Jaclyn M. Alvarado started dancing at the age of three. She is a freshman at Cibola High School. She currently dances at Dance Theatre Southwest and has been with Festival Ballet Albuquerque since its inception in May 2010. She has danced in Festival Ballet’s productions of The Firebird, Dracula, Coppelia, Kaleidoscope of Choreographers, and The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment.
Sky Bleeker has been dancing since age seven, and currently trains at Marshall’s. He has competed at many dance competitions and was Nuvo’s Mini Breakout Artist last year. He is a sixth grader at Cottonwood Classical Prep.
Alice Blumenfeld is a freelance flamenco dancer based between New York and Sevilla. She is originally from Albuquerque where she began her dance training in the Cecchetti Method of ballet at Alwin’s School of the Dance and later with Dance Theatre Southwest.. She began studying flamenco with Benigna Sanchez at DTSW and later at the National Institute of Flamenco Arts. In 2012, she received a Fulbright Grant to pursue her dance studies in Sevilla, Spain. Ms. Blumenfeld has performed at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Baryshnikov Performing Arts Center, in Nélida Tirado’s Tomaaa!, in Rosario Toledo’s Complices at the Philadelphia Flamenco Festival. Other awards include being named the Selma Jeanne Cohen Lecturer, a United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts, a Young Arts Silver Awardee from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, three research grants from New York University to pursue research in flamenco, and the Undergraduate Thesis Award in Comparative Literature at NYU.
Jesse Campbell is a dancer with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He received his dance training on scholarship both at the University of Arizona’s School of Dance & The Joffrey Ballet School in New York where he was a member of the Joffrey School Company. In addition, Mr. Campbell spent summers on scholarship at American Ballet Theatre, The Rock School, Milwaukee Ballet, and Ballet Chicago. He graduated with a BA in Communication from the University of New Mexico at age 19 then graduated from the University of Arizona with a BFA at age 21, both Magna Cum Laude. He is currently on hiatus from pursuing his MFA degree at the University of Arizona. Mr. Campbell has been a company member with Orlando Ballet, Rochester City Ballet, and Dayton Ballet. In addition, he has performed internationally for Canterbury Ballet in New Zealand. Since its inception, he was part of Alessandra Ferri’s production of The Piano Upstairs, which premiered in Spoleto, Italy.
Valeria Figueroa has been dancing since she was a little girl, beginning her training with Patricia Dickinson-Wells at Dance Theatre of the Southwest. She is a founding member of Festival Ballet Albuquerque.
Kevin D. Gallacher started tap dancing at age sixteen and continued his education of classical ballet with Park Avenue Dance Works in Colorado, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and Moving People Dance Santa Fe (MPD). His studies also included contemporary ballet, jazz, modern, swing, hip-hop, break-dancing, and gymnastics. He has studied and worked with Gail Gilbert, Sam Watson, Jock Soto, Suzanne Quinn, Dudley Davis, Michael Vernon, Layla Amis, Arturo Fernandez, and Valeria Madonia. He has been a principal dancer for Park Avenue Dance Works, Moving People Too!, MPD, NMBC and was a company member of Moving People Dance Santa Fe for seven years. He has also performed with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Circus Luminous, and three seasons with The Santa Fe Opera. He recently returned from touring the East Coast, performing in The Carnival of Wonders, working with choreographer Peggy Hickey, and artistic director Joanie Spina. Mr. Gallacher returned to Festival Ballet Albuquerque in March 2011.
Louis Giannini, Jr., has danced in Albuquerque since 1991, in featured roles such as Harlequin doll, Rat King, Snow King, and Russian variation in The Nutcracker; the title role in Billy the Kid, and Jonathan Harker in Dracula. For Ballet Theatre of NM, he danced lead roles in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Magic Flute, Casa de Bernarda Alba, and was featured as the Cavalier in The Nutcracker. He has been in more than twenty productions as a choreographer and performer with Musical Theatre Southwest, including West Side Story as Rif. His ALT credits include A Funny Thing Happened on The Way To The Forum and Man of La Mancha as a choreographer. Mr. Giannini is currently a drama/dance teacher at Sandia Preparatory School and is Associate Artistic Director of Landmark Musicals.
Kelsey Gorelick-Barrows, Albuquerque native, has been dancing since she was two. She trained at Dance Theatre Southwest (where she is now on faculty), and performed under the direction of Patricia Dickinson for eighteen years. She also trained at Kansas City Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Fransisco Ballet, and attended the Julliard School in New York City at the age of seventeen. She has performed roles such as Snow Queen, Lead Snake, and Flower soloist in The Nutcracker, Handmaiden and Gargoyle in Dracula, A Love Story, soloist in Balanchine’s Serenade and corps de ballet in Concerto Borocco. Mrs. Barrows is an established choreographer, presenting original works for UNM, Artistic Motion Dance Company in Greensboro, North Carolina and most recently for Festival Ballet Albuquerque where her piece was chosen in their first appearance at the Southwest Regional Dance America Festival 2014.
