HS Pro Dancers
Class of 2018
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Kayla began her dance training at Spotlight Dance Works located in Chesterfield, Michigan, along with additional training from River North Dance Chicago. She now currently attends Columbia College Chicago as a junior with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance. Kayla has worked with many professionals such as Travis Wall, Paige Cunningham, Lauren Adams, Peter Chu and many more. Kayla is very excited to be a part of HS Pro!
Hometown: Miami, FL
Born and raised in Miami, FL, Gaby Diaz started dancing at the age of 3 and trained in various styles growing up. In 2015, she was crowned America’s Favorite Dancer for season 12 of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance and went on to perform on tour alongside Season 12’s Top Ten. Gaby was also seen performing in Jennifer Lopez’s Las Vegas show, All I Have. Most recently, she was seen as an All Star on Season 14 of So You Think You Can Dance and on tour with Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound Company. She was invited to be a Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Apprentice for the 2018-2019 season.
Hometown: Spencerport, NY
HS Pro Emerging Choreographer 2019
Hailing from Rochester, New York, Hanna DiLorenzo began her dance training at the age of three. Under the direction of Jamey Leverett and Beth Bartholemew she trained at the Draper Center for Dance Education with opportunities to perform with the Rochester City Ballet. DiLorenzo later continued her studies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a major in contemporary dance. While earning her BFA, DiLorenzo also supplemented her training by attending summer intensives including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the Cambrians, and Northwest Dance Project’s Launch 12. On track to graduate in spring of 2018, DiLorenzo is completing her BFA while simultaneously dancing with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Professional Training Program.
Hometown: Oak Park, IL
Lian began her formal dance training at the Academy of Movement and Music in Oak Park, IL, with additional summer training at Canada’s National Ballet School, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She graduated with honors in 2013 from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program, where she performed works by Jae Man Joo, Stephanie Batten Bland, and Matthew Rushing, among others.
Hometown: Dayton, OH
Originally from Dayton, OH, Rachel graduated summa cum laude from the Boston Conservatory in 2017. At school she was fortunate to work with choreographers such as Brian Brooks, Doug Varone, Zoe Scofield, Dwight Rhoden, Daniel Pelzig, Sidra Bell, Aszure Barton, and more. She also danced featured roles in excerpts from early Cunningham works as a part of the 2015 Black Mountain College instillation at the ICA in Boston. Additionally, she trained at summer programs including Hubbard Street, Juilliard, Point Park, Boston Ballet, and NW Dance Project’s LAUNCH. She was invited to be a Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Apprentice for the 2019-2020 season.
Hometown: Henderson, NV
Figueroa began his professional dance training at The Rock Center for Dance while attending Las Vegas Academy of the Arts as a Dance Major. In 2016, he joined Las Vegas residential company, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater where he continued his training in modern, ballet, and contemporary. He was invited to be a Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Apprentice for the 2018-2020 seasons.
Hometown: Wyoming, MI
HS Pro Emerging Filmmaker 2019
Morgan began her dance training at the School of the Grand Rapids Ballet, completed four seasons in the professional company, artistic director Patricia Barker, and performed in works by Olivier Wevers, Mario Radacovsky, Susan Jaffe, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Andrew Bartee, and Penny Saunders. Morgan has experienced intensive programs in Chicago, Montreal, Seattle, San Francisco, Nashville, and Los Angeles, where she worked with influencers such as Alonzo King, Banning Bouldin, and Robyn Mineko Williams.
Hometown: Richmond, BC, Canada
Born in British Columbia, Canada, Candace Gordon began her professional training at the Goh Ballet Academy, with additional summer training at The National Ballet School of Canada and Pacific Northwest Ballet. In 2016, Candace graduated cum laude with a BFA from Butler University. During that time, she danced in original works by Marek Cholewa, Derek Reid and Lesley Telford. In 2017, Candace danced in Sarah Tallman’s “If These Walls Could Talk” with Oklahoma City Ballet.
Hometown: Arvada, CO
Kelsey, originally from Colorado, began her training at The Arvada Center of Performing Arts. She attended the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she received her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography with an emphasis in Ballet and Modern. During her senior year, Kelsey began dancing professionally with Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company. She's had the privilege of working with various choreographers including Peter Chu, Christian Denice, Peter Anastos, Kevin Iega Jeff, Kameron N. Saunders, DeeAnna Hiett, Edgar Anido, and Gary Abbott. This past summer she attended the Barton sisters summer program, Axis Connect. Kelsey is thrilled to be apart of the inaugural year of HS Pro under the direction of Alexandra Wells. She was invited to be a Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Apprentice for the 2018-2019 season.
