2023 Festival Artists

We are thrilled to welcome 2023 Artist-In-Residence Adji Cissoko, extraordinary dance companies BalletX, DanceAspen, L.A. Dance Project, Martha Graham Dance Company, and Music From The Sole, and Festival stars from a range of dance disciplines.

*artists are subject to change

Artistic Director

Damian Woetzel // Artistic Director

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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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Artist-In-Residence

Adji Cissoko // Artist-In-Residence

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Adji Cissoko was born and grew up in Munich, Germany where she trained at the Ballet Academy Munich and graduated with a diploma in dance.…

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Individual Dancers

Kyle Abraham

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KYLE ABRAHAM (Artistic Director, A.I.M by Kyle Abraham) and his choreography have been featured in Document Journal, Ebony, Kinfolk, O Magazine, Vogue, and Vogue UK,…

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Olivia Bell

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Olivia Bell is a member of New York City Ballet’s Corps de Ballet. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, she trained locally before being accepted to…

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Gilbert Bolden III

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Gilbert Bolden III is a Soloist with New York City Ballet. He was born in San Diego, California and began dancing at the age of…

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Isabella Boylston

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Born in Sun Valley, Idaho, Isabella Boylston began dancing at the age of three. She continued her training at the Boulder Ballet and later at…

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India Bradley

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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…

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Lil Buck

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Charles “Lil Buck” Riley is a world-renowned and award-winning performing artist, entrepreneur, and advocate for the arts and humanities. Lil Buck’s dance repertoire includes a…

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Jeffrey Cirio

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Jeffrey Cirio began his ballet training at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. He also studied at Boston Ballet School and Orlando Ballet School. In 2006,…

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Adji Cissoko // Artist-In-Residence

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Adji Cissoko was born and grew up in Munich, Germany where she trained at the Ballet Academy Munich and graduated with a diploma in dance.…

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Chun Wai Chan

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Mr. Chan was born in Guangdong, China, in 1992 and trained at the Guangzhou Art School from 2004 to 2010. In 2010 he was finalist…

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Patricia Delgado

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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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Denys Drozdyuk

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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

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Philip Duclos is a member of the Corps de Ballet with The Royal Danish Ballet. He has danced featured roles in Wayne McGregor’s Dante Project,…

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Robbie Fairchild

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Robert Fairchild began dancing at the age of four in Salt Lake City. He began his training at the School of American Ballet at the…

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Jovani Furlan

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Born in Joinville, Brazil, Jovani 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

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Christopher Grant is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. He was born in Jamaica, Queens, and began his dance training at…

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Catherine Hurlin

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Born in New York City, Catherine Hurlin joined the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis school of American Ballet Theater at the age of 12 under the direction…

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Kyle Ikuma

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Scholar in Residence // Raised in northern New Jersey, Kyle Ikuma studied at Ballet Academy East from 2014-2019 and attended summer intensives at Central Pennsylvania…

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Spencer Lenain

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Scholar-In-Residence // Born in San Diego, California, Spencer Lenain began his dance training at age 7 at Ballet Arte where he was instructed by Erlends…

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Lauren Lovette

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Lauren Lovette personifies the intertwining of dance and choreography, moving seamlessly from one to the other. Her work has been commissioned and performed by leading…

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Sara Mearns

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SARA MEARNS, Columbia, SC, principal dancer New York City Ballet since 2008. Originated roles with choreographers Justin Peck, Kyle Abraham, Alexei Ratmansky, Pam Tanowitz, Bobbi…

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Roman Mejia

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Roman Mejia is a Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet. He was born in Fort Worth, Texas and began studying ballet at age 3…

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Miriam Miller

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Miriam Miller was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and began her dance training in 2001 at the University of Iowa Youth Ballet and School of…

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Mayfield Myers

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Mayfield Myers was born in New York City and raised in East Hampton, New York. She began ballet at the age of 9 with Sara…

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Dario Natarelli

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Dario Natarelli is a performer, choreographer, and dance educator specializing in tap dance based in New York City. He is honored to be a part…

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Mira Nadon

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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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Tiler Peck

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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

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Unity Phelan was born in Princeton, New Jersey where she studied at the Princeton Ballet School. After attending summer courses at the School of American…

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Caili Quan

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Caili Quan is a New York-based choreographer who danced with BalletX from 2013 to 2020. She has created works for BalletX, The Juilliard School, Vail…

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Calvin Royal III

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Calvin Royal III is an acclaimed internationally recognized Principal classical ballet dancer. He began his ballet training at fourteen and a half, and received a…

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Ben Rudisin

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Ben Rudisin was born in Woodbridge, VA and trained at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Houston Ballet II. He joined…

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Antonina Skobina

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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

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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.…

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KJ Takahashi

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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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Stephanie Terasaki

