Modas Dance Artists

Co-Founder

Ballet, Contemporary, Men's Class, Partnering, Repertoire/Choreography

A former dancer with two major companies, San Francisco Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem, the latter with whom he was a principal dancer with for 9 years. His travels touring with these companies have taken him all over the world. Including guesting with various dance companies as New York City Ballet, Royal Birmingham Ballet, Washington Ballet, Miami International Dance Festival.
He also continues to be apart of the Lines Ballet School teaching staff & New York City Dance Alliance. He is co-creator & Director of Modas Dance.

Choreographer, Master Teacher

JENNIFER ARCHIBALD is the founder and Artistic Director of the ARCH Dance Company and Program Director of ArchCore40 dance intensives. She is a graduate of The Alvin Ailey School and the Maggie Flanigan Acting Conservatory where she studied the Meisner Technique. Archibald has choreographed for the Atlanta Ballet, Ailey II, Cincinnati Ballet, and worked commercially for Tommy Hilfiger, NIKE and MAC Cosmetics as well as chart-listed singers and actors. Archibald’s works have been performed at venues including New York's City Center, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Aaron Davis Hall and Jacob's Pillow Inside|Out Stage, and Rialto's Off The Edge. In 2013, Jennifer was awarded a Choreographic Fellow for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab under the direction of Robert Battle. She is 2015's Choreographic Winning's recipient by the Joffrey Ballet. She also choreographed “Seven”, a biographical work about Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, commissioned by St. Louis based MADCO Dance Company. In 2016 she will be creating a new work for the Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Memphis, and Kansas City Ballet. In spring 2015 her work was performed in Scandinavia, Germany, France and in the U.S. In 2015 she was appointed as guest faculty lecturer to develop the Hip Hop dance curriculum at Columbia/Barnard College. Jennifer is currently on faculty at the YALE school of Drama. www.JenniferArchibald.com

Ballet, Pointe & Variations

Ashley Tuttle was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to join American Ballet Theatre at the age of 16. As a prima ballerina with ABT, Ms. Tuttle's career spanned 17 years. Her repertoire ranged from works by George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Jiri Kylian, Mark Morris, Agnes De Mille, Antony Tudor and William Forsythe to name a few. Ms. Tuttle has danced numerous Twyla Tharp works including In the Upper Room, Brief Fling, Sinatra Suite and Push Comes to Shove.
While maintaining her career with A.B.T., Ms. Tuttle joined the acclaimed Twlya Tharp Dance Company in 2000. During her time with T.T.D., Ms. Tharp created the hit Broadway show "Movin' Out" and the role of Judy on her. Her interpretation of this role earned her both TONY Award and Fred Astaire Dance Award nominations.
Ms. Tuttle most recently has been seen on Broadway in Tharp's "Come Fly Away" at the Metropolitan Opera House in Carmen, guest performances with Dance Theater of Harlem, the Guggenheim Museum's Works in Process with Pam Tanowitz Dance and Lynne Taylor Corbett. Ms. Tuttle has been a teacher of ballet at Groove With Me. She joined the Board of Directors of Groove With Me in 2007.
Ms. Tuttle also teaches ballet at the Mark Morris Dance Group, Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, and Barnard University.

Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Jazz Fusion, Audition Skills, Choreography

MICHAEL ROSALES, born in Manila, Philippines, moved to San Francisco at the age of 9 where he trained and danced with several local groups within the San Francisco Bay Area.  His training in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, Latin Jazz and Color Guard makes him one of the most sought after choreographers in the country. He has danced for recording artists such as Ricky Martin, Deborah Cox, Brooke Hogan, Wisin y Yandel, Ivy Queen ,Gloria Trevy, and Macy Gray.  Michael was on a National and International Tour of the Tony and Emmy award winning group BLAST! as a lead and was a feature performer in a new show called CYBERJAM in London where he was also the Choreographer Assistant.  Michael has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia and has appeared in the Blockbuster movie RENT, Latin Billboard Awards, Latin Grammy’s Celebration and the Latin Teen Choice Awards. He has taught classes at the San Francisco Dance Center, Miami City Ballet, University of Houston, North Carolina State University, Pepperdine University, University of Miami, UC Berkeley, Moving People Dance Company in Santa Fe and several different studios throughout the country.  Michael has produced and choreographed shows for Busch Gardens in Florida, Sea World in Texas, the FED EX Orange Bowl Halftime Show and was the Head coach of the University of Miami Hurricanettes Dance Line. In Miami, Michael is a co-founder of TAE Talent Agency which cast dancers for the recent blockbuster films Step Up 4 and Rock of Ages. He is also on Faculty with the MODAS Dance Workshop/ Intensives and recently just choreographed the new BLAST! DISNEY show which toured in Asia in 2016.

Ballet, Pointe & Variations, Complexions Repertoire

Born in Vienna, Austria, Christina began her dance education at age seven. She trained at the Boston School of Ballet, the School of American Ballet and the Dance Theatre of Harlem. By the time she was seventeen she began her professional career. She was a member of the Boston Ballet for two years before joining the Dance Theatre of Harlem, where she rose to become a principal dancer within four years. In her 13-year tenure with DTH she danced leading roles in much of the company’s repertoire, including Swan Lake, Giselle, Firebird, Voluntaries, Prodigal Son, Serenade, The Four Temperaments and Fancy Free. Christina has worked with distinguished choreographers and coaches, among them, Jerome Robbins, Frederic Franklin, Suzanne Farrell, Allegra Kent and Sir Anthony Dowell. She also has had original works created on her by Glen Tetley, Rui Horta, Alonzo King and Dwight Rhoden among others. She was a member of the Swiss companies, Le Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve for five years and the Ballett Basel for two years, where her repertoire expanded to include works by William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, James Kudelka, Ohad Naharin, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Twyla Tharp, Amanda Miller and David Parsons to name a few.  Christina has been a featured guest artist with various companies worldwide, including the renowned Royal Ballet of London. She is an original member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Christina made her Broadway debut in The Red Shoes. She is also featured in The African Americans, a book which portrays accomplished African Americans in various fields. 

 

After her performance career Christina has been sought after as a teacher, coach and ballet master, and has worked with companies and schools such as the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, Washington Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Pennsylvania Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Spectrum Dance Theater, Gotesborg Ballett, Ballett Basel, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Armitage Gone! Dance, Cornish College of the Arts and the University of Washington to name a few. In addition, she assisted Frederic Franklin with the re-staging of Giselle for the Joffrey Ballet, and also assisted choreographers Dwight Rhoden, Nicolo Fonte, Trey McIntyre and Karole Armitage in creating world premieres. Christina held the position of Rehearsal Director for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Armitage Gone! Dance, Trey McIntyre Project. She is currently the Rehearsal Director for Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

 

Christina holds a MFA in Dance from Hollins University in collaboration with the American Dance Festival, The Forsythe Company and Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts in Germany. She is a certified Life Coach and marathon runner, and speaks French and German.