Hometown: Burlington, ON, Canada
Originally from Montreal, Canada, Melissa Panetta began training at the age of five. Prior to joining HS Pro, Melissa danced with the company Thodos Dance Chicago. In May 2016, Melissa graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BFA in Dance and Kinesiology (Honors with Distinction). Melissa has worked with choreographers including Peter Chu, Crystal Pite, and Wen Wei Wang and has attended various summer intensives including Arts Umbrella, Sidra Bell Module, and The Cunningham Trust Workshop.
Hometown: Puyallup, WA
Brianna was born in Portland, Oregon and calls Tacoma, Washington her home. She’s trained in jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap, and hip hop at Dance Explosion and later at Evergreen City Ballet and Issaquah Dance Theatre. She became a member of Premiere Dance Centers Competition Team in 2015 and a company member tapping with Alchemy Tap Project. Now she is happy to be a part of Hubbard Street’s Professional Program while concurrently finishing her senior year in high school.
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Abigail is from Ouray, Colorado. The past two years, Abigail was a dancer with a company known as Cocodaco Dance Project under the direction of Ronn Stewart while also training with the Scholarship Program of Lou Conte Dance Center under Claire Bataille. She graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in 2014, where she received significant merit scholarships for academics and dance while a member of The National Society of High School Scholars. Her training also includes intensive programs with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Joffrey Ballet Chicago, Complexions Contemporary Ballet in New York, Ballet West and more. Abigail's philanthropic endeavors include dance marketing for Katie Smythe at New Ballet Ensemble, as well as having performed and choreographed to support the local humane society, Weehawken's Dance, and the Palm Theater. She joined the Hubbard Street Professional Training Program in 2017.
Hometown: Winnetka, IL
Nicole began her formal dance training in 2011 under Ronn Stewart and Sarah Goldstone at Foster Dance Studios in Evanston, IL. Nicole spent summers with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance before attending The Boston Conservatory at Berklee from 2015-17. While at school, she danced works such as, “How to Pass, Kick, Fall, and Run” by Merce Cunningham. Nicole decided to continue her dance training with Hubbard Street Pro since August of 2017.
Hometown: Pasadena, CA
Whitford began her formal training at Pasadena Dance Theatre before attending Los Angeles County High School for the Arts in 2013. In 2015, she transferred to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she graduated from the high school program as a ballet major and continued her studies in the contemporary dance performance BFA program.
Hometown: Stockton, NJ
Emily Wohl, a native of New Jersey, trained at Princeton Dance and Theater. She continued her education at Princeton University where she studied Molecular Biology and Dance under the direction of Susan Marshall. She has performed in works by Karole Armitage, Jodie Gates, Zvi Gotheiner, Susan Jaffe, Loni Landon, Brian Reeder, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, and Doug Varone. She then worked as a freelance dancer in New York City and is excited to be a part of the inaugural HS Pro. She was invited to be a Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Apprentice for the 2018-2019 season.
Class of 2019
Asha began her formal dance training at Pennsylvania Regional Ballet in Enola, PA. She continued her training at Lines Ballet Training Program where she performed works by David Harvey, Shannon Gillen, Maurya Kerr, and Gregory Dawson, among others. Upon graduation, she joined Maurya Kerr’s tinypistol and freelanced in the Bay Area with companies such as Robert Moses’ Kin and dawsondancesf. She was invited to be a Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Apprentice for the 2019-2020 season.
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Indya Childs, born in Atlanta, has a B.A. in Dance from Kennesaw State University. She has danced professionally with Ballethinic Dance Company, T. Lang Dance, Scrap Performance Group, and Kit Modus Dance Company all located in Atlanta, GA. Indya has attended dance intensives including the LINES Ballet, Bates Dance Festival, Sidra Bell’s MODULE, and the American Dance Festival. Indya was named one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch in 2015. She is thrilled to join the Hubbard Street Professional Program this year.
