JOHAN RIVERA MENDEZ (BHdos Artistic Associate/Rehearsal Director) 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 with 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. Johan holds an MA in Executive Leadership from Liberty University.
MELISSA ANDUIZA (Community Programs Manager) Melissa is a native of Miami, Florida. Developing a concentration in the art of dance as a young girl; she attended the prestigious New World School of the Arts for Dance and studied with Marielena Mencia and Yanis Pikieris, artistic directors of the Miami Youth Ballet. In 2010, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of South Florida where dance masters, Michael Foley, Paula Nunez, Sandra Robinson, Jeanne Travers and Gretchen Warren closely mentored her. As an emerging choreographer, Melissa was invited by the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) to perform “Stained Glass”, an original piece that she both choreographed and danced for the National Gala at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. ...READ MORE...
Melissa began her professional career as a dancer with the Charlotte Ballet from 2010 until 2015 under the direction of Paris Opera Ballet Etoiles, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and George Balanchine’s muse, Patricia McBride. Inspiring the arts community in Charlotte, NC, Melissa performed many classical roles and contemporary works by renowned choreographers such as William Forsythe, Sasha Janes, Jiri Kylian, Dwight Rhoden, and Twyla Tharp. She has set works on Charlotte Ballet for dancer-run performances and Appalachian Ballet Company for the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association (SERBA) annual gala. In 2012, Bonnefoux nominated her for the respected, Princess Grace Award. Melissa is also a Master Ballet/Modern Teacher and has a passion for Community Service. She has served in the school systems, women’s detention centers, and as an Ambassador for the US Embassy educating children about the arts in Tunisia. In 2015, Melissa moved to New York City and danced for Complexions Contemporary Ballet under the direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson for their Fall 2015 Season. She is currently working towards her Pilates Certification in the beautiful Gramercy neighborhood in Flatiron District. Melissa is thrilled to join Ballet Hispanico as Community Programs Manager.
KATHRYN KELLEY (Community Engagement Coordinator) Kathryn Kelley was born in Massachusetts where she received her early dance training at her mother’s school, the Diane Kelley Dance Studio. She went on to graduate from the Walnut Hill School for the Arts where she studied under the direction of Michael Owen of the American Ballet Theater. While attending Walnut Hill Kathryn volunteered at a nearby elementary school, and this is when she first developed a deep appreciation for arts education outreach. ...READ MORE...
In 2006 she moved to New York City to study at the Joffrey Ballet School and has since enjoyed dancing throughout the U.S. and Europe with numerous dance companies such as Eglevsky Ballet, as well as in commercial work for Dolce&Gabbana, Puma, and others. She has since followed in her mother’s footsteps by choreographing and teaching at dance schools throughout New England, and has collaborated with former Ballet Hispanico dancer Donald Borror and the Julliard School in producing Lincoln Center Education’s “Meet the Artist” series. In June 2016 Kathryn graduated with honors from Hunter College with a B.A. in History and German. She is thrilled to join the Ballet Hispanico team to share her passion for dance and intercultural exchange with her NYC community!
NINA SUNDERLAND (Education Production Coordinator) Nina is a recent graduate from Elon University, where she completed a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography as well as a BS in Exercise Science. Her two degrees furthered her fascination with the human body, specifically how its anatomy, movement, and physical limitations influence dance and artistic expression. While in school, she had the opportunity to study dance photography and dance film in Los Angeles for three months. Upon graduation, Nina was eager to begin her career in the arts. Her passion lies in arts education, in order to provide youth with creative, cultural, and transformative opportunities. Nina is thrilled to be working with Ballet Hispanico in its efforts to support dance education in the community.