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.
Xiaoxiao Cao was born in China and began her professional ballet training at age 10 at Guangzhou Art School. She danced with Guangzhou Ballet directly after her graduation from school at age 16. In 2011, Xiaoxiao was promoted to Soloist, She has performed in numerous ballets, including Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, La Sylphide, Cinderella, Theme and Variations, and Serenade. and in 2012 she was invited by Mark Roxey to join Roxey Ballet.
In 2014, Xiaoxiao began dancing with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet based at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She is also a dance wear designer and launched her own leotard line called Xiaoxiao Designs in 2015.
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).
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.
Ahmaud Culver is a first generation Egyptian-American, raised in Lancaster, California. Ahmaud began his dance studies at California Institute of the Arts. After school Ahmaud begun his dance career in the LA area, joining contemporary dance company Helios Dance Theatre as well dancing principle roles for the for The Crystal Cathedral Ballet productions . In 2009 Ahmaud moved to New York City where opportunities allowed him to work with many dance companies/choreographers from around the world some such as the International touring company NY2Dance, Limon's Collin Connor, Eglevsky Ballet, Augusto Solada BrazzDance, the National Company of Colombia Danza Concerto, among others. Ahmaud has been a member of Armitage Gone! Dance since 2012.
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.
Michael Holden started dancing at the age of three at the Maine State Ballet. He then was excepted into the Miami City Ballet school at age 17. There he performed with the company in such ballets as George Balanchine’s “La Valse”, “Slaughter on 10th Avenue”, and a Liam Scarlett premiere “Euphotic”. In 2014 Michael moved to Philadelphia to join the School of Pennsylvania Ballet under the direction of Arantxa Ochoa. Michael got the opportunity to perform with the company in George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker”, “Prodigal Son”, and Christopher Wheeldon’s “Swan Lake”. Most recently, Michael danced in the finale season of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, dancing in George Balanchine’s “Chaconne”, “Tzigane”, and “Gounod Symphony”. He’s now living in New York City, freelancing for various choreographers.
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.
Daniel Powers grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, and has trained with BalletNova, The Washington School of Ballet and Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy. He was a member of The Orlando Ballet Second Company in the 2008–2009 season and was a Ballet Austin Trainee in the 2010–2011 season. Daniel has spent summers at The Kirov Academy of Ballet, The Rock School for Dance Education, Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Colorado Ballet. In the summer of 2013 he attended the Ballet Program at The School at Jacob’s Pillow on scholarship. Daniel danced with Cincinnati Ballet for four seasons, performing a variety of works by choreographers such as Yuri Possokhov, George Balanchine, James Kudelka, Adam Hoagland, Septime Webre, Victoria Morgan, and Devon Carney. Daniel then continued on to dance with Dayton Ballet before moving to New York City to further pursue his career as a freelance artist.
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.
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!
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.