Ballet Hispanico

Company Dancers 2015-2016


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 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. Since graduating from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Dance program in 2012, he has performed and toured with the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company and Parsons Dance performing masterworks by David Parsons, Igal Perry, and Ohad Naharin across several continents. Christopher joined Ballet Hispanico in 2013 and has since originated roles in works by Edgar Zendejas, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, and Eduardo Vilaro.



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.



Shelby Colona is a 2013 graduate of The Ailey School’s Certificate Program. In 2011, she graduated from The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) in Houston, TX. Shelby has had further training with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Perry-Mansfield, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. She has performed works by Robert Battle, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Peter Chu, Nicholas Villeneuve, Billy Bell, Loni Landon, and has performed with companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Lunge Dance Collective, and BHdos before joining Ballet Hispanico.


Kassandra Cruz is a Venezuela native and a recent graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA program. She has received training from The Ailey School, Lines Ballet, Professional Performing Arts High School and Ballet Hispanico. Her performance experience includes dancing with The Mestizo Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and at various schools and venues with BHdos.




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.”



Mark Gieringer began dancing when he was 16 in Bellevue, NE. He graduated cum laude from UMKC with a dual-emphasis BFA in both ballet and modern. He attended Joffrey - New York & Kansas City Ballet’s Summer Intensives on full scholarship. Mark has performed works by K.T Nelson, Josh Beamish, Bernard Gaddis, Gary Abbott and Ray Mercer. He performed principal roles in Antony Tudor's Dark Elegies and Continuo. Mark has performed professionally with Seamless Dance Theater and Owen/Cox Dance Group in Kansas City.



Christopher Hernandez is a recent graduate of The Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase, where he performed works by Kyle Abraham, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, and Ori Flomin. Following graduation he was cast in the off-Broadway production of Sleep No More. Christopher has also been seen on the Latin People's Choice Awards dancing for Olga Tanon and Wisin y Yandel. Christopher most recently danced with BHdos before joining the main company.



Johan Rivera Mendez 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.




Eila Valls is originally from Spain and graduated from RCPD Mariemma (Madrid, Spain) in 2010. She is the winner of the "Virginia Valero" extraordinary award in Madrid and the first place winner of the international competition " Certamen de Danza Ciutat de Barcelona", through which she was awarded with a full scholarship to the Peridance Certificate Program (NYC) and Joffrey Ballet (Chicago). Since she moved to New York in 2011 she’s had the privilege to work with Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, where she has performed repertory from choreographers such as Igal Perry, Dwight Rhoden, Ohad Naharin, and Sidra Bell, among others. She has also danced under the direction of Manuel Vignoulle, Brice Mousset and Yesid Lopez and has worked as a dancer/ model for Adidas, Nike and Under Armour. 



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. 



Lyvan Verdecia was born in Havana, Cuba. He graduated from the National Ballet School of Cuba in 2013 and joined the ranks of the National Ballet of Cuba through December 2014, where he developed as a dancer and choreographer. He has had the opportunity to participate in festivals and has won gold and bronze medals at international competitions. He has shared the stage with Carlos Acosta in his Tocororo and with Viengsay Valdes in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Celeste.



Originally from Sonoma County, California, Cole has had the pleasure of performing internationally as well as throughout the U.S. with companies such as DanceWorks Chicago, the Long Beach Ballet, and most recently under the directorship of Frank Chaves with River North Dance Chicago. Cole graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona in 2013 with his BFA in Dance. Having worked with the incredible faculty members as well as inspiring artists from the Balanchine Trust, Larry Keigwin + Company, Anne Reinking and Gary Chryst, among others, he enjoys the challenge and variety that dance provides.


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.



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