Royce Zackery, a native of Atlanta, Georgia completed his Masters at NYU Steinhardt/American Ballet Theater in Higher Education: Department of Music, Performing Arts Professions and Pedagogical Studies. He received his B.F.A from Southern Methodist University and is certified in the American Ballet Theatre National Teaching Curriculum with a concentrated methodological degree in Ballet Pedagogy: Anatomical Physical Performance and Measures of Injury Prevention. Royce's performing experience ranges from ballet and contemporary companies such as Rebecca Kelly Ballet Theater, RIOULT Dance Theatre, Ajkun Ballet Theatre, Thomas/Ortiz Dance, Staten Island Ballet, and Urban Dance Collective to Broadway shows such as My One and Only, Oklahoma! and Anything Goes. Royce's choreographic works have been featured in international festivals, gala performances, universities, and governmental functions in Germany, Russia, Mexico, New York, and many others around the globe.
Kristen McGrew was fortunate to have received her early training in Tennessee under master teachers such as the world renowned Anna-Marie Holmes. She has danced with professional companies Eglevsky Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theater, Bravo! Dance, Tennessee Festival Ballet and Ballet Theater of Pennsylvania. Ms. McGrew has worked as a guest artist thoughought the Eastern U.S. and performed across the country dancing principal roles in the classics and world premieres serving as inspiration for many roles that were created specifically for her. Her resume includes classical, contemporary and modern works.
Ms. McGrew was the Ballet Mistress for The Eglevsky Ballet for ten years under the Directorship of Ali Pourfarrokh before becoming the Artistic Director of Nomad Contemporary Ballet. She currently teaches for Professional Performing Arts School and the Junior Division at The Ailey School and for American Theater Dance Workshop, Nomad's official NY school.
Adrienne Hurd is a native New Yorker. She studied at the Joffrey Ballet School, the School of American Ballet and the The Ailey School on Fellowship. She danced with the Neubert Ballet, Ailey II, and the Jamison Project. She was Ms. Jamison's assistant for the early works. Adrienne has worked with Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, Michael Peters, Paula Abdul, Twyla Tharp, Garth Fagan, Donald McKayle, Graciela Daniele, Jeff Calhoun, Hans von Manon, Vince Patterson, Early Mosley, and Dance Brazil. She has appeared in numerous Broadway shows and commercials. Adrienne and her husband Lutin Tanner are choreographers for The Middle Collegiate Arts Ministry. She has taught at the University of Minnesota, St Petersburg Dance festival, Dance New Amsterdam, and The Ailey School.
Brian is Ballet Master at Ballet Memphis. Previously he was Associate Artistic Director with the Joffrey Concert Group as well as a guest teacher with the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Ballet and an adjunct professor of dance at Grand Valley State University (Mich.). He danced professionally with the Joffrey Ballet in a variety of roles including the Stepsister in Sir Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, Twyla Tharp’s Deuce Coupe, the Snow King and Drosselmeyer in Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker, and Tybalt in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, among many others.
As an emerging choreographer, performing artist, and social entrepreneur, Norbert De La Cruz III has valiantly pursued his passion for performing arts and movement invention as a means to transcend progressive change in our world of dance. Within the creative industry, Norbert was awarded the 2012 Jerome Robbins Foundation’s NEW Essential Works Grant - commissioning his first ballet with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (ASFB). He was also the 2013 finalist winner of Hubbard Street 2’s National Choreographic Competition, and has received the 2012 Princess Grace Foundation Award under choreography – granting a rare second chance to create for ASFB. As a result, he received the 2013-2014 Alvin Ailey New Directions Choreography Lab under the mentorship and guidance of Igal Perry and Mr. Robert Battle, prized with the Joffrey Ballet II's 2014 Choreographer of Color Award, and hailed as "a choreographic voice that is not going to fade away," (according to the Fairfax News and The Aspen Times)
Janet Atallah has performed principal and soloist roles with Ballet Austin, Classics Dance Theatre, Staten Island Ballet, Iyla Gaft Dance Theatre, Albano Ballet, Fourth Dimension Dance, and Notora Dance Theatre. Her choreographic works have been seen throughout the New England area and in New York City showcases at venues such as New Dance Group, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Joyce Soho. Ms. Atallah has been commissioned to choreograph nine pieces for Classics Dance Theatre. Choreography is one of her greatest passions and she hopes to continue exploring new choreographic opportunities combining her studies in both music and dance. Ms. Atallah holds a BFA from Texas Christian University.
Annabella Gonzalez (Founder & Director of Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater-AGDT), born in Mexico City, performed with Atelier de Danse in Geneva, Switzerland, and co-directed The New Choreographers Ensemble in NY before launching AGDT in 1977. She studied ballet with Vladimir Dokoudovsky and Dick Andros, modern with Bertram Ross, music with Ted Dalbotten and acting at HB Studio. Annabella holds a B.A in Art History from the University of Minnesota, language degrees from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and an M.A. in Dance from Columbia University Teachers College where she created and taught Traditional Mexican Dance. She has choreographed over 60 works presented in the United States, the Dominican Republic and in major international festivals in Mexico. Critically acclaimed by major media, Ms. Gonzalez's work has appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, Joseph Papp’s Latin Festival in NY and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors. Awards include a Bloomberg Proclamation.
Originally from Southern California, was trained at California Dance Theatre with Stanley Holden, Kim Maselli, and Charles Maple. While at CDT, Shannon was a semi-finalist at the prestigious Music Center Spotlight Awards. At the age of 16, she furthered her training at San Francisco Ballet School on full scholarship under Helgi Tomasson and Gloria Govrin. She then worked with Oregon Ballet Theatre where she performed roles in Concerto Barrocco, Swan Lake, Rubies, and Concerto Grosso among others. Since moving to NYC, Shannon has worked with Eglevsky Ballet, Ballet Deviare, Lydia Johnson Dance, VISIONS Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Inc, and Nomad Contemporary Ballet .
Ms. Verduzco trained at Ballet Austin Academy and the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City with full scholarship. After graduating, she danced with several companies including Staten Island Ballet, Benjamin Briones Ballet, New York City Opera, Ballet Austin, Eglevsky Ballet, Ajkun Ballet Theatre, Connecticut Ballet, New York Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre in Westchester, Ad Hoc Ballet and Ballet Neo. She appeared in Dance Magazine as one of the dancers to highlight in their “Race Issue”, July 2010. As a choreographer Ms. Verduzco has created commissioned works for The Staten Island Ballet for The International Choreographers Festival, the Ellison Ballet for the Youth America Grand Prix. Ms. Verduzco is also the Founder and Director of The Latin Choreographers Festival
Alexei Agoudine is a member of American Ballet Theatre, Medalist from the International Ballet Competitions in Vienna and New York and recipient of the Rudolf Nureyev Award. Mr. Agoudine's choreographic works have received medals at the Internationla Ballet Competition in Vienna. Soon thereafter he started composing and has now choreographed a number of ballets to his own music. One of them -“Sonata Minor” premiered in 2007 when Alexei was invited to appear at the New York International Ballet Competition Gala. "Sontata Minor" had remarkable success and was also presented by American Ballet Theatre. Another original composition and choreographic work, "NETANE" premiered at the famed Judson Church Theater in the spring of 2009 and excerpts have been performed at dance festivals and concerts in the US and Europe.