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give students a safe environment where they feel inspired and encouraged to push their creativity and physicality. We want to bring fresh ideas and a lens into the ever-evolving dance world. 

 
 

MADISON HICKS

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Madison Hicks is an artist originally from Dallas, TX. She is a full time company member with LA Dance Project under the direction of Benjamin Millepied. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in May of 2018 from The Juilliard School and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in 2014. Her 18 years of training have been under mentors such as Milton Myers, Lily Cabatu Weiss, Alexandra Wells, and Lawrence Rhodes.

She was a 2013 YoungArts winner for modern dance, 2014 US Presidential Scholar in the Arts Nominee and a guest artist in the 2014 YoungArts Presidential Scholar Gala under the direction of Bill T. Jones. In January of 2017, she performed as a distinguished guest alumnus in the YoungArts annual Backyard Ball under the direction of Tony Yazbeck. She is a 2016 Gene Kelly Legacy Scholarship recipient

She attended The Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary program in 2015 where she performed works by Emily Molnar, Kyle Abraham, and Brian Brooks. At Springboard Dans Montreal in 2016 she performed an excerpt of Ohad Naharin’s repertoire “Three” and in 2017 Peter Chu’s “Paper cuts in an empty bag”.  Madison has also performed works at The Juilliard School by Nacho Duato,  Jiri Kylian, Gustavo Ramirez, Merce Cunningham, Aszure Barton, Sidra Bell and Pam Tanowitz.

Madison has had choreographic works showcased in Choreographers and Composers and The Choreographic Honors showcase at Juilliard along with Periapsis Music and Dance and WestFest dance Top Floor series. She has also been commissioned by The Center of Creative Arts, Wanderlust Dance Project and Booker T. Washington HSPVA Rep 2 Ensemble. Madison is the founder and creator of Moving Forward Dance Project, a project created to support and nourish young artists.

KEVIN PAJARILLAGA

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

 Kevin Pajarillaga is a performer raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. Kevin is a full time company member with Northwest Dance Project under the direction of Sarah Slipper. Kevin began his formal dance training at Citydance Conservatory (2010), ran by the artistic director Lorraine Speigler, under a full Artistic scholarship. At Citydance Conservatory Kevin, participated in workshops with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Gallim Dance, Paul Taylor Dance, Koresh Dance, and Dance Theater of Harlem. Simultaneously, Kevin went to Albert Einstein Visual and Performing Arts School. Kevin received the “All County Performing Arts Awards” by the MCPS Arts Super intendant and the “All States Dance Award” at the Goucher College Dance Festival in 2011 and 2012. Kevin continued his formal dance training at Point Park University (2012-2016) and has attended Springboard Danse Montreal 2015 & 2016. 

Kevin has worked professionally with Sonya Tayeh Dance Company, Yin Yue Dance Company, Bruce Wood Dance, PRIOREDANCE, I.C Movement Project and guest performed with Parsons Dance Company, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company,  Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and Focus Cia De Danca. Kevin was a dancer for Gap Inc. 2018 Spring Campaign.

​ Kevin has choreographed for The Juilliard School, Wanderlust Dance Project, the DREAMscape Gala, and  Booker T Washington's REP II.

Kevin's past 10 years of training have been under mentors such as Garfield Lemonius, Alexandra Wells, Jermaine Spivey, Stanislav Issaev, James Canfield, Judith Liefer-Bentz, Jason McDole, Maleek Washington and many more.

Kevin has performed a range of repertoire including works by Crystal Pite, Alejandro Cerrudo, Patrick Delacroix, Ihsan Rustem, Felix Landerer, Wen Wei Wang, Lar Lubovitch, Viktor Quijeda, Dwight Rhoden, Andrea Miller, Ronin Koresh, Ron Tassone, Christopher K Morgan, Douglas Bentz, and Kiesha Lalama. Kevin was included in creations with choreographers: Yin Yue, Sonya Tayeh, Sarah Slipper, Garfield Lemonius, Robert Priore, and Maleek Washington.