Hip-Hop, Contemporary

Long before he considered dance as a career, Christopher "Eclipse" Brown had followings in his hometown of Indianapolis as well as in Chicago. Brown's ability to create and emulate the raw forms of hiphop and street dance earned him a scholarship to attend the Columbia College of Dance in Chicago, IL. While in school, Chris quickly gained the respect of his peers and professors. He also caught the attention of many notable artists, performers, and mentors including visual artist Aten Danner, Gary Abbot of Cleo Parkingson Dance Theater, and Kevin Iega-Jeff. After witnessing Brown's effect on his audiences, Danner confirmed his spiritual name "Eclipse" (a rare light).
Eclipse became a household name and a force to be reckoned with in the professional dance community after he moved to Los Angeles in 2000. Eclipse's versatile look and tremendous physical agility have made it possible for him to work with such notable choreographers as HiHat, Fatima, Loreanne Gibson, Micheal Rooney, and Rosario and Jamal. In addition, Eclipse has performed with numerous celebrities and artists including Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Ludacris, Lil Kim, Brandy, Mary Mary, Blu Cantrell, and Ashanti. He has appeared in television commercials and print ads for K-Swiss, Pepsi (feat Mariah), Gap, Coca- Cola, Heineken, and Pepsi (feat Beyonce). He has also shared his personal and professional expertise with various youth audiences including a spring 2009 presentation on men and masculinity at California State University, Long Beach, a 2012 presentation at CSU on pop culture, A 2013 tour of TRIBE "Choreographing Your Vision" workshops in Europe, and LAUSD after school programming through LA's Best.
Trained in Hip-Hop, Ballet, African, and Modern (Horton, Graham and Dunam) dance techniques, Eclipse has recently been celebrated for his solely unique and precisely choreographed choreography. Eclipse has won acclaim among his peers and predecessors for his choreography of Jay-Z's first show out of retirement for the American Music Awards "Show Me What You Got!!!," his choreography with Kanye West's performance at the 48th Annual Grammy's, his job as artistic director of Busta Rhymes' BET AWARDS performance, and his choreography for comedian Jamie Kennedy's video, "Rolling With Bob Saget." His choreographic assistant work in "The Royal" a Center Theater Group LA play just gave him his first 2013 Ovation Award for best choreography.
Eclipse is currently one of the founders and choreographers for the internationally acclaimed Un_titled Dance Company dubbed as " contemporary hip-hop ballet." His recent achievements are a mere preview of the more exciting contributions that this talented choreographer/artistic director will continue to make to the art community and entertainment industry. Get ready....for the Eclipse!

Improvisation

Jocelyne received her MFA in Dance from UC Irvine. She has worked with a number of artists, such as Charles Moulton, Sara Shelton Mann, Ibrahim Quraishi, Arthur Aviles and DJ Spooky. In 1999, she moved to France and worked as a choreographer, teacher and video artist in Paris. In 2004, she created a dance-theater company,Compagnie Jocelyne Danchick. The company performed extensively and received positive reviews describing her pieces as bold and visually provocative. Interested in collaborative performance, Jocelyne has participated in works that has been shown at the Muffathale Theater in Munich, the National Theater of Manheim, the Dublin Fringe Festival and the Festival of Avignon. In Paris, Jocelyne worked with the well known French folk-rock group Herman Dune, creating a series of improvisational performances during her artist residency at the Lieu Mains d'Oeuvres. Her videodance Murwas selected for a multimedia project (10 Words), appearing on the French Ministry of Culture's website during the Festival of French Language. Her videodance Breath Cycle was featured at both the International Videodance Festival in Tel Aviv and the International Videodance festival in Montevideo. In 2010, she choreographed a large group work entitled Le Jardin des Souffles (Garden of Breath),commissioned by the festival Ame de Fond ( a Festival for Dance and Disabilities) The piece was performed at the National Theater of Dieppe in France in 2011. Jocelyne returned to the U.S. in 2011 and is currently living and working in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She participated in the Summer Intensive 2011 She teaches improvisation and composition.

Contemporary, Jazz, Modern, Improvisation, Repertoire

Kiki Lucas is currently entering her second year as adjunct faculty at Point Park University teaching jazz technique. She spends her weekends traveling as part of MODAS Dance faculty, as well as teaching at Millennium Dance Complex.  She is a PPU alumni and has been a part of the International Summer Dance faculty since 2002.  Over the years her career has panned from Pittsburgh Pa, to Los Angeles, CA, to Houston, TX to Miami, FL as well as many international teaching credits.

 

She was the Resident Choreographer of Met Dance Co for 8 years as well as a company dancer for 11 seasons in Houston, TX.  She recently spent a year in Miami ,FL presenting 3 successful full length evening performances as the Resident Choreographer of Mosaic Dance Project.

 

Kiki has worked with artists over the years such as, Robert Battle, Kate Skarpetowska, Peter Chu, Pattie Obey, Salim Gaulwoods, Sidra Bell, Larry Kegwin ,Joe Celej, Jason McDole and Kiesha Lalama

 

Her choreography has been presented at Jacob’s Pillow Inside Out Stage in both 2012 and 2014, The Kennedy Center, Met Dance Co, Towson University, Marygrove College, Point Park University, University of Central Oklahoma and The Grier School

 

Her International Teaching Credits include: Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bogota, Manizales, Pareira, Colombia. Costa Rica. Panama City, Panama. Montevideo, Uruguay and Zamora, Mexico.

 

Kiki was interviewed and featured in Dance Teacher Magazine for being a strong force in the freelance teaching world as well as being named one of Houston’s 100 most creative people by the Houston Press.

 

She was a director of the Met Too Youth Company as well as on faculty at Theater Under the Stars in Houston , TX.

 

Other teaching credits include: Broadway Dance Center, Debbie Reynold’s Dance Studio, Hawaii Pacific University, Michigan University, SCAPA- Kentucky, Alabama School of the Fine Arts, Texas A&M, University of Houston, Sam Houston University, Ad Deum Dance Co., San Diego State University, Midwestern Arts Conference, YES Dance Festival VA, Dallas Morning New Festival, Choreographer’s Ball Los Angeles CA, Candy Apple’s Dance, Tobin Fine Arts San Antonio, Fort Worth Dance Festival, Miami Arts Charter School, Florida Dance Masters and Dance Masters of America and CREATE dance festival Miami, FL

Ballet, Horton, Repertoire, Investigating Dance, Choreography

Elana D. Anderson is a performer, instructor, and choreographer. She is an adjunct member of the Deeply Rooted Dance Theater Ensemble, the Corps de Ballet for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and an instructor for the Studio One Dance Conservatory and the Pathways to Development Program.

Ms. Anderson became a member of the artistic team of Deeply Rooted Productions in 1998, and currently serves as the modern dance instructor for its Professional Training Program. She has worked extensively in television, film, opera and the concert dance stage for over twenty-five years. A devoted mother, crafts person, and consummate artist, she has gained the insight, stamina, and determination to succeed at what has come to be her life's work: the enlightenment of other lives through art.

Modern, Repertoire

Originally from Saratoga, California Karah received her bachelor's degree in dance from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Her earlier years training began at Ballet Capriole under Elizabeth Neumann and Karen Millar. She has danced and toured extensively with companies such as Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Deeply Rooted Productions, Earl Mosley's Diversity of Dance, nathan trice/RITUALS, Wylliams Henry Danse Theatre, among others, fortunate to experience such an array of amazing choreographers and artists. She was a visiting professor of modern dance in the Dance Division of the Conservatory of Music and Dance at UMKC. Since 1995, Karah has continued to perform and teach for the International Seminar of Brasilia. She is also a certified Pilates instructor. Karah currently serves as Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program Director.

Ballet, Contemporary, Repertoire, Choreography

A native of Oakland, CA, Arturo began dance training at the School of Performing Arts of USIU in San Diego. After only two years of intensive study he joined San Diego Ballet in 1976. Other companies he's performed with are California Ballet, Arizona Ballet, New Jersey Ballet, Ballets Trocadero de Monte Carlo and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. After moving back to California, he joined Oakland Ballet and ODC/San Francisco and served as the assistant to the choreographers from 1988 until Spring of 1991. Arturo has choreographed for the James Sewell Ballet, Inland Pacific Ballet, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and has also demonstrated his work in self-produced concerts throughout the region. Since 1992, he has been the Ballet Master for Alonzo King LINES Ballet, assisting Alonzo King in the creation of new work. Since 1998, he has coordinated and taught in Alonzo King's Professional Workshop. In 2001, he directed the first summer Pre-Professional Program at LINES. For almost two decades he has been an integral part of the Alonzo King Dance Center teaching for the Dance Center, the LINES Training Program and the LINES BFA program. He has set Alonzo King's ballets on companies and universities throughout the US including NYU, Washington University in St. Louis and Western Michigan University. Most notably he set Alonzo King'sHANDEL on the Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm.

