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Contemporary Ballet Dallas

5400 E. Mockingbird Lane, Ste. 207

Dallas, TX 75206

DANCERS

dIANA CROWDER

Diana began her training at the Ballet School of Stamford in Connecticut before being accepted to study year-round at Canada's National Ballet School in Toronto, where she trained through high school, followed by one year in their Post-Secondary training program. She has spent summers at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, and received scholarships to three summers with the Chautauqua School of Dance. Professionally, Diana has danced with Tulsa Ballet, the National Choreographic Initiative in Irvine CA, and Texas Ballet Theater. Over the course of her career she has performed works by Christopher Wheeldon, Twyla Tharp, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, George Balanchine, Glen Tetley, Ohad Naharin and multiple works by Ben Stevenson, among others. She currently works as a professional dancer with Ballet Dallas, Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet and ARC Dance. 

Marisa Ellis

Marisa is an American Ballet Theatre Training Curriculum certified teacher. She began her dance training at Wayne Ballet and Centre for Dance Arts in Wayne, Pennsylvania. She continued her pre-professional training with Brandywine Ballet Company, where she studied under Martha Chamberlain and Nancy Page. While there, She performed works by Meredith Rainey and George Balanchine. She continued her training with American Repertory Ballet, where she attended their trainee program for two years. She studied under Douglas Martin, Kathleen Moore, Maria Youskevitch, and Kirk Peterson. She performed in Douglas Martins A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rite of Spring, and The Nutcracker. In the summer of 2016, Marisa received her teaching certification through American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum’s. In 2016, Marisa joined The Montgomery Ballet. She performed as Clara in The Nutcracker, Canary Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, and an Odalisque in Le Corsaire. Since arriving in Dallas, Marisa has performed with Ballet Dallas, Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, the Sarah Matzke Movement Collective, and is in her first season as a company member with Ballet Dallas and Dallas Neoclassical Ballet.

Emily gnatt

Emily trained for ten years at Studio Maestro (now Manhattan Youth Ballet) in New York City, studying with Francois Perron, Deborah Wingert, Marina Stavitskaya and Fabrice Herrault, among others. She also trained at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts in ballet and Graham modern technique. She attended summer intensives and spent her senior year of high school at Miami City Ballet School. Emily was awarded annual dance scholarships while attending Goucher College in Baltimore, MD, where she earned her BA, double majoring in Physics and Psychology. While there, she had the honor of dancing Second Violin in George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, and performed in works restaged by choreographers Jessica Lang, Pascal Rioult, and Christopher Fleming. She also danced in new works by Gina Patterson, Emory LeCrone, Amy Seiwert, Brian Reeder, and Zippora Karz. Emily moved to Dallas in 2014 and has had the pleasure of working with Mejia Ballet International, Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet, and Ballet Concerto. She is excited to begin her fourth season with Ballet Dallas.

Whitney hart

Whitney is excited to begin her fifth season with Ballet Dallas. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oklahoma City University earning her Bachelors of Performing Arts in Dance Performance and a minor in History. Throughout the year she performs with many companies and freelances at different entertainment Industrials. In previous seasons with Ballet Dallas she has performed in ensemble and soloist roles for their fall and spring concerts. She has completed two summers as a full-time ensemble dancer for the National Mary Kay Seminar in Downtown Dallas. When not performing concert dance, Whitney works on expanding her film experience. She has filmed a Texas Lottery commercial and appeared as an extra in USA Network's Queen of the South. She is the principal dancer in Polyphia's music video, Nightmare, and earlier in 2017 she wrapped on the role of Melanie in Stuck, an independent film directed by Jenni Tooley and filmed in Dallas. Whitney is also a dance instructor at Lifesong Studios in Grapevine and Park Cities Dance in Dallas.

