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Elenaluisa Alvarez grew up in Lima, Peru, and trained at the Estudio de Ballet Lucy Telge, under the guidance of Gloria Centurion and Patricia Ramirez. There she was able to perform with the Municipal Ballet of Lima as Clara in the Nutcracker and Cupid in Don Quixote, among other ballets. In 2013, she moved to North Carolina to study Dance Performance at East Carolina University, where she trained in ballet, modern, jazz and tap. There she earned an Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) grant highlighting choreography. After graduating in 2017 Magna Cum Laude, she headed to Israel to take part in the international Dance Journey program with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company.
Aaron Bauer grew up in Bowie Maryland, where he dreamed of being a soccer player. Upon the realization that he was not very good, his parents ‘tricked’ him into taking a ballet class at The National Ballet Company in hopes of improving his soccer skills. After two months, Aaron stepped off the stage from his first National Ballet Company performance as a party boy in The Nutcracker. He knew where he wanted to be, on the stage. Aaron trained for six years with the National Ballet Company and then continued his training with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet and The Rock School for Dance Education. His first job opportunity was with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland where he performed for four seasons. He has danced principal roles in The Beauty and The Beast, Cinderella, Swan Lake and as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Alison Bartels grew up in San Antonio, Texas where she trained at The Ballet Conservatory of South Texas under the direction of Marieli Guardiola Pope. She attended summer programs with Texas Ballet Theater, Bolshoi Ballet, Austin Ballet, Orlando Ballet, and Limon Dance Company. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet from the University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music (CCM). While training at the University of Cincinnati, Alison performed soloist and featured roles such as Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote, Shade 2 in La Bayadere, and was a featured dancer in Jose Limon’s A Choreographic Offering. Alison has also performed corps de ballet roles in Cinderella, The Little Mermaid and created roles in news works by Andre Megerdichian and Judith Mikita. She was a featured choreographer with her work presented at CCM’s Choreographer’s Showcase.
Alicia Curtis grew up in Maryland, trained at Maryland Youth Ballet and Washington Ballet and attended summer programs at ABT NY, Boston Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet. She graduated cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College in NYC, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance with a musical theater minor. While there, she received the Marymount Manhattan College Gold Key for excellence in dance. Before joining Bowen McCauley Dance, Ms. Curtis was a member of Roxey Ballet in New Jersey for three seasons, where she danced the principal roles of Sugarplum Fairy in the Nutcracker, Lucy in Dracula, and Carmen in Carmen. Ms. Curtis has also danced in the Olney Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker, staged by Pat Berrend, since its premiere in 2006. Ms. Curtis also serves as the company’s Rehearsal Director.
Lexis Firestone began her dance training at the Maryland School of Ballet and Modern Dance in Bel Air, Maryland where she studied ballet, modern, jazz, and pointe for 13 years. Lexis has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance performance and choreography from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. During her time at George Mason, she performed in works by Roger Jeffrey and many of her talented peers. She performed at the Kennedy Center in the American College Dance Association’s National Dance Festival and studied dance abroad in Cuba.
Patrick Green is a native of Washington, DC, where he began his training at age nine under Mary Day at the Washington School of Ballet. He then trained at the Maryland Youth Ballet under Michelle Lees and Tensia Fonseca and then with BalletNOVA Center for Dance with Nancie Woods. He graduated from Butler University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance (2013), where he performed in works such as The Nutcracker, Giselle, and Paul Taylor’s Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rehearsal). Patrick was awarded the Director’s Award for Outstanding Performance while at Butler University. He performed with Texture Contemporary Ballet in Perpetual Motion, dancing works by Alan Obuzor, Kelsey Bartman, and Gabriel Smith, before joining Ballet Quad Cities. While with Ballet Quad Cities, Patrick had the opportunity to perform several principal roles, including the Cavalier in The Nutcracker, Don José in Carmen, and Van Helsing in Dracula. He originated the role of Romeo in Courtney Lyon’s Romeo and Juliet.
Dustin Kimball grew up in a mobile Army family, he didn't discover his love for dance until college. At twenty, he began his ballet training at the University of Maine in Orono and spent an additional two years at the School of Robinson Ballet. Dustin went on to study at The Center for Ballet Arts of Fairfax in Fairfax, VA and spent the two summer seasons at The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, PA. Upon completion, The Rock School for Dance Education invited Dustin back on full scholarship for two additional years. He joined Bowen McCauley Dance Company in October of 2006. Dustin also serves as Ballet Master for The Center for Ballet Arts of Fairfax. He is a permanent Guest Artist with Moveius Dance, The Ballet Arts Ensemble of Fairfax, and Hope Garden Children's Ballet.
Justin Metcalf-Burton began his dance training at the Maryland Youth Ballet. He continued his dance studies at Butler University, graduating with departmental honors in 2013. While at Butler he had the opportunity to perform leading roles across the classical, modern, and contemporary repertoire including works by Petipa, Nacho Duato, and Paul Taylor. After graduating from Butler Justin joined Ballet Arkansas as a company artist, dancing with the company for four seasons and performing principal roles in classical and neoclassical ballets, as well as originating roles in a number of contemporary works. In 2015, he became the first male dancer in an Arkansas based dance company to perform a Balanchine ballet in the state with Ballet Arkansas’ premier of Who Cares?. Justin left Ballet Arkansas in 2017 to pursue a Master’s Degree in Performance Studies at NYU’s TISCH School of the Arts, which he recently completed. In addition to performing with the Company, Justin teaches at the Maryland Youth Ballet.
Wanyi Ng grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona, where she trained at the NAU Community Music and Dance Academy. She continued studying dance at Duke University while earning a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering. As an undergraduate, Wanyi also trained with Durham School for Ballet and the Performing Arts performing with Durham Ballet Theatre. In 2016, she moved to Maryland and began dancing with Miya Hisaka in DC Contemporary Dance Theatre. There, Wanyi performed as a soloist in Siciliana by Gloria Contreras, Songs Without Words by Lloyd Whitmore, Spectra by Therese Gahl, and corps de ballet in other dance works. She has also danced with Diana Moveius in Moveius Contemporary Ballet and Kyoko Fujimoto as part of NACHMO DC, a partnership between Glade Dance Collective and New Street Dance Group. Wanyi currently works at NASA as an aerospace engineer.
Elena Olshin, a native of Rockville, Maryland, began dancing at the age of four. She received her early training at the American Dance Institute where she studied with founder Pamela Bjerknes, Erin Mahoney-Du, and Runqiao Du. Elena attended summer intensives at the Kirov Academy of Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet, The Rock School, and Ballet West. She was selected to participate in the Kennedy Center Masterclass Series for two years and also competed at the Youth American Grand Prix semi-finals and New York City Finals, as well as a soloist at the Tanzolymp Dance Festival in Berlin, Germany. After graduating from the Akhmedova Ballet Academy where she completed her last four years of training, Elena moved to Delaware to join First State Ballet Theatre. She danced there for four seasons and had the opportunity to perform roles such as Cupid in Don Quixote, Canary Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, and Pas De Deux from Flames of Paris, as well as working with Viktor Plotnikov on his premieres of Romeo and Juliet and Dracula.