FACULTY & ACCOMPANISTS
“Tap allows me to escape, inspires me to give to others, and to have no limits”.
La’Twon has been dancing all his life: 15 years Tap, 8 years Teacher & Choreographer. Born and raised here in Washington he has been to Chicago Tap Festival & LA Tap Festival and has received Master Classes Learning From: Savion Glover, Mia Jenkins, Jason Samuels Smith, Dianne Walker, Chloe Arnold.
Angie Bolton, an ACE certified instructor, teaches Fitness for Living at Spectrum Dance, where she has worked since 1981. She developed Fitness for Living to work students aerobically, and with weights and rubber resistance bands. The class is focuses on people 40 years old and up. Some of her students are in their 80′s and many of them have exercised with her for over 10 years.
Ramona Cachinero was born in Australia and moved to Spain at 3 years old. At 9 years old, she moved to America, where her ballet training began. Ramona was taught by Margaret “Maggie” Banks at the Nevada Festival Ballet School. She began performing with the company that same year, and at 14 years old became a paid member of the company. During her summers, she attended Houston Ballet Academy, later followed by the Joffrey Ballet School of New York’s summer program. At 17 years old, Ramona was asked to stay year round at the school on a full scholarship. At the end of this year she was hired to dance in “The Nutcracker” with the Dayton Ballet Company. Ramona then moved back to Australia, where she danced with Ballet Theatre of Queensland, Australian Theatre Ballet, Tasmanian Classical Ballet, and attended the Queensland University of Technology’s Dance program. She then moved back to the USA where she danced with South Florida Ballet Theatre, Nevada Ballet Theatre and later was a principal dancer with Ohio Dance Theatre & Sierra Nevada Ballet.Since her move to Seattle, she has danced with Ballet Bellevue and 127th St Dance Company. She is very excited to be a part of The School of Spectrum Dance Theater.
Marco Carrabba has over 15 years experience as a professional artist and soloist with dance companies throughout Europe and the United States. He graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts and earned a scholarship with the New York City School of American Ballet. His professional career began with the Stuttgart Ballet where he performed for and was presented to Queen Elizabeth (per her request). As a principal dancer with the Dutch National Ballet he performed the principal role of Prince Albrecht in Giselle and toured with Rudolph Nureyev. Marco has toured internationally with both the Hamburg Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, where he performed Hamlet. Marco was a principal dancer with the Pacific Northwest Ballet and performed Siegfried in Swan Lake, and the Cavalier in the Nutcracker among many other leading roles. Furthermore, Marco was a soloist with Boston Ballet and has danced with many world-renowned ballerinas. He is a member of A.G.M.A. American Guild of Musical Artists and Screen Actors Guild. Marco has also added Artistic Director of Carrabba Dance School and Theatre Dance company to his resume – for which he has over 18 years experience teaching classical ballet to all ages and levels. As a choreographer, Marco has produced numerous traditional productions, excerpts and innovative original contemporary works.
Alex Crozier, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, received his dance training from Wissahickon Dance Academy under the direction of Nancy Malmed. As a graduate of The University of the Arts he received his BFA in Dance. Now in his fifth season with Spectrum Dance Theater, Alex performs various lead roles as a senior company member. His featured roles include the Interlocutor in Donald Byrd’s The Minstrel Show Revisited and the Carnival Boy in 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of Carousel. He has performed with Pennsylvania Ballet as a guest artist, the Houston Grand Opera, and with Liz King’s D.ID in Austria, where he toured extensively throughout the country.
Maya Darling-Turner, from Seattle, began her training at numerous local studios in her hometown. By the age of 12 she was accepted into Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s year-round program. There she studied with renowned teachers such as Peter Boal, Sonia Dawkins, Elaine Bauer, and Eva Stone. She furthered her training through summer intensives at Alonzo King LINES Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and The Ailey School. In May of 2017 Maya became a magna cum laude graduate from Alvin Ailey’s certificate program. This is her first season as an apprentice with Spectrum Dance Theater under the direction of Donald Byrd.
