“Where Dancers Shine Beyond Their Usual Specialties”
–The New York Times
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 Woetzel’s leadership, the Festival has grown dramatically and gained an international reputation as a dynamic hub of new collaborations and commissions. In addition to his work as the director of the Vail Dance Festival, Woetzel has taken on multiple roles in arts leadership since retiring in 2008 from a 20-year career as a principal dancer with New York City Ballet and as a dancer on the international stage. From 2011-2018, During his distinguished dance career, he was lauded for performances in a range of roles created by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, and he had works choreographed for him by Robbins, Eliot Feld, Susan Stroman, Twyla Tharp, and Christopher Wheeldon among others.
As an independent director, choreographer, and producer, Woetzel’s recent projects include DEMO, an interdisciplinary series at the Kennedy Center; Spaces by Wynton Marsalis for Jazz at Lincoln Center; Lil Buck @ Le Poisson Rouge, featuring Lil Buck, Yo-Yo Ma and an array of other stellar musicians; televised Kennedy Center Honors tributes to Natalia Makarova (2012), Patricia McBride (2014), and Carmen de Lavallade (2017); an arts salute to Stephen Hawking for the World Science Festival; two Turnaround Arts performances at the White House; and the first performance of the White House Dance Series, which was hosted by Michelle Obama.
Woetzel has collaborated on numerous initiatives with Yo-Yo Ma, including the Silk Road Connect program in the New York City public schools and Arts Strike, a pioneering format for artists to engage in public service. In 2009, Woetzel became the founding director of the Jerome Robbins Foundation’s New Essential Works (NEW) Program, a five-year program that initiated grants to enable the production of 35 new dance works. In 2009, President Obama appointed Woetzel to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities; he served until 2017 and worked on creating the Turnaround Arts Program, which brings arts education to challenged school districts across the country. From 2011-2018, Woetzel served as the Director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program, which aims to further the value of the arts in society through programming and collaborative initiatives.
Woetzel holds a Master in Public Administration degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and has been a visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School. He received the Harvard Arts Medal in 2015, and in spring of 2018 was announced as a new member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. On July 1, 2018, Damian Woetzel became the seventh president of The Juilliard School.
Calvin Royal III
Calvin Royal III began his formal dance training under the direction of Suzanne Pomerantzeff and Patricia L. Paige at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was a finalist at the Youth America Grand Prix Scholarship Competition in New York City in April 2006 and joined the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in September 2006. Calvin joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in October 2010 and the corps de ballet in April 2011. In the spring of 2017, Calvin was promoted to a soloist with American Ballet Theatre.
Meet the Performers
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.
Patricia Delgado is a former principal dancer with the Miami City Ballet. She is currently a freelance artist living in NYC. She was born and raised in Miami, Florida. With the Miami City Ballet, she performed many ballets by George Balanchine, and Jerome Robbins as well as works by Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Anthony Tudor, Trey Mcyntire, Richard Alston, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Liam Scarlett, Justin Peck and John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet. Her classical repertoire includes Swanhilda in Coppelia, and featured roles in Giselle and Don Quixote. She has danced at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and at Le Chatelet in Paris, France as well as across the United States. Delgado is the associate choreographer of the Steven Spielberg directed movie version of West Side Story.
Michelle Dorrance is a New York based tap dancer, performer, choreographer, teacher and director. A 2015 MacArthur Fellow, 2014 Alpert Award winner, 2013 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner, 2012 Princess Grace Award Winner, and both a 2015 and 2011 Bessie Award Winner, Michelle is the Founder and Artistic Director of Dorrance Dance. She is “one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today” (The New Yorker). She was the Festival’s Artist-In-Residence in 2017.
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. She trained with Gina Forcella at Dance Stop Education Center in New Jersey, then continued her classical ballet training with Risa Kaplowitz and Susan Jaffe. At 16 she joined Houston Ballet II (HBII) and continued training with Claudio Munoz and Sabrina Lenzi. With HBII, she toured nationally and internationally, and in 2011, she represented Houston Ballet at the International Youth Dance Festival in Budapest, Hungary. Francesca has enjoyed the privilege of having ballets set on her by choreographers Ma Cong, Elie Lazar, and Lincoln Jones. She has danced ballets by George Balanchine, Stanton Welsh, Twyla Tharp, and Septime Webre. Among her favorite roles are the female leads in Trey McIntyre’s Blue Until June and in Stanton Welch’s Fingerprints.
Joseph Gordon is a Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet. Born in Phoenix, AZ, he began his dance training at age 5 at Phoenix Dance Academy, and came to the School of American Ballet in 2006. Named an NYCB apprentice in 2011, he joined the NYCB corps de ballet in 2012, was promoted to Soloist in 2017, and to Principal Dancer in 2018. His repertory includes leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, August Bournonville, William Forsythe, Peter Martins, Benjamin Millepied, Matthew Neenan, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, Troy Schumacher, and Christopher Wheeldon.
Zachary Kapeluck hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he received his early training at Southwest Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. He also trained at The Juilliard School and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Summer Intensives, and in the summer of 2011, he worked as a guest artist with Mary Miller Dance in Pittsburgh in a project titled Confluence. He graduated with a BFA in Dance from Point Park University, where he had the opportunity to perform works by such choreographers as George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Toru Shimazaki, Kevin Iega Jeff, Val Caniparoli, Jessica Lang, and Alejandro Cerrudo. He received training there from Doug Bentz, Kiesha Lalama, Garfield Lemonius, and Dana Arey. Zachary joined BalletX in 2013.
Carla was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and began her ballet training at age five. In 1996 Korbes moved to New York to study at the School of American Ballet and in 1999, was the Mae. L. Wien Award recipient and became an apprentice with New York City Ballet. She was promoted to Soloist in 2005 and later that year joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a soloist. Körbes was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2006. She was the Festival’s 2015 Artist-In-Residence, and in addition to her performing career, is an associate professor in ballet at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Lauren Lovette is a Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet. Born in Thousand Oaks, CA, she began her dance training at age 11 at California Dance Theatre, continued at the Cary Ballet Conservatory, and came to the School of American Ballet in 2006. Named an NYCB apprentice in 2009, she joined the NYCB corps de ballet in 2010, was promoted to Soloist in 2013, and to Principal Dancer in 2015. Her repertory includes leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon, among others. Lovette has choreographed two works for NYCB: For Clara (2016) and Not Our Fate (2017).
