Miya Hisaka Silva (Founder/Producing Artistic Director) Dancer, choreographer, teacher, producing director, fundraiser and urban planner, Ms. Hisaka carries the legacy of the world’s most renowned dance leaders. Originally trained by Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Eric Hawkins, Gene Hill Sagan, Mary Day and Gloria Contreras, and later worked with Rod Rodgers, Kevin Iega Jeff, Lloyd Whitmore and Adrain Bolton. Has trained hundreds of dancers who are members of prestigious companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Stuttgart Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. Her life commitment has been the promotion of diversity and excellence in the arts. She and DCCDT, DC’s first multicultural dance company, were selected as cultural ambassadors by the State Department to represent the United States on a world tour for over a decade. She has been commissioned by the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution, Central American Olympics, Washington School of Ballet, Cleveland Clinic’s Art & Medicine Institution, Ministry of Education of El Salvador, Santa Clara University, among others. A graduate of Barnard College/Columbia University with a BA in Urban Studies, and an MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs/Syracuse University. As a member of the DC Mayor’s Task Force for Economic Development, she was integral in the redevelopment of Gallery Row Arts, the 14th and U Street Arts Districts, and the renovation of the Lincoln Theatre. An Arts Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and recipient of numerous DC’s Mayor’s Arts Awards and of the University of San Francisco’s Jesuit Fellowship. Former director/faculty at Georgetown University, Washington School of Ballet, George Washington, University, Alonzo King LINES, Marin Dance Theatre and San Domenico Prep School, the National School of Dance in El Salvador, and director of dance at the Central American University. She created TDC de El Salvador and their school, El Centro para Liderazgo en las Artes. Currently on faculty at The Catholic University of America, Joy of Motion Dance Center, and East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. She is also a certified Somatics/Pilates personal trainer.




Maurice Johnson (Associate Artistic Director) Born in Kentucky. Received his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Kentucky with a minor in Spanish. Studied and performed with a variety of notable dance institutions including The Lexington Ballet, Alvin Ailey Dance Repertoire, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, and North Atlanta Academy School. Appeared in the 1997 HBO movie “Miss Evers Boys’”and the 1996 US Olympic Ceremonies. His choreographic talent has enabled him to work with the production teams of Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Madonna and Paula Abdul, among others. Currently on faculty at The National Cathedral School, Catholic University and Joy of Motion Dance Center. This is his 11th season with the Company.




Chika Imamura (Assistant to the Directors) Born in Japan and began her training at the Sasa Ballet School Japan. Continued her studies at the Belarussian National Ballet School. Obtained Vagnova ballet technique and Character dance Teaching Diploma at the Russian National Perm Ballet School. She has performed as a member of the Musashino City Ballet Tokyo, the Itabashi Ballet Tokyo and the Japan Ballet Association Tokyo and has a large repertory of a principal/soloist in classical, neo-classical and contemporary works. She is currently an artistic director of the Classical Repertory Dance Ensemble, a faculty at Joy of Motion Dance Center D.C. and Seber Method Academy. She is certified as a Power Pilates and Zena-Rommett Floor Barre instructor.




Joan Ayap Born in Washington, DC, and grew up in the Philippines. Began her training at the Halili-Cruz School of Ballet and the Philippine Ballet Theatre Conservatoire. Graduated from Assumption College, San Lorenzo (Philippines) with a BS in Interior Design, while pursuing a dance career. Her professional experience includes: the Philippine Ballet Theatre, where she worked with Gener Caringal, Ronilo Jaynario, Anatoli Panasiukov, Enrico Labayen, Tony Fabella, Maiqui Mañosa, and Graham Lustig among others. She performed with Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company and is currently a member of Bowen McCauley Dance. This is her 5th season with the Company.




Hannah Conn Born in Ridgewood, NJ. Trained with Larissa Saveliev and Kelley and Danielle Larkin at Robin Horneff’s Performing Arts Center. Gained most of her stage experience at regional and national dance competitions and notable venues such as the Princess Grace Awards. Received a B.S. in Physics from Georgetown University, where she trained with Georgetown University Dance Company and Groove Theory. Currently a student at Georgetown University School of Medicine and collaborating with a clinical research lab at the National Institutes of Health. This is her 5th season with the Company.


