Our exciting 2018/2019 season features collaborations with these amazing choreographers:
The 2018/19 season will also feature a musical collaboration with:
Upcoming Events and Performances
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January 13 2:30 Hayden's Chamber Music Series
Tempe Center for the Arts Tempe, Arizona
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Acclaimed New York choreographer, David Fernandez has created works for leading dancers from the American Ballet Theater and the New York City Ballet. Other commissions include Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble, Youth America Grand Prix, Opera North, Staten Island Ballet, New Jersey Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, ChoreoPlan ,
National Choreographers Initiative, E-moves at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse, the Joffrey Ballet School in New York, and the Vassar Repertoire Dance Theatre. During David’s dance career, he performed with Chicago’s Boitsov Classical Ballet, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Ballet Theatre of Chicago, and in Indiana University’s production of "Don Quixote,” directed by Susan Jones of the American Ballet Theatre. David also had the honor of performing alongside Mikhail Baryshnikov in “The Doctor and The Patient” at the 2004 Lincoln Center Festival. In recent news David will be choreographing for Lloyd Knight, principal dancer of Martha Graham Dance Company, and Ask La Cour, principal dancer at New York City Ballet, for his original series "New York Duets". In 2017 he will be a resident choreographer at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.
Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, dance educator, speaker, and social media expert based out of both New York City and Philadelphia. He currently works as Ballet and Contemporary faculty at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway, and manages the contemporary dance department at Greenwich Ballet Academy. He has choreographed for numerous organizations, held the position of Artistic Director of Alaska Dance Theatre, hosts the Pas de Chát: Talking Dance podcast on the Premier Dance Network, and runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer. Barry began his professional career with Houston Ballet. The following season he joined Pacific Northwest Ballet, where he danced leading and featured roles for seven seasons and worked as a delegate for the American Guild of Musical Artists. As a Principal with Ballet X, Barry spent 4 years traveling the nation as a Principal Guest Artist.
As a dance-maker, Barry has been commissioned by the Columbia Ballet Collaborative at Columbia University (NYC), CelloPointe (NYC), Uptown Dance Company (Houston), and the Men in Dance festival (Seattle). In 2014, he was selected out of over 60 international applicants to choreograph at the National Choreographers Initiative. He was a finalist at both the McCallum Theatre’s 18th annual Choreography Festival and the 2nd annual Visions Choreographic Competition. Mr. Kerollis has also received an Outstanding Choreographer award at Youth America Grand Prix. Beyond these achievement, Barry has created works for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Alaska Dance Theatre, Pulse Dance Company, and four works for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s annual Next Step choreographers showcase.
Gabrielle Lamb, winner of a 2014 Princess Grace Award for Choreography, is a New York City-based choreographer and dancer. Born in Savannah, Georgia, she was trained at the Boston Ballet School and joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal in 2000, earning her soloist promotion in 2003. At the invitation of choreographer Christopher Wheeldon she moved to New York City in 2009 to join his company Morphoses. Ms. Lamb, who began choreographing in 2005, has won the National Choreographic Competition of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2009 as well as, in 2013, First Prizes in Milwaukee Ballet’s Genesis International Choreographic Competition and Western Michigan University’s National Choreographic Competition. She was named winner of the Banff Centre’s 2014-15 Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award; and in 2014 she was honored with a New York City Center Choreography Fellowship. Her movement style and theatricality have been profoundly influenced by the choreographers whose work she danced during her performing career, including George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, and Shen Wei. Since moving to New York she has also created leading roles in new works by contemporary artists such as Pontus Lidberg, Luca Veggetti, Matthew Neenan, Adam Barruch, Shannon Gillen, and Emery Lecrone.
Caili Quan is a native of Guam. She started her dance training with ballet, jazz, and hip hop under the direction of John Grensback and Bettina Sanzotta. While living on Guam, she attended summer intensives at Houston Ballet and Boston Ballet. At the age of 16, she moved from Guam to New York City to continue her classical training at Ballet Academy East. In 2007 she received a scholarship to be a trainee with Richmond Ballet and in 2009 received an apprenticeship with Charlotte Ballet (formerly North Carolina Dance Theatre) under Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride.
