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Staff

artistic & executive director, co-founder

Christine Cox

Christine Cox co-founded BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet, with Matthew Neenan in 2005. Under her leadership as Artistic & Executive Director, the BalletX team has produced over 100 world premiere ballets by renowned and emerging choreographers from around the world and toured at prestigious international venues including Vail Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, New York City Center, and Belgrade Dance Festival.

Associate Artistic Director

Tara Keating

Tara Keating began her training at the age of seven at the Pioneer Valley Ballet in Northampton, Massachusetts. She then attended The Juilliard School, under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy, where she received a BFA in Dance. While there, she was awarded the Jerome L. Greene Fellowship and the Most Outstanding Dance Major award from the National Dance Association. She has danced professionally with the American Repertory Ballet, “Tharp!” and as a soloist with the Pennsylvania Ballet.
keelan whitmore
rehearsal director & Community Liaison

Keelan Whitmore

Keelan Whitmore, a native of Rockford, Illinois, trained at Rockford Dance Company, Joffrey Ballet School/New School University, Interlochen Arts Academy, and St. Mary’s College, where he received his Bachelor of Arts and was awarded the Dean’s Professional Student Award. From 2001-2006 he danced with Kansas City Ballet, and in 2006 he became a member of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet. As a choreographer and educator, Whitmore has worked with numerous national and international arts organizations.
managing director

Megan O'Donnell

Megan O’Donnell graduated from Drexel University. She has studied nonprofit management at LaSalle University and leadership training with Arts & Business Council and Young Involved Philadelphia.

director of Production

Jason Pizzi

Jason Pizzi graduated from Penn State University. He has worked with Arden Theatre Company, Opera Philadelphia, Cirque du Soleil, Madison Square Garden, and People’s Light, among many others.

production & company manager

Brian Grannan

Brian Grannan is a former dancer who has taught gymnastics, dance, skiing, and motorcycling. He was the skiing mascot for Mammoth Mountain while also working in production and marketing for Netflix.

major gifts officer

James Ihde

James Ihde received his dance training at the Dance Institute of the University of Akron. He was invited to join the Pennsylvania Ballet as an apprentice for the 1993/1994 season, and was promoted to soloist in 2003.

MARKETING MANAGER

Rachel Core

Rachel Core is musician who graduated from Temple University with a degree in Trombone Performance. Prior to joining BalletX in 2022, she held various roles in the real estate industry.

DIGITAL MEDIA & DESIGN ASSOCIATE

Li Tian Trick

Li Tian Trick graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Painting and pursued digital media studies as a visual artist prior to joining the BalletX team in 2022.

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ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR

Abby Clark

Abby Clark graduated from George Mason University with a BA in Art History. She worked as a Rigging Grip on productions for AppleTV and HBO, as well as various commercials, before joining BalletX in 2023.

EDUCATION & OUTREACH ASSOCIATE

Alisa Moore

Alisa attended Holy Family University where she pursued her studies in psychology. Having cherished a love for dance since childhood, Alisa is dedicated to spreading the joy and benefits of dance, and fostering inclusivity and empowerment through movement.

Board of Directors

BalletX is supported by a dedicated Board of Directors who provide critical leadership in aid of the company’s operations and growth.