Company Dancers 2013-2014
Lauren Alzamora graduated from UNC School of the Arts in 2001. She has danced for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Eliot Feld's Ballet Tech and Battery Dance Company in New York. Lauren has also collaborated with New York-based dance photographer Howard Schatz on several projects, including underwater dance photography. She is a fully certified Pilates instructor and enjoys teaching private clients as well as her fellow Company members.
Christopher Bloom is from Middletown, VA where he started training at the Vostrikov’s Academy of Ballet at the age of 15. Christopher trained as a scholarship student at the Ballet and Contemporary Dance Programs in the School at Jacob’s Pillow under Anna-Marie Holmes and Milton Myers. He holds a B.F.A. from The Ailey/Fordham BFA Dance program where he had the opportunity to perform works by Sidra Bell, Francesca Harper, Camille A. Brown, Jennifer Muller, Paul Taylor and Alvin Ailey. He has performed professionally with 360âÂ° Dance Company, Thang Dao Dance Company, VonUssar DanceWorks, Parsons Dance, The Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, and with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Martina began dancing in her native Italy, where she studied ballet in Sicily and Rome. She moved to London to train at the Elmhurst School for Dance. In London, she performed with the Birmingham Royal Ballet and toured throughout the United Kingdom and China. Martina has danced around the world, performing with Compagnia DanzItalia, Narciso Dance Company and BHdos.
JAMAL RASHANN CALLENDER
Jamal Rashann Callender began dancing at Ballet Tech in New York City. He attended the Professional Performing Arts School/The Ailey School under the late Denise Jefferson, while dancing at The Restoration Dance Theatre and the Harlem School of the Arts. Jamal also attended Perry-Mansfield and Springboard Danse Montreal. He graduated from The Juilliard School under Lawrence Rhodes, and has worked with The Atlanta Ballet, Peridance Ensemble, Buglisi Dance Theater, Formal Structure Inc., and Hubbard Street 2. Jamal is a recipient of the 2012 Princess Grace Dance: Performance Fellowship.
Alexander began his dance career in the Dominican Republic at Teatro Popular Danzante. He received a scholarship to study classical ballet at Ballet Alina Abreu, and he later joined Ballet Folklórico Nacional as a soloist. In 2011, he joined Ballet Nacional Dominicano. He has performed in many international festivals around the world, including Venezuela, Haiti and Martinique, and performed leading roles in neo-classical works.
MARIO ISMAEL ESPINOZA
Mario Ismael Espinoza was born in Tijuana, Mexico. He graduated from the University of California in Irvine, where he performed with Donald McKayle's étude Ensemble. Mario since then has performed with Odyssey Dance Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah; Company C Contemporary Ballet, Man Dance San Francisco, Peninsula Ballet, Liss Fain Dance and ODC Dance in San Francisco, California.
Melissa Fernandez is from Miami, Florida, and graduated from The Juilliard School in 2012. Melissa has attended programs at American Ballet Theatre, Miami City Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Netherlands Dans Theater 2011, among others. In 2008 Melissa was selected as a Modern dance Finalist in the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) YoungARTS competition. She was also featured in the HBO series “Master Class.”
Min-Tzu Li, a native of Taiwan, enjoyed her education at The Boston Conservatory and gained many diverse experiences working with their faculty and students. Ms. Li has been fortunate to perform works by such masters as José Limón, Martha Graham and Murray Louis, as well as creating her own works.
JOHAN RIVERA MENDEZ
Johan Rivera Mendez (Apprentice) was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He began his dance training at School for the Performing Arts, PR under the direction of Waldo Gonzalez. Johan graduated, earning his BFA from New World School of the Arts in 2013. While there, he had the opportunity to perform works of Robert Battle, Darshan Singh Bhuller, Peter London, Merce Cunningham, Michael Uthoff and Kyle Abraham as well as simultaneously working with local dance companies in Miami, Florida.
Marcos Rodriguez began his training in the Ballet Concierto Dominicano Academy. In 2006, he received a scholarship for the "Alicia Alonso" University Dance Institute at the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid, Spain. Here he joined the "Youth Ballet of Camara of Madrid" as a principal dancer. In 2010, Marcos won the prize for the Support Program of Dance in Madrid as the only Dominican dancer. After graduation, where he received a degree in Choreography and Interpretation Techniques of Dance and a Master in Performing Arts, Marcos joined the Dominican National Ballet as a soloist.
Vanessa Valecillos joined Ballet Nacional de Caracas under director Vicente Nebrada in 1989. After earning a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, she performed with Southern Ballet Theater, Chicago Lyric Opera, where she performed as a principal dancer in various productions, and with Luna Negra Dance Theater, where she was a founding member. Throughout her dance career, she has had the opportunity to teach students both nationally and internationally.
KIMBERLY VAN WOESIK
Kimberly Van Woesik graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2011. She has trained at Chamberlain School of Performing Arts, American Ballet Theater, Miami City Ballet, the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She has performed works by Ben Stevenson, Twyla Tharp, Arthur Mitchell, Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Alison Chase, Jessica Lang, Adam Hougland, Gerald Arpino, and George Balanchine.
JOSHUA PETER WINZELER
Joshua Peter Winzeler was born in Miami, Florida. He began his ballet training with The Thomas Armour Youth Ballet and the Miami Conservatory. He furthered his training with the School of American Ballet, Miami City Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. Joshua graduated from New World School of the Arts receiving his B.F.A. in 2011. Joshua has performed works from Martha Graham, Darshan Bhuller, Robert Battle and Michael Uthoff, to name a few.
JESSICA ALEJANDRA WYATT
Jessica Alejandra Wyatt received her training from The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre. Under the direction of Cuban teacher Haydee Gutierrez, she also studied with her mother Elena Carter, former Dance Theater of Harlem and Ballet Nacional de Danza principal. In 2002, Miss Wyatt joined The Joffrey Ballet as an apprentice and participated in the filming of Robert Altman's "The Company." She later joined Luna Negra Dance Theater and was a member from 2004 to 2009. In 2012, Miss Wyatt was nominated for a Bessie Award.