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The DTH Company                                

               
    Lindsey Croop, Midland, Texas
Lindsey Pitts began her formal ballet training at Coleman Academy under the direction of Susan Clark and Judy Coleman. She continued her studies during summer intensives with Milwaukee Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Ballet Austin and The Ailey School. Following high school, she attended Butler University, where she received dual degrees in dance arts administration and strategic communications. Ms. Pitts began her professional career with Nashville Ballet's second company, performing under the direction of Paul Vasterling in full-length ballets that included The Nutcracker, Giselle and Swan Lake.
   

Fredrick Davis, Brooklyn, New York
Born in New York City, Fredrick Davis moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee and started his training at the age of 11 with a full scholarship for Ballet Tennessee. In 2004, he graduated from the Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts and moved back to New York City to continue his training with the Joffrey Ballet School. After completing three years with Joffrey, he was able to study with a full scholarship at summer intensives by American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Ballet Academy East, Magnus Midwest Dance and Ballet Tennessee. Mr. Davis then joined Roxey Ballet Company, dancing in works such as Othello, Carmen, Diana and Actaeon and Sleeping Beauty. Soon after finishing his season with Roxey, Mr. Davis joined the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble. He has also worked as a freelancer with Ballet Fantastique, Benjamin Briones Ballet, Staten Island Ballet and Ajkun Ballet Theatre. Mr. Davis has participated in the Dance for America Tour, DTH Vision Gala, The Kennedy Center Honors, the Donald McKayle Tribute performance in Irvine, California and the Paramount Theatre Gala in Seattle, Washington.

  Da’ Von Doane, Salisbury, Maryland
Da’ Von Doane began his training at the Salisbury Studio of Dance (now Salisbury Dance Academy) where he trained with Betty Webster, Tatiana Akinfieva-Smith and Elena Manakhova.  As a member of the schools’ regional dance company, the Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre, he performed various roles in annual productions of The Nutcracker, Coppélia, Scheherazade and the Polovtsian Dances¸ among others. Mr. Doane has attended summer intensives at the Kirov Academy of Ballet (Washington, D.C.) and the Atlantic Contemporary Ballet Theatre. At age 15, he returned to ACBT as a full-time academic student and trained there for four years. In 2008, Mr. Doane moved to New York City to join the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble and performed at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival that summer. In 2009, Mr. Doane performed with Ballet Noir at East River Park as part of SummerStage and with Jacob’s Pillow once again. In the fall of 2009, he danced as part of the Dance Theatre of Harlem with roles in the Joplin Dances, New Bach, the excerpt “Mother Popcorn,” Concerto In F, Fete Noir and South African Suite. And in the winter of 2009, he began touring with DTH as a part of its Dance for America Tour. As a guest artist, Mr. Doane has performed with the Classical Contemporary Ballet Theatre and with choreographer Ja' Malik in 2009’s E-moves Emerging Choreographers Showcase. In the summer of 2010, Mr. Doane performed once again with Ballet Noir in the 200th Anniversary Chopin Celebration and the 2010 World Dance Gala in Kielce, Poland.  In 2011, Mr. Doane danced roles in Glinka Pas de Trois, In the Mirror Of Her Mind and Contested Space.  
    Keenan English, Randallstown, Maryland
 Keenan English began his formal ballet training at the age of 12 with the Baltimore County Youth Ballet. From there, he went on to attend the Baltimore School for The Arts. Upon return for his senior year at the School For The Arts, he was invited to join the Trainee program at Boston Ballet School, where he studied for a year under the Pao Scholarship. While there, Mr. English had the opportunity to perform with Boston Ballet in Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker and the Annual Gala. In the summer of 2012, Mr. English attended the summer course at The School of American Ballet. Later that fall he enrolled as a full time student on the Carolyn Wright-Lewis Scholarship. During his two years at SAB he performed in Balanchine's Serenade, Coppelia and Western Symphony. Mr. English attended summer courses at Miami City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, and the School of American Ballet. 
  Chyrstyn Fentroy, Los Angeles, California
Chyrstyn Mariah Fentroy was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she trained with her mother Ruth Fentroy until the age of 17. She then moved to New York City after being offered a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet School trainee program. During her first year there, she was asked to join the Joffrey Ballet School Performance Company in which she danced several principal roles in works such as Gerald Arpino’s Birthday Variations and Davis Robertson’s UnEquilibrium. Ms. Fentroy competed in the Youth America Grand Prix finals in New York in 2010 and 2011, where she was then asked to compete in the Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition. She has also had her contemporary choreography recognized in other competitions.
  Jenelle Figgins, Washington, D.C.