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 School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, PA, then continued her training at the Miami City Ballet School. Skyler also attended summer programs at The School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. From 2010-2014, Skyler danced as a member of the Corps de Ballet with Miami City Ballet, under the direction of Edward Villella and Lourdes Lopez. She has performed in featured roles, including Flower Festival pas de deux, Swan Lake pas de trois, and Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, and has premiered pieces by Alexei Ratmansky and Liam Scarlett. Skyler joined BalletX in 2015.
Roman Mejia is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. Born in Fort Worth, TX, he began studying ballet at age 3 with his mother and father, and continued his training at the Mejia Ballet Academy before coming to the School of American Ballet in 2015. Named an NYCB apprentice in 2017, he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet later that year. His repertory with NYCB includes leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Kyle Abraham, Edwaard Liang, Peter Martins, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, and Gianna Reisen
Bessie-Award winner, Ron Myles was born in Memphis, TN and specializes in Jookin, a type of freestyle dance developed on the streets of Memphis. Ron has appeared in the feature films Footloose (2011), Frank and Cindy (2014) and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip (2015). Ron has also starred in several commercials including Beats by Dre, Diet Pepsi (with Sofia Vergara), Kohl’s and Adidas Originals.
Dario Natarelli is a US Presidential Scholar in the Arts, a YoungArts Winner, and a Capezio Athlete. He is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. Dario is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia HS of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York where he was a drama major and delivered a commencement address at Lincoln Center centering around the importance of arts education.
Credits include: Tappin’ Thru Life with Maurice Hines (Off-Broadway), The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, A Salute to the Presidential Scholars at The Kennedy Center directed by Debbie Allen, Breaking Brooklyn (film), Scholar-In-Residence at the Vail Dance Festival, Assistant Choreographer to Michelle Dorrance at Vail Dance Festival, Assistant Choreographer to J. Austin Eyer for Hands on a Hardbody at Penn State Centre Stage, Assistant Choreographer to Michele DunLeavy for Men on Boats at Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, Inside/Out at Jacob’s Pillow, and national commercials.
Dario is on the teaching faculty at the acclaimed Broadway Dance Center in New York City. He has taught master classes in tap dance and contemporary dance nationwide. He teaches private dance lessons and creates choreography for dancers of all levels. He volunteered for many years as an assistant teacher at American Tap Dance Foundation (NYC) and with Broadway Workshop for Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS.
He is currently a BFA Musical Theater student at Pennsylvania State University where he performed one of his pieces for the University-wide initiative, “All In at Penn State: A Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion.” He has achieved Dean’s List status for every semester and is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Fraternity. Dario is grateful to all of his teachers and supporters, at Penn State and throughout his training – especially his late tap dance mentor, Robert L. Reed, who always reminded him to “Respect the Dance.”
Tiler Peck is a Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet. Born in Bakersfield, CA, she began her dance training at age 2 at Bakersfield Dance Company, and studied with Alla Khaniashvili as well as Conjunctive Point and the Westside School of Ballet before coming to the School of American Ballet in 2003. Named an NYCB apprentice in 2004, she joined the NYCB corps de ballet in 2005, was promoted to Soloist in 2006, and to Principal Dancer in 2009. Her repertory includes leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, William Forsythe, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon, among many others.
Unity Phelan is a Soloist with New York City Ballet. Born in Princeton, New Jersey, she began her dance training at age 5 at the Princeton Ballet School and came to the School of American Ballet in 2009. Named an NYCB apprentice in 2012, she joined the NYCB corps de ballet in 2013 and was promoted to Soloist in 2017. Her repertory includes leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Robert Binet, William Forsythe, Lauren Lovette, Peter Martins, Matthew Neenan, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon.
Caili Quan started dancing in her native Guam under the direction of John Grensback and Bettina Sanzotta and moved to New York City to continue her classical training at Ballet Academy East. She was a trainee with Richmond Ballet and an apprentice with Charlotte Ballet (formerly North Carolina Dance Theatre), before joining First State Ballet Theatre under Pasha Kambalov for three seasons. During her training, she performed works by George Balanchine, Marius Petipa, and Malcolm Burn, among others. Caili has had to pleasure to choreograph for konverjdans, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, DanceWorks Chicago’s ChoreoLab, CelloPointe, and St. Paul’s School. Her piece Fancy Me was performed at the Vail Dance Festival in 2018. Caili was nominated by BalletX to serve as an Artistic Partnership Fellow at The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU during Summer 2019. She is very excited to be choreographing a new work for BalletX’s Summer Series 2020.
Born in Pennsylvania, Devon Teuscher began her dance training at the Champaign Urbana Ballet Academy and continued her training at the Vermont Ballet Theatre School. From 2002 to 2006 Teuscher attended American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive, and was a National Training Scholar from 2003 to 2006. In 2005, Teuscher relocated to New York to dance at American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School on full scholarship. Teuscher joined the Studio Company in 2006. She joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in December 2007 and the corps de ballet in June 2008. Teuscher became a Soloist in August 2014 and was promoted to Principal in July 2017.
Melissa Toogood is a Bessie Award winning performer. She joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 2007 and performed through the Legacy Tour. She has taught Cunningham Technique internationally since 2007, is a 2013 & 2015 Merce Cunningham Fellow, and has staged his work on institutions such as Stephen Petronio Company, The Washington Ballet, Vail Dance Festival, New World School of the Arts and Bard College. A member of Pam Tanowitz Dance since 2006, she also serves as Rehearsal Director, and Assistant to the Choreographer on many projects.
She has performed with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Kimberly Bartosik, Wally Cardona & Jennifer Lacey, Michelle Dorrance, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, Miro Dance Theater, Stephen Petronio Company, Sally Silvers, Christopher Williams, The Bang Group: Tap Lab, and many others.
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 Eugenia Lorenzo, trained at Dancetown, under the direction of Manuel and Lory Castro, and graduated from New World School of the Arts, under the direction of Daniel Lewis. In 2009, Richard won the national title of “Senior Male Outstanding Dancer” at New York City Dance Alliance, and he was also awarded a full scholarship to The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, where he trained with Douglas Becker, Michael Sheridan, Ronen Koresh, Scott Jovovitch, and Christine Cox. In December 2011, Richard was selected to study abroad at La Biennale de Venezia for six months, under the direction of Ismael Ivo. While there he worked with world-renowned contemporary artists, and upon returning to the United States, he began his first season at BalletX. Since joining BalletX in 2012, Richard has been in over 30 world premieres by choreographers including Matthew Neenan, Nicolo Fonte, Jodie Gates, Trey McIntyre, Kevin O’Day, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Cayetano Soto.