Ballet, Pointe & Variations, Jazz, Modern, Countertechnique®

Kelsey Paschich is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of New Mexico and was the recipient of the Dizzy Feet Foundation Gene Kelly Legacy Scholarship. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Point Park University in 2004.

 

Kelsey recently attended the One Body One Career professional workshop in Melbourne, Australia and received her Countertechnique Teacher Certification through the teacher training with founder Anouk van Dijk in August 2016. Kelsey has performed extensively with: The Moscow State Classical Ballet (Moscow, Russia), DCDC2 (Dayton, Ohio), Thodos Dance Chicago (Chicago, IL), River North Chicago Dance Company (Chicago, IL), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Interdansa Dance Festival 2010 (Costa Brava, Spain), Keshet Dance Company (Albuquerque, NM), ARCOS Dance (founding member Santa Fe, NM) in Austin, TX and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014, and the Hannibal Project in Solden, Austria 2015. She has worked with choreographers such as: Robert Battle, Carla Maxwell, Ann Reinking, Lucas Crandall, Lar Lubavitch, Tamir Ginz, Margo Sappington, Kevin O’ Day, Alan Heinline, Joanie Smith, Frank Chavez, Melissa Thodos, Zac Whittenburg, Curtis Uhlemann, Robert Moses, Gail Gilbert, Donna Jewell, Erika Pujic and many more. Kelsey has been teaching dance for over fifteen years and continues throughout New Mexico and abroad.

 

Kelsey is a founding member and Co-Director of SHIFT | DANCE, a collective dedicated to creating and elevating professional contemporary dance in Albuquerque. The company has become a choreographic incubator for the resident choreographers and invited guests, to experiment and foster risk-taking in exploratory performance research.

Ballet, Pointe & Variations, Contemporary Ballet, Complexions Repertoire

Ms.Sakakibara is from Nagoya, Japan.

She trained at the Yoko Tsukamoto Ballet Studio in Nagoya and The Royal Ballet School of Antwerp, Belgium. She has received several awards in international competitions at her young age including the acclaimed Prix de Laussanne, The International Dance Competition in Paris, The International Ballet competition in Luxembourg, etc....She has danced with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Royal Ballet of Flanders, Maximum Dance, Ballet Gamonet, Nagoya Theatre de Ballet, and also invited internationally to perform with other companies and Galas.

 

Ms. Sakakibara had a strong ballet technique and versatile with characters, she has performed many leads of full length ballet and pas de deux.  also neoclassical, contemporary pieces were her expertise for over 20 years....

 

Ms. Sakakibara is now teaching at New World School of the Arts, and owner of “B Concepts”in Doral. She offers Open classes and private classes/coaching for Young Dancers to Professional level Dancers. 

Ballet, Contemporary Ballet, Complexions Repertoire

A native of Argentina, in 1996 Simon began his training at Miami International Ballet with ballet master Maria Teresa Carrizo.

In 1999 he was accepted into the Intensive Summer Program at Ballet Argentino in Buenos Aires under the direction of Julio Bocca and ballet master Raul Candal.

While in Buenos Aires he was invited by Mabel Silveira The Colon Institute to work closely with Ricardo Bustamante Director of the Colon Ballet Theater. 

In 2001 he was awarded a scholarship at The London Studio in England, he worked with names such as Adam Cooper, Alicia Markova, Margaret Barbieri and Wayne Sleep. 

He returned from England in 2002 to Join Minnesota Ballet directed by Allen Fields, in 2003 he was promoted as a soloist and principal dancer. While in Minnesota Ballet he has perform classical leading roles in Swan Lake, Coppelia, Nutcracker, and works such as 3 Virgins and a Devil by Agnes De Mille, Valse Fantasie by George Balanchine, Little Improvisations by Anthony Tudor and original works from Minnesota Repertory.

As a guest artist Simon Sliva has perform Don Quixote, Stone Flower, Bayader, Giselle and Sleeping Beauty.

He returned to Miami where he was invited to perform as a Guest Artist for the International Ballet Festival held in honor for Mr. Vassili Vassiliev and Ekaterina Maximova.  He also performed for The Ringling Museum Of Art Ungala 2003 with New Century Dance Company with whom he shared  the honors of winning The Spotlight awards 2003, making it the first dance company ever to be awarded  in the U.S for excellence in dance. 

He participated as a Guest Artist with Arts Ballet Theater directed by Vladimir Issaev for the Palm Springs Choreography Festival to be held on November 2003. 

In 2004 he join Maximum Dance Company under the direction of Yannis Pikieris and David Palmer, which later became Ballet Gamonet and is now directed by Jimmy Gamonet de los Heros. Simon has been a member of Ballet Gamonet since 2005 where he has dance numerous principal roles choreographed by Mr. Gamonet and other well renowned choreographers such as Dwight Rhoden, Jerry Opdenaker, Yannis Pikieris, David Palmer, Mark Ghoden and William Sollow.

In November 2006, Simon was invited to perform at the 1st Annual Ballet Festival in Caracas, Venezuela which received nation wide recognition. 

His principal roles include, Trans Tangos, D Symphonies, Cyclical Hour, Don Jose from Carmen, Sonetos de Amor y  Muerte, Courtdebasque, From A Distant Wind, Bailame, Big Band Super Megatroid, Movilisimo Noble, Passing Through, Purple Bend II, Nous Sommes to name a few. 

From 2008 until 2010 he dances for Complexions Contemporary Ballet in NYC under the direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson. With the company he gets to perform original works such as:

He tours with the company to:

In 2011 Simon returns to Miami and continues to work for New Century Dance Company and performs as a guest 

In 2013 He is invited to Mendoza Argentina for the 42nd Anniversary Gala of Ballet Universidad Nacional De Cuyo.

He performs as assistant to choreographer Maria Teresa Carrizo on the montage for the season opening and also performs in Ravel’s Bolero as the guest artist.

Layla Amis

Artistic Director/Co-Founder

Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Contemporary, Repertoire/Choreography

Layla Amis, a native of Florida, attended New World College of The Arts in Miami on full scholarship. She continued her education in Chicago, training with Biruite Barodicaite, Anna Czaun, Jonathan Levy, Elana Anderson, Kevin Iega Jeff, Hubbard Street Chicago and on full scholarship at Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Center. Layla has danced professionally with New World Modern Dance Company, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, the Gail Gilbert Dance Ensemble and Moving People Dance Santa Fe. She has performed works by Mia Michaels, Kevin Iega Jeff, Gary Abbott, Tomi Paasonen, Gail Gilbert, Robert Moses, Nora Reynolds, Raoul Trujillio, Kevin Wynn and Sam Watson. 

 

In 1998 Layla moved to Santa Fe, NM and served as Artistic Director for Dance Arts Los Alamos for two years.  In 1999 Layla co-­‐founded Moving People Dance Santa Fe, a non-­profit professional contemporary dance company and school. Layla served as School Director and co-­Artistic director for Moving People Dance Santa Fe for five years, teaching ballet, modern dance technique and repertoire, as well as producing, directing and choreographing for over 20 pre-­professional and professional productions.  In 2005 Layla accepted the position of School Director for Alonzo King's LINES Ballet in San Francisco. During her time at LINES Layla helped build the LINES Ballet Summer Program to one of the premiere Summer Intensive programs in the country, along with creating a Year Round Training Program for young pre-­‐professionals and “Discovery Project”, a national outreach program. In 2009, Layla returned to New Mexico to serve as Executive Director for Moving People Dance Santa Fe. Currently, Layla is the co-founder/director of

Modas Dance and serves Dance Director and adjunct faculty for Santa Fe University of Art

and Design, as well as continuing to teach and choreograph for various dance organizations.

