Performing Artists

Please see below our list of former and current artists who have participated in the Festival

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Edgar Anido

Born in Santa Clara, Cuba, Edgar Anido trained at the National School of Ballet. He has previously danced with Camagüey Ballet, Central Ballet Theatre, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. He Joined BalletX in Fall 2014.


Michael Apuzzo

Apuzzo grew up in North Haven, Connecticut. He studied economics and theater at Yale University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2005. He has since performed in numerous musicals at equity theaters across the county, and recently finished performing in the National Tour of Twyla Tharp’s Broadway show, Movin’ Out. He holds a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.   Mr. Apuzzo joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 2008.

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Jared Angle

Jared Angle trained at the Allegheny Ballet Academy,  and received the Rudolf Nureyev Scholarship to attend the School of American Ballet in 1996 He joined New York City Ballet in 1998, and was awarded a Princess Grace Foundation USA Dance Fellowship in 2001.  He is currently a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet.


Megan Bartula

Megan Bartula trained at Deborah’s Stage Door in Michigan, where she spent 10 years on their national award-winning competition team. At The University of Michigan, Megan was an executive member, dancer and choreographer for Rhythm Tap Ensemble. Megan has worked with Derick Grant, Max Pollak, Lisa La Touche, and Dorrance Dance.


Inna Berlizyeva

Inna Berlizyeva is originally from Ukraine and began dancing at the age of 9.  With years of competitive dance experience, she became a 3 time Ukrainian National Champion, and was runner up in the Eastern European 10-Dance Championships.  Inna represented Ukraine at the World and European Championships before moving to Slovenia, where she became a National Team Representative and Slovenian National Champion for 3 years.  She moved to The United States in 2005, where she continued to succeed both Nationally and Internationally.  


Christopher Broughton

Christopher Broughton, of Los Angeles, grew up under Paul and Arlene Kennedy and the Kennedy Tap Company, which has produced tap luminaries Derick Grant and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards. Alongside Sumbry-Edwards, Broughton performed in the Broadway show After Midnight, which garnered Tony, Astaire and Drama Desk Awards. Broughton's dancing has also received recognition from the NAACP twice with the ACT-SO Award.


Kent Boyd

Kent Boyd is ‘fan favorite’ and Season 7 runner up from Fox’s hit dance competition reality show SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. Immediately after completing the show he departed on a 40 city tour around the US with the top 10 dancers and various ‘All Stars’ from past seasons. Kent appeared as a guest star on the Disney Channel’s SHAKE IT UP and is continuing to appear at various dance workshops all over the country. 


Isabella Boylston

Isabella Boylston was trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and the Harid Conservatory in Florida. She Joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 2006 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2014. She has also appeared as a guest star with the Mariinsky, The Royal Danish Ballet, and the National Ballet of China.


Lil Buck

Leader of the dance style known as Jookin, which originated in Memphis, TN,  Lil Buck gained mass acclaim for his YouTube collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma in The Swan directed by Damian Woetzel. He made a guest appearance on The Colbert Report in 2013 and also appeared with Madonna in her 2012 Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show and performs with Madonna regularly.


Eran Bugge

Eran Bugge is from Oviedo, Florida where she began her dance training at the Orlando Ballet School. She went on to study at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford under the direction of Peggy Lyman, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a B.F.A. in ballet pedagogy in 2005. She attended The Taylor School and the 2004 and 2005 Taylor Summer Intensives. Ms. Bugge has performed in works by Amy Marshall, Katie Stevinson-Nollet and Jean Grand-Maître. She was also a member of Full Force Dance Theatre and the Adam Miller Dance Project. She joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company in Fall 2005.


Elizabeth Burke

Elizabeth Burke (Rehearsal Director/Dance Captain) has been working with Dorrance Dance since the company's inception in 2010/2011 and prior to that spent 11 years under the tutelage of her mentor, Gene Medler, in the acclaimed North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble (NCYTE). She also works with Nicholas Young’s SoundMovement Dance Company and Caleb Teicher & Company, among other choreographers.


Zachary Catazaro

Zachary Catazaro trained at the School of Canton Ballet in Canton, OH, and the School of American Ballet. He became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in 2007, and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2008. He was promoted to Soloist in 2014.

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Dmitry Chaplin

Dmitry Chaplin was born on July 14, 1982 in Rostov-na-Donu, Rostovskaya oblast, RSFSR, USSR as Dmitriy Aleksandrovich Chaplin. He is known for his work on Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance.