Caili joined BalletX in January of 2013 and has had the opportunity to originate roles in new works by Matthew Neenan, Nicolo Fonte, Trey McIntyre, Jodie Gates, Gabrielle Lamb, Adam Barruch, Yin Yue, among others. She has also toured nationally with the company to the Vail International Dance Festival, Vail Dance Festival, ReMix at New York City Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Fall for Dance Festival, SummerStage, and the Joyce Theater. She has choreographed for Konverjdans and First State Ballet Theatre. She, along with two other dancers in the company, were featured in Chris Kasper’s music video, “Raven and the Rose”. Prior to joining BalletX, she spent three seasons with First State Ballet Theatre and performed with Opera Delaware.
Deborah Wingert began her training at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under Marcia Dale Weary and became a scholarship student at the School of American Ballet in New York. At the age of 16, she was selected by George Balanchine to join New York City Ballet. During her 15 years with the company, Ms. Wingert danced over 25 principal, solo, and featured roles in productions that include Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coppelia, Orpheus, Symphony in C, Jewels, Who Cares?, Stars and Stripes, The Nutcracker, The Four Temperaments, and Mozartiana; Jerome Robbins’s The Concert and Antique Epigraphs, and Peter Martins’s The Sleeping Beauty. A principal and soloist with numerous nationally acclaimed companies, her film and television credits include George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (Time-Warner), PBS Great Performances: Dinner With Balanchine; Dance in America: Balanchine — Serenade and Western Symphony; Peter Martins’s Concerto for Two Solo Pianos; and Live From Lincoln Center: A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
As one of a small group of artists selected by the George Balanchine Trust to set his choreography, Wingert she has traveled throughout the United States, setting and staging the Balanchine repertoire for Butler University, Indiana University, Baltimore School for the Arts, Joffrey Ballet Chicago, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, to name a few.
Wingert is currently head faculty at Manhattan Youth Ballet. She has been a guest instructor for many companies and schools including Princeton University, Harvard University, University of California Santa Barbara, Dance Theater of Harlem, Jessica Lang Dance, Kyle Abraham: AIM, Sarasota Ballet, and Ballet Met, and Interlochen. She joined the Juilliard ballet faculty in 2017.
Michelle Ulerich Thompson is a choreographer, dancer, and teacher in New York City. Of late, Michelle's choreography has been seen in Manhattan and Brooklyn. In 2017, she will present new works in New York; Austin, Texas; Napa, California; and Spartanburg, South Carolina. Michelle has been dancing with XAOC Contemporary Ballet since September 2015 and with Spark Movement Collective since February 2017. Prior to moving to New York, she was a professional ballerina with Ballet Austin for 14 years. She graduated from St. Edward's University in December 2010 having majored in Dance and The Humanities. Michelle has been a professor of ballet at SUNY Purchase since September 2016.
Elena Comendador has a BA degree in Women’s Studies from Columbia University and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. On faculty of The Ailey School for over 20 years, she also served as Co-Director of the Junior Division from 1996-2001. She is a ballet professor at Marymount Manhattan College since 1998 and was awarded the Teacher Recognition Award in 2008. Trained in both classical ballet and Horton technique, she began her professional dance career at the age of 16, performing with Dayton Ballet, Hartford Ballet, The Feld Ballet, Joyce Trisler Danscompany, Alabama/Ballet South and Connecticut Ballet. Her musical theater credits include The King and I for Papermill Playhouse and Maine State Music Theater, Funny Feet, An Off-Broadway Musical at the Lamb’s Theater and Brigadoon for New England Lyric Operetta. Ms. Comendador is an established costume designer and has designed for dance companies such as, Ailey II, Colorado Ballet, Complexions, Connecticut Ballet, Montgomery Ballet, ABT II, Philadanco, The Limon Dance Company, and Morphoses. She is also a Teaching Artist in costume design for American Ballet Theater’s ‘Make a Ballet Program
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