Wendy Miner

Executive Director

Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Choreography

Wendy Miner is passionate about sharing her love for dance and imparting a disciplined desire for excellence in dance to each of her students.

 

Wendy began her study of dance at the age of three under the instruction of Karen Alwin in Albuquerque, NM. Under Alwin’s mentorship, Wendy grew up as a member of The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company, gaining pre-professional performance experience and training. During her teen years, Wendy began teaching and coaching rehearsals and performed leading roles in Performers’ productions.

 

Wendy went on to study ballet at both the University of Utah and Chicago Ballet and studied jazz at Lou Conte’s school in Chicago and EDGE Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. Wendy performed in concert dance productions with various companies while residing in Chicago, Los Angeles and Albuquerque, including Touch Dance Ensemble and Luis Fuente Ballet New Mexico.  She also performed commercially across the country in corporate trade shows, videos and commercials. Wendy was groomed as a teacher under the tutelage of Karen Alwin. She has taught for over 25 years in numerous studios in New Mexico, Utah, Chicago and California and was a summer faculty with Lines Ballet School.

 

Wendy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of New Mexico with additional studies in biology and nutrition.  Wendy is a Licentiate Member of the Cecchetti Council of America and carries her Teacher’s Certification for Cecchetti grades I-VI, as well as her student certifications. She is currently training and studying for certification in Cecchetti Advanced (grade VII).

 

In 2010 Wendy was appointed Artistic Director of Albuquerque’s pre-professional training company, The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company, where she directs dance performance and educational programs for 65+ aspiring, young dancers. In addition to teaching, Wendy is an accomplished choreographer and has commissioned full length productions for dance companies & casinos. Her choreography has twice earned the National Merit Award in the AG Fine Arts competition as well as achieved high scoring at YAGP and other competitions.

 

Having two decades of teaching experience and being pulled by a sense of purpose to impart the joy, discipline and direction of dance education into young lives, in 2014 Wendy opened Magnify Dance Center. Magnify’s mission is to nurture students to achieve their fullest potential as well as to positively impact our community through artistic integrity. Wendy has cultivated a top-notch and well-rounded Faculty who make Magnify a place to lovingly guide, inspire, teach and shape its students toward their personal best.

 

Wendy and her husband Allen are the proud parents of three children.

Elana Anderson

Ballet, Horton, Repertoire, Investigating Dance, Choreography

Elana D. Anderson is a performer, instructor, and choreographer. She is an adjunct member of the Deeply Rooted Dance Theater Ensemble, the Corps de Ballet for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and an instructor for the Studio One Dance Conservatory and the Pathways to Development Program.

Ms. Anderson became a member of the artistic team of Deeply Rooted Productions in 1998, and currently serves as the modern dance instructor for its Professional Training Program. She has worked extensively in television, film, opera and the concert dance stage for over twenty-five years. A devoted mother, crafts person, and consummate artist, she has gained the insight, stamina, and determination to succeed at what has come to be her life's work: the enlightenment of other lives through art.

Kelsey Paschich

Ballet, Pointe & Variations, Jazz, Modern, Countertechnique®

Kelsey Paschich is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of New Mexico and was the recipient of the Dizzy Feet Foundation Gene Kelly Legacy Scholarship. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Point Park University in 2004.

 

Kelsey recently attended the One Body One Career professional workshop in Melbourne, Australia and received her Countertechnique Teacher Certification through the teacher training with founder Anouk van Dijk in August 2016. Kelsey has performed extensively with: The Moscow State Classical Ballet (Moscow, Russia), DCDC2 (Dayton, Ohio), Thodos Dance Chicago (Chicago, IL), River North Chicago Dance Company (Chicago, IL), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Interdansa Dance Festival 2010 (Costa Brava, Spain), Keshet Dance Company (Albuquerque, NM), ARCOS Dance (founding member Santa Fe, NM) in Austin, TX and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014, and the Hannibal Project in Solden, Austria 2015. She has worked with choreographers such as: Robert Battle, Carla Maxwell, Ann Reinking, Lucas Crandall, Lar Lubavitch, Tamir Ginz, Margo Sappington, Kevin O’ Day, Alan Heinline, Joanie Smith, Frank Chavez, Melissa Thodos, Zac Whittenburg, Curtis Uhlemann, Robert Moses, Gail Gilbert, Donna Jewell, Erika Pujic and many more. Kelsey has been teaching dance for over fifteen years and continues throughout New Mexico and abroad.

 

Kelsey is a founding member and Co-Director of SHIFT | DANCE, a collective dedicated to creating and elevating professional contemporary dance in Albuquerque. The company has become a choreographic incubator for the resident choreographers and invited guests, to experiment and foster risk-taking in exploratory performance research.

Charmaine Hunter

Ballet, Pointe, Repertoire/Choreography

Charmaine Hunter is known as an astute dance educator, choreographer, director,manager, extraordinary dancer and producer. She began her formal dance training at the Hartford Ballet School under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Uthoff, Academy Director Enid Lynn and teacher Truman Finney. Through the support of Michael Uthoff and Enid Lynn, Charmaine moved to New York City to study with Arthur Mitchell Artistic Director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem while continuing her formal education at the Professional Children’s School. Her teachers included Karel Shook co-founder of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Frederick Franklin, Suzanne Farrell, Tanaquil LeClerque, Carmen De Lavellade, Mary Hinkson, Alvin Ailey, and William Griffith just to name a few. She rose through the ranks quickly from the position of company apprentice to corp-de-ballet eventually becoming principal dancer and one of the company’s leading ballerinas. She electrified audiences with her performances in a broad spectrum of roles. She is best known for her role as The Firebird choreographed by John Taras ( Ballet Master with American Ballet Theater) and Medea, choreographed by Michael Smuin (former Artistic Director of San Francisco Ballet.) Additional ballets include Fall River Legend by Agnes De Mille, Billie The Kid, Le Biche, Voluntaries by Glen Tetley, and a long list of Balanchine ballets just to name a few.

 

Among the highlights of Charmaine’s career are command performances for European royalty and historic engagement at London’s Royal Opera House. She also performed for luminaries such as Quincy Jones, Bill Cosby, Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela, Cicely Tyson, President and Mrs. Clinton, President and Mrs. Bush, Mr. and Mrs. Colin Powell, just to name a few. In 1988, as principal dancer, Charmaine was invited to perform in the former Soviet Union as part of the United States Cultural Exchange Initiative. During this historic visit, Charmaine with Dance Theatre of Harlem was inducted into the prestigious Kirov museum featuring Miss Hunter as one of the principal dancers representing as Cultural Ambassador to the United States. In 1992, Dance Theatre of Harlem again made history by traveling to South Africa for an unprecedented six week tour before the end of apartheid. DTH was the first American dance company to perform in South Africa after the 30 year cultural ban was lifted. She performed to sold-out houses and to unprecedented integrated audiences in several townships. During her 25 year career with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, she had opportunities to affect the arts in the U.S. particularly for people of color. Concomitantly spearheading an educational program with the company’s founder Arthur Mitchell, Charmaine taught in some of the country’s poorest township. The program was created specifically for young people with little to no opportunities. The now famous Dancing Through Barriers, DTH’s outreach program had its start in Johannesburg South Africa, three weeks previous to the company’s opening at the Johannesburg Civic Auditorium.

 

In November 2000, as both principal dancer and the company’s Ballet Mistress, Charmaine traveled to China as teaching artist and principal dancer, teaching master classes at various schools around China. In addition to giving China its first performance of the Firebird, Charmaine conducted extensive outreach and educational activities in Beijing and Shanghai.

