Spring 2014 Menlowe Dancers

 

Coreen Danaher

Coreen was born in Vallejo, CA. She trained there in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus under Patricia O’Reilly and later at Berkeley Ballet Theater. Coreen has performed the works of Bay Area choreographers such as Michael Lowe, Carlos Carvajal, and Reginald Ray-Savage with Peninsula Ballet Theater and Moving Arts Dance Company. She has been dancing with Oakland Ballet since 2009 in choreography by Val Caniparoli, Lowe, and Graham Lustig. Coreen joined Menlowe Ballet in their Spring Season 2012 and has been featured in Lowe’s ballets “Cirque,” “Double Happiness,” and “Plague.”

 

GregoryGregory DeSantis

Gregory, born in Staten Island, New York, began his training at Center Stage Dance and Theater School in Marlboro, New Jersey. After high school he attended the North Carolina School of the Arts where he received a B.F.A. in Ballet. While at NCSA he was trained by Ethan Stiefel originating the roles of Arabian, Herr Drosselmeyer and Cavalier in his production of The Nutcracker. He also toured with Twyla Tharp’s Movin’ Out as James. He has trained at The Washington Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Ellison Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Princeton Ballet and the Jacob’s Pillow Summer Dance Festival. Mr. DeSantis has performed choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton, Karole Armitage, Merce Cunningham, Agnes de Mille, Marius Petipa, Jerome Robbins, and George Balanchine among others. He has performed as a guest with the Greensboro Ballet, Urban Ballet Theatre, Zikr Dance Ensemble, Oakland Ballet and The Washington Ballet. Gregory is very excited to be performing with the Menlowe Ballet.

 

Aurora Frey

From the first time she saw the Nutcracker at the age of three, Aurora has loved ballet!  Aurora began her studies of ballet at Ballet Arts in her home town of Tucson, Arizona under the direction of Mary-Beth Cabana.  After spending many summers as a student at the American Ballet Theater summer intensive, Aurora moved to NYC where she was privately coached by Leslie Browne, former ABT principal.  In addition, Aurora has trained with many notable instructors including Gelsey Kirkland, Amanda McKerrow, John Gardener, Evelyn Cisneros, Rebecca Wright, Lupe Serrano, Maria Tallchief, Kyra Nichols, and David Howard.  Aurora began her professional experience in Birmingham, Alabama with the Alabama Ballet under the direction of Wes Chapman.  She has danced professionally for Ballet Tucson, City Ballet of San Diego, and Napoles Ballet Theater.  She has been featured in many full length classical ballets, works by George Balanchine and Anthony Tudor.  In addition, she has had the opportunity to dance in original works by choreographers such as Lawrence Pech, Leslie Browne, Jeffrey Graham Hughes, Roger Van Fleteren, and Luis Napoles.  Aurora is excited to be living in the Bay Area, and to be part of such a talented dance community.

 

Julie_GJulie Giordano

Julie was born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her training began at three years old with Nina Marlow School of Ballet under the direction of Nina Marlow and Rena Becker.  Her classical and contemporary training then continued at Master Ballet Academy under the direction of Slawomir and Irena Wozinak. Julie has attended summer intensive programs with American Ballet Theater Alabama, Ballet Arizona, Joffrey Midwest, Master Ballet Academy, Ballet Austin, and State Street Ballet. She danced professionally with Ballet Tucson where she had the joy of working with John Gardener and Amanda McKerrow, and participated in work by George Balanchine and Anthony Tudor.  In addition, Julie performed in many classical ballets including Gisele, Swan Lake, Esmeralda, A Midsummers Nights Dream, and Graduation Ball. Julie then danced professionally with State Street Ballet.  While at State Street Ballet, she traveled and performed in Colorado, Washington, Florida, and New York. Most recently, Julie performed in Firebird, Beauty and the Beast, American Tango, Jungle Book, Secret Garden, and La Sylphide. Julie is very excited to make the Bay Area her new home and for her first season with Menlowe Ballet.

 

Mariko Ishikawa

Mariko, a San Francisco native, has been training at Ayako School of Ballet under the tutelage of Ayako Takahashi. She has performed leading roles in Peninsula Youth Ballet’s Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Paquita, Giselle and Alice in Wonderland. Mariko represented USA at Youth America Grand Prix New York Finals and has traveled to Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Japan to refine her ballet techniques. She has also been invited to perform with the ManDance Company SF and Diablo Ballet. In the summer of 2011, Mariko participated in DMangagement’s “Performing in Chicago” as a soloist member, and during the winter of 2011, Mariko toured the U.S. East Coast with the Albany Berkshire Ballet’s Nutcracker as a principal dancer. This past summer Mariko competed for, and won the 2012 Beach Blanket Babylon Scholarship Award for the Arts by the Steve Silver Foundation. This is Mariko’s first season with Menlowe Ballet.

