AD BILLY BLANKEN
Billy grew up performing in Dayton, Ohio with the Muse Machine under the direction of Nat Horne and David Duising and dancing at the Gary Geiss School of Dance. He graduated with honors from Ball State University with majors in Acting and Dance Performance. While at Ball State, Billy danced with Anderson Young Ballet Theatre and Project in Motion. After graduation, he was invited to attend the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City . During that time he performed with the Joffrey Ensemble and produced the Joffrey School's first Student Choreographic Workshop.
Billy started his professional career with the Amy Marshall Dance Company before joining Les Ballets Grandiva. Some of Billy's freelance credits include; principal guest artist with Brooklyn Ballet, Dances Patrelle, CoDa21 of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Catherine Gallant Dance, Atlantic City Ballet, York Dance Works, Mobile Ballet, Flexicurve, Northwest Florida Ballet, Lane & Co Arts, Eidolon Ballet, Sun Valley Ballet, the East Village Dance Project, Yuka Kawazu/Danse En L'air, Northeastern Ballet Theatre, Neville Dance Theatre, isadoraNOW, Ballet Mink Colbert, Ajkun Ballet Theatre, Safe Haven Ballet. and performing Michael Foley's work in the Howl on the Road Festival at Lincoln Center. He is a frequent collaborator with Project In Motion and has been commissioned to stage several of his works on their company.
Billy is original collaborator, writer, producer, choreographer and performer of "the intimacies project" with dancer Jordan Marinov, filmmaker Bill Hayward and late Musician/ Playwright Anna Elman. ‘the intimacies project’ was featured at Port Authority by Times Square Alliance and several site specific venues in New York.
Billy has taught at the SUNY Purchase College, Jakarta Intercultural School, the National School of Ballet in Tirana, Albania, the Logrea Dance Academy, the Fashion Institute of Technology, East Village Dance Project, Joffrey Ballet School, Ball State University, Flash Pointe Dance, Wright State University, the Gary Geiss Dance School, Northwest Florida Ballet, Northeastern Ballet Theatre, New York Dance Experience, and others. He currently teaches adult ballet classes in New York at Peridance.. @billyblanken
Originally from Indiana, Marciel's career began in NYC Theater. She quickly realized that she had a passion for all other types of production. She worked on everything from Fashion Week to the New York Photographer's Guild Gala.
Her credits include- Broadway: RACE, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Oleanna, Superior Donuts (Assistant). Other Theater Work; The Timing of a Day (Mind the Art Productions), My Fair Lady (Maine State Music Theater), Picnic (Ball State University), The Nutcracker (Ball State University), Surflight Theater's 2011 Summer season including RENT, Grease, Love Letters, ART directed by and starring Judd Hirsch, The Odd Couple, I Do! I Do!, and Same Time Next Year. Dance: Mariana Bekerman Dance Company, NY2Dance: Nejla Yatkin, Treeline Dance Company, Eidolon Ballet. Marciel was the 2009 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Award for Lighting Design Excellence Recipient and the recipient of the 2009 Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Lighting Design Fellowship. Marciel was the Technical Manager for Eyesight Fashion and Luxury and managed New York Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week productions from 2010-2013. Marciel has a degree in Theater Design and Technology from Ball State University.
JP came to the business from the Rock ‘n Roll side of life. From regional one-nighters to Bus & Truck touring, he has experienced working for bands on their way up, at their height, and on their way to oblivion. Rock, country, jazz, classical, alternative, Rap, you name it, it was in the cards. The first non-equity tour of Crazy For You ’95 was his initiation to Broadway Theater Bus & Truck touring. Since then he has become a Sound Designer, Board Operator, Crew Chief, and Production Supervisor. Sound Design: Cirque Ingenieux (NETworks ’97-’99), Annie (NETworks ’99-’01), Notre Dame de Paris (Paris Hotel Theater-Las Vegas 2000) and Jekyl & Hyde (NETworks 2000). JP was the resident sound designer for The North Carolina Theater in Raleigh for 11 years, and Casa Manana Theater in Fort Worth, TX for 5 years. He finished off his touring career as head audio with the Tony Award®-winning show FELA! that ended back on Broadway in the summer of 2012. Hobbies include photography, model railroading,
sailing, and a love for the unexpected. JP & Marciel welcomed Nixon Ann Parke into their family 4/11/15 and she has become the inspiration of all their work.