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Stephanie Terasaki was born and raised in southern California. She began her formal training at Inland Pacific Ballet Academy while also attending the Orange County…

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Devon Teuscher

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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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Melissa Toogood

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Melissa Toogood is a Sydney and New York based Dancer, Master Teacher, Stager, Coach, Contributor, Mother, and sometimes Choreographer. She is a New York and…

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James Whiteside

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James Whiteside is redefining the meaning of multihyphenate as a principal dancer and choreographer for the American Ballet Theater, hilarious pop music performer, drag queen,…

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BalletX

Christine Cox

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Artistic & Executive Director Christine Cox co-founded BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, with Matthew Neenan in 2005. The BalletX team has produced over 100 world…

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Tara Keating

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Associate Artistic Director Tara Keating began her training at the age of seven at the Pioneer Valley Ballet in Northampton, Massachusetts. She then attended The Juilliard…

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Eli Alford

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Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Eli Alford began dancing when he was twelve years old at Encore Performance Company, where he participated in numerous dance competitions…

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Shawn Cusseaux

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Shawn is an emerging performing artist hailing from Tampa Bay, FL, where he attended Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School. He…

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Francesca Forcella

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Francesca Forcella started dancing for BalletX in 2013 after working with Houston Ballet II (HBII), the Washington Ballet Studio Company, and Los Angeles’ American Contemporary…

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Savannah Green

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Savannah Green grew up in New York City, where she attended LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts as a Dance Major. She attended Manhattan…

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Jared Kelly

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Jared Kelly began his early dance training at The Washington School of Ballet in Washington, DC. Upon completion, he furthered his training at The Baltimore…

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Annika Kuo

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Annika Kuo studied at Princeton Ballet School (also known as American Repertory Ballet) and has attended multiple training intensives including The Royal Ballet School, The…

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Skyler Lubin

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Skyler Lubin received her early training from The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, during which time she won third place for the Pas…

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Jonathan Montepara

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Jonathan Montepara, from Orsogna, Italy, graduated from the Rome Ballet School in 2018. He danced for the Rome Ballet Junior Company, where he performed the…

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Jerard Palazo

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Jerard Palazo was born in Manila, Philippines and moved to Canada at 8 years old, where he began his formal dance training at the Royal…

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Ben Schwarz

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Ben Schwarz began his training in 2015 under Marcia Dale Weary at The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet where he spent two years training as part…

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Ashley Simpson

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Ashley Simpson is originally from West Palm Beach, Florida and trained at A.W Dreyfoos High School of the Arts and School of Ballet Arts. In…

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Andrea Yorita

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Andrea Yorita is from Irvine,California, where she received her classical ballet training at Academy of Dance, under the direction of Merle Sepel, Rebecca Tsivkin, and…

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DanceAspen

Laurel Jenny Winton

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Founder & Executive Director Laurel has been known as Jenny Winton through most of her professional career. In 2009 she joined the Joffrey Ballet and was…

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Sammy Altenau

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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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Matthew Gilmore

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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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Blake Krapels

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Blake Krapels, a 2011 United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts, trained in New Jersey under the tutelage of Billy Larson and Jamie Salmon. In…

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Madeleine Scott

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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

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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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Kaya Wolsey

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Company Manager/Marketing/Artist Kaya Wolsey is a dancer, choreographer and teacher residing in Aspen, CO. Kaya received her early ballet training at Wasatch Ballet Conservatory under the…

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L.A. Dance Project

Benjamin Millepied

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Artistic Director Benjamin Millepied is a choreographer, filmmaker, and former principal dancer with New York City Ballet. He was born in Bordeaux, France. Mr. Millepied grew…

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Lorrin Brubaker

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Lorrin Brubaker began dancing at age 10 in his hometown of Apopka, Florida. In 2012 he was admitted into The Juilliard School, where Lorrin performed…

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Jeremy Coachman

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Jeremy Coachman, born and raised in Riviera Beach, Florida, began his professional career with Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal from 2015-2022. Whilst there, he had…

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Courtney Conovan

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Courtney Conovan is an Austin, Texas native, there she spent her early years training in gymnastics and dance. Once graduating high school Courtney went on…

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Daphne Fernberger

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Daphne Fernberger, born and raised in NYC, began her professional career with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet before moving to Europe to join Dresden Frankfurt Dance…

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David Adrian Freeland Jr.

