company

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.
   


  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.  
   
  Chyrstyn Fentroy, Los Angeles, California
Chyrstyn Mariah Fentroy was born and raised in Los Angeles, California where she trained mainly with her mother Ruth Fentroy until the age of 17. She 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 with whom she toured the East Coast. Chyrstyn competed in the Youth America Grand Prix finals in New York in 2010 and 2011 and was asked to compete in the Beijing International Dance Competition. She is currently in her third season with the Dance Theatre of Harlem where she performs many principal roles in ballets such as The Black Swan Pas de Deux from Swan Lake, Pas De Dix from Raymonda, Alvin Ailey’s The Lark Ascending, and George Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux and Agon. Chyrstyn was recently featured on the January 2015 cover of Dance Magazine as one of the 25 Dancers to Watch.

 

 
                                         
  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.

                  

 
    Dylan Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Dylan Santos began his studies at Centro de Artes Pavilhao D in Brazil under the direction of Ricardo Scheir.  At the age of 15 he was a finalist at Youth American Grand Prix in NYC where he was awarded scholarships for study at several schools including the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, FL where he ultimately decided to continue his studies. After working as a trainee with the Houston Ballet, Dylan joined the Orlando Ballet under direction of Robert Hill, where he performed in many productions including Giselle, Carmen and Esmeralda. With Ballet Chicago, Mr. Santos first performed such Balanchine works  Serenade, Swan Lake, Who Cares and Divertimento No.15. He has also danced lead roles in Coppelia, Le Corsaire,  Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Swan Lake and has worked with many choreographers and teachers including Stanton Welch, Phillip Broomhead  Claudio Munoz, Andrew Murphy, Anna-Marie Holmes, Deidre Miles Burger, Oliver Munoz, Alexei Kremnev, Anna Reznik, Kim Marsh , Patricia Miller, Ashley Wheater. He has worked in company productions with the Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet. 
  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. 
    Jorge Andrés Villarini, San Juan, Puerto Rico 
Jorge Andrés Villarini is an alum of the JKO School at American Ballet Theatre. He received his BFA in dance from Marymount Manhattan College in May 2011. Upon graduation Mr. Villarini danced for three seasons with BalletMet Columbus in Ohio where he was awarded the Columbus Dances Choreographic Fellowship by the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Most recently, Mr. Villarini toured the Mediterranean with the Martha Graham Dance Company performing at the Villa Adriana International Festival in Italy and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus at the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Mr. Villarini's versatile performance experience expands from ballets within the classical repertoire, masterworks by George Balanchine, John Butler, Martha Graham and Alvin Nikolais, as well as contemporary works by Amedeo Amodio, James Kudelka, Edwaard Liang, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, Rodney Rivera, Christopher Wheeldon and Shen Wei. 
  Stephanie Rae Williams, Salt Lake City, Utah
Stephanie Rae Williams began her training at Dallas Dance Academy with Lyndette Galen and Fiona Fairrie. Prior to joining Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble in 2010, she danced with The Francesca Harper Project, Complexions Dance Company, Ballet Black, and Texas Ballet Theatre, where she made her professional debut. She trained summers at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Springboard Danse Montreal, The Juilliard School, Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, and Houston Ballet Academy. Ms. Williams was featured in Dance Magazine's "On the Rise" in the August 2013 edition, and she was a Fellowship recipient at the Ailey School, a 2006 National Foundation for the Arts Award Winner, a 2006 Youth America Grand Prix Finalist, and a 2004 Texas Commission on the Arts Young Master. 


 
     
 

COMPANY STAFF

   
   

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.