RENA BUTLER trained at The Chicago Academy for the Arts, studied overseas at Taipei National University of the Arts, and received her BFA from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. Rena currently dances for Gibney Dance Company and previously for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Manuel Vignoulle, and The Merce Cunningham Trust “Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event” in Los Angeles, CA. Her choreographic work includes a collaboration with Academy Award-winning composer Terrence Blanchard, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and more.
ROSIE HERRERA is a Cuban-American dancer, choreographer and artistic director of Rosie Herrera Dance Theater. She is a graduate from New World School with a BFA in Dance Performance. She has been commissioned by The Miami Light Project, The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Ballet Hispanico, Jose Limon Dance Company, Moving Ground Dance Theater, Houston Met Dance, New World Symphony and the American Dance Festival (ADF) in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016 and 2018. RHDT has been presented at venues through out the US, such as The Yard, ADF, and Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans among others.
MICAELA TAYLOR trained
at Marat Daukayev School of Ballet and Los Angeles County High School of the Arts. She graduated from Cornish College of the Arts. She has worked and performed with Ate9 Dance Company, Zoe Scofield, Camille A. Brown, Kate Wallich, & BODYTRAFFIC. Her choreographic passion led her to found Los Angeles based contemporary dance company, The TL Collective in 2016. Her individual movement style of Hip Hop combined with contemporary technique has led her to find a new way for people to move which is best described as Contemporary/Pop.
KAROLE ARMITAGE known as the 'punk ballerina' is the Artistic Director of the New York-based Armitage Gone! Dance Company. She was rigorously trained in classical ballet and began her professional career as a member of the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, a company devoted exclusively to the repertory of George Balanchine. In 1976, she was invited to join Merce Cunningham's company. Through her unique and acute knowledge of the aesthetic values of Balanchine and Cunningham, Armitage has created her own "voice" in the dichotomy of classical and modern dance, and is seen by some critics as the true choreographic heir to the two masters of 20th century American dance.
ITZIK GALILI is an Israeli choreographer, knighted in the Netherlands on the royal order of the House of Orange-Nassau for his contributions to Dutch Arts and Culture in 2006. His oeuvre of over 60 works has received numerous awards and been performed by the most reputable companies in the world, including Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Batsheva Dance Company, Dutch National Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Rambert Dance Company, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and the Stuttgart Ballet. VIDEO
SIDRA BELL is currently a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, an Adjunct Professor at Ball State University in Indiana, was artist in residence at Harvard University, and was an Adjunct Professor at Barnard College in New York City. She has a BA in History from Yale University and an MFA in Choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. VIDEO
YUE YIN was born and raised in Shanghai, China, she trained rigorously at the Shanghai Dance School, Shanghai Normal University, and NYU's Tisch School of The Arts. Her choreographic credits include: 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, Limon Dance Company, Bruce Wood Dance, New Dialect, Balletto Teatro di Torino in Italy, Backhausdance and George Mason University among others.
MARCO GOECKE since graduating fro the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Goecke is one of the world's most sought-after choreographers, due to his particular movement language. Goecke's work is performed by dance companies worldwide. Since 2005 Goecke is resident choreographer at the Stuttgart Ballet, between 2006 and 2011 with Scapino Ballet Rotterdam and since 2013 he is also associate choreographer with Nederlands Dans Theater. In the past decade, he has created over fourty choreographies, including two full-length performances.
SHANNON GILLEN is one of NYC’s most sought after choreographers. She was recently championed by Deborah Jowitt as 'vastly gifted' and VOGUE Magazine called her work 'mesmerizing'. Recent creations and educational commissions include the B12 Workshops in Berlin, the Ruvuelo International Festival in Chile, with New Dialect in Nashville, the Lines Training Program in San Francisco, the University of Michigan, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Springboard Danse Montreal, Manhattanville College and VIM VIGOR's summer program in August.
ELISABETH GIBIAT met Itzik Galili, Artistic Director of the NND/Galili Dance and guest choreographer at the Ballet Gulbenkian, and was invited to join him in 2001 as Assistant Artistic Director of the NND/Galili Dance, and in 2009 of the Dansgroep Amsterdam, to create and implement his artistic vision.
