Gina-marie Battista is originally from Hershey, Pennsylvania and began dancing at the Harrisburg Dance Conservatory under the direction of Forrest Gehret. During her training she attended several summer programs and was a member of the schools pre-professional ensemble, attending dance festivals around the northeast region. She attended the Boston Conservatory where she got to perform works by Murray Lewis, Luis Fuente and then continued on the finish her B.F.A. at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. Since then she has danced with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, and the Western Ballet Theatre of Puerto Rico. She is now in her second season with Philadelphia's BalletFleming where she also is the costume designer. As well dancing Gina enjoys teaching, choreographing and running her own creative venture, Tarantella Designs.
Jennifer Goodman was born in Romeo, Michigan and received her training in the Detroit area under the direction of Mary Kashinsky, Mary Geiger, and Cornelia Sampson. After graduating from high school she attended the Joffrey summer program on scholarship in NYC and was then asked to join The Joffrey II dancers under the direction of Jeremy Blanton and Gage Bush. After a year with Joffrey II she was asked to join The Joffrey Ballet with former director Gerald Arpino. Jennifer moved to Chicago with the company and continued her career there for 16 years. With The Joffrey, Jennifer has toured internationally with the world renowned rock-ballet Billboards and appeared in Robert Altman's The Company. Jennifer has performed an extensive repertoire including ballets by Gerald Arpino, Robert Joffrey, George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, Leonard Massine, Agnes de Mille, Nijinsky, Vicente Nebrada, Frederick Ashton, Jerome Robbins, John Cranko, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Pilobolus, and had a role created for her by Donald Byrd. She has performed numerous roles in Robert Joffrey's Nutcracker including Clara and The Sugar Plum Fairy and has danced soloist roles in Giselle, Cinderella, The Dream, and Romeo and Juliet. She left the Joffrey in 2009 to pursue a freelance career, subsequently performing with The Metropolitan Opera , Ballet X, Avi Scher & Dancers, Ballet NY, The Lyric Opera , The Chicago Opera Theatre, Dallas Opera, and San Diego Opera and has danced as a guest artist for principal roles in many classical ballets such as; The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Cinderella, Swan Lake , Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, and Paquita. Jennifer also has a deep passion for yoga and is a certified yoga and barre instructor.
Mary Beth Hansohn began her training at The Arlington Center for Dance in Arlington, VA. and also studied at the Maryland Youth Ballet. She joined The Ohio Ballet as a full member at the age of 18, and went on to dance in works by Anne-Marie De Angelo, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Stephen Mills, Septime Webre, Stuart Sebastian, Laura Dean, Heinz Poll, Salvatore Aiello and Jeffrey Hughes. Miss Hansohn has performed with Dayton Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, The Cleveland Opera D.C, Contemporary Dance Festival and The Adam Miller Dance Project. In 2002, Mary Beth was invited to perform a pas de deux in Shall We Dance, a benefit in New York supporting Career Transitions for Dancers. Some of her Favorite roles include Mina Harker in Dracula, Gertrude in Hamlet, and the title role in Giselle.
Luke Joiner previously danced with Alabama Ballet for six seasons. With the Alabama Ballet, Luke has been seen in An American in Paris as Jerry along with other featured roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Don Quixote, George Balanchine's Donizetti Variations, Serenade, and The Nutcracker, Teri Weksler's Quixotic, Leslie Browne's Brahm's Trio, Marius Petipa's Carnival In Venice, and Concert Fantasy, unRAVELed, Shostakovich Opus 102, Swan Lake, Flames of Paris pas de deux, Le Corsaire pas de deux, Romeo & Juliet, Giselle, Firebird, Dracula, Graduation Ball, Septime Webre's Where the Wild Things Are, Coppelia, Le Corsaire as Conrad, George Balanchine's Stars and Stripes, and Jordan Morris' Verdi.
Dillon Shifferly began his training at the Canton Ballet School under Cassandra Crowley. Throughout his training he attended, American Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Chautauqua Ballet summer programs. He also trained under master teacher Laura Alonso. Mr. Shifferly joined the second company of the North Carolina Dance Theatre where he danced for two seasons under Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride and Mark Diamond. During that time he enjoyed working with and performing works of Alonso King, Mark Diamond, and Dwight Rohden. He then became a company member of the Dayton Ballet under the Director Dermot Burke. His favorite roles included Hyde in Karen Russo-Burke's ballet Jekyll and Hyde. After two seasons with the Dayton Ballet he joined the Western Ballet Theatre of Puerto Rico where Mr. Shifferly enjoyed learning new styles of dance, training and dancing principal male roles under director, Nana Badrena. He is currently dancing in Philadelphia, PA with BalletFleming.
Nolan Demarco McGahan was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He received his formal training from the Ballet Academy of Texas, as well as Booker T Washington HSPVA in downtown Dallas. He spent his summers studying, with full scholarships, at Ballet Austin, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Orlando Ballet under the mentorship of Fernando Bujones, and Springboard Danse Montreal. He attended The Juilliard School where he had the opportunity to perform works by contemporary masters such as Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Aszure Barton, Paul Taylor, Elliot Feld and others. He toured with the Juilliard Dance Ensemble for the school's Centennial Celebration Tour, again performing William Forsythe's Limbs Theorem #3. Upon graduating, he joined the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet where he was a featured artist for 8 seasons and found immediate success performing classical and contemporary works with the company on tours all over the world. He was chosen to perform Gerald Arpino's Light Rain Pas de Deux at the Kennedy Center for Ballet Across America, and was chosen to perform the role of Romeo for the Aspen Music Festival's collaboration performance of Romeo and Juliette. He has performed duets in ballet galas and festivals all over the world, and was again chosen to represent Aspen Santa Fe Ballet along side Daniel Ulbrict's Stars of American Ballet. He now resides in New York City and is working with the Metropolitan Opera.
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