Alexandre Barranco was born in Brazil. In 2001, at the age of 11, he began his dance studies at ABAMBA (Benefactors and Friends of Dancers and Actors Boys Association). In 2008, he had his first professional experience in the "Ballet of the City of Taubate," mainly working with contemporary dance. In 2010, he worked with the "Young Dance Company of Sao Jose dos Campos". He has performed within Brazil and abroad dancing classical ballet and contemporary dance and has been awarded with many national and international prizes in competitions. In 2016, Alexandre started graduated in New York at Peridance Capezio Center in their certificate program with a full scholarship while simultaneously apprenticing with the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company.
Katie grew up in Norwich, Vermont where she started her dance training at a local studio under the direction of Doreen Keith. She spent her summers studying at Ballet Austin, ABT, and Kaatsbaan. Katie attended Butler University's Jordan School of the Arts where she continued her training and received her BS in Dance Arts Administration. While at Butler, she performed works by George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. In fall 2014, she performed in Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's Nutcracker as a guest dancer, under the direction of Tom Mossbrucker. Katie has performed PCDC works by Dwight Rhoden, Jae Man Joo, Charlotta Ã–fverholm, and Igal Perry across New York City and on tour. This past summer, Katie had the privilege of representing Peridance Contemporary Dance Company in Argentina while performing in the VII Gala Internacional de Ballet de Buenos Aires. Katie is excited to be starting her third season with the company.
Craig Dionne was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts and began his dance training at a local studio at the age of eight. When he was fifteen years old, he trained at the Boston Ballet School under the direction of Parren Ballard before resuming his training with Roseann Ridings and Donna Coco. Craig traveled as an assistant during the 2012-2013 season with New York City Dance Alliance and during that time was privileged to have Joe Lanteri, Scott Jovovich, Cindy Salgado, Suzi Taylor, and Joey Dowling as mentors. Craig's most inspiring experience was spending this past summer training at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. He has been a guest artist performing at Tufts University and Boston University both in Massachusetts. Most recently Craig has had the honor of performing a piece for Destiny Rising at the Joyce Theater in NYC. Craig is very excited to be a part of Peridance Contemporary Dance Company.
Originally from Hollidaysburg, PA, Colin Heininger graduated in 2016 as an Honors Scholar with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Musical Theater from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he was named the Valedictorian of the School of Dance. There, he had the privilege of performing works by Sharon Eyal, Netta Yerushalmy, Andrea Miller, Helen Simoneau, Beth Gill, Sidra Bell, and Douglas Becker, among others. In addition, Colin attended the Jacob's Pillow Contemporary program in 2014 and Springboard Danse Montreal in 2016, where he was first connected to Igal Perry and Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. Colin is very excited to be joining PCDC for his second season.
Zachary Kukla was born in Laporte Indiana. He received his BFA from Butler University's Jordan School of the Arts in 2014. Upon graduation, he was a guest artist with Dance Kaleidescope, under the direction of David Hochoy. After moving to New York, he became a member of Ballet Hispanico Dos, under the direction of Eduardo Villaro. Throughout his career, he has performed works by choreographers such as Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, William Whitener, Pedro Ruiz, Susan McGuire, Alejandro Cervera, Igal Perry, Jae Man Joo, and Marlena Wolf. This is his third year with Peridance Contemporary Dance Company.
Billi Marder is originally from Calabasas, CA. She began her dance training with Reagan Hoeft and then continued at Cuizon Ballet Centre, where she was under the guidance of Lisa Cuizon and Melissa Jackson [MJ] and had the opportunity to work with choreographers Peter Chu and Sonya Tayeh. Billi graduated in May 2017 from The University of Oklahoma School of Dance with a BFA in Modern Dance Performance and With Distinction. Under the Direction of Mary-Margaret Holt and Austin Hartel, she performed numerous works by choreographers such as Alvin Ailey, Jessica Lang, Raimondo Rebeck, Sonia Dawkins, Austin Hartel, Ilya Kozadayev and Roxanne Lyst. She also had the opportunity to work with Kevin Iega Jeff and guest with Deeply Rooted Dance Theater in Tulsa, OK. Additionally, Billi spent winters and summers studying at Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet Hispanico, and Centre de Dansa de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, as well as on scholarship at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Contemporary Program at The School at Jacob's Pillow, where she worked with choreographers Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Thang Dao, and Robert Moses. Billi is thrilled and honored to be joining Peridance Contemporary Dance Company this season.