 

EmilyEmily Kerr

Emily is a Bay Area native and received her training at Pacific Ballet Academy and Boston Ballet School. She has appeared with Oakland Ballet Company, Milissa Payne Project, Mark Foehringer Dance Project | SF, Los Angeles Ballet, and BalletMet Columbus. Emily has had the pleasure of performing works by Graham Lustig, Amy Seiwert, Milissa Payne Bradley, Gerard Charles, David Nixon, Tom Gold, Devon Carney, and George Balanchine. This is Emilyʼs first season with Menlowe Ballet.

 

Anna_KAnna Kroeker, Apprentice

Born and raised in San Jose, California, Anna started her training at Ballet San Jose. At 16 years old she was hand picked to attend The Kirov Academy of Ballet and was first to receive the Kirov Academy’s “Perseverance Award.” She was closely trained under Ludmilla Morkovina, Jacqueline Akhmedova, and Angelina Armeiskaya. She attended ABT’s Collegiate Program in New York City where she danced in Sleeping Beauty’s Prologue and a contemporary piece Bound. During that time she was trained under Kate Lydon, Ethan Brown, Raymond Lukens and Melissa Bowman. She has also performed roles in Esmeralda Little Gypsies, was featured as Clara in The Nutcracker and danced in FAUSTO. She has most recently danced with Napoles Ballet and Bay Pointe Ballet. This is Anna’s first season at Menlowe Ballet and she is thrilled to be working with them.

 

MarteMarte Madera

Marte Madera was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. He has danced professionally with Lustig Dance Theater of New Jersey and Oakland Ballet under the direction of Graham Lustig. He has also performed with Menlowe Ballet, Kim T. Davis Dance Company, Margaret Wingrove Dance Company, Western Ballet, Man Dance Company/SF, Central West Ballet; where he performed the Nutcracker, Coppelia, Cinderella, and Romeo and Juliet, and with sjDANCEco from San Jose, California; which included performing Jose Limon’s The Winged, There is a Time, and Missa Brevis. He also performed Speaking Ill of the Dead with Robert Moses Kin/SF and Donald McKayle’s Hearts of the Disinherited. Marte has a BFA in Dance from San Jose State University where he was given the award of “Most Outstanding Graduating Senior.” While attending SJSU his choreography was selected for adjudication at the American College Dance Festival. Marte is very happy to be back with Menlowe Ballet this season.

 

Damon Mahoney

Damon Mahoney began his dance training in Santa Barbara and then Los Angeles, studying ballet, lyrical jazz, modern and hip hop. He began his performing career with Oakland Ballet in 2005. He has since  worked with a variety of companies including Savage Jazz Dance, Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Moving Arts Dance, Los Angeles’ Luminario Ballet and San Diego Opera. He has recently been made a member of San Francisco Opera’s Resident Corps and has danced as a soloist in their 2010 season. In addition to dancing Damon is a Pilates Instructor, Acrobat and Fire Performer. He most recently appeared with Oakland Ballet for their Nutcracker and in several works for Menlowe Ballet.

 

Terrin McGee-Kelly

Terrin is a native of Antioch, California where she began her classical ballet training at Delta Ballet Academy with Helga Ishikata, Helen Piernik, and Michael Lowe. Afterwards she went on to study with Arlene Newhouse at Ballet Celeste International, and the Joffrey Ballet. She has appeared with Theater Ballet of San Francisco, Oakland Ballet, Peninsula Ballet Theater, Black Diamond Ballet, Moving Arts Dance, Ballet San Jose, and San Francisco Opera. She has been a featured dancer in music videos and national commercials, and has held numerous titles in the Miss America Organization, as well as winning the coveted Leni Arnhym classical performer award. Terrin also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Saint Mary’s College.

