A proud native of the Boston area, Lucy Warren-Whitman started her early classical training under her parents Rachel Whitman and Skip Warren. She was then, mentored by Larissa Luvisichuk until she was accepted to Walnut Hill, School of Performing Arts as a full scholarship student. There she had the pleasure of training under Samuel Kurkjian, Diedre Miles, and Sydelle Gomberg. She has since been a featured artist and choreographer dancing and creating new works for The Massachusetts Dance Festival, Spindle City Ballet, Boston Dance Company, Contrapose Dance, BalletRox, Pioneer Valley Ballet and Lorraine Chapman Dance Company. She also privately coaches students and professionals in the surrounding areas and is a teacher at Ballet Arts Center, Wilmington Dance Academy and Jeannette Neill Dance Studio. Most recently she has ventured into the role of Artistic Director for North Atlantic Dance Theatre creating new ballets along with presenting classical works that are rarely seen in the Boston area.
Tara Hutton graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance from Butler University in 2011. Following graduation, she performed in the corps de ballet of California Ballet (San Diego) for four seasons and Bay Pointe Ballet (San Francisco) for one season. Tara grew up in Wichita, Kansas and trained at the Nancy Hervey School of Ballet. She attended summer programs at American Ballet Theatre (New York), Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Nashville Ballet, City Ballet of San Diego, The Rock School, and Tulsa Ballet Theatre. Tara is a Pilates Master, Second Generation Teacher, and Lolita San Miguel Legacy Educator. She was certified through Body Arts and Science International with a Dance Specialty.
Kate received her early dance training from Arlington Center for Dance (now BalletNova) in Arlington, VA. There she performed principal roles in ballets such as Paquita, The Nutcracker, Pas de Quatre, and Don Quixote, and was selected for the Dance Theatre of Harlem Residency Program, the Kennedy Center Master Class Series, and Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell. She attended and graduated from Harvard College, where she worked with Heather Watts and Damian Woetzel, performing ballets such as George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Serenade, and Who Cares? She also works with Tai Jimenez, and has performed work in the Boston area with Boston Baroque, the Boston Tap Company, Margot Parsons's DanceVisions, Kat Nasti, and Janelle Gilchrist, among others. She spent several years dancing principal roles in Tony Williams's Urban Nutcracker, and recently made her musical theater debut in The Boys from Syracuse with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Landmarks Orchestra. She is also on the faculty of Harvard University’s Department of Mathematics and is excited to be making her NADT debut!
Jayson Douglas is from Paterson, NJ where he began his training at Dance World Academy. He
went on to further his training in New York City at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center
and Alvin Ailey. Jayson also attended Point Park University to study dance as his major. While
there he also attended summer programs at Dance Place, Orlando Ballet 2, and Boston Ballet all
on full scholarships. Jayson’s professional career began as a Trainee with North Carolina Dance
Theatre, now known as Charlotte Ballet. Jayson then went on to dance for Lexington Ballet,
Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Ballet Nouveau Colorado and one of the top 25 to watch companies
named in Dance Magazine, Company C Contemporary Ballet, there he was featured in Twyla
Tharp’s “Surfer in the Styx”. He has also performed around the world on cruise lines as a dancer
and aerialist in Cirque affiliated themed shows. He is a resident choreographer with MidState
Ballet, Sarah Berges Dance, and teaches masterclasses around the country as well as
internationally. April 2014 he toured to Paris with Sarah Berges Dance. He has just finished his
2nd season with Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. He has danced as a guest artist around the country
and is excited to be dancing with North Atlantic Dance Theatre in there spring 2017 season.
Jayson is a judge for Headliners, Talent on Parade and That’s Entertainment which he has also
choreographed the opening and closing numbers for their nationals. He is also the ballet master
and judge for Dance Educators of America
Li-Ann Lim began her dance training at the Lexington School of Ballet and continued her dance studies at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. In 2004, she joined Chen and Dancers. She later moved to California and received an MFA in dance at the University of California, Irvine. While in California, Li-Ann served as adjunct faculty at Fullerton College and Scripps College and continued performing, appearing with the Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble and Rosanna Gamson/World Wide. Since returning to the Boston area in 2009, she has continued to teach ballet and modern dance. She has performed with BalletRox, Dance Currents, and Contrapose. This is her third season with NADT.