Jeffery Cirio

Jeffery Cirio trained at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, PA. He joined Boston Ballet in 2009, promoted to Second Soloist in 2010, Soloist in 2011 and Principal in 2012. Cirio joined American Ballet Theatre as Soloist in 2015.

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Herman Cornejo

Herman Cornejo was trained at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was a Gold Medalist at the 8th International Dance Competition in Moscow. He then joined American Ballet Theatre in 1999, and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2003. Cornejo is a guest artist with numerous companies around the world. He was recognized at the Bessies in 2013 and was awarded the Benois de la Danse Prize in 2014.


Lindsey Croop

Lindsey Croop began her formal ballet training at Coleman Academy under the direction of Susan Clark and Judy Coleman. She continued her studies during summer intensives with Milwaukee Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Ballet Austin and The Ailey School. Following high school, she attended Butler University, where she received dual degrees in dance arts administration and strategic communications. Ms. Pitts began her professional career with Nashville Ballet's second company, performing under the direction of Paul Vasterling in full-length ballets that included The Nutcracker, Giselle and Swan Lake.


Inga Demetryan

Inga Demetryan was born in 1988, February 25 in Armenia. In 2007 she started joined the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet after A. Spendiaryan. In 2011 Demetryan moved with her husband to Tel Aviv, Israel to continue their ballet career as principal dancers with The Israel Ballet. In 2013 she and her husband returned to Armenia with to work as principal dancers at the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet after A. Spendiaryan. In 2014 she moved to USA and in 2016 started working at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Redondo Beach. 

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Da'Von Doane

Da’ Von Doane began his training at the Salisbury Studio of Dance and has attended summer intensives at the Kirov Academy of Ballet and Atlantic Contemporary Ballet Theatre. At age 15, he returned to ACBT as a full-time academic student. In 2008, Mr. Doane moved to New York to join the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble and performed at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival that summer. In the fall of 2009, he danced as part of the Dance Theatre of Harlem and in the winter of 2009, he began touring with DTH as a part of its Dance for America Tour.


 Donovan Dorrance

Donovan Dorrance, (Chapel Hill, NC), studied music and voice before graduating from The University of North Carolina (B.A., Philosophy). After singing in an a cappella group, and drumming in an indie-rock band, Donovan moved to Brooklyn to assist his sister’s company and pursue music. Donovan co-composes music for Dorrance Dance, takes online business courses, and gets published in his UNC professors' philosophy books.


Michelle Dorrance

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).


Carla Espinoza

Carla Espinoza commenced dancing tango at age 13. She studied at the "Escuela Nacional de Danza", having majored in classical and contemporary dance. She competed in the "Mundial de Tango" in 2014 achieving 5th place in the salon Category and 7th place in Stage Category. Carla has worked in various Tango Shows in Buenos Aires including "Cafe el Tortoni", "El Querandi", "Esquina Carlos Gardel" and "Tango Porteño", the latter with the singer Amelita Baltar. åShe has toured nationally with the argentine Hernan Piquin in his show "Hernan Piquin es Pasional".



Robert Fairchild

Robert Fairchild was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and began his dance training at Dance Concepts. His formal ballet training began at the age of ten at the Ballet West Conservatory. Mr. Fairchild attended the 2002 and 2003 summer courses at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, and enrolled as a full time student in the fall of 2003. In June 2005, Mr. Fairchild became an apprentice with NYCB, and the following June, he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. He was promoted to soloist in May 2007, and in October 2009 was promoted to principal dancer.

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Chloe Felesina

Chloe Felesina received her primary training at Deane Dance Center in Sacramento and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, directed by Summer Lee Rhatigan. Chloe spent three years dancing for the San Francisco based company The Foundry directed by Alex Ketley, where she was integral to the creation of works involving processes like improvising outdoors, collaborating with poets, and going to residency programs around the country. She then joined Sacramento Ballet for three seasons, where she performed various principal and soloist roles.


 Chrystyn Fentroy

Chyrstyn Fentroy was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She moved to New York after being offered a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet School trainee program. During her first year there she was asked to join the Joffrey Ballet School Performance Company. Chyrstyn competed in the Youth America Grand Prix finals in 2010 and 2011 and was asked to compete in the Beijing International Dance Competition. She is currently in her third season with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Fentroy was featured on the January 2015 cover of Dance Magazine as one of the 25 Dancers to Watch.


