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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, 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 most recent training has spanned New York, Chicago, and Montréal with Sidra Bell Dance NY, Visceral Dance Chicago, and Springboard Danse Montréal, where he performed works by Nick Pupillo, Mónica Cervantes, Stijn Celis, Sharon Eyal, Caili Quan (BalletX), and konverjdans.

Peter is a visiting artist at the University of California Santa Barbara, 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.


 
 

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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