A native of Berezniki, Russia, Ms. Kseniya Melyukhina began her training at the Berizniki
Ballet School when she was 4 years old. She continued her ballet studies in Berizniki,
where she studied classical ballet and Russian Character Dance Techniques with
Svetlana Pronina. Her repertoire included Kitri in Don Quixote, Masha (Clare) in
Nutcracker, small swans in Swan Lake, leading roles in Coppelia and Creation of the
World and Carmen among others. In 2001 as a ballet school student Ms. Melyukhina took
part in regional competition Perm Divertissement, where she became a winner. In 2004
Ms. Melyukhina took part in international competition "Golden Bird", where she was
awarded with special prize.
Upon graduation from Berezniki Ballet School in 2004 Ms. Melyukhina joined Theatre
Evgenij-Panfilov Ballet (Perm, Russia), a modern dance company where she studied
modern dance with Sergej Rajnik, Alexej Rstorguev, Alexej Kolbin. Since 2005 she has
been a principal dancer in the company.
2009 ms. Melyukhina has graduated from the Perm State Technical University, majoring
Geman and English linguistic.
Ms. Melyukhina currently resides in Boston and performs as a freelance artist in the New
England area working with a number of companies such as North-Atlantic Ballet, Pioneer
Valley Ballet, Lorrain Chapman the company, and Ballet Rox. Most recently she has
created roles in choreography by Gianni Di Marco and Lucy Warren Withman, Thomas
Vaccanti, Cosmic Marciuletu. She is also a teacher at the Brookline academy of dance
and coaches classical ballet for school of Rhythmic gymnastics.
with Rachel Ann Burke is a Cambridge native. She received her early training with North Atlantic BAllet under Larissa Luvisichuk in the Vaganova method then went on to study at Boston Ballet and Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. She also spent summers at American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, and Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet.
Following her early education she received her B.F.A in Dance, from The Boston Conservatory under scholarship.
Since then she has danced with various companies and choreographers in the Boston area including Contrapose Dance, BalletRox, Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre, works by Gino de Marco and David Drummond. Rachel is excited and honored to be back with North Atlantic Dance Theatre, to expand herself as an artist
Noah started off as a young boy yearning for more than Knoxville,Tennessee had to offer. After receiving a scholarship to attend the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts he continued to train there for 2 years. After graduating he joined Charlotte ballet as an apprentice before moving to New York City. In 2016 Noah joined Ballet Theatre of Boston before leaving in 2017 to join NADT's last performance of the season. Noah is enjoying his first experience with NADT and is looking forward to future performing opportunites and challenges with them.
Katrina Gould, originally from Connecticut, studied at the School of American Ballet. From there she went on to dance with Los Angeles Ballet for 3 seasons, dancing lead roles in George Balanchine's "Serenade" and "Raymonda Variations", amongst others. She also had featured roles in new contemporary choreographies by SYTYCD's Stacy Tookey and Travis Wall. Katrina then joined Tivoli Ballet Theater in Copenhagen, Denmark where she stayed for 2 seasons. There she danced solos in many Bournonville ballets and originated the role of Snow Queen in the 2012 production of “The Nutcracker”, with sets and costumes designed by Her Majesty, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. After moving to Boston she performed in the 14th season of Tony Williams’ “Urban Nutcracker”, becoming an inaugural member of his company, Tony WIlliams Ballet. Katrina Joined NADT in 2015 and has since then created roles inScheherazade and as the princess in Firebird. She has also had the opportunity to perform the Pas de Deux from Kermesse in Bruges, Taglioni in Pas de Quatre, and The Winter section fromVivaldi’s four seasons.