As Rehearsal Director, she was responsible for Itzik Galili’s work and for the works by the following guest choreographers: Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Rui Horta, Ohad Naharin, Angelin Preljocaj, Stijn Celis, Tero Saarinen, Meryl Tankard, Né Barros, Mark Baldwin…
As Galili's Artistic Executive since 2011, Elisabeth has been resetting his works and assisting him in his creations with the following companies: English National Ballet, Israel Ballet, Ballet de l’Opéra National de Bordeaux, Quorum Ballet, West Australian Ballet, Compañia Nacional De Danza de México, Metropolitan Opera, Roberto Bolle, Bale da Cidade…
CHRISTOPHER ANNAS-LEE is a lighting designer. He also works as an associate/assistant lighting designer, projections and scenic designer, draftsperson, and ETC programmer. Christopher is the recipient of two Helen Hayes awards (In the Heights and Yerma), two HH nominations (Don Juan Tenorio and Cervantes), two Broadway World Regional awards (En El Tiempo De Las Mariposas and In The Heights), and a Rising Star award (Cinderella). He holds a BFA in Lighting Design from North Carolina School of the Arts, and was the 2014/15 Lighting Fellow at the J.F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the 2017 Princess Grace Design Fellow, Fabergé Theater Award.
ZANE KEALEY is a Boston based costume designer with an MFA from Boston University. Her thesis work involved structuring a vocabulary to describe and explore costuming for contemporary dance. She has designed for Wheelock Family Theater and Joan & Edgar Booth Theater in Boston, The Theater Lab in DC, interned with Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshires, and is a draper and costume designer for Boston Dance Theater.
GRANT STINNETT is a pioneer of electronic, symphonic, singer-songwriter, and organically sampled music styles. His music transcends genre to create completely new and revolutionary sounds and aural landscapes. Grant's most recent work has been described as "vocally driven electro-symphonic journeys" as well as a "combination of Sting's vocal style with Hans Zimmer's orchestral grandeur, smashed together with Skrillex's aggressive cutting edge sound design, and a dash of Slap Bass to spark the fire"
ERNESTO GALAN produces music videos, documentaries, commercials, and features with his company Scalped Productions. He a regular collaborator with the Boston Ballet and Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, as well as produces work as a freelance filmmaker for several theatrical and dance companies in Boston.
THOMAS LEMPERTZ is a German designer and former dancer for the Stuttgart Ballet. In 2011 he was nominated for the New Faces Award Fashion. He works with choreographers like Marco Goecke, Demis Volpi, Bridget Breiner, and Katarzyna Kozielska. As a former dancer, he knows how to highlight the silhouette of the body, working with subtle colouring or material mixtures for his leotards. Thomas is also a guest lecturer at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart in a laboratory for Dance, Choreography and Movement.
RYAN LAWRENCE danced for Las Lubovitch Dance Company, Hubbard Street 2 and Scapino Ballet Rotterdam. As a teacher, choreographer, and répétiteur for independent studios, universities and dance and theater companies Lawrence utilizes his dance background and experience as a Physical Therapist to ensure safe and effective technique. He wrote the ballet curriculum for the Dance Teacher Education program at Codarts University and has been invited to give seminars on dance health and injury prevention by various institutions who prize his distinctive position in the dance world as professional dancer and health care provider.
STEPHEN PETRILLI is a New York and Boston based lighting designer with over 40 years of experience in theatre, dance, opera, music and touring. He has designed shows for Anikaya Dance Theater, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Nathan Trice/Rituals, Prometheus Dance, Doppelganger Dance Collective, Noche Flamenca, Zoe Dance, Shapiro & Smith Dance, Ailey II and The Kevin Wynn Collection. He also spent five years touring as the Lighting/Sound Supervisor for Pilobolus and has stage managed six seasons of Dance Africa at BAM.
ALESSANDRO SOUSA PEREIRA
In Brazil he danced with the Lina Penteado Dance Company in Campinas and at the Castro Alves Theater Ballet in Bahia. In Europe he danced as a soloist with Tanz Graz in Austria and with the Bayerisches Staats Ballet in Germany under the direction of Philip Taylor.
Since 2007 he has worked as a dancer and choreographer for the Dansk Danseteater in Copenhagen, Denmark and since 2021 he has been involved with the Royal Danish Ballet School in Odense, where he is the Artistic Director of DGU (Dansegrunduddannelse) and KOMA Ballet.
In 2019 he was decorated by the Queen of Denmark in recognition of his work in dance.
Roya Carreras is a first generation Iranian-Hispanic artist, choreographer, and movement facilitator who works within the commercial, film, and theatrical settings. Her work is narrative based; the movement vocabulary is highly physical and nuanced, at times intertwining balletic tropes and visceral demeanour while also playing with raw humanism. Her work bridges dance theatre, contemporary dance, ballet and improvisational forms whilst working within the genre of magic realism.