Hannah is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. She graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program in May 2016 with a double major in Dance and English. During her time at The Ailey School, she had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as Matthew Rushing, Jae Man Joo, Francesca Harper, Christopher Huggins, Taryn Kaschock Russell, and Hope Boykin. She has performed professionally with Gibney Dance, Arch Contemporary Ballet, and Texture Contemporary Ballet, and attended Springboard Danse Montreal in June 2017. Hannah works administratively for Shining Light Ministries, an organization that takes artists into correctional facilities to bring hope to incarcerated men and women through performing arts workshops. She is also the Administrative Assistant for PCDC. Hannah joined Peridance Contemporary Dance Company as an apprentice in September 2016, and is thrilled and honored to join this season as a company dancer.
Midori is originally from Fukuoka, Japan. She trained and performed with Ikuko Watanabe Ballet Studio. At the age of 19, she moved to New York City and trained with Peridance Capezio Center, Valentina Kozlova Dance Conservatory, Jennifer Muller/The Works on scholarship, and as a dancer and an assistant of Nina Buisson. Over the past years Midori has participated in Northwest Dance Project's LAUNCH:9 where she performed works choreographed by Lesley Telford and Eric Handman. Midori has also had the opportunity to dance for Audio-technica Commercial (Day O productions, LA). She is currently honored to be a part of Peridance Contemporary Dance Company.
Originally from Italy, Greta began her dance studies in Treviso. She has won numerous awards for her dancing at competitions around the world. At the age of 14, she won a scholarship to move to Florence and start a two-year Certificate Program. In 2014, Greta participated in the San Francisco Ballet summer program, where she had the chance to work with choreographers such as Johan Inger. In September 2014, she started the two-year Certificate Program at the Peridance Capezio Center, where she worked with esteemed choreographers and master teachers such as Igal Perry, Milton Myers, and Manuel Vignoulle. Greta joins the company this year for her third season.
SASHA OKTAN-NEWMAN (APPRENTICE)
Sasha began dancing at Canadian Children's Dance Theatre. After recognizing her passion for ballet, Sasha auditioned successfully for Canada's National Ballet School. In 2010, she joined The School of Cadence Ballet's professional training program and Cadence Youth Ballet where she had the opportunity to perform lead roles in the school's productions, such as Swan Lake, and was selected to perform with the professional company at the international festival "Dance: Made in/Fait au Canada." During her time at Cadence, Sasha also competed at the Youth American Grand Prix international ballet competition, receiving top placements in both Classical and Contemporary. In the summer of her grade eleven year, Sasha attended the Bolshoi Ballet Academyâ€™s summer intensive where she was invited to be the second Canadian in history to attend the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow for her graduating year. Upon graduation, Sasha spent two years dancing with the Gelsey Kirkland Academy's studio company. Sasha has been accepted and attended various summer intensives throughout her adolescence, including The School of American Ballet, ABT, Princess Grace Academy, Royal Ballet School, Danish Ballet Masters, amongst others. She is excited as this is her first season as an apprentice with the company.
JOSLIN VEZEAU (APPRENTICE)
Joslin Vezeau is from St. Louis, Missouri and is currently in the B.F.A in dance program at The Ailey School/Fordham University. In St. Louis, she studied dance at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA). While at The Ailey School, Joslin was the recipient of the Denise Jefferson Memorial Scholarship in 2016. She has also worked with and performed works by Matthew Rushing, Jae Man Joo, Marguerite Donlon, Darshan Bhuller, Marcus Jarrell Willis, and Camille A. Brown, among others. Joslin attended the Jacob's Pillow Contemporary Program in the summer of 2017, and has danced at the Ailey Spirit Gala in Lincoln Center. She has also participated in summer intensives at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Parsons Dance, Paul Taylor Dance, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. This is her first year as an apprentice with Peridance Contemporary Dance.
ZACH BIEHL (APPRENTICE)
Originally from Houston, Texas, Zach received his pre-collegiate training from Revolve Dance Company, whom he would later perform with throughout the Houston metroplex. He attended Southern Methodist University, where he was awarded a B.F.A. in Dance Performance, as well as a B.A. in Creative Computation. Zach has been afforded the opportunity to perform works by noted choreographers such as Martha Graham, JosÃ© LimÃ³n, Bill T. Jones, Danny Buraczeski, Adam Hougland, and Joshua Peugh, among others. He is a co-founder of Granadans, a New York-based dance project rooted in transcending genre, exploring varied human dynamics, and creating musically textured movement with narrative intent. Through his personal work, Zach seeks to craft acute emotional environments for the stage as well as less conventional performance spaces via the manipulation of physical, kinetic, and digital material. He is very excited to be joining the company as an apprentice this season.
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