National Choreographers Initiative

2006 Choreographers

Ron de Jesus Ron De Jesus was a member of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for 17 years. After leaving the Company in 2002, he joined the original cast of Twyla Tharp and Billy Joel’s Broadway musical Movin’ Out. His choreographic works have been presented by many dance organizations, including HSDC and HSDC2, Gus Giordano’s Jazz Dance Theater, Momenta Dance Company, and Luna Negra Dance Theater. He has received numerous awards including the Chicago Dance Festival 2004 “Best Choreographer” and the Chicago Music and Dance Alliance Award 2004. He has worked with many well-known choreographers including Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Lou Conte, Nacho Duato, Bob Fosse, Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, and Alonzo King. He has also performed and been involved with various television and film projects.
Graham Lustig – received his dance training at the Royal Ballet School. In 1980 he joined the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet. During that time he created four works for the company’s repertoire. He has choreographed for numerous companies including the Scottish Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, Singapore Dance Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, Chautauqua Dance Festival, Hong Kong Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, and the Sacramento Ballet. Washington Ballet chose him as its Choreographer-in-Residence in 1993. During this three-year tenure, his works were performed at the Joyce Theatre in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and on tour. In 1999 he was named the artistic director of American Repertory Ballet and in 2003 was named a charter member of the Artists Council for Americans for the Arts in Washington D.C. He has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, 2003 & 2005 Dance Grants and Policy Panels and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Choo-San Goh and H. Robert Magee Foundation. Graham Lustig
Charles Moulton Charles Moulton – has created and set works on Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Project, The Joffrey Ballet, The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, The Ohio Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, and many other companies in the U.S. and abroad. A 1983 Guggenheim Award winner, he is the recipient of the first Dorothy B. Chandler Performing Arts Award in 1989, three Jerome Foundation awards and three Meet the Composer/Choreographer awards. He has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Arts Council, and The Zellerbach Family Fund. Moulton has choreographed and directed numerous works for television and film. His collaboration with John Sanborn and Mary Perillo, Visual Shuffle/Fractured Variations, won the 1987 Los Angeles Film Festival Blue Ribbon. He most recently completed choreography for over 1000 dancers in The Matrix Reloaded. He began his career in New York, dancing with the Merce Cunningham Company from 1973 to ‘76. He is a co-founding director of Performance Space 122, in lower Manhattan, and currently resides in northern California.
Gina Patterson – started her dance career as an apprentice with Pittsburgh Ballet. She has danced with Ballet Florida and is currently a principal dancer with Ballet Austin. She performs a diverse repertoire including works by Vicente Nebrada, Ben Stevenson, Peter Martins, Val Caniparoli, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Daniel Ezralow, Sean Lavery, and Trey McIntyre. Her choreography has been commissioned by Ballet Austin, Dayton Ballet, Ballet East, Montana Ballet, and Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Dallas. Three of her works were presented at the Ballet Builder’s Showcase in New York. She has been awarded the Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography in 2002, the B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Choreographer by Austin Circle of Theaters, and won the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 2 National Choreography Competition in 2005. Ginal Patterson
                         NCI 2006 Dancers

Dallas Blagg – National Ballet of Canada; born Dallas, Texas
Francisco Gella – California Ballet / Ballet Pacifica;
                                born Bacoland City, Philippines
Robert Gosnell – Nashville Ballet; born Lexington, North Carolina
Geoffrey Kropp – Kansas City Ballet; born Bakersfield, California
Nicolas Lincoln – James Sewell Ballet; born Grand Rapids, Michigan
Eddie Mikrut – Nashville Ballet; born Fountain Valley, California
Kristopher Wojtera – Louisville Ballet; born Gdansk, Poland
Cory Bufkin – Inland Pacific Ballet / UC Irvine; born Modesto, California
Stayce Camparo – Kansas City Ballet; born Redondo Beach, California
Elizabeth Chasteler – Festival Ballet Theatre / UC Irvine;
                                      born Santa Ana, California
Gina McFadden – State Street Ballet / Ballet Pacifica;
                                 born Grand Rapids, Michigan
Lauren Fagone – Richmond Ballet; born Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Brittany Fridenstine – James Sewell Ballet; born Boise, Idaho
Valerie Tellmann – Richmond Ballet; born Tulsa, Oklahoma
Catherine Russell – Kansas City Ballet;
                                   born Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland

All photos by Robert Salas

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