Nicky Coelho

6th Season

Nicky grew up in Charlottesville, VA and began dancing at age five with her mother Sally Hart. She also studied with the Virginia School of the Arts, Dance Theater of Lynchburg under the directorship of Keith Lee, Maryland Youth Ballet, and on scholarship at Joffrey Ballet’s summer intensive in New York for five years. She has danced and toured with Charleston Ballet Theater, Robert Ivey Ballet, and Mikerline Haitian Folkloric Dance Company in New York. Further studies include Capoeira and Afro-Cuban dance. Nicky teaches in the Twin Cities and has choreographed several full-length ballets and original works.



Deanna Gooding

3rd Season

Deanna Gooding is from Londonderry New Hampshire and started dancing when she was five years old. When she was eighteen she moved to San Francisco, CA to study at San Francisco Conservatory of Dance where she trained for two years. Deanna has attended summer programs including American Academy of Ballet and LINES Ballet. Professionally, Deanna has worked with Oakland Ballet and Burns Work.



Chris Hannon

11th Season

Beginning his 27th year as a professional dancer, Chris has performed soloist and principal roles with Ballet Austin, Ballet Florida, Ballet British Columbia, Alberta Ballet, Kokoro Dance in Vancouver BC, and Gina Patterson's Voice Dance in Austin Texas. He trained at the Houston Ballet Academy while studying classical and jazz guitar at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts. He later completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Texas in Austin. Chris’ many title role roles include Septime Webre’s “Peter Pan,” Stephen Mills’ “Hamlet,” Dominique Dumais’ “Petroushka,” and the Champion Roper in Agnes DeMille’s “Rodeo.” He also danced the role of Puck in Ballet Austin’s production of “A Midsummer Nights Dream” at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Chris has performed as a guest artist with the Sandra Organ Dance Company, Jane Wiener's Hope Stone, the Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, and CoDa 21 in San Juan, PR. And most recently, Chris is honored to have been selected as a 2016 recipient of the McKnight Fellowship for Dance.

Shohei Iwahama

3rd Season

Shohei began dancing in 2002 under the tutelage of Miyako Kato and eventually performed for her company, Miyako Kato Dance Space, in Tokyo, Japan. In 2006-2007, he studied at The Ailey School in NY, under a one-year grant from the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan. He received his BFA in Dance from Sam Houston State University and has been dancing professionally in the Houston area since 2012 with Hope Stone Dance Company. He has also worked with NobleMotion Dance, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Earthen Vessels (Sandra Organ Dance Company), Freneticore, and Rednerrus Feil Dance Company. He has performed both nationally and internationally in venues such as The Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Kennedy Center, Amazonas Theater in Manaus, Teatro Guaira in Curitiba, and Tokyo Metropolitan Theater. Shohei was named one of Houston Press' 100 Creatives for 2013 and is a recipient of the 2015 Minnesota SAGE Award for Outstanding Performer.

Austin Lam

2nd Season

Hailing from Regina, Canada, Austin trained in a variety of dance genres including ballet, contemporary, tap, jazz, musical theatre, hip hop, and acrobatics. He has trained at the National Ballet School of Canada, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Arts Umbrella, and more. Most notably, he graduated from The Juilliard School, receiving a BFA. Austin has performed new works by Monica Bill Barnes, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Larry Keigwin, and Shannon Gillen, among others; he also performed repertoire choreographed by José Limón, Eliot Feld, and Merce Cunningham. He performed with LeeSaar The Company in APAP 2015. Austin won Gold Medals in both the Contemporary and the Choreography competitions of the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (VKIBC) in 2015. Austin’s choreography has been chosen to be in Choreographic Honors at The Juilliard School multiple times; he has also been commissioned to create for the Ballet competition of VKIBC and The Washington Ballet’s theNEWmovement.

Jordan Lefton

2nd Season

Jordan Lefton, a native of West Palm Beach, Florida, graduated from The Juilliard School in May of 2015. While growing up, Jordan danced at Thomas Dance Studio from the age of five. He later moved on to study dance at Alexander W. Dreyfoos High School of the Arts where he was able to further his training. Over the past 17 years, Jordan has trained in ballet, among many other techniques including Limón, Horton, Gaga, contemporary partnering, contact improvisation, and tap. He has worked with many talented teachers and choreographers including Lawrence Rhodes, Risa Steinberg, Lar Lubovitch, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Troy Powell, Andra Corvino, Francisco Martinez, Alphonse Poulin, and Larry Keigwin. Jordan also enjoys teaching and has done so at many studios around South Florida and in Minnesota

Andrew Lester

2nd Season

Andrew started his training at a young age in central Minnesota with Carlos Stroia Ballet. He graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Minnesota and has been an active member of the Twin Cities dance community ever since. He was a founding member of Saint Paul City Ballet and has also worked with a myriad of different companies, including Eclectic Edge Ensemble, Ethnic Dance Theatre, Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theatre, Twin Cities' Ballet, and Shapiro & Smith Dance. In 2012 he was honored to receive a Sage Award for outstanding performance for Joseph Morrisey's "One" and Shapiro & Smith's "Family". Training highlights include American Ballet Theatre's summer intensive, Anna Marie Holmes Ballet Adriatco Summer Intensive in Ascoli Piceno Italy, as well as learning from a host of other Minnesota based master instructors. He is also an avid teacher and most recently, a co-collaborator with his wife, local musician and writer Nichole Carey, creating multi genre dance theatre.

Laurie Nielsen

3rd Season

Laurie sudied ballet at Excellence in Dance-Nan Klinger in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. She was a member of the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet (CVYB) and was part of the CVYB cast who performed Madeline at the Circus on Broadway. She was a guest dancer with the New York City Ballet for their summer performances of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Laurie spent four summers with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive and received a full scholarship through the U.S. State Department for the NSLI-Y Russian Language and Cultural Exchange at the Bolshoi Academy in Moscow. She was invited to attend the Bolshoi Ballet Academy as a full time student. Laurie appears in the new American Girl movie — Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight.

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Jadyn Reddy

1st Season

Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Jadyn Reddy is a 2016 graduate of The University of Arizona’s School of Dance. She was immersed in ballet, modern and jazz and was selected to perform notable repertoire including Ben Stevenson’s “Four Last Songs” and Jerome Robbins, “Antique Epigraphs” where she worked with the original cast member, Helene Alexopoulos. Jadyn’s training has included summer programs with American Ballet Theatre, River North Dance Chicago, Master Ballet Academy, BalletX and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. She had the opportunity to perform in honor of the Tony Award Winner, Ben Vereen, dance legend Ernie Flatt and was recently chosen as a principal dancer in an annual performance with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

Eve Schulte

8th Season

Eve Schulte is a dance performer and instructor based in Minneapolis, MN. She grew up training in ballet and modern at Minnesota Dance Theatre, and transitioned to company member in 2007. In 2009, she joined James Sewell Ballet, where she serves as both dancer and costume coordinator. She also frequently collaborates with Live Action Set. In the summertime, she teaches at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and returned this past summer as co-director for their International Ballet Ensemble, which had her teaching and showing work with eighteen American dance students in France, Germany, and Denmark. Her recent choreographic feat, Any Offered None (premiered in JSB's Ballet Works Project 2016), was nominated for a MN Sage Award for Outstanding Performance. Eve also holds a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota.



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