Jenelle Figgins began her training at the historic Jones-Haywood School of Ballet and Duke Ellington School of the Arts. While training, she received scholarships to attend Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Kennedy Center Residency and Summer Intensive.  Ms. Figgins went on to attend SUNY Purchase New York on partial scholarship and in 2011 received her B.F.A. with honors in dance. There she danced in works by George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, and Twyla Tharp. Following her graduation she accepted a full scholarship to attend Springboard Danse Montreal under the tutelage of Alexandre Wells and Emily Molnar. She has danced professionally with Hinton Battle, Sidra Bell Dance New York, Mettin Movement, Collage Dance Collective and Les Grands Ballet Canadiens de Montreal. This is her 3rd season with Dance Theatre of Harlem and she is a 2014 Princess Grace Awards Winner.

  Emiko Flanagan, Westlake Village, CA
Emiko Flanagan received her early dance training from California Dance Theatre and attended summer programs at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She continued her studies at UC Irvine as a BFA student in Dance Performance. After her sophomore year, she took a leave of absence from school to be a trainee with the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. The following year Emiko was an apprentice with the Richmond Ballet for their 2010-2011 season and then spent one year in the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program. She has performed in works by choreographers such as George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Salvatore Aiello, Jodie Gates, Alexei Kremnev, and Keelan Whitmore.
    Ashley Jackson, High Point, North Carolina

Ashley Jackson graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts, while also training at Susan’s Dance Unlimited. She began her professional career at North Carolina Dance theatre where she danced ballets by Dwight Roden, George Balanchine and Alvin Ailey. She joined Alonzo King LINES Ballet in 2008 and had the pleasure of touring around the world with them for almost eight years. During that time, she received a Princess Grace Award and the Chris Hellman Award in 2010. Ashley is featured in Dance Magazine’s article “On the Rise” in the August 2009 edition. Among other newspapers and magazines, she can be found on the cover of Baystages Magazine in its April 2011 edition. Ashley is currently enrolled in the LEAP program at Saint Mary’s College of California. This is her first season with Dance Theatre of Harlem.                    

  Francis Lawrence, Melbourne, Australia
Francis Lawrence studied at The Australian Ballet School where he graduated with a diploma in dance. While at the school, he danced with The Australian Ballet and with its regional Dancers Company for two years. Upon arriving in the states, Mr. Lawrence joined New York Theatre Ballet for their 30th season in Cinderella and Dance/Speak: The Life of Agnes de Mille and has danced for the Grand Rapids Ballet Company under the direction of Patricia Barker. During his time in the company, he performed repertoire by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, José Limón, Paul Taylor, Ulysses Dove, Lew Christensen, David Parson and Mario Radacovsky. In the states he has studied under programs offered by The Ailey School, Complexions and Hubbard Street, getting to work with choreographers like Pedro Ruiz, Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson.  Mr. Lawrence most recently worked with Olivier Weavers on Fragments, as well as a new work, The Couch. 
 

 

Nayara Lopes, Curitiba, Brazil
Nayara Lopes started dancing at age six and trained both at the School of Theatre Dance Guaira in Brazil and American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in New York City. Following her early training, she joined Orlando Ballet II, where she performed roles in Carmen, Giselle and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  She joined The National Ballet of Canada as an Apprentice in 2011 where she performed in many full-length ballets including Nutcracker, Giselle, La Fille mal Gardee and Alice in Wonderland. Ms. Lopes has competed in ballet competitions such as the Youth America Grand Prix- finals (New York, NY) where she received the Mary Day Special Award and the Youth America Grand Prix- Regionals (Columbia, South Carolina) where she was the Grand Prix Winner 2011.. She has worked with choreographers including Christopher Wheeldon, James Kudelka, Lindsay Fischer, Robert Hill, Raymond Lukens and Jessica Lang. Additional roles include Kitri in Don Quixote Dream Scene, Allegro Brillante, Black Swan and the Sleeping Beauty Pas de Deux. This will be her first year with the DTH Company.

