Dacia Biletnikoff started her formal training under Theodore Constant in Classical Ballet, and Jen Bradford and Kelly Archer in Modern dance techniques, at Northern California Dance Conservatory. She attended London Contemporary Dance School, The Place. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Contemporary Dance with First Class Honors. During her time at The Place, she studied under dancers and choreographers from Random Dance Company, Batsheva Dance Company, DV8 Physical Theatre, Scottish dance Theatre, and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. She continued choreography and performance in Bologna, Italy at Leggere Strutture, directed by Brigel Gjoka, where she studied with dancers from the William Forsythe Company and Wim Vandekeybus/ Ultima Vez. From there, she accepted an apprenticeship with Carabdanza in Madrid, Spain, performing for nine months.
Abigail Abigail Hardy graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Belhaven University’s renowned dance department, having studied ballet and modern performance as well as choreography and receiving dance honors and awards for outstanding service and artistic achievement. She has worked with teachers and choreographers from Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Houston Ballet, José Limón, Milwaukee Ballet, Dance Company Mooe, and The Royal Ballet. From 2013-2014, Hardy was a member of Bal Mahada Dance company on an international tour throughout South Korea. She is a member of the National Honors Society for Dance and an active artist of faith in the dance field. Now residing in Dallas, Texas, Hardy performs through Dance Revolution, and is the Ballet Director, Co-Epi Company Director, and Studio Manager for Epicenter for the Arts. Hardy currently is Co-Director with her husband Vincent Hardy for the Zion Dance Project, a platform for believer artists to release the light of Christ in professional works, through video and performance.
Michelle Alias attended Southern Methodist University and trained in their dance department under world-renowned faculty members from the Martha Graham Dance Company, Broadway, JAZZDANCE, New York City Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. After graduating, she was a faculty member, Ambassador Program Associate Director, and Teacher Education Program Director at NCDC and Ballet Rejoice. She has danced with Stranded Artists Movement Projects (Ballet Novita) and Pneuma Movement Contemporary Dance Company. She is currently obtaining her MA in Education (Dance) from the Royal Academy of Dance and the University of Bath and is the Administrative Director as well as a faculty member at NCDC. She is also an independent choreographer and performer in the bay area.
Vincent Hardy is currently an Instructor and choreographer for the first ever Christian Dance Convention (Dance Revolution). He attended Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ballet Performance, and was hired into Complexions Contemporary Ballet in 2011, a prestigious professional concert dance company directed by former Alvin Ailey members Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson. Vincent returned to California to pursue a career in commercial dance, performing and teaching choreography. His teaching credentials include serving on the faculties of Conservatory (Irvine, California), Earl Mosley’s institute of the Arts (Kent, CT), Academy of performing Arts (San Diego, CA), Ad Deum Dance Company (Houston, TX). Vincent received his Master of Fine Arts degree at UC Irvine studying choreography and sacred dance in Christian arenas. Currently, Vincent Hardy and his wife are the directors of the Zion Dance Project, a platform for believer artists to release the light of Christ through professional works through video and performance.
Stephanie McGill is a native of Colorado and received her training from the Academy of Colorado Ballet and Dance Arts Studio. She attended Denver School of the Arts with a major in Dance and went on to earn a B.F.A. in Dance, graduating with honors from the University of Arizona. Stephanie has also studied at Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet West Conservatory, The Joffrey Ballet and Columbia City Ballet. Stephanie has danced with the Boulder Ballet, David Taylor Dance Theatre, Interweave Dance Theatre, 7Dancers and New Breed Dance. Stephanie is also an accomplished teacher of ballet, tap, modern, contemporary, and jazz at Dance Arts Studio, and is a certified Pilates instructor at Pilates Movement for Life, in Arvada.
Sarah Wilhelm is a dancer and life enthusiast at heart. She attended Saint Mary’s College of California in the bay area, and graduated magna cum laude with the performing arts’ departmental award. In her time there, she studied under many of the Bay Area’s wonderful teachers. At Saint Mary’s Sarah’s passion for dance exploded, and she dove into both choreographing, performing, acting, and spoken word with motion. Since graduating, she has been able to perform throughout the bay. Recently, she moved back to the Sacramento area and has begun getting in touch with the dance world there, while maintaining her relationships in the bay. She feels very lucky to have a wonderful husband who encourages her to pursue dance and supports her through the process as she jumps all over the state, and now partially across country. When she is not dancing, you can find Sarah working and enjoying her time at Red Robin.