Laura pearson

Laura grew up in Southlake, Texas where she trained with Texas Ballet Theater School, Dallas Campus. Her training also includes numerous summer intensives with companies such as Texas Ballet Theater, Dallas Black Dance Theater, Joffrey Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She also attended Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop, Beginnings Workshop in New York, and Radio City Rockette Summer Intensive. Laura graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Arizona with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Mathematics. While at Arizona, she performed works by James Clouser, Amy Ernst, Sam Watson, Douglas Nielsen, Michael Williams and Susan Quinn-Williams. She also had the privilege of performing George Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante and Rubies, Martha Graham’s Panorama, and Sherry Zunker’s Evolution of a Dream. Other professional work includes Larrwell Productions, On the Fly Productions, Zion Dance Project, DIFFA Dallas, Wanderlust Dance Project, and an international tour to China in Art.if.Act Dance Project's “The Great American Dance Tour.” Currently, she is also a member of 6 o'Clock Dance Theatre. 

LIBBY WEST

Libby West is from San Antonio, Texas. She received her early training from Susan Connally, Esther Mayer, and continued at Ballet San Antonio Academy. She attended summer programs at American Ballet Theatre and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. After graduating from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science in Education, Libby was a trainee with American Repertory Ballet. While at ARB, she trained with Mary Barton, Kathleen Moore, and Maria Youskevitch and performed with the company and with Princeton Ballet School. In 2015, Libby joined the Montgomery Ballet under the direction of Joseph Villalobos. With the company, she performed as Snow Queen and Arabian in the Nutcracker, the Every Valley Pas de Deux in Villalobos’ Messiah, Titania in a Midsummer Nights Dream, Fairy of the Crystal Fountain in Sleeping Beauty, and Don Quixote Pas de Deux. Libby is excited to join Ballet Dallas this season! 

ALIZAH WILSON

Alizah Wilson grew up in Dallas, Texas and started her ballet training when she was 5 years old. She studied for 10 years at the Dallas Ballet Center under the instruction of Brent and Judy Klopfenstein. She attended summer courses at Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.F.A. in dance performance where she performed works by George Balanchine, Danny Buraczeski, and Dwight Rhoden. For the past three years, she has been a faculty member at the Dallas Ballet center where she as taught and choreographed. Summer of 2018, Alizah danced with AKA ballet performing works by Carter Alexander.  Alizah is excited to start her first season as a company member with Ballet Dallas. 

Lea Zablocki

Lea is originally from northern New Jersey. She had most of her ballet training from Master Gabriella Darvash, as well as the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. She has danced with various classical and contemporary ballet companies such as Metropolitan Classical Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Roxey Ballet, and Repertory Dance Theatre. Some of her favorite repertory includes principal and leading roles in Scheherazade, Paquita, Bolero, Gaite Parisienne, Le Train Bleu, Walpurgisnacht, Les Sylphides, Christopher Fleming's The Three Musketeers, Septime Webre's Peter Pan, as well as versions of Dracula, Othello, and too many Nutcrackers to remember. Lea has had many ballets choreographed for her while dancing for Ballet Dallas: Shelton-Tabor’s Firebird, Holmes’ Man O Tuand, Ne Me Quitte Pas, Bowman’s Pride and Joy, just to name a few.  

GUEST ARTISTS

aARON D'ERAMO

Aaron D’Eramo started dancing at the age of eight in Tyler, TX. He received his early training at Ballet
Tyler and Tyler Junior College from Thereza Bryce-Cotts and Shurrell Wiebe, and was later trained in
Dallas, TX at the Ballet Academy of Texas under the direction of Lisa Slagle and at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Programs under the direction of Dennis Marshall.

 

He earned his B.F.A. in Dance Performance and B.A. in Anthropology from Southern Methodist University in May 2019 with funding from the Meadows Artistic Scholarship. Aaron was granted Departmental Distinction in both of his fields of study for outstanding achievement in his research and choreographic projects. In his time at SMU, Aaron received training from Leslie Peck, Myra Woodruff,
Carter Alexander, and Christopher Dolder. He performed in pieces reworked and/or staged on the
Meadows Dance Ensemble such as Paul Taylor’s Mercuric Tidings set by Annmaria Mazzini, Daniel
Buraczeski’s Points on a Curve, and Cherylyn Lavagnino’s Seize en Jeu. He also performed in original
works set on the Meadows Dance Ensemble such as Dwight Rhoden’s The Planets, Alex Sanchez’s A
Rhapsody in Blue, and Christopher Dolder’s Boléro.