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Afua Kouyate is a Graduate of Antioch University Seattle, receiving her Academic Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. Afua’s inspiration and concentration is in Cultural Arts Leadership, Emphasizing Therapeutic Engagement. Her diversity in training with Cultural arts historians, masters and teachers from Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Liberia, NYC, Seattle, Congo, Trinidad-Tobago, California, and Guinea allows her to create and choreograph African dance and creative movements that spring from her magical ability to stimulate, excite and flow with the rhythms of the drums. The success of this is utterly African! In the past 30 years, Afua has been an integral part of keeping cultural arts and entertainment vibrant in the Pacific Northwest and abroad. She is dedicated to the community and viewed as a leader of cultural arts. In 1986 she co-founded the Adefua African Music & Dance Company, an intergenerational performance company that provides cultural entertainment to the general public. Adefua is known nationally for their gregarious rhythms rooted in African tribal and European court dances presenting traditional West African music, dancing and song.
Robert Moore, from Hamden, CT, began dancing at New England Ballet and continued at Dee Dee’s Dance Center and New Haven Ballet. He is an alumnus of Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, Ailey Summer Intensive, Cunningham Trust Workshop, Jacob’s Pillow’s Commercial Dance Program, and the Complexions Intensive. He went to Mexico with JUNTOS Collective, and taught with Notes in Motion, Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre, and JD/dansfolk. He has performed works by Fredrick Earl Mosley, Ronald K. Brown, Ray Mercer, Jessica Lang, Marcus Willis, Norbert De La Cruz III, Rena Butler, Germaul Barnes, Matthew Rushing, Jeffrey Page, Francesca Harper, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Sidra Bell, Bradley Shelver, Lar Lubovitch, William Forsythe, Donald McKayle, and Alvin Ailey. Robert graduated magna cum laude from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program and has danced with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, The Steps Repertory Ensemble, and AATMA Performing Arts. Robert joined Spectrum Dance Theater as an apprentice last season, becoming a full company member in fall 2017, the start of his second season with the company.
Christopher Grant-Montoya was born in St. Johns, AZ but grew up in South Phoenix. Chris began dancing at the age of 11, training in ballet, modern, and jazz. Chris began his academic journey with the University of Arizona, taking time off periodically to work with professional dance companies Gus Giordano, David Taylor Dance Theatre, Scorpius Dance Theater, Center Dance Ensemble, and Les Ballets Trockadero. Coming to Seattle with his husband in 2011, Chris completed his undergraduate degree with Cornish College of the Arts. While at Cornish, his goals shifted from professional work to teaching dance, which led him to receive his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Washington. Chris currently resides in Seattle, WA where he teaches at various locations in the Pacific Northwest, and has danced with Seattle Dance Project, Chamber Dance Company, and Men In Dance.
Eva L. Stone
Eva L. Stone (B.F.A., M.A.) received a B.F.A in Performance and Choreography from Arizona State University. After completing a Master of Arts Degree in Choreography and Choreological Studies from the Laban Centre in London, England, she formed The Stone Dance Collective, a modern dance company. Ms. Stone relocated to Seattle in 1995, re-established her company and began an extensive teaching and lecturing career throughout the Puget Sound. Ms. Stone is currently on faculty at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and for Spectrum Dance Theater Academy Division. Ms. Stone has created commissioned works for Spectrum Dance Theater, South Bay Ballet (Los Angles), Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, NewDance Company (New York) and part of a collaborative effort with Seattle Dance Project on the critically acclaimed Project Orpheus at ACT Theater. Her work has premiered in New York, London, Geneva, Montreal and St. Petersburg, Russia. Ms. Stone also had the extraordinary opportunity to assist Donald Byrd for the Seattle Opera production of Aida. Her other projects include choreographing over 25 musical theatre productions. Ms. Stone is the producer and curator of Chop Shop: Bodies of Work, a contemporary dance festival held annually in Bellevue, Washington. This highly anticipated event brings the best of local, regional and international contemporary dance companies together for a unique series of performances, lectures and master classes and has been awarded multiple grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit www.chopshopdance.org for more information.
