Laura Careless is a graduate of The Royal Ballet School, London; the Ecole-Atélier Rudra Béjart, Lausanne, Switzerland; and The Juilliard School Dance Division, from which she graduated in 2007 with the John Erskine Prize for Academic and Artistic Excellence. She is a founding member of Company XIV and has appeared with the company at The Edinburgh Festival, Wilton’s Hall in London, the Puebla Arts Festival, and in New York at Lincoln Center, TED talks, LaMaMa, The Brooklyn Museum, Duo Theater, John Jay College, The Italian Academy at Columbia University, Dances of Vice and The Slipper Room. She has served as guest artist and choreographer for the Park Avenue Armory/Manchester International Festival/Donmar Warehouse production of The Machine, SIREN Baroque, as guest speaker at The Juilliard School and as guest faculty at Broadway Dance Center, Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech, and the Sitka Fine Arts Institute. Favourite roles with XIV include the Evil Queen in Snow White; Bukowski’s women in Lover.Muse.Mockingbird.Whore; and the Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker Rouge, a role she is thrilled to reprise. www.lauracareless.com
Marisol Cabrera began her dance training in Santa Barbara, California, in the styles of Classical Spanish dance, Flamenco, Baroque, Ballet and Mexican Folklorico. A graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in World Arts in Cultures, Marisol also lived in Madrid, Spain, for three years receiving her credentials in Danza Española and Flamenco. She has traveled much of the world to perform, including London, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, and Hong Kong. Most recently, Marisol received her M.A. from NYU in Arts Education with an emphasis on critical thinking. Marisol is currently on faculty at The Ballet Hispanico School of Dance teaching Spanish and Flamenco to young dancers ages 5-12. Since joining Company XIV in 2008, Marisol has performed in the home productions of Le Cirque Féerique, Nutcracker Rouge, Snow White, Judge Me Paris along with traveling with the company to Puebla, Mexico.
Jeff Takacs is an actor and writer. Appearances with Company XIV include Nutcracker Rouge, Le Cirque Feerique, Judge Me Paris, Snow White and Lover.Muse.Mockingbird.Whore, which the New York Times called a “brilliantly rasping…pitch-perfect” performance. Films include Other Plans and Lefty Loosey, Righty Tighty. His plays include Kaintuck and The Dogs Will Run.
Davon Rainey started taking tap lessons in first grade in Memphis, TN. After the director of DanceWorks heard about him in 1996 she gave him a full scholarship to study ballet at her studio. In 2000, after his sophomore year at Central High School, he was given a full scholarship to Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. From there, he went on to the Juilliard School in New York City where he also received a full scholarship. After two years there, he went on to work with companies and choreographers including Aszure Barton & Artists, Buglisi/Foreman Dance Company, Bill T. Jones Dance Company, Public Dance Theatre, Sidra Bell Dance NYC, Jonah Bokaer, Michelle Mola and Company XIV. Davon Rainey would like to thank Austin McCormick for inspiring direction and endless support. And also this amazing cast for their beautiful dedication and spirit. For more info on Mr. Rainey please visit: www.davonrainey.com
Born in Minnesota, Alexander Hille began dancing at the age of eight. Upon graduating from the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists in 2007, he was accepted to the Juilliard School in New York City. While attending Juilliard (graduated 2011), Alexander was privileged to learn the works of some of the most innovative and prominent figures in dance, including: José Limon, Merce Cunningham, Ohad Naharin, Mark Morris, Larry Keigwin, Stijn Celis, Darell Grand Moultrie, Benjamin Millipied, Bronislava Nijinska, and Eliot Feld (Alexander was the recipient of the Paul Taylor Scholarship in 2011). He has spent summers working to expand his artistic horizons, by training at the Juilliard School, Springboard Danse Montréal, and Move in Nederlands Dans Theater. Throughout his time at these various programs he learned the repertory of Aszure Barton, Anabelle Lopez Ochoa, Crystal Pite, Jiri Kylian, and Paul Lightfoot & Sol Leon. Alex has worked independently, guest performing in Minnesota Dance Theaters Nutcracker Fantasy, performing for the Greenwich Music festival in La Dame a la Licorne, and also at Louis Vuitton on 5th avenue for New York’s Fashion’s Night out. Alexander joined Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal in the Spring of 2011.
