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