 

In January 2001, Ms. Hunter was invited to Canada by Mirvish Productions the Toronto based Production Company to direct the resident show Disney’s The Lion King at the Princess of Wales Theater. She held this position for 3 years until the production closed to moved to Amsterdam Holland. Ms. Hunter relocated to Las Vegas Nevada after being offered a position in Casting with the Cirque du Soleil. She served as the organization’s talent scout for dance as well as teacher for the artists currently in the productions on the Strip. She was also invited to teach the artists class on the production of ‘A New Day’ in the Coliseum at Caesars Palace which featured Celine Dion.

 

Charmaine then Co- founded the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater with dancer Bernard Gaddis formerly of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. LVCDT is a multi-cultural institution that attracts professional dancers and students from around the world. With financial assistance from various grants and foundations this non-profit organization will provide and inspire young people especially those living in poor communities to live their dreams and reach for the stars. There are several facets to the organization. Each component will carry a solid commitment to enrich the lives of young people and adults of the community, be it through the art of dance, music, theatre, or multi-media.

 

After the launch of Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater (LVCDT), Ms. Hunter was appointed the position as teaching artist with Disney Musicals in Schools through Disney Theatricals and Wolftrap Early Childhood Education through the arts with The Smith Center of Performing Arts and The Kennedy Center. She traveled nationally training classroom teachers how to incorporate and utilize dance in the curriculum expanding on the STEAM programs. Her position as teaching artist, lead to many other opportunities

which carved another path in directing and management.

 

Most recently, Charmaine has returned to the professional concert dance world after accepting a full time faculty position as Upper School Principal with Texas Ballet Theater. She directs the Professional Division and teaches in the Academy of Texas Ballet Theater in Fort Worth, Texas under the guidance and leadership of Ben Stevenson O.B.E. Artistic Director of Texas Ballet Theater and Director Emeritus of Houston Ballet.

Jennifer Archibald

Choreographer, Master Teacher

JENNIFER ARCHIBALD is the founder and Artistic Director of the ARCH Dance Company and Program Director of ArchCore40 dance intensives. She is a graduate of The Alvin Ailey School and the Maggie Flanigan Acting Conservatory where she studied the Meisner Technique. Archibald has choreographed for the Atlanta Ballet, Ailey II, Cincinnati Ballet, and worked commercially for Tommy Hilfiger, NIKE and MAC Cosmetics as well as chart-listed singers and actors. Archibald’s works have been performed at venues including New York's City Center, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Aaron Davis Hall and Jacob's Pillow Inside|Out Stage, and Rialto's Off The Edge. In 2013, Jennifer was awarded a Choreographic Fellow for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab under the direction of Robert Battle. She is 2015's Choreographic Winning's recipient by the Joffrey Ballet. She also choreographed “Seven”, a biographical work about Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, commissioned by St. Louis based MADCO Dance Company. In 2016 she will be creating a new work for the Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Memphis, and Kansas City Ballet. In spring 2015 her work was performed in Scandinavia, Germany, France and in the U.S. In 2015 she was appointed as guest faculty lecturer to develop the Hip Hop dance curriculum at Columbia/Barnard College. Jennifer is currently on faculty at the YALE school of Drama. www.JenniferArchibald.com

Kiki Lucas

Contemporary, Jazz, Modern, Improvisation, Repertoire

Kiki Lucas is currently entering her second year as adjunct faculty at Point Park University teaching jazz technique. She spends her weekends traveling as part of MODAS Dance faculty, as well as teaching at Millennium Dance Complex.  She is a PPU alumni and has been a part of the International Summer Dance faculty since 2002.  Over the years her career has panned from Pittsburgh Pa, to Los Angeles, CA, to Houston, TX to Miami, FL as well as many international teaching credits.

 

She was the Resident Choreographer of Met Dance Co for 8 years as well as a company dancer for 11 seasons in Houston, TX.  She recently spent a year in Miami ,FL presenting 3 successful full length evening performances as the Resident Choreographer of Mosaic Dance Project.

 

Kiki has worked with artists over the years such as, Robert Battle, Kate Skarpetowska, Peter Chu, Pattie Obey, Salim Gaulwoods, Sidra Bell, Larry Kegwin ,Joe Celej, Jason McDole and Kiesha Lalama

 

Her choreography has been presented at Jacob’s Pillow Inside Out Stage in both 2012 and 2014, The Kennedy Center, Met Dance Co, Towson University, Marygrove College, Point Park University, University of Central Oklahoma and The Grier School

 

Her International Teaching Credits include: Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bogota, Manizales, Pareira, Colombia. Costa Rica. Panama City, Panama. Montevideo, Uruguay and Zamora, Mexico.

 

Kiki was interviewed and featured in Dance Teacher Magazine for being a strong force in the freelance teaching world as well as being named one of Houston’s 100 most creative people by the Houston Press.

 

She was a director of the Met Too Youth Company as well as on faculty at Theater Under the Stars in Houston , TX.

 

Other teaching credits include: Broadway Dance Center, Debbie Reynold’s Dance Studio, Hawaii Pacific University, Michigan University, SCAPA- Kentucky, Alabama School of the Fine Arts, Texas A&M, University of Houston, Sam Houston University, Ad Deum Dance Co., San Diego State University, Midwestern Arts Conference, YES Dance Festival VA, Dallas Morning New Festival, Choreographer’s Ball Los Angeles CA, Candy Apple’s Dance, Tobin Fine Arts San Antonio, Fort Worth Dance Festival, Miami Arts Charter School, Florida Dance Masters and Dance Masters of America and CREATE dance festival Miami, FL

Michael Rosales

Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Jazz Fusion, Audition Skills, Choreography

MICHAEL ROSALES, born in Manila, Philippines, moved to San Francisco at the age of 9 where he trained and danced with several local groups within the San Francisco Bay Area.  His training in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, Latin Jazz and Color Guard makes him one of the most sought after choreographers in the country. He has danced for recording artists such as Ricky Martin, Deborah Cox, Brooke Hogan, Wisin y Yandel, Ivy Queen ,Gloria Trevy, and Macy Gray.  Michael was on a National and International Tour of the Tony and Emmy award winning group BLAST! as a lead and was a feature performer in a new show called CYBERJAM in London where he was also the Choreographer Assistant.  Michael has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia and has appeared in the Blockbuster movie RENT, Latin Billboard Awards, Latin Grammy’s Celebration and the Latin Teen Choice Awards. He has taught classes at the San Francisco Dance Center, Miami City Ballet, University of Houston, North Carolina State University, Pepperdine University, University of Miami, UC Berkeley, Moving People Dance Company in Santa Fe and several different studios throughout the country.  Michael has produced and choreographed shows for Busch Gardens in Florida, Sea World in Texas, the FED EX Orange Bowl Halftime Show and was the Head coach of the University of Miami Hurricanettes Dance Line. In Miami, Michael is a co-founder of TAE Talent Agency which cast dancers for the recent blockbuster films Step Up 4 and Rock of Ages. He is also on Faculty with the MODAS Dance Workshop/ Intensives and recently just choreographed the new BLAST! DISNEY show which toured in Asia in 2016.