Simon Zinabu Costello
Simon Zinabu Costello trained at the Southhold Dance Theatre in Indiana, where he danced Hillarion in Giselle, Franz in Coppelia, Cavalier in Nutcracker and Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty. While there, he received a full-ride summer scholarship that allowed him to study with several companies, including American Ballet Theatre, School of American Ballet and the Colorado Ballet. In 2015-16, Simon studied at Palucca in Dresden, Germany, which is connected to the Sempreopera Company. He has worked with Erica Fiscbach, Mathew West, Jock Soto and Carlos Acosta to name a few. He recently placed first in Pas de Deux at the Youth American Grand Prix competition. With the Colorado Ballet, he has performed in the Nutcracker and Firebird.
Hannah Killian is a dancer, singer, actress, and medical school hopeful. She graduated with honors from the University of Colorado, Boulder, receiving a degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology after transferring from Oklahoma City University as a Theater double major, where she performed with the American Spirit Dance Company. She began dancing at the age of 3 in Athens with the Greek Academy of Ballet and credits Expressions Dance Company (now Kinesis Dance) for her technique and passion for dance.
Kosette Zablocki attended Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theatre training program in Manhattan where her training included Horton, Graham, Dunham, Ballet and Jazz. After completing her training in Manhattan, Kosette returned to Denver to train at the Colorado Ballet. She recently completed her first-year in the Pre-Professional program, training under Robert Sher-Machherndl and Jennifer Peterson at the Colorado Ballet Academy. She worked with the Colorado Ballet company during their 2016-1017 season, appearing in Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.
Natalie Lambelet has recently relocated to Denver and is thrilled to join Kelly and the beautiful Chadash cast. She is a trained dancer, visual artist and amateur trail runner. At the age of 16 she received a full merit scholarship to study at the School of Ballet Chicago and furthered her training with private coaching by Gelsey Kirkland. She performed as a freelance artist in NYC for 8 years and had the opportunity to travel and dance in places such as Paris and Berlin. She holds a BA at the University of New Mexico, where she later served as adjunct professor; she was also faculty at the School of Steps on Broadway in New York City, and is currently a guest teacher at Denver School of the Arts.
Gabriel Speiller is a native New Yorker, raised in Queens. He is a graduate of Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. Gabriel received his B.F.A in Dance at Belhaven University. He has had the opportunity to perform works choreographed by dancers from Doug Varone and Dancers, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Contemporary, José Limón dance company, Martha Graham dance company, Mark Morris Dance Group, and Battleworks. He previously danced with Ad Deum Dance Company, Paul Taylor 2, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Dance Company, Katherine Maxwell, NOW Dance Project, Jessica Gaynor Dance Company, Robert Mark Dance Company and Wanderlust Dance Project. In addition to performing he is very passionate about teaching and choreographing. Gabriel is currently dancing with the Bruce Wood Dance Project in Dallas TX.
Zeek Wright is from Amarillo, TX. He began dancing at the age of 14 with Lone Star Ballet. He has trained with Juilliard, Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Ballet West, Staatsballet Berlin, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. He graduated and received his degree in Business and Ballet Performance from the University of Oklahoma. He danced with Ballet West II for a season in Salt Lake City. He was featured as King of the Carnival and Lord Montague in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet. He now is in his second season with Ballet Arkansas in Little Rock, AR.
Austin William Crumley
Originally from Los Angeles, Austin William Crumley has been involved in the performing arts all of his life. Coming from Musical Theater, he decided to try Ballet and loved it enough to pursue his training at The University of Oklahoma, School of Dance. There he achieved his Ballet Pedagogy degree under the training and direction of Mary Margaret Holt, Clara Cravey Stanley, Ilya Kozadayev, and Jeremy Lindberg—to name a few. While at the university, he was blessed to be able to perform the following (selected few): Le Corsaire Grande Pas de Deux; Raymonda Pas de Dix; the Grande Pas, Arabian Pas, Dew Cavalier, and Snow Pas in The Nutcracker; and an original ballet entitled Someday Sideways, choreographed by New York City Ballet’s Jock Soto. His professional work includes the following: Arabian Prince and Demi-Soloist for Waltz of the Flowers, The Nutcracker; and Third Theme from Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. Currently, Austin is enjoying his second season as a Company Dancer with The Sacramento Ballet and teaching at local Sacramento dance schools.
