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.
Nicolas de la Vega was born in New York City and raised in Hoboken, New Jersey. He began his dance training when he was five years old at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. He went on to study at the School of American Ballet, and later at the Miami City Ballet School.
Nicolas joined the North Carolina Dance Theatre as a member of the second company in 2009. He worked with choreographers such as Mark Diamond, Dwight Rhoden, and artistic director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. He also performed works by George Balanchine.
In 2010, he joined the Los Angeles Ballet. His roles with the company include George Balanchine's Rubies, Western Symphony, La Valse, Agon, Phlegmatic in The Four Temperaments, and Pastorale and the Baron in La Sonnambula. He also performed as Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker, Von Rothbart and several other roles in Swan Lake, and orignal works by Sonya Tayeh and Josie Walsh.
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.
Chalvar Monteiro originally from Montclair, NJ is currently dancing with Alvin Ailey II. He began his formal dance training at Sharron Miller's Academy for the Performing Arts and went on to study at The Ailey School. Chalvar received his B.F.A. in dance from SUNY Purchase where he performed works by Merce Cunningham, Helen Pickett, Doug Varone, Paul Taylor, Kevin Wynn, and Dianne McIntyre. Since graduating, Mr. Monteiro worked with Sidra Bell Dance New York, Elisa Monte Dance, Keigwin + Company, and most recently Abraham.In.Motion. Mr. Monteiro has assisted Kyle Abraham in setting and creating work for Barnard College, Princeton University, Emory University, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Wendy Whelan's Restless Creature.
Amy Ruggiero, a native of New York, graduated from Goucher College, with a BA in Dance and Biological Sciences. She recently performed on both the 1st National Broadway and Japan Tours of Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away, acting as Dance Captain and Female Principal/Ensemble Swing. Prior to that, Ms. Ruggiero danced with Ballet Austin and with American Repertory Ballet. While at ARB, she danced Twyla Tharp’s Baker’s Dozen, Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena, and the principal role of Marie in Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker. She currently works as an Ensemble Dancer for The Radio City Christmas Spectacular in NYC. As a freelance artist, she has done projects for Nimbus Dance Works, Terra Firma Dance Theatre, Opera New Jersey, Terpsicorps Theater of Dance, Kinetic Works, and Glitterati. Film credits include footage and visuals for Beyoncé’s The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. With freelance writing published in Dance Spirit magazine, Ms. Ruggiero was a founding member of the collaborative blog danceINTUIT and accompanying ejournal The Dance JOT.
Ms Szylińska came to the USA from Poland in 2012 after spending three seasons dancing s2 The Polish National Ballet under the direction of Krzysztof Pastor. She received her dance education from The Polish National Ballet School in Warsaw. In 2008 Izabela placed first at the International Ballet Competition for graduating students winning the "Gold Pointe Shoe". While studying at The Polish National Ballet School she was awarded a scholarship from the Minister of Culture for her artistic achievements. Ms Szylińska was invited by The Polish Embassy in Delhi to perform in "Dancing through Europe" during the European Days in India. During her career with The Polish National Ballet Izabela had the opportunity to work with choreographers like Emmanuel Gat, Patrice Bart, Anna Grabka, Krzysztof Pastor, Paul Boos, Adam Luders and Wayne Eagling. Currently, Izabela works with Terra Firma Dance Theater, and Julia Gleich under Jason Andrew’s foundation Norte Maar.
David Adrian Freeland Jr. began his dance training at LaVilla School of the Arts under the direction of Michelle Ottley-Fisher and Susan Jennings. He then attended Jacksonville Centre of the Arts where he received much of his training under the direction of Kezia Rolle. Mr. Freeland has received full scholarships to summer intensives at the Nashville Ballet and The Juilliard School and attended the Conservatory of Dance at the State University of New York at Purchase College. Mr. Freeland was a member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s world famous second company Ailey II for three seasons, performing works by Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, Robert Battle, Troy Powell, Dwight Rhoden, and Jennifer Archibald. Currently Mr. Freeland currently finished a season at The Metropolitan Opera.
Born in Vancouver, Canada, Kara Chan is a New York based freelance artist who has performed in Mark Morris’ The Hard Nut at BAM and at the Joyce Theatre with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. Since graduating with a BFA from The Juilliard School, Kara has worked professionally with Daniel Gwirtzman, Kathryn Posin, Taylor Drury, Annabella Lenzu and the Merce Cunningham Trust. Well versed in classical and modern styles, Kara has performed work by Merce Cunningham, Aszure Barton, Larry Keigwin, Jerome Robbins, Murray Louis, and José Limon. She is an alumna of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Springboard Danse Montreal, and Youth America Grand Prix.