Company Dancers 2016-17
Originally from Miami, FL, Ashley Anduiza trained at New World School of the Arts. She received her BFA in dance at Florida State University, danced with Nashville Ballet’s Second Company, was an Apprentice with Charlotte Ballet, and most recently was with Ballet Hispánico’s BHdos for two seasons under the direction of Nicholas Villeneuve. Ashley has spent summers at Boston Ballet, The Washington Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, The Juilliard School, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, and Northwest Dance Project.
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 BFA 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 Hispánico in 2013 and has since originated roles in works by Edgar Zendejas, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, and Eduardo Vilaro.
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 Hispánico.
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.
Nick Fearon began dancing at the age of 10 in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. Nick recently graduated from Point Park University earning his BFA in dance. At Point Park, Nick had the opportunity to perform works choreographed by David Parsons, Lar Lubovitch, Mark Morris, and Jose Limón. Since graduation, Nick was seen at Digifest dancing for Frankie Grande and has also danced professionally with Parsons Dance, Texture Contemporary Ballet, and Ballet Hispánico’s BHdos.
MELISSA FERNANDEZMelissa Fernandez is from Miami, FL and received her early training from Mencia-Pikieris School of Dance and New World School of the Arts where she graduated summa cum laude in 2008. In 2012, Melissa went on to earn her BFA in dance from The Juilliard School. 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.” Currently, Melissa is in her fifth season with Ballet Hispánico in New York City with whom she performs nationally and internationally as well as teaching workshops as part of their outreach initiatives. Melissa has also choreographed for and performed with the Peter London Global Dance Company in Miami, FL.
Mark Gieringer began dancing at the age of 16 in Bellevue, NE. He graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri – Kansas City with a dual-emphasis BFA in 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. Other roles include: Elegy Man in George Balanchine’s Serenade, and Puck in Benjamin Britten’s operatic setting of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Mark has performed professionally with Seamless Dance Theater and Owen/Cox Dance Group in Kansas City.
Jenna Marie began her dance training at Olga Kresin's Ballet School in Philadelphia, PA and later attended the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. She trained at The Ailey School as a scholarship student and was a member of the dance company Eleone Connections. Ms. Marie has participated in a number of dance competitions including the Youth America Grand Prix (where she was featured in the documentary "First Position"), the Barcelona International Dance Competition, and the Tanzolymp Danz Festival. She was a member of Ailey II, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Zest Collective, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Metropolitan Opera, and MOMIX.
JOHAN RIVERA MENDEZ
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Diana Winfree grew up in Southlake, TX. She received her BFA from the University of Oklahoma, where she performed repertory by choreographers including Robert Battle, Martha Graham, and Alvin Ailey. Upon graduation, Diana danced three seasons with Thodos Dance Chicago where she premiered and toured works by KT Nelson, Lucas Crandall, and Anne Reinking. She most recently performed with local Chicago companies and artists such as LevelDance, Kristina Isabelle Dance Company, and Dance for Life Chicago.
Joshua Winzeler was raised in Miami, FL. His training includes Miami City Ballet, the School of American Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet. He received his BFA from New World School of the Arts in 2011, where he performed works by Robert Battle, Martha Graham, Darshan Bhuller and Michael Uthoff. Upon graduation, Joshua joined Ballet Hispánico where he has worked and collaborated with choreographers such as Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Nacho Duato, Cayetano Soto, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, and Eduardo Vilaro.