 

Faculty

Melissa Anderson

Melissa, a Dallas native, is currently in her first season with Company XIV under the direction of Austin Mccormick. Before joining Company XIV in NYC, Melissa was dancing the New York City MET Opera. She received her BFA from the Juilliard School where she has performed works by Austin McCormick, Aszure Barton, Pam Tanowitz, José Limón, and Jiří Kylián and well as numerous student choreographed works. Melissa has also received many scholarships from the Dance Council of North Texas including:  The Cochran and Jerry Calloway Scholarship in 2014, The Buster Cooper Jazz Scholarship for contemporary dance in 2013, and The Texie Waterman Memorial Scholarship for contemporary dance in 2012.

Todd Baker

Todd Baker is a Dallas native who discovered his passion for dance at the age of ten. He began his classical and modern dance training at Booker T. Washington HSPVA where he performed the repertoire of Aszure Barton, Lar Lubovitch, and Dwight Rhoden. He continued to develop his artistry at Dance Industry Performing Arts Center, performing works by Shannon Gillen, Jessica Hendricks, and Benoit-Swan Pouffer. Currently, Todd is training at The Juilliard School in New York, New York. Over the past two years he has performed a new work by Bryan Arias as well as Martha Graham’s Rite of Spring. The summer intensives that Todd has attended include Alonzo King LINES, Nederlands Dans Theater, and The School at Jacob’s Pillow Gaga Program. Todd was named a 2017 Presidential Scholar in the Arts, a 2016 YoungArts Finalist in Modern Dance, and a 2016 Texas Young Master in Dance.

Jillyn Bryant

Jillyn Bryant is a native of Dallas, Texas. Jillyn is in her third season with Bruce Wood Dance, under the direction of Joy Bollinger. Under the direction of Kathy Willsey and Megan Buckland, Jillyn began her serious dance training in 2006 at Academy of Dance Arts. As a recipient of the New York City Dance Alliance college scholarship fund, Jillyn attended Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. During her time there, she performed works by George Balanchine, Lar Lubovitch, Ohad Naharin, Christopher Huggins, Garfield Lemonius and Jessica Hendricks. She extended her studies with summers at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory, New Dialect and The Juilliard School. Bryant graduated in April of 2016 from Point Park University with a B.A. in Dance and a minor in Business Management. 

Alex Clair

Alexandria (Alex) Clair is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. While in high school, she performed works by Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Andy Noble, Jessica Lang, and Takehiro Ueyama. During her high school career, she was also a member of the Dallas Youth Repertory Project, and has since continued to teach and set work on the ensemble. She is currently a senior B.F.A. dance major at the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College (SUNY) in New York. As a member of the Purchase Dance Company, Alex has performed works by Doug Varone, Martha Graham, Kimberly Bartosik, and Sarah Mettin. In 2016, Alex was one of 12 students chosen to perform with Doug Varone and Dancers in the world premiere of Varone’s new creation “in the shelter of the fold”.  Alex has trained both internationally and nationally including Springboard Danse Montreal, B12 (Berlin), Spellbound Contemporary Ballet (Rome), Dance Italia, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, LINES Contemporary Ballet, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Alex is also a founding member of Emerging Dancers of Dallas. She is currently a guest artist with Bombshell Dance Project in Dallas. Come summer of 2018, Alex will take her travels abroad to Israel and Belgium to further her dance career.

Jillyn Bryant

Jillyn Bryant is a native of Dallas, Texas. Jillyn is in her third season with Bruce Wood Dance, under the direction of Joy Bollinger. Under the direction of Kathy Willsey and Megan Buckland, Jillyn began her serious dance training in 2006 at Academy of Dance Arts. As a recipient of the New York City Dance Alliance college scholarship fund, Jillyn attended Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. During her time there, she performed works by George Balanchine, Lar Lubovitch, Ohad Naharin, Christopher Huggins, Garfield Lemonius and Jessica Hendricks. She extended her studies with summers at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory, New Dialect and The Juilliard School. Bryant graduated in April of 2016 from Point Park University with a B.A. in Dance and a minor in Business Management. 