Since Aaron graduated from SMU, he has worked short-term contracts at dance studios such as North
Central Ballet and Tyler Junior College, and charity events such as DIFFA: Dallas, a charity that raises
funds and grants those funds to companies providing preventative treatment for AIDS/HIV. As an artist and scholar, Aaron works to merge the intellectual and the embodied with his combined
love of anthropology and dance. Aaron plans to pursue a Ph.D. in the discipline of anthropology.

Addison ector

Addison Ector (Los Angeles, CA) was born January 22, 1992 began dancing at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy at 13 years old. After graduating high school, he was accepted into the scholarship program at The Alvin Ailey School in New York City for 3 years and also attended the Jacob Pillow Contemporary Program in 2012. Throughout Mr. Ector's training, he has performed works by: Debbie Allen, Judith Jamison, Ohad Naharin, Thang Dao, Alvin Ailey, Jennifer Archibald, Ron K. Brown, Matthew Rushing & many more. He was also a guest artist with: Germaul Barnes/Viewsic Expressions Dance, Company XIV Burlesque, Appalachian Ballet Company (Nutcracker Snow King & Spanish) & The Great Gatsby Ballet based in Kyiv, Ukraine.

 

Immediately following his training, Mr. Ector joined Complexions Contemporary Ballet based in NYC under the direction of Dwight Rhoden & Desmond Richardson for 5 years. During his time in Complexions he has performed works by: Dwight Rhoden, Desmond Richardson, Ido Tadmor, Jae Man Joo & Marcelo Gomes. 

 

After Complexions, Mr. Ector joined TanzCompany Innsbruck under the direction of Enrique Gasa Valga based in Austria. This was his 1st time living abroad, experiencing story ballets & performing lead roles. There he performed works by: Enrique Gasa Valga, Jiří Kylián, Nacho Duato & Uwe Scholz. 

 

Mr. Ector's accomplishments include: Gap's Fall 2015 Fitness Campaign, Coreon Du's upcoming music video "Ne Me Quitte Pas", Jill Scott's "Back Together" music video, featured in 2 published books, "The Art of Movement" by NYC Dance Project & "Dancers After Dark" by Jordan Matter, and working with well known photographers like Rachel Neville, Carlos Quezada, Vikki Sloviter & many more. Follow him on Instagram @Legs_4_Lyfe.

Travis morrison

A native of Richardson, Travis Morrison PT, DPT received his ballet training starting at age three at the Tuzer Dance Center, under the instruction of Tanju Tuzer, Patricia Tuzer, and Linda Brown. After graduating high school, Morrison attended SUNY Purchase College and was taught by Ted Kivitt and Richard Cooke. He is also a 2006 graduate of the Miami City Ballet Pre-professional Program where he trained under Truman Finney, Edward Villella and Geta Constantinescu, among others.

Morrison was a member of the Colorado Ballet from 2006 to 2012 and had the privilege of working with noted choreographers Michael Pink, John Gardner, Amanda McKerrow, Lila York and Septime Webre. He especially enjoyed performing in the ballets by modern choreographers Brian Reeder (Eventually) and Amy Seiwert (Things Left Unsaid). In addition to these contemporary roles, Morrison has also danced a wide range of classical roles in Swan Lake, Don Quixote, and Romeo and Juliet. 

In 2009, he was a competitor in the New York International Ballet Competition, and in 2011, had the pleasure of performing with Amy Seiwert’s company, Im'ij-re, in San Francisco. This also gave him the opportunity to work with contemporary choreographers Matthew Neenan, and Adam Hougland.

Morrison graduated cum laude from the University of Texas at Dallas in May of 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology.  Most recently, he graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from UT Medical Branch in Galveston in 2018. Currently practicing in the Dallas area, he has begun his fellowship training with Manual Therapy Institute to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.