Christian Denice’s professional dance experience includes Odyssey Dance Theatre, River North Dance Chicago, Company E, Montgomery Ballet, BODYTRAFFIC, the Cambrians, and Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal. Christian has spent the past two years on faculty with the Joffrey Academy of Dance and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s HS Pro Program. As a choreographer, he has created new works for Odyssey Dance Theatre, LEVELdance Chicago, DanceWorks Chicago, Interlochen Center for the Arts, METdance too, the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, Visceral Dance Chicago, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Western Michigan University, METdance Houston, Modern America Dance Company, Modas Dance, SALT II, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, and Eisenhower Dance Detroit. Christian is the 2015–2016 winner of the University of South Florida’s Echo Choreographic Competition and the 2016 winner of the Joffrey Academy’s Winning Works Choreographic competition. In April 2016, Christian directed and choreographed a short dance film entitled “the watchers” filmed by Salt Lake City-based videographer Bryce Johnson. He is a certified Power Vinyasa yoga instructor and teaches for CorePower Yoga. Recently, Christian had the opportunity to re-stage KOSMOS by Andonis Foniadakis on the dancers of the National School of Dance in Athens, Greece. This is Christian’s third season with CDP.
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Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Francesca Dugarte trained at Academia de Ballet Clasico Nina Novak and La Scala Theatre Ballet School. She has been a principal dancer at Teatro Teresa Carreno, a demi-soloist at Zurich Ballet, a principal dancer at Victor Ullate Ballet, guest artist at Slovakia National Ballet and is currently a dancer with BalletMet. In 2011, Francesca was a contestant on the reality show, Amici di Maria de Fillippi in Rome. She is the winner of numerous awards including second place in Youth American Grand Prix, second place in Arabesque International Ballet competition in Russia, Jury Award in Jackson Ballet Competition, first place and Presidential Sponsorship Award in Korea’s International Ballet Competition, first place in Rieti Danza Festival, and most recently, second place in World Ballet Competition in Orlando. Francesca has danced a wide repertoire of the classics as well as contemporary works by Twyla Tharp, George Balanchine, Victor Ullate, Septime Webre, Trey McIntyre, Val Caniparoli, and Annabelle Ochoa among others. She made her debut with Chamber Dance Project in Diane’s pas de deux Berceuse in performances at Baltimore’s Peabody Institute in March 2014. This is Francesca’s ninth season with CDP.
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Originally from Seattle, Julia Erickson received her training on scholarship with Pacific Northwest Ballet School and San Francisco Ballet School. She toured to Europe and Asia with PNB and danced with Texas Ballet Theater for two seasons prior to joining PBT in 2001. She was promoted to soloist in 2004 and to principal in 2009. Among her principal roles, Julia has performed Swan Lake (Odette/Odile), La Bayadère (Nikiya), The Sleeping Beauty (Aurora, Lilac Fairy, Carabosse), La Sylphide (the Sylph), Le Corsaire (Gulnare), Diana and Acteon; Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Western Symphony(4th Movement), Who Cares?, Prodigal Son, Sylvia Pas de Deux, Agon, and Serenade; and Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story Suite (Anita), In the Night, and Fancy Free. She has also danced the roles of Lady Capulet in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette, Myrtha in Giselle, “An Episode in his Past” in Antony Tudor’s Jardin Aux Lilas (Lilac Garden), the Wife in Jerome Robbins’ The Concert, and featured roles in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena, Hippolyta), The Four Temperaments (2nd Theme), and Divertimento No. 15. Her contemporary repertory includes Paul Taylor’s Company B; Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Nine Sinatra Songs, and Octet; William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, and Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort and Sinfonietta. Julia also dances for Santa Monica-based Barak Ballet, received Pittsburgh’s 2014 BRAZZY Award for outstanding female dancer and is an entrepreneur and writer. This is Julia’s third season with CDP.
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Born in Armenia, Davit Hovhannisyan began dancing at the age of six and four years later he was accepted into the National Ballet School of Armenia on a full scholarship. At the age of 16, he began his professional career with the Armenian National Ballet Company. After arriving in the United States he received critical acclaim dancing with numerous companies throughout the country and joined Milwaukee Ballet in 2004. He is a principal dancer with Milwaukee Ballet where he is in his ninth season. He has danced many principal roles such as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Basilio in Don Quixote, Rudolfo in La Bohème, the title role in Dracula, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Captain Hook/Mr. Darling in Peter Pan, Prince Solor in La Bayadère, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Captain Phoebus in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, the Moon Prince in Scheherazade, Franz in Coppélia, and leads in The Nutcracker as well as in numerous contemporary ballets. Davit has worked with contemporary choreographers including Michael Pink, Stephen Mills, Bruce Wells, Diane Coburn Bruning, Trey McIntyre, Margo Sappington, Kathryn Posin, and Mark Godden, among many others. This is Davit’s ninth season with CDP.
