2021 Festival Artists

We are thrilled to welcome Company-In-Residence BalletX, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, New York City Ballet MOVES, and many incredible individual artists including Artist-In-Residence Calvin Royal III to this summer’s Festival.

*Festival Artists are subject to change.

 

 

 

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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BalletX

Shawn Cusseaux

Shawn Cusseaux

Shawn Cusseaux is BalletX’s Independence Foundation Dance Fellow. Shawn is an emerging performing artist hailing from Tampa Bay, FL, where he attended Pinellas County Center ...

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Jonah Delgado

Jonah Delgado

Jonah graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2019. His formative dance training began with The Academy of Dance Arts, in Illinois. During his time in ...

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Francesca Forcella

Francesca Forcella

Francesca Forcella came to BalletX in 2013 after working as a company member with the Washington Ballet Studio Company and Los Angeles’ American Contemporary Ballet. ...

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Stanley Glover

Stanley Glover

Stanley Glover is the recipient of a 2019 Princess Grace Award in Dance. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, Stanley Glover ...

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Savannah Green

Savannah Green

Savannah Green was born and raised in New York City, where she attended LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts as a Dance Major and Manhattan ...

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Zachary Kapeluck

Zachary Kapeluck

Zachary Kapeluck hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he received his early training at Southwest Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. He trained at The Juilliard School ...

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Blake Krapels

Blake Krapels

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 2015, Blake graduated ...

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Skyler Lubin

Skyler Lubin

Skyler Lubin is originally from Miami Beach, also growing up in the New Jersey and Philadelphia area. She received her early training from The Rock ...

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Ashley Simpson

Ashley Simpson

Ashley Simpson is originally from West Palm Beach Florida and trained at A.W Dreyfoos High School of the Arts and her local dance studio, School ...

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Richard Villaverde

Richard Villaverde

Richard Villaverde was born in Miami FL, and began dancing at the age of 13. He received most of his early ballet coaching from Maria ...

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Pete Leo Walker

Pete Leo Walker

From Jacksonville, Florida, Pete Leo Walker began his training at The Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts. In 2010 Pete joined Charlotte Ballet under the direction ...

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Andrea Yorita

Andrea Yorita

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 Mignon ...

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Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Currently celebrating its 51st Season, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance is an international, cross-cultural, dance-arts and educational institution rooted in African-American traditions and the Diaspora, dedicated ...

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New York City Ballet MOVES

Adrian Danchig-Waring

Adrian Danchig-Waring

Adrian Danchig-Waring is a Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet. Born in San Francisco, CA, he began his dance training at age 11 at ...

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Joseph Gordon

Joseph Gordon

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 ...

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Ashley Hod

Ashley Hod

Ashley Hod is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. Born in Great Neck, NY, she began her dance training at age ...

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Anthony Huxley

Anthony Huxley

Anthony Huxley is a Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet. Born in Walnut Creek, CA, he studied ballet at the Contra Costa Ballet School ...

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Russell Janzen

Russell Janzen

Russell Janzen is a Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet. Born in Bridgeport, CT, he began his dance training at age 6 at The ...

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Lauren Lovette

Lauren Lovette

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 ...

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Sara Mearns

Sara Mearns

Sara Mearns is a New York City Ballet Principal Dancer. Born in Columbia, SC, she began her dance training at 3 at the Calvert-Brodie School ...

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Roman Mejia

Roman Mejia

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 ...

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Tiler Peck

Tiler Peck

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 ...

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Unity Phelan

Unity Phelan

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 ...

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Andrew Scordato

Andrew Scordato

Andrew Scordato is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. Born in Sewell, NJ, he began studying ballet at age 9 at ...

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Gretchen Smith

Gretchen Smith

Gretchen Smith is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. Born in Evansville, Indiana, she began her dance training at age 7 ...

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Andrew Veyette

Andrew Veyette

Andrew Veyette is a Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet. Born in Denver, CO, he began his dance training at age 9 at Dance ...