James Whiteside was born in Fairfield, Connecticut. He trained at the D’Valda & Sirico Dance and Music Center, as well as the Virginia School for the Arts. He joined Boston Ballet in 2002, and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2009. Whiteside joined American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in 2012 and was named Principal Dancer in 2013.
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 Furman. In 2012, she graduated as a Gillespie Scholar with a BFA in Dance Performance from the University of California, Irvine, where she studied under Jodie Gates, Molly Lynch, and Donald McKayle. Originally trained under the R.A.D. syllabus, Andrea has completed all Vocational R.A.D. exams with Distinction, as well as received the Solo Seal Award. In 2008, Andrea competed as a finalist in the Genée International Ballet Competition in Toronto, Canada. She has participated in the National Choreographers Initiative, as an apprentice, and the Traverse City Dance Project. Andrea was a 2016 Dance Finalist for the Clive Barnes Award. She joined BalletX in 2012.
Johnny Gandelsman, violin
Colin Jacobsen, violin
Nicholas Cords, viola
Michael Nicolas, cello
Hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings), the veteran string quartet Brooklyn Rider presents eclectic repertoire and gripping performances that continue to draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike. NPR credits Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble.”
In fall 2018, Brooklyn Rider released Dreamers on Sony Music Masterworks with celebrated Mexican jazz vocalist Magos Herrera. The recording includes gems of the Ibero-American songbook as well as pieces written to texts by Octavio Paz, Rubén Darío, and Federico García Lorca — all reimagined by arrangers including Jaques Morelenbaum, Gonzalo Grau, Diego Schissi, Guillermo Klein, and Brooklyn Rider’s own Colin Jacobsen. They will tour to support the album beginning at New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center. Brooklyn Rider will also debut their Healing Modes project this season which presents Beethoven’s Opus 132 in its entirety alongside five compact new commissions which explore the subject of healing from a wide range of historical and cultural perspectives. Composers include Reena Esmail, Gabriela Lena Frank, Matana Roberts, and recent Pulitzer Prize winners Caroline Shaw and Du Yun.
To start the 2017-18 season, Brooklyn Rider released Spontaneous Symbols on Johnny Gandelsman’s In a Circle Records label. The album featured new quartet music by Tyondai Braxton, Evan Ziporyn, Paula Matthusen, Kyle Sanna, and Brooklyn Rider violinist Colin Jacobsen. Works from that recording were also featured in live performance for Some of a Thousand Words, the ensemble’s recent collaboration with choreographer Brian Brooks and former New York City Ballet prima ballerina Wendy Whelan. An intimate series of duets and solos in which the quartet’s live onstage music is a dynamic and central creative component, Some of a Thousand Words was featured at the 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, before two U.S. tours, including a week-long run at New York City’s Joyce Theater. This season the quartet reunites with Whelan and Brooks for a second North American tour. They also teamed up with banjoist Béla Fleck — with whom they appeared on two different albums, 2017’s Juno Concerto and 2013’s The Impostor — for concerts in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado, and Montana. Other recent highlights include partnering with two instrumentalists who are at the forefront of their respective genres, jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman and Irish fiddle master Martin Hayes. The tours with Redman and Hayes were the product of multi-season collaborations that will continue and include new recordings with both artists. Balancing these collaborations was a full schedule of quartet performances across the U.S., as well as in the U.K., Sweden, and Germany.
During the 2016-17 season, Brooklyn Rider released an album entitled so many things on Naïve Records with Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, comprising music by Colin Jacobsen, Caroline Shaw, John Adams, Nico Muhly, Björk, Sting, Kate Bush and Elvis Costello, among others. The group toured material from the album and more with von Otter in the U.S. and Europe, including stops at Carnegie Hall and the Opernhaus Zürich. Additionally, Brooklyn Rider performed Philip Glass’s String Quartet #7, furthering a relationship with the iconic American composer which began with 2011’s much-praised Brooklyn Rider Plays Philip Glass and continued with the release of Glass’s most recent quartets on the composer’s Orange Mountain Music label in December 2017.
In 2015, the group celebrated its tenth anniversary with the groundbreaking multi-disciplinary project Brooklyn Rider Almanac, for which it recorded and toured 15 specially commissioned works, each inspired by a different artistic muse. Other recording projects include the quartet’s eclectic debut recording in 2008, Passport, followed by Dominant Curve in 2010, Seven Steps in 2012, and A Walking Fire in 2013. In 2016, they released The Fiction Issue with singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane, with the title track a Kahane composition that was premiered in 2012 at Carnegie Hall by Kahane, Brooklyn Rider and Shara Worden. A long-standing relationship between Brooklyn Rider and Iranian kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor resulted in the much-praised 2008 recording, Silent City.
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 Music in 2013 for Partita for 8 Voices, written for the Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth, of which she is a member.
Recent commissions include new works for Renée Fleming with Inon Barnatan, Dawn Upshaw with Sō Percussion and Gil Kalish, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with John Lithgow, the Dover Quartet, TENET, The Crossing, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, the Calidore Quartet, Brooklyn Rider, the Baltimore Symphony, and Roomful of Teeth with A Far Cry. The 2018-19 season will see premieres by pianist Jonathan Biss with the Seattle Symphony, Anne Sofie von Otter with Philharmonia Baroque, the LA Philharmonic, and Juilliard 415. Caroline’s film scores include Erica Fae’s To Keep the Light and Josephine Decker’s Madeline’s Madeline as well as the upcoming short 8th Year of the Emergency by Maureen Towey.
She has produced for Kanye West (The Life of Pablo; Ye) and Nas (NASIR), and has contributed to records by The National, and by Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry. Once she got to sing in three-part harmony with Sara Bareilles and Ben Folds at the Kennedy Center, and that was pretty much the bees’ knees and elbows.