Andrea Basile

Contemporary, Ballet,  Choreography, Five Point Dancer

Andrea is a native of Albuquerque, NM. Ms. Basile began training under the direction of Karen Alwin and Lynn Cox and to this day works very closely with them on training pre-professional dancers in NM and CA. Ms. Basile continued her training at the San Francisco Ballet School before starting her professional career. She is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, photographer, and most recently founded The Five Point Dancer Theory as an online resource to advocate for the wellness of young dancers. She moved to San Francisco after high school and continued to have a 20 year professional dance career in the Bay Area. Through many years of experience as a dancer, she has become passionate about building a solid foundation of support and informative guidance for the next generation of dancers who wish to reach their maximum potential. She recently moved back to New Mexico, where she coaches the next generation of dancers at Magnify Dance Center and continues her work teaching and choreographing for Marin Dance Theatre.
Ms. Basile has performed with several dance companies, including The San Francisco Ballet, ODC Dance, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Kate Weare Company, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, Smuin Ballet, The Lawrence Pech Dance Company, and The Foundry. Ms. Basile’s performance highlights include classical and contemporary works; Allegro Brilliante (Balanchine), Glass Pieces (Robbins), La Bayadere (Petipa), Etudes (Lander),Othello (Lar Lubovitch), Swan Lake (Tomasson), the premier of Mark Morris’Sandpaper Ballet, The People of The Forest Project (Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet), Drop Down (The Kate Weare Company), It’s Not a Cry (Amy Seiwert’s Imagery), and more. Founder and Artistic Director of LINES Contemporary Ballet, Alonzo King, choreographed Pas for Ms. Basile and Homer Avila which premiered with Axis Dance Company, toured across the United States, and was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine.
Ms. Basile's teaching career spans 23 years. She teaches ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, contemporary ballet, improvisation, and composition. Ms. Basile has been an instructor at many dance schools, including Alwin’s School of the Dance, LINES Ballet School, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Cincinnati Ballet Academy, Marin Ballet, Marin Dance Theater, the ODC School, and now Magnify Dance Center. She has taught for professional companies such as: ODC Dance, Smuin Ballet, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, and Robert Moses’ KIN. Ms. Basile served as a choreographer’s assistant to Marc Brew, a leading choreographer from the UK, and Ballet Mistress for AXIS Dance Company. During her time in San Francisco, Ms. Basile worked under the mentorship of two top dance photographers and began to photograph for different dance companies and performers. She then became the photographer for the San Francisco Ballet for three years before returning back to full time dancing and to this day continues to photograph for dancers and dance schools in New Mexico.
Ms Basile has choreographed solos for numerous dance competitions, including YAGP and the Cecchetti International Ballet Competition. Her choreography has also been featured in many showcases and summer intensives of pre-professional ballet schools. Within the past four years she has had the opportunity to choreograph at Marin Dance Theatre, where she creates several new works per year on their top pre-professional students.
Ms. Basile has furthered her education by becoming a Certified Personal Trainer and believes that dancers are athletes as well as artists, which has become a major part of the creation of the Five Point Dancer Theory. This multifaceted program works with students to create a more mindful and well rounded dancer through workshops, online resources, and services offered by highly certified health professionals. She brings all of this knowledge and experience together to share her passion for dance with others and to continue to help each dancer she works with reach their maximum potential.

Karah Abiog

Modern, Repertoire

Originally from Saratoga, California Karah received her bachelor's degree in dance from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Her earlier years training began at Ballet Capriole under Elizabeth Neumann and Karen Millar. She has danced and toured extensively with companies such as Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Deeply Rooted Productions, Earl Mosley's Diversity of Dance, nathan trice/RITUALS, Wylliams Henry Danse Theatre, among others, fortunate to experience such an array of amazing choreographers and artists. She was a visiting professor of modern dance in the Dance Division of the Conservatory of Music and Dance at UMKC. Since 1995, Karah has continued to perform and teach for the International Seminar of Brasilia. She is also a certified Pilates instructor. Karah currently serves as Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program Director.

Arturo Fernandez

Ballet, Contemporary, Repertoire, Choreography

A native of Oakland, CA, Arturo began dance training at the School of Performing Arts of USIU in San Diego. After only two years of intensive study he joined San Diego Ballet in 1976. Other companies he's performed with are California Ballet, Arizona Ballet, New Jersey Ballet, Ballets Trocadero de Monte Carlo and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. After moving back to California, he joined Oakland Ballet and ODC/San Francisco and served as the assistant to the choreographers from 1988 until Spring of 1991. Arturo has choreographed for the James Sewell Ballet, Inland Pacific Ballet, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and has also demonstrated his work in self-produced concerts throughout the region. Since 1992, he has been the Ballet Master for Alonzo King LINES Ballet, assisting Alonzo King in the creation of new work. Since 1998, he has coordinated and taught in Alonzo King's Professional Workshop. In 2001, he directed the first summer Pre-Professional Program at LINES. For almost two decades he has been an integral part of the Alonzo King Dance Center teaching for the Dance Center, the LINES Training Program and the LINES BFA program. He has set Alonzo King's ballets on companies and universities throughout the US including NYU, Washington University in St. Louis and Western Michigan University. Most notably he set Alonzo King'sHANDEL on the Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm.

Robert Moses

Choreographer

Since founding Robert Moses' Kin in 1995 in San Francisco, choreographer Robert Moses has created numerous works of varying styles and genres for his highly praised dance company. His work explores topics ranging from oral traditions in African American culture (Word of Mouth, 2002), the life, times, and work of author James Baldwin (Biography of Baldwin, 2003), and the dark side of contemporary urban culture (Cause, 2004), to the nuanced complexities of parentage and identity (The Cinderella Principle, 2010), and the simple joys of the expressive power of pure movement (Toward September, 2009). Moses has worked collaboratively with numerous artists and organizations, among them Julia Adam, Margaret Jenkins, Alonzo King, Sara Shelton Mann, Joanna Haigood, SoVoSo, Marcus Shelby, Keith Terry, Frank Boehm, Will Power, Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble, Bill Morrison, Ann Galjour, David Worm, Kid Beyond and Youth Speaks. Since 2008 Moses has composed original scores for several of his dances.

 

In addition to his work with Robert Moses’ Kin, Moses has choreographed for San Francisco Opera (La Forza del Destino, 2005), Philadanco, Cincinnati Ballet, Eco Arts, Transitions Dance Company of the Laban Center in London, African Cultural Exchange (UK), Bare Bones (UK), Oakland Ballet, Moving People Dance, and Robert Henry Johnson Dance Company, among others. He has choreographed for film, theater and opera, with major productions for the Lorraine Hansberry Theater, New Conservatory Theater, Los Angeles Prime Moves Festival (L.A.C.E.), and Olympic Arts Festival.

 

Robert Moses’ Kin has received significant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, California Arts Council, San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, and San Francisco Foundation, among others. The company is the recipient of three Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, the Bonnie Bird North American Choreography Award, the SF Weekly Black Box Award for Choreography, and the SF Bay Guardian Goldie Award in Dance. RMK has performed at many nationally esteemed venues such as the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Fall for Dance/City Center, Bates Dance Festival, Colorado Dance Festival and Black Choreographers Moving Toward the 21st Century. The company performs its annual home season at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

 

In 2005 Moses was named Choreographer-in-Residence and Artistic Director of the Committee on Black Performing Arts at Stanford University, where he has been on the dance faculty since 1995. An alumni of California State University Long Beach and a highly regarded master teacher, Moses has taught on campuses and at festivals throughout the United States, including Bates Dance Festival, Colorado Dance Festival, Goucher College, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, University of Texas, and University of Nevada. Moses has been a returning guest artist at the Northwest Dance Project and a mentor with Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME). He conducts movement and performance workshops internationally, most recently for artists of African descent with State of Emergency Limited in the United Kingdom

Yin Yue

Choreographer

​​Artistic Director Yin Yue of YY Dance Company is internationally recognized as a versatile performer and choreographer. Born and raised in Shanghai, China, she trained rigorously in technically-demanding and highly-structured Chinese classical and folk dance, as well as classical ballet technique at Shanghai Dance School. She earned her undergraduate degree at Shanghai Normal University, equipping her with performance credits that spanned festivals and showcases throughout China. After further pursuing her MFA in dance from NYU's Tisch School of The Arts in 2008, Yin quickly gained recognition as a unique and exceptional talent among her peers. Yin created an innovative contemporary dance technique FoCo Technique that soon caught the attention of the dance industry and was taught by Yin Yue around the world. 

