Barrington Hinds is from West Palm Beach, Florida where he began his training at the School of Ballet Florida under the direction of Marie Hale. He holds a BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase College and has also trained a semester abroad at the Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan. Hinds has worked professionally with VERB Ballets, North West Professional Dance Project, and performed in the national tour of Twyla Tharp’s Broadway show, Movin’ Out. In 2011 Hinds was honored as a finalist for the Clive Barnes Award in young talent for dance in his performance of "Stager Lee," a duet in Stephen Petronio's Underland. He has worked with leading choreographers such as Stephen Petronio,Laurie Stallings, Edgar Zendejas, Sarah Slipper, Helen Pickett, and Thaddeus Davis among others. In addition to dancing, Barrington is teaching at Chaise Fitness and is a faculty member of the renowned Blue Lake Fine Arts summer dance program. Barrington is currently dancing with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and continues to enjoy working with CLD.
Chad Balen was born and raised in Southern California where he trained at Maple Conservatory under Charles Maple, formerly of American Ballet Theatre. He is currently a BFA Candidate at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where he has had the opportunity to perform works by choreographers such as Sean Curran, Bobbi Jene Smith, and Loni Landon. As a part of the White Light Festival at New York City Center, he danced in Crystal Pite’s Polaris. He has complemented his training by spending summers at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, American Ballet Theatre, and the Contemporary Program at Jacob’s Pillow, where he performed in works by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Robert Moses, and Thang Dao. Chad is currently in the second company of Ballet Hispanico and has been dancing with Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance since 2016.
Claire Westby was raised among the lakes of Minnesota where she honed her skills as a ballerina at St. Paul City Ballet before branching out into modern dance at her arts high school, St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. She holds a BFA in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, with a minor in anthropology. Claire also studied for a summer at SEAD in Salzburg where she performed a work by Diego Gil. In New York, Claire has worked with and performed works by Gerald Casel, Gus Solomons Jr., Benjamin Kimitch and Anne Zuerner. These days Claire is involved in projects with Sarah Holmes, Gwen Welliver , John Jasperse and RoseAnne Spradlin. She is a proud member of the Liz Gerring Dance Company. Claire has been performing with Cherylyn since 2011.
Corinne Hart began her dance training in Mundelein, Illinois. She was given the opportunity to work with and learn from a multitude of choreographers and teachers across the nation at programs such as North Carolina Dance Theater, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, The Rock School for Dance Education, and Ruth Page Center for the Arts. She received her BFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2017. While at NYU, she had the chance to study under and perform works by renowned choreographers such as Stefanie Batten Bland, and Ori Flomin, and perform in Cherylyn Lavagnino’s work Treize en Jeu. Corinne is excited to continue working, growing, and learning in New York City. Corinne started dancing with CLD in 2017.
Daniel Mantei was born in Evansville, Indiana. He began his ballet training with Ceyhun Ozsoy in Duncanville, Texas and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, where he studied with Kim Abel, and spent summers training at Houston Ballet, The Kirov Academy and Boston Ballet. In 2001 he was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and invited to dance at the Kennedy Center. Mantei attended The Royal Ballet School during 2001, performing with both The Royal and Birmingham Royal Ballets. Mantei joined American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in 2002 and danced in American Ballet Theatre’s corps de ballet from 2003 to 2017. His roles with ABT included a dancing gentleman in Manon, Paris in Romeo and Juliet, the Russian Dance in The Nutcracker, leading male roles in Continuo and Amazed in Burning Dreams and roles in Black Tuesday, Duets, Jardin aux Lilas and Thirteen Diversions. While at ABT, Mantei’s dance aesthetic became influenced by his mentor Maggie Black. Mantei choreographed Armaments, Tolling Bells, and Stare Decisis for American Ballet Theatre. He has also created works for Columbia Ballet Collaborative, New York Theatre Ballet and The Seattle Symphony.
Dervla Carey-Jones is from San Francisco, California, and is currently earning her BFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She began her training with a full scholarship from the Dance In Schools Foundation to attend the San Francisco Ballet School. Dervla studied at the San Francisco Ballet School for eight years and performed multiple roles in the San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker, including the roles of dragonfly and mouse. Dervla went on to train with the ODC Dance School and interned alongside the ODC Dance Company at the end of her final year before attending NYU. She has also studied at the summer intensives of the Boston Ballet School and the Ailey School. Dervla started dancing with CLD in 2017.
Emma Pajewski of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, started her dance training with Beth A. Walter before joining Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School under the direction of Marjorie Grundvig and Dennis Marshall. After attending The Ailey School on scholarship for one year, she began her studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she earned a BFA in Dance. Emma has had the pleasure of performing the works of Selina Chau, Carlos Dos Santos, José Limón, Jeremy McQueen, Erick Montes, Earl Mosley, Kyle Mullins, Jamie Erin Murphy, Alan Obuzor, Vita Osojnik, Pedro Ruiz, and Christian von Howard. In 2015, she performed in Karole Armitage’s On the Nature of Things at the American Museum of Natural History. Emma is a former company member of the Lori Belilove's Isadora Duncan Dance Company. Emma joined CLD in 2016.