Jess Hendricks

Jess Hendricks graduated from the University of Colorado with a BFA in Dance.  Her training includes Perry Mansfield School of the Performing Arts, American Dance Festival, Harvard Dance Festival, EDGE Scholarship, Gus Giordano and Hubbard Dance Street.  

 

Her credits include commercials and industrials for Godiva, L’Oreal, Reebok, Toys R Us, Universal Studios, Volkswagen and Warner Brothers.  Jess worked on the tour of HAIR as Dance Captain for years, performed for the opening premiers of Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby and can be seen in such movies as Living Out Loud and Between The Sheets.  She has danced in or been the assistant choreographer to the Elan Awards, Bob Fosse Awards, Ms. America Pageant, Carnival, Dance Break and Broadway Bares.  

 

Jess has choreographed the New York musicals “The Shaggs”, “The Book Of The Dun Cow” and “Dead City” as well as the movie musical “Free Fall”.  She has choreographed for the Berlin Film Festival and for artist Sofia Strati’s Eurovision.    

 

Jess has taught at Universities and Festivals throughout Canada, Costa Rica, Cyprus, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway and the United States. Jess has danced with “The Wes Veldink Movement” and Co-Created her own company “Two Peas & A Pod”. She has created work for A Great Big World and Set The World On Fire Tour for Alicia Keys. Jess recently created work for Dance Lab NY, debuted work at Carnegie Hall and Brooklyn Academy of Music, as well as set work on Houston METdance, Marymount Manhattan College, Point Park University, PACE University and Wanderlust Dance Project. She is currently an adjunct professor at PACE University in New York City, on faculty with 24Seven Dance Convention and a Co-Founder of Dancers Give Back Dallas.   

Alysia Johnson

Alysia Johnson was born and raised in Dallas. She is in her first season with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, under the direction of Glenn Edgerton. She first found dance at Dallas Black Dance Theatre and later went on to graduate from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where she studied ballet, modern, and composition. During her senior year in high school Ms. Johnson made her premier with Bruce Wood Dance Company and later joined them again in the summer of 2015. Over the course of her training she has performed works by Robert Battle, Emily Molnar, Aszure Barton, Crystal Pite, and Dwight Rhoden, among others. As a two-time recipient of Juilliard's Entrepreneurship Grant she has served the Dallas dance community by founding and directing a summer program that caters to young artists. An advocate for social education through the arts she hopes to continue to move forward as a performer, choreographer, dancer, and educator with generosity and passion. Influenced by her mother and the dance community that has shown her unconditional love, Alysia is excited and humbled to engage audiences all over through the art of dance. 

Eric Lobenburg

Eric Lobenberg was raised in Las Vegas, NV where he discovered his love for dance at the age of 14. He attended the Las Vegas Academy for the Performing arts, where he began his formal training in both voice and dance. Eric is a recent graduate of Point Park Universities Modern Dance Program with a Bachelors in Fine Arts.  While attending Point Park he performed works by many sought after choreographers, such as Sonya Tayeh, Alexandra Damiani, Anthony Tudor, Joshua L. Peugh, Adam Houghland, and Kiesha Lalama to name a few. Additionally, Eric has had the opportunity to train at The Martha Graham School, Springboard Danse Montreal, and Northwest Dance Project's LAUNCH, where he has worked with legends such as Shamel Pitts, Virginie Mecene, Sarah Slipper, and Alexandra Wells. Eric has danced professionally with Matthew Pardo and Caitlyn Scranton's The Blanket, performing works by Lucinda Childs, Shana Simmons Dance, and Joshua Beamish's MOVETHECOMPANY for his 2018 Joyce Theater Performance. Eric currently resides in Dallas, TX where he recently completed a contract with Joshua L. Peugh's Dark Circles Contemporary Dance. 