Born in Mobile, Alabama, Lauren received her MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art after completing her BA in studio art at Spring Hill College. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art in the Department of Art & Art History at Auburn University, where she teaches figure drawing and painting. She has shown work regionally at the Huntsville Museum of Art, the Mobile Museum of Art, the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art, and the Gadsden Museum of Art and exhibited nationally in galleries across the US. Her most recent projects are focused on combining her experience as a former ballet dancer with her current painting practice. She is presently collaborating with choreographers and musicians to develop immersive art experiences.
Amanda Summers is from Baltimore, Maryland where she trained at the Mid- Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts. She graduated with an Honors BFA from Point Park University and performed works by Kiesha Lalama, Christopher Huggins, Gerald Arpino, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Val Caniparoli, and more. She has trained at Boston Ballet, Complexions, and Hubbard Street. Professionally, she has danced for Royal Caribbean International, Texture Contemporary Ballet, NSquared Dance Company, Hutchinson Collective & Neville Dance Theatre.
Kara Walsh was born in New York City and raised in New Milford Ct. Kara started dancing at age 10 at the School of Performing Arts under the direction of Arlene Begelman. She had the opportunity to study with former New York City Ballet dancers including Maria Calegari and Robert Maiorano. She also studied with Elizabeth Parkinson and Mary Ann Lamb.
Kara spent summers at the Jillana Ballet Program in Taos New Mexico. At 17 she moved back to New York City to train at the Alvin Ailey School. She then joined Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle WA.
In New York, Kara has worked with Francesca Harper, Susan Misner , Mary Ann Lamb, Abdur Rahum Jackson, Benoit Swan Pouffer The Black Iris Project, and Buglisi Dance Theater. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and rescue dog Stella. And soaking up as much dance and art as possible.
Alexandra N. Skibinski
Originally from Charleston, SC, Alexandra trained at the S.C. Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC. She furthered her education and attended New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. She has performed works created by Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Merce Cunningham, Peter London, Pascal Rioult, Gerard Ebitz, and Mary Carpenter. She has performed in ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Giselle, The Nutcracker, and La Sylphide.
Sabrina Pretto was born in Vicenza, Italy. After initial training, she was admitted to the prestigious “Acadèmie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace”in Monaco Monte Carlo. After graduation, she won third prize at the International Dance competition in Spoleto, Italy. Credits include , the English National Ballet, Stadttheater Koblenz in Germany and Les Ballets Grandiva. In 2011 she joined Les Ballets Trockadero de Montecarlo.
Since 2018 Sabrina is an active member of the International society of classical dance Marika Besobrasova, which intent is to preserve and pass on the pedagogy and methods of teaching of the famous teacher.
Originally from Michigan, Tanya holds a B.A. in Dance from Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. She danced with several professional companies across the country before settling in New York City to work as a freelance artist. Currently dancing with 5 companies, she has performed principal roles in Swan Lake, Beauty & the Beast, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, The Nutcracker and many more classical ballets along with original contemporary works. She is also the founder and owner of Anti-Bunhead Fitness. Through her patented Bulletproof Ballerina cross-training system and nutrition & lifestyle coaching, she works with dancers to help them reach their true potential as artists by nurturing the strength, confidence, and self-worth needed for peak performance. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University – Peabody Institute teaching a body conditioning course for the BFA Dance program.
More information at www.bulletproofballerina.com.
IRENE (HYERIM) HWANG
Irene is originally from Seoul, Korea. She started dancing at the age of five. She received ballet training at Sun Hwa Middle & High School of the Arts where her performance credits include The Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, Raymonda, La Bayadère, La Corsaire, Swan lake, Don Quixote, and the Nutcracker. She completed a Bachelor’s
Degree in performing arts and graduated with honors from Kook-min University. After graduation, she has performed a wide range of classical and contemporary roles as a freelance dancer with New
York City based companies. Irene also is an ABT certified teacher of the ABT National Training Curriculum
Malcolm Jones grew up in Neptune, New Jersey. He received his early dance training at the Asbury Park Technical Academy of Dance, Asbury Park NJ, in ballet, jazz, modern and tap. He expanded his education at various summer programs such as the Bolshoi Academy, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Alvin Ailey Dance. In May 2015, he received his BFA in Dance from Montclair State University. While at Montclair, he performed various works by Larry Keigwin, Antony Tudor, Andrea Miller and Fredrick Earl Mosley.
Malcolm has worked with Neville Dance Theatre, Lustig Dance Theatre and Nimbus 2 Dance Works. He currently dances with the American Swiss Ballet and Creative Outlet in New York City.