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David Adrian Freeland, Jr. received his early dance training at LaVilla School of the Arts in Jacksonville, FL and at the Jacksonville Centre of the…

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Mario Gonzalez

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Mario Gonzalez started dancing at the Marya Kennett School of Dance in Goshen, NY. He received his pre-professional training at Walnut Hill School for the…

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Oliver Greene-Cramer

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Oliver Greene-Cramer was raised in southern Vermont, receiving his early training at the Brattleboro School of Dance and Burklyn Ballet Theatre. He obtained his BFA…

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Daisy Jacobson

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Daisy Kate Jacobson was born and raised in Manhattan Beach, CA. At six years old, she began her formal training at a small ballet school…

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Payton Johnson

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Payton Johnson, born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, began her formal dance training at Jean Leigh Academy of Dance. She made her professional performance…

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Shu Kinouchi

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A Native from Yokohama, Japan, Shu Kinouchi joined LA Dance Project in 2020 as a dancer. Prior to LADP, he was a dancer at Houston…

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Peter Mazurowski

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Peter Mazurowski (he/him) began his dance training at age 6 at New Hampshire School of Ballet. At age 13, he made his Broadway debut as…

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Nayomi Van Brunt

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Nayomi Van Brunt began her formal training at age 9 with Atlanta Festival Ballet under Nicolas Pacana and Gregory Aaron. In high school, Nayomi started…

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Martha Graham Dance Company

Janet Eilber

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Artistic Director JANET EILBER has been the Company’s artistic director since 2005. Her direction has focused on creating new forms of audience access to Martha Graham’s masterworks. These initiatives…

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So Young An

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SO YOUNG AN, a native of South Korea, joined the Company in 2016. She performs featured roles in such Graham classics as Embattled Garden, Errand…

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James Anthony

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JAMES ANTHONY was born and raised in New York City. He began his formal training at the age of nineteen at Manhattan Youth Ballet. He…

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Alessio Crognale

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ALESSIO CROGNALE from Abruzzo, Italy, joined the Company in 2017 and dances featured roles in Graham’s Errand into the Maze, Embattled Garden and Diversion of Angels as the…

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Laurel Dalley Smith

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LAUREL DALLEY SMITH joined the Company in 2015, performing lead roles in Steps in the Street, Errand into the Maze, Cave of the Heart, Diversion…

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Natasha M. Diamond-Walker

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NATASHA M. DIAMOND-WALKER, is from Los Angeles and joined the Company in 2011. A lead in many of Graham’s ballets, most memorably, she was the…

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Lloyd Knight

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LLOYD KNIGHT joined the Company in 2005 and performs the major male roles of the Graham repertory including in Appalachian Spring, Embattled Garden, Night Journey and many others.…

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Jacob Larsen

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JACOB LARSEN joined the Company in 2016 and performs featured roles in the classics Diversion of Angels, Secular Games and Appalachian Spring as well as…

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Devin Loh

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DEVIN LOH (Apprentice), from Fanwood, NJ, holds a BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY. She was named a recipient of the…

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Mariza Memoli

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MARZIA MEMOLI, from Palermo, Italy, joined the Company in 2016 and performs lead roles in Graham’s El Penitente, “Steps in the Street,” “Satyric Festival Song,”…

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Anne O'Donnell

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ANNE O’DONNELL joined the Company in 2014 and performs Martha Graham’s own roles in Appalachian Spring, Dark Meadow Suite, El Penitente, Every Soul is a…

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Lorenzo Pagano

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LORENZO PAGANO joined the Company in 2012 and dances lead roles in Graham’s Appalachian Spring, Embattled Garden, Night Journey, and Diversion of Angels and in contemporary works by…

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Kate Reyes

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KATE REYES (Apprentice) is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, where she received her BFA in Dance. During her time there she performed works by Jacqulyn…

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Anne Souder

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ANNE SOUDER joined the Company in 2015. Ms. Souder began her dance training in Maryville, Tennessee and continued to earn her degree in the Ailey/Fordham…

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Richard Villaverde

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RICHARD VILLAVERDE, born and raised in Miami, FL, he began dancing at the age of 13, privately coached by Maria Eugenia Lorenzo, is a New…

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Leslie Andrea Williams

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LESLIE ANDREA WILLIAMS, from Raleigh, North Carolina, joined the company in 2015 and performs featured roles in Appalachian Spring, Diversion of Angels, Embattled Garden, and…

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Xin Ying

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XIN YING joined the Company in 2011 and performs many of Martha Graham’s own roles including in Herodiade, Errand into the Maze, Chronicle, Lamentation, Deep…

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Music From The Sole

Leonardo Sandoval

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Artistic Director Leonardo Sandoval is a Brazilian tap dancer with Dorrance Dance, and renowned for his unique style, blending America’s great jazz and tap heritage with…

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Gregory Richardson // Musician

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Artistic & Musical Director Gregory Richardson is a composer and multi-instrumentalist focusing on upright and electric bass, and guitar. He is the co-founder and co-artistic director of…

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José Carlos Cruzata Revé // Musician

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José Carlos Cruzata Revé is a NY-based saxophonist from Holguín, Cuba, and a founding member of Music From The Sole. After studying at the National…