Caroline has studied at Rice, Yale, and Princeton, currently teaches at NYU, and is a Creative Associate at the Juilliard School. She has held residencies at Dumbarton Oaks, the Banff Centre, Music on Main, and the Vail Dance Festival. Caroline loves the color yellow, otters, Beethoven opus 74, Mozart opera, Kinhaven, the smell of rosemary, and the sound of a janky mandolin.
About the Leonard Bernstein Composer-In-Residence Program:
Established in tribute to the extraordinary impact and example provided by Leonard Bernstein, this program integrates the composition of new music into the structure of Festival programming. The Composer-In-Residence creates new pieces of music to be choreographed and premiered at the Festival and also participates in programming highlighting the indispensable partnership between music and dance.
Memphis Jooker Phyouture “Lil P” (Altavien Hart) made his Festival debut in 2016 with fellow Jookers, Lil Buck, Ron Myles and Keviorr “Tip Toe” Taylor in Dancing in the Streets and on the Dance for $20.16 program in the world premiere of WAIT. Phyouture “Lil P” (pronounced Future) was our 2018 Scholar-In-Residence.
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.
Cory Stearns was born on Long Island, New York and began his classical training at Seiskaya Ballet with Mme. Valia Seiskaya. At fifteen, he participated in the Youth America Grand Prix and was offered a full scholarship to the Royal Ballet School in London. During his training there, he performed in Madrid, Moscow, Milan and Germany. Upon graduating from the Royal Ballet School with honors, he received, for the second year, the Dame Ruth Railton Award for excellence in dance. Mr. Stearns joined American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company (now ABT II) in September 2004, the main Company as an apprentice in January 2005 and as a member of the corps de ballet in January 2006. He was appointed a Soloist in January 2009 and a Principal Dancer in January 2011. Mr. Stearns won the 2009 Erik Bruhn Prize for best male dancer.
Miriam Miller is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. She was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and began her dance training in 2001 at University of Iowa Youth Ballet and School of Dance under the direction of Kathryn Smith. In 2006, she began studying with Sarah Barragan at City Ballet of Iowa. She attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet (SAB) and became an apprentice with NYCB in January 2015. While still an apprentice with NYCB, Miller performed the role of Titania in George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as featured roles in Balanchine’s Harlequinade (Le Bonne Fée) and Peter Martins’ Swan Lake (Princess). She joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in January 2016.
Preston Chamblee is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. He was born in Wendell, North Carolina and began his dance training at the age of 14 at the Raleigh School of Ballet under Mary Legere and Pablo Perez. He continued his training at the International Ballet Academy in Apex, North Carolina from 2010 to 2013. Mr. Chamblee studied at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, during the 2012 and 2013 summer courses, and enrolled as a full-time student in 2013. He was named an apprentice with NYCB in August 2014 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in February 2015.
Adji Cissoko was born and grew up in Munich, Germany where she trained at Ballet Academy Munich. Cissoko attended the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in New York City on full scholarship, before joining the National Ballet of Canada in 2010. In 2012 she was awarded the Patron Award of Merit by the Patrons’ Council Committee of The National Ballet of Canada. Cissoko joined LINES Ballet in 2014.
Michael Montgomery of Long Beach, CA, trained at the Orange County High School of the Arts and studied at the Alvin Ailey School in the Certificate program. In 2011 he graduated from the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program at Dominican University of California. Montgomery was awarded the American College Dance Festival Association’s best student performer award for the Southwest Region in 2008. In 2010, he joined LINES Ballet and was named a Shenson Performing Arts Fellow that same year. Montgomery was named to the list of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine in 2013. Mongomery joined Alonzo King LINES Ballet in 2010.
India Bradley is a member of New York City Ballet’s Corps de Ballet. She was born in Detroit, Michigan and began her dance training at the age of four at The Link School of the Arts in Troy, Michigan. At the age of eleven, she attended the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet in Novi, Michigan, under the direction of Sergey Rayevitskey. She was named an apprentice in August 2017 and joined the Company as a member of the Corps de Ballet in August 2018. As an apprentice, India performed a featured role in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.
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.
Born in Moscow, Maria Kochetkova trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School for eight years before dancing with The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet in London. She joined the San Francisco Ballet as a Principal Dancer in 2007 and has performed as a guest artist with the Bolshoi and Stanislavsky Theaters in Moscow, the Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky Theaters in St. Petersburg, ABT in New York, Rome Opera and the Tokyo Ballet. Her classical repertoire includes the title role in Giselle, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Kitri in Don Quixote, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Tatiana in John Cranko’s Onegin, the title role in Alice in Wonderland and Nikiya in The Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadère. She has also performed in George Balanchine’s Coppelia (as Swanilda), Divertimento No. 15, Jewels (Emeralds and Rubies), Serenade and Theme and Variations, Symphony in C (2nd movement), Scotch Symphony, William Forsythe’s in the middle, somewhat elevated and Artifact Suite, Kenneth MacMillan’s Winter Dreams and bedroom pas de deux from Manon, Frederick Ashton’s Symphonic Variations and Voices of Spring, Wayne McGregor’s Chroma (opening night for US premiere), Serge Lifar’s Suite en Blanc and ballets by David Dawson, Derek Deane, Jorma Elo, Mark Morris, Yuri Possokhov, Alexei Ratmansky, Jerome Robbins, Helgi Tomasson, Christopher Wheeldon and Hans Van Manen.
Kochetkova has created principal roles in Yuri Possokhov’s Diving into the Lilacs, Raymonda Pas de Deux, Classical Symphony and Francesca da Rimini, Helgi Tomasson’s On a Theme of Paganini and Trio, Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella, Within the Golden Hour and Number 9, Alexei Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands, Jorma Elo’s One Overture, Mauro Bigonzetti’s Cinque and Wayne McGregor’s Borderlands.
Her guest performances include Kitri in Don Quixote for the 2009 NBS World Ballet Festival in Tokyo and Cinque and One Overture with the Bolshoi’s Reflections project (2011). She has also performed at the Stars of the 21st Century Ballet Galas in Toronto, Moscow, Panama and Paris, the Roberto Bolle and Friends Gala at the Arena di Verona and New York, the Nijinsky Gala in Hamburg, the Boris Eifman and Ballet Stars Gala at Mikhailovsky Castle in St Petersburg, Les Etoiles pour le Japon Gala at the Palais des congrès in Paris, the International Ballet Star Gala in Taipei, the YAGP Pestov Galas in Moscow and New York and YAGP Ballet’s Greatest Hits Gala in Tampa Florida.