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Peter Walker

Peter Walker

Peter Walker is a Soloist with New York City Ballet. Born in Fort Myers, Florida, he began his dance training at age 8 with Judy ...

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Indiana Woodward

Indiana Woodward

Indiana Woodward is a New York City Ballet Soloist. Born in Paris, France, Woodward began her dance training at age 10 at the Yuri Grigoriev ...

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Individual Artists

Isabella Boylston

Isabella Boylston

Born in Sun Valley, Idaho, Isabella Boylston began dancing at the age of three. While training at the Academy of Colorado Ballet, she won the ...

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India Bradley

India Bradley

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

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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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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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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Philip DuClos // Scholar-In-Residence

Philip DuClos // Scholar-In-Residence

Philip Duclos is eighteen years old and lives in New York City where he has studied ballet since age seven at the School of American ...

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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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Joseph Gordon

Joseph Gordon

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 ...

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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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Maria Kowroski

Maria Kowroski

Maria Kowroski was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she began her ballet training at age seven with the School of Grand Rapids Ballet. Ms. ...

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Lauren Lovette

Lauren Lovette

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 ...

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Roman Mejia

Roman Mejia

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 ...

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Ron Myles

Ron Myles

Bessie-Award winner, Ron Myles was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, in a neighborhood called Orange Mound. Growing up the only dancer in the area, ...

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Mira Nadon

Mira Nadon

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 ...

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Dario Natarelli

Dario Natarelli

Dario Natarelli is a 2016 US Presidential Scholar in the Arts, a YoungArts Winner, and a Capezio Athlete. He is a proud member of Actors ...

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Unity Phelan

Unity Phelan

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 ...

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Tiler Peck

Tiler Peck

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 ...

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Calvin Royal III // Artist-In-Residence

Calvin Royal III // Artist-In-Residence

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 ...

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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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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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James Whiteside

James Whiteside

Born in Fairfield, Connecticut, James Whiteside began his training at age nine at the D’Valda & Sirico Dance and Music Centre, where guest faculty included ...

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Festival Musicians

Nicholas Cords

Nicholas Cords

For more than two decades, omnivorous violist Nicholas Cords has been on the front line of a growing constellation of projects as performer, educator, and ...

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Kurt Crowley

Kurt Crowley

Currently the music director/conductor of Hamilton on Broadway. Previous work as a conductor includes Hamilton (Public Theater), Bring It On (Broadway), Natasha, Pierre, and the ...

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Kate Davis

Kate Davis

The music of multi-instrumentalist and singer Kate Davis has been turning heads in New York’s music scene since 2012. Whether she’s crooning rootsy ballads or ...

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Johnny Gandelsman

Johnny Gandelsman

Grammy award winning violinist and producer Johnny Gandelsman’s musical voice reflects the artistic collaborations he has been a part of since moving to the United ...

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Cameron Grant

Cameron Grant

Cameron Grant joined the New York City Ballet in 1984, became a Solo Pianist there 2 years later, and was appointed pianist of the NYCB ...

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Colin Jacobsen

Colin Jacobsen

Violinist and composer Colin Jacobsen is “one of the most interesting figures on the classical music scene” (Washington Post). An eclectic composer who draws on a range ...

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Michael Nicholas

Michael Nicholas

A “long-admired figure on the New York scene” (New Yorker), cellist Michael Nicolas enjoys a diverse career as chamber musician, soloist, recording artist, and improvisor. ...

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Caroline Shaw

Caroline Shaw

Caroline Shaw is a New York-based musician—vocalist, violinist, composer, and producer—who performs in solo and collaborative projects. She was the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for ...

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FESTIVAL CHOREOGRAPHERS

Lil Buck
Michelle Dorrance
Lauren Lovette
Justin Peck
Tiler Peck
Jamar Roberts
Cleo Parker Robinson
James Whiteside

FESTIVAL COMPOSERS

Christina Courtin
Rhiannon Giddens
Caroline Shaw
Tyshawn Sorey

 

 

FESTIVAL ILLUSTRATORS

Kenneth E. Parris III
Andrea Selby

 

 

 

 

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