Chase Finlay

Chase Finlay was born in Fairfield, Connecticut, and began his dance training at the age of 8 at Ballet Academy East. He went on to study at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, during the summer of 2007 and later enrolled as a full-time student. Finlay became an apprentice with NYCB in September 2008, became a member of the corps de ballet in September 2009, was promoted to the rank of soloist in July 2011, and became a principal in February 2013.


Michelle Fleet

Michelle Fleet grew up in the Bronx and began her dance training at age four. She attended Ballet Hispanico of New York during her training at Talent Unlimited High School. There she was a member of The Ballet Hispanico Jr. Company. Ms. Fleet earned her B.F.A. in dance from Purchase College in 1999 and received her M.B.A. in business management in 2006. She has performed in works by Bill T. Jones, Merce Cunningham, Kevin Wynn, and Carlo Menotti. Ms. Fleet joined the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company in Summer 1999. She made her debut with the Paul Taylor Dance Company in September 2002.

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Francesca Forcella

Francesca Forcella has previously danced with Houston Ballet II, Los Angeles American Contemporary Ballet, and Washington Ballet Studio Company. She joined BalletX in Fall 2013.


Lauren Froderman

Born and raised in Glendale, Arizona, Lauren Froderman began dancing at the age of three and performed with the Phoenix Rockettes when she was ten years old. She was the Season 7 winner of So You Think You Can Dance and appeared as an All-Star in the series. After winning So You Think You Can Dance, she began her studies at Loyola Marymount University in Southern California. 


Jodie Gates

Jodie Gates has established a remarkable career as an educator, director, choreographer and dancer. Her professional career includes dancing as a principal ballerina with the Joffrey Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet. Ms. Gates is the Vice Dean & Director at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. 

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Angelica Generosa

Angelica Generosa  began her dance training with Gina Forcella in Sayreville, NJ, and has trained at both the Princeton Ballet School, and the School of American Ballet. She was a recipient of the Youth America Grand Prix Regional Hope Award in 2005 and was a New York finalist in 2007. Ms Generosa also received the School of American Ballet’s Mae Wien Award in 2011.  She  joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2011 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2012.

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Joseph Gordon

Joseph Gordon has trained at the Phoenix Dance Academy and the School of American Ballet in New York. He has been a member of New York City Ballet corps de ballet since 2012.


Francisco Graciano

Francisco Graciano, a native of San Antonio, Texas, received a B.F.A. in dance from Stephens College for Women (male scholarship), and scholarships from the Alvin Ailey School and The Taylor School. He has been a member of TAKE Dance Company, Michael Mao Dance, Ben Munisteri Dance Company, Cortez & Co. Contemporary/Ballet, Pascal Rioult Dance Theater, and Dusan Tynek Dance Theater, among others and appeared in the operas "Aida" and "White Raven" directed by Robert Wilson. Mr. Graciano joined the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company in February 2004 and made his debut with the Paul Taylor Dance Company in Granada, Spain in Summer 2006.


Nico Greetham

Virginia native Nico Greetham was in the Top 10 of So You Think You Can Dance Season 10. He has since appeared in "Newsies" and "Glee, and modeled for Urban Dancewear.


Laura Halzack

Laura Halzack trained at The School of the Hartford Ballet and studied at the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. Ms. Halzack graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in History from the University of New Hampshire in 2003. She then studied at the Hartt School and at The Taylor School’s 2004 Summer Intensive. She has performed with the Amy Marshall Dance Company and Syren Modern Dance and has enjoyed teaching in her home state. Ms. Halzack studied at The Taylor School for two years before joining the Paul Taylor Dance Company in Summer 2006.


Madelyn Ho

Madelyn Ho is from Sugar Land, Texas, where she began dancing at Kinard Dance School and later trained with BalletForte under the artistic direction of Michael Banigan. She graduated from Harvard College with a BA in Chemical and Physical Biology. While there, she was awarded the Artist Development Fellowship and attended the Taylor School Winter Intensive. She was a member of Taylor 2 from 2008 to 2012 and left to attend Harvard Medical School, during which time she was a guest artist for Alison Cook Beatty Dance and performed with Urbanity Dance. She joined Paul Taylor Dance Company in Spring 2015.

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Elena Heiss

Elena Heiss began Flamenco at age eight at the National Institute of Flamenco (NIF)  Kids Camp in 2006.  In 2014, she received the  Princess Grace Dance Performance Scholarship.  She performed at  the Vail International Dance Festival (VIDF)  in 2014 and was the inaugural Scholar in Residence under the Direction of Damian Woetzel.  She has continued her intensive studies with Masters  Antonio Canales, and Manuela Rios of Spain.  

