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2011 Choreographers and Dancers

Brian EnosBrian Enos, from San Francisco, CA, has been making dances since age 14 and has been described as “a wonder kid of contemporary ballet.” At age 18, while still a student in the Houston Ballet Academy, Enos was invited by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. to create his first work for The Houston Ballet. He has since gone on to create works that have been performed both nationally and internationally for companies such as Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet Met, DanceWorks Chicago, Ballet Austin II, Chicago Ballet, Hubbard Street 2, Momenta, and the University of Chicago. Enos was named “Best up and coming choreographer” by the Houston Press  in 2001 and was also a winner of the annual Hubbard Street 2 International Choreographic Competition in 2000. As a dancer, he spent several years performing with The Houston Ballet before embarking on an eight year career with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
Heather MaloyHeather Maloy received her training at the North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA). She began her professional career when she joined the North Carolina Dance Theatre (NCDT) at the age of 17. Maloy stayed for thirteen years, dancing principal and soloist roles and made guest appearances with BalletMet and Tampa Ballet. She excelled in works by George Balanchine, Salvatore Aiello, Paul Taylor, Alvin Ailey, William Forsythe, David Parsons and Alonzo King. Mentored by Aiello, Maloy choreographed her first professional work when she was only nineteen. After his death, his successor, Jean Pierre Bonnefoux, commissioned her to create five more pieces for NCDT and brought her work, “Couch Potatoes”, to the Joyce Theatre in New York City, where it was received with great success. Maloy has created premieres for the Chautauqua Ballet, Nashville Ballet, and the Wake Forest and Jacksonville College Dance Departments. She was chosen from a nationwide competition to participate in Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Choreoplan 2002. Recently she placed 1st in round one and 3rd overall in the national 21st Century Choreography Competition sponsored by Ballet Nouveau Colorado. She was also honored to return to NCSA to create a new work for the spring Dance program in 2008 and to stage her work “le Suil Go…” for their 2007 alumni performance in Manteo, NC. She has been living in Asheville, NC since 2003, where she founded the summertime dance company Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance as a vehicle for her work and the work of Salvatore Aiello. As a staff of one, she has done the job of both artistic and managing director as well as choreographing the majority of the company’s repertoire for its two yearly productions.
Peter Pucci was born and raised in Baltimore. He graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA. For nine years he was a member of Pilobolus Dance Theatre, where he served as principal dancer, co-choreographer, and rehearsal director. Since 1986, Peter has directed and choreographed for his company Peter Pucci Plus Dancers. Since its founding, the company has performed annually in New York City, including five appearances at the Joyce Theater, and has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Peter has created movement for many theatrical productions including Sam Shepard's The Late Henry Moss produced by The Signature Theater in New York and The Magic Theater in San Francisco. Peter has also created movement for industrials, fashion shows, commercials, videos, film, television, skaters, opera and several dance segments for the children's television program Bear in the Big Blue House. In addition to creating over 50 repertory works for PP+, Peter has choreographed ballets for numerous ballet and modern dance companies both in the US and abroad. including Alberta Ballet, Ballet Arizona, Ballet Met, Ballet Pacifica, Colorado Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet. In 1990, Peter became the first recipient of the Samuel H. Scripps Humphrey/Weidman/Limon Fellowship, a choreographic commission awarded by the American Dance Festival. Peter is also the winner of an Absolut Joffrey Award for Choreography and two Choo-San Goh Awards for Choreography.

Paula WeberPaula Weber received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from Butler University and her Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Smith College. She has studied ballet with such masters as Maria Tallchief, Jean Paul Comelin, Dermot Burke, Basil Thompson, Larry Long, Marjorie Mussman and Maggie Black. During her professional career, Ms. Weber performed solo and principal roles in works that include Swan Lake, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Coppelia, and contemporary works by George Balanchine's, Agnes DeMille, John Butler and Alvin Ailey. She has worked with many choreographers such as Bill T. Jones, Laura Dean, Charles Moulton and Kevin Jeff. She has been a member of the Milwaukee Ballet, Lyric Opera Ballet of Chicago, Chicago Ballet and the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, and guest artist with the Hartford Ballet. She is currently a member of the Wylliams/Henry Danse Theatre and is a principal dancer/ballet mistress with the Albany Berkshire Ballet. In 1996, Ms. Weber was invited to be a guest instructor of ballet for the Shenyang Conservatory of Music, Shenyang, China, making her the second American ballet master to visit that conservatory. Ms. Weber was the recipient of the 1997 the 2001 Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award presented to her by the Conservatory of Music and Dance, University of Missouri-Kansas City. Of most recent acclaim, Ms. Weber choreographed Toccata e due Canzone for the Kansas City Ballet, and a successful Carmina Burana for the Kansas City Ballet and the Albany Berkshire Ballet, Albany, NY.
Lighting Designer
Monique L'HeureuxMonique L’Heureux is an award winning lighting designer who has been working in the field of dance for over two decades.  This year, she is celebrating her fourteenth collaboration with artistic director, Molly Lynch.  

Past designs include: Ma Cong’s French Twist for Smuin Ballet; Molly Lynch’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Anjani Ambegaokar’s Made in Mumbaii at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center;The Motion Picture and Television Fund event featuring Chita Rivera, Dick van Dyke, Shirley MacLaine, Hugh Jackman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Hudson, and others; Charles Moulton’s Ball Passing piece in Fall for Dance at the Orange County Performing Arts Center; Robert Sund’s Alice in Wonderland; the National and Pacific Festivals of Regional Dance America; the summer season at the Hollywood Bowl; and associate design work on the Universal Studios’ Magical Starlight Parade in Osaka, Japan.  

She attended Pepperdine University and received her MFA from the University of California , Irvine , after which she apprenticed at the Los Angeles Music Center ’s Mark Taper Forum. She has taught for the dance departments at Loyola Marymount University and Moorpark College and the theatre department at El Camino College.  She is the recipient of four Lester Horton Dance Awards.  

She is an accomplished artist and photographer whose work has been shown in galleries including the Long Beach Public Library’s Art on Display, the Carl Broderick Gallery, VIVA Gallery, Long Beach Arts Center, City of Brea Gallery, and The Stage Gallery, as well as a permanent installation in the Glendale Adventist Medical Center.  She is a member of United Scenic Artists.

2011 Dancers

Alissa Dale – Nevada Ballet Theater
Corina Gill – Boston Ballet
Nadia Iozzo – Kansas City Ballet
Kalin Morrow – Nevada Ballet Theater
Emily Ramirez – Ballet Met
Kateryna Sellers – Louisville Ballet
Maggie Small – Richmond Ballet
Andrea Vierra – Nashville Ballet


Grigori Arakelyan – Nevada Ballet Theater
Andrew Brader – Ballet Met
Christian Broomhall – Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
James Fuller – Ballet Austin
Dustin James – Ballet Met
David Neal – Richmond Ballet
Thomas Ragland – Richmond Ballet
Christopher Stuart – Nashville Ballet


Karen Wing – UC Irvine

2010 Dancers

All photos by Robert Salas and David Friedman

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