Beginning at the age of 6, Sam danced at the Art of Dance in Chester, NJ. She trained in various styles growing up and with the help of Jon Bond, she quickly fell in love with Contemporary. Sam continued her training at the French Academie of Ballet, where she studied under Francois Perron, Bivi Kimura, Juan Rodriguez, Brice Mousset & Manuel Vignoulle. In 2017 she moved to Chicago to become a trainee with the Joffrey Ballet. In addition to Joffrey, Sam danced with Cocodaco Dance Project Mezzo Company and performed in “Keep Going (Do It) With Love” a tribute to Ronn Stewart. This summer she attended Parsons Dance Summer Intensive and their Choreography Intensive on scholarship. Sam is very excited to be joining HSPro this year!
Hometown: Portland, OR
A native of Portland, OR, Caitlin received her BFA from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. She has trained at Oregon Ballet Theater, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street, Visceral Dance and NW Dance Project’s LAUNCH 12 & 13. She has worked with choreographers such as Shannon Gillen, Manuel Vignoulle, Menghan Lou, Kristen Céré, Alice Klock and Alysa Pires.
Ingrid Ferdinand began dance at The Academy of Movement & Music in Oak Park, Illinois. Here, under the tutelage of Stephanie Clemens, she trained in Vaganova, Graham, Humphrey, and Bournonville techniques. She attended SFCD and ABT intensives and traveled to Guatemala with JUNTOS. She went to The Chicago Academy for the Arts and Marymount Manhattan College before happily landing at HSPro.
Ashima grew up in Vermont where she absorbed many different genres of dance. She attended the Interlochen Arts Academy for three years, and has performed in venues from barns in rural Vermont, to Lincoln Center in New York City. She graduated from IAA in May of 2018, and is thrilled to be a part of HSPro for the 2018-2019 season.
Caitlyn Gee began dancing under the tutelage of Alexei Moskalanko in Memphis, Tn., and continued her studies at Indiana Ballet Conservatory under the direction of Alyona Yakovleva-Randall. There, Caitlyn won second place in the senior contemporary division at Youth American Grand Prix 2018 Kansas City. She has also supplemented her training with summers at Gelsey Kirkland, Gaga New York and Israel, and Netherlands Dans Theater, amongst others. Caitlyn is excited to start her new chapter with Hubbard Street.
Hometown: Oak Park, IL
Sarah Jordan grew up in Oak Park, IL where she began her classical ballet training at the Academy of Movement and Music. She graduated, Cum Laude and with high honors, from Butler University in Indianapolis, where she received a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Art + Design. Sarah is delighted to be a part of Hubbard Street Professional Program this year. She was invited to be a Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Apprentice for the 2019-2020 season.
Hometown: Woodstock, IL
Andrea Learman is a recent graduate of Anderson University where she received a B.A. in Dance Business. Born and raised in Woodstock, Illinois, Andrea began dancing with Woodstock Ballet Studio. She has had the opportunity to work with guest artists, Earl Mosley, Eddy Ocampo and Gregory Hancock. Andrea is excited to be joining the Hubbard Street Pre-Professional Program in Fall of 2018.
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Cecily was born in Milwaukee, WI, and raised in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. She returned to the US for high school to pursue further training at Interlochen Arts Academy, and has spent meaningful summers at Ballet Austin and San Francisco Conservatory. Cecily graduated from Interlochen after three years before moving to Chicago to train with HS Pro.
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Mari, originally from Seattle, WA, began her training at Art School Ellen and the International Ballet Academy. She spent several summers at The Kirov Academy of Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet, and Alonzo King Lines Ballet, and in 2017 moved to San Francisco to join Alonzo King Lines Ballet’s Training Program. There Mari had the opportunity to work with and perform choreography by artists such as Alonzo King, David Harvey, Maurya Kerr and Brett Conway. She joined the Hubbard Street Professional Training Program in 2018.
Hometown: Montgomery, Alabama
Matthew was introduced to the art of movement in Hawaii, taking classes and performing Hula until age 4. Many years of moving around, he could not continue dancing but played many sports and studied various art forms. He found dance again at the age of 12 at CityDance, under the direction of Lorraine Speigler. Here he was able to perform the works of Ronald K. Brown, Koresh Dance Company, Robert Priore and Maleek Washington at venues such the National Cathedral, the National Air and Space Museum, Wolftrap National Park, the Phillips Collection and the Kennedy Center. McLaughlin graduated from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance in 2018 and had the great pleasure to perform in works by Aszure Barton, Kevin Wynn, George Balanchine, Kyle Abraham and Doug Varone. While at Purchase he was able to participate in the National YoungArts Foundation as a Finalist, the Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary program, Merce Cunningham Trust workshops and SpringBoard Danse Montréal three times. In April 2018 he was given the opportunity to perform in Lar Lubovitch’s 50th anniversary season at The Joyce Theater.