Sarah Padillah

Sarah Padilla started her dance training at four years old and eventually received an artistic and academic scholarship to pursue dance at Southern Methodist University where she performed works by Adam Hougland, Joshua Peugh, and Millicent Johnnie and started developing her own choreographic voice. She graduated summa cum laude from SMU with a BFA in dance and a minor in Religious Studies in 2014. After college she was selected for a choreographic mentorship with Doug Varone which culminated in a performance of her original work at the 92Y in NYC. Sarah has trained with The Dallas Repertoire Ballet, Joffrey, Complexions, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, and the Martha Graham School. Her performances include The Nutcracker, Kenny Loggins, the Dallas Cowboys Halftime Show, and BeautiControl. Sarah currently lives in McKinney, TX with her husband Kyle and son Kirk. She has been active in her community by choreographing several musicals for McKinney ISD schools, teaching and choreographing at various DFW studios, being a master teacher at the Southwest Committee of the Cecchetti Council of America, and volunteering for the McKinney based non-profit Embrace Texas

Dana Pajarillaga

Dana Pajarillaga, a native of Washington D.C., graduated from The Juilliard School in 2017. In previous years, she trained at the CityDance Conservatory in Bethesda, MD, under the direction of Lorraine Spiegler. While at Juilliard, she performed works by José Limón, Merce Cunningham, Jerome Robbins, and Nacho Duato.  Additional programs she has attended include The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Cunningham Repertory Workshops, and Springboard Dance Montreal, performing works by Victor Quijada, Andrea Pena, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Emily Molnar, and Brian Brooks. Recently, she performed at the CTM Festival in Berlin in a work  choreographed by Christoph Winkler. Dana was also a part of an Urban Dance Troupe called Future Shock DC throughout high school. Dana joined RUBBERBANDance Group in 2017. 

Brian Stevens

Brian Stevens grew up in the Dallas Fort Worth area where he received his training from top instructors including Justin Giles and Dana Bailey. He furthered his education on scholarship at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC and The Edge Performing Arts Center in LA. Throughout his training Brian assisted for Tremaine and Dupree Dance Conventions across the country. Assisting faculty members of these nationally recognized dance conventions allowed Brian to have a hands on experience in teaching other dancers movement and technique. The assistant opportunity also helped him to further create his unique choreography style in contemporary and jazz.

Brian is currently the Artistic Director of Wanderlust Dance Project, named as one of "Theater Jones Top Ten Dance Performances of 2016”. Wanderlust Dance Project is "the first and only Non-Profit 501(c)(3) of it's kind, where pre-professionals learn and rehearse from some of the dance industry’s top choreographers, while dancing alongside working professional dancers". Brian is also the Artistic Director of KJ Dance’s pre-professional dance company, Pulse. Under his direction the company has been nationally recognized as New York City Dance Alliance’s Outstanding Studio. His choreography for large and small groups, solos, duets, and trios have won multiple high scores in the country. Under his mentorship Brian has had individual nationally recognized dancers as well. Brian tours the country with the Dupree Dance Convention faculty as a choreographer and instructor. He is the founder and designer of the internationally recognized costume company, Artistic Dance Designs, which launched in 2013. Brian teaches and mentors The Joffrey year round trainee program in Frisco, TX. He teaches at a number of dance intensives and workshops including the North Texas Summer Dance Intensive, Dallas Repertoire Ballet Intensive, Dancers Give Back Dallas and Dallas DanceFest. He travels teaching Master classes and setting choreography at studios, schools and professional companies across the country.

Mykal Stromile

A native of Dallas, Texas, My’kal Stromile, is a 2014 Presidential Scholar in the Arts award winner. Mykal, is in his first season with Boston Ballet 2. Well versed in ballet and modern dance techniques, My’kal has performed works by Robert Battle, Dwight Rhoden, Takehiro Ueyama, Bruce Wood, Nycole Ray, Jerome Robbins, Jessica Lang, Aszure Barton, Pam Tanowitz and Christopher Huggins among others. My’kal performed in the TITAS Command Performance Gala, where principle ballet dancers from across the country were asked to perform new and existing pas de deux repertoire. In previous years, he was accepted to summer programs at Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, Ballet Chicago, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Academy of Texas, and Cedar Lake Ballet. Also an active choreographer, My’kal's work has been performed at the Dallas City Performance Hall for Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Booker T Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and HappyNia Dance Theatre. A graduate of Booker T Washington HSPVA, My' kal began training at the age of 8 under Dereque Whiturs, former principle dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. 

