Dancers 2017-10-25T13:46:54+00:00

DANCERS

PRINCIPALS

PEIJU CHIEN-POTT (Principal) joined the Company in 2011 and performs lead roles in Graham’s iconic repertory and in new contemporary works. She received a B.F.A. from Taipei National University of the Arts and was a Merce Cunningham Studio scholar. She has danced with Taipei Royal Ballet, Taipei Crossover Dance Company, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Korhan Basaran Artists, Morphoses and Nimbus Dance Works, directed by her husband Samuel Pott. In 2014 she was honored with the Positano Premia La Danza and was named one of the “Best Performers” by Dance Magazine. This year, she was chosen by Hudson County to be honored during “Women’s History Month”. Ms. Chien-Pott recently starred in the world premiere of AXE, a work created by Mats Ek for the Company.

ABDIEL JACOBSEN (Principal) a native of Cote d’Ivoire, joined the Company in 2011. He performs in lead roles of Graham’s repertory and in works by Nacho Duato, Robert Wilson, Sonya Tayeh, Luca Veggetti, Andonis Foniadakis, Michelle Dorrance, Larry Keigwin, Doug Varone, Richard Move, and Bulareyaung Pagarlava. He partnered with Diana Vishneva in Errand into the Maze as part of the Company’s gala in 2012. Jacobsen received a BFA in modern dance from the University of the Arts. He is also a professional competitive ballroom and Latin dancer/instructor, and a guest artist with the Cecilia Marta Dance Company.

LLOYD KNIGHT (Principal) joined the Company in 2005 and performs leading roles in Appalachian Spring, Embattled Garden, Errand into the Maze and others. Born in England and raised in Miami, he trained at Miami Conservatory of Ballet and graduated from New World School of the Arts, under the direction of Daniel Lewis. There he worked with choreographers Donald McKayle, Robert Battle, and Michael Uthoff. He received scholarships to The Ailey School and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Dance Magazine named him one of the “Top 25 Dancers to Watch” in 2010. Recently, he partnered Ballerina Wendy Whelan in Graham’s Moon and Misty Copeland in Graham’s At Summer’s Full.

BEN SCHULTZ (Principal) joined the Company in 2009 and dances leading roles including King Hades in Clytemnestra and Jason in Cave of the Heart. He premiered Martha Graham’s work in Russia performing Errand into the Maze with prima ballerina Diana Vishneva at the Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg. Earlier dance credits include the Tony Award® winning Blast, the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, and Hannah Kahn Contemporary Dance. Mr. Schultz has served as faculty and resident choreographer for the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Mr. Schultz recently starred in the world premiere of AXE, a work created by Mats Ek for the Company.

XIN YING (Principal) joined the Company in 2011 and performs lead roles in Diversion of Angels, Clytemnestra, Woodland and I Used To Love You among others. In 2008 she received China Dance Lotus Award. She was the director of the Dance Department at Sichuan College of Arts & Culture and a guest teacher at the Graham School, the Beijing Dance Academy and Nanjing University of Arts. She was awarded a full scholarship to the Graham School, and was a member of Graham 2.

SOLOISTS

NATASHA M. DIAMOND-WALKER (Soloist) hails from Los Angeles, CA, and joined the Company in 2011. Ms. Diamond-Walker performs lead roles in Graham’s Appalachian Spring, Diversion of Angels, Cave of the Heart, Embattled Garden, and has worked with Annie-B Parson, Kyle Abraham, Sonya Tayeh, Liz Gerring and Nacho Duato. She graduated with a BFA in Dance from Fordham University and directs, alongside Don Martin, The Lester Horton Dance Theater in L.A.  She writes for Moesley Road Inc., and works within commercials, TV/Film as an actress, dancer, and model.

CHARLOTTE LANDREAU (Soloist) a native of France, joined the Company in 2013. She dances lead roles in Graham’s Appalachian Spring (The Bride), Errand into the Maze, The Rite of Spring (The Chosen One) and Maple Leaf Rag. She trained as a rhythmic gymnast and studied ballet, circus, acting, and modern dance at the Maurice Béjart School (Switzerland). In 2012 she received a scholarship to study at the Martha Graham School. Landreau danced with Graham 2 and was honored with the Pearl Lang Award.

LLOYD MAYOR (Soloist) a native Switzerland, joined the Company in 2012. He performs lead roles in Appalachian Spring, Diversion of Angels, Echo, and in Richard Move’s The Show (Achilles Heels), first danced by Mikhail Baryshnikov. Mayor has a background in hip-hop and gymnastics and trained at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London. In 2014 Mayor was honored with the Clive Barnes Dance Award recognizing young emerging artists.