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Josh Davis // Musician

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Josh Davis is an NYC-based multifaceted drummer, arranger and composer. Originally from Detroit, Josh has toured throughout the U.S., Europe, Brazil and Japan, playing a…

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Naomi Funaki

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Naomi Funaki is a tap dancer from Tokyo, Japan, currently living in NYC. In addition to Music From The Sole, she has performed with Ayodele…

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Orlando Hernández

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Orlando Hernández has performed around the US and abroad, including at On the Boards, the Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow, the Guggenheim, City Center, the Royal…

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Noé Kains // Musician

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Noé Kains is an NYC-based pianist and singer. He studied at Brussels’ Royal Conservatory, the UK, and Israel, and has appeared in solo recitals, chamber…

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Roxy King

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Roxanne “Roxy” King is a tap dancer and teacher based in Washington, D.C.. Roxy trained at the Metropolitan School of the Arts and the School…

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Gerson Lanza

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Originally from Honduras, Gerson fell in love with tap dance shortly after moving to New York City in 2001. He trained under Omar Edwards and…

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Lucas Santana

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Originally from Pernambuco (Northeast Brazil), Lucas Santana started studying tap at 8 and has since performed across Brazil, on TV, and, with Music From The…

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Gisele Silva

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Gisele Silva is a LA-based multi-form dancer, instructor and choreographer from Brazil. In addition to dancing with Music From The Sole, she’s a member of…

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Ana Tomioshi

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Ana Tomioshi is a Brazilian multi-style performing artist, choreographer and instructor, currently based in Washington DC. She is an alumna of The School at Jacob’s…

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Jennifer Vincent // Musician

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Bassist and cellist Jennifer Vincent has been an active force on the NYC music scene for over two decades, playing and touring with the likes…

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Choreographers

Kyle Abraham

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KYLE ABRAHAM (Artistic Director, A.I.M by Kyle Abraham) and his choreography have been featured in Document Journal, Ebony, Kinfolk, O Magazine, Vogue, and Vogue UK,…

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Lil Buck

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Charles “Lil Buck” Riley is a world-renowned and award-winning performing artist, entrepreneur, and advocate for the arts and humanities. Lil Buck’s dance repertoire includes a…

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Adji Cissoko // Artist-In-Residence

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Adji Cissoko was born and grew up in Munich, Germany where she trained at the Ballet Academy Munich and graduated with a diploma in dance.…

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Larry Keigwin

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Larry Keigwin is a native New Yorker, choreographer, and curator who has danced his way from the Metropolitan Opera to downtown clubs to Broadway and…

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Matthew Neenan

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Matthew Neenan, described as “one of America’s best dance poets” by The New York Times, began his dance training at the Boston Ballet School and…

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Justin Peck

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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…

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Tiler Peck

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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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Caili Quan

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Caili Quan is a New York-based choreographer who danced with BalletX from 2013 to 2020. She has created works for BalletX, The Juilliard School, Vail…

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Jamar Roberts

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Jamar Roberts returns to Vail this season as an Artist-In-Residence, after choreographing his first work for the Vail Dance Festival in 2021, and creating two additional…

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Melissa Toogood

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Melissa Toogood is a Sydney and New York based Dancer, Master Teacher, Stager, Coach, Contributor, Mother, and sometimes Choreographer. She is a New York and…

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Musicians

Shelbie Rassler // Music Director

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Shelbie Rassler, recently named Truthspaper’s Young Woman of the Year, is an award-winning composer, conductor, and multi-instrumentalist. Shelbie is globally recognized for her CBS Award-Winning…

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Cameron Grant

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Cameron Grant is recently retired after 37 years with the  New York City Ballet. As a solo pianist, he performed a vast repertoire for solo…

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Brooklyn Rider

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Johnny Gandelsman, violin Colin Jacobsen, violin Nicholas Cords, viola Michael Nicolas, cello With their gripping performance style and unquenchable appetite for musical adventure, Brooklyn Rider has carved a singular…

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Michael Scales

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Michael Scales is a musician for dance in New York City, where he serves as rehearsal pianist at New York City Ballet, music director and…

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Caroline Shaw

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Caroline Shaw is a musician who moves among roles, genres, and mediums, trying to imagine a world of sound that has never been heard before…

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Tony Siqi Yun

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The Canadian born pianist Tony Siqi Yun will this season make his subscription debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra performing Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto under the…

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Davóne Tines

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Davóne Tines, heralded as an artist “changing what it means to be a classical singer (The New Yorker) and “[one] of the most powerful voices…

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Joel Wenhardt

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New York based Joel Wenhardt is a jazz pianist, and collaborator. While completing his studies at Juilliard (BM ‘18, MM ‘23) he has become a…

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