A Contemporary Ballet


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Daniel Fetecua Soto, Drosselmeyer, Dancer, teacher and Choreographer. A native of Bogotà, Colombia holds a BFA from Folkwang-University of the Arts, Essen-Germany, and has appeared as guest artist in Pina Bausch’s masterpieces, Rite of Spring and Tannhäuser. Fetecua has been a soloist member of the Limon Dance Company for ten years (2006-2016) and he is founder and artistic director of Pajarillo Pinta’o, a dance company that combines Colombian Folklore and Modern Dance, based in New York and Germany. Daniel Fetecua is currently resident choreographer and board member of ID Studio Theatre a not-for-profit organization led by Colombian actor German Jaramillo. Grants awards include Harlem Stage Fund for New Work and NALAC (National Association for Latino Arts and Culture) Funds for the Arts. Fetecua has also choreographed the award winning productions of Teatro SEA ,"Sueño" and "La Gloria: A Latin Cabaret". For "La Gloria: A Latin Cabaret" he’s recipient of a HOLA award for Best Choreography.

Gierre J Godley, Rehearsal Assistant 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.

Jared Brown, born and raised in Dallas, TX, is currently 18 years old. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in the spring of 2016. At Booker T. Jared has been able to perform the works of companies and choreographers including, Lar Lubovitch, Sidra Bell, Aszure Barton, Manuel Vignoulle, Robert Battle, Dwight Rhoden, and Jessica Lang. Jared has also performed with Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Allegro Performing Ensemble and has performed works by Katricia Eaglin, Zach Ingram, and Claude Alexander lll. He is a recipient of many Texas based scholarships through the Dance Council of North Texas and was named a Texas Young Master in Modern Dance in 2014. Jared has recently been awarded the Outstanding Student Choreography Award from the National High School Dance Festival, and has been recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation as a finalist in Modern dance and Honorable Mention in Choreography. After attending the National YoungArts Week, Jared is pleased to say that he was honored as a 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts and performed at the Kennedy Center in late June under the direction of Debbie Allen. Jared is now attending The Juilliard School on fellowship from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation providing a full tuition scholarship over the four years of study. Jared is happy to be able to continue to follow his dreams and discover himself through this art form.

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.

Dervla Carey-Jones is graduating in 2018 from NYU Tisch School of the Art's BFA in Dance program. Originally from San Francisco, Dervla trained at the San Francisco Ballet School for eight years and at the ODC Dance School for her final year before studying dance at NYU. She has also taken part in the Boston Ballet School and Ailey School summer intensives.

Nina Deacon trained at the Nancy Whyte School of Ballet in Bellingham, WA. At 13, she joined the Mount Baker Ballet where she danced her way from Snowflake to Snow Queen and performed many soloist and principle roles. Nina Deacon‘s Off-Broadway credits include “Tchaikovsky – A New Stage Play” choreographed by Nancy Whyte (American Theatre for Actors),“Still on the Corner” choreographed by Lonne Moretton (Castillo Theatre),the title role of “Golden Bird” in “Finding the Golden Bird” (Hudson Guild), “First Coquette” in “Dances of Life and Death” and the female lead of “Cocoa Swayze” in “The NuttyCracker”. Dance company credits include “Ballet for Young Audiences” “Linda Diamond and Co.”, “Jersey City Ballet” “World Dance Theatre”and guest artist with “New American Youth Ballet”. Nina danced at the Minskoff Theatre as part of the Broadway Cares benefit, "The Easter Bonnet”. She is delighted to rejoin “The Nutcracker, a Contemporary Ballet” after a two year hiatus, thank you Giada!

Giovanna Gamna is originally from Italy. She studied dance in Florence at Centro Studi Danza e Movimento. She holds a BFA in dance and performance from SUNY Purchase College. In New York she worked for Kazuzo Hirabayiashi Dance Theater, Luca Veggetti's "Xenakis and Japan" at Judson church, Yung-Li Dance and performed in Armitage Gone!’s variety show "Werk". Through Jen Harmon Projects she danced for the NYC productions of "Odissey Works, Theater for One" and for the 2014 edition of "Future of Story Telling" for Fake Love. She currently dances for Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Hindsight Dance and Gabrielle Lamb. She is also a Balanced Body Certified Pilates Instructor.

Corinne Hart began her dance training in Mundelein, Illinois where she trained in tap, ballet, lyrical, modern, and jazz. She was accepted into the BFA dance program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2014. During her time at Tisch, she's had the chance to study under and perform works by renowned choreographers such as Cherylyn Lavignigno, Stefanie Batten Bland, and Ori Flomin as well as performing multiple works by her fellow classmates. Corinne studied with Toscana Dance Hub in Florence and Agropoli, Italy where she workshopped works with Vita Osojnik, Lorena Delgado and Oscar Santana, Giada Ferrone, and Piero Leccese. 

Wynne Huo was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia where she began her classical ballet training at the age of 10 at Morningstar Dance Academy. She now attends New York University under a Tisch scholarship and has had the privilege to perform works by, or under the direction of, Giada Ferrone, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Jolinda Menendez, and Ori Flomin. She is in her final year at Tisch and plans to pursue her performing arts career with a focus on ballet contemporary dance.

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.  

Mckenzie Mullan is a second year dance major in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Also majoring in journalism, she serves as Treasurer for Tisch Undergraduate Student Council and as an E-Board member of Pulse Dance Project. Before coming to NYU, Mckenzie danced competitively, and then trained at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet for two years.  She has performed in the Dizzy Feet Gala in LA and most recently, can be found in Jordan Matter's latest book, Dancers After Dark. 

Crystal Lynn Rodriguez was born in Paterson, New Jersey and studied at the Academy of Performing Arts under the direction of Mrs. Cynthia Jones. She furthered her education at the Rosa L. Parks Fine and Performing Arts High School and went on to graduate from Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance. Throughout her college career, she has performed repertoire by Julian Barnett, Sidra Bell, Chase Brock, Christal Brown, Joao Carvalho, Jessica DiMauro, Douglas Dunn, Martha Graham, Bill T. Jones, Larry Keigwin, José Limón, Andrea Miller, Earl Mosley, Meredith Rainey, Doug Varone, and has had the honor of performing at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Jacob’s Pillow, and The Joyce Theater. Over the years she has received scholarships to attend New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Youth Artist Institute, Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, and the Movement Invention Project. She has performed with Life Dance Company, JENNIFERCHINdance, DiMauro Dance, Robert Mark Dance, Zest Collective, and marked dance project. Since conquering her battle with ovarian cancer in 2015, she has continued to rehearse, perform, and teach within the NY/NJ area. She feels immensely grateful for being able to pursue her passions within the performing arts.

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!

Abraham Texidor Aguilera was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Texidor is currently in his first year as a MFA at NYU Tisch School of the arts. Had his first formal contact whit by the age of 14 when he received a scholarship from "Ballet Señorial", a classical ballet company. He worked there as a dancer, instructor and choreographer for ten years. Texidor received formal education in classical ballet based on the Cuban methodology from leana Lastres and María Cristina Palacios. By 2010 he joined "Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico", being trained by: María Carrera, María Julia Landa, Joaquín Vanegas and Sylvia Marichal. He got a Bachelors degree in Arts, with concentrations in Psychology, Sociology and Criminology from University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus. Since 2014 he worked with "Hincapié", directed by Petra Bravo. He also part of Andanza Contemporary Dance Company of Puerto Rico cast for two years under the direction of María "Lolita" Villanúa. Texidor is also dancer and choreographer from "Conocidos Pasajeros", a contemporary collective from Puerto Rico.