ARI MAYZICK (Soloist) hails from New York where he began his professional dance training at the age of 11. Mr. Mayzick has danced with Pearl Lang Dance Theater, Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre (now Rioult), Scapino Ballet (Holland), Washington Opera as a guest soloist, Les Ballets Grandiva, Buglisi Dance Theatre and Dance Iquail, just to name a few. He is a recipient of the Princess Grace Award of Excellence in Dance and is currently on faculty teaching at The Ailey School.

LORENZO PAGANO (Soloist) joined the Company in 2012 and dances lead roles in Graham’s Appalachian Spring, Embattled Garden, Night Journey, Dark Meadow, and Diversion of Angels and in contemporary works by Andonis Foniadakis, Nacho Duato, Pontus Lidberg and Sonya Tayeh. A native of Torino, Italy, he moved to the US and trained as a scholarship student at The School at Jacob’s Pillow and The Martha Graham School. In 2016 Pagano received the Italian International Dance Award for “Male Rising Star”.

DANCERS

SO YOUNG AN (Dancer), joined the Company in 2016. Ms. An received BFA from Dong-Ah University in Korea. She is the recipient of the 1995 International Arts Award and the Grand Prize at the Korea National Ballet Grand Prix in 2001. She has danced with Korea National Ballet Company and Buglisi Dance Theatre and has also performed works by Yuri Grigorovich, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Mats Ek, Patricia Ruanne and Samantha Dunster.

LAUREL DALLEY SMITH (Dancer), from England, joined the Company in 2015. She performs lead roles in Graham’s Errand into the Maze, Maple Leaf Rag and Diversion of Angels, and roles in contemporary works by Marie Chouinard, Pontus Lidberg and Annie-B Parson. Ms. Dalley Smith graduated from Central School of Ballet with 1st class Honour, and before joining Graham she performed with the UK Tour of West Side Story, Joss Arnott Dance and Yorke Dance Project, creating roles in Robert Cohan’s 2014 Lingua Franca and Lacrymosa.

ANNE O’DONNELL (Dancer) joined the Company in 2014 and performs lead roles in Graham’s Appalachian Spring and Dark Meadow Suite and in new works by Marie Chouinard, Mats Ek, Pontus Lidberg, Annie-B Parson and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. She danced with Ailey II and Buglisi Dance Theatre and attended Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Program, Glimmerglass Opera Festival, and Springboard Danse Montreal. She appeared on the cover of Dance Spirit’s February 2016 Issue “Young and Modern”.

ANNE SOUDER (Dancer) joined the Company in 2015. Ms. Souder began her dance training in Maryville, Tennessee and continued to earn her degree in the Ailey/Fordham BFA program, graduating with a double major in Dance and Theology. There she performed works by Alvin Ailey, Ronald K. Brown, Dwight Rhoden, and more. Upon graduation, Ms. Souder joined Graham 2 and was awarded a Dizzy Feet Foundation scholarship.

LESLIE ANDREA WILLIAMS (Dancer), was born in Newport News, VA and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ms. Williams joined the Company just two months after graduating from The Juilliard School in May 2015. Since then, she has performed numerous featured roles in iconic Graham ballets, such as ChronicleAppalachian Spring, Diversion of Angels, and Embattled Garden. She was recently featured in Dance Magazine as a dancer “On The Rise.”

NEW DANCERS

MARZIA MEMOLI (New Dancer) is originally from Palermo, Italy. She began her training at the age of 16 at the Academy of Teatro Carcano in Milan where she graduated with high honors. In 2014 she studied at the Rudra Bejart School. This is her first season with the Company.

APPRENTICES

ALYSSA CEBULSKI (Apprentice) was born and raised in Michigan, where she trained at Valentina’s School of Ballet. She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2016 with a BFA in Ballet under the direction of Katie Langan. She has performed works by Dwight Rhoden, Kate Skarpetowska, Aszure Barton, and Darrell Grand Moultrie, among others. She is currently a member of Graham 2.

LEON COBB (Apprentice) joined the Company in 2015. Raised in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, he began his dance training at Boynton Beach High and Southern Dance Theater. Mr. Cobb trained at the Ailey School and Alonzo King LINES Ballet summer intensive and, in 2011, attended New World School of the Arts/Univeristy of Florida. He has danced with Joseé Garrant, Peter London Global Dance Company and José Limón Dance Companies.

JACOB LARSEN (Apprentice) received his BFA from Marymount Manhattan College where he performed works by Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Aszure Barton, Loni Landon, and Ray Mercer. At Springboard Danse Montreal 2015, he performed works by Alexander Ekman and Banning Boulding. Mr. Larsen trained at the Graham School and was a member of Graham 2. This is his first season with the Company.

CARA MCMANUS (Apprentice) trained in her native Falmouth, MA before earning a BFA in dance and a BA in Comparative Literature from Fordham University and the Ailey School. She has performed works by Robyn Mineko Williams, William Forsythe, Norbert de la Cruz III, and others. She is currently a member of Graham 2.