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Patric Palkens is in his fifth year as a Soloist for Boston Ballet, with over a decade of experience performing both classical and contemporary repertoire for ballet companies around the world. Patric is known for his charming stage presence, dynamic jumps and athletic partnering. He has performed leading roles by choreographic greats such as Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Victoria Morgan and Val Caniparoli. Patric Is excited and grateful to return to Chamber Dance Project this summer to be a part of creating new work and revisiting some old favorites.
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Austin Powers, a native of Portland, Oregon, began his ballet training at the age of 5. He trained on full scholarship at Houston Ballet Academy, San Francisco Ballet School, Alonzo King LINES Ballet School, the Center for Movement Arts, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance.
Austin began his professional career in 2014 as a trainee with Ballet San Jose, and the following year was a silver medalist at the Youth America Grand Prix competition. He joined BalletMet in 2015, where he has been performing for five seasons. He has danced original choreography by Cooper Verona, Myles Thatcher, Edwaard Liang, Matthew Neenan, Dalia Rawson, Mads Eriksen, and Grace-Anne Powers. Some of his favorite roles have been in Edwaard Liang’s Romeo and Juliet as Tybalt, 18+1 by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Interplay by Jerome Robbins, Symphonic Dances by Liang, Fool’s Paradise and After the Rain by Christopher Wheeldon, Cacti by Alexander Ekman, and Herr Drosselmeyer in Gerard Charles’ The Nutcracker.
He has also collaborated with his wife Grace-Anne, to choreograph and dance several works for San Jose’s Commons arts festival, and an original production of Amahl and the Night Visitors for Opera Project Columbus.
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Grace-Anne Powers, a Pennsylvania native, is currently an artist with BalletMet. She began her ballet training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and continued her studies at The Art of Classical Ballet in Pompano Beach, Florida, with Magaly Suarez. Prior to joining BalletMet in 2015 she was a dancer at Ballet San Jose, a soloist at La La La Human Steps in Montreal and a principal soloist with the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami. She has performed a large repertoire of principal roles in the classics including Giselle, Swan Lake, La Bayadère , Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Carmen, Esmeralda, Raymonda, and Le Corsaire, among others. With La La La Human Steps, she performed in New Work choreographed by Edouard Lock, which premiered in Amsterdam in 2011 and then toured internationally for the following two years. She has also had the pleasure of dancing works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Edwaard Liang, William Forsythe, Twyla Tharp, Ohad Naharin, Paul Taylor, Val Caniparoli, Dwight Rhodin, Yuri Zhukov, Amy Siewert, Andrea Schermoly, Alex Ketley, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Micheal Pink, Matthew Neenan, Alberto Alonso, and Jorge Garcia, among others. Her awards include the Jury Award at Shanghai IBC in China and a Silver Medal at the World Ballet Competition in Orlando. She was named one of Pointe magazine’s Standouts of 2018 for her interpretation of the title role in Edwaard Liang’s Giselle. Grace-Anne has also been involved in several film projects for BalletMet including In “Tandem” and “Becoming Violet”, for which she received an Emmy Award.
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LUZ SAN MIGUEL
Ballet Master and Dancer | Born in Madrid, Luz San Miguel received her training at Carmina Ocana Ballet School, and on a scholarship at the Municipal Institute of Ballet in Antwerp, Belgium. Prior to joining Milwaukee Ballet, she danced with BalletMet, Charleston Ballet Theater, Tulsa Ballet, Dresden Ballet, and Leipziger Ballet in Germany. She has performed as a guest artist in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, and several cities in the United States. Luz has performed leading roles in ballets by John Cranko, George Balanchine, John Neumeier, Nacho Duato, Anthony Tudor, Stanton Welch, Uwe Scholz, Glen Tetley, Paul Taylor, Lila York, and Jerome Robbins among others. During her time with Milwaukee Ballet, she has performed roles including Lucy in Dracula, Clara and Marie in The Nutcracker, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Kitri and Matador Lady in Don Quixote, Tinker Bell in Peter Pan, Swanhilda in Coppélia, and the lead roles in Cinderella, Esmeralda, Romeo and Juliet and La Bohème. Luz is returning for her ninth season with CDP.
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Alexander Sargent is a Washington D.C. native, having begun his dance training under Kee Juan Han at The Washington Ballet before attending and graduating from The HARID Conservatory with the Jeannot B. Cerrone Award for excellence in performance. In 2020 he graduated from Juilliard. Alex has performed in works by Martha Graham, Peter Chu, Twyla Tharp, José Limón, and Stephen Petronio and danced the principal role in Donald McKayle’s Crossing the Rubicon at Lincoln Center. Alex has also worked as a digital media producer for performing artists and arts organizations since 2018. This is Alex’s second season with CDP.
