A Contemporary Ballet


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Gierre J Godley, a 2010 graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (MFA), is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and teacher currently living in NYC. He began his training in Arkansas under the direction of C. Michael Tidwell and Arleen Sugano. As a choreographer, Gierre has created works for The Steffi Nossen Dance Company, The Ailey School, Threads Dance Projects, and the Tidwell Project Dance Ensemble. In 2010, Gierre created PROJECT 44, an all male troupe dedicated to showcasing the beauty of male artistry throughout the arts. The group has performed in various national and international venues.

Victoria Agrifolio began dancing at age three and continued her training at the School of American Ballet where she studied for five years. While at the school, she performed roles in multiple productions with the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center. She continued her training at the New Jersey School of Ballet and performed with their main company. She spent her summers training with the Miami City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. She is currently pursuing a degree in dance and journalism at New York University.

Janae Bonnen graduated from University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ high school program and currently studies at NYU Tisch Dance. She had the honor of performing with Armitage Gone! Dance last season in the Museum of Natural History as well as at Dixon Place for Angela Conte. She has also participated in a site specific for Chimera Project NYC. In school, Janae has worked with Luis Fuente, Brenda Daniels, Susan Jaffe, David Dorfman, Cherylyn Lavagnino, and Random Dance.

Giorgia Bovo, from Biella, Italy, trained on full scholarship at Scuola del Balletto di Toscana. She has worked with The Metropolitan Opera, Armitage Gone! Dance, The Francesca Harper Project, and Collective Body Dance Lab. She currently works with Gabrielle Lamb, Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Indelible Dance and Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance. As a choreographer she has created work for Uselessness Project and Indelible Dance. Giorgia is an ABT® Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. This is Giorgia's fifth season with The Nutcracker NYC: A Contemporary Ballet.

Haleigh Dalke is currently a second year at NYU Tisch Dance and is excited to be a part of this year’s The Nutcracker NYC: A Contemporary Ballet! Originally from California, she began serious dance training at her small local studio at age 11 and has loved it ever since. She would like to thank Giada Ferrone for this performance opportunity, and both the Tisch Dance family and her own family for the support she has been given in pursuing her dreams in dance.

Nicholas Dill, a recent graduate of NYU (BFA in Dance, BA in Psychology), began his training with the Cincinnati Ballet Academy in 2010. He appeared in various productions with the Cincinnati Ballet Company, including Sleeping Beauty and the Nutcracker. He has performed in works by Merce Cunningham, Cora Bos-Kroese, Kay Cummings, Pamela Peitro, Jim Martin, Vita Osojnik, and Pietro Pireddu. He has completed his 300-hour yoga certification and is a licensed yoga teacher through Mind Body Dancer®.

Amy DiLorenzo, originally from Greenland, New Hampshire, is currently studying at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for her BFA in Dance. Amy has been dancing since she was three years old. While training at Ballet New England and Great Bay Academy of Dance, she performed key roles in many ballet productions such as The Nutcracker, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Peter and the Wolf. Amy is honored and excited to be a part of this production.

Lauren Gifford graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX. She currently studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Dance department where she is pursuing her BFA. During her time in school she has had the privilege of collaborating with the Chimera Project NYC in their city-wide Peace Project as well as working with esteemed choreographers such as Robert Battle, David Dorfman, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Joshua L. Peugh, and Dwight Rhoden.

David Gourov was born and raised in Michigan, where he attended Dance Dynamics PAC. He trained in all styles of dance and guest performed for Ballet Americano, MI, in their Nutcracker. Currently, he is in his final year at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where he will receive his BFA in Dance and BA in Economics. At NYU, David has performed in student pieces and faculty works by James Martin and Cherylyn Lavagnino. Upcoming performances include dances by Vita Osojnik and Gregory Dolbashian. David continues his dance career choreographing works, music videos, and collaborative art projects.

Madeline Jafari hails from Austin, TX where she trained at Tapestry Dance Co. She has also studied at The Ailey School, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Toscana Dance Hub, and the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. She has had the pleasure to dance the works of Giada Ferrone, Vita Osojnik, Gina Patterson, Michelle Dorrance, Deborah Jowitt, and Seán Curran. Ms. Jafari is in her final year as a dance major at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Xenia Mansour began her formal training at the Academy of Movement and Music in Oak Park, Illinois, under the direction of Stephanie Clemens. There, Mansour performed a variety of classical ballets, historical modern and contemporary works with resident company, MOMENTA. Mansour has also had additional summer studies at LINES Ballet, The Juilliard School, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Mansour is currently in her final year at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.  

