2022 Festival Artists

We are thrilled to welcome 2022 Artists-In-Residence Caili Quan and Roman Mejia as well as extraordinary dance companies including Ephrat Asherie Dance, DanceAspen, Limón Dance Company, and New York City Ballet MOVES plus Festival stars including Lil Buck, Jeffrey Cirio, Herman Cornejo, Michelle Dorrance, Tiler Peck, Devon Teuscher, Melissa Toogood, Calvin Royal III and more!

Festival Artistic Director

Damian Woetzel // Artistic Director

Damian Woetzel // Artistic Director

Damian Woetzel has been the artistic director of the Vail Dance Festival since 2006, annually bringing together a wide range of dancers and musicians. Under ...

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Ephrat Asherie Dance

Ephrat Asherie

Ephrat Asherie

Ephrat Asherie Dance Artistic Director // Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie is a NYC based b-girl, dancer, and choreographer and a 2016 Bessie Award Winner for Innovative ...

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Manon Ball

Manon Ball

Manon Bal (Dancer) is a versatile professional dancer from Marseille, France. She has trained at the IFPRO Centre de International de Dance Rick Odums in ...

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Eduardo Belo

Eduardo Belo

EDUARDO BELO (Musician) is a Brazilian bass player and composer who has worked with many great musicians including Ari Hoenig, Chico Pinheiro, Duduka Da Fonseca, ...

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Teena Marie Custer

Teena Marie Custer

Teena Marie Custer (Dancer) is an artist and healer based in Pittsburgh, PA. Her solo choreographic work has been presented at Sadler’s Wells in London, ...

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Val “Ms Vee” Ho

Val “Ms Vee” Ho

Val “Ms Vee” Ho (Dancer) Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Ms Vee started making her mark in the NYC dance scene in 2003. Vee has proudly ...

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Angel Lau

Angel Lau

ANGEL LAU (Musician) is a Peruvian percussionist based in Hudson Valley, NY. While his foundation comes from his classical percussion studies at Purchase College, Angel’s ...

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Ben Rosenblum

Ben Rosenblum

BEN ROSENBLUM (Musician) is an Award-winning New York City jazz pianist and accordionist. Since the release of his debut trio album, Instead (4 stars, Downbeat), ...

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Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith

JEREMY SMITH (Musician) is a percussive artist whose foundation comes from his classical training at The Juilliard School, but his interests lie in a wide ...

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Matthew West

Matthew West

Matthew West (Dancer) started dancing at the age of sixteen in Queens. Megawatt is an active part of NYC’s underground dance community and teaches youth ...

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Omari Wiles

Omari Wiles

Omari Wiles (Dancer) was born in Senegal, West Africa and trained and performed with his family’s dance company The Maimouna Keita School of African Dance ...

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DanceAspen

Laurel Jenny Wenton

Laurel Jenny Wenton

Founder, Executive Director, Artist // Laurel has been known as Jenny Winton through most of her professional career.  In 2009 she joined the Joffrey Ballet ...

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Sammy Altenau

Sammy Altenau

Sammy Altenau grew up in Southern California dancing at Dance Studio 84 under the tutelage of Carla Hunt Smallwood and at Cuizon ballet center with ...

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Katherine Bolanos

Katherine Bolanos

Katherine Eberle Bolaños, a native of Oklahoma City, began her professional career at the age of fifteen with Ballet Oklahoma where she danced for seven ...

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Matthew Gilmore

Matthew Gilmore

Matthew Gilmore was born and raised in Canton, Massachusetts. He began his dance training at The Gold School and later went on to graduate from ...

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Madeleine Scott

Madeleine Scott

Madeleine is an artist with Dance Aspen as well as the founder & artistic director of South Dakota’s first professional ballet company, South Dakota Ballet. ...

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Anthony Tiedeman

Anthony Tiedeman

Anthony Tiedeman was born and raised in New Jersey. He moved to New York City to attend The Juilliard School, under the direction of Lawrence ...

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Limón Dance Company

Joseph Columbus

Joseph Columbus

Joseph Columbus (he/him) began his training in the Chicagoland area where he studied with Forum Dance Theatre. In May 2016, he graduated from the Alvin ...

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Terrence Donzell Mitchell Diable

Terrence Donzell Mitchell Diable

Terrence Donzell Mitchell Diable (he/him) (New York, NY) a graduate from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program, Diable has performed works choreographed by Paul Taylor, David Parsons, ...

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Michael Edwards Jr

Michael Edwards Jr

Michael Edwards Jr (they/them), today is known as MJ was born in Middletown, NY, and studied at The Juilliard School, pursuing a BFA in dance. ...

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Mariah Gravelin

Mariah Gravelin

Mariah Gravelin (she/her). Born in South Korea, Mariah grew up and began her dance training in Southeastern Connecticut under the direction of Gloria Govrin, where ...

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Johnson Guo

Johnson Guo

Johnson Guo (he/him), from Brooklyn, New York, began his dance training under Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech Program at the age of 8. There, he had ...

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Deepa Liegel

Deepa Liegel

Deepa Liegel (she/her) is thrilled to rejoin the Limón Dance Company for the 2022 season. Deepa was born in Calcutta, India and raised in Seattle, ...

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Nicholas Ruscica

Nicholas Ruscica

Nicholas Ruscica (he/him) is originally from Toronto, Canada where he began his training at Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre. Nicholas continued his studies at California Institute ...

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Frances Samson

Frances Samson

Frances Samson (she/her) is a New York based artist originally from Toronto, Canada. She has had the pleasure of performing for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, ...