Originally from Southern California, Allison Ulrich is a graduate from Orange County High School of the Arts where she studied all styles of commercial dance and the recipient of The International House of Blues Ambassador Scholarship. In 2009, she received her BFA from The Juilliard School where she performed works by Twyla Tharp, Martha Graham, Mark Morris, Jose Limon, Nicolo Fonte, Larry Keigwin, Lar Lubovitch, Nacho Duato and Ohad Naharin. Allison joined the Juilliard Dance Ensemble for their European tour and then went straight to into creation for a new production for Cirque Du Soleil, “Viva Elvis”. With the cast of Viva Elvis, she was a guest performer on Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance, to name a few. Allison was the dance captain, a featured dancer and an aerialist. She is now traveling between New York and Los Angeles as a freelance artist working for choreographers, Cherice Barton and Sonya Tayeh, and performing with Mark Stuart Dance Theater, VH1 and The Metropolitan Opera. She is excited for her first production with Company XIV.
Katrina Cunningham is an Oregon-grown performer who initially ventured to New York to study with the Joffrey Ballet as a Trainee. Currently, she is singing and dancing in Company XIV’s Nutcracker Rouge at the Minetta Lane Theater and has been performing with the company for three years. Recently, she wrapped ‘Pepper and The Salt Sea,’ a Small Media Extra Large film in which she starred. A 2011 graduate of Purchase College, she holds a BFA in Dance and has also participated in many other programs including the Terry Schreiber Acting Conservatory, Movement Invention Project, Springboard Danse Montreal, and Taipei National University of the Arts. She currently dances for Mettin Movement Collective, Danielle Russo Dance Company, and has danced works by Marie Chouinard, Paul Taylor, Nelly Van Bommel, Jiri Kyllian, Diane McIntyre, Louise Bedard, Robert Moses, and Kyle Abraham. She has also shared her work in various venues including Reverb-APAP, the Hoover Dam Collective, the Vis A Vis Project, the Bowery Poetry Club, Dizzy’s Jazz Lincoln Center, and Birdland. She is dedicated to unifying her many creative passions of which dance, poetry and music are a few. Forever indebted to the Faye and Kennith Gang Dance Scholarship, Adopt-A-Dancer Fund, Nutcracker Scholarship, and the Sherry and Robert Weiner Scholarship for Dance, she feels blessed to be a member of Company XIV, where she is surrounded by artists of a kindred gratitude, intellect and madness.
Cassady Rose Bonjo is a a Pennsylvania native and recent transplant to NYC. She is a graduate of the New England Center for Circus Arts Professionalism Program, and a part-time circus coach and nationwide performer, specializing in aerial acrobatics and contortion. Cassady Rose is a also a self-employed seamstress custom costume designer, whose work can be seen at: www.therosebonjo.com
Courtney is a roue cyr artist and competitor for Team USA in the World Competition for Wheel Gymnastics. Courtney received the only perfect score in artistry, and she holds third place in the mono-wheel open routine qualiﬁcation round of the World Competition of 2013. She is the featured cyr wheel instructor of New York City, the leader of Spinnovation NY, and a member of the NYC based Cyr Wheel Performance Troupe, Svindelic. Courtney performs cyr wheel on a regular basis and choreographs her own routines as well as routines for other cyr wheel performers. Her choreography has been performed as part of the BEAT BROOKLYN Festival, at Galapagos Arts Space, Dixon Place, The STREB Emerging Artist Commission (funded by NY Arts Council), Carrboro Arts Center, California State University of Long Beach, Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts, The Ailey School, STREB Extreme Action, Tel Aviv, Kfar Vradim and Haifa, Israel. Her dance ﬁlms have been screened at ﬁlm festivals around the world. Courtney is a certiﬁed movement instructor of Cyr wheel, GYROKINESIS ®, GYROTONIC ®, and the Lester Horton Technique. Her nominations, awards and afﬁliations include the Rolex Mentor Protege Arts Initiative, Gold medal pianist of Carnegie Hall, scholarships to schools such as American Ballet Theater, Kirov Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Studio Maestro, Joffrey Ballet, STREB Extreme Action, Diavolo Dance Theater, Buglisi Dance Theater, Pascal Rioult Dance Theater, contest winner of the Dance Magazine video competition, recipient of the STREB Emerging Artist Commission, recipient of the Bindlestiff First of May Award 2013, and an artist in residence of the Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, California.
Company XIV debut! Originally from Orlando, Florida, Jakob began dancing at the age of 12 where he trained and competed at a local studio. After graduating high school, he moved to New York to pursue a BFA in dance at Fordham University. Runner Up on Season 6 of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance and an original cast member in The First National Tour of Flashdance the Musical. Other credits include: Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance, Cirque du Soleil’s VIVA ELVIS, and The 82nd Annual Academy Awards. Thanks and love to Mom & Dad, Bloc, and my dearest friends. You are the greatest anyone could ask for.
Kana Kimura grew up in Hiroshima, Japan where she started her dance training at the age of four. She received a B.F.A from The Juilliard School and has worked with Wally Cardona,The Metropolitan Opera, Brooke Broussard for an installation work in Shanghai and J-Collabo in NYC. Kimura is currently a member of Jessica Lang Dance.
Born in California, Molly has been dancing since she was two. She is a 2013 graduate of The Juilliard School and holds a BFA in dance. Molly recently performed in Two Boys at the Metropolitan Opera choreographed by Hofesh Shechter. She has had the opportunity to perform the works of William Forsythe, José Limón, Andrea Miller, Austin McCormick, Pam Tanowitz, Raewyn Hill, Bronislava Nijinska, and Jarek Cemerek. Molly also enjoys sharing her love of dance through teaching. She would like to thank her family for their love and support!
Nicholas Katen, originally from Portland, Oregon, began dancing at a young age and went on to graduate with a BFA in dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Additionally, Katen has trained at the Arts Academy in Prague, Czech Republic, Arts and Communications Magnet Academy, The Juilliard School, The Portland Ballet, Portland Festival Ballet, and Virginia School of the Arts. Throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to perform work by choreographers such as Joshua Bergasse, Chase Brock, Terry Brock, Michael Clark, Alex Ketley, Barak Marshall, Mark Morris, Julane Stites, and Chet Walker. Katen is currently a choreographic assistant to Chet Walker. He lives in New York City and works for Chihiro Shimizu and Artists, The Staten Island Ballet, and most recently Company XIV.
Nicholás was trained at the National Circus School of Argentina where he received his training as an aerialist and hand balancer. At the age of 18, Nicholás was honored to receive the Traub Scholarship to attend Harvard University, where he was able to pursue his academic interests and also expand his artistic training. In May 2013, upon graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Nico moved to NYC to continue his training in and passion for the arts.
The N.Y Times called her “ a rambunctious over the top soprano of considerable charm.” This award winning, Juilliard BM and MM graduate was also a Metropolitan Opera outreach artist and world premiere music collaborator who has performed on five continents. Shelly is also a professional comedian, filmmaker, Burlesque Emcee, producer, writer and actor who has worked with The Actor’s Studio, TLC, ABC, MTV and The New Dramatists. Being a part of Company XIV is blowing her mind and has made a profound impact on her artistically. She is forever grateful to Austin McCormick for giving her this opportunity to access every realm of creativity.
Born and raised in Benbrook, Texas, Tyler has been intent on dancing since he saw his sister’s dance recital at the age of two. A recent graduate of The Juilliard School, in the past four years he has had the pleasure of dancing works by Andrea Miller, Pam Tanowitz, José Limon, Eliot Feld, Paul Taylor, Ohad Naharin, Aszure Barton and Merce Cunningham. Tyler is beyond excited to be dancing and exploring with Company XIV.