New York City native Morgan Claire McEwen began her professional ballet career at age 17 with the Richmond Ballet. Ms McEwen then continued on to BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio. During her time at BalletMet she had the opportunity to dance many soloist roles and was also co-recipient of the Violetta Boft award. Her repertoire there was extensive ranging from classic Balanchine to works by Stanton Welch. In 2009 Morgan moved back to New York to dance with the Metropolitan Opera. Here she has had the opportunity to dance in the several Metropolitan Opera premiers including Rossini’s Armida and Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann; as well as the world premier of Enchanted Island. Morgan has performed on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre in Brigadoon. Ms McEwen has also danced with Neos Dance Theatre, Syracuse City Ballet, and Gleich dances. She has guested with Ballet Yuma, Pennsylvania Classical Ballet, and Albany Berkshire Ballet. Ms McEwen launched her own ballet company, MorDance in January 2013. She serves as the director and resident choreographer of the company. Ms McEwen has been sighted by the New York Times as having “an eye for shaping the arc of a dance as carefully as the transitions and details within it.” MorDance has performed in multiple dance festivals as well as holding their own seasons at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center and the Sheen Center in New York City. The company has also been invited to hold short-term residencies at both the Silo and Mana Contemporary. Ms McEwen has been commissioned to choreograph for Columbia Ballet Collaboritive and is currently creating a new ballet for Eglevsky Ballet.
Joshua Beaver, from Thompsontown, Pennsylvania, began his early training with his mother Cynthia Beaver’s gymnastics studio, Movement Laboratory, and American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive. After high school, he attended Boston Conservatory on full scholarship and graduated with a BFA in dance in 2011. While at the Conservatory he performed works by Limon, Tudor, Sokolow, and Nikolais. After graduating, he joined Teatrul de Balet Sibiu, Romania, where he spent three seasons rising to first soloist and choreographer. He was featured as Paris in Rotaru's Romeo and Juliet, Barbanto in Le Corsaire, and principal soloist in Gardner's Four Seasons. During this time he toured and performed in Germany, Austria, Sicily, Hungary, and New Zealand. In the summer of 2014, Josh joined Prague Chamber Ballet touring to Mexico and also winning 1st place in the Lila Lopez Contemporary dance competition in Saint Luis Potosi. Shortly after returning home from his years in Europe, Josh joined Dayton Ballet in Ohio where he spent two seasons as a featured soloist. Some of his featured roles included The Prince in Cinderella and Cavalier in The Nutcracker. During this time he also performed various repertoire from choreographers such as Septime Webre, Melissa Barak, Jessica Lang, and Gina Patterson. Josh has recently become a resident of New York City and is making his transition into theater.
Ms. Catalana received her dance training from the Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education in Rochester, NY. Courtney joined Rochester City Ballet in 2009 and remained with the company until the summer of 2013. Ms. Catalana's favorite roles with the company include Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, and Russian Girl in George Balanchine's Serenade. She also had the opportunity to perform work by Artistic Director, Jamey Leverett at Jacob's Pillow. Courtney later joined BalletMet Columbus where she danced roles such as Cygnets from Swan Lake and was a featured soloist in Edwaard Liang's Of Heaven and Earth. Following BalletMet, Courtney joined the Dayton Ballet where she enjoyed such roles as Wendy in Septime Webre’s Peter Pan, the title Role in Cinderella, the Snow Queen in the Nutcracker, the dual role of Katerina/Lucy in Karen Russo Burke’s Dracula: Bloodlines, as well as featured contemporary works by Amy Seiwert, Jessica Lang, Septime Webre, and Melissa Barak. Ms. Catalana was chosen to compete in the prestigious New York International Ballet Competition (2009), and the Boston International Ballet Competition (2012).
Héctor is a contemporary movement artist based in New York City. He is originally from Silver Springs, Maryland and began training in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Héctor attended Marymount Manhattan College where he earned his BFA in Dance with a concentration in Ballet. After his college experience Héctor began his first season with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Héctor has had the opportunity to dance works by various renowned choreographers such as Alexei Ratmansky, Alphonse Poulin, Dwight Rhoden, Lynne Page, Bill T. Jones, Twyla Tharp, Azure Barton, Alexandra Damiani and Paul Taylor. In addition to his concert dancing, Héctor has appeared in music videos by artists Genesis Jones and Miss Peppermint from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Héctor has also appeared in campaigns for DCF Advertising and has been featured in Issue 3 of Warm Brothers Magazine. Héctor is humbled to be sharing his perspective through dance this coming season.