                  
  Ashley Murphy, Shreveport, Louisiana
Ashley Murphy began her dance training at age 3. She was enrolled in the pre-professional division at Carol Anglin Dance Center from 1993-2002, where she became a member of Louisiana Dance Theatre, an Honor Company of Regional Dance America. She has also performed for Shreveport Opera and Moscow State Ballet as well as in the premiere of William Joyce’s The Leaf Men and The Brave Good Bugs. She represented LDT in the Regional Dance America performance at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi and attended summer programs at New York’s Joffrey Ballet School and The Ailey School. In 2002, Ms. Murphy went on to train and perform with Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Dancing Through Barriers® Ensemble. The following year, she was accepted into the DTH Company and toured with them throughout the United States and to foreign countries that included Great Britain, Germany, Italy and Greece. Ms. Murphy has also taught for the DTH Pre-Professional Residency at the Kennedy Center. White House special, appearing on BET’s 106 & Park and the game show Jeopardy, and representing the U.S. in a cultural exchange program in Kingston, Jamaica. In 2011, she was chosen for a new work by Christopher L. Huggins that was commissioned for Dancers Responding to AIDS.
   
  Anthony Javier Savoy, Annapolis, Maryland
At the age of 16, Anthony Javier Savoy began his classical training on scholarship, at Abigail Francisco's School of Classical Ballet. In 2006, after participating in the National High School Dance Festival, Savoy was awarded the title Maryland All State Dancer by the Congressional House Representative of Maryland. He went on to continue his studies at Point Park University. In 2008, he left Point Park University, to attend Anne Arundel Community College, working towards a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and a minor in biology. Savoy has attended summer intensives with American Ballet Theatre, Point Park University, The Kirov Academy and Dance Theatre of Harlem, all on scholarship. In 2010, Savoy joined Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble and in 2011 he participated in the Fire Island Dance Festival 17, in collaboration with Dancers Responding to AIDS and Broadway Cares. Savoy has also served as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. while performing and providing community outreach in Kingston, Jamaica. He has also worked with FOX on Nigel Lythgoe's groundbreaking hit television series, So You Think You Can Dance Season 10.

  Ingrid Silva, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ingrid Silva began her formal ballet training at the age of 8 at Dançando Para Não Dançar, the Deborah Colker school and Escola de Dança Maria Olenewa. She has also apprenticed with Company Grupo Corpo in Brazil. After entering the Univercidade da Cidade College, she decided to follow her passion and traveled to New York in 2007. That summer, she attended the Dance Theatre of Harlem Summer Intensive Program, and afterwards joined the school’s Professional Training Program. She became a member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble in 2008. Ms. Silva has also performed with Armitage Gone! Dance performing GAGA-Gaku at the Joyce Theater in 2011. 
    Alison Stroming Recife, Brazil 
Accepted to The School of American Ballet where she began her formal ballet training at the age of nine, Alison Stroming performed many children’s roles with the New York City Ballet in numerous productions. She attended the American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive in New York in 2004 where Franco De Vita, offered her a full scholarship to the new Junior Division where she continued her training. Alison toured with The American Ballet Theater II in Europe in 2010 and 2011. She was a demonstrator for the regional tour of Jump: The Alternative Convention directed by her brother, Gil Stroming. Alison also won the title of Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen 2010 and represented NY at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition, where she won Overall Talent. Ms. Stroming was the recipient of the Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship in 2010. She danced for two seasons with the Alberta Ballet in Canada and most recently with Ballet San Jose under the direction of Jose Manuel Carreno where she performed works by Dwight Rhoden, Twyla Tharp, Ohad Naharin, George Balanchine, and Igal Perry. This will be her first year with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. 
 

Stephanie Rae Williams, Salt Lake City, Utah


Born in Utah and raised in Texas, Stephanie Williams received her early training at Dallas Dance Academy with Fiona Fairrie. Ms. Williams made her professional debut with Ben Stevenson’s Texas Ballet Theater in 2006-07, and she most recently danced as a company member with the Francesca Harper Project and Ballet Black.  Ms. Williams was an apprentice with Complexions in 2009, and has also studied during summers at The Juilliard School, Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy.  She was a fellowship recipient at The Ailey School, a 2006 National Foundation on the Arts award winner, a 2006 Youth America Grand Prix Finalist and a 2004 Texas Commission on the Arts Young Master. 