 

Guest Artists

Christie Lou Partelow

Christie Partelow, born and raised in New York, is currently an artist with Netherlands Dans Theatre. With NDT she has performed ‘The Hole’ by Ohad Naharin, ‘Walk the Demon’ by Marco Goecke, ‘Proof’ with Edward Clug, and performed works by Lightfoot Leon. Previously, Christie was working with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, Quebec under the direction of Gradimir Pankov, where she performed as Juliette in Jean Christophe Maillot’s ‘Romeo and Juliette’, Lena in Christian Spuck's 'Leonce & Lena', Ohad Naharin's 'Minus One' and 'Danse', Mats Ek's 'Sleeping Beauty', Jiri Kylian’s ‘Falling Angels’ and ‘Kaguyahime’, as well as the creations of Stephan Thoss’ ‘Reve’, ‘Death and the Maiden’, and ‘Searching for Home’, Stijn Cellis' 'Transfigured Night' and 'Orpheus'. Prior to Les Grands Ballets, she toured internationally with ‘West Side Story’ the musical in the role of Anybodys, during which she also instructed the company’s ballet classes. Christie began her career creating and performing with Complexions Contemporary Ballet under Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson in NYC for 5 years, and, prior to that, as an apprentice for North Carolina Dance Theatre under Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride where she performed various works by George Balanchine, a highlight being ‘Rubies’ with the company. 

Christie’s training ranges from The School at Step on Broadway, Boston Ballet School, The French Academie of Ballet, ABT summer Intensive’s, NDT summer intensive, and Springboard summer intensive where she worked on Forsythe improvisation techniques with Christopher Roman.

Ms. Partelow teaches classical ballet as well as contemporary and choreographic workshops for Nederlands Dans Theatre, past Summer Intensives with Complexions and The Funktion Dance Complex, and has been a year-round ballet faculty member for Peridance's Certificate Program, as well as a private dance instructor and substitute for all ages. 

Sidra Bell

SIDRA BELL is currently a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, an Adjunct Professor at Ball State University in Indiana, was artist in residence at Harvard University, was an Adjunct Professor at Georgian Court University and was an Adjunct Professor at Barnard College in New York City. She has a BA in History from Yale University and an MFA in Choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. She was a University of Minnesota Theater Arts & Dance Cowles Visiting Artist and an artist in residence at Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle).

Bell has won several awards, notably a 1st Prize for Choreography at the Solo Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany in 2011 for Grief Point. and a 2015 National Dance Project Production Award from the New England Foundation for the Arts. Additionally, NEFA awarded the company a Production Residency for Dance. The collaborating soloists on works she created also won performance awards for two different solos at the Stuttgart Solo Tanz Theater Festival (1st and 2nd Prizes respectively). The company was one of 25 recipients of the Dance Advancement Fund from Dance/NYC in 2017. Her work has been seen throughout the United States and in Denmark, France, Austria, Bulgaria, Turkey, Slovenia, Sweden, Germany, China, Canada, Aruba, Korea, Brazil, and Greece. The company was lauded as #1 in Contemporary Dance by the Pittsburgh Examiner in 2014 for garment, in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette's 2010 Best in Dance for ReVUE, and in the 2012 Year in Review in ArtsATL's notable performances for Nudity. February 3 was named SIDRA BELL DAY by Mayor Thomas Roach in the City of White Plains, NY.

Bell has received many commissions from institutions and companies internationally and created over 100 new works notably for BODYTRAFFIC, Ailey II, The Juilliard School, Harvard University, Boston Conservatory, River North Dance Chicago, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Sacramento Ballet, Ballet Austin, Alonzo King's LINES Ballet School, LEVYdance, Robert Moses' KIN, METdance, University of Minnesota, Point Park University, Visceral Dance Chicago, Springboard Danse Montréal, Uppercut Dansteater (Denmark), and Motto Dans Kolectif (Turkey) to name a few. Bell was a cultural ambassador in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2014 and 2015 (made possible by Movement Research, Trust for Mutual Understanding, and Derida Dance Center). In 2015 she collaborated with the internationally acclaimed women's chorus Karmina Slovenica in Slovenia.