 

Yin Yue was the winner of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 2015 International Commissioning Project, winner of the 2015 BalletX Choreographic Fellowship, and winner of Northwest Dance Project’s 5th Annual Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition in 2013. Through these high-profile successes, Yin was commissioned by all three widely-recognized companies as well as other companies and organizations namely Limon Dance Company, Alberta Ballet in Canada, Whim W’him, Bruce Wood Dance, Boston Dance Theater, 10 Hairy Legs, New Dialect,, Balletto Teatro di Torino in Italy, Backhausdance, Tisch School of The Arts. She was also awarded First Place in Choreography at National Professional Dance Competition in Shanghai, China, 92Y Harkness Dance 2016-2017 Artist In Residence, Emerging Choreographer of 2015 at Springboard Danse Montreal, as well as a finalist at The A.W.A.R.D Show 2010! presented by New York The Joyce Theater Foundation. Her work has been recognized by organizations and festivals such as SummerStage, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Inside Out, Schrit_tmacher Festival in Aachen, Germany, Open Doors Dance Festival in Iowa City, New York International Fringe Festival, DanceNOW[NYC] at Joe's Pub, Peridance Capezio Theater, New York Live Arts, Dixon Place, La MaMa Moves International Festival and many more. Yin Yue’s repertoires have been re-staged by Rutgers University, George Mason University and dance studios such as MoveNYC, Dancewave, CityDance.

Yin Yue joined the BFA dance faculty of the Peabody Conservatory as artist-in-residence for the fall 2018 semester at John Hopkins University. She is also faculty at Peridance Center in NYC.

Ashley Tuttle

Ballet, Pointe & Variations

Ashley Tuttle was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to join American Ballet Theatre at the age of 16. As a prima ballerina with ABT, Ms. Tuttle's career spanned 17 years. Her repertoire ranged from works by George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Jiri Kylian, Mark Morris, Agnes De Mille, Antony Tudor and William Forsythe to name a few. Ms. Tuttle has danced numerous Twyla Tharp works including In the Upper Room, Brief Fling, Sinatra Suite and Push Comes to Shove.
While maintaining her career with A.B.T., Ms. Tuttle joined the acclaimed Twlya Tharp Dance Company in 2000. During her time with T.T.D., Ms. Tharp created the hit Broadway show "Movin' Out" and the role of Judy on her. Her interpretation of this role earned her both TONY Award and Fred Astaire Dance Award nominations.
Ms. Tuttle most recently has been seen on Broadway in Tharp's "Come Fly Away" at the Metropolitan Opera House in Carmen, guest performances with Dance Theater of Harlem, the Guggenheim Museum's Works in Process with Pam Tanowitz Dance and Lynne Taylor Corbett. Ms. Tuttle has been a teacher of ballet at Groove With Me. She joined the Board of Directors of Groove With Me in 2007.
Ms. Tuttle also teaches ballet at the Mark Morris Dance Group, Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, and Barnard University.

Ballet, Pointe & Variations, Contemporary Ballet, Complexions Repertoire

Ms.Sakakibara is from Nagoya, Japan.

She trained at the Yoko Tsukamoto Ballet Studio in Nagoya and The Royal Ballet School of Antwerp, Belgium. She has received several awards in international competitions at her young age including the acclaimed Prix de Laussanne, The International Dance Competition in Paris, The International Ballet competition in Luxembourg, etc....She has danced with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Royal Ballet of Flanders, Maximum Dance, Ballet Gamonet, Nagoya Theatre de Ballet, and also invited internationally to perform with other companies and Galas.

 

Ms. Sakakibara had a strong ballet technique and versatile with characters, she has performed many leads of full length ballet and pas de deux.  also neoclassical, contemporary pieces were her expertise for over 20 years....

 

Ms. Sakakibara is now teaching at New World School of the Arts, and owner of “B Concepts”in Doral. She offers Open classes and private classes/coaching for Young Dancers to Professional level Dancers. 

Simon Sliva

Ballet, Contemporary Ballet, Complexions Repertoire

A native of Argentina, in 1996 Simon began his training at Miami International Ballet with ballet master Maria Teresa Carrizo.

In 1999 he was accepted into the Intensive Summer Program at Ballet Argentino in Buenos Aires under the direction of Julio Bocca and ballet master Raul Candal.

While in Buenos Aires he was invited by Mabel Silveira The Colon Institute to work closely with Ricardo Bustamante Director of the Colon Ballet Theater. 

In 2001 he was awarded a scholarship at The London Studio in England, he worked with names such as Adam Cooper, Alicia Markova, Margaret Barbieri and Wayne Sleep. 

He returned from England in 2002 to Join Minnesota Ballet directed by Allen Fields, in 2003 he was promoted as a soloist and principal dancer. While in Minnesota Ballet he has perform classical leading roles in Swan Lake, Coppelia, Nutcracker, and works such as 3 Virgins and a Devil by Agnes De Mille, Valse Fantasie by George Balanchine, Little Improvisations by Anthony Tudor and original works from Minnesota Repertory.

As a guest artist Simon Sliva has perform Don Quixote, Stone Flower, Bayader, Giselle and Sleeping Beauty.

He returned to Miami where he was invited to perform as a Guest Artist for the International Ballet Festival held in honor for Mr. Vassili Vassiliev and Ekaterina Maximova.  He also performed for The Ringling Museum Of Art Ungala 2003 with New Century Dance Company with whom he shared  the honors of winning The Spotlight awards 2003, making it the first dance company ever to be awarded  in the U.S for excellence in dance. 

He participated as a Guest Artist with Arts Ballet Theater directed by Vladimir Issaev for the Palm Springs Choreography Festival to be held on November 2003. 

In 2004 he join Maximum Dance Company under the direction of Yannis Pikieris and David Palmer, which later became Ballet Gamonet and is now directed by Jimmy Gamonet de los Heros. Simon has been a member of Ballet Gamonet since 2005 where he has dance numerous principal roles choreographed by Mr. Gamonet and other well renowned choreographers such as Dwight Rhoden, Jerry Opdenaker, Yannis Pikieris, David Palmer, Mark Ghoden and William Sollow.

In November 2006, Simon was invited to perform at the 1st Annual Ballet Festival in Caracas, Venezuela which received nation wide recognition. 

His principal roles include, Trans Tangos, D Symphonies, Cyclical Hour, Don Jose from Carmen, Sonetos de Amor y  Muerte, Courtdebasque, From A Distant Wind, Bailame, Big Band Super Megatroid, Movilisimo Noble, Passing Through, Purple Bend II, Nous Sommes to name a few. 

From 2008 until 2010 he dances for Complexions Contemporary Ballet in NYC under the direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson. With the company he gets to perform original works such as:

He tours with the company to:

In 2011 Simon returns to Miami and continues to work for New Century Dance Company and performs as a guest 

In 2013 He is invited to Mendoza Argentina for the 42nd Anniversary Gala of Ballet Universidad Nacional De Cuyo.

He performs as assistant to choreographer Maria Teresa Carrizo on the montage for the season opening and also performs in Ravel’s Bolero as the guest artist.

Priscilla Nathan-Murphy

Ballet, Pointe & Variations, Modern

 

Originally from Singapore, Priscilla Nathan-Murphy received her classical ballet training in the Royal Academy of Dancing Syllabi and has also been trained in oriental dance mudras, modern dance and jazz.  Ms. Nathan-Murphy has a certification from the British Royal Academy of Dance in teaching and has acquired a Teaching License Diploma from the British Association of Teachers of Dance. She has also recently completed a teachers seminar and course in the Cechetti method in London. Some of the teachers and masters of dance that she has worked with include Rose Eberwein, Eve Pettinger, Kitty Daniels, James Clouser, David Horchoy, Bill Evans, Doug Varone.Ms. Nathan-Murphy has taught creative movement, ballet and modern dance in the pre-professional and professional division of Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy since 1985.  She has also been a teaching artist with the Texas Institute for Arts in Education for several years and has held the position of adjunct faculty at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts for 19 years.  Ms. Nathan-Murphy has also conducted numerous master classes and workshops within the United States since 1980.  Recently, Ms. Nathan-Murray completed the STOTT Pilates Mat Course. As a dancer, she has performed in Singapore and the United States with several companies.  She has also choreographed extensively in the United States. A recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, she received a creative artist award from the Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County for her choreographic work in 1992 and a Fellowship Choreographers Award in 1998. Ms. Nathan-Murphy is also a recipient of the American National Choreographers Competition Award held in Chicago and several teacher recognition awards given by the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts.  Locally she has choreographed for Houston Ballet II, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and numerous other companies.