Alfredo “Free” Vergara
Breakdance classes are taught by Alfredo “Free” Vergara. He was a founding member of Circle of Fire, a Seattle B-boy crew. With more than 10 years of experience, deeply rooted in B-boying (Breaking), he has gained the respect and admiration of his peers and his community. He has participated in various dance events and competitions locally and internationally, such as Freestyle Sessions (USA), Dance Delight (Japan), Red Bull: Lords of the Floor (USA), Juste Debut (France) and the International Battle of the Year (Germany), just to name a few. Internationally known for his charismatic style and finesse, Mr. Vergara has also starred in his self-titled solo DVD “A Beautiful One Man Show.” His knowledge and experience of Breaking and other dance styles such as Hip Hop, House Dancing, Freestyle and including the Brazilian martial arts/dance Capoeira, has led him to take part in judging competitions, discussion panels as well as teaching workshops all over the world. “Let your soul be free…DANCE!” – Alfredo ”FREE” Vergara
Jaclyn Wheatley, originally from Vancouver, B. C., Canada, received her early dance training under the tutelage of Kathryn Long, Rachael Poirier, and Li Yaming. Other training includes American Ballet Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, Boston Ballet, C.P.Y.B., Dance New York International (Paris, France), and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. An alumna of the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University B.F.A. program, Jaclyn graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2014 with a major in Dance and a minor in Business Administration. As a member of the JUNTOS Collective, Jaclyn has travelled to Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Nicaragua to participate in dance outreach activities. She has performed the works of Alvin Ailey, Jennifer Archibald, Joshua Beamish, Ronald K. Brown, Francesca Harper, Dusan Tynek, and New York City-based Arch Contemporary Ballet. Now in her third year with Spectrum Dance Theater, Jaclyn has been honored to perform in many of Donald Byrd’s productions including Carmina Burana, Drastic Cuts, LOVE, The Minstrel Show: Revisited, and the 5th Avenue Theater’s production of Carousel. Jaclyn is currently on faculty at The School at Spectrum Dance Theater, and guest teaches throughout the Seattle and Vancouver areas.
Angela Rinaldi serves as Principal Accompanist at Spectrum Dance Theater and Dance Musician at Cornish College of the Arts Dance Department since 1980. She has accompanied ballet and modern dance classes at Pacific Northwest Ballet, University of Washington and Whitman College for such notable dance masters as Patricia Barker, Debra Hadley, Magali Messac, Hillary Cartwright, Bill Whitener, Veronica Tenant, Kevin Kaiser, Elaine Bauer and Donald Byrd. She has an extensive dance background, as well, from Spectrum and Cornish College. Angela is currently a Teaching Artist at Seattle Children’s Theatre, teaching musical theatre classes, and has over twenty five years experience in the theatrical arts. Along with performing professionally as a singer and actor, she has composed over 125 songs for several original classic childrenʼs tales for Variety Plus Theater, which she co-founded in 1994 with her husband, Bob. www.varietyplus.org. She is also a corps member as an actor, writer and composer of Events on the Edge, performing Interactive Murder Mysteries, aboard the Royal Argosy Cruises as well as Meet the Biscotti’s, A Mafia Musical, and Caffeine, An Addictive Musical, both of which she composed the original music. As resident Music Director and Choreographer for the Spring Musical program at Bellevue High School for the past nine years, she is excited to announce that BHS has been selected to participate in the American High School Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in August of 2013. Angela is also currently promoting her Music for Ballet Class compact discs, available at www.balletmusica.com. She is a member of ASCAP and a proud member of The Musicians Association of Seattle- Local 76.
Kevin Cook – Bio coming soon
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Marleen Land is originally from Milwaukee, WI, and has been living in the Pacific Northwest since 1989. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Andrews University in Michigan and a Master of Music degree from Converse College School of Music in South Carolina, both in Music Education. Marleen has over 20 years of experience, having begun accompanying for ballet classes at Pacific Northwest Ballet School in 1992. She has played for many area studios including Evergreen City Ballet in Renton, The Ballet Studio in Seattle, Definitive Dance Studio on Mercer Island, Seattle Civic Dance Theater in West Seattle, Peninsula Dance Theater in Bremerton, Cornish College of the Arts and several others. She has been a state certified music teacher in Washington, Michigan, Pennsylvania and North and South Carolina and truly enjoys working with children.
Ariana Storm was born in Pasadena, California and currently resides in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in the composition and theory of music, where she also studied art. She has been a dance musician in the Pacific Northwest for the past 10 years improvising on piano, percussion and voice for Modern, African and Ballet classes. She is also a singer/songwriter currently producing her 2nd album, and an abstract painter. Her works have sold throughout the west coast. You may listen to her music and view her paintings at www.arielstorm.com.