William Cannon began his dance training at age 11 at BalletMet Dance Academy in Columbus, Ohio. As a student, he performed with the company works by Artistic Director David Nixon. In 2002, William was selected to participate in the National Foundation for the Advancement of Arts "ARTS week". Following graduation from BalletMet's Professional Training Program in 2002 he became a BalletMet company member, performing works by George Balanchine and Stanton Welch, among others. William went on to dance with Hubbard Street 2 and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Dance Magazine named William one of “25 to watch in 2005”. He danced with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet from 2008-2011, performing works by Jorma Elo, Nicolo Fonte, Jiri Kylian, and Cayetano Soto. This is William's third season with BalletX.
Colby Damon received his training at the Richmond Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Virginia School of the Arts. He has danced professionally with Sacramento Ballet, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, Amy Seiwert's Im'ig-ery, Northwest Dance Project, Avi Scher and Dancers, and Thang Dao Dance Company, among others, and has appeared in choreographic projects with Luca Veggetti and John Selya. In 2008 he joined BalletX, and has since been featured in over 15 world premieres. Colby is a student of Chinese language, energy work, and martial arts, is pursuing his BA in Dance through the New York LEAP program, and is active in the fight against Hydraulic Fracturing within the state of Pennsylvania and throughout the United States.
Chloe Felesina received her primary training from Allyson Deane and Barbara Crockett at Deane Dance Center in Sacramento and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, directed by Summer Lee Rhatigan. Through SFCD, she performed works by William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, and many San Francisco Bay Area choreographers. Chloe spent three years dancing for the San Francisco based company The Foundry directed by Alex Ketley, where she was integral to the creation of works involving processes like improvising outdoors, collaborating with poets, and going to residency programs around the country. She then joined Sacramento Ballet for three seasons, where she performed various principal and soloist roles, her favorite being Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.
Francesca Forcella comes to BalletX after working as a company member with the Washington Ballet Studio Company and Los Angeles’ American Contemporary Ballet. She trained with Gina Forcella at Dance Stop Education Center in New Jersey, then continued her classical ballet training with Risa Kaplowitz and Susan Jaffe. At 16 she joined Houston Ballet II and continued training with Claudio Munoz and Sabrina Lenzi. In HBII, she toured nationally and internationally, and in 2011, she represented Houston Ballet at the International Youth Dance Festival in Budapest, Hungary. Francesca has been privileged to have ballets set on her by choreographers Ma Cong, Elie Lazar and Lincoln Jones. She has danced ballets by George Balanchine, Stanton Welsh, Twyla Tharp, and Septime Webre. Among her favorite roles are the female leads in Trey McIntyre’s Blue Until June and in Stanton Welch’s Fingerprints. This is Francesca’s first season with BalletX.
Zachary Kapeluck hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he received his early training at Southwest Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. He received training at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, The Juilliard School, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Summer Intensive. In the summer of 2011 he worked as a guest artist with Mary Miller Dance in Pittsburgh in the project titled Confluence. He graduated with a BFA degree in Dance at Point Park University, where he had the opportunity to perform works by choreographers such as George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Toru Shimazaki, Kevin Iega Jeff, Val Caniparoli, Jessica Lang, and Alejandro Cerrudo. He received training there from Doug Bentz, Kiesha Lalama, Garfield Lemonius, and Dana Arey. Zach joined BalletX in Summer 2013.
Jaime Lennon began her training at age seven at the Dance Center in West Chester, PA under the direction of Donna Muzio. Since then, she has trained with notable instructors including Nancy Page, Cherie Noble, Christine Cox, and the staff at the School of American Ballet. In May 2010, Jaime graduated with a BA from West Chester University in Communication studies, all the while performing as a principal dancer with the Brandywine Ballet. Resident Choreographer, Nancy Page, created numerous roles for her, including Lucy in Dracula. She has been a member of BalletX since 2010, and in that time has had the pleasure of working with choreographers including Matthew Neenan, Nicolo Fonte, Mauro Astolfi, Alex Ketley, Jodie Gates and Gabrielle Lamb, among others.
Daniel Mayo is originally from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He received his BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School where he performed works by Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Aszure Barton, and Eliot Feld, among others. Daniel danced with Atlanta Ballet from 2007 until 2010, performing many classical roles as well as works by choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Darrell Grand Moultrie, and Bennyroyce Royon. He also performed in Lauri Stallings' world premiere of BIG featuring Big Boi from Outkast. In 2010, Daniel joined the Montreal based company RUBBERBANDance Group under the direction of Victor Quijada. With RUBBERBANDance Group, Daniel performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, as well as participated in multiple film projects, most notably for Bravo!FACT. Daniel has also worked professionally as a guest artist with The Atlanta Opera, Dance Grand Moultrie, and Bennyroyce Dance Productions. Daniel joined BalletX in June 2014.
Caili Quan is a native of Guam. She began her dance training with John Grensback and Bettina Sanzotta. At the age of 16 she moved to New York City to continue her training at Ballet Academy East under the direction of Darla Hoover. In 2007 she received a scholarship to be a trainee with Richmond Ballet, and in 2009 received an apprenticeship with North Carolina Dance Theatre under Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. She then spent three seasons with First State Ballet Theatre under the direction of Pasha and Kristina Kambalov. She has also performed with Opera Delaware, One World Symphony, and at the Young Choreographer’s Festival in New York. This is her second season with BalletX.
Richard Villaverde was born in Miami, Florida and began dancing at the age of 13. He graduated from New World School of the Arts in 2009 under the direction of Daniel Lewis. In 2009 Richard won the title of Senior Male outstanding dancer at New York City Dance Alliance. That same year he was awarded a four-year full scholarship to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, where he trained with Douglas Becker, Michael Sheridan, Ronen Koresh, Scott Jovovitch, and Christine Cox. In December 2011 Richard was selected to study abroad in Venice at La Biennale for six months under the direction of Ismael Ivo. There he trained with contemporary artists Francesca Harper, Jozef Frucek, Linda Kapatanea, and Adriana Borriello. This is Richard’s second season with BalletX.
Andrea is from Irvine, California, where she received her classical ballet training at Academy of Dance under the direction of Merle Sepel and Rebecca Tsivkin. Originally trained under the R.A.D. syllabus, Andrea has completed all Vocational R.A.D. exams with Distinction as well as received the Solo Seal Award. In 2008 Andrea competed as a finalist in the Genée International Ballet Competition in Toronto, Canada. She has attended summer intensives at the American Ballet Theatre (Orange County and New York), Mignon Furman’s American Academy of Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She has participated in Molly Lynch’s National Choreographers Initiative, the Traverse City Dance Project and assisted Jodie Gates in setting Rochambeau on Ballet West II. Andrea graduated in 2012 with a BFA in Dance Performance from the University of California, Irvine as a Gillespie Scholar where she studied under Jodie Gates, Molly Lynch, Diane Diefenderfer, Tong Wang, Michel Gervais, Loretta Livingston and Donald McKayle.