 

In 2012, Bell was commissioned as the choreographer for the feature film TEST set in San Francisco during the height of the AIDS crisis in 1985 written/directed by Chris Mason Johnson (Frankfurt Ballet/White Oak Project). TEST was awarded two grand jury prizes from Outfest.The film had many screenings at festivals worldwide, including The Seattle Film Festival, Frameline37 (San Francisco), Outfest (L.A.), Berlinale, and New York City Lincoln Center's NewFest Festival. The movie is enjoying a theatrical release and was a New York Times Critic's Pick. It is currently available on VOD, iTunes and Netflix. Other commercial work includes casting and event coordination for MTV, Revlon, BookAFlashMob, Interview Magazine with photographer Billy Kidd and stylist Katie Burnett, NOWNESS with director Jovan Todorovic & all:expanded, Daisies Art Fair with director Sandra Winther & all:expanded, fashion photographer Lloyd Stevie & stylist Alison Mazur, and New York Times' T Magazine (New York Times' Style Magazine).

 

Bell is a sought after master teacher and her alternative pedagogy, Contemporary Systems-an interior & material approach was featured in Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine and Dance Studio Life Magazine. She has taught her unique creative practice at major institutions for dance and theater throughout Canada, Europe, South America, and the United States. She was one of the inaugural choreographers at University of North Carolina School of the Arts Professional Studies Program and a founding collaborator of the Movement Invention Project. She was also the inaugural teaching artist at University of the Arts Sophomore Coaching Performance progress where she has led a teaching team under her pedagogical methods since 2012. The company was an inaugural collaborative partner of Ball State University's charter program Innovation2Impact made possible by the Provost Office and an Immersive Learning Grant. I2I was a three phase program bringing BSU students to NYC and the company to Indiana for an immersive learning experience. In addition to extensive master classes at institutions for dance and theater Bell's workshops have been presented internationally by STEPS NYC Contemporary Masters, SpringboardX, University of North Carolina School of the Arts Professional Studies Program, Movement Invention Project, Broadway Dance Center, Danskappellet Copenhagen Denmark, Gibney Dance Center, Peridance Capezio Center, The Ailey School, Mark Morris Dance Center, Velocity Dance Center Seattle, Visceral Dance Chicago, International Festival of Goainia Brazil, Derida Dance Center Bulgaria, Motto Dans Kolectif Istanbul, Alonzo King LINES Ballet Dance Center, ODC School San Francisco, YoungARTS Miami, Harvard Dance Center, Yale University, Dancing Grounds New Orleans, MODAS Alberquerque, Karmina Slovenica Slovenia, MOVE NYC to name a few. She is the Creative Director of the award winning MODULE a New York City based immersive laboratory for movement and theater artists.

Lily Weiss

Lily Weiss is the Executive Director for the Dallas Arts District and most recently served asthe Artistic Director for Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA), 2nd Artistic Director since Paul Baker, founder of the school. She served asChair of the Dance Department that now serves as a national model; she holds advanceddegrees from Texas Woman’s University, has taught on the dance faculties at SouthernMethodist University and Houston’s HSPVA, and joined the faculty at BTWHSPVA in 1978.Her dance credits include John Mead and Dancers in New York and Japan, the TexasChoreographers Award from the Texas Commission on the Arts, guest choreographer inthe Dance Education Department-New York University, Dallas Black Dance Theatre,among others. Much of her work was instrumental in BTWHSPVA’s distinction as the Top 8Magnet Schools by the U.S. Department of Education and the prestigious Texas Medal ofArt award. Additional awards include the National Young Arts Foundation DistinguishedTeacher, Distinguished Teacher by the Commission on Presidential Scholars twelvedifferent years, SURDNA Arts Fellowship, Bates Dance Festival Teacher Fellowship,features in two articles in Dance Teacher magazine (2007,2009) for her work atBTWHSPVA, and features in the December 2018 issue of Arts + Culture Texas, and in Patronand D Magazine in 2016, among others. Her commitment to the arts in Dallas is reflected byserving on the Cultural Steering Committee for the City’s Cultural Plan, VisitDallas’ CulturalTourism Committee, and a member of the Global Cultural Districts Network and has workedtirelessly over the past four decades to further the arts and education in the community. Hergoals to create access and connectivity in the Dallas Arts District are demonstrated by hercollaborative work on the CONNECT Master Plan, producing the Signature Block Party Series--a free, family-friendly event attracting over 40,000 visitors along with smaller activationsthroughout the year, and providing education outreach to 1,000+ students annually.