Kochetkova performed the Grand Pas de Deux in San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker which was broadcast by PBS in 2008 and won the solo gold medal in the NBC series Superstars of Dance which was watched by over 10 million viewers.
Kochetkova’s prizes and awards include the Isadora Duncan Award for the role of Giselle and medals at the International Ballet Competitions in Seoul (Gold, 2005), Rome (Gold, 2005), Riety (Gold, 2005), Luxembourg (Gold, 2003), Varna (Silver and the Press Jury Prize, 2002), Moscow (Bronze, 2001). She is also a winner of the Prix de Lausanne (2002) and was nominated for the best dancer award in the Benois de la Dance (2013) and National Dance Awards (2014).
Christopher Grant was born in Jamaica, Queens. He began his dance training at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in 2002. Additional training includes summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) and the New York State Summer School of the Arts. In August 2015, he became an apprentice with NYCB. As an apprentice with the Company, Mr. Grant originated a featured role in Nicolas Blanc’s Mothership. He joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in August 2016.
Naomi Funaki is a tap dancer from Tokyo, Japan, currently living in New York City working with New York based companies, Dorrance Dance Second Company, Caleb Teicher & Company, and Music From The Sole. She is also an alumni of The School at Jacob’s Pillow for their tap program of 2017. Other performance credits include “Tap Family Reunion”, Vail Dance Festival, Dance Against Cancer (Lincoln Center), and Ayodele Casel and Arturo O’Farrill (Joyce Theater).
Aaron Marcellus is a singer, vocal coach, writer, musician, dancer, and actor with Dorrance Dance. Aaron started out with gospel music and has performed around the world. He has recorded albums and was voted top 24 on American Idol in 2011. After a world tour, Marcellus was featured in a ChapStick commercial, NBC’s Next Caller, and STOMP. He founded Surrender to Love, LLC, a foundation that supports arts programs and seeks to feed the hungry and Adventure Voice.
Byron Tittle started tap dance at a young age with David Rider and the American Tap Dance Foundation in his hometown of New York. Wanting to study other disciplines, he also trained at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. Now he is a dancer at Dorrance Dance. Byron recently toured the United States, Australia, and New Zealand with Hugh Jackman in The Man, The Music, The Show, and is humbled to have received a 2019 Princess Grace Foundation Dance Fellowship Award.
Christopher Broughton is a dancer at Dorrance Dance and is from Los Angeles. Under Paul and Arlene Kennedy at Universal Dance, he was a member of the Kennedy Tap Company and received the national NAACP ACTSO Award twice. Performances include New York City Center’s Cotton Club Parade; Juba! Master’s of Tap and Percussive Dance at the Kennedy Center; and Broadway’s Tony and Astaire Award–winning production After Midnight and Jelly’s Last Jam.
Matthew “Megawatt” West started dancing at his church in Queens, NY, and with the company On Point Choreography, where he learned different styles of hip hop dance. He has competed in several Bboy competitions and is a passionate educator. Mega is a student of House music and dance, training with the NYC crew MAWU, Conrad Rochester, and James “Cricket” Colter. Matthew is a dancer at Dorrance Dance.
Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie is a NYC based b-girl, dancer and choreographer, and a 2016 Bessie Award Winner for Innovative Achievement in Dance. As artistic director of Ephrat Asherie Dance (EAD), she has presented work nationally and internationally. Asherie received a 2019 NYFA Choreography Fellowship and Dance Magazine’s Inaugural Harkness Promise Award in 2018. She is a dancer at Dorrance Dance.
Elizabeth Burke is a founding member of Dorrance Dance who spent eleven years under the direction of her mentor, Gene Medler, in the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble. She is an alumna of the School at Jacob’s Pillow and Marymount Manhattan College. Other performance credits include work with Bessie Award winner Nicholas Van Young’s SoundMovement and the American Dance Festival alongside Luke Hickey. She has been described as a “deft and impassioned” dancer by the NY Times.
Warren Craft is a New York City tap dancer and a current and founding member of Dorrance Dance. He studied ballet at JKO and SAB, tap improvisation with Ayodele Casel at Fazil’s, and was introduced to butoh dance theatre by Ko Murobushi and Yuko Kaseki at CAVE in Brooklyn. Recently, Warren contributed choreography to the 2019 film In This Life, directed by Bat-Sheva Guez and starring Robbie Fairchild.
Donovan Dorrance hails from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he trained as a multi-instrumentalist before attending The University of North Carolina for a B.A. in philosophy. In 2014, he moved to Brooklyn to assist his sister’s dance company and pursue his passion for music. Outside of the company, Dorrance composes for film, theater, podcasts, and your weird passion project
Claudia Rahardjanoto is born and raised in Berlin, Germany, Claudia started her professional dance career at the Deutsche Open Berlin. At fifteen, she fell in love with tap dance under the tutelage of Sven Göttlicher and Marie-Christin Zeisset and moved to NYC in 2003 to pursue a career in tap dance, where she is now a dancer at Dorrance Dance. She hopes to continue to share her love and passion for music and the art of tap dance through her teaching and performing worldwide.
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 Brazil’s rich rhythmic and musical forms. A true dancer-musician, he is increasingly in demand as a choreographer, solo dancer, and jazz musician. His choreography, including frequent collaborations with composer Gregory Richardson, has been presented at venues including Jacob’s Pillow, the Yard, the National Folk Festival, and the Battery Dance Festival.
Dorrance Dance musician Gregory Richardson, is a multi-instrumentalist focusing on upright and electric bass. He’s the co-creator of Music From The Sole, an Afro-Brazilian tap dance and live band show that is currently in residence at Lincoln Center Education. He’s played drums, keys, and guitar with the band Darwin Deez at the world’s largest music festivals in the UK, Australia, Japan, Germany, and Austria.
Nicholas Van Young
Nicholas Van Young is a dancer, musician, choreographer, and a 2014 Bessie Award recipient. He began his professional career at age 16 under Acia Gray and Deidre Strand with Tapestry Dance Company in Austin, Texas, eventually rising to principal dancer and resident choreographer. Since moving to New York he has performed with Manhattan Tap, RumbaTap, Dorrance Dance, and Beat the Donkey; he has toured as a drummer for Darwin Deez; and he spent almost a decade performing with STOMP, where he performed the lead role and acted as rehearsal director. Young tours both nationally and internationally teaching and performing at various tap festivals, and founded Sound Movement dance company and IFTRA, the Institute for the Rhythmic Arts. He is thrilled to have found a home with Dorrance Dance, co-creating and developing ETM: Double Down, and the Guggenheim Rotunda Project, both collaborative efforts with Michelle Dorrance.
