Grant’s Imagine Tap!, Jason Samuels Smith’s Charlie’s Angels/Chasing the Bird, Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer, Mable Lee’s Dancing Ladies, and playing bass for Darwin Deez. Company work includes: Savion Glover’s Ti Dii, Manhattan Tap, Barbara Duffy and Co., JazzTap Ensemble, and Rumba Tap. Solo work ranges from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to commissions for the Martha Graham Dance Company and American Ballet Theatre. A 2018 Doris Duke Artist, 2017 Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellow, and 2015 MacArthur Fellow, Dorrance is humbled to have been acknowledged and supported by United States Artists, the Joyce Theater, New York City Center, the Alpert Awards, Jacob’s Pillow, Princess Grace Foundation, The Field, American Tap Dance Foundation, and the Bessie Awards. Dorrance holds a B.A. from New York University and is a Capezio Athlete.
She was the Festival’s Artist-In-Residence in 2017.
Philip Duclos is nineteen years old and will be joining The Royal Danish Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet this upcoming August. He has performed with the New York City Ballet in over 130 performances including roles in, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, La Sylphide, The Sleeping Beauty, and The Firebird. He has guested with companies such as the New Jersey Ballet in their production of The Nutcracker. He was also the scholar in residence at the 2021 Vail Dance Festival.
Robbie Fairchild was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and began his dance training at Dance Concepts. His formal ballet training began at the age of ten at the Ballet West Conservatory. Mr. Fairchild attended the 2002 and 2003 summer courses at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, and enrolled as a full time student in the fall of 2003. In June 2005, Mr. Fairchild became an apprentice with NYCB, and the following June, he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. He was promoted to soloist in May 2007, and in October 2009 was promoted to principal dancer.
Born in Joinville, Brazil, Mr. Furlan started dancing at the age of 11 at The Bolshoi Theater School in Brazil.
In 2010 he participated in the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, and was offered a full scholarship to attend the Miami City Ballet School by Edward Villella.
Mr. Furlan began his training at the MCB School in 2011 and joined Miami City Ballet in 2012. He was promoted to soloist in 2015 and was named an MCB principal dancer in 2017.
At MCB, his repertory of featured roles included George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Ballet Imperial, Episodes, Jewels, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, Serenade, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Square Dance, Swan Lake, Symphony in Three Movements, Theme and Variations, and La Valse; Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering, West Side Story Suite, and The Concert; as well as works by Richard Alston, John Cranko, Peter Martins, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, Liam Scarlett, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, and Christopher Wheeldon.
Mr. Furlan was joined NYCB as a soloist in August 2019 and in Feburary 2022 he was promoted to principal dancer.
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, Mr. Grant 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.
Mr. Grant was a recipient of the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise in 2014.
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.
Photo © Erin Baiano
Among Kochetkova’s major roles are Giselle; Juliet in Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet; Odette/Odile in Swan Lake; Kitri in Nureyev’s and Petipa Don Quixote; Aurora in Sleeping Beauty; La Sylphide; Manon in Macmillan’s Manon; Swanilda in Balanchine’s Coppélia; Tatiana in Cranko’s Onegin; Cinderella in Wheeldon’s Cinderella; Nikiya in Makarova’s (after Petipa) La Bayadère; Sylvia in Ashton’s Sylvia, Medora in Le Corsaire and Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina, Queen of the Snow, and Sugar Plum Fairy in Tomasson’s Nutcracker.
She created principal roles in Millepied’s The Chairman Dances; McGregor’s Borderlands; David Dawson’s Anima Animus, Arthur Pita’s Bjork Ballet, William Forsythe’s Pas/Parts, Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, Diving into the Lilacs, Francesca da Rimini, Swimmer and Raymonda Pas de Deux; Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella, Within the Golden Hour and Number Nine, Alexei Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands; Tomasson’s Caprice, On a Theme of Paganini, and Trio; Liam Scarlett’s Hummingbird; Edwaard Liang’s Symphonic Dances and Ashley Page’s Guide to Strange Places;
Her repertory also includes Ashton’s Symphonic Variations, Voices of Spring, Monotones and Sylvia; Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (2nd movement), Divertimento No. 15, “Emeralds,” “Rubies,” “Diamonds”, Scotch Symphony, Serenade, Symphony in C (2nd movement), and Theme and Variations; Elo’s Double Evil; Forsythe’s Artifact Suite, in the middle, somewhat elevated and Pas/Parts; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; MacMillan’s Manon and Winter Dreams; Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering (Pink), Other Dances, The Cage and Opus 19/The Dreamer; Lander’s Etudes; McGregor’s Chroma; Justin Peck’s In the Countenance of Kings; Mark Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, A Garden, and Sandpaper Ballet; Possokhov’s Bells pas de deux, Fusion and Raymonda Pas de Deux; Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons, Golden Cockerel and Shostakovich Trilogy (Piano Concerto #1); Tomasson’s Chaconne for Piano and Two Dancers, Criss-Cross, “Haffner” Symphony, and Nanna’s Lied and Wheeldon’s Ghosts.