Originally from Kernersville, NC, Brian received his formal training at the NC School of the Arts (now University of NCSA) in Winston-Salem, NC. After graduating from NCSA’s high school program in 2007, Brian danced with Houston Ballet II for one season before joining the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. While at Joffrey, he had the privilege of performing works by such choreographers as Ashton, Arpino, Balanchine, Joffrey, Lubovitch, Nijinsky, Taylor, Robbins and Wheeldon, to name a few. Brian left Joffrey in 2011 to dance with Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada in Moncton, NB for two seasons and has recently moved to NYC to start his career as a freelance dancer based in the city.
Julia Lipari was born in Westchester, New York and began dancing both ballet and Isadora Duncan from a young age under the direction of Carrie Tron. She continued her ballet training privately with Diana White then later on with Rachel Hamrick, Fabrice Herrault and Isabelle Guerin. In 2014, she was accepted in the Paris Opera Ballet School and studied ballet under Artistic Director, Elizabeth Platel. Upon her return, she continued her training at Ballet Academy East with Darla Hoover, where she performed in Coppelia Act III choreographed by Roger Van Fleteren, George Balanchine’s Raymonda Variations and new choreography by Claudia Schreier. In 2016, she continued her training at the Jaqualeine Kennedy Onasis School with Cynthia Harvey where she performed in Paquita (Pas de Trois) and La Source during their Spring Performance. In 2017, she danced at the David Koch Theater for Benjamin Millepied’s Promenade Ballet. Julia has danced at numerous summer intensives both in the states and abroad, including Miami City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, San Fransisco Ballet, Tulsa Ballet and the Dutch National Summer school. She is currently training with Cheryl Yeager and dancing with MorDance.
Jonatan Lujan, a native of Mendoza, Argentina began his training at Age 10 in Jesus Vera Arenas Dance School. During this period he was also a member of the Mendoza Folkloric Ballet. In 2006 he was the recipient of a full scholarship for the Julio Bocca`s Musical Comedy School in Buenos Aires which gave him the opportunity to train with the most prestigious ballet teachers among them, Julio Bocca, who invited him to join his company Ballet Argentino where he performed soloist roles in some of the most important Operas around the world such as Bolshoi Theater in Moscow,where he performed at the Benois de la Danse Awards, also Italy, Spain, Greece, United States, Brasil, Chile, to name a few. With the company he performed feature roles in Carmen by Alicia Alonso, Desde Lejos by Mauricio Wainrot ,Cruz y Ficcion and Bocca Tango by Anna Maria Stekelman, Entre Tangos y Milongas by Oscar Arais , Nine Sinatra Songs by Twyla Tharp. In 2009 Jonatan joined Victor Ullate Ballet Company in Madrid, Spain as a soloist. His repertory with the company include 2 you Maestro, Samsara, Coppelia, Jaleos, Seguirilla, Bolero, among others. In 2014 he joined Zurich Ballet under the direction of Christian Spuck as a Soloist where he danced Anna Karenina, Romeo and Juliet By Christian Spuck, Wings Of Wax by Jiri Kylian, Giselle by Patrice Bart, Frank Bridge Variations by Hans van Manen, A Life by Douglas Lee, among others. In 2015 he joined Slovak National Theater under the direction of Josef Dolinsky as a Soloist, performing lead roles in Beyond Sin By Boris Eifman (Dmitrj), Le Corsaire (Birbanto), Nutckraker (Cavalier- Spanish Dance), Giselle (Hilarion), Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty. Since September 2018 he has being a freelance dancer in New York City and his works include Sleeping Beauty Dreams Choregraphed by Edward Clug in which he share the stage with Diana Vishneva and Marcelo Gomez. Jonatan is joining Mordance for his first season.