While on staff with the Houston Ballet Academy, Ms. Nathan-Murphy further developed and delineated the syllabi for the Creative Dance Program, as well as introduced the Pre-Ballet Syllabus. She was also instrumental in introducing Improvisational Composition, Cultural Dance and Musical Theater into the curriculum of Houston Ballet’s Summer Intensive Program.

 

Sidra Bell

Choreographer

SIDRA BELL, is currently a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and was an Adjunct Professor at Barnard College in New York City. She has a degree in History from Yale University and an MFA in Choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance.

Ms. Bell has won several awards, notably a prestigious 1st Prize for Choreography at the Solo Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany. Her critically acclaimed choreography and company has been seen throughout the United States and in Denmark, France, Austria, Bulgaria, Turkey, Germany, China, Canada, Aruba, Korea, Brazil and Greece. Sidra Bell Dance New York (SBDNY, Inc.) was lauded in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette's 2010 Best in Dance for ReVUE, and in the 2012 Year in Review in ArtsATL's notable performances for Nudity.

Bell has received many commissions from institutions internationally and created over 100 new works, with companies of distinction such as BODYTRAFFIC (CA), Ballet Austin, Sacramento Ballet, The Juilliard School (NY), River North Chicago Dance Company, Ailey II (NY), LEVYdance, Robert Moses' KIN (CA), Alonzo King's LINES Ballet School (CA), Uppercut Dansteater (DEN), Motto Dans Kolectif (TUR), Peridance Contemporary Dance Company (NY), Tisch School of the Arts (NY), University of Utah, August Wilson Dance Ensemble (PA), Point Park University (PA), University of Michigan, The Ailey School (NY), Barnard College (NY), New York Live Arts, Dance Theater Workshop (NY), Kelly Strayhorn Theater (PA), Tribeca Performing Arts Center (NY), Stella Adler Studio of Acting (NY), Springboard Danse Montréal, The Duo Theater (NY), Purchase College Conservatory of Dance (NY), National Choreographer's Initiative (Irvine, CA), Visceral Dance Chicago, University of the Arts (PA), Five College Dance Department (MA), and Houston Metropolitan Dance Company.

 

Christian Denice

Choreographer, Contemporary

Christian Denice's professional dance experience includes Odyssey Dance Theatre, River North Dance Chicago, Company E, Montgomery Ballet, BODYTRAFFIC, and BJM Danse in Montreal. Christian teaches and choreographs nationally and internationally, and is currently on faculty at the Joffrey Academy, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago HSPro program, Lou Conte Dance Center, and Visceral Dance Center. He has created new works for Odyssey Dance Theatre, River North Dance Chicago in collaboration with Frank Chaves, LEVELdance Chicago, DanceWorks Chicago, Interlochen Center for the Arts, METdance too, the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, Visceral Dance Chicago, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Western Michigan University, METdance Houston, and Modern America Dance Company. Christian is the 2015-2016 winner of the University of South Florida's Echo Choreographic Competition and the 2016 winner of the Joffrey Academy's Winning Works Choreographic competition. Christian was recently one of the guest choreographers for both DanceWorks Chicago's ChoreoLab and the Barton Movement's AXIS Connect in Los Angeles this past summer. Christian currently dances for Chicago based project company the Cambrians. In April 2016, Christian directed and choreographed a short dance film entitled "the watchers" filmed by Salt Lake City based videographer Bryce Johnson. He is a certified Power Vinyasa yoga instructor and teaches at CorePower Yoga in Chicago. For more information, please visit www.christiandenice.com

Christina Johnson

Ballet, Pointe & Variations, Complexions Repertoire

Born in Vienna, Austria, Christina began her dance education at age seven. She trained at the Boston School of Ballet, the School of American Ballet and the Dance Theatre of Harlem. By the time she was seventeen she began her professional career. She was a member of the Boston Ballet for two years before joining the Dance Theatre of Harlem, where she rose to become a principal dancer within four years. In her 13-year tenure with DTH she danced leading roles in much of the company’s repertoire, including Swan Lake, Giselle, Firebird, Voluntaries, Prodigal Son, Serenade, The Four Temperaments and Fancy Free. Christina has worked with distinguished choreographers and coaches, among them, Jerome Robbins, Frederic Franklin, Suzanne Farrell, Allegra Kent and Sir Anthony Dowell. She also has had original works created on her by Glen Tetley, Rui Horta, Alonzo King and Dwight Rhoden among others. She was a member of the Swiss companies, Le Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve for five years and the Ballett Basel for two years, where her repertoire expanded to include works by William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, James Kudelka, Ohad Naharin, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Twyla Tharp, Amanda Miller and David Parsons to name a few.  Christina has been a featured guest artist with various companies worldwide, including the renowned Royal Ballet of London. She is an original member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Christina made her Broadway debut in The Red Shoes. She is also featured in The African Americans, a book which portrays accomplished African Americans in various fields. 

 

After her performance career Christina has been sought after as a teacher, coach and ballet master, and has worked with companies and schools such as the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, Washington Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Pennsylvania Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Spectrum Dance Theater, Gotesborg Ballett, Ballett Basel, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Armitage Gone! Dance, Cornish College of the Arts and the University of Washington to name a few. In addition, she assisted Frederic Franklin with the re-staging of Giselle for the Joffrey Ballet, and also assisted choreographers Dwight Rhoden, Nicolo Fonte, Trey McIntyre and Karole Armitage in creating world premieres. Christina held the position of Rehearsal Director for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Armitage Gone! Dance, Trey McIntyre Project. She is currently the Rehearsal Director for Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

 

Christina holds a MFA in Dance from Hollins University in collaboration with the American Dance Festival, The Forsythe Company and Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts in Germany. She is a certified Life Coach and marathon runner, and speaks French and German.

Jocelyne Danchick

Improvisation

Jocelyne received her MFA in Dance from UC Irvine. She has worked with a number of artists, such as Charles Moulton, Sara Shelton Mann, Ibrahim Quraishi, Arthur Aviles and DJ Spooky. In 1999, she moved to France and worked as a choreographer, teacher and video artist in Paris. In 2004, she created a dance-theater company,Compagnie Jocelyne Danchick. The company performed extensively and received positive reviews describing her pieces as bold and visually provocative. Interested in collaborative performance, Jocelyne has participated in works that has been shown at the Muffathale Theater in Munich, the National Theater of Manheim, the Dublin Fringe Festival and the Festival of Avignon. In Paris, Jocelyne worked with the well known French folk-rock group Herman Dune, creating a series of improvisational performances during her artist residency at the Lieu Mains d'Oeuvres. Her videodance Murwas selected for a multimedia project (10 Words), appearing on the French Ministry of Culture's website during the Festival of French Language. Her videodance Breath Cycle was featured at both the International Videodance Festival in Tel Aviv and the International Videodance festival in Montevideo. In 2010, she choreographed a large group work entitled Le Jardin des Souffles (Garden of Breath),commissioned by the festival Ame de Fond ( a Festival for Dance and Disabilities) The piece was performed at the National Theater of Dieppe in France in 2011. Jocelyne returned to the U.S. in 2011 and is currently living and working in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She participated in the Summer Intensive 2011 She teaches improvisation and composition.

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