Artists

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James Sewell,
Artistic Director
(32nd Season)

A Minneapolis native, Mr. Sewell moved to New York and studied at the School of American Ballet with David Howard, and began performing with ABT II. He was a lead dancer with Feld Ballets/NY for six years and has performed as a guest artist with the New York City Ballet, Zvi Gottheiner and Dancers, and Denishawn. He has choreographed more than 100 ballets for companies in the United States and around the world, and collaborated with countless other artists across disciplines.

Projects include the New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, the New York State Council on the Arts grant to create “Independence In Dependence” for Feld Ballets/NY; “Aida” (1998) for the Minnesota Opera and 11 other opera companies; James Sewell Ballet’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors” (1995); “Musical Toys” (1996) and “Nutcracker: The Untold Story” (1997) for the Minnesota Orchestra; “She Loves Me” (2005) and “1776” (2007) for the Guthrie Theater; and "Titicut Follies" (2017) with acclaimed documentarian Frederick Wiseman. James also has received commissions, including “Schoenberg Serenade” (2006) and “Passions” (1998), a work with composer Augusta Read Thomas, for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; “Metamorphosis” (2004) for the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus; “Awedville” (2004) for the Wharton Center for Performing Arts and “Turf” (2006) for the Minnesota Orchestra. Mr. Sewell received a Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship (2002), a Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography from the Choo-San Goh & H. Robert Magee Foundation (2006), and a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Choreography (2007). He is a past trustee of Dance/USA and a past director of the American Composer’s Forum.


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Eve Schulte,
Executive Director
(13th Season)

Eve is a dance artist and administrator based in Minneapolis, MN. She grew up training in ballet and modern at Minnesota Dance Theatre, and transitioned to company member in 2007. In 2009, she joined James Sewell Ballet, where she has also served as Artistic Associate (2017-2020) and currently as Executive Director.

She has collaborated with physical theater group Live Action Set, which is pioneering innovative immersive and interactive moving stories. Some of her more memorable performances include roles in Glenn Tetley’s Mythical Hunters; Leralee Whittle’s Displacement Activity; Live Action Set's Unset; and Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar’s Killer Pig. In the summertime, she often teaches at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and has twice served as co-director for their International Ballet Ensemble. She has been teaching various forms of dance for over a decade, and has performed or taught in France, Germany, Denmark, Canada, nationally in 17 states, and in 30+ Minnesota communities. Her choreographic work Any Offered None, developed as part of JSB's Ballet Works Project, was nominated for a 2016 MN Sage Award for Outstanding Performance. Eve also holds a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota. “Dance should allow people to shed and discover many things about themselves, whether participating on stage or from the audience. The ways in which it can permeate one’s heart are boundless.”


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Chloe Duryea,
Artist
(5th Season)

Chloe received her early dance training near her hometown of Haslett, Michigan. Upon attending the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Summer Intensive in Detroit, she was selected by ABT as a National Training Scholar in 2007 and 2008 and subsequently attended the ABT Summer Intensive for two years as a full-scholarship student. Chloe graduated from Indiana University’s Jacob School of Music with Highest Distinction, earning a Bachelor of Science in Ballet with an Outside Field of Kinesiology. While dancing with Indiana University Ballet Theatre, she was featured in Twyla Tharp’s Sweet Fields, Dwight Rhoden’s Dear Frederic, and as Princess Aurora in Act II and Act III of The Sleeping Beauty. After graduating from IU, Chloe was given the opportunity to perform George Balanchine’s Nutcracker Pas de Deux and Robert Rodham’s Snow Scene with the Indianapolis School of Ballet. Chloe then moved to Chicago, where she spent two years as a company dancer with Elements Contemporary Ballet, and performed as a guest artist in the Ruth Page Civic Ballet Nutcracker.


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Ashley Chin-Mark,
Artist
(4th Season)

Ashley discovered her passion for dance at the Hawkins School of Performing Arts in Folsom, CA where she performed as a Principal with Ballet Folsom for eight years under Deirdre Hawkins and Erin Hogan. During summers, she trained at Ballet West, Ballet Austin, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She then danced with Utah Ballet for four years, where she had the opportunity to work with Eloy Barragan, Val Caniparoli, Jay Kim, Calvin Kitten, Melonie Murray, Matthew Neenan, Pablo Piantino, Katie Scherman, Lesley Telford, and Maggie Tesch. Ashley graduated from the University of Utah, with a B.F.A. in Ballet and a B.S. in Strategic Communications, and is an ABT® Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary Level 3. She served on faculty for the Ballet West and University of Utah Summer Intensives and presented research at the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research and 12 Min Max. Branching into theatricality, Ashley portrayed John Lennon in Loren Wilder’s Nu-Topia multi-media production in Aspen, CO. Ashley served as Assistant to Artistic Director Oleg Vinogradov and Director Jay Kim for the International Ballet Summer Intensive, headlining the Heima Crew from NBC’s World of Dance, for the Ballet Gala, on the Incheon Global Campus in Korea. She most recently earned her certification in Progressing Ballet Technique and is currently pursuing a UX/UI Design Certificate at the University of Minnesota.