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Bill Irwin

William Mills "Bill" Irwin is an American actor, clown, and comedian. He is best known for his vaudeville-style stage performances and has been noted for his contribution to the renaissance of American circus during the 1970s. He has also made a number of appearances on film and television, and he won a Tony Award for his role in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf on Broadway. Children know him as Mr. Noodle on Sesame Street's Elmo's World.

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Gary Jeter

Gary W. Jeter II trained on full director’s scholarship at University of the Arts. He has previously danced with PHILADANCO, Eleone Dance Theater, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Joined BalletX in Fall 2014.

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Zachary Kapeluck

Zachary Kapeluck was born in Pittsburgh, PA. Trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer Program, and Point Park University. Joined BalletX in Summer 2013.


Parisa Khobdeh

Parisa Khobdeh, born and raised in Plano, Texas, earned her B.F.A. from Southern Methodist University. While studying at SMU and the American Dance Festival as a Tom Adams Scholar, she worked with choreographers Robert Battle, Judith Jamison and Donald McKayle, among others, and has attended Taylor and Graham Intensives in New York. Khobdeh has choreographed dances to benefit human rights organizations, as well as for independent films. She premiered with the Paul Taylor Dance Company at the American Dance Festival in Summer 2003.


Robert Kleinindorst

Robert Kleinindorst is originally from Roseville, Minnesota. He graduated from Luther College in 1995 with a B.A. in voice and dance. After moving to New York, he danced with the Gail Gilbert Dance Ensemble, and Cortez & Co. Kleinendorst also performed with Anna Sokolow’s Players Projects at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Having studied at The Taylor School since 1996, he joined the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company in August 1998. Kleinendorst joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company in Fall 2000.


Carla Körbes

Carla Körbes 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. June 7, 2015 marked Korbes’ last performance with PNB.  The same month she assumed her current role as Associate Artistic Director of L.A. Dance Project alongside Benjamin Millepied.

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Misa Kuranaga

Misa Kuranaga trained at the Jinushi Kaoru Ballet School in Osaka, Japan, and the School of American Ballet. Formerly a member of the San Francisco Ballet, she Joined the Boston Ballet in 2003. In 2005 she was promoted to Second Soloist, later promoted to Soloist in 2007, and finally promoted to Principal in 2009.


Francis Lawrence

Francis Lawrence studied at The Australian Ballet School where he graduated with a diploma in dance. While at the school, he danced with The Australian Ballet and with its regional Dancers Company for two years. Upon arriving in the states, Mr. Lawrence joined New York Theatre Ballet for their 30th season in Cinderella and Dance/Speak: The Life of Agnes de Mille and has danced for the Grand Rapids Ballet Company under the direction of Patricia Barker. Mr. Lawrence most recently worked with Olivier Weavers on Fragments, as well as a new work, The Couch.  


Lauren Lovette

Lauren Lovette was born in Thousand Oaks, California and began studying ballet at the age of 11 at the Cary Ballet Conservatory in Cary, North Carolina. She attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, during the summers of 2004 and 2005 and enrolled at SAB as a full time student in 2006. In October 2009, Ms. Lovette became an apprentice with NYCB and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in September 2010. She was promoted to soloist in February 2013 and to principal dancer in June 2015.

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Skyler Lubin

Skyler Lubin was trained at The Rock School for Dance Education and Miami City Ballet School. Previously dance in the Corps de Ballet with Miami City Ballet. She joined BalletX in Fall 2014.


Sean Mahoney

Sean Mahoney, born and raised in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, attended Princeton Ballet School on scholarship and trained with Fred Knecht. In 1991 he began as an apprentice at American Repertory Ballet (ARB) and became a featured dancer with the company. Mr. Mahoney was one of the first members of the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company in 1993 just after completing high school. He has danced for David Parsons, Alex Tressor and Geoffrey Doig-Marx, and performed in Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular. He rejoined Taylor 2 in 2002 and made his debut with the Paul Taylor Dance Company in January 2004. 


Adi Malcom

Adi Malcom was doing research for a school assignment and found something that sparked her interest: Dance. At 12, she has not taken a single dance class, but has over 11,000+ subscribers on YouTube and a viral video. Adi loves to preform and teach, and races motocross in her spare time.