Kayla K. Johnston
Kayla K. Johnston is a performing artist, with experience in theatre, dance, film, and music. She has had extensive training in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Contemporary dance styles. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from William Jessup University with a B.A. in Creative Arts: Theatre, where she was honored to play many leading roles in their university productions like Laurey Williams in OKLAHOMA!, Jo March in LITTLE WOMEN, and Judy Haynes in WHITE CHRISTMAS, along with others. She most recently has worked with the Sacramento Theatre Company, and starred in the short film SMOKE AND FIRE, Which was selected for the Sacramento Film Festival. She now runs her own performing arts program called Thrive Arts Academy, where she teaches, choreographs, and directs productions. She also leads worship every weekend as a part of the staff at Bayside Church. Kayla believes that the arts are just an extension of who we are as human beings, allowing us to communicate just how beautiful all aspects of life are, with hope placed at the center of our purpose.
Carlene Raibley loved dancing from the age of three and later trained at Northern California Dance Conservatory where she focused on Modern and Contemporary styles. Along with training in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Tap dance, Carlene enjoys exploring many partnering styles including Contact Improvisation, Swing, Salsa, Bachata, and Blues dancing in her free time. Her interest in connecting with dancers all over the world and learning more took her to London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts First Class Honours degree. While at LCDS she studied under dancers and choreographers from Scottish Dance Theatre, Sydney Dance Company, Punchdrunk, Batsheva Dance Company, DV8 Physical Theatre, Gravity and Levity, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance, Rubberband Dance, and Van Huynh Company. She explored studies of choreography, technique, artistry, improvisation, and performance. During her time living abroad, Carlene also worked at Disneyland Paris as a Parade Dancer and Character Performer. Currently Carlene is working at NCDC as a Ballet instructor while expanding her own artistic work.
Mary Silva found her passion for dance while growing up in the Sacramento area. She primarily trained in ballet, modern, and contemporary under the direction of Jen Bradford, Kelly Archer, and Theodore Constant. While receiving her B.F.A. in Dance from California State University, Long Beach Mary had the pleasure of studying under Lorin Johnson, Sophie Monat, Keith Johnson, Summer Brown, Laurel Tentindo, Rebecca Lemme, and John Pennington. Mary has attended workshops with companies such as Ate 9 and Limón. Additionally, Mary is a certified BASI Pilates instructor and she has an A.S. is Social and Behavioral Sciences. She has performed works by Alex Ketley, Sidra Bell, Drew Jacoby, Kate Hutter, Carlos Jones, Yannis Adoniou, Amy Seiwert, Lindsey Renee Derry, Kim Neal Nofsinger, Ben Levy, Andrew Vaca, and Colleen Dunagan. For the past year and a half Mary has been living in Santa Cruz, Ca teaching Pilates and enjoying hiking around California; she recently solo thru-hiked the John Muir Trail. Mary is very excited to be performing for Chadash this January!
Jenni Richards started dancing at a very young age and has had passion for dance and performance ever since. She began her training at The Conservatory of Dance and Performing Arts where she studied ballet, jazz, contemporary and was a performing member of their Christian ballet company, Ballet Rejoice. She also performed with Placer Theatre Ballet for ten years, progressing from the corps de ballet to performing soloist and title roles. Over summers, Jenni has enjoyed training at San Jose Ballet, Long Beach Ballet, American Ballet Theatre New York, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Ballet Austin. Jenni currently trains and performs with the Sacramento Ballet Youth Ensemble under Maia Wilkins and Carrine Binda.
Haily Foster has been dancing competitively in all styles, including ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, and hip hop since she was 8 years old. She began her dance education at Elite Studio of Dance in Elk Grove, CA and more recently has been continuing her training at Northern California Dance Conservatory. In 2016, she placed in the top 12 for her contemporary solo at the Denver Regional competition at Youth America Grand Prix. In the same year, Haily auditioned and attended the San Francisco Ballet summer intensive. In addition, she was chosen by the ballet instructors at Adrenaline and 24 Seven Dance Conventions for exclusive scholarships for her performances. Haily has been awarded many other scholarships and awards from conventions such as West Coast Dance Explosion, Hollywood Vibe, New York City Dance Alliance, and more throughout the years. This past summer, she again auditioned and attended the Pacific Northwest Ballet summer course where she trained in Balanchine repertoire. After graduation, Haily is hoping to pursue a career in contemporary ballet.
