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Greta Campo Associate Artistic Director/Dancer began her dance training in her native Milan at the Carcano Theater, where she was first introduced to Martha Graham’s work. At age 19, she began the Professional Training Program at the Martha Graham School in NYC and, after a couple of months, she joined Graham II, performing in ensemble and solo roles. She performed with the Martha Graham Dance Company in their 2012 New York Season and has also been traveling nationally and internationally with them. She completed the Teacher Training Program at the School. Greta has performed choreographies by Pascal Rioult, Larry Keigwin and has worked with renowned choreographers, such as Eryc Taylor and Nejla Yatkin. She was a founding member of Alison Cook Beatty Dance and she also received the 2016 Rising Star Award from Fini Dance Festival.

Candace JarvisCandace Jarvis Dancer, originally from Brampton, Ontario, started her professional training at Bold Dance Company under the direction of Emilio and Stephanie Macri. She continued her training at The Ailey School as a Certificate Student. She has performed works by many choreographers including Amy Hall, Tracy Inman, Carlos Dos Santos and Norbert De La Cruz III. In 2013 Ms. Jarvis performed in Alvin Ailey’s Revelations Cast of 50 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and took part in Robert Battle’s New Directions Choreographers Lab at The Ailey School. Ms. Jarvis was a former member of Awaken Dance Theater under the direction of Rebekka Nodhturft. In 2015 she earned her Certificate of Honors from The Ailey School Certificate Program.

Cara McManus dancer trained in her native Falmouth, MA before earning a BFA in dance and a BA in Comparative Literature from Fordham University and the Ailey School. She performs with the Martha Graham Dance Company in New York seasons, nationally, and internationally. She has also had the pleasure of working with Joshua Beamish/MOVE the Company, Tadej Brdnik, and Kat Pantos/the Pantos Project. She was recently featured in The White Wolf, a film by visual artist Sue de Beer displayed at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in NYC.

Ethan Gwynn Dancer was born State College Pennsylvania where he began his dance training at the Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania under the guidance of Andrea Hill and Lane Grosser. Subsequently, he joined the Staycee Pearl Dance Project. He continued his training at both the Certificate Program of the Alvin Ailey American Dance School and the French Ballet Academy. Ethan has continued to perform with companies such as Project 44, Tanz Theater, Bloodline dance theater, Pennsylvania Dance Workshop, American Liberty Ballet Company, and Mystic Dance. Ethan has also worked with artists such as Matthew Rushing, Nicholas Vilenueve, Staycee Pearl, Andre Kosloski, and Leonie Stein.

Evan Matthew Stewart Dancer, originally from Buffalo, NY, began his dance training at Miss Barbara’s School of Dance and at the age of ten continued to advance his training at David deMarie Dance Studio in styles varying from contemporary to tap and ballet to jazz. Evan also attended the Royal Academy of Ballet (Buffalo, NY) under the direction of Beth Waddell and while in college, attended the Joffrey School of Ballet New York City summer intensive to further his skills in ballet. In 2016, Evan graduated from the University of Buffalo with his BFA in dance and minor in counseling. During his time at the University at Buffalo, Evan was a member of the dance program’s pre-professional company Zodiaque under the direction of Thomas Ralabate and Tressa Gorman-Crehan. Recently in moving to the New York City area, Evan has had the opportunity to become a member of XY Dance Project directed by Nijawwon Matthews and also work as his in-class and traveling assistant.

Grace Bishop Dancer, Born and raised in South Fl. Frace started her professional dance training at a local dance studio, Dance Explosion, where she trained in ballet under Mariea Motter. She also attended a Magnet High School for the performing arts under the direction of
Bernadette Pierre. She continued her dance education through college and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from New World School of the Arts. She performed works by Robert Battle, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Paul Taylor. After college, she has had the pleasures of working with the Peter London Global Dance Company and Augusto Soledade Brazzdance.

Jiao Li Dancer, came from HeBei province in China. She started her Dance training at He Bei Professional Art College in 2001 and later went to Beijing Dance Academy received her BA with a major in Chinese Folk Dance. Ms. Li came to the US to pursue her study in Modern Dance and completed her MFA from Temple University in Philadelphia in 2016. She is a certified dance teacher with qualification to teach on Higher Education leveled institution in China. In China, her teaching credit includes The University of Sports in Tianjin, The Youth Academy of Performing Arts and Beijing New Oriental School in Beijing. In the US, she has taught at Berwin Art Education Centre, Pennsylvania Chinese Dance Club, Guang Huang Chinese School. As a choreographer and performer, she has performed her works with Beijing Dance Academy and Temple University in Hong Kong, China, and the US.