 

Lauren Mindel

Born in the San Fernando Valley to a mother who was on the POM squad in high school and a father who danced on American Bandstand, it was clear that Lauren had it in her blood.  Lauren trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, hip-hop and character dance with Lynn Brilhante, Anne Barrett, Amy Bouris, Justin Cole, and Michael Lowe, to name a few, at the California Academy of Performing Arts under direction of Joan Robinson Borchers in Moraga, CA.  She attended intensive programs with American Ballet Theater in 2005 where she had the wonderful opportunity of working primarily with Lawrence Pech and Christine Spizzo, and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet in 2007 where she worked primarily with Kara Davis and Carmen Rozestraten. Lauren performed with Peninsula Ballet Theatre in 2005 and 2008 and Black Diamond Ballet Theatre in 2010, both under the artistic direction of Michael Lowe. She also trained with UCLA’s dance program staff, and with LA’s hip-hop and jaz funk choreographer, Saleemah E. Knight.  Aside from dance, Lauren is an up-and-coming recording artist and enjoys acting in both film and theatre.  She is delighted to be a part of Menlowe Ballet.

 

Patricia Rehn

Born and raised in the Bay Area, California, Patricia received her ballet training at Ayako’s School of Ballet under the direction of Ayako Takahashi. She has had the opportunity of working with Michael Lowe, Betsy Erickson, Carlos Carvajal, Galina Alexandrova and Lawrence Pech. Patricia has been awarded scholarships to several intensives including Bolshoi Ballet and LINES Ballet. In 2008, she won Miss Teen Starquest at Starquest Nationals and was also chosen to perform in International gala in Florida alongside notable performers and choreographers. Patricia has performed many classical ballets including Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Paquita, Graduation Ball and The Nutcracker. Outside the theater, Patricia is a freelance model and full-time college student pursuing a degree in Performing Arts and Business. She is involved in numerous outreach programs and enjoys teaching dance all around the world and is privileged to be serving in Tanzania, Africa this summer. Patricia is excited to be part of Menlowe Ballet and thanks God, her family, and friends for their love and support.

 

Caitlyn Santo, Apprentice

Caitlyn, or Caitie, was born and raised in Fremont, California. She began her ballet training with Ballet Petit in Hayward, CA and had the opportunity to work with teachers: Peggy Peabody, Joy Gim, Ron Guidi, Graham Lustig, and Vivi Flindt. At fourteen, she continued her training with the Ballet San Jose School under the direction of Lise La Cour and then joined the newly formed Ballet San Jose Training Program where she trained with Ray Rodriquez, Wes Chapman, and Karen Gabay. She now trains with Lise La Cour’s, Lacademy, and Diana’s Rhythmic Gymnastics. She has attended summer intensive programs with LINES Ballet, Alvin Ailey, and the Ballet San Jose School. Caitie has performed in several ballets including The Nutcracker (Graham Lustig’s Oakland Ballet) and Ballet San Jose Company’s Inaugural Gala, The Nuctracker, and Don Quixote as well as several contemporary works with independent choreographers. She is more than happy to be a part of Menlowe Ballet this year, and is extremely excited to work with such talented dancers.

 

DemetriaDemetria Schioldager

Demetria Schioldager was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA where she trained in Royal Academy of Dance under Patricia Caballero. She spent her summers training with American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, School of American Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. After completing a Bachelors of Science in Ballet from the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, she joined Nevada Ballet Theatre. Demetria has performed in full length classical ballets and been featured as Swan Queen, staged by Cynthia Gregory, and Step Sister in Cinderella, as well as Sugar Plum, Snow Queen, Dew Drop, Columbine and Chinese in Nutcracker. She has been the lead in George Balanchine ballets, staged by Sandra Jennings, Mimi Paul and Elyse Borne, including Serenade, Rubies, Concerto Barocco, Valse Fantaisie, and Four Temperaments. Demetria is very excited to be dancing her first season with Menlowe Ballet.

 

Megan Terry

Megan was born in Mission Viejo, California and began her ballet training at Saddleback Dance Center. In 2000, she moved to Tucson, Arizona and continued her training at Ballet Arts. Megan was a member of Ballet Tucson from 2004-2012, under the direction of Mary-Beth Cabana. Some of her favorite roles with Ballet Tucson include Kitri in Don Quixote, Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Pigtail Girl in Graduation Ball, and Antony Tudor’s Continuo and 3rd pas de deux from The Leaves Are Fading.  She has performed in productions at the Orange County Performing Arts Center including Swan Lake with San Francisco Ballet, The Nutcracker with Moscow Classical Ballet, and Le Corsaire with American Ballet Theatre.

Megan currently is a freelance dancer in San Francisco and dances with Menlowe Ballet, Oakland Ballet, and the Milissa Payne Project. In 2010, she graduated from The University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Megan dedicates her performances to her parents Bill & Kim Terry, who have been her inspiration & light from the beginning.