Riverside CA native, Jason Poullard, developed a passion for the performing arts in the Worship Arts Ministries at Fountain of Love Christian Center in Pomona at eleven years old. A year into pursuing his Drama degree at the University of California, Irvine, he was accepted into their Dance Department and knew it was time to pursue a career in dance. He completed two degrees, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Drama. While at UC Irvine, he worked with esteemed choreographers: Tracey Bonner in West Side Story, Pavel Zustiak, Artistic Director of Palissimo, Patrick Corbin, Artistic Director of CorbinDances, DTM2 Improvisation Ensemble led by Lisa Naugle, and Insight, Jazz Ensemble led by Dr. Sheron Wray. The latter two Ensembles led to multiple performances in Spain and Ghana. His professional career has included performances in The Nutcracker and A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Anaheim Ballet under the direction of Lawrence and Sarma Rosenburg and Dr. Sheron Wray’s JazzXchange. The highlight thus far has been playing the lead in The Brown Bomber Project for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad Festival in London, England. Jason trains in Artistic Director, Pat Taylor’s signature Afro-modern jazz style and technique as principle dancer and Residency Assistant with JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble in Los Angeles, and is in his sixth season with the company. He also performs and teaches with Deborah Brockus’s Brockus: RED and Grete Gryzwana’s Epiphany Dance West. This year, he joins Chadash and is excited to play the lead male role in what is certain to be an impactful, unique experience for him and for audiences alike.
Kristen Holleyman is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, actor, and film-maker based out of Boulder, Colorado. She has a B.A. in Spanish and Education and is an M.F.A. candidate in Choreography with emphasis in Film and Culture at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she also teaches Contemporary, Ballet, and is a TA for a Dancing Histories Class. During her time as a Graduate student, Kristen has created solo works, performed for artists Claudia Lavista, Lux Boreal, and Gesel Mason, and trained with Michelle Ellsworth, Erika Randall, Helanius Wilkins, Sidra Bell, Shinichi Iova-Kova, Rosangela Silvestre, Tom Weksler, Nada Diachenko, and Wendell Beavers.
Kristen also continues creating and performing in Los Angeles, where she spent the last 6 years as an artist and teacher. She has performed with artists such as as Daft Punk, Mya, Kumari Suraj, and Psy, was principal actor on a national Samsung Campaign, and the Lead in the film “Art of Blood”. She also had the pleasure of performing with Intersect Dance Theatre, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, Mecca Vazie Andrews (The Movement Movement), Maritza Navarro, Livya Howard-Yashar, and Alfonzo Cervera. She danced in The Cohan Collective, a week-long artist residency produced and directed by Robert Cohan, Yolande Yorke, hosted by John Pennington.
Kristen has choreographed for stage and film, and has presented work at Highways, Santa Monica, Brockus Space LA, Radiant Space LA, and CECUIT, Tijuana, Mexico. Recently, she was assistant choreographer with Toogie Barcelo on Lawrence Rothman’s music video alongside director Floria Sigismondi, and is producing dance films with themes of mental health and eco housing. She is also a passionate teacher, and teaches children, adults, and special needs students in the U.S.A., South America, and Europe. Kristen’s work is often collaborative, combining contemporary, floor work, hip hop, partnering and acting elements to experience visceral and imaginative expression to seek human understanding and connection.
A native of Houston, Texas, Diana received her BFA from the University of Oklahoma. While at OU she had the opportunity to perform in works by Austin Hartel, Derrick Minter, and Mary Margret Holt. She has spent summers training at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, River North Dance Chicago, and the American Dance Festival. After graduation, she had the pleasure of working with Esoteric Dance Project in Chicago, IL and The Big Muddy Dance Company in Saint Louis, MO. Since relocating to Denver she has had the opportunity to work with DAMAGEDANCE, Maureen Breeze Dance Theater, and Nosilla Dance Project. She is excited to have the opportunity to be a part of Chadash.
Megan grew up dancing with a great mentor and teacher, Deirdre Hawkins of Hawkins School of Performing Arts in Folsom CA from the ages of 3-18 and went on to UC Davis to study Engineering. While in college, she danced wherever she could, auditing ballet classes at the University taught by Ron Cunningham from the Sacramento Ballet and performing with a local ballet headed by Hanneke Loshe. When she decided to take a scholarship to continue her studies at the University of Iowa, she was incredibly blessed to yet again audit classes with the dance department and perform several pieces with Eloy Barragen, including a summer series which performed in NYC, as she worked toward her Masters in Biomedical Engineering. After graduation in 2007, she worked in the Medical Device field of Engineering full time, all the while missing her days at the barre. Two babies later, and now transitioning her role to domestic engineering and consulting work, she is delighted to get re-acquainted with her love of dance and so excited to work with Chadash.
