Gretchen Ackermanoriginally from Detroit, MI, began her training at age eleven at Grand Rapids Ballet School under the direction of Patricia Barker and Attila Mosolygo. She attended summer programs such as Joffrey Ballet Chicago, LINES Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, and Sidra Bell Dance NY. Gretchen is a recent graduate of the Alonzo King LINES Ballet training program, under the direction of Karah Abiog. She has worked with Alonzo King, Maurya Kerr, David Harvey, Giocanda Barbuto, Gregory Dawson, Brett Conway, Shannon Gillen, Brian Enos, Tony Rizzi, and Arturo Fernandez. She is thrilled to join DCCD for her first season.
Shelly Cochraneis from Bridgewater, VA and graduated from George Mason University with her B.F.A. in Dance. She has performed works by Ohad Naharin, Alejandro Cerrudo, Alex Ketley, Nick Pupillo, and Ivan Perez as well as trained in summer workshops with BODYTRAFFIC and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, among others. Additionally, her choreography was selected to be performed at the National American College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center. This is her first season with DCCD.
Victoria Daylorgrew up in Houston, Texas where she graduated from The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and later received her B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance Performance from The Boston Conservatory. She has performed works by Aszure Barton, Brian Brooks, Merce Cunningham, Doug Varone, Johannes Wieland, Gabrielle Lamb, and Joshua L. Peugh, among others. Victoria’s summer training includes workshops with Eastman, Doug Varone, BODYTRAFFIC, and Perry-Mansfield. Victoria is part of Wilder Project film company and will soon be a Gyrotonics instructor. This is her second season with DCCD.
Chadi El-Khourya native of Beirut, Lebanon, graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, with a B.A. in Theology and Sociology, and a minor in Applied Research Methods. He then pursued a B.F.A. at University of Missouri, Kansas City, Conservatory of Music and Dance. He was a resident artist for Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project in 2013, and has had choreographic residencies with Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, Modern Night at the Folly Festival, AROVA Contemporary Ballet, and Youth America Grand Prix. He joined DCCD in the fall of 2014.
Nicholas Heffelfingeroriginally from Emmaus, Pennsylvania, attended The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts. At sixteen, Nicholas started his professional career performing at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom. Later, he attended The Boston Conservatory with a full-tuition scholarship and graduated with a B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance. He has performed works by Aszure Barton, Doug Varone, Brian Brooks, Sidra Bell, Mark Morris, Darrell Moultrie, Joshua L. Peugh, and Gabrielle Lamb. Nicholas is RYT-200 certified. This is his second season with DCCD.
Andrew Juneka native of Houston, TX, began his training at Sam Houston State University where he recently graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance. Andrew has also trained overseas in Lucca, Italy as a participant of Dance Italia. He has worked professionally with NobleMotion Dance under the direction of Andrew and Dionne Noble as well as with Elijah Gibson’s The Social Movement. This is his first season with DCCD.
Jaiquan Laurencinis a native of Hartford, Connecticut where he began breakdancing/hip hop. He received his B.A. in Dance and minor in Education from Texas Woman's University and was awarded Undergrad Excellence in Performance his first year. He has performed works by Gabrielle Lamb, Andy Noble, Jordan Fuchs, and Meredith Rainey, to name a few. The majority of his passion for dance comes from educating and working with the younger generation of dancers. He is thrilled to be joining DCCD for a second season.
Alan Libertis a Pittsburgh native and recent graduate from Point Park University. Alan began his dance training with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre at age five. He attended Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School from sixth to eleventh grade before graduating from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s pre-professional program in 2014. He has had the opportunity to perform in works by MADBOOTS DANCE, Helen Simoneau, Gregory Dolbashian, and Matt Pardo. He would like to thank his two beautiful Mothers; without them he would not be where he is today.
Eric Lobenberg(Las Vegas, NV) began his dance and vocal training at the age of 14. He attended the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts where he studied dance and voice. He then attended Point Park University, where he recently graduated with a B.F.A. in Modern Dance. Since attending Point Park, he has performed works by Joshua L. Peugh, Sonya Tayeh, Alexandra Damiani, Anthony Tudor, Adam Houghland, and Emery Lecrone. While in school, Eric began dancing professionally with Matthew Pardo and Caitlyn Scranton's The Blanket and Shana Simmons Dance.
Lena Orengrew up in Southern California. Graduating from the University of Michigan with a B.F.A. in Dance and B.A. in Art History, she received the Earl V. Moore Award in Dance. Her junior year, she studied in Israel at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, training in Gaga under Batsheva dancers. She has performed in works by MADBOOTS, Gregory Dolbashian, Gabrielle Lamb, Camille A. Brown, Bosmat Nossan, among others, and has attended summer workshops with BODYTRAFFIC, Ate9, Batsheva, and Hubbard Street. This is Lena’s third season with DCCD.
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