Aaron Marcellus

Aaron Marcellus, singer, vocal coach, writer, musician, dancer, and actor, started in Gospel music. His credits include American Idol 2011 and STOMP. Marcellus hosts a Burlesque show at Duane Park, and founded Surrender To Love, LLC, a foundation that supports arts programs and seeks to feed the hungry, and Adventure Voice, a training program offering vocal classes for groups and individuals.


Vard Margaryan

Born in Armenia, Vard Margaryan, began dancing when he was 5 years old, at the  "Zvartnots" club. He has won numerous championship titles in the categories of both Latin and Standard programs. Margaryan received an invitation from the  Armenian National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet to join  as a Ballet Artist. In 2008, he moved to the United States to further his ballroom career. When Margaryan moved to the United States, he began competing in the Professional American Rhythm Division and has since achieved regional, national, and world titles.                       


Christina Lynch Markham

Christina Lynch Markham grew up in Westbury, New York and began dancing with Lori Shaw. She attended Hofstra University on scholarship and performed works by Cathy McCann, Karla Wolfangle, Robin Becker, and Lance Westergard. During college she trained at The Taylor School, and attended the Company’s Summer Intensive Program. After graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2004, she danced with the Amy Marshall Dance Company, Stacie Nelson and The Dance Theater Company. She joined Paul Taylor 2 in Summer 2008 and the Paul Taylor Dance Company in Spring 2013.

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Daniel Mayo

Daniel Mayo trained at The Juilliard School and he previously danced with Atlanta Ballet and RUBBERBANDance Group. Daniel appeared in the film Bravo!FACT and has been a member of BalletX  since 2014.


Heather McGinley

Heather McGinley grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. Through her early training with Lisbeth Brown she attained a Diploma in the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet. She graduated from Butler University with a B.F.A. in dance performance in 2005. McGinley was a member of Graham II for two season and went on to perform with the Martha Graham Dance Company from 2008 to 2011. Ms. McGinley toured Italy in the original cast of Seeking Picasso, dancing lead roles including Graham's Deep Song. She participated in the 2010 Intensives at The Taylor School, and joined the Paul Taylor dance Company in Spring 2011.


Jodie Melnick

Jodi Melnick’s work has been presented nationally and internationally, most recently at The Brooklyn Academy of Music. Melnick has worked with choreographers and artists such as Trisha Brown, Twyla Tharp, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sara Rudner, John Jasperse, and Rashaun Mitchell, and is currently creating work on New York City Ballet dancers Sara Mearns, Jared Angle, and Gretchen Smith.  Melnick is a participant in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Extended Life Dance Development program and has recieved two New York Dance and Performance Awards for sustained achievement in dance.


Gabriel Missé

Gabriel Missé is one of the great milongueros (self-taught dancers) of this generation.  At the age of eight, in his native Buenos Aires, he began studying with great masters of tango such as Antonio Todaro and Pepito Avellaneda.  Mr. Missé toured the world as part of Miguel Angel Zotto’s company Tango x 2. He began dancing with Natalia Hills in Buenos Aires in 2009, when they presented Romper el Piso.

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Rashaun Mitchell

Rashaun Mitchell graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2000,and has received numerous awards including a Princess Grace Award: Dance Fellowship (2007), multiple “Bessy” awards  a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art (2013), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2014). He has been on faculty at Sarah Lawrence College and is a full-time Professor of Dance at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.


Dario Natarelli

Born in Vail, Dario Natarelli began his dance training at the age of four and he began intensive training in tap at the age of seven with the Colorado Chapter of the St. Louis Hoofers Club. Soon after, he moved to New York. He was awarded a full scholarship to The School at Jacob’s Pillow in 2014 and was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts Candidate through YoungArts in 2016. Most recently, he made his off-Broadway debut in Tappin’ Thru Life. Dario attends LaGuardia Arts High School in New York City as a Drama major and will attend Penn State University in the fall of 2016 as a Musical Theater major.


Ron "Prime Tyme" Myles

Bessie-Award winner, Ron “Prime Tyme” 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

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Matthew Neenan

Trained at the Boston Ballet School, LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and the School of American Ballet. His works have been featured and performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Colorado Ballet and Ballet Memphis, among many others.


Michael Novak

Michael Novak was raised in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. He trained on scholarship at The University of the Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, and Springboard Danse Montreal, and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University with a B.A. in Dance. He has performed repertory by Bill T. Jones, James Kudelka, Vaslav Nijinsky, and Stephen Petronio, and has worked for choreographers including Gina Gibney, Daniel Gwirtzman, and Bonnie Scheibman. Novak started studying at the Taylor School in 2008 and attended the Taylor Summer Intensive before joining the Company in Summer 2010.