  Samuel Wilson, Bremerton, Washington
Samuel Wilson started dancing ballet at the age of 15 with the Peninsula Dance Theatre. Since then, he has danced in summer programs such as Summer Dance Lab in Walla Walla, Washington and American Ballet Theatre in Austin, Texas. It wasn’t until 2003, when Mr. Wilson came to Dance Theatre of Harlem that he started his professional career and joined the Dancing Through Barriers® Ensemble. DTH has provided Mr. Wilson with the opportunity to perform in venues such as the White House, BET's 106 & Park, Fox 5 News, The Kennedy Center and The Joyce Theater in New York. He has also had the opportunity to work with world-renowned choreographers and study under influential teachers like Arthur Mitchell and Eva Evdokimava. Mr. Wilson has also developed into a high caliber teacher and dance coach himself, working in ballet schools and summer programs such as Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts and the Voorhees Ballet. 
     
 

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Keith Saunders (Ballet Master)

Keith Saunders, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, began dancing in 1971 while a student at Harvard University.   He began his ballet training in 1973 at the National Center for Afro-American Artists in Dorchester, Massachusetts.  Mr. Saunders joined Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1975 and continued his development under the tutelage of Arthur Mitchell, Karel Shook and William Griffith.  He became a principal dancer with DTH and performed a wide range of roles throughout the company’s repertoire for more than 17 years.   He also danced with France's Ballet du Nord (1986) and BalletMet of Columbus, Ohio (1987-1989). 

    

As a guest artist, Mr. Saunders appeared with Boston Repertory Ballet, Maryland Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, Ballethnic Dance Company, and the David Parsons Company, among others.  He has been a faculty member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem School, the BalletMet Dance Academy (where he also served as Education Director), the New Ballet School (now Ballet Tech), and the 92nd Street Y.  In 2003, Mr. Saunders was Guest Artist-in-Residence in the Dance Department at the University of Wyoming, and he taught and choreographed at their Snowy Range Dance Festival from 2003 – 2008. 

 

Keith Saunders was appointed Dance Theatre of Harlem's assistant ballet master in 1994 and ballet master in 1996.  From 2004 - 2010, Mr. Saunders was director of Dancing Through Barriers®, Dance Theatre of Harlem's international education and outreach initiative, in addition to directing the DTH Ensemble.

    Kellye Saunders (Ballet Master)
Currently a Ballet Master of the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company,  Ms. Saunders began her dance training at the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet in Washington, DC and continued at Le Centre de Danse International in Cannes, France under the tutelage of Rosella Hightower. As a dancer at Dance Theatre of Harlem, where she spent most of her career, Ms. Saunders was a principal dancing leading roles in Firebird, Creole Giselle, A Song for Dead Warriors, Apollo, Serenade, Adrian (Angel on Earth), The Four Temperaments, The Moor’s Pavane, Allegro Brillante and Fancy Free. Ms. Saunders has also appeared on Broadway in The Red Shoes and Porgy and Bess and as a guest artist in the role of The Striptease Girl in Slaughter on Tenth Avenue with New York City Ballet.  After leaving DTH, Ms. Saunders was a principal dancer with Ballet NY and Collage Dance Collective.  Other guest appearances include performances with The Washington Ballet, Maryland Ballet, Ballethnic Dance Company, Gala of International Ballet Stars, Configurations Dance Company, The Flint Institute of Music, Complexions Contemporary Dance and The Metropolitan Opera. Ms. Saunders has had extensive experience teaching and coaching dancers at both conservatory and professional levels.  From 2010- 2013, Ms. Saunders served as the project coordinator for Harlem Dance Works 2.0, an innovative choreographic laboratory created to produce new repertoire for the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company.  She is pursuing her undergraduate degree through the LEAP Program.

 

   

 

   

Robert Garland (Resident Choreographer)
Robert Garland was a principal dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and is now Resident Choreographer. He has created works for the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company, and their School Ensemble. He has also choreographed for New York City Ballet, The Royal Ballet, and Oakland Ballet, among many others.

After creating a work for the Dance Theatre of Harlem School Ensemble, Arthur Mitchell invited Robert Garland to create a work for The Dance Theatre of Harlem Company. Upon his retirement from the stage, he was appointed by Arthur Mitchell and became the organization’s first Resident Choreographer.

His commercial work has included music videos, commercials and short films, including the children’s television show Sesame Street, a Nike commercial featuring New York Yankee Derek Jeter, the NAACP Image Awards, a short film for designer Donna Karan, and the “Charmin Cha-Cha” for Proctor and Gamble.