Edgar Anido was born in Santa Clara, Cuba where he started his formal training at the age of nine at the Vocational School of the Arts. Edgar continued his studies at AlejoCarpentier and National School of Ballet, where he graduated with honors at the age of 18. Edgar has performed as a soloist for Camagüey Ballet and as a principal dancer with Central Ballet Theatre in Guayaquil, Ecuador. From 2008-2014, Edgar danced with Complexions Contemporary Ballet where he had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as Dwight Rhoden, Jae Man Joo, Maurice Causey, Mark Godden, and William Soleau, among others. Edgar is also the recipient of many awards including “Best Male Partner” at the International Ballet Competition in Havana, Cuba and “Best Choreography” at the World Ballet Competition in Orlando, Florida. Edgar joined BalletX in Fall 2014.
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 RisaKaplowitz 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 SeptimeWebre. Among her favorite roles are the female leads in Trey McIntyre’s Blue Until June and in Stanton Welch’s Fingerprints. Francesca joined BalletX in the Fall of 2013.
Gary W. Jeter II
Gary W. Jeter II began dancing in 1997 at Pebble Brook High School for the Performing Arts in Atlanta, Georgia, where he graduated in 1999. Gary attended the Ailey fellowship summer program and received a full director’s scholarship to the University of the Arts where he graduated in 2003 with a BFA in Dance. After graduation, he was asked to join Philadanco where he was a principal dancer from 2003 to 2007. Gary has also worked with Fernando Bujones & Eddie Shellman in addition to dancing with Eleone Dance Theater. Mr. Jeter danced with Complexions Contemporary Ballet from 2007 to 2014, and is now an artist in residence for the company. Gary has set works for The University of the Art, Eleone Dance Theatre, Philadelphia Dance Theatre, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Gary joined BalletX in the Fall of 2014.
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.
Skyler Lubin is originally from Cherry Hill, NJ. She received her early training from The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, PA, then continued her training at the Miami City Ballet School. Skyler also attended summer programs at The School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and American Ballet Theater. From 2010-2014, Skyler danced as a member of the Corps de Ballet with Miami City Ballet, under the direction of Edward Villella and Lourdes Lopez. She has perform in featured roles including Flower Festival pas de deux, Swan Lake pas de trois, and Jerome Robbins' Afternoon of a Faun, and has premiered pieces by Alexei Ratmansky and Liam Scarlett. This is Skyler’s first season with BalletX.
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 joined BalletX in January 2013. She started her dance training in her native Guam with ballet, jazz, and hip hop under the direction of John Grensback and Bettina Sanzotta. Her summers were devoted to intensives with Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. At the age of 16, Caili moved to New York City to continue her classical training at Ballet Academy East. In 2007 she received a scholarship to train with Richmond Ballet and in 2009 became an apprentice with North Carolina Dance Theatre under Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. She has had the privilege to perform works by George Balanchine, August Bournonville, and Marius Petipa, among others. Prior to BalletX, she spent three seasons with First State Ballet Theatre under the direction of Pasha and Kristina Kambalov.
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, JozefFrucek, Linda Kapatanea, and Adriana Borriello. Richard joined BalletX in 2013.
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 Balletand 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. Andrea joined BalletX in 2013.