Eve is a dance performer and instructor 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. She also frequently collaborates with Live Action Set, most recently co-directing Unset, a project that invited untrained audience participants on stage to co-create an improvised, movement-based piece with an ensemble of trained dancers. Some of her more memorable performances include roles in Glenn Tetley’s Mythical Hunters; Loyce Houlton’s Sacre du Printemps and Carmina Burana; Leralee Whittle’s Displacement Activity; and Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar’s Killer Pig. In the summertime, she teaches at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (MI), and has twice served as co-director for their International Ballet Ensemble, which had her teaching and showing work with American dance students in France, Germany, and Denmark. She has been teaching various forms of dance for over a decade and often leads workshops and master classes as part of JSB's residency activities. Her choreographic feat, Any Offered None (premiered in JSB's Ballet Works Project 2016), was nominated for a MN Sage Award for Outstanding Performance. Eve also holds a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota.
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.
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.
Ashley discovered her passion for dance at the Hawkins School of Performing Arts in Folsom, California. She performed as a Principal with Ballet Folsom, for eight years, under Deirdre Hawkins and Erin Hogan before performing 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 recently graduated from the University of Utah, with a B.F.A. in Ballet and a B.S. in Strategic Communications, and an ABT® Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 3. She served on faculty for the Ballet West and University of Utah Summer Intensives and presented research at Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research and 12 Minutes Max.
Jayson is from Paterson, NJ where he began his training at Dance World Academy. He furthered his training in New York City at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center and Alvin Ailey. Jayson soon enrolled in Point Park University as a Dance major, while attending summer programs at Dance Place, Orlando Ballet 2, and Boston Ballet all on full scholarships. His professional career began as a Trainee with North Carolina Dance Theatre, now known as Charlotte Ballet. Jayson went on to dance for Lexington Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, and one of the top 25 to watch companies named in Dance Magazine, Company C Contemporary Ballet, where he was featured in Twyla Tharp’s “Surfer in the Styx”. Jason has also performed on worldwide cruiselines as a dancer and aerialist. In April 2014, he toured to Paris with Sarah Berges Dance and most recently danced with Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre and Bowen McCauley Dance. He is a resident choreographer with MidState Ballet, Sarah Berges Dance, and teaches masterclasses around the country as well as internationally. Jason is delighted to join James Sewell Ballet for his first season and is looking forward to many more.
Conner Horak was born in Fort Collins, Colorado where he was introduced to dance through a synthesis of musical theater and martial arts training. Since then, he has studied with the Boston Ballet, the Pittsburg Ballet, and the Next Generation Ballet of the Patel Conservatory. He continued dancing at Butler University, where he graduated cum laude with a BFA in Dance Performance with departmental honors. Conner has had the privilege of performing in Paul Taylor’s Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rehearsal), The Sleeping Beauty, Gorgio Arpino’s Viva Vivaldi, and George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. Conner also danced with Wonderbound for three years in Denver, Colorado, where he has performed with the Flobots and included in Colorado’s Vail Dance Festival. Conner has also performed with Kim Robard’s Dance and David Taylor’s Zikr Dance Ensemble. He is extremely thrilled to be dancing with James Sewell Ballet.
Da’Rius, 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 recently earned his BFA in Contemporary Dance with a Ballet emphasis. He has performed works by Doug Varone, Joshua Manculich, Merce Cunningham, Danny Buraczeski, Francesca Harper, MADBOOTS and Yury Yanowsky and worked with Adriana Suarez and Gianni DiMarco. Da’Rius has attended intensives with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, American Ballet Theatre (New York City), 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.
Stephanie grew up throughout the east coast, but calls Columbus, New Jersey her home. Stephanie was most recently a company member of Wonderbound (Denver, CO). Some of her most memorable experiences include working with Sergei Vanaev, Gabrielle Lamb, Austin McCormick and Lauren Edson. She also cherishes the opportunities she has had to perform alongside the Colorado Symphony and The FloBots, as well as performing in Vail Dance Festival’s ‘2017 Night Of Dance’ and alongside the Breckinridge Orchestra in the Breckinridge Music Festival. She has danced with Redlands Festival Ballet, Baltimore Ballet, and Mystic Ballet.
1st Season, Apprentice
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.
Steven is a composer and artist whose artwork is catalogued in several public and private collections. His paintings and poster designs have been exhibited in New York City, Los Angeles, Belgrade and Ontario. Steven’s clients include Knopf, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, United Airlines, and CBS Records. He created many posters in the 1970s and 80s for The Children’s Theatre Company and Guthrie Theater. Steven has received awards from The New York Society of Illustrators, and Communication Arts Magazine. Steven’s chamber music has been performed at The Bergen International Music Festival and The American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His theater and ballet scores include The Matchgirl, The Ice Maidens, The Miser (Helen Hayes Award), Mary Stuart, and thirty works for The Children’s Theatre Company including The Red Shoes (Ace Award), The Phantom of The Opera (Twin Cities Drama Critics Kudos Award), and The Wind in The Willows (Kudos Award). He received grants from The Jerome Foundation, The American Composers Forum and The National Endowment for The Arts. His theater and ballet work is included in the collection of The New York Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
Guest Choreographer, Fall 2018
Darrius Strong is a Twin Cities based choreographer, dancer, and educator whose creative work has been chosen for the Walker Arts Center, Choreographers Evening, Rhythmically Speaking, and was featured in the 2015 New Griots Festival in Minneapolis. Strong has created works for Threads Dance Project, Flying Foot Forum, Alternative Motion Projects, St. Olaf College, Macalester College, Hamline University. In 2016 Strong was featured in an NYC Time Square Bill Board for American Standards. He also shared a few evenings of work titled Ipseity, Access Granted, and more recently was commissioned to create a 35-minute work for the 2017 Momentum New Works dance series. Strong developed his own dance company STRONGmovement in 2015. He is also a faculty at St. Paul Conservatory Performing Arts High School, TU Dance Center, and Eleve Performing Arts Center where he focuses on teaching young dancers how to connect their identity to movement. Strong is also a company member of Black Label Movement Dance Company.
Guest Choreographer, Spring 2019
Gabrielle Lamb, winner of a Princess Grace Award for Choreography, is based in New York City, where she directs her own company, Pigeonwing Dance. Most recently, Lamb was selected Grand Prize Winner of the S&R Foundation's Washington Award. Her work has been presented by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, BalletX (Philadelphia), Whim W’him (Seattle), Ballet Collective (NYC), Dark Circles (Dallas), Sacramento Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Austin, Ballet Memphis, Jacob’s Pillow, Hubbard Street 2, Dance Theatre of Harlem, SUNY Purchase Conservatory, SALT Contemporary Dance (Utah), and Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center. She has won choreographic competitions at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Milwaukee Ballet, and Western Michigan University, as well as the Banff Centre's Clifford E. Lee Award and a New York City Center Choreography Fellowship. Lamb was a former soloist of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal and company member of Christopher Wheeldon's Morphoses in New York City.