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Originally from Fremont, CA, Peter Cheng graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a B.F.A. in Dance and a minor in Education and Applied Psychology where he trained under the direction of Christopher Pilafian (Jennifer Muller/The Works), Nancy Colahan (Lar Lubovitch Dance Company), and Tonia Shimin (Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble). He was the recipient of the Matthew Alan Plaskett Scholarship, Patricia Sparrow Memorial Fund Scholarship, and Tonia Shimin Award for Excellence and Promise in the field of dance.

After receiving his B.F.A. in Dance, Cheng continued his professional studies in San Francisco, CA with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, ODC/Dance, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Post:Ballet, Liss Fain Dance, and has worked with choreographers KT Nelson, Brenda Way, Doug Letheren, Robert Dekkers, Amy Seiwert, and Alex Ketley among others.

His training has spanned New York, Chicago, and Montréal with Yin Yue, Sidra Bell (MODULE), Visceral Dance Chicago, and Springboard Danse Montréal, where he performed works by Nick Pupillo, Mónica Cervantes, Stijn Celis, and Sharon Eyal. Peter currently dances for konverjdans, a Brooklyn-based contemporary ballet company, and Jack Tracy Music/Necessary Outlet Productions. He has appeared alongside Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Adam Pally (Happy Endings, The Mindy Project) in Most Likely to Murder’s 80’s-inspired music video for Lionsgate Entertainment.

Peter has been a visiting artist at the University of California Santa Barbara, Purdue University Division of Dance (through Purdue Contemporary Dance Company), and has taught master classes at Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Brockus Project Studios, Santa Barbara Dance Arts, SALT Contemporary Dance, and Barlow Arts Conservatory. @cheng_moves


Artist Statement

As a dance maker the body to me is a vessel, a vehicle, and a catalyst for our histories, lineage, and a precursor to the future. The dancer’s ability to express beyond the planes of normalcy provides a peek into a state of constant conflict with the known and unknown. In a sense, uncovering the deepest subconsciousness of our thoughts manifested into physical being. I am most interested in divulging the creative confines of the human experience, coupled with unexpected ranges of a highly process-based improvisational score — movement-based or otherwise. 

In my work, I meld contemporary forms with the classical structures of the ballet line while also diving into the intent of movement as a partnership with time, and our ability to work against it. I find fascination with singular or multiple bodies in space and how lighting can create a container to house the anatomical. I luxuriate in the sensibilities of musicality, rhythm, and pulse.

I am ultimately interested in investigating the body and dancer as a vehicle for translating and transposing the past, the present, and the future.


TEACHING SAMPLE | ALONZO KING LINES BALLET DANCE CENTER

 
 

J O S E P H H E I T M A N

Photo: Allison Armfield

Originally from Connecticut, Joseph Heitman is a graduate of the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and the University of Hartford, Hartt Dance Division. Joseph graduated from the Hartt School Magna Cum Laude in 2017. Trained in Ballet, Limón, and various Hip Hop styles, Joseph pulls from a large movement vocabulary to create choreography. At the Hartt School Joseph had the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers such as Gregory Dolbashian, Norbert de la Cruz III, Doug Varone, and Stephen Pier. He has performed at prestigious theatres such as The Joyce, Dixon Place, The Actors Fund, Lincoln Jazz, Salvatore Capezio Theater and the Mohegan Sun Arena. Joseph has worked as a guest artist at the Woodbury Ballet and Abarukas Dance. Joseph is a company member at Yu.S.Artistry. Recently his movement was described as "Animalistic yet graceful" with the ability to highlight "intricate choreography with precision and abandon"(Cecly Placenti - The Dance Enthusiast). @quadorion


k a t i e l a k e

Photo: Justin Patterson

Photo: Justin Patterson

Katie Lake received her primary dance training in Massachusetts at the Dance Studio of Wakefield & Northeast School of Ballet with additional training at the Boston Ballet School, the Joffrey School of Ballet, Miami City Ballet, & Kaatsbaan International Dance Center. She went on to graduate from Alonzo King LINES Ballet's BFA program with Dominican University of California. After graduation, Katie performed with Garrett + Moulton Productions in San Francisco with the Del Sol String Quartet. In 2012, Katie joined the Ballett of Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbrücken, Germany, where she lived and danced professionally for 4 years. While in Saarbrücken, Katie performed in 50+ performances a year of contemporary repertoire by world renowned artists such as Ohad Naharin, Johan Inger, Alexander Ekman, Stijn Celis, Marguerite Donlon, Mark Baldwin, & Kenneth MacMillan, among others. In 2017, Katie joined Gibney Dance Company in NYC for their 2017-2018 season and performed a new creation by Bryan Arias & in works by GDC Senior Director, Amy Miller. Katie is currently freelancing in NYC with upcoming projects in NY & San Francisco. When she’s not dancing you can find her teaching or practicing yoga, running/reading in a nearby park, or spending time with her family and friends. Katieelake.com | @katieelake


M A R I E L L O Y D P A S P E

Photo: Nir Arieli

Photo: Nir Arieli

Marie Lloyd Paspe is a native of Philippines and Singapore who grew up in Mississauga, ON, Canada, and Bellingham, MA. She received her early dance training from Jessica Wilson at MetroWest Ballet and graduated summa cum laude from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in 2016, studying dance performance and business administration. Paspe performed on tour with Carolyn Dorfman Dance, and has worked with choreographers Renee Jaworski, Peter Chu, Jae Mann Joo, Omar Carrum, Rami Be’er, and Martin Harriague. In 2015, she studied abroad in Israel with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, and attended Springboard Danse Montreal in 2017. Paspe currently performs with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, collaborates, freelances, and choreographs dance throughout NYC, teaches pilates, and freelances commercial modeling. @mmmlloyd


K A Y L E E T A N G

Photo: Veronica Moeller

Photo: Veronica Moeller

Kaylee Tang was born in Houston, Texas. She began her dance training as a toddler at Dancescape by Joyce under the supervision of Joyce Beck. She continued her dance training at Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts under the direction of LuAnn Carter. In 2008, Kaylee was accepted to train year round at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's Pre-professional High School Program, directed by Dennis Marshall and Marjorie Grundvig. On completion of Kaylee's high school studies, she was accepted into the Alonzo King Lines Ballet BFA program at Dominican University of California where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Dance in May of 2013. Since graduating Kaylee has worked with Dominic Walsh in conjunction with Houston Grand Opera and now lives in New York City. Kaylee had the pleasure of dancing with Ballet Hispanico's BHdos. In addition, Kaylee has performed with Arch Contemporary Ballet and is currently performing with Neville Dance Theatre. @mskayleetang

 

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