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 Dance Theatre Seven, and came to the School of American Ballet in 2001. Named an NYCB apprentice in 2002, he joined the NYCB corps de ballet in 2003, was promoted to Soloist in 2009, and to Principal Dancer in 2013. His repertory includes leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Merce Cunningham, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon, among many others. He is the Director of the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of NYCB.
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 and the San Francisco Ballet School, and came to the School of American Ballet in 2003. Named an NYCB apprentice in 2006, he joined the NYCB corps de ballet in 2007, was promoted to Soloist in 2011, and to Principal Dancer in 2015. His repertory includes leading roles in works by George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, Jerome Robbins, Troy Schumacher, Richard Tanner, Peter Walker, and Christopher Wheeldon
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 Rock School and came to the School of American Ballet in 2005. Named an NYCB apprentice in 2007, he joined the NYCB corps de ballet in 2008, was promoted to Soloist in 2014, and Principal Dancer in 2017. His repertory includes leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, August Bournonville, Edwaard Liang, Pontus Lidberg, Peter Martins, Benjamin Millepied, Matthew Neenan, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, Troy Schumacher, Peter Walker, and Christopher Wheeldon, among others
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. Carmen Amaya in Madrid, and came to the School of American Ballet in 2010. Named an NYCB apprentice in 2011, he joined the NYCB corps de ballet in 2012 and was promoted to Soloist in 2018. His repertory includes leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, August Bournonville, William Forsythe, Peter Martins, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, Troy Schumacher, and Christopher Wheeldon.
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 at Evansville Dance Theatre and came to the School of American Ballet in 2003. Named an NYCB apprentice in 2005, she joined the NYCB corps de ballet the following year. Her repertory includes leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Melissa Barak, Christopher d’Amboise, Adam Hendrickson, Peter Martins, Justin Peck, Angelin Preljocaj, Alexei Ratmansky, Pam Tanowitz, and Christopher Wheeldon.
Abi Stafford is a Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet. Born in Carlisle, PA, she began her dance training at age 6 at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and came to the School of American Ballet in 1998. Named an NYCB apprentice in 1999, she joined the NYCB corps de ballet in 2000, was promoted to Soloist in 2002, and to Principal Dancer in 2007. Her repertory includes leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Melissa Barak, Stephen Baynes, August Bournonville, Jiří Bubeníček, Merce Cunningham, Miriam Mahdaviani, Peter Martins, Kevin O’Day, Angelin Preljocaj, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon.
Taylor Stanley is a New York City Ballet Principal Dancer. Born in Philadelphia, PA, he began his dance training at age 3 at The Rock School and came to the School of American Ballet in 2008. Named an NYCB apprentice in 2009, he joined the NYCB corps de ballet in 2010, was promoted to Soloist in 2013, and to Principal Dancer in 2016. His repertory includes leading roles in numerous works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Kyle Abraham, August Bournonville, Pontus Lidberg, Lauren Lovette, Peter Martins, Benjamin Millepied, Justin Peck, Angelin Preljocaj, Alexei Ratmansky, Peter Walker, and Christopher Wheeldon.
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 Arts and Westside Ballet, and came to the School of American Ballet in 1998. Named an NYCB apprentice in 2000, he joined the NYCB corps de ballet later that year, was promoted to Soloist in 2006, and to Principal Dancer in 2007. His repertory includes leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Mauro Bigonzetti, August Bournonville, Merce Cunningham, Lauren Lovette, Peter Martins, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, Twyla Tharp, and Christopher Wheeldon.
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 Murray and at the Gulfshore Ballet, and came to the School of American Ballet in 2007. Named an NYCB apprentice in 2011, he joined the NYCB corps de ballet in 2012 and was promoted to Soloist in 2018. His repertory includes leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Kyle Abraham, Peter Martins, Justin Peck, Christopher Wheeldon, and in his own work, among others. He has choreographed two works for NYCB: ten in seven (2016) and dance odyssey (2018).
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 School of Ballet and came to the School of American Ballet in 2010. Named an NYCB apprentice in 2012, she joined the NYCB corps de ballet that year and was promoted to Soloist in 2017. Her repertory includes leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Robert Binet, August Bournonville, William Forsythe, Edwaard Liang, Lauren Lovette, Peter Martins, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, Gianna Reisen, Pam Tanowitz, Peter Walker, and Christopher Wheeldon.
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 with a BFA in dance from The Juilliard School, where he performed repertoire by William Forsythe, Merce Cunningham, Elliot Feld, Jose Limon and Peter Chu. In addition to his core training at school, Blake participated in Summer Intensives at Nederlands Dans Theatre (2014, 2016) and Springboard Danse Montreal (2013). Since graduating, he has danced for The Metropolitan Opera, Keigwin & Company, GroundWorks Dance Theatre, Emery LeCrone Dance, and Konverjdans. Last fall, Blake launched Alpha, a dance theater company with two of his Juilliard classmates Michael Marquez and Gemma Bender. They curated their world premiere as a part of Cleveland DanceWorks 2017. Blake joined BalletX in 2018.
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 began his dance training at Premiere One Dance Academy under the direction of Adrienne Brazile. He attended Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, where he graduated and earned a BFA in May 2016. He was a Top-20 contestant on Season 11 of the hit television show So You Think You Can Dance and has performed repertoire and trained under some of the best in the industry, including Sonya Tayeh, Sidra Bell, Robert Battle, Dwight Rhoden, Tyce Diorio, Tommie-Waheed Evans, Gary Jeter, Roni Koresh, Wayne St. David, Tokyo, Random Dance, Hubbard Street, Pennsylvania Ballet, and many more. He also performed as a principal dancer in the Las Vegas production of Cirque du Soleil’s Mystère. Stanley joined BalletX in 2018.
