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.
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.
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.
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.
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.