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.
Jace Coronado is a native Texan who is proud and exhilarated to be a part of this production. He has spent the last three years of his career as a Free-Lance Performing Artist. He has performed leading roles for various companies such as Neos Dance Theatre, New England Dance Theatre, Notara Dance Theatre, Gleich Dances, Thomas/Ortiz Dance, Northeast Youth Ballet, Roxey Ballet, West Side Story National Tour, and Guys and Dolls National Tour. He has also been working as a Master Teacher and Choreographer for various schools and companies in the New England area. He moved to New York City to make his Broadway Debut in West Side Story where he played the role of Tio for over a year. Before his moved to the Big Apple, he worked as a soloist with Ballet Memphis (Memphis, TN), Opera Memphis (Memphis, TN), Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (NYC), Ballet Master and Soloist for the Roxey Ballet (NJ), Ballet Austin (Austin, TX), and Principal Dancer of the Lone Star Ballet (Amarillo, TX). He holds a B.F.A. in Dance and Vocal Performance from West Texas A&M University and studied at the School of American Ballet. He would like to dedicate this and every performance to Godand his family, and friends.
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.
Ayaka Kamei is originally from Japan where she trained at the Tatewaki Hiroko Ballet School. She graduated from Northern Ballet School in England and from SUNY Purchase where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a President Award for Achievement in the Conservatory of Dance. She studied at Codarts in the Netherlands and Springboard Danse Montréal as well. She has performed works of countless choreographers such as Balanchine, Cunningham, Tudor, Bettijane Sills, Aszure Barton, Matthew Neenan, Taryn Kaschock Russell, Dario Dinuzzi, Austin McCormick, Keith Michael, Roy Assaf, John Heginbotham, and Jessica Lang. She presented her own choreography at Newsteps Series and Shapeshifter Lab with NY Japanese Women Jazz Composers. She currently performs with the Metropolitan Opera and AZOTH Dance Theater, teaches at Chen Dance Center and at her own company, AKDance, and helps wardrobe at New York Theatre Ballet.
Jose Losada was born in Cuba and trained at The National Ballet School of Cuba, before beginning his professional career at The National Ballet of Cuba in 2005. He was promoted to the rank of coryphée in 2006, and later that year to first soloist with the National Ballet of Cuba. In 2009 Jose was promoted to principal dancer and has danced the majority of the repertoire of the Cuban Ballet. Some of his performances include principal roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, Coppélia and The Nutcracker. Jose has also traveled extensively as a guest artist, performing with Les Grands Ballets de la Martiniquais, South Africa Cape Town Company, Hamilton City Ballet and Macedonian National Ballet. Losado has also danced seasons with Alberta Ballet and most recently Cincinnati Ballet. Currently, he is working as a freelance artist in New York City.
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.
Rachel Thalman is a freelance dancer based in New York City. Originally from Pittsburgh Pa, she grew up dancing a wide variety of dance styles such as tap, ballet, contemporary, jazz and musical theatre. Thalman then went on further purser her classical ballet training under Gretchen Bernard Newburger in Zurich, Switzerland. She then graduated with a focus in ballet from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School. Following UNCSA, she attended Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Graduate Program. There she performed ballets such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Don Quixote with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Following her time in Pittsburgh, Thalman accepted a trainee position with Cincinnati Ballet and was promoted to CB2 the following year. She performed many roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Peter Pan, Alice (in Wonderland), Lady of the Camellias, andCinderella during her time with Cincinnati Ballet.
Katelyn Somers began dancing at a young age in her hometown of Wisconsin Rapids, WI. She went on to attend Interlochen Arts Academy with a focus in dance, followed by the the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of music where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in ballet. Within this time Katelyn guested with Ballet Theatre Midwest, performed with the Traverse City Dance Project, and spent her third and final year of college on co-op as a trainee with Cincinnati Ballet. Since moving to NYC Katelyn has danced multiple seasons with Connecticut Ballet as well as Ballet Inc, Abanar Dance Films, and as soloist with Arch Contemporary Ballet. She is excited to be performing with MorDance!