GRAHAM FEENY, Apprentice
Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Graham began dancing at the age of two and trained in all styles at Company C Dance Club. He is now in his fourth year at The Juilliard School where he has performed in works of Bobbi Jene Smith, Jamar Roberts, Paul Taylor, and most recently Ohad Naharin. Additionally, Graham’s participated in Netherlands Dance Theatre and Arts Umbrella’s summer programs where he learned works of Crystal Pite, William Forsythe, Sharon Eyal, and Paul Lightfoot among others. This is Graham’s first season with Chamber Dance Project.
JIAMOND WATSON, Apprentice
Jiamond Elizabeth Watson was born in Oxon Hill, Maryland and grew up in Northeast Washington attending Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where she was awarded $10,000 from the DC-Capital STARS Talent Competition in 2015. In 2016, she was awarded the Director’s Scholarship to attend the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. There she performed works by Sidra Bell, Tommie-Waheed Evans, Ronald K. Brown, and Amy Hall Garner and then joined BalletX as an apprentice working with choreographers Matthew Neenan, John McFall, Gregory Paul Dawson, and Jo Stromgren. Since graduating in 2020, Jiamond has been a guest artist with Alonzo King Lines Ballet, taught at the Paula Brown Performing Arts Academy, and performed her own choreographic work at the Edgewood Arts Center in Washington, DC. Jiamond is learning Tommie-Waheed’s new work, Gravity to Grace, for our June 2022 season. This is Jiamond’s first season with CDP.
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ERIN BROTHERS, Apprentice
Erin Brothers was trained in Dallas, Texas under the mentorship of Geralyn Del Corso Garner, attending Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. During her high school training, she performed lead roles in works by Lar Lubovitch, Jodie Gates, and Emory LeCrone, working closely with other renowned artists at summer intensives such as The School of American Ballet, The Juilliard School, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Upon graduating from high school, Erin moved to New York to work with Complexions as an apprentice from 2017 to 2018. Erin later went on to attend the Juilliard School, where she has worked with Aszure Barton, Justin Peck, Ohad Naharin, Bobbi Jene Smith, Jamar Roberts, Marcus Jarell Willis, Michelle Dorrance, and Caili Quan. While at Juilliard, Erin worked closely with a string quartet to create community engagement programs, exploring the connection between live music and dance. Erin will graduate from The Juilliard School in May 2022. This is Erin’s first season with CDP.
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Silhouettes of our dancers in Songs by Cole
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Andile Ndlovu of Johannesburg, South Africa, began his training in Latin American and ballroom dance at the age of ten. At 15, he began training in ballet under Martin Schöenberg, director of Ballet Theatre Afrikan. In 2007, Andile performed with South African Ballet Theatre, and went on to dance with Cape Town City Ballet and tied for First Place in the contemporary category of the 2008 South African International Ballet Competition. Andile was part of the 15-year anniversary tour of Step Afrika! as a guest artist, performed his collaborative choreography solo with Gregory Vuyani Maqoma in Beyond Skin and was a part of the South African version of Queen with Mzansi Production. He recently choreographed Guardian of the Pool which was performed by The Washington Ballet Studio Company. Andile is in his seventh season with The Washington Ballet after having danced with the Studio Company for one year. Exit Wounds was created on Andile in 2014 with Chamber Dance Project premiered in Baltimore. Andile returns to Chamber Dance Project for his second season this year. He is sponsored by Kay Kendall and Jack Davies, Carmen Liebeler and Maureen Berk.
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Born in Boston, Patric Palkens began his training at the age of four at his mother’s studio. Studying primarily jazz, tap, and hip-hop, Patric competed in many competitions across the United States. His introduction to ballet came in the form of a scholarship to train with the School of Ballet of the Municipal Theater of Santiago, Chile. After which he trained with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Chicago, and the Orlando Ballets Second Company. Upon joining the main company of the Orlando Ballet Patric performed in many world premieres by Director Robert Hill. After joining Cincinnati Ballet in 2011, Palkens quickly rose through the ranks to Soloist after only a few short months. Following a last-minute stand-in—and wildly successful— performance as Romeo in 12-13’s Romeo & Juliet, Palkens was promoted to Senior Soloist. Premiering in works by George Balanchine, Alejandro Cerrudo, Annabell Lopez Ochoa, Ma Cong, Devon Carney, James Kudelka, Adam Hougland, Septime Webre, Victoria Morgan and Val Caniparoli. At the age of twenty-five Patric left Cincinnati ballet to dance with the Landestheater of Salzburg Austria, only to return to Cincinnati one year later. This is Patric’s second season as a Principal Dancer. Patric joined Boston Ballet in 2017. This is will be Patric’s second season with Chamber Dance Project and is sponsored by Deborah and Bruce Downey.