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Jessica Sgambelluri

Jessica Sgambelluri

Jessica Sgambelluri (she/her) is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, where she received her BFA in Dance in 2014. During her time there she was ...

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Savannah Spratt

Savannah Spratt

Savannah Spratt (she/her) joined the Limón Dance Company in 2016. Born and raised in Rochester, PA, she attended Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School and ...

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Lauren Twomley

Lauren Twomley

Lauren Twomley (she/her), born in Brooklyn, New York, graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Arts Management. She has ...

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Robert M. Valdez Jr.

Robert M. Valdez Jr.

Robert M. Valdez Jr. (he/him), affectionately known as “Buddy”, received dance training at the San Francisco Academy of Ballet and the San Francisco School of ...

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B. Woods

B. Woods

B. Woods (he/him), from Winston Salem, NC, BFA graduate of UNC School of the Arts (UNCSA), began a professional career dancing original works created by ...

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New York City Ballet MOVES

Gilbert Bolden III

Gilbert Bolden III

Gilbert Bolden III is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. Born in San Diego, California, he began dancing at the age ...

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India Bradley

India Bradley

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 ...

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Elaine Chelton // Musician

Elaine Chelton // Musician

Elaine Chelton has been a piano soloist with New York City Ballet since 1995. Chelton attended the preparatory and college divisions of the Manhattan School ...

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Harrison Coll

Harrison Coll

Harrison Coll is a New York City Ballet Soloist. Born in Manhattan, New York, he began his dance training locally at the age of 4 ...

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Ashley Hod

Ashley Hod

Ashley Hod is a New York City Ballet Soloist. Born in Great Neck, NY, she began her dance training at age 4 at the Great ...

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Hannah Holman // Musician

Hannah Holman // Musician

Hannah Holman, cellist, joined the New York City Ballet Orchestra at the beginning of the 2012-13 season. Her career encompasses orchestral and chamber music, solo ...

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Claire Kretzschmar

Claire Kretzschmar

Claire Kretzschmar was born in Glendale, Arizona. She began her dance training at age 4 at the Academy of Dance Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, ...

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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 ...

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Tiler Peck

Tiler Peck

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 ...

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Unity Phelan

Unity Phelan

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 ...

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Mary Rowell // Musician

Mary Rowell // Musician

Mary Rowell is an innovative violinist known for her work with the Grammy Award-winning Tango Project, the indie band The Silos, and pop icon Joe ...

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Aaron Sanz

Aaron Sanz

Aaron Sanz is a Soloist with New York City Ballet. Born in Madrid, Spain, he began his dance training at age 8 at the C.P.D. ...

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KJ Takahashi

KJ Takahashi

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 ...

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Peter Walker

Peter Walker

Peter Walker is a Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet. Born in Fort Myers, FL, he began his dance training at age 8 with ...

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Individual Artists

Ephrat Asherie

Ephrat Asherie

Ephrat Asherie Dance Artistic Director // Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie is a NYC based b-girl, dancer, and choreographer and a 2016 Bessie Award Winner for Innovative ...

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India Bradley

India Bradley

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 ...

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Lil Buck

Lil Buck

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 ...

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Preston Chamblee

Preston Chamblee

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 ...

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Jeffrey Cirio

Jeffrey Cirio

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 ...

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Herman Cornejo

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 ...

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Patricia Delgado

Patricia Delgado

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 ...

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Michelle Dorrance

Michelle Dorrance

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 ...

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Denys Drozdyuk

Denys Drozdyuk

Denys Drozdyuk was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine where he started dancing at the age of 4. From then on he has been continuously trained in ...

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Philip DuClos

Philip DuClos

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. ...

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Robbie Fairchild

Robbie Fairchild

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 ...

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Jovani Furlan

Jovani Furlan

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 ...

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Christopher Grant

Christopher Grant

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 ...

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Kennard Henson

Kennard Henson

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 ...

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Maria Kochetkova

Maria Kochetkova

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 ...

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Lauren Lovette

Lauren Lovette

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. ...

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Sara Mearns

Sara Mearns

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 ...

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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 ...

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Miriam Miller

Miriam Miller

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 ...

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Mira Nadon

Mira Nadon

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, ...

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Dario Natarelli

Dario Natarelli

Dario is a 2016 graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia HS of Music & Art and Performing Arts and a 2020 Cum Laude graduate of The ...

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Tiler Peck

Tiler Peck

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 ...

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Unity Phelan

Unity Phelan

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Antonina Skobina

Antonina Skobina

Antonina Skobina was born in Mariupol, Ukraine. She is a 3-Time US National Ballroom Dance Champion and a World Championship Bronze Medalist. She is also ...

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Cory Stearns

Cory Stearns

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. ...

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KJ Takahashi

KJ Takahashi

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 ...

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Devon Teuscher

Devon Teuscher

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 ...

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Byron Tittle

Byron Tittle

At a young age, Byron Tittle began tap dancing with David Rider and the American Tap Dance Foundation in his hometown of New York. Determined ...

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Melissa Toogood

Melissa Toogood

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 ...

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More Individual Artists will be announced soon! *Festival Artists are subject to change. 

 

 

FESTIVAL CHOREOGRAPHERS

Ephrat Asherie
Caili Quan
Jodi Melnick
Justin Peck
Claudia Schreier
Bobbi Jene Smith
Pam Tanowitz

 

FESTIVAL MUSICIANS

Kurt Crowley
Kate Davis
Cameron Grant
Brooklyn Rider
Caroline Shaw
Chris Thile
Davóne Tines

 

VISUAL ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

Andrea Selby

 

 

 

 

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