Jared McAboy is from Kent, Washington and trained for ten years at Allegro Performing Arts Academy in a wide variety of styles including ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap and hip hop. He also attended the Juilliard 2012 Summer Dance Intensive and the LINES 2014 Summer Ballet Program. He is currently in his third year at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and will be performing works from José Limón and Vita Osojnik in the upcoming year.

Olivia Miranda, a second year at the Ailey/Fordham BFA program, is well-versed in ballet, Horton, Graham, and contemporary.  Previously, she danced at Ballet Technique, home of the Hamilton Ballet Theatre, where she performed in numerous shows including Cinderella, Blue Danube, Serenade, Nutcracker, and many others. Olivia has also attended dance summer intensives at American Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Koltun Ballet Academy, and BalletX.  At the Ailey School, Olivia performed Kanji Segawa’s piece, Scorching Bay, and Meghan Stricker’s choreography. Since 2013, Olivia has worked with a non-profit organization, Live Dance Live, performing Stars and Stripes, choreography by Julie A. Caprio, and original works.

Kayla Radomski was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She grew up at the Milwaukee Ballet School and graduated from their highest Academy level before attending Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. While there, Kayla studied Dance Pedagogy and graduated Cum Laude with honors.  She moved to New York to pursue her performance career, and she has been dancing and teaching yoga in the city for 5 years.  Kayla is proud to be joining the cast of The Nutcracker NYC: A Contemporary Ballet for a second time this season.

Lauren Settembrino is currently having the time of her life earning her BFA in dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She recently performed in the Dizzy Feet Foundation’s annual Celebration of Dance in Los Angeles. Lauren spent last year representing Dancers Inc. across the country as their national title winner, and her choreography has been recognized on the regional and national competition stage. She is thrilled to be a part of The Nutcracker NYC: A Contemporary Ballet this year!

Kaitlyn Yiu, currently a BFA student at NYU Tisch, was born in Canada. she started ballet at age three when she moved to Los Angeles and was trained under various Russian Ballet Masters. During this time, Kaitlyn won awards in ballet competitions such as YAGP, LA  Spotlight Awards, & VKIBC. She also competed in International Ballet Competitions such as Helsinki IBC, Istanbul IBC, Rudolph Nureyev IBC, and Moscow IBC. This past summer, Kaitlyn was invited to participate in a Tisch Dance Exchange Program in Prague, Czech Republic. Besides dancing, Kaitlyn enjoys singing, writing, & volunteering.

Fairul Zahid has been a Principal Dancer/Choreographer in Aswara Dance Company for several years. He is also a lecturer at several local universities in Malaysia, including National Academy of Arts Culture and Heritage. He is one of the country’s leading young artists, a prolific and versatile choreographer/dancer working in disciplines of contemporary, Chinese classical dance, Indian classical dance and ballet. He performed in several festivals, both local and international. He has received awards in several choreography competitions in Malaysia, Berlin, Australia and Philippines. In 2014 he was awarded Best Feature Performer in the 10th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards and Best Choreographer in a full-length work. He is currently in his final year as a MFA candidate at NYU Tisch School of the arts. His passion in the arts makes him ready to take any challenge.

Atsunori "Umihei" Hayamizu was born in Gunma, Japan. He attended the Tokyo School of Music (TSM) to learn ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, breaking, locking, popping, house, be-bop and hip-hop, as well as singing and acting. After graduating from TSM, he was personally mentored by renowned choreographer Erika Akoh, and trained with Kanichi Segawa, Kaori Segawa, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater member Kanji Segawa. In 2005, he began training at Peridance Capezio Center and Steps on Broadway in New York City. He danced with Val Ray Suarez, Nina Buisson, Azul Dance Theatre and binbin Factory. He joined "Samurai Sword Soul (SSS)" in 2007, working with producer and director Yoshi Amao. Umihei has performed with SSS at the NY Fringe Festival, NY Anime Festival, Japan day at the Central Park, Japan Society, the 150-year anniversary of US-Japanese relations at the Japanese Embassy in Washington D.C., New York City's Lincoln Center, 14th St Y and numerous regional Cherry Blossom Festivals, including the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. Umihei has toured around the US, including Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Georgia, Missouri, and Texas. He has been a member of "The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY" under director Momo Suzuki since 2009. This is Umihei’s sixth and final year with The Nutcracker NYC: A Contemporary Ballet. Umihei would like to say a special appreciation and love from the bottom of his heart to his families, teachers, friends, and all of the people who have given him support.

We dedicate our 6th season to good friend and soloist, Atsunori Hayamizu. 

We loved dancing with you Atsu! Thank you for your kindness, dedication and inspiration to The Nutcracker NYC. 

We wish you the very best on your next adventure!