Kochetkova was featured in a video for fashion designer Julien David’s spring/summer 2015 collection, the official music video for the Cathedrals’ “Unbound” (2014); the video “Spirit of Van Cleef & Arpels” (2014); and an ad for Visa Checkout and Gap (2014). She performed the role of Juliet in the film of Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet as part of the inaugural season of Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance. In December 2008, she was featured as the Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina in the PBS Great Performances broadcast of Tomasson’s Nutcracker, co-produced by San Francisco Ballet and KQED Public Television San Francisco, in association with Thirteen/WNET New York.
Kochetkova was nominated for a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award (U.K.) for Best Female Dancer in 2014 and for a Benois de la Danse Award in 2013, for her performance as Tatiana in Cranko’s Onegin. In 2009, she was awarded the gold medal on NBC’s show Superstars of Dance. She won “Ballerina of the Year” award at Premio Positano 2017, a Benois de la Dance award 2018, the Isadora Duncan Dance Award for her Performance of Giselle during the 2008 Repertory Season; gold medals at the International Ballet Competitions in Korea, in Italy in 2005 and International Ballet Competition of Luxembourg in 2003; a silver medal and the jury prize at the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2002; a silver medal at the Prix de Lausanne that same year; and a bronze medal at Moscow International Competition in 2001.
Lauren Lovette is a principal ballerina who danced with the New York City Ballet from 2010-2021 while alsogrowing herself as an independent and acclaimed choreographer. In her time with the NYCB she has earned boththe Janice Levin Award and the Clive Barnes Award for dance.
She has created works for the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, American Ballet Theatre’s StudioCompany, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Nevada Ballet Theater, among others. Her collaborators include musicianKate Davis, poet Andrea Gibson, and fashion designers Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim of Oscar de laRenta/MONSE, Zac Posen, Narciso Rodriguez and Victor Glemaud.
In 2019 Ms. Lovette was named Artist-in-Residence for Damian Woetzel’s prestigious Vail Dance Festival. In2018, she was awarded a Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Leaders in Dance at The Center for Balletand the Arts at New York University.
Lauren is now the Executive Director of her new company Lauren Lovette Studio, Inc. that will bring moreawareness to the aspects of classical ballet that she believes must be preserved and celebrated. Lauren LovetteStudio, Inc. has developed an initiative named Why It Matters and has plans to bring Live performance events tovarious cities around the US and abroad. These Live experiences will all exist for the sole purpose of showcasingwhy the art form of dance matters so dearly to her and her fellow dance lovers.
Sara Mearns was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and began her dance training at the age of three with Ann Brodie at the Calvert-Brodie School of Dance, also in Columbia.
At the age of 13, Ms. Mearns trained with Patricia McBride at Dance Place, the School of North Carolina Dance Theatre, in Charlotte. She continued her studies at age 14 with Stanislav Issaev at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville.
Ms. Mearns entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, full time in the fall of 2001. In the fall of 2003 Ms. Mearns became an apprentice with New York City Ballet.
As an apprentice, Ms. Mearns danced a featured role in Michel Fokine’s Chopiniana, performed by SAB as part of New York City Ballet’s 2004 winter season.
In June of 2004, Ms. Mearns joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet.
In March of 2006 she was promoted to soloist and in June 2008, Ms. Mearns was promoted to principal dancer. Learn more about Sara at her website, saramearns.com.
Roman Mejia // Artist-In-Residence
Roman Mejia // Artist-In-Residence
Roman Mejia was born in Fort Worth, Texas and began studying ballet at age 3 with his mother and father. At age 13, he entered the Mejia Ballet Academy. Mr. Mejia attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet, New York City Ballet’s official school, in 2014 and 2015 before entering SAB full-time for the 2015 winter term. In August 2017, Mr. Mejia became an apprentice with NYCB, and he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in November 2017. Mr. Mejia was promoted to the rank of soloist in October 2021. In 2019, Dance Magazine featured Mr. Mejia as one of their “25 To Watch” picks and he became a recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Foundation – USA Dance Fellowship. In 2020, Mr. Mejia was named a Clives Barnes finalist. His repertory includes leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, William Forsythe, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon among many others. Most recently, he starred in Twyla Tharp’s TWYLA NOWand Tiler Peck’s Artists at the Center at New York City Center. Mr. Mejia will be Vail Dance Festival’s 2022 Artists in Residence.