Colleen Edwards began her training in Boulder, Colorado with the Boulder Ballet Academy. She trained with Jon Prinz and Lucia Martin as well as Boulder Ballet founder Barbara Demaree. Where she performed in such works as, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, and The Nutcracker, performing many soloist roles. Colleen attended Boston Ballet and Perry Mansfield performing arts camp for multiple summers with world renowned teachers from Boston Ballet, Juilliard and Joffrey Ballet as well as Jessica Lang. She then went on to perform with Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet as a founding junior company member. Colleen holds her B.F.A in Dance from The Boston Conservatory. While there she performed in repertory works such as, Missa Brevis, a soloist in Dark Elegies, and Les Sylphide. In her professional career Colleen has performed and taught around the country including as a soloist with the Baton Rouge Ballet Theater in Nutcracker: Tale from the Bayou, and as the Winter Fairy in Cinderella. Ms. Edwards has presented manychoreographic pieces on main stages around the country, as well as two full-length ballets she created and choreographed. Colleen spent two years as a Company member with Urbanity Contemporary Dance Company of Boston and performed in their Story of Stuff and at Jacob’s Pillow. Ms. Edwards spent four seasons as a Company member with Portland Ballet in Maine. Where she performed the role of the Keirie in The Armed Man, and a Detective In Jack the Ripper, and as the comical Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Maya Simone Holden was born and raised in Japan, beginning her dance training at age nine at a local
studio in Sendai. After moving to the U.S. at age fifteen, she continued her training at Pasadena Dance
Theatre in California under Cynthia Young and Lawrence Blake. Between 2003 and 2007, she attended
Joffrey Midwest School, ABT Orange County, and the Rock School. Maya holds a B.A. in Music
Composition from Smith College. While at Smith, she danced in productions of the Five College Dance
program and with Pioneer Valley Ballet under Thomas Vacanti and Maryanne Kodzis. During her
semester abroad at Royal Holloway, University of London, Maya trained under Raymon Chai and was a
part of the university’s contemporary dance competition team. As a freelance artist, she has performed
with Tony Williams Ballet (Urban Nutcracker, Isadora Duncan Excerpts, Ephemera), Denise “Red”
Randall’s Jazz troupes (Midsummer Color of Jazz), and Spindle City Ballet (The Nutcracker). Maya also
integrates dance into her work as model and actress⎯most notably appearing in Theatre III’s production of
“Cabaret”; Salvato Collection’s vintage line lookbooks; and lead dancer in music videos by ATC, Pants
Velour, and Gemini Wired. This is her first performance with NDTA, and Maya is delighted to be a part
of the Gala.
Justin Daniel was born in Dayton, OH and began his dance training his junior year at Stivers High School for the Performing Arts. While there he also trained with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Second Company before attending The Juilliard School in New York City where he received his BFA in Dance. Justin has danced with several companies and performed at various venues around the world including: Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater, Luna Negra Dance Company in Chicago, Sonya Tayeh Dance in Los Angeles, California Ballet, San Diego Opera, Ballet North Chicago, LaDiego Dance Theater and Cape Town Dance in South Africa and the WOW Show in Eilat, Israel and is currently performing with Prometheus Dance. He has given master classes in contemporary ballet and modern at numerous studios around the country and has been a judge and convention instructor for several dance competitions. Justin continues to strengthen his understanding and artistic expression of dance while cultivating various other interests and talents.
Eugenia Zinovieva grew up training as a competitive rhythmic gymnast while also taking ballet classes at Boston Ballet. By the end of middle school I had decided to focus only on ballet and moved to the Boston location of BBS. I finished high school at North Carolina School of the Arts under Ethan Stiefel, then did an extra year of Vaganova training in NYC under Sara Knight, before coming to Festival Ballet Providence as a trainee. I've been there for five years, now a company member dancing principal roles, and this is the first production I'm doing with NADT. I've also performed with Staten Island Ballet, Kansas City Dance Festival, WorkHorse Dance Project, and Tony Williams Ballet
Jacob Hoover was trained in the Boston area and then at Miami City Ballet School. He has danced for José Mateo Ballet Theatre in Cambridge, and the Vanemuine Theatre in Estonia, and has just finished his second season with Festival Ballet Providence. Jacob gets excited about mathematics and linguistics, and likes to play the fiddle when he has the time.
A native of Great Barrington, MA, Vincent Brewer trained with the Albany Berkshire Ballet and other local studios in Western Massachusetts. He furthered his training at Indiana University graduating with a B.S. in Ballet and an Outside Field in Religious Studies in 2011 (honors with high distinction). At Indiana University, Mr. Brewer danced the male principals in Valse Fantaisie, Allegro Brilliante, and Glinka Pas de Trois (Balanchine), Melancholic in Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, and Cavalier, Snow Prince, and Trepak in Michael Vernon’s Nutcracker. He has danced with Eglevsky Ballet and Suzanne Farrell Ballet, performing Flower Festival at Genzano and Balanchine’s Tarantella with Eglevsky Ballet. After graduating from college, Vincent joined Festival Ballet Providence where he danced the Nutcracker Prince in Mihailo Djuric’s Nutcracker and in works by Viktor Plotnikov, Gianni Dimarco, and Mark Harootian. He recently appeared as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Tony Williams' LGBT Urban Nutcracker, in North Atlantic Dance Theatre's Scheherazade and Vivaldi's Four Seasons and currently dances with Dayton Ballet in Ohio. Vincent is excited to be dancing with NADT again!