Gwen Gussman is a New York- based dancer and choreographer who hails from Denver, Colorado. Gwendolyn graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. In addition to dancing with Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Gwendolyn is currently performing with Sean Curran Company, Vanessa Walter’s ‘Ripening’, Heidi Latsky Dance, and Roger C. Jeffrey’s ‘Subtle Changes Inc.’. She is a former member of Shen Wei Dance Arts with whom she toured internationally and performed in Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance at the Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. Past credits also include dancing with Cleo Parker Robinson Ensemble, as well as performing works by Martha Graham, Nathan Trice, Deborah Jowitt, Charlotte Boyd-Christenson, Cornelius Carter, and others. In addition to performing, Gwendolyn is a choreographer whose latest project is entitled, Nourishment, an interdisciplinary performance under the name Gwendolyn&Guests. She is also a certified Pilates and Yoga Teacher. Learn more at gwendolynhopegussman.com Gwendolyn has been with CLD since 2016 and is thrilled to be dancing in another season!
Jesse Campbell received his dance training on scholarship both at the University of Arizona’s School of Dance and at The Joffrey Ballet School in New York where he was a member of the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group. He graduated with a BA in Communication from the University of New Mexico and graduated from the University of Arizona with a BFA, both Magna Cum Laude. Jesse was a member of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet from 2013-2017. Previously, Jesse danced with Ballet NY, Dayton Ballet, Oakland Ballet, and Orlando Ballet and has appeared several times as a guest dancer in New Zealand. He has performed as a guest artist with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, the National Dance Institute of New Mexico, and with the Santa Fe Opera. Since its inception, he was part of Alessandra Ferri’s The Piano Upstairs, which premiered at the Festival dei dui Mondi 56 in Spoleto, Italy. Jesse is excited to join Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance for the 2017-2018 season. .
Justin Faircloth is a performance artist originally from North Carolina. After graduating high school from UNC School of the Arts, he then moved to New York and in 2016 graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. Since graduating, Justin has had the pleasure of working with Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Jeremy Nelson and Luis Lara Malvacías (Third Class Citizen), Anna Marchisello, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Reiner, Maddie Schimmel, Jessie Young, and Abby Z + the New Utility. Justin is creating his own work and is fortunate to have presented at the Jack Crystal Theater, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, and Alchemical Studios.
Kaitlyn Yiu, born in Canada, began her training in ballet in Los Angeles and trained in the Vaganova style before entering NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2013. While in L.A., she won awards and scholarships in ballet competitions such as Youth America Grand Prix regionals and L.A. Spotlight Awards and was invited to perform at the Anaheim International Dance Festival’s Stars of Tomorrow Gala. Internationally, she was a semi-finalist in the Moscow International Ballet Competition (IBC) and Helsinki IBC and won the silver medal in the Valentina Kozlova International Contemporary Dance Competition. Since moving to NYC, Kaitlyn has performed in Crystal Pite’s Polaris (featured in Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival) and has performed in works by Seán Curran, Kay Cummings, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Vita Osojnik, Deborah Damast, Selina Chau, Carla Flores, and Jessica Ruhlin, among others. She was also invited by Houston Grand Opera to perform the principal female dancer role in their 2017 production of Nixon in China. In May 2016, Kaitlyn graduated with honors from NYU with a BFA in Dance as a recipient of the J.S. Seidman Award for Dance. In December 2017, she graduated with an M.A. from NYU in Dance Education under the directorship of Dr. Susan Koff and Sascha Radetsky of American Ballet Theatre. She is delighted to be joining Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance this season.
Lila Simmons hails from Portland, Oregon where she received her initial training at the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre. She has also danced with the Jefferson Dancers under the direction of Steve Gonzales, the Northwest Dance Project under the direction of Sarah Slipper, as a Trainee with the Nevada Ballet Theatre under the direction of James Canfield, and with Ballet Inc. Lila holds a BFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Dance. Lila has been dancing with CLD since 2012.
Philip Strom received his early dance training under Debra Pearse Rogo in Richland, Washington. He then attended NYU Tisch School of The Arts where he worked with choreographers Crystal Pite, Sonya Tayeh, Ronald K. Brown, and Paul Taylor, among others. Phil participated in Springboard Dance Montreal 2018 where he performed works by Maxine Doyle of Punchdrunk and Emesey Nagy of MA•ZE. Phil currently resides in NYC and dances with CLD and Ryder Dance, as well as performing works for Hari Krishnan and Gabrielle Johnson.
Ramona Kelley is from Berkeley, CA where she began her training at Berkeley Ballet Theater. She went on to earn a BFA in dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Ramona danced the principal role of ‘Betsy’ in the touring production of Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away and went on to dance with the Tharp company creating new roles in addition to performing repertory works. She is a principal guest artist with Oakland Ballet and has also performed with Minnesota Dance Theatre, Claudia Schreier and Co, Post:Ballet, Sidra Bell, and Phantom of the Opera (25th Anniversary Tour) among others. Ramona has taught master classes in Tharp technique across the country and is a guest teacher at NYU’s Tisch Dance. She began dancing for Cherylyn in 2006 and is thrilled to be performing with CLD this season.
