Plgdc guest choreographers
Dancer/Director, born in Miami Florida, she began her early training with E. Ronquillo of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. She continued her studies at the New World School of the Arts, where she received a BFA with honors. Ms. Bulnes has received scholarships to American Ballet Theatre,
Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the Martha Graham School, and received a Merit Award at the NFAA “ARTS” Competition. While at New World, Jacqueline was a featured dancer in a series of short dance films titled “Scriptures,” directed by Jennifer Sims, and shown at Memento Vivere Festival (Italy and Romania 2009), Festival VideoDanzaBa (Buenos Aires, Argentina 2010),
Stratford Fringe Film Festival (England 2010), Court-BOUILLON Film Festival (France 2010) and NYC Short Film Festival (NYC 2010). Jacqueline has danced as a soloist with Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Martha Graham Dance Company where she performed leading roles. She was the lead Actress in “Proserpina”, directed by Federico Tocchella as well as lead Actress/Dancer in Academy Award Winner Bill Laurence’s music video “After Sun.” In the summers of 2016 & 2017, she was chosen by Robert Cohan as a Choreographer during the “Cohan Collective” residency in London where she had the honor of restaging Martha Graham’s “Panorama” and will be returning in the summer of 2018 to restage “A Choreographic Offering” by Jose Limon with whose company she is currently performing in NYC.
Kashia Kancey is a young dancer who was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Currently, she is completing her studies at New World School of the Arts in the college track. She has been dancing for nine years and received as training from both New World School of the Arts High School and the Miami Arts Charter School. Kaisha began to choreograph at the age of sixteen, first exploring movement within herself and with her own body, then proceeding to create her first official piece titled "Abel," which premiered in the Student Choreography Showcase at the New World School of the Arts. Her work “Every Day Is February” was presented in December 2017 at the “Rhythmic Atlantic” program for the Victoria London Choreographers Showcase; she also designed the costumes for her dance.
Justin Rapaport is from Miami, Florida, and studied dance at The Juilliard School in New York City under the guidance of Lawrence Rhodes, Risa Steinberg, Alphonse Poulin, Terese Capucilli, Linda Kent, Alexandra Wells, and Andra Corvino. Rapaport has performed various original works by Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Twyla Tharp, Brian Brooks, Alejandro Cerrudo, Sharon Eyal, and Daniel Lewis. He has been to many summer dance programs including Netherlands Dance Theater, Springboard Dance Montreal, Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, American Ballet Theater, and Miami City Ballet. He began his formal dance training at the age of eight at local studio Dance Empire under the guidance of Angel Fraser-Logan, Jamar Roberts, Tawanna Hall-Charlton, Liana Navarro and Tony Catanzaro and continued his studies at NWSA High School where he trained in classical ballet and various modern techniques under the guidance of Bambi Anderson, Gerard Ebitz, Daniel Lewis, Peter London, Rebecca Cannan, Lara Murphy, Tina Santos-Wahl, Ruth Wiesen, Dale Andree and Arnold Quintane. His ballet “Leah (A Rose for Israel)” premiered at Beth Shmuel Cuban Hebrew Congregation (Miami Beach - October 2015) in a program by the Peter London Dance Company where he also presented a solo dance of his work titled “Toasties.” After receiving his BFA in dance at Juilliard, Justin joined Ballet BC, a professional contemporary dance company based in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Originally from Miami, Leon Cobb started to dance at 17 at Southern Dance Theatre. When he was accepted into the New Words School of the Arts Conservatory Dance program, Cobb met Peter London, a former Graham dancer, who took him under his wing and extended his modern dance training. “Modern dance requires a mental focus that separates you from the average dancer,” says Cobb; he likes a challenge and knew that this is what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. In the past six years, he has been blessed with scholarships to some of the top modern dance and contemporary ballet schools and has worked with top choreographers. One of the highlights of his time as an apprentice with the Martha Graham Dance Company, was his appearance in the all-male performance of Graham’s “Celebration!” at New York City Center on April 18, 2016. More recently,
Cobb signed a contract with the prestigious Limon Dance Company.
Lloyd Knight was born in England, reared in Miami, and trained at the Miami Conservatory of Ballet. He has a BFA from the New World School of the Arts, where he worked with many renowned choreographers, including Donald McKayle, Robert Battle, Peter London and Michael Uthoff and performed leading roles by Jose Limon and Merce Cunningham. He received full scholarships to the Alvin Ailey American Center, to Dance Theatre of Harlem and to The Martha Graham School. Knight joined The Martha Graham Dance Company in 2005, was promoted to Soloist in 2009, and performed starring Roles in “Appalachian Spring,” “Embattled Garden,” and “Errand into the Maze,” among others. In addition, Knight has taught dance at Ballet Hispánico (New York City), New World School of the Arts and The Martha Graham School. Knight has performed in the touring show of "The King and I," directed by Guy Stroman. In a collaboration with photographer Mark Andrews, the exhibit on "Steel: Lloyd Knight, The Physique of a Dancer," was shown at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, NY. Knight was a Model/Dancer for British publication "AnOther Magazine" and Dance Magazine named him as one of the Top 15 Dancers to Watch in 2010. Recently, he partnered Ballerina Wendy Whelan in Graham’s “Moon” and Misty Copeland in Graham’s “At Summer’s Full.”
Raised in Miami, Florida, Melissa Fernández began her classical ballet training at the age of five under the direction of the Cuban instructor Caridad Espinoza. She went on to learn modern dance techniques and to further her dance education at the New World School of the Arts where she graduated with honors in 2008. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City and obtained a BFA from The Juilliard School in 2013. Currently, Ms. Fernández is beginning her fourth season with Ballet Hispánico of New York. Her work “Que se Encuentra en los Arrabales” premiered for the December 2015 performances of the Peter London Global Dance Company’s Choreographers Showcase at the Carnival Studio Theater of the Arsht Center in Miami; it was inspired by the history of tango and danced to the contemporary interpretation of Astor Piazzolla’s music as played by Yo-Yo Ma. On that occasion, she also performed her own choreography as a “Little Holiday Gift” to the audience.
A proud native of Miami, Lynn is a graduate of the New World School of the Arts (NWSA) where she trained in all forms of dance. While at NWSA, she received a number of scholarships to attend the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive and was asked to join Ailey II. She attended Florida State University, received two Bachelor’s degrees (one in Applied Economics and the other in Interdisciplinary Social Science) and upon graduation, became a member of Spectrum Dance Theater under Artistic Director (and Tony nominated choreographer) Donald Byrd. Her diverse background and training have afforded her opportunities such as being a featured dancer in Scary Movie 5, touring the United States and Canada as a dancer/singer in Disney’s “The Lion King,” and working with recording artists such as Usher. She played the role of Cinderella at Lincoln Center in the Little Orchestra Society's production and is also a featured dancer in the HBO series Vinyl and in the Netflix Original Series The Get Down, both released in 2016. Sharron holds contemporary and musical theater master classes across the country and is the Founder and Executive Director of Steps Ahead, a program designed to equip emerging professional dancers ages 16 and above with the tools necessary to enter the dance market with utmost professionalism and excellence.
Sharron participated in the Peter London Global Dance Company’s First Choreographers Showcase in 2014 with her work “Righteous Moments,” danced to Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good.” She is a New York-based artist looking to inspire and be inspired.