Andre has been dancing, teaching and choreographing for the past 20 years, having performed for many years in and outside the Portland area. He’s a former Trail Blazer Hip-Hop Dancer and participated in the hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2006...
Natalia Bar was born in Odessa, Ukraine. She graduated Odessa Ballet Academy where she studied with Alla Ryndina, a former pupil of Vaganova. Ms. Bar was invited to join Odessa National Theater of Opera and Ballet, where she danced classical and contemporary repertoire by choreographers...
James Canfield was born in Corning, New York and received his early dance training at the acclaimed Washington School of Ballet. After joining the Washington Ballet in Washington, D.C., he joined the Joffrey Ballet. He was appointed Oregon Ballet Theatre’s (OBT) Founding Artistic Director and served in that role from 1989 to 2003. Mr. Canfield choreographed
over 30 ballets for the year-round company and established the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre.
Christopher Carvalho, originally from St Louis, Missouri, began dancing early in his life at Renee Johnson’s Dance Studio in Ellisville, Missouri. Growing up, Christopher was a competition dancer studying jazz, ballet, hip hop, tap, modern, partnering, and ballroom while playing soccer and running short-distance track...
Born in Taipei, Taiwan. LeeWei Chao started his ballet training at age 15. In 1996, LeeWei joined Joffrey Ballet Concert Group in New York City, followed by dancing with Joffrey Ballet Chicago, and Milwaukee Ballet. He started his choreography work while he was dancing with Milwaukee Ballet Company. LeeWei was featured in the August 2018 issue of Dance Teacher Magazine.
A native Oregonian, Graham started his training as a competitive Irish step dancer at the An Daire Academy in SE Portland. He went on to train in ballet and contemporary dance styles at Raleigh City Ballet in North Carolina, North Carolina Dance Theatre (now Charlotte Ballet), and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
In addition to teaching ballet classes for youth and adults at NW Dance Project, Casey Davenport is the Director of Ballet + Pointe at Innovative Dance, DOTY Performance/Dance, and is senior ballet faculty at Chehalem Valley Dance Academy (CVDA) encompassing over 15 years at the front of the studio. Casey has taught on faculty at Stites Dance Center and Da Vinci Arts Middle School. Casey’s joy in ballet is impacting as many students as possible with quality, conceptual training, and humor.
One of Portland’s most popular hip hop dance teachers, Mariecella Devine, has taught hip hop in the Portland Metro area for over 20 years. Mariecella has performed and collaborated with Michael Curry in his production of Spirits, and with James Canfield, founding Oregon Ballet Theatre Artistic Director, in his world premiere of CQ (Charmed Quark) at the American Choreographers Showcase and the Joyce Theater in New York City.
Kylie Dimick, from Soldotna, Alaska, began dancing at age three and trained under notable teachers such as Diana Brooks, Aram Manukyan, Clayton Cunningham, and others. In 2018, Kylie graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor of Science and Minor in Dance, joining Idaho Dance Theatre while earning her degrees. Kylie also serves as NW Dance Project’s Education Coordinator.
Ingrid Ferdinand, a Chicago native, began dancing at the age of three at the Academy of Movement and Music. She later spent some time at The Chicago Academy for the Arts and Marymount Manhattan College, before joining Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s “HSPro” in 2018.
From Madison, Wisconsin, Madeline Gambino began training at the School of Madison Ballet under artistic director W. Earle Smith, later joining the pre-professional company for two seasons. After three years of studying dance and arts administration at Butler University’s nationally recognized dance program on an academic scholarship, she studied at University of Oregon and joined Ballet Fantastique in Eugene as a company artist for two seasons.
Corina Gill grew up in Southern California. At 17, she accepted her first professional contract with San Diego Ballet. She went on to dance with Ballet Tech, Ballet Pacifica and State Street Ballet before joining Los Angeles Ballet at its launch in 2006. She was on the faculty at both Boston Ballet School and Harvard University before moving to the Portland area. She is on faculty at Oregon Ballet Theatre and Sultanov Ballet Academy.
Makino Hayashi is a choreographer, dancer, and filmmaker based in Portland, OR. She was born in Kumamoto, Japan where she began ballet at Kumamoto Ballet Studio at the age of nine. She moved to the U.S. when she was nineteen years old and danced professionally...
Nicole Hennington studied with Chuthis, Nederlands Dans Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, New Dialect, and Ate9. She graduated from The University of Arizona with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Finance before joining GroundWorks DanceTheater in Cleveland.
Maranda Jory is a 2019 summa cum laude graduate of University of Cincinnati, where they received a BFA in Dance from the College-Conservatory of Music and a BA in Political Science. Before attending college, they received their year-round dance training at Los Angeles Ballet School, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (JKO) School at American Ballet Theatre, and State Street Ballet. They are a certified Zena Rommett floor-barre instructor and have been teaching floor-barre to people of all backgrounds and skill levels since 2014.