Sabrina Karlin was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and trained at the Bay Area Dance School under the direction of Leyla Boissonnade. She has received additional training from American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Austin, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She is fortunate to have also studied abroad with Israel's Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. In May of 2018, Sabrina graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Dance and BA in Journalism from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she had the opportunity to perform works by Seán Curran, Giada Ferrone, Pamela Pietro and MADBOOTS DANCE. Most recently, she was seen performing as a featured dancer in Oklahoma! on the historic outdoor stage at Robert Redford's Sundance Resort. Sabrina began dancing with CLD in 2018 and is thrilled to be performing this season!
Sharon Milanese is a teaching and performing artist based in New York City. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University, is a certified Pilates instructor and bodyworker, and teaches professional ballet classes worldwide. Sharon has performed with New York Theatre Ballet, Cortez and Company Contemporary/Ballet, Verb Ballets, Ramon Oller and the Peridance Ensemble, Corbindances, Liz Gerring Dance Company, Heidi Latsky Dance, Motley Dance, Patricia Hoffbauer, Dusan Tynek Dance Theater, and Robert Wilson & Philip Glass in the opera, "Einstein on the Beach." Sharon is a dancer and the rehearsal director for the Lucinda Childs Dance Company.
Wynne Huo, originally from Atlanta, Georgia, began dancing at the age of 10. She was recognized for academic and performing arts excellence when she qualified for the Governor’s Honors Program of Georgia. Huo has been fortunate enough to perform at events such as Who’s Who Business Magazine Award Ceremony in Atlanta, and Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival as part of Crystal Pite’s Polaris. She attended NYU under a Tisch School of the Arts scholarship where she had the privilege to perform works directed by Giada Ferrone, Jolinda Menendez, Cherylyn Lavagnino, and Ori Flomin.
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, Jen Harmon Projects and Gabrielle Lamb. She is also a Certified Balanced Body Pilates Instructor.
Dorothea Garland of Framingham, MA, received her early training from Annemarie Fairhurst and later Mara Shelton and Edra Toth of New England Ballet in Wayland, MA. She then studied at Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education, followed by Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA, under the direction of Tauna Hunter. While there, she danced Elegy Lead in Serenade and Myrtha in Giselle opposite Marianna Tcherkassky and Wes Chapman, among many other classical and original roles. Ms. Garland later danced at Columbia Classical Ballet, in South Carolina, and Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theatre in Cambridge, MA. Since arriving in New York, she has worked with various choreographers and danced with companies, Eglevsky Ballet, Staten Island Ballet, New York Theater Ballet, Continuum Contemporary Ballet, and most extensively, Ballets with a Twist.
Christine Luciano trained with the Boston Ballet School and continued her studies on scholarship at the Walnut Hill School for Performing Arts under the direction of Michael Owen. She holds a BFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has been fortunate to work with choreographers such as Samuel Kurkjian, Kate Hutter, Diane Noya, and Sydney Skybetter. She has also danced at the Prague National Theatre under Janeček Vàclav and Nina Brzoràdovà. Along with performing, Christine brings dance all over New York City to inner city children under the direction of Eliot Feld of the Ballet Tech Foundation.
Patrick McGrath a Los Angeles native, graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2016. Prior to that he was a student at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. In 2012, Patrick was named a semi-finalist in the Music Center’s Spotlight Awards in Southern California, and was also awarded an honorable mention in non-classical dance by the National YoungArts Foundation. In the past, he has worked and performed with BANDPortier and the Aswara Dance Company in Malaysia. Patrick has performed with CLD and Stefanie Batten Bland. He is currently a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company.
Christine McMillan currently dances for the Metropolitan Opera. Performing in over 45 productions, she has had the opportunity to work with numerous choreographers and directors including Doug Varone, Mark Morris, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Benjamin Millipied, Graciella Daniele, Mary Zimmerman, and Julie Taymor. She has appeared in live international HD broadcasts and on PBS with the Met. Christine is a Bessie award-winning performer cited for her versatility. Her choreography has been presented at the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, Dancemakers (MKE), ACDA, and at the International Conference on Teaching Somatics-Based Dance. Christine previously danced with Ben Munisteri, Trebien Pollard, Poppo & the GoGo Boys, Rebecca Kelly Ballet, and Richmond Ballet and is a 500 hr. certified yoga teacher. She began dancing with Cherylyn in 2000 and recently received an MFA in Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Laura Mead received a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School, where she performed works by Jessica Lang, Ronald K. Brown, Mark Morris and Paul Taylor, among others. Laura originated the principal role of Betsy in Twyla Tharp's Broadway musical Come Fly Away, which garnered her an Astaire Award nomination. Laura served as Dance Captain on a national tour of Tharp's Movin' Out. She has also performed with American Repertory Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, Morphoses and Jessica Lang Dance.