Roderick Phifer was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he graduated from Northwest School of the Arts. At the age of 11, he found his interest in ballet after a summer intensive at Debbie Allen Dance Academy. Shortly after this experience, he received a scholarship to train at North Carolina Dance Theater, under the direction of Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. He later finished his training at Dance Productions, under the direction of Lori Long and his mentor Denise Britz-Clark. Roderick graduated from North West School of the Arts and continued on to the University of the Arts, where he received a full-tuition scholarship. He received his BFA from the University in 2017 and began his journey with BalletX. In his spare time, he is a freelance contemporary dance teacher and choreographer. He has had the opportunity to teach at UPenn Arts House (2016-2018) and has been a guest teacher with Jena Burgin-Peters Entertainment in Charlotte, NC since 2013. Most recently, he was invited to teach at World Dance Camp in Poland (2018-2019).
Chloe Perkes received her training at Deane Dance Center in Sacramento, CA and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She began her professional career in 2005 at the Foundry, a San Francisco-based contemporary company under the direction of Alex Ketley. In 2008, Chloe returned to classical ballet for three seasons at the Sacramento Ballet, performing many principal and soloist roles. In 2010, Chloe joined BalletX after meeting company co-founder Matthew Neenan. Chloe has been featured in over 60 world premieres by choreographers including Matthew Neenan, Jodie Gates, Nicolo Fonte, Trey McIntyre, Jorma Elo, and Kevin O’Day, among others. In 2014, Chloe was named “Best of the Best” by Pointe Magazine for her role in Neenan’s seminal piece, Sunset, o639 Hours. Since 2015, Chloe, along with cellist Gabriel Cabezas and composer Alyssa Weinberg, co-directs duende, an experimental music and dance company.
Erica Cornejo trained at the Arts Institute of the Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires. At age 14, she won a gold medal at the Second International Ballet Competition in Argentina and was immediately invited to join Julio Bocca’s Ballet Argentino. She was featured as Bocca’s partner in many principal roles. Cornejo joined American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company in 1998 and later that year became a member of ABT’s corps de ballet. She was promoted to soloist in 2002.
In 2006 Erica joined Boston Ballet as a Principal Dancer. Cornejo had been honored as a Messenger of Peace by Unesco. She also received a medal of honor from the U.S. chapter of Institute Belgraniano as one of Argentina’s leading dancers. Cornejo has been featured on the cover of Pointe Magazine and Dance Magazine. In 1998 Erica and her brother, Herman Cornejo, were invited as guest artists to dance at a special tribute held at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York honoring both President Bill Clinton and Argentinean President Carlos Menem. In 2005, Erica danced for President George Bush at the White House.
Cornejo has created leading roles in Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison and Lar Lubovitch’s “. . .smile with my heart”. She has performed with Corella Ballet in Spain and worldwide at festivals and ballet galas in Italy, Spain, Greece, Egypt, Israel, Portugal, Japan, Korea, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Brazil, Gala des Étoiles du XXI Siècle in Paris and Canada, and Gala du Diamonds in Moscow.
Her diverse repertoire includes Anna-Marie Holme’s Corsaire, Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, Paul Taylor’s Black Tuesday and Airs, Mark Morris’s Gong, Clark Tippet’s Bruch Violin Concerto, Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, August Bournonville’s La Sylphide, Maina Gielgud’s Giselle, Val Caniparoli’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion and Lady of the Camile, George Balanchine’s Emeralds, Donizetti Variation, Apollo, Coppélia, Theme and Variations, Ballo della Regina and Four Temperament, Michel Fokine’s Le Spectre de la Rose, Florence Clerc’s Bayadère and Les Sylphide, James Kudelka’s Cinderella, Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Antony Tudor’s Dark Elegies, William Forsythe’s The Second Detail and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude and Jiří Kylián’s Sechs Tänze, Petite Mort, No More Play, Falling Angels, and Bella Figura, Jorma Elo’s Bach Cello Suites, Jerome Robbin’s Antique Epigraphs, Hans van Manen’s Black Cake, Angel in John Neumeier’s Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler, Leonid Yakobson’s Pas de Quatre, Tatiana in John Cranko’s Onegin.
Cornejo danced with Boston Ballet as a Principal Dancer from 2016 until 2017, She still dancing as freelance.
Erica has taught at the Boston Ballet , American Ballet Theatre Summer Programs as well as for many others. She is a certified teacher by the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum for the levels Primary to III and a certified teacher in Progressing Ballet Technique for Junior, Senior and Advanced programs.
Miss Cornejo is the co-founder Artistic director of “INTEGRARTE “ a Dance Art Movement Center in Boston- USA, married to former Boston Ballet principal dancer Carlos Molina and is the sister of ABT principal dancer Herman Cornejo.
Takahashi is an apprentice in the New York City Ballet. He was born in Dallas, Texas & began ballet training at the age of 8 at Ballet Academy of Texas under the direction of Lisa Slagle. At the age of 13, he trained at Mejia International Ballet under the direction of Paul Mejia, then later moved to New York and trained at Ballet Tech under the direction of Elliot Feld. In the fall of 2016, he enrolled in the School of American Ballet. in addition to his ballet career, he is well known as a dubstep dancer, accumulating more than 280,000 YouTube subscribers and over 36 million views for a series of videos.
Mira Nadon is a member of New York City Ballet’s Corps de Ballet. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and began her ballet training at the age of six at the Inland Pacific Ballet Academy in Montclair, California under the direction of Victoria Keonig and Jill Voznick. In 2017, Mira became an apprentice with NYCB and as an apprentice, she originated a corps role in Gianna Reisen’s Judah. She joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in November 2018.
Savannah Green was born & raised in New York City, where she attended the famed LaGuardia High School for Music, Art & the Performing Arts as a Dance Major. She studied at Manhattan Youth Ballet on a full merit scholarship, performing featured roles in professional-level repertoire including George Balanchine’s Stars & Stripes, Emeralds, & Serenade, as well as Jerome Robbins’ Interplay. Savannah graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in June 2017 with a BFA in Dance & a minor in Political Science. In her final year at UCSB, she was a member of the Student Dance Company & spent the year touring internationally & performing works by José Limón, Andrea Miller, Anna Halprin, among others. During that time, Savannah was privileged to be a featured soloist in Limón’s tribute to Isadora Duncan, Dances for Isadora. Savannah is in her second season as a Dance Fellow with BalletX where she has performed works by Matthew Neenan and Nicolo Fonte. She is also a member of Buglisi Dance Theater, performing new works in New York City & Kaatsbaan International Dance Center.