Born and raised in the beautiful state of Colorado, Kelly Demelio began her well rounded dance education/training at the age of 3. Early on, it became very clear that her love and passion for dance would always be a part of her life. Growing up, Kelly trained at several different Colorado based studios and competed at numerous competitions and conventions locally and nationally. She also spent a year traveling and performing with The Silhouettes. Over the years, Kelly has had the privilege of working with many renowned teachers and choreographers including, Justin Giles, Will Johnston, Alan Salazar, Jen Osorio Pendleton, Dana Wilson, Jessica Starr, Jason Ambrose, Andy Pellick, Maurya Kerr, LeeWei Chao, Cory Finn and David Mann, as well as many other local Colorado teachers and choreographers, all of whom have impacted her life not only as a dancer but also as a person.
Kelly attended Belhaven University as a dance major and has participated in numerous intensives and training programs, such as Alonzo King LINES. Kelly thoroughly enjoys dancing for Rogue Co Dance Company, in Boulder, Colorado and has also worked extensively with the Dallas based company, SoulEscape and the LA based company, MuseEffect. Kelly is an award winning, sought after teacher and choreographer in the Denver Metro area. Additionally, she is known for creating short dance films featuring many of her students. Kelly finds great joy in mentoring and working with younger dancers—not only sharing her love and passion for dance with them, but also encouraging them to be strong, confident individuals with high moral values and integrity.
Lesley Henry was born and raised in Colorado where her love of dance began at an early age and has continued ever since. Ms. Henry attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts on a trustee talent scholarship and earned her BFA in dance graduating with honors. She went on to dance with Ballet Quad Cities in Illinois and Iowa before returning to Colorado. Back home she continued her professional career dancing with Boulder Ballet, Lemon Sponge Contemporary Ballet and David Taylor Dance Theater. Ms. Henry has over 20 years of teaching experience and is the co-owner of Studio 9 Dance Academy in Parker, CO.
Marisa Hollingsworth began her training in Detroit, Michigan. She later graduated from Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts in History, though her summers were spent in New York City at the Dance Theater of Harlem. She danced five seasons with Ballethnic Dance Company in Atlanta, Georgia and later joined the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble for four seasons in Denver, Colorado. After Cleo, she danced with 7Dancers and then joined the Hannah Kahn Dance Company for eight seasons. She has also performed with New Breed Dance and most recently with Chadash. She has taught all forms of dance throughout the Denver area as well as serving as a judge for the Ms. Colorado Pagent and the Denver Bronco Cheerleaders. She is a wife and a mother of two.
Greta was born and raised in Berthoud, CO where she started dancing at the age of 8. She began student teaching as a sophomore in high school, and became a lead instructor in her senior year. She continued to teach all throughout college in styles varying from jazz and lyrical to improv. Greta met her husband Jeremy at Colorado Christian University and they married in 2013. In 2014 she graduated with a degree in Youth Ministry, and continued teaching dance at Lighthouse Dance studio in Loveland, CO. She has danced with local Colorado dance companies including The Damsels and Backbone + Co. and performed in local shows such as Murmuration. She enjoys teaching advanced classes, particularly contemporary and improv. She continues to take class in Boulder, CO with Block 1750 and Streetside Studios. In 2015 Greta developed her own traveling dance company, Messengerz Dance Co., and traveled to New Zealand in 2016 to teach dance camps for students of all ages. Greta is blessed by this opportunity to work with Chadash to further her dance career!
Nicole fell in love with ballet and started dancing at the age of 2. She began seriously considering a career in ballet at age 12. She has trained with many of the best Ballet teachers in Colorado over her years and is currently studying at Classical Ballet Academy. She has attended many prestigious summer or intensive programs including San Francisco Ballet, the Royal Ballet, ABT, and Ellison ballet. She received scholarships to train with Colorado Ballet as well as San Francisco Ballet. She has also had received many honors including 2nd place in YAGP Senior Contemporary, and top 12 in Senior Classical and top 12 in Junior Classical and Contemporary. This past year, while competing in the Denver Ballet Guild Youth competition, she placed 5th in her category and received the Emily’s Inspiration Award which was awarded to the dancer who performed with exceptional emotional commitment. This will be her second year performing with Chadash.
Julia DiPretoro is an artist deep into the Denver dance scene. She majors in dance at Denver School of the Arts and is on Sweatshop Dance’s competing company. Her training consists of predominantly ballet followed by modern, Giordano jazz, contemporary, ballroom, and cultural forms. She spends her summers training at Alonzo King Line’s Ballet, The Rock School of Ballet, and most recently University Southern California’s Hubbard Street Intensive.