Chandini Darby is a Washington, DC native where she began her training with the DC Youth Ensemble. She continued her formal training at Spirit Wings Dance Company & Studio through high school, where she is presently a performing member and on faculty. Mrs. Darby is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Towson University with a BFA in Dance Performance. She is also the recipient of the Washington Post Music & Arts Award in DanceScholarship and is the 2015 recipient of The Kennedy Center’s Local Dance Commissioning Project. Professional credits include: Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (Chicago, Il), Washington Reflections Dance Company, Lula Washington Dance Theater (Los Angeles, CA) and DC Contemporary Dance Theater. Mrs. Darby is the founder and Artistic Director of The Beauty For Ashes Project, Inc. and is currently working with CityDance as their Community Programs Manager. She is the proud wife of Kenny and mother to Josiah and Jazz. This is her 5th season with the company.





Vanessa Carmichael-Elder – Born in Guyana, South America. Was introduced to her dance career in college, and studieskinesiology at the University of Maryland. Has performed at the Kennedy Center with Jacque d’Amboise, Helanius Wilkins, Alvin Mayes, the Companies of Motion Mania Jazz Company, City Dance Ensemble, Jam Crew, and Word Dance Theatre. Has also performed at the National Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina. In addition to dancing, Vanessa is proud to be a mother of three. She is faculty at Joy of Motion Dance Center and a personal fitness trainer. This is her 11th season with the Company.




Therese Gahl – Born in Alexandria, Virginia, Therese received her training from the Washington School of Ballet (WSB). As a student, she danced alongside the professional company, The Washington Ballet, where she performed at many notable venues including the Warner Theater, the Kennedy Center, and the White House. After graduating from high school, she became a member of Ballet West II. In 2012, she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of the Arts in Psychology from George Mason University. She has taught at Citydance, Maryland Youth Ballet and Virginia Ballet Theater. She joined Gin Dance Company in 2012, and has also performed with Sarah J. Ewing and Ivy Chow. In 2014, she became Conservatory Program Manager for CityDance. This will be her 1st season with the Company.




Sydney Ignacio – Born in the Philippines. Began his training at the Gigi Velarde-David Ballet Dance Workshop and went on to Steps Dance Studio and completed the Royal Academy of Dance Elementary Exam. Sydney has performed with The Philippine Ballet Theatre, Verb Ballets in Ohio, Washington Reflexions Dance Company and CityDance Ensemble. He has toured to Taipai and London. He is a member of Sax Lounge DC. This is his 4th season with the Company..





Zena B. Maddox - Born in Baltimore, Maryland, where she began her training at the Baltimore School for the Arts with Norma Pera, Anton Wilson, Samantha Ordaz, Debra Robinson and Vadim Pijicov. She is an honors graduate in Dance Pedagogy from Butler University’s Dance Department. She also studied at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem’s summer intensives. She has taught for the Polish Dance Theatre in Poznan, Poland and performed with the Polish National School of Ballet. This is her 2nd season with the Company.





Max Maisey – Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Began his training at the Metropolitan Ballet Academy under the tutelage of Lisa Collins Vidnovic, and continued his studies at the North Carolina School of the Arts with Kee-Juan Han, Melissa Hayden, and Frank Smith. Has performed with Pennsylvania Ballet, and Ballet Austin, where he completed his apprenticeship. Graduated with a Master’s in Philosophy from American University, and currently works in IT in DC. This is his 3rd season with the Company.





Chiesa Mason - Born in Maryland. Trained with The Kirov Academy of Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Rock School of Ballet and the Dance Institute of Washington. She attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts and SUNY Purchase College: Conservatory of Dance. She has danced for Princess Cruise Lines and served as an apprentice and then guest dancer with Eisenhower Dance, a contemporary company in Michigan. This is her 1st season with TDC.




Wanyi Ng – Grew up in Flagstaff, AZ, where she danced at Northern Arizona University Dance Academy, studying the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus through Advanced II with Distinction. She then studied dance at Duke University in Durham, NC while earning her B.S. in mechanical engineering on full scholarship. She also attended summer programs with American Ballet Theatre and Ballet West. She has performed classical ballet, contemporary ballet, and jazz dance with ShaLeigh Dance Works, Legacy Repertory Company, and Duke Dance Program. She is currently pursuing a M.S. in aerospace engineering at University of Maryland. This is her 1st season with the company.




Rebecca Presti – Born in Alexandria, VA. Trained at Joy of Motion, Ballet Nova and Maryland Youth Ballet. She has danced with hip hop companies Dance Expansion Project (DC) and EnMotion (Boston) and with DC’s Classical Repertory Dance Ensemble. She has worked with Jam Crew D.A.R.E. outreach and taught hip hop for the High Achievement Program in DC public schools. She also teaches Pilates and Yoga. This is her first season with TDC.






fidelFidel Garcia
Born in Cuba, an internationally renown dancer, teacher and pilates instructor. In l992, Mr. Garcia finished his studies at the National Ballet School in Cuba (Camaguey City) as a Professional Dancer and as a Ballet Teacher. Later he became Principal/Soloist with Dance Theater of Harlem, The Washington Ballet, Ballet NY, Ballet de Camaguey (Cuba), Peru and with Gloria Contreras of El Taller Coreografico de UNAM/Mexico City, among many other prestigious companies of the world. Has taught ballet in Mexico, WDC and New York, and throughout the world. Currently owner and Pilates Instructor at Capital Pilates Studio where his focus is to use Pilates technique to improve the dancers technique and quality of movement and allow dancers to understand how to work free of injuries.




edwardEdward Franklin Born in Detroit, Michigan. Began his dance training under Cindy Herman and Gary Harrison of Atlanta, GA and received a full scholarship to train with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. He is also a recipient of the Donna Wood Scholarship and danced under full scholarship with the Joffrey Ballet. For the past 20 years, Edward has worked extensively throughout the United States and Europe as a seasoned performer and master instructor. “E” has performed with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Philadelphia Dance Company (PhilaDanco), Ronald K. Brown/Evidence Dance Company, Kevin “Iega” Jeff/Deeply Rooted Productions, Oakland Ballet, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Theatre, The Gary Harrison Dance Company, White Wave Rising and The Manga African Dance Company. Edward is currently the Founder/Artistic Director of the Eli Sky Dance Theater in Atlanta, GA.


joseJose Luis Guillen – Born in El Salvador. Currently a student of psychology at the Universidad Tecnologica de El Salvador. Began studying modern dance in the project Danza Joven, in the National School of Dance “Morena Celarié”, under the direction of Francisco Castillo. Has danced with companies, Solo Por Hoy, as well as the National Dance Company of El Salvador. Has performed as a guest artist with the Ballet Foundation of Alcira Alonso in “The Rite of Spring” accompanied by the National Symphony of El Salvador choreographed by Francisco Castillo. He currently teaches contemporary dance throughout El Salvador.





adrainAdrain Bolton (Founder/Resident Choreographer of DCCDT) A native of Washington, DC and graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. A scholarship recipient of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. Former Resident Choreographer and Founder/Co-Director of DCCDT. A prolific choreographer who works influenced the development of Washington dance scene since the l980s. His works have been presented nationally from NYC, Philadelphia to Cleveland, and internationally in Jordan, Thailand, the Dominican Republic, Russia, Amsterdam, S. Africa, Hong Kong and China. Former faculty at the Duke Ellington School, Co-Founder of the Christian Dance Academy and Soul Winners for Christ Dance Ministry. Currently, Founder Artistic Director of Adrain Bolton Dance Ministry Company in Atlanta, Georgia.


franciscoFrancisco Castillo (Founder/Co-Director of TDC) Born in San Salvador. Dancer, master choreographer and teacher and Founder Co-Director and Resident Choreographer of TDC since  l994. Began his training at the National School of Dance “Morena Celarie” in El Salvador in 1981. Former Founder Director of Evolución, 21-91 Contemporary Dance, and is currently Founder Director of Solo por Hoy, an all men’s dance company in San Salvador. Founder of the dance program at the National University of El Salvador; former faculty at La UCA; and on faculty at the National School. Has been responsible for the training of the majority of contemporary dancers in El Salvador. Has worked in throughout Central America, the Caribbean and the USA, where his diverse repertory of 55 works has been set on many companies.



gloriaGloria Contreras (Guest Choreographer) Born in Mexico City. Ms. Contreras is one of Latin America’s most renown figures in the world of art and culture. She has been instrumental in the development of culture for all of Mexico and has helped to give value to the arts during a time when there was virtually none. Originally danced under Nelsy Dambré in Mexico in the l940s, and went to School of American Ballet in NYC in l950-60s, trained by Pierre Vladimirov, Felia Doubrovska,Anatole Oboukhoff, Muriel Stuart and George Balanchine. Founder/Artistic Director of La Taller Coreografico de Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City in 1970. Recipient of a lifetime award as Emeritus Creator from the Mexican government for her work for bringing dance to audiences of all social classes, radically changing the limited panorama of dance in her country in the seventies. Has directed 83 seasons as UNAM’s resident Company at their theatres; and has presented 317 different choreographic works, 233 of her own creation. She searches for innovation through tradition and uses technique as a vehicle for communication, not as a means per se. By eliminating all superficial elements, she considers the dancers as fundamental elements of choreography and through form, the dancers communicate the very essence of man.


kevinKevin Iega Jeff (Guest Choreographer and Founder/Artistic Director of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater of Chicago) Iega has been commissioned to create new works for the Alvin Ailey Dance Ensemble, River North Dance Company, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, the Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theatre, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, and the Wylliams/Henry Dance Theatre. He is recognized as one of the Juilliard School’s 100 Outstanding Alumni. He has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Council for Culture and Arts, and the BTAA Best Choreography award for Church of Nations, the Merit Award from the International Association of Blacks in Dance (where he now sits on the board of directors). He is the founder of JUBILATION! in York City, which brought the stories and art of the African American People and his unique approach to contemporary dance to a global audience. He served as Artistic Director of the Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre, and as artist-in- residence at Howard University, the University of Las Vegas, Goucher College, SUNY Purchase and at Purdue University’s Black Cultural Center. His work has been featured in several films, including Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have it, and in the Broadway shows Comin’ Uptown and The Wiz. Iega’s Walls premiered at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA.

felipeFelipe Oyarzun (Guest Choreographer and Perfomer) Born in Santiago, Chile. Received Chile’s Best Dancer Inter-American Circle of Dance Professionals Award, among other honors. In Santiago, he ran his own company which toured internationally. Holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and MA in dance education with honors from the University of Chile and a MFA in dance from George Washington University. His works have been presented at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Greenberg Theatre/American University, among others. Currently, Mr. Oyarzun is a guest choreographer and faculty member for the Joy of Motion Youth Ensemble program and dancer and technical coordinator of Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company.



lloydLloyd Whitmore (Former Choreographer and Dancer with DCCDT, Philadanco) Born in Philadelphia, PA. Began his career in Dance at age 20, and since has spent 36 years in dance as a performer, teacher and choreographer for professional schools and dance companies throughout the U.S. Trained in the Lester Horton and Martha Graham techniques, Mr. Whitmore has performed all over the world with companies such as Philadanco, DCCDT and the New Orleans Opera. He served as Artistic Director of his own modern dance company, The New World Dance Company, in DC. He was the first male recipient of a scholarship to The Craft of Choreography Conference from the Northeast Regional Ballet Association in 1983 and a scholarship student at the University of the Arts (Formerly Philadelphia College of the Arts). He has received numerous fellowships and grants. Mr. Whitmore has served on the faculties of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Atlanta Ballet, S.C. Governors School for the Arts, Harrison School for the Arts and Rochelle School of the Arts. He presently freelances as a modern dance instructor and choreographer and serves on the faculties of Atlanta Ballet and the Royale Dance Academy.


michaelMichael Radolinski (Technical Director/Lighting Designer) Owns and operates Michael Henry Events Creative LLC, a full-service event planning and production company based in New York City and Washington, DC. Since 1996, Michael has been designing for theatre, dance, fashion shows, concerts and other special events. He was previously the technical director and resident lighting designer for Black Movements Dance Theatre at Georgetown University. This is his 3rd season with the Company



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