Ahmaud Culver received his BFA in dance at the California institute of the arts (CalArts). Since leaving CalArts, Mr. Culver has worked with Pasadena Dance Theater, Helios Dance Theater, Rock School of Ballet, and Eglevsky Ballet, to name a few. Mr. Culver was the principle dancer for the Glory of Christmas at the Crystal Cathedral, located in Garden Grove, CA. Mr. Culver is currently living in New York where he has just finished his third year with the international touring company NY2Dance. This is Ahmaud's first season with Armitage Gone! Dance.
Daniel LaMont Moore was born in Washington, DC where he began his dance training at the age of fourteen with The Northeast Performing Arts Outreach Youth Center. He attended Suitland High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, where he studied under Linda Darr, Barbara Marks, and also had the opportunity to work with renowned actress Debbie Allan. Mr. Moore majored in Ballet Performance at The University of the Arts and studied under Douglas Becker, formally of the Frankfurt Ballet. There he performed In the Middle Somewhat Elevated by William Forsythe. He has been awarded scholarships from The Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Dance Theatre of Harlem, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Dance Institute of Washington, and the Earl Mosley Institute of the Arts. He has been a guest dancer for The Pennsylvania Ballet and has worked with Debbie Allen, Zane Booker, Fabian Barnes, Arthur Mitchell and Earl Mosley. Mr Moore's most recent television credits include The Ovation Network series A Chance to Dance produced by Nigel and Simon Lythgoe. This is his first season with Armitage Gone! Dance.
Abbey Roesner, born in Baltimore Maryland, began her dance training the Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA). She attended the school's TW.I.G.S (to work in gaining skills) program then attended BSA as a full time high school student. After graduating second in her class, Abbey continued her studies at the Juilliard School where she received her BFA in 2006. Abbey started her professional career freelancing in New York City, dancing for companies and choreographers including the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and the Chamber Dance Project, Wally Cardona and Davis Robertson. In 2007, she left the United States to join Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal. There, she danced works by Ohad Naharin, Stijn Celis, George Balanchine, and Fernand Nault while touring throughout Canada and Europe. She joined Armitage Gone! Dance in June of 2008 and continues to be inspired by her fellow company members and their work. In addition to her work with AG!D Abbey has had the pleasure of working at Dance Theater of Harlem with Francesca Harper and Harlem Dance Works 2.0. She has also danced with Julia Gleich & Norte Maar, and in collaboration with director Robert Woodruff and choreographer Brook Notary. Abbey assists with teaching and recruitment for Elliot Feld’s Ballet Tech School, and she has a passion for knitting and photography. This is Abbey’s fifth season with Armitage Gone! Dance.
Lourdes Rodriguez, a native of Havana, Cuba, began her training in the U.S. at the Miami Conservatory. Ms. Rodriguez attended New World School of the Arts College where she trained in Ballet, Horton, Graham, and Limon techniques. She furthered her training at North Carolina Dance Theatre under the direction of Jean- Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride, where she performed in George Balanchine’s “Raymonda Variations” and “Serenade.” Ms. Rodriguez has danced with Staten Island Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble. Lourdes previously performed with Armitage Gone! Dance in 2011; this is her first season as a company member.
Jeffrey Sousa Originally from Waterbury, Ct; Jeffrey is thrilled to be dancing his first season with AG!D. Most recently he’s danced for Life Dance Company in NYC and in the first national tour of the Broadway Revival, West Side Story (Bolo, U/S Bernardo). Attended the University of the Arts, Class of 2010 in Philadelphia, PA with a BFA in ballet performance. While at UArts he danced with Pennsylvania Ballet and the Smoke, Lilies and Jade Arts Initiative under the direction of Zane Booker. Jeffrey also trained at Connecticut Dance Theater, LINES Ballet, ABT, Hubbard Street Dance, and Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts. He has performed throughout the USA, as well as in Chilé, Canada and Japan. His awards under the University of the Arts include, Outstanding in All Dance Styles and the Mary Louise Beitzel Grant for Student Excellence. Jeffrey would like to thank McDonald/Selznick Associates, his family, and friends for their undivided support and love. This is his first season with Armitage Gone! Dance.
Emily Wagner trained under scholarships at the flint youth ballet, Virginia school of the arts, and the American Ballet Theatre School. Her most influential training came from Sabrina Pillars, friend and mentor from the New York City Ballet. Wagner has performed nationally and internationally with companies including: Ballet Austin, Eglevsky Ballet, Ballet Noir, Terra Firma Dance Theater, International Ballet Theater, and BalletX in Philadelphia. In 2005 she performed Peter Breuer’s Bolero in Salzburg, Austria with the Salzburg Ballett and from 2005 to 2007 she danced as a soloist with the Movement Network of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. While in Europe, she also received an International Pilates Certification with Body Arts and Sciences international. In addition to regularly freelancing in New York City, Wagner dances as a tango artist with the New Generation Dance Company and is a guest artist with The Pennsylvania Ballet. Wagner has also modeled for Sansha and KD Dance and is very happy to be dancing with the company. This is Emily’s fourth season with Armitage Gone! Dance.
Masayo Yamaguchi was born in Nagano, Japan. She started ballet training with Ms. Tamae Tsukada. She performed in Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Japan. In 1998, she performed a "pas de trios" in Swan Lake as a part of Leningrad Ballet's tour in Nagano, japan. She studied and graduated with a BFA in dance education from the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). She was a member of Kaleidoscope Dancers Company and received the Kaleidoscope Dance Award at UCO in 2003. She moved to New York City in 2003 as a member of the Faune Dance Troupe. She performed with Armitage Gone! Dance as a guest dancer at the Duke on 42nd Street Theater in 2005, at the Joyce Theater in 2007 and most recently at Lincoln Center Out of Doors in August 2008. This is Masayo's fifth season with Armitage Gone! Dance.
Cristian Laverde König was born in Cali, Colombia and received his professional training at The Instituto Colombiano de Ballet (Incolballet) and The Escuela del Ballet Nacional de Cuba under a full scholarship. He has been a soloist for The Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Ballet de Cali, Hartford Ballet and Ballet Internationale, and has served as principal dancer for the Maximum Dance Company, the Milwaukee Ballet and the Slovak National Ballet. Mr. König's repertoire includes principal roles in classical ballets such as Basilio in Don Quixote, Franz in Coppélia Siegfried in Swan Lake, and the Grand Pas de Deux from Corsaire among others. He has also performed works by world-renowned choreographers such as George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp and Martha Graham. He originated principal roles on works by choreographers such as Maurice Causey, Lila York, Petr Zahradnicek, Ivo van Zwieten, Paolo Mohovich, Jean Christophe Blavier, among others. Mr. König has been the recipient of various prestigious national and international awards and currently resides in New York City. This is his first guest appearance with Armitage Gone! Dance.