Josep Maria Monreal
Josep Maria Monreal is from Barcelona and started dancing at 18 years old at Theater Jazz at Coco Comin and then at Carles Ibañez Ballet. He later studied other techniques such as contemporary and neoclassical at El Magatzem and the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona. He then moved to New York City to study at Steps on Broadway. He performed with Jennifer Archibald Dance Company at SummerStage Festival in Central Park. He has danced with Jana Hicks and Marijke Eliasberg as a member of The Next Stage Project and has also collaborated with Fernando Carrillo and Julia Ehrstrand. Josep performed with Martz Contemporary Dance Company in Bucarest, Romania, with FJK Dance Company on a two month tour in China, and with the Isadora Project with Natalia Osipova in Costa Mesa, California and Moscow, Russia. He was a guest artist with Hamptons Ballet and Staten Island Ballet during the 2018 Nutcracker season. Josep currently dances for MorDance Ballet Company and Tabula Rasa Dance Company.
Mary Kate Reynolds
Mary Kate Reynolds grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, where she started ballet at the Greenville Ballet School at age two. At age 14, she joined the school of Carolina Ballet Theatre under the direction of Hernan Justo and Anita Pacylowski. While training there, she placed in the Youth American Grand Prix regional competition and competed in the Finals in New York in 2008 and 2009, and received a scholarship to the Bolshoi summer program in NYC. She also credits much of her training to many summers spent studying with Magaly Suarez in Pompano Beach, Florida. In 2007, Mary Kate became an apprentice to the company of Carolina Ballet Theatre where she experienced highlights, including a week spent with Alonzo King, rehearsing and performing his pas de deux from MAP; and the opportunity to replace a principal dancer on an international tour to South America. In 2009, Mary Kate joined First State Ballet Theatre, in Wilmington, DE. She spent 8 seasons there under the direction of Pasha Kambalov, who was instrumental in her growth thanks to his knowledge and coaching of the Vaganova method. In 2012, she debuted as Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty and appeared in a range of principal roles, including Swan Lake (Odette/Odile), Cinderella (title role), The Nutcracker (Marie, Sugar Plum Fairy, Dew Drop) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania), and Juliet in Viktor Plotnikov’s Romeo and Juliet.
Elizabeth Rodbell is originally from Sandy Hook, Connecticut. She received her dance training at the Ballet School of Stamford in Stamford, CT and Draper Center for Dance Education in Rochester, NY. She graduated in three years from Indiana Universities Jacobs School of Music with a Bachelors of Science in Ballet and Political Science. She joined the Rochester City Ballet and danced for seven seasons with the company performing both soloist and principal roles. She just recently started her freelance dance career in the Summer of 2018 and has since danced in Athens, Greece at the International Dance Council, The Keuka Lake Music Festival, Rochester Fringe Festival, and Nazareth College’s Movement and Dance Festival. This will be her first season dancing with Mor Dance and she is very excited. Elizabeth is a certified Balanced Body Pilates instructor who works as adjunct faculty at the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Nazareth college teaching Pilates and ballet.
Kennedy Roese began her training under the tutelage of Kyra Nichols and went on to train at The School of Pennsylvania Ballet under Arantxa Ochoa. As a trainee, she performed with Pennsylvania Ballet in works such as George Balanchine’s Serenade, Raymonda Variations, full-length ballets such as Angel Corella’s Don Quixote and Le Corsaire, and toured with the company to Cleveland in 2016 to perform in Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Since moving to New York in 2017, Roese has performed with Eglevsky Ballet in Maurice Brandon Curry’s The Nutcracker (Dewdrop) and Cinderella (Summer Fairy), Dances Patrelle’s The Yorkville Nutcracker, and Columbia Ballet Collaborative in Jerome Robbins’ Antique Epigraphs (Purple Girl) as well as new works by Antonio Carmena, Silas Farley, Stefano Nappi, and Michelle Wiles.
Amy Saunder was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and moved to the United States when she was eleven years old. She trained at North Carolina School of the Arts under the tutelage of Ethan Stiefel, and continued her dance training at Charlotte Ballet and Richmond Ballet. Amy has danced professionally with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Ballet Next, Ballet NY, Eglevsky Ballet, and as a guest artist with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. She is currently freelancing in New York City and is the co-director of konverjdans, a contemporary ballet company based in Brooklyn.