Maleek Washington

A native New Yorker from the Bronx, Maleek Washington is a performer, choreographer, and teaching artist. 

 

He began his dance training at Harlem School of the Arts, Broadway Dance Center, and LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, and attended The Boston Conservatory on a full scholarship before beginning his professional career with CityDance Ensemble (Washington DC). While there he worked with Paul Taylor, Kate Weare, and Alex Noeral, and as a SpringBoard Danse (Montreal) participant working with Jose Navas & Rubberband. In New York City, Washington collaborated with McArthur Genius awardee, Kyle Abraham, and his company Abraham.In.Motion. Washington also was a dancer for Punch Drunk's Sleep No More. He has also performed for musical sensations, such as Sia, Phish & Rhianna for her immersive AntiDiary Campaign.

 

Washington's performance and commercial choreographic talent has been recognized nationally at prestigious venues such as The White House, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Jacob’s Pillow, and internationally in Australia, Jordan, Mexico, and Sweden. In addition Washington is a teaching artist at the Joffrey Ballet School, LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, Broadway Dance Center, and Brent Street in Australia. 

 

With multidisciplinary, experiential performance works that investigate the people, practices, and spaces shaping Washington's black identity, He has presented his art in 2017 at the Boston Dance Festival, Pepatian and BAAD!, Periapsis Dance and Music Noesis, and at Judson Church in Spring 2018. Washington is also a 2017-18 Dancing While Black top 10 choreographic finalists. Alongside his creative work, Washington has entered his second season with Camille A. Brown & Dancers in collaboration for her work “Ink” that premiered at the Kennedy Center in December 2017. 

 

Maleek was apart of the ensemble for NBC “Jesus christ Superstar” staring John Legend as Jesus. Performed at the 2018 Ted Talk Conference in Vancouver British Columbia in Camille A.Browns m “New Second Line”.  Performed with ASAP Rocky “Testing” Album release installation at Sotheby’s NYC.

Yin Yue

Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Yin Yue trained at Shanghai Dance School and earned her undergraduate degree at Shanghai Normal University. She then received her MFA at NYU Tisch University. Yin Yue was the winner of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 2015 International Commissioning Project, winner of the 2015 BalletX Choreographic Fellowship, and winner of Northwest Dance Project’s 5th Annual Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition in 2013. Yin was commissioned by all three widely-recognized companies as well as other companies and organizations namely Limon Dance Company, Alberta Ballet in Canada, Whim W’him, Bruce Wood Dance, Boston Dance Theater, 10 Hairy Legs, New Dialect,, Balletto Teatro di Torino in Italy, Backhausdance, Tisch School of The Arts. She was also awarded First Place in Choreography at National Professional Dance Competition in Shanghai, China, 92Y Harkness Dance 2016-2017 Artist In Residence, Emerging Choreographer of 2015 at Springboard Danse Montreal, as well as a finalist at The A.W.A.R.D Show 2010! presented by New York The Joyce Theater Foundation. Her work has been recognized by organizations and festivals such as SummerStage, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Inside Out, Schrit_tmacher Festival in Aachen, Germany, Open Doors Dance Festival in Iowa City, New York International Fringe Festival, DanceNOW[NYC] at Joe's Pub, Peridance Capezio Theater, New York Live Arts, Dixon Place, La MaMa Moves International Festival and many more. Yin Yue’s repertoires have been re-staged by Rutgers University, George Mason University and dance studios such as MoveNYC, Dancewave, CityDance.Yin Yue joined the BFA dance faculty of the Peabody Conservatory as artist-in-residence for the fall 2018 semester at John Hopkins University. She is also faculty at Peridance Center in NYC.