Anthony Milian graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Dance with Honors Distinction and a minor in Integrative Health from The Ohio State University in 2018. Anthony has performed work by Merce Cunningham, Bebe Miller, Alejandro Cerrudo, and was awarded an international academic enrichment research grant to perform and train across Denmark & Italy. She was invited to be a Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Apprentice for the 2019-2020 season.
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Rilee Nyborg, born and raised in Las Vegas, NV, proudly trained at Bunker Dance Center for 13 years, studying multiple techniques, and graduated from Las Vegas Academy of the Arts in 2018. She’s had the honor of attending ChuThis Movement Intensive 2016 & 2018, New Century Dance Project 2016, and acceptance into the Movement Invention Project 2 (MIP2) 2017 summer intensives. She looks forward to continuing her education at HSPro.
Jannah Schwarz is an emerging artist from Venezuela. She is an alumnus of Point Park University and New World School of the Arts. Jannah has trained with NW Dance Project, Gaga New York, Gallim Dance, Movement Invention Project and Axis Connect. She has had the privilege of working with various artists including Aszure Barton, Alexandra Damiani, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Stefanie Batten Bland and Francesca Harper. Jannah is passionate about the power and positive influence dance has on the world.
Caroline Sharkey attended Interlochen Arts Academy, graduating in 2016 while receiving the Fine Artist Award in dance. She attended Dominican University with Alonzo King LINES until 2018.She has performed works by Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Josh Manculich, Nick Korkos, Gina Patterson, and Maurya Kerr.
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Bailey Jean Smith, raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, began dancing at the age of four. Bailey has trained at Utah Dance Artists since 2012 in a variety of techniques. She has also attended intensives at San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Martha Graham, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Bailey has worked with incredible choreographers and mentors, such as Sarah Franco, Jenn Freeman, Chelsea Thedinga, Marcea Lane, Caroline Lewis-Jones and too many more to name. Bailey is now happily eager and humbled to be a part of Hubbard Street’s Professional Program.
Hometown: Mapleton, UT
Originally from Mapleton, UT, Sydney began exploring all genres of dance at the age of 7. She trained at Center Stage Performing Arts Studio, then later moved to Aspire Dance Academy on the Ethos Pre- Profressional company. Specializing in Ballroom in her younger years, she was given the opportunity to represent Team USA at the Blackpool World Championship for Ballroom on two different occasions. In 2017, she was voted into the Top 9 for Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance season 14 and continued on to tour with season 14 Top 10 throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is excited to be in Chicago and be a part of HSPro Dance Program.
Hometown: San Jose, Costa Rica
From San Jose, Costa Rica, Jose Antonio Ventura is a 26 year old multitalented dancer, lawyer and writer that has danced for big Costa Rican productions such as West Side Story, Chicago and Dancing with the Stars. Jose has also danced for DanzaAbend, founded by Cristina Gigirey, a vital artist and choreographer of the dance history of Latin American modern and contemporary dance, and has worked with many other professionals such as Peter Chu, Jennifer Archibald, Duncan Cooper, Kiki Lucas, Layla Amis and Christian Denice. He is currently a member of Danz Project Company, under director Eileen Ramirez, and is incredibly excited to join HS Pro Program for the 2018-2019 season.
Hometown: Fayetteville, AR
Alexandra (Alex) Webb began dancing at four, in her hometown Fayetteville, AR. She attended University of North Carolina School of the Arts for highschool; graduating in 2015 with a focus in ballet. She continued her ballet training at the University of Oklahoma’s BFA program. She then moved to Tulsa, where she began intensive study of ballet with the Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education.
Macey began dancing at the age of 3 and is looking forward to her 16th year of training. Macey has performed in many productions, including Dracula, Edward Scissorhands, Coppélia, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Swan Lake , mixed repertoire performances and 11 seasons of The Nutcracker. Macey was the 2014-2015 Lynette Mason Gregg Scholarship recipient of Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre. She has attended several summer intensives including American Ballet Theatre at Austin, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City, Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago., and Alonzo King LINES Ballet in San Francisco. Macey would like to pursue a career in professional contemporary dance and is excited to spend the year training in the pre professional training program at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Macey is forever grateful to Lynette Mason Gregg, Natalie Zundel, Nelson Madrigal,Lorna Feijoo, Lorena Feijoo and Ayman Harper for their love, support, encouragement and guidance.