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Tiler Peck

Tiler Peck began her dance training at the age of seven, studying privately with former Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Alla Khaniashvili . At the age of 12, she entered the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet. In February 2005 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. She was promoted to Soloist in December 2006, and principal dancer in October 2009. She is the currently the spokesperson for Body Wrappers and was named to the 2014 Forbes 30 under 30.

 Unity _Phelan  

Unity Phelan

Unity Phelan began her dance training at the age of five at the Princeton Ballet School. During the summers of 2008 and 2009, Phelan attended the summer sessions at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, and enrolled as a full-time student in fall of 2009. She became an apprentice with NYCB in December 2012 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in November 2013.


 Artem Plakhotnyi

Artem Plakhotnyi- Is originally from Ukraine and began dancing at the age of 6.  Through the years, he became a 3 time Ukrainian National Champion in 10-Dance, Latin and Standard.  Before moving to The United States in 2005, he represented Ukraine in the World and European Championships and was the Gold Medalist at the IDU World Under 21, 10-Dance Championships.  Artem continues to coach both amateur and professional dancers of all levels and styles in the ballroom industry.

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Caili Quan

Born in Guam, Caili Quan trained at Ballet Academy East and Richmond Ballet. She has previously danced with North Carolina Dance Theatre and First State Ballet Theatre. Quan joined BalletX in 2013.


Claudia Rahardjanoto 

From Berlin, Germany, Claudia Rahardjanoto was named one of “25 To Watch” by  Dance  Magazine and featured on the cover of  Dance  Teacher Magazine. Credits include work with Andreas Dänel, Sven Göttlicher, Dianne Walker, Ted Levy, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Michelle Dorrance, Derick Grant, Brenda Bufalino, Roxane Butterfly, Barbara Duffy, Max Pollak, the late Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer, and the legendary Mable Lee.


Gregory Richardson

Gregory Richardson (composer and multi-instrumentalist) tours with the band Darwin Deez, performing at many of the world's largest music festivals. His second home is with the New York City tap dance community, composing for and/or performing in several shows with Dorrance Dance, including Myelination, which was commissioned by the Fall For Dance Festival and premiered at New York City Center.

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Silas Riener

Silas Riener graduated from Princeton University in 2006 with a degree in Comparative Literature and certificates in Creative Writing and Dance. He was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from November 2007 until its closure at the end of 2011. In 2014, he was a New York City Center Choreographic Fellow and a Mellon Artist-in-Residence at The Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College.

 Calvin _Royal  

Calvin Royal III

Calvin Royal III began his formal dance training at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, Florida at the age 14. He joined the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in September 2006.  Royal joined ABT II (now the ABT Studio Company) as an apprentice in October 2010 and the corps de ballet in April 2011. 


Matthew Rushing

Matthew Rushing was born in Los Angeles, CA. He was a scholarship student at The Ailey School and later became a member of Ailey II. Mr. Rushing has performed for Presidents George H. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. He has choreographed Acceptance In Surrender (2005), a collaboration with Hope Boykin and Abdur-Rahim Jackson, Uptown (2009), a tribute to the Harlem Renaissance, ODETTA (2014), a celebration of "The queen of American folk,” and Moan(2012), which was set on Philadanco. Mr. Rushing joined the Company in 1992 and became Rehearsal Director in June 2010.


James Samson

James Samson is a native of Jefferson City, Missouri. He received a B.F.A. in dance with a minor in business from Southwest Missouri State University, then went on to study as a scholarship student with the David Parsons New Arts Festival, Pilobolous Intensive Workshop, and the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive where he was selected to perform in Paul Taylor’s Airs set by Linda Kent. Mr. Samson has danced for Charleston Ballet Theatre, Omaha Theatre Company Ballet, Omega Dance Company, New England Ballet, Connecticut Ballet and the Amy Marshall Dance Company. He joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company in February 2001.


Leonardo Sandoval

Leonardo Sandoval hails from Brazil, where he developed his distinctive style, aiming to incorporate Brazilian rhythmic, musical, and dance traditions into tap. He has danced with Dorrance Dance since moving to New York in 2013, in addition to solo projects as a dancer and choreographer, including the recent premiere of his first evening-length piece, Music from the Sole.