Miriam Miller 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.
Ms. Miller 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.
In January 2015, she became an apprentice with NYCB. 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 (La Bonne Fée) and Peter Martins’ Swan Lake (Princess). She joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in January 2016.
Ms. Miller was promoted to the rank of soloist in January 2022.
Ms. Miller is a recipient of a 2017 Princess Grace Award.
Photo © Paul Kolnik
Mira Nadon 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.
She attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of NYCB, in 2014 and 2015, before entering SAB full-time for the 2015 winter term.
In November 2017, Ms. Nadon 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.
Ms. Nadon was promoted to the rank of soloist in January 2022.
Photo © Erin Baiano
Dario is a 2016 graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia HS of Music & Art and Performing Arts and a 2020 Cum Laude graduate of The Pennsylvania State University’s BFA Musical Theatre Program. Credits include: Vail Dance Festival (2016-present), Tap Dance Kid (NYCC Encores!), DanceCaptain & Swing for Justin Peck (Broadway Labs), Tappin’ Thru Life with Maurice Hines (Off-Broadway), Funny Girl (Broadway Pre Production), The Radio City Christmas Spectacular(National Tour), A Salute to the Presidential Scholars at The Kennedy Center directed by Debbie Allen, Breaking Brooklyn (film), Vail Dance Festival (performer/soloist), Assistant Choreographer to Michelle Dorrance at Vail Dance Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, national commercials, and more. Dario is a tap dance teacher at the acclaimed Broadway Dance Center in New York City. 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.”
Tiler Peck has been a Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet since 2009. She made her Broadway debut at age 11 as Gracie Shinn inThe Music Man and was seen on Broadway as Ivy Smith in the Tony Nominated On The Town.She originated the title role in Susan Stroman’s newest musical Little Dancer at the Kennedy Center and is attached to star in the Broadway production. Tiler made her choreographic debut at the Vail Dance Festival in 2018 and has gone on to choreograph and appear in episodes of Tiny Pretty Things and Ray Donovan, and she recently choreographed the box office smash hit film John Wick 3. She has also appeared on Dancing with the Stars, the Kennedy Center Honors and Live From Lincoln Center’s The Nutcracker and Carousel. As a guest star, she was the first ballerina ever to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. In film she has starred in “Ballet Now”, a Hulu documentary that followed her as she became the first woman to curate and star in The Los Angeles Music Center’s presentation of BalletNOW, “Ballet 422”, “A Time for Dancing”, and “Donnie Darko”. She is a recipient of the Princess Grace Statue Award, The Dance Magazine Award and was named one of Forbes 30 under 30.
To keep the dance world connected during the pandemic, Tiler developed a free ballet class #TurnItOutWithTiler that airs on her Instagram. She is the designer of Tiler Peck Designs for Body Wrappers, a studio-to-streetwear clothing line and is also the designer of the capsule collection Tiler Peck X STATESIDE in collaboration with the popular Los Angeles-based clothing company. She has released two children’s books with Simon & Schuster, Katarina Ballerina and Katarina Ballerina & The Victory Dance.
Unity Phelan is a Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet. Born in Princeton, NJ, 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, was promoted to Soloist in 2017, and to Principal Dancer in 2021. Her repertory includes leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Robert Binet, William Forsythe, Lauren Lovette, Peter Martins, Andrea Miller, Matthew Neenan, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, Jamar Roberts, and Christopher Wheeldon.
Caili Quan // Artist-In-Residence
Caili Quan // Artist-In-Residence
Caili Quan danced with Philadelphia’s BalletX from 2013 to 2020 and is now a prolific and highly sought-after choreographer based in New York City. She has created works for BalletX, The Juilliard School, Nashville Ballet, Owen/Cox Dance Group, Princeton University, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Ballet Academy East and recently for DanceAspen. She served as an Artistic Partnership Initiative Fellow and a Toulmin Creator at The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University, and she is a Creative Associate at The Juilliard School. With BalletX she performed new works by Matthew Neenan, Nicolo Fonte, Gabrielle Lamb, Penny Saunders, Trey McIntyre, and danced at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Vail Dance Festival, Belgrade Dance Festival, and DEMO by Damian Woetzel at the Kennedy Center. Mahålang, a short documentary that wove familial conversations of her Chamorro Filipino upbringing in Guam with scenes from BalletX’s Love Letter, was accepted into the Hawai’i International Film Festival, CAAMFest, and the Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center.