Dominic Guerra was raised in Albuquerque. At the age of nineteen he was awarded a scholarship from the Alvin Ailey School of Dance in New York City where he received formal training in classical ballet and modern dance with a focus in the techniques of Lester Horton and Martha Graham. In 2001, Mr. Guerra became a professional principal dancer with American Repertory Ballet. Guerra’s showmanship has been depicted in roles such as the Dancing Master in Cinderella, Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew, and Droselmeyer in Graham Lustig’s Nutcracker. Mr. Guerra has shaped roles in “VISTA” by Graham Lustig and “Exorcising Man” by Lauri Stallings. Other roles that showcase his dynamic sense of movement and expression include Dominique Dumais’ -a part between parts- and Amy Seiwert’s Monopoly. Mr. Guerra has also danced with Luis Fuentes Ballet in New Mexico, Connecticut Ballet and Zig Zag Ballet. His most recent role was as the lead in FBA’s Dracula, A Love Story.
Rachael Guitard is a senior at Eldorado High School. She has trained at Dance Theatre of the Southwest for ten years with Patricia Dickinson-Wells. She is a founding member of Festival Ballet Albuquerque, performing in Dracula, A Love Story, Billy the Kid, Coppelia, Firebird, and The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment. She also performed with NMBC for six years, as well as theatrical performances at Eldorado High School, such as “Death of an Angel” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
Alsace Harvey is a senior at the Public Academy for Performing Arts. She trained at On Stage Performing Arts Center with Wanda Mitchell and Kayla Layba for eleven years in a competition company in the styles Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, as well as the Cecchetti method. To continue ballet training, she went to the Dance Theatre of the Southwest. She has performed with Festival Ballet Albuquerque in Firebird, Dracula, A Love Story, and The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment. She also has performed with the PAPA Contemporary Dance Ensemble, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, and the PAPA spring shows.
Janie Hogan began training at age five at Sandra’s School of Dance. At age ten, she began training at Dance Theatre Southwest with Patricia Dickinson, where she performed in Dracula and in The Nutcracker with the NMBC. Ms. Hogan is a founding member of Festival Ballet Albuquerque, and has performed in numerous other productions locally. She received her BS in biology with a minor in dance and anthropology at the UNM, taught at DTSW and for Kids Love to Dance, and is currently a fourth year medical student at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine going into Pediatrics.
Brittany Humphrey began dancing at the age four with Fishback’s under the direction of Melanie Curran and Diane Gutierrez. At the age of eight, she began training at Dance Theatre of the Southwest where she has trained extensively under the direction of Patricia Dickinson-Wells, Mary Mohagheghi, Judy Czelusniak, Wendy Rubin, Susanne Johnson, Jennifer Boren, Beth Griffin, Dominic Guerra, Tamara Beall, Kelsey Gorelick, and Ludmilla Malakhov. She has been a founding member of Festival Ballet Albuquerque through her participation in performances such as The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment, Dracula, A Love Story, Firebird, Billy the Kid, and Kaleidoscope of Choreographers. At the age of thirteen, she attended American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive in New York City. She is a tenth grade student at St. Pius X High School.
Ashley Jakob began her dance career at Alwin School of Dance where she was trained and performed in Christmas Joy from 1997-2008. She has also trained and performed with The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in 2008-2009 as well as Dance Theatre Southwest with Patricia Dickinson. Additionally Ashley received Diplomas of Achievement in Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City in 2005 and 2007. Ashley has performed in many pieces including Valse Fantaisie, Paquita, and The Nutcracker Ballet in both Albuquerque and New York City. Ashley Jakob attended the Boston Ballet School during the summers of 2010 and 2011 and then was accepted as a company member of the Joffrey Ballet Touring Company in New York City from 2012-2014 performing and touring all over the Country pieces choreographed by Davis Robertson, Dwight Rhoden and ballet X. Ashley then went on to attend The Boston Conservatory for the Performing Arts in 2014 where she studied choreography and has now returned to Albuquerque to teach dance and choreograph for the Festival Ballet Albuquerque and serves on the faculty of Dance Theatre Southwest teaching ballet and modern/contemporary.
Kyle Linzer studied on scholarships with teachers from American Ballet Theater, Joffrey, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Paris Opera Ballet, the Bolshoi, Hubbard Street, Ballet Aspen, as well as Twyla Tharpe’s and Martha Graham’s companies. He trained with such schools as The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, the Dance Space, the Dance Foundation, the Dance Academy, the College of Santa Fe and Prince Ballet in Santa Fe, the Arrowhead Manor School of Dance in California, and UNM in Albuquerque. His lead roles include Blue Jean Blues, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderfella, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Nuts Crackers and Sweets, Swingin’ Suites, Pandora’s Box, Footsteps in the Sands of Time, Oklahoma!, and The Wizard of Oz. In addition to teaching and performing dance in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, Mr. Linzer stays in shape by also teaching Yoga and Pilates classes at Cleveland High School, Defined Fitness, and the Placitas Fire station, as well as internationally for various resorts in the Caribbean.
Allison McDonald was born in Albuquerque, trained with Karen Alwin since age three, danced for The Performers Ballet and Jazz Company (PB&JCo.) from 1996-2007. In 2009, Allison began her professional career at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Onstage, she danced in “Celebrate The Season”, “High School Musical 3: Senior Year,” and in the parades “Celebrate A Dream Come True,” “Block Party Bash,” “Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun,” and “Disney’s Electrical Parade.” She danced the role of “Mary” in Christmas Joy from 2010-2012 for PB&JCo and has choreographed for their Project Jazz. Allison has been a company dancer with Festival Ballet Albuquerque since 2011. She has taught in Albuquerque since 2008, currently an instructor at Dance Theater Southwest and Magnify Dance Center, and was recently appointed as a workshop instructor with the nationally recognized Dance Olympus organization.
Christo McMaster began dancing in 2012 when he participated in Festival Ballet’s production of Billy the Kid. He began his formal ballet training at Dance Theatre Southwest and with Dominic Guerra. He has performed with Festival Ballet Albuquerque each season since. He participated in Connecticut Ballets production of Giselle and studied the summer with Mr. Brett Raphael, Director of Connecticut Ballet. He continues to study at DTSW and MPAC.
Ludmila Malakhov began studying at Dance Theatre Southwest at the age of seven. Since then, she has appeared in numerous productions, such as The Nutcracker (dancing the role of Sugar Plum Fairy for the second season), Dracula, A Love Story, Firebird, and Peter and the Wolf, and is a founding member of Festival Ballet Albuquerque. Ludmila has also attended summer programs with Dance Theatre Southwest, Ballet Repertory Theatre, the Moscow Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in New York, and the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, D.C. She is currently studying Dance and Exercise Science at The UNM.
Tina Martinez began her ballet training at age five with the Las Vegas School of Ballet under the direction of Linda Nitzchenski-Forbes. She has performed with Prince Ballet, Pajarito Ballet, Southwest Ballet and Oakland Ballet Company. Tina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Writing, a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and teaches in a dual-language program with APS. She is a founding member of Festival Ballet Albuquerque.
Eric Mazzie, a native New Mexican, began his early training at Lana’s School of Dance, continuing further in-depth ballet training at Dance Theatre Southwest under Patricia Dickinson Wells, Jolie Simballa, Suzanne Johnston, Jennifer Boren and Wendy Rubin. Eric then moved to New York City to train on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet (official school of the New York City Ballet) where he studied with Peter Martins, Jock Soto, Sean Lavery, Andrei Kramarevsky, Peter Frame, Philip Neal, and many others. During his years at SAB, Eric had the opportunity to perform the choreographic works of such great masters as George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins as well as in works by Justin Peck with the New York Choreographic Institute. After graduating SAB, Mr. Mazzie danced with Kansas City Ballet where he performed works by Victoria Morgan, Michael Pink, Toni Primble, Karole Armitage, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, William Whitener, Todd Bolender and others. Most recently while traveling abroad, he performed with Wellington Repertory Theatre Company and Kapitall Kids’ Theatre Company in New Zealand. He is a member of International Dance Council CID and has received many awards throughout his career. Currently, Mr. Mazzie is performing with Festival Ballet Albuquerque, and will soon be choreographing and serving as rehearsal coach. In addition, he has joined the faculty at Dance Theatre Southwest for the 2015 season teaching Ballet Technique and Partnering.
Jose Moncada, native of El Paso, has been dancing since he was sixteen. He performed with the El Paso Association for the Performing Arts, BRTNM, NMBC, Moving People Dance Company, Baila! Baila! and Ballet Folklorico Rio Grande. He has trained and competed in the professional American Rhythm division in Ballroom Dancing for over twelve years, receiving awards in the professional division including top teacher for numerous Pro-Am competitions with Fred Astaire Dance World. He now shares his time between teaching his students to reach a higher level of competitive ballroom dancing and exhibition dancing. When not dancing, Joe is dedicated to the design and construction of beautiful and creative dance costumes, using his unique vision to design each costume to enhance and flatter each dancer’s specific body type and dance style.
Jesus Munoz is a choreographer, dancer, and musical arranger. He was a founding director of Casa Flamenca’s Center for Flamenco Art in Albuquerque. He began choreographing professional starting with Maria Benitez’s final summer season of Teatro Flamenco in 2007. Munoz tours extensively with NYC based Carlota Santana’s Flamenco Vivo each fall (2007-present), teaching over 60,000 people and co-publishing a Flamenco curriculum in NYC in 2009. In 2007, he created Jesus Munoz Flamenco, founded a non-profit Flamenco school, Casa Flamenca, in 2009, and was invited to co-direct Detroit based La Chispa and Co. in 2010. In 2013, Munoz performed as a soloist for the exhibit “100 Years of Flamenco in New York City” at Lincoln Center and was hired as the choreographer for literay master Rudolfo Anaya’s work Rosalinda. He created Red Note, 1929, Por Derecho, and Techari for the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Munoz is one of the few Flamenco choreographers/dancers in the world to elaborate on primitive rhythms and 1929 was published from this for Spain’s Ministry of Dance and Culture in 2014. Munoz plans to continue creating and developing unique Flamenco art.
Joseph Nava, a native of Albuquerque, started dancing in 2009, at age fourteen. He began his training at Marshall Performing Arts Conservatory, whom he competed with from 2009-2014, winning regional and national awards. As his interest in Classical Ballet and performance grew, he was referred Patricia Dickinson-Wells and Festival Ballet Albuquerque in 2010. In addition to his studying with local instructors, Joseph has also trained with Ballet Chicago on a full-ride scholarship under Daniel Duell, Sheila Rozann, and Ted Seymour, and was accepted into their Studio Company. Nava has danced in The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment, Billy the Kid, Coppelia, Dracula, A Love Story, Firebird, and Peter and the Wolf. He is a founding member of Festival Ballet Albuquerque.
Andrea Owens began her ballet training in England under Harriet Greene at the age of ten. Subsequent training included The Dance Center of Colorado Springs, Colorado College, Boston Ballet, Long Beach Ballet and fourteen years at Dance Theater of the Southwest. Performed and trained with Luis Fuentes in 1998-1999. In 2000, she toured Taiwan with Los Angeles Ballet under David Wilcox. Andrea has danced professionally with New Mexico Ballet Company for eleven years, performing in The Nutcracker, Dracula, Serenade, Coppelia, Billy the Kid, and many more. Andea joined Ballet Repertory Theater in 2008 performing roles such as Sugar Plum Fairy, Cinderella’s step sister, Larks Acceding, Arabian Soloist and has performed many other lead and corp roles. Since Ballet Festival of Albuquerque was founded she has performed as a lead in Ode to the Troops and Dracula.
Rosalinda Rojas is from New York City, where she studied dance since age five. Her first Nutcracker performance to Waltz of the Flowers during an assembly at PS 124 in the South Bronx set the gears in motion. She strives to embody the artistic excellence fostered by her teachers, choreographers, dance companies, institutes and schools.
Jenae Romero began dancing at age four at Betty Winslow Dance Studio in Taos, N.M. She has also trained under the direction of Jennifer Boren at Fishback’s and is currently training with Patricia Dickinson-Wells at Dance Theater of the Southwest. Last summer, Jenae attended Gelsey Kirkland Classical Ballet Academy Summer Intensive. Jenae joined Festival Ballet Albuquerque in 2012 and has been in The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment, Firebird, and Dracula, A Love Story. Jenae is a freshman at Sandia Prep.
Jordan Slocum began her training at Lana’s School of Dance, then with her mother, Kerry Antonsen, followed by Tara’s Dance Academy, and NDI. She continued at Keshet and danced in Nutcracker on the Rocks, moving then to East Mountain Dance. She performed with the Manzano Majestix, then training at Alwin’s School of Dance. Currently at UNM, she studies with Vladimir and Simone Conde Reche, Eric Newton, Donna Jewell. Jordan is studying Criminology, International Studies, and Political Science. She is on faculty at East Mountain Dance and Dance Theatre Southwest.
Lora Sturm has been dancing for nearly her entire life. She has studied ballet, modern, and flamenco in Albuquerque and bharata natyam, South Indian classical dance, in Middletown, Connecticut and Paris, France. When she was ten years old, she began studying with Patricia Dickinson and her company and performed in productions of The Nutcracker, Dracula, A Love Story in the role of Mina, and Balanchine’s Serenade, to name a few. Ms. Sturm holds a B.A. in French Studies from Wesleyan University.
Kendra Williams began her training at Dance Theatre Southwest, where she is now on faculty. Under the direction of Patricia Dickinson, she has participated in several productions for Festival Ballet Albuquerque, including The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Billy the Kid, Dracula, and several showcases. Kendra is currently a student at the University of New Mexico, where she continues her dance training.