Morgan Lamb Teaching Artist is the first person to graduate with a dual degree between NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (MFA in Dance) and Steinhardt (MA in Dance Education, Teaching all Grades). Morgan received her early training from Studio One in Kingsport, Tennessee under the direction of Melita Brock-Warner. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2014 with a BFA in Fibers and minor in dance from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). In 2015 she performed alongside her Tisch peers, and Kidd Pivot, in Crystal Pite’s Polaris as a part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival. Morgan has appeared in KODAFE, Ballet Inc. The Series, as a guest solo artist in Dance ARIS (Artist Residence in the Smokies), Radio City Music Hall, City Center, Dixon Place and Dance Theatre of Harlem as a part of the Sunday Matinee Series. She has taught in after-school programs, public schools, Peridance Capezio Center and served as the assistant director and faculty member for the Steinhardt Summer Dance Intensive. Currently, Morgan dances with the Kalamandir Dance Company and serves as assistant administrator for American Youth Dance Theater

Patrick Piras

Patrick Piras Dancer, from Udine, Italy, began his dance training at the age of 6 while living in Alghero, where he focused on professional ballroom dancing for three years until h e decided to stop following an injury. At age 14 he moved back to his hometown, where he came close to dance again thanks to Arianna Zanello who invited him to attend her school Filodanza and later became his mentor. He then focused his study in ballet, modern, jazz, and contemporary dance and attended several summer intensives in Italy, mostly as a scholarship student, standing out because of his talent. He came to The Ailey School in 2013, and is currently a Scholarship Student. He has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Matthew Rushing, Ronnie Favors, Tracy Inman, Martin Lofsnes, Amy Hall, Darshan Bhuller, Nathan Trice, Nicholas Villenueve, and Christopher Rudd. He has performed “Memoria” with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theather at New York City Center in December 2014 and “Concurrence” representing the Ailey School in the Ailey Spirit Gala at David H. Koch Theather in June 2016. Patrick has also performed with 360° Dance Company and is currently a part of Arch Contemporary Ballet.

Rashidi Lewis Dancer is a Jamaican- American dancer and choreographer born and raised in Miami, Fl where he earned his BFA in Dance Performance from New World School of the Arts. He has now had the opportunity to present his work in Miami, New York City,
and Iceland. Rashidi has since performed with companies such as Keigwin+Company, Gaspard and Dancers, Zullo Raw Movement, Vissi Dance Theater, Elisa Monte Dance, and Eryc Taylor Dance.

Sofia Siller Dancer, was originally from Mexico, Sofia began her studies at La Escuela de Danza Clásica del Estado de Coahuila and continued them at La Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey. In 2015, she was awarded a grant from the state of Nuevo Leon  (CONARTE) to further her training at The Ailey School in NYC, where she completed the Certificate Program in May 2018. While at Ailey she had the opportunity to perform works by Earl Mosley, Winston Dynamite Brown, Thang Dao and Alvin Ailey. She has attended P.A.R.T.S Summer School, American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive and Cunningham Fellowship Workshop. Sofia has danced with Nathantrice/Rituals Dance Theatre and is currently an apprentice with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company.

Sonny Shiu Dancer, is a Chinese-American who was born in Visalia, California but moved to Miami, Florida when he was 3. He started dancing at the age of 20 when he took interest in breakdancing, then at the age of 21 he was accepted into New World School of the Arts for dance where he graduated with his BFA in dance. Sonny has furthered his ballet training at intensives such as Charlotte Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, and CuBallet where he received scholarships as well as at Complexions Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and recently the Paul Taylor school. Since he graduated, he has danced with Peter London Global Dance Company and Dance Now! Miami. Sonny has also worked with Dale Andree on the 2018 National Water Dance.

Yuka Notsuka(Dancer) born in Fukuoka, Japan. She began her Ballet training in her hometown at age four. Later she broadened her training to include Jazz and Tap. She worked as a performer in Universal Studios Japan and Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Nagasaki from 2011-2015. Later Yuka moved to New York City to further pursue her career as a dancer. In 2015 she entered the Ailey School as a scholarship student. She performed in Ailey Spirit Gala Concert at Lincoln Center choreographed by Tracy Inman (Co-Director, The Ailey School) and Robert Battl e(Artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater). In New York she also has been in training and served as Teaching Assistant at the Luigi Jazz Dance Center under Francis J. Roach.

Yao-Zhong Zhang

Yao Zhong Zhang (Master Teacher and Dancer) in Martial Art Dance came from Shanghai, China, where he graduated from the Shanghai Kunqu Opera School with a major in the male warrior role. Mr. Zhang performed with the Shanghai Kun Opera Theater for ten years before moving to New York, where he also performs with the Tong-Ching Chinese Opera Company. He has been a member of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company since 2000. With the company, he has been touring the US and abroad extensively as principal dancer and soloist.

Min Zhou

Min Zhou Dancer graduated from the dance department at the Hubei Arts Academy. She later joined the Hubei Province Song and Dance Troupe and became a renowned principal performer. Ms. Zhou, an elected member of the Chinese Dancers’ Association, has a wide repertoire that ranges from exquisite Chinese classical dances to gracious and playful folk dances. While in China, she joined several performing arts groups and toured to Switzerland, Japan, Canada, and France. In New York, she danced with the Chinese Cultural Center. She has been a member of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company since 2004.