Zack Tang

Originally from Houston, Texas, Zack Tang holds a diploma from The High School for Performing and Visual Arts (07). Upon receiving his BFA from The Juilliard School, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes, Zack won the Hector Zaraspe Prize for choreography. He has worked with choreographers Victor Quijada, Peter Chu, Alexander Ekman, Stijn Celis, Larry Kegwin, Mark Morris, and Darrell Grand Moltrie, and has performed works by José Limón, Anthony Tudor, Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, and Bronislava Nijinska. In 2012, Zack was listed in Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch”. Before joining RUBBERBANDance Group, he spent two years with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. Most Recently Zack has been casted in events and advertisements for Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize, Street Parade, Aldo, and Running Leap Pictures. 

Joy Bollinger

Joy Bollinger brings much expertise to her role as artistic director. Bollinger has been affiliated with Bruce Wood Dance in varying capacities for more than 16 years. From 2014 to 2018, Bollinger served as rehearsal director and répétiteur under the direction of BWD artistic director Kimi Nikaidoh. Bollinger was in charge of restaging works from Wood’s renowned repertoire. As a veteran dancer of the Fort Worth-based Bruce Wood Dance Company from 2002 to 2007, and a founding member of BWD in 2010, Bollinger has performed in more than 50 of Wood’s works.

She is also a distinguished choreographer and has created two critically acclaimed works for BWD: Carved In Stone, which premiered in June 2016, and Hillside in November 2017. Both works received rave reviews and were on the annual Top Ten Lists for the Dallas-Fort Worth region. Carved In Stonewas called the “single best dance in 2016 . . . deeply emotional and striking in its stillness” by Mark Lowry of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and “a dance for the ages” by Margaret Putnam of TheaterJones.com. “Hillside goes for broke, swirling with the same kind of physical and emotional power that marked her stunning debut as a professional dance maker,” acclaimed Manny Mendoza of The Dallas Morning News. Bollinger has been commissioned by Texas Christian University for the 2017 TCU Spring Dance Concert and recently by Dallas Black Dance Theatre for the 2018 Director’s Choiceproduction at the Wyly Theatre.

Bollinger is from Aledo, Texas. She began her dance training at Fort Worth School of Ballet under the direction of Victoria Fedine and Paul Mejia. Bollinger graduated from Texas Christian University with a BFA in ballet. She was a guest artist from 2002 to 2007 with Irving Ballet, Metropolitan Classical Ballet, Madison Ballet, and Ballet Concerto.

Bollinger co-directed the Arlington Heights High School Dance Department from 2007 to 2013. She has also taught and choreographed for Dian West Dance Studio, Ballet Center of Fort Worth, The Epicenter for the Arts, and Trinity Christian Academy.

Bombshell Dance Project

Created in 2016, Bombshell Dance Project is a contemporary dance company founded by Emily Bernet and Taylor Rodman in their hometown of Dallas, TX. Since its creation, Bombshell dance project has been presented bye  and al Dallas Arts District, Barnstorm Dance festival, Dance Gallery festival, and Austin Dance Festival. They have also been commissioned for Ballet Dallas, The Boston Conservatory, Booker T Washington HSPVA, Dallas Youth Repertory, and Wanderlust Dance Project.

 

Interns

Erin McElhone

Erin McElhone is a 2018 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Throughout her time there she performed works by Peter Chu, Phil Orsano, and Moving Forward's own Madison Hicks. She is currently studying dance and business as a part of the Honors College at Adelphi University. Most recently she was given the opportunity to perform Martha Graham's Chronicle at the Joyce Theater. During her summer breaks, Erin has worked with organizations such as Dallas Summer Musicals and DISD's Summer Dance Intensive as well as attended the Chu This Movement Intensive and the Glenda Brown Choreography Intensive as both a dancer and choreographer.