Caili will perform as a dancer, and will present new choreography this summer, including a premiere featuring Roman Mejia, and a new work set to a composition by Composer-In-Residence Caroline Shaw.
Photo by Sara Black.
Calvin Royal III
Calvin Royal III
Calvin Royal III began his formal dance training at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida under the direction of Suzanne Pomerantze and Patricia L. Paige. He was a ﬁnalist at the Youth America Grand Prix Competition, and was awarded the Ethan Stiefel Scholarship to train at American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT) Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in 2006. Royal joined ABT II in 2008, ABT main company as a member of the corps de ballet in April 2011. In September 2017 he was promoted to Soloist and in September 2020 Royal was appointed Principal Dancer with ABT. He has soared across stages worldwide with ABT in productions of Swan Lake, Manon, Fancy Free, Apollo, Giselle, and Romeo & Juliet. Royal has been featured in works by Twyla Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Kyle Abraham, Justin Peck, Wayne McGreggor, Michelle Dorrance, Jamar Roberts, and many more. He was nominated for numerous awards including the Clive Barnes Award, the winner of the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in 2014, a $50,000 grant to further his artistic development working with private coaches at the Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet. Royal was named the July 2020 cover star of Dance Magazine, and continues to expand his outreach in mentorship as well as conducting masterclass series for young dance students worldwide. Royal is represented by IMG Models and has been featured in global campaigns for GAP, Tommy Hilﬁger, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Canali, starred in the 2019 Pirelli Calendar alongside Misty Copeland, and named the 2020/21 Artist-in-Residence here at the Vail Dance Festival.
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Born on Long Island, New York, Cory Stearns began his classical training at the age of five with Mme. Valia Seiskaya at the Seiskaya Ballet. At age fifteen, he participated in the Youth America Grand Prix and was offered a full scholarship to The Royal Ballet School in London. Stearns performed in Madrid, Moscow, Milan, Düsseldorf and London while at The Royal, and appeared with Kylie Minogue in her music video Chocolate in 2004. Upon graduating from The Royal Ballet School with honors, he received, for the second year consecutively, the Dame Ruth Railton Award for excellence in dance. Stearns joined the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in September 2004, the main Company as an apprentice in January 2005 and became 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. Stearns won the 2009 Erik Bruhn Prize for best male dancer.
KJ Takahashi is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. He was born in Dallas, Texas, and began his ballet training at age 8 at Ballet Academy of Texas and continued his training at Mejia Ballet International and Ballet Tech. He entered the School of American Ballet in 2016, was named an apprentice in 2019 joined the Company in 2021. His repertory includes leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Kyle Abraham, Sidra Bell, and Lauren Lovette.
Devon Teuscher began her ballet training at the age of nine under Deanna Doty of the Champaign Urbana Ballet Academy in Champaign, IL. When her family moved to Vermont, she continued her training at the Vermont Ballet Theatre School in Essex, Vermont under the direction of Alex and Kirsten Nagiba. At the age of eleven, Teuscher attended The Kirov Ballet Academy summer intensive. She also attended the Pacific Northwest Ballet summer intensive on full scholarship for two years.
From 2002 to 2006 Teuscher attended American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive, and was a National Training Scholar from 2003 to 2006. In January 2005 at the age of 15, Teuscher relocated to New York City to dance at American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School on full scholarship.
Teuscher joined ABT Studio Company in 2006. She joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in December 2007 and the corps de ballet in June 2008. She became a Soloist in August 2014 and Principal Dancer in September 2017.
Teuscher was nominated for the Clive Barnes Award in 2014 and received the Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship in 2016.
Melissa Toogood is a New York Dance and Performance Award winning Performer. She is Dancer, Rehearsal Director and Artistic Associate for Pam Tanowitz Dance. Melissa was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, has taught Cunningham Technique internationally since 2007, is a 2013 & 2015 Merce Cunningham fellow, and is an official stager for the Merce Cunningham Trust. She has performed with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Kimberly Bartosik, Wally Cardona, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Stephen Petronio Company, Miro Dance Theater, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Reiner, Sally Silvers, Michael Uthoff Dance Theater, Christopher Williams, The Bang Group:Tap Lab, and others. She has made work for New York Theater Ballet, Boston Ballet, Vail Dance Festival and created her own show titled Set A|Part in collaboration with her sister Jodie Toogood and visual artist Kenneth E. Parris III. Dance Magazine named her in their 25 to watch (2014) and featured her in the inaugural episode of Behind the Curtain. Toogood is originally from Sydney, Australia, is a proud mom, and holds a B.F.A in Dance Performance from New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL.