Miya Hisaka Silva (Founder/Artistic Director) Dancer, master teacher, producing artistic creative director, and urban planner, Hisaka carries the legacy of the world’s most renowned dance leaders: Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Eric Hawkins, Gene Hill Sagan, Mary Day, Gloria Contreras, and Kevin Iega Jeff. Has trained hundreds of dancers now in prestigious companies, such as, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, DTH, Stuttgart Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. Selected as a cultural ambassador for the State Department to represent the US for a ten year world tour. She and the Company were the first professional ethnic dance organization to have a regular season at the Kennedy Center in l984, and since has been commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution, Central American Olympics, Washington Ballet, Cleveland Clinic’s Art & Medicine Institution, Ministry of Education of El Salvador, Santa Clara University, as well as has created original works with Sting, Bobby McFerrin and Gloria Estefan. Her credentials include: 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; a member of the DC Mayor’s Task Force for Economic Development, integral in the redevelopment of Gallery Row Arts, the 14th and U Street Arts Districts; a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow; University of San Francisco’s Social Justice Fellow; a 25 year track record in fundraising and recipient of various international, national and DC’s Mayor’s Arts Awards; has helped create/design 4 performing arts centers including Georgetown University’s Davis Performing Arts Center, and in San Salvador, The Ministry of Education’s El Centro para Liderazgo en las Artes; former Director of Dance at Georgetown University, the Central American University (La UCA), and faculty at Washington School of Ballet, George Washington, Catholic, and New York Universities, Alonzo King’s LINES, Marin Dance Theatre, San Domenico Prep School, and the National School of Dance in El Salvador. Currently Sr. Faculty and Director of ITUB at EBCPA, and a certified Somatics/Pilates PT.



Maurice Johnson (Associate 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. Has 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. One of this nation’s most recognized master teacher/choreographer, known for his distinct style of movement and training in Street Jazz. His exuberance and contagious energy has continually packed his classes for the past 20 years in the DC area. Currently on faculty at Catholic University, The National Cathedral School, Washington School of Ballet, and Joy of Motion Dance Center.


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.


Michael Bradford (Assistant to the Directors) Born in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent. An Honor’s graduate from Howard University with a BFA in Dance. His choreography has been presented at The Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, Howard University, Gallaudet University, George Washington University, and Lula Washington Dance Theatre. Currently working in dance education, and arts administration and management.






Rebecca Presti (Company Manager)Born in Virginia of Croatian and Slovenian descent. Trained at Maryland Youth Ballet, Ballet Nova and Joy of Motion Studios. Has performed with several East Coast hip hop companies, Classical Repertory Dance Ensemble, Maryland Ballet Theatre, and has been an outreach performer with several DC companies. Received her B.A. in Psychology, and Certificate Degree in Music Recording and Production. Currently a Pilates, Forrest Yoga and Gyrotonic Teacher in the D.C. Metro area.


Joan AyapBorn 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.


Jordan DaughertyBorn in Louisville, Kentucky. Began her studies at Ellen’s School of Dance and continued her training at the Youth Performing Arts School, and The Louisville Ballet School. A 2011 Cum Laude Graduate from George Mason University with her BFA in Dance. At GMU, was a member of the George Mason Dance Company, she performed works by Twla Tharp, David Parson, Ohad Narahin, and Mark Morris. Has performed for three seasons with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s Second Company.


Chandini Darby (Choreographer) Born in Washington, DC. Began her training with the DC Youth Ensemble and continued at Spirit Wings Dance Company & School. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Towson University with a BFA in Dance Performance; a recipient of the Washington Post Music & Arts Award in Dance Scholarship; and a 2015 recipient of The Kennedy Center’s Local Dance Commissioning Project. She has performed works by Paul Taylor, Matthew Rushing, Dion Wilson, Clifton Brown, Nai Ni Chen and Christopher Huggins. Professional credits include: Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Washington Reflections Dance Company, and Lula Washington Dance Theater. Founder/Artistic Director of The Beauty For Ashes Project, Inc. and is currently Co-Director of CityDance DREAM. She is the proud wife of Kenny and mother to Josiah and Jazz.


Vanessa Carmichael-ElderBorn 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.


JP Flores – Born in Texas of Mexican descent. JP began his career at the Vidal M. Trevino Fine Arts School. Graduated from the Ailey School in 2012. He is the new Artistic Associate Director and choreographer for Ballet East Dance Company, and has performed with Calpulli Mexican Dance Co., Nimbus Co., and Modarts, to mention a few. Currently working towards his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in Texas.


Therese GahlBorn 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.



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.


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.


Kate Page – Born in Washington, D.C. Began training at the Washington School of Ballet and graduated at Indiana University with degrees in Dance, Kinesiology and Theatre. Also trained with Vim Vigor, Luke Murphy, Ryan Mason and at Tanzfabrik, Berlin. Has performed works by Ohad Naharin, Sahar Azimi and Ismael Ivo. A Yoga- Alliance Certified teacher, currently, managing a yoga studio while studying movement research, improvisation and somatic practices.


Zenas Okalowan – Born and raised in Prince Georges MD and is a first-generation Nigerian- American. Graduated with her BFA in Dance Performance from Towson University. Shortly after, she began as a youth development teaching artist with CityDance DREAM and now gladly serves as the DREAM Connections Program Manager at CityDance. She is blessed to have moments to share her passion for dance with the world.


Max Maisey – Born in Philadelphia, PA. 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.


Chiesa Mason – Born in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. A graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and received her BFA from SUNY Purchase Dance Conservatory. Also trained at The Rock School of Ballet, Kirov Academy of Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, STEPS, and the Dance Institute of Washington. Has performed works by Twyla Tharp, Stephen Petronio, Christopher Huggins, and Arthur Mitchell, and has toured the world with Princess Cruise Lines, and with Eisenhower Dance in Michigan. Currently directing her own dance program at KIPP SoCal Elementary Charter school.


Wanyi Ng – From Flagstaff of Singaporean Chinese descent. Trained at Northern Arizona University Dance Academy,the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus through Advanced II with Distinction, and at American Ballet Theatre. Has performed with the Duke Dance Program, Durham Ballet Theatre, and Moveius Contemporary Ballet. Received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University (full scholarship student), and her M.S. in Aerospace Engineering at Univ. of Maryland. Currently working at NASA as an aerospace engineer.







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.

stuartStuart Loungway (Artistic Associate/Choreographer) Founder/Artistic Director of Terra Firma Dance began his training with Tania Lichine, before receiving a full scholarship to the School of American Ballet. As a member of Houston Ballet and San Francisco Ballet Company he has performed works George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Mark Morris, Helgi Tomasson, Ben Stevenson, among many others. As a Principal Dancer at American Repertory Ballet, under the direction of Septime Webre, he performed Principal Roles in the works of Webre, O'Day, Galili, Ezralow, York and many more. As an reknown master teacher, choreographer, coach and performer, he has served on the faculty of The Washington Ballet School, The Joffrey Ballet School and Rutgers University, as well as has a permanent teaching position at Peridance and Steps. His credentials include being a Recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Choreography, the New Jersey State Council for the Arts; the Dance Metro DC Individual Choreographic Award; The Outstanding Choreographer Award at Youth America Grand Prix; and The Kaatsbaan Choreographic Residency Award. His Company have been featured at Jacob's Pillow, Kaatsbaan, and in Pointe Magazine and Dance Informa. His most recent work, commissioned by Septime Webre, Artistic Director of Halcyon/By The People, proudly premiered his company Terra Firma, as the only DC-based dance organization selected for this inaugural event, performing alongside Mr. Webre's Hong Kong Ballet. Stuart currently maintains an active GYROTONIC practice in Washington, DC at Capital Gyrotonics, where he specializes in rehabilitation and training of clients.


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.

matthewMatthew Royce (Technical Director/Lighting Designer)Has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre for 35 years as lighting designer, TD director, producer/presenter. Received his M.F.A. in Theatre Management from UCLA and studied lighting with Gilbert Hemsley at UW, Madison. Began his career at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and later became the fi rst Executive Director of the New Performance Gallery (now the ODC Theatre). During his tenure, he presented Mark Morris, Susan Marshall, and Charles Moulton, among others. Currently, serves as Resident Lighting Designer for the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Musical Theatre Works, and The Don’t Quit Your Day Job Dancers of San Francisco, and is on the faculty of St. Mary’s College, Moraga, California, and Notre Dame De Namur University, Belmont, California.



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