Dylan Santos

Dylan Santos began his studies at Centro de Artes Pavilhao D in Brazil under the direction of Ricardo Scheir.  At the age of 15 he was a finalist at Youth American Grand Prix in NYC where he was awarded scholarships for study at several schools including the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, FL where he ultimately decided to continue his studies. After working as a trainee with the Houston Ballet, Dylan joined the Orlando Ballet and then Ballet Chicago. He has worked in company productions with the Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet. 


Anthony Javier Savoy

At the age of 16, Anthony Javier Savoy began his classical training on scholarship, at Abigail Francisco's School of Classical Ballet. In 2008, he left Point Park University, to attend Anne Arundel Community College, working towards a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and a minor in biology. In 2010, Savoy joined Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble and in 2011 he participated in the Fire Island Dance Festival 17, in collaboration with Dancers Responding to AIDS and Broadway Cares. Savoy has also served as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. while performing and providing community outreach in Kingston, Jamaica. He also worked on So You Think You Can Dance Season 10.


Claudia Schreier

Claudia Schreier has been commissioned by the Lake Tahoe Dance Collective, Intermezzo, The Ailey School, Ballet Academy East and Columbia Ballet Collaborative. In 2015, she presented a full evening of her work at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York. A 2008 Harvard graduate, Ms. Schreier is a recipient of the Suzanne Farrell Prize for Outstanding Artistry in the Field of Dance, the 2014 Winner of the Breaking Glass Project and a 2015 Dance Magazine Nominee for Best Emerging Choreographer.

 jenyashatilova   Jenya Shatilova

Jenya Shatilova is a highly accomplished professional ballroom dancer. She started learning ballroom dancing at the age of 12. In 2006 Shatilova moved to Unites States to continue her amateur dance career abroad and became a finalist for major U.S. competitions. In 2014 she and her partner won the US National RS Professional Latin Championship as well as US Open to the World RS Professional Latin Championship and became finalists in US National Professional Latin Championship. She has assisted with choreography for SYTYCD and MTV show “Faking it”.


Shantala Shivalingappa

Born in India and raised in Paris, Shantala is a child of the East and West. Lauded as a rare dancer by artists and connoisseurs, Shantala Shivalingappa brings a captivating contemporary sensibility to the 2,000-year-old traditional South Indian Kuchipudi dance form. Deeply moved and inspired by Kuchipudi, she dedicated herself to training from one of its greatest teachers, Vempati Chinna Satyam. Her associations with choreographers and directors including Pina Bausch and Peter Brook fueled her rapid rise in the West and sparked a new global dance generation with her charm, musicality, and the storytelling embodied in her performances.


Ingrid Silva

Ingrid Silva began her formal ballet training at the age of 8 at Dançando Para Não Dançar, the Deborah Colker school and Escola de Dança Maria Olenewa. She has also apprenticed with Company Grupo Corpo in Brazil. After entering the Univercidade da Cidade College, she decided to follow her passion and traveled to New York in 2007. That summer, she attended the Dance Theatre of Harlem Summer Intensive Program, and afterwards joined the school’s Professional Training Program. She became a member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble in 2008. Ms. Silva has also performed with Armitage Gone! Dance performing GAGA-Gaku at the Joyce Theater in 2011.


Alison Stroming

Accepted to The School of American Ballet where she began her formal ballet training at the age of nine, Alison Stroming performed many children’s roles with the New York City Ballet in numerous productions. She attended the American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive in New York in 2004 where Franco De Vita, offered her a full scholarship to the new Junior Division where she continued her training. Ms. Stroming was the recipient of the Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship in 2010. She danced for two seasons with the Alberta Ballet in Canada and most recently with Ballet San Jose under the direction of Jose Manuel Carreno. This will be her first year with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. 

 Pam _Tanowitz  

Pam Tanowitz

Pam Tanowitz has been making dances since 1992.  She is a graduate of Ohio State University and Sarah Lawrence College, where she was mentored by former Merce Cunningham principal dancer Viola Farber. She founded Pam Tanowitz Dance in 2000, and has received commissions and residencies at The Joyce Theater, New York Live Arts, and the Danspace Project among others. She received a 2009 Bessie Award for the dance, Be in the Gray With Me, at Dance Theater Workshop.


Caleb Teicher

Caleb Teicher is a 2011 Bessie Award Winner and one of Dance Magazine’s 2012 “25 to Watch.” Stage: The Chase Brock Experience, The Bang Group, Syncopated City Dance Company, West Side Story (Int’l Tour), Irma La Douce (City Center Encores!). An artist-in-residence at the American Tap Dance Foundation and CUNY Queens College, he creates/presents work under the banner of Caleb Teicher & Company.