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Da'Rius Malone,
Artist
(4th Season)

Da’Rius Malone, from Chicago, IL, began his training under the direction of August Tye at Hyde Park School of Dance. Da’Rius is a 2014 graduate of The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts), where he won the award for Scholar-Artist and had the privilege to perform works from leading Chicago dance companies such as DanceWorks Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Muntu Dance Theater, and Joffrey Ballet. Da’Rius continued his training at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Da'Rius is a 2018 graduate with his BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance with an Emphasis in Ballet. After his time at The Boston Conservatory Da’Rius was asked to join Jon Lehrer on his European Tour as a guest artist. After, Da’Rius then became a company member at James Sewell Ballet. Da'Rius has performed works by Doug Varone, Joshua Manculich, Merce Cunningham, and Danny Buraczeski. He has also danced in several world premieres of choreography by Gabrielle Lamb, MADBOOTS and Yury Yanowsky. Da’Rius has performed excerpts of Don Quixote and Raymonda restaged by former Boston Ballet principal dancer Adriana Suarez and Gianni DiMarco. Da'Rius has also trained with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (Israel), Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Austin, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater and 10 Hairy Legs. Da’Rius wants to use his dance education and experience as a professional concert dancer to create a platform to make a positive impact in life.


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Arimee Gambill,
Artist
(4th Season)

Arimee was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MN, and received her dance training at Reif Dance, with summertime training at Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She appeared in a number of JSB/Reif Dance collaborations since age 11, and performed professionally alongside the company in JSB's 2017 rendition of Nutcracker (Not So) Suite. Arimee is the first Reif Dance student to receive a professional offer from JSB, and is looking forward to continuing her artistic journey with a company she has long admired.


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Jarod Boltjes,
Artist
(3rd Season)

Jarod is a Minnesota native from Adrian, MN. He started his dance training at Saint Mary’s University where he also obtained his BA Degree in Dance Performance and Studio Art. His formal dance training began at the age of 18 in college where he had the opportunity to train and perform internationally with Rose Bruford College in the U.K. and The Gaiety School of Acting in Ireland. Upon arrival to the Twin Cities, Jarod has worked with several local companies; Contempo Physical Dance, Twin Cities’ Ballet, Collide Theatrical, and St. Paul Ballet to name a few. If he is not in the dance studio, you can find him leading class as a certified barre and yoga instructor or under the big top tent coaching and choreographing for Circus Juventas.


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Andrew Lester,
Guest Artist
(7th Season)

Andrew started his training at a young age in central Minnesota with Carlos Stroia Ballet. He graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Minnesota and has been an active member of the Twin Cities dance community ever since. He was a founding member of Saint Paul City Ballet and has also worked with a myriad of different companies, including Eclectic Edge Ensemble, Ethnic Dance Theatre, Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theatre, Twin Cities' Ballet, and Shapiro & Smith Dance. In 2012 he was honored to receive a Sage Award for outstanding performance for Joseph Morrisey's "One" and Shapiro & Smith's "Family". Training highlights include American Ballet Theatre's summer intensive, Anna Marie Holmes Ballet Adriatco Summer Intensive in Ascoli Piceno Italy, as well as learning from a host of other Minnesota based master instructors. He is also an avid teacher and most recently, a co-collaborator with his wife, local musician and writer Nichole Carey, creating multi genre dance theatre.


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Hettie Stern,
Guest Artist
(2nd Season)

Hettie grew up dancing with the Hopkins Youth Ballet in Minnesota. She graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College with a BA in Cognitive Science. While at Carleton, Hettie performed with the college’s modern dance company, Semaphore and modeled for Jennifer Bader’s Ballet in Motion: A Moving Visual Guide to Performing Ballet Technique. After college, Hettie trained for a year with the Limón Dance Company and interned with the José Limón Dance Foundation in New York City. Other training highlights include summer intensives at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Ballet Austin. Hettie is currently pursuing an MEd in Learning Technologies at the University of Minnesota. She is also an avid photographer. Hettie has proudly performed with JSB in Amahl and the Night Visitors.


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Rachel Seeholzer,
Guest Artist
(1st Season)

Rachel Seeholzer was born and raised in Los Angeles, California where she first began her classical dance training at age nine. She set her focus in ballet after high school and traveled to further her training in cities such as Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Charlotte and Richmond. Rachel began dancing professionally in 2014 and has had the pleasure of working with the Charlottesville Ballet, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, RVA Dance Collective, Oakland Ballet, Virginia Repertory Theatre, Stavna Ballet, and Ballet Co.Laboratory. She has worked with acclaimed choreographers and teachers such as Daniel Duell, Sheila Rozann, Alonzo King, Patricia McBride, Suzanne Farrell, Kim Jones, Graham Lustig, Starr Foster, Colby Damon, and Maggie Small. Rachel began choreographing in 2011 when she set a contemporary ballet on the trainees and apprentices of the Charlotte Ballet; again in 2013 when she choreographed and staged the production of The Nutcracker on the Degas Dance Studio in Encino, California; and then again in 2017 when she set a neoclassical ballet on the trainees of the Charlottesville Ballet. Rachel has been teaching for over a decade in California, Virginia and Minnesota, working with students (ages 3-adult) at more than a dozen dance studios, schools, and academies.


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Joseph D.R. OLeary,
Art/Creative Director and
Principal Senior Designer

Joseph D.R. OLeary is founder and design director at Veto Design. Joseph has found a rewarding niche in working with art, culture, entertainment, environmental and education based clients, but prides himself on his ability to get into the mind of any client — seeking to truly understand their business, culture and design goals.

After graduating from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Joseph completed an intense 2-year immersion with a large design firm in Minneapolis. That experience, with its positive and negative aspects, inspired Joseph to launch his own firm, bringing his unique perspectives, design integrity, and undeniably strong work ethic to a range of clients.

An active member of the Twin Cities’ design community, Joseph continues to push the boundaries of his abilities through seminars and self-directed study in areas of art, photography, architecture, music and multimedia. He has an insatiable appetite for learning. In addition, he tries to make time for international travel — most recently Japan and Iceland — where the landscape, people and culture of other countries broaden his perspectives.

When asking him to sum up his life’s goal, he responds: “Creating is all I ever want to do. Without design, life would not be worth living.”


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Hector Cortes,
Video Producer

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