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Megumi-Eda-headshotMEGUMI EDA was born in Nagano, Japan. Leaving Japan at 16 she was invited to join the Hamburg Ballet School. For the next 15 years as a member of the Hamburg Ballet, the Dutch National Ballet and the Rambert Dance Company she worked with several choreographers including John Neumeier, Christopher Bruce, Jiri Kylian, Lindsey Kemp, William Forsythe, Hans van Manen and David Dawson. In 2004 she moved to NY as a founding member of Armitage Gone! Dance and has continued a close collaboration with Karole Armitage to this day. In addition to her work with Armitage she has begun to incorporate other art forms including sculpture and video into her own installations and performances. She has been collaborating with Yoshiko Chuma since 2014 as a performer/filmmaker. She won a Bessie Award in 2004.

 

Sierra FrenchSIERRA FRENCH is from San Diego, California where she began her dance training at the Performing Arts Workshop. She then went on to train with Ballet West, LINES Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. Currently in New York, she has performed a wide variety of repertoire while working with various choreographers. These works include choreography by Dwight Rhoden with Complexions Contemporary Ballet and principal roles in both George Balanchine and Gerald Arpino works. As well, while a member of Joffrey Concert Group, she performed works by Robert Battle, Gabrielle Lamb, Africa Guzman and Andrea Schermoly. She is very excited to start her first season with AG!D while continuing to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree with the Saint Mary’s LEAP Program for professional dancers.

 

ALONSO GUZMANALONSO GUZMAN (AG!D Dancer) is a native Puerto Rican. As a child, Alonso dedicated 8 years to martial arts study, and at age 14 began dance training. At 17, thanks to scholarships from the Oprah Winfrey Foundation Scholarship and the Olive Tree Foundation, he moved to NYC to study at The Ailey School. Alonso later worked as dance demonstrator for Mr. Milton Myers at The Juilliard School, The Ailey School and at Steps Dance Studio. He has performed for internationally acclaimed organizations such as Ballet Hispanico I and II, The Metropolitan Opera House and at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. Naturally, Alonso showed profound interest in Latin Dance. specifically in Argentine Tango. He trains and teaches Tango with Tango Master, and later on, partner in life, Dardo Galletto. He joined Armitage Gone! Dance in 2017.

Isaac Kerr Headshot thumbnailISAAC KERR began his dance training in Jazz and Tap at age 10 in Ontario, Canada. Isaac later began his formal training at age 14 in Ballet, Acrobatics, Contemporary, and Hip-hop with various schools including: The Classical Dance Conservatory, Joanne Chapman School of Dance, Quinte Ballet School, and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. He recently graduated from The Ailey School’s Certificate Program. During his career he has worked with notable teachers and choreographers such as Crystal Pite, Desmond Richardson, Alonzo King, Roberto Campanella, Clifton Brown, Darryl Tracey, , Cindy Salgado, Teddy Forance, Ephrat Asherie, Luis Salgado, and Kevin “Tokyo” Inouye. In addition, Isaac has been featured in The National Ballet of Cuba’s Hansel and Gretel, CBS’ Star Trek: Discovery, and Disney Channel Canada’s The Next Step. This is his first season with AG!D. 

Yusaku Komori Headshot 2017YUSAKU KOMORI began his dance training at Take Two Dance Academy. He continued his training at Dance"MOVE"!! and The Ailey School where he was a fellowship student. Komori was first prize winner in three prestigious Japanese competitions: Jazz Dance Association of Japan, Dance Stage Project and Nextream. He performed in many productions in Japan and since coming to New York he has performed with the Ailey II, Bad Boys of Dance with Rasta Thomas, Francesca Harper Project, Cecilia Marta Dance Company,Nai Ni Chen Dance Company, Ballet Verite, Armitage Gone! Dance, Cartier Williams Dance Theater. Yusaku recently worked with Hugh Jackman on 20th Century Fox production of the movie "The Greatest Showman".

 

Cristian websiteCRISTIAN LAVERDE-KOENIG was born in Cali, Colombia and received his professional training at The Instituto Colombiano de Ballet (Incolballet) and The Escuela Nacional de Ballet 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 a principal dancer for the Maximum Dance Company, the Milwaukee Ballet and the Slovak National Ballet. Mr. König's repertoire includes principal roles in classical and contemporary ballets ranging from Petipa to Balanchine, Tharp to Graham, creating principal roles in works by contemporary choreographers such as Maurice Causey and Karole Armitage. Mr. König has been the recipient of prestigious national and international awards and is a freelance artist in his fifth season with AG!D.

 

 


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