Devon Teuscher

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.


Byron Tittle

Byron Tittle is a multiform dancer from New York; tap became of chief interest upon studying with David Rider and joining the American Tap Dance Foundation's Tap City Youth Ensemble. Byron has worked in film, television, and live performance in Los Angeles, and recently performed at the 2015 BET Awards in a tribute to Janet Jackson.

 Melissa -Toogood  

Melissa Toogood

Melissa Toogood was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company; has taught Cunningham Technique since 2007 and is a 2013 & 2015 Merce Cunningham Fellow. She began working with Rashaun & Silas in 2010 and Pam Tanowitz in 2006. She has performed with Stephen Petronio Company, Sally Silvers, Rosie Herrera, Kyle Abraham and others. Dance Magazine named her in their 25 to watch in 2014. 

 Anna _Trebunskaya  

Anna Trebunskaya

Anna Trebunskaya has been featured on ten seasons of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, finishing second in two different seasons.


Michael Trusnovec

Miachael Trusnovec hails from Yaphank, New York. He began dancing at age six, and attended the Long Island High School for the Arts. In 1992, he was honored as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. In 1996, he received a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University. He danced with Taylor 2 from 1996 to 1998, and has appeared with Cortez & Co. Contemporary/Ballet, and CorbinDances. Fall 1998 marked his debut with the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Mr. Trusnovec received a 2006 New York Dance and Performance Award (the Bessie) for his Body of Work during the 2005-06 Taylor season.

Eric Underwood

Underwood was born in Washington D.C. and aged 14 began training locally with Barbara Marks. At the end of his first year he joined the School of American Ballet, New York, later winning the school’s Philip Morris Foundation Scholarship. He graduated into the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 2000 and was promoted to soloist at the end of the season, before moving to American Ballet Theatre in 2003. Underwood joined The Royal Ballet in 2006 as a First Artist and was promoted to Soloist in 2008.


Jorge Andrés Villarini

Jorge Andrés Villarini is an alum of the JKO School at American Ballet Theatre. He received his BFA in dance from Marymount Manhattan College in May 2011. Upon graduation Mr. Villarini danced for three seasons with BalletMet Columbus in Ohio where he was awarded the Columbus Dances Choreographic Fellowship by the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Most recently, Mr. Villarini toured the Mediterranean with the Martha Graham Dance Company performing at the Villa Adriana International Festival in Italy and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus at the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. 

 Richard -Villaverde _BalletX  

Richard Villaverde

Richard Villaverde was trained on full scholarship at University of the Arts. He received the award for Senior Male Outstanding Dancer at New York City Dance Alliance, and joined BalletX in 2013.


Joseph Walsh

Born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Joseph Walsh trained at Walnut Hill School of the Arts and Houston Ballet II, along with many summer programs, before joining Houston Ballet as a corps de ballet dancer in 2007; he was promoted to soloist in 2010 and principal dancer in 2012. He joined San Francisco Ballet as a soloist in 2014 and was promoted to principal dancer in December that same year.

James _Whiteside  

James Whiteside

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. 


Stephanie Rae Williams

Prior to joining Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble in 2010, she danced with The Francesca Harper Project, Complexions Dance Company, Ballet Black, and Texas Ballet Theatre, where she made her professional debut. Ms. Williams was featured in Dance Magazine's "On the Rise" in the August 2013 edition, and she was a Fellowship recipient at the Ailey School, a 2006 National Foundation for the Arts Award Winner, a 2006 Youth America Grand Prix Finalist, and a 2004 Texas Commission on the Arts Young Master. 

 Andrea _Yorita  

Andrea Yorita

Andrea is from Irvine, California, where she received her classical ballet training at Academy of Dance under the direction of Merle Sepel and Rebecca Tsivkin.  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.  Andrea graduated in 2012 with a BFA in Dance Performance from the University of California, Irvine as a Gillespie Scholar. She joined BalletX in 2013.


Nicholas Young

Nicholas Young is a dancer, musician and choreographer, and a 2015 Bessie Award recipient. Past credits include STOMP (principal role, rehearsal director, 10 year run) and Tapestry Dance Company of Austin, TX, among many, many others. Nicholas is currently working on ETM: Double Down, a collaborative effort with Michelle Dorrance.