Justin Peck is a Tony Award-winning choreographer, director, and dancer based in New York City. He is currently the acting Resident Choreographer of New York City Ballet. Peck began choreographing in 2009 at the New York Choreographic Institute. In 2014, after the creation of his acclaimed ballet Everywhere We Go, he was appointed as Resident Choreographer of New York City Ballet. He is the second person in the institution’s history to hold this title.
Peck joined New York City Ballet as a dancer in 2006. As a performer, Peck has danced a vast repertoire of works by George Balanchine , Jerome Robbins, Alexei Ratmansky, Benjamin Millepied, Christopher Wheeldon, and many others. In 2013, Peck was promoted to the rank of Soloist, performing through 2019 with the company. Peck has created over 40 ballets– 20 of those for New York City Ballet. His works have been performed by Paris Opera Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, LA Dance Project, Dutch National Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet, to name a few. His collaborators include composers Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner (The National), Dan Deacon, Caroline Shaw, M83; visual artists Shepard Fairey, Marcel Dzama, John Baldessari, George Condo, Steve Powers, and Jules de Balincourt; and fashion designers Mary Katrantzou, Humberto Leon (Kenzo, Opening Ceremony), Tumori Chisato, and Dries Van Noten.
In 2014, Peck was the subject of the documentary Ballet 422, which followed him as he created NYCBallet’s 422nd original dance, Paz de la Jolla. In 2015, his ballet Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes won the Bessie Award for Outstanding Production. Peck directorial and choreographic work on film includes 20th Century Fox feature film RED SPARROW (starring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton), the New York Times GREAT PERFORMERS Series (starring Julia Roberts, Ethan Hawke Emma Stone, Glenn Close, and others), and the remake Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film WEST SIDE STORY.
Peck choreographed the 2018 Broadway revival of Carousel. The production was directed by Jack O’Brien and stars Jesse Meuller, Joshua Henry, & Renée Fleming. Peck has been awarded the National Arts Award (2018), the Golden Plate Honor from the Academy of Achievement (2019), and the Tony Award for his choreography on Broadway’s Carousel (2018).
Bobbi Jene Smith
Choreographer Bobbi Jene Smith was born in Centerville, Iowa. From 2005-2014 she was a member of the Batsheva Dance Company under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin. She is an alumnus of the Juilliard School, North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Her choreography has been presented by The Batsheva Dance Company, CORPUS – The Dance Laboratory of the Royal Danish Ballet, The Martha Graham Dance Company, The Juilliard School, PS122 COIL Festival, A.R.T, The Israel Museum, Luminato Festival, LaMama, Sacramento Ballet, and UNC Chapel Hill. In 2017 she became a founding member of the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC).
Raja Feather Kelly
Choreographer/Director Raja Feather Kelly is the artistic director of New Brooklyn Theatre. In 2009, he founded the dance-theatre-media company the feath3r theory. The two companies merged in 2018. Raja has been awarded a Creative Capital Award (2019), a National Dance Project Production Grant (2019), a Breakout Award from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (2018), Dance Magazine’s inaugural Harkness Promise Award (2018), the Solange MacArthur Award for New Choreography (2016), and is a three-time Princess Grace Award winner (2017, 2018, 2019). He was born in Fort Hood, Texas and holds a B.A. in Dance and English from Connecticut College.
Raja has been named as the 2019–2020 Randjelovic/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist at New York Live Arts and is an inaugural Jerome Hill Artist Fellow. Raja has also been awarded a New York Dance Performance “Bessie” Award, a Bessie Schonberg Fellowship at The Yard, a DanceWEB Scholarship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Choreography Fellowship, a HERE Arts Fellowship, 2018 Creator-in-Residence at Kickstarter, and a Choreography Fellowship at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU.
Over the past decade he has created fifteen evening-length works with his company the feath3r theory to critical acclaim. Most recently, UGLY (Black Queer Zoo) at The Bushwick Starr, and We May Never Dance Again® at The Invisible Dog in Brooklyn. Professionally, Raja has performed with Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group, David Dorfman Dance, Kyle Abraham|Abraham.In.Motion, and zoe | juniper. He has also managed a number of dance companies: Race Dance, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, zoe | juniper, and Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group.
Since 2016, Raja has choreographed extensively for Off-Broadway theatre in New York City, most notably for Signature Theatre, Soho Rep, and New York Theatre Workshop and Playwrights Horizons. Frequent collaborators include: Lileana Blain-Cruz, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Sarah Benson, and Lila Neugebauer. Other theatre credits include choreography for Skittles Commercial: The Musical (Town Hall), The Chronicles of Cardigan and Khente (SohoRep), Everyday Afroplay (JACK), GURLS (Princeton University, Yale Repertory Theatre), Electric Lucifer (The Kitchen), Lempicka (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The House That Will Not Stand (New York Theatre Workshop), Fireflies (Atlantic Theatre Company), The Good Swimmer (BAM), and Faust (Opera Omaha). Most recent work: A Strange Loop (Playwrights Horizons), Fairview (Soho Rep, Berkeley Rep, TFANA and winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama).
Lauren King was born in Massapequa Park, New York, and began her dance training at the age of 10 with Jane Miller, Luba Gulyaeva, Ali Pourfarrokh, and Lynn Glauber at the American Theater Dance Workshop, the official school of the Eglevsky Ballet Company, in New Hyde Park, New York. Lauren joined New York City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in June 2004 and was promoted to soloist in February 2013.
Heralded as ‘a singer of immense power and fervor’ by The Los Angeles Times, Davóne Tines appears this season with Ilan Volkov conducting the BBC Symphony, Louis Langrée and the Cincinnati Symphony, David Robertson and the Houston Symphony, and with Stéphane Denève and the Saint Louis Symphony. Tines was co-creator of The Black Clown, a music theater experience inspired by Langston Hughes’ poem of the same name that animates a black man’s resilience against America’s legacy of oppression by fusing vaudeville, opera, jazz, and spirituals to bring Hughes’ verse to life onstage. The world premiere was given by the American Repertory Theater in autumn 2018 and presented by Lincoln Center in summer 2019. Tines is the recipient of the 2018 Emerging Artists Award given by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He is a graduate of Harvard University and received a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. This season will be Davóne Tines debut at the Vail Dance Festival.