Ballet-Adults Ballet-Children Modern/Jazz Flamenco Resident Companies
|Akemi Grech received her BFA in Dance and Choreography from California Institute of the Arts. She continued her dance education with Boston Ballet and Ballet Theatre of Boston. In Los Angeles she studied ballet with Terry Markwell, Mia Slavenska, and Nanette Charisse. Akemi has performed with numerous companies and has choreographed and danced in film and video.|
|Alexander Greschenko was a soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet for 9 years where he performed the entire classical repertoire as well as many contemporary works. In 1989, Alexander joined the Princeton Ballet as a principal dancer. From 1990-92 he danced principal roles with the Los Angeles Classical Ballet. Alexander is a sought after guest artist and teacher for ballet companies and universites throughout the United States.|
|Yuri Grigoriev, People's Artist of Russia, was Premier Danseur of the Stanislavsky Musical Theatre in Moscow for 25 years and traveled with the Stars of the Bolshoi in the 1960s and 1970s. Mr. Grigoriev was also Master Teacher at the Moscow Choreographic School of the Bolshoi for 10 years.|
|Stanley Holden was a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet of London for 25 years. From 1971-1998 he was the director of the Stanley Holden Dance Center in Los Angeles. Mr. Holden has received many honors including two Lester Horton Awards in 1994 and 1996, and the American Choreography Award in 1998. Recently, he was guest teacher for the American Ballet Theater and for the cast of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake.|
|Julie Hopkins a former demi-soloist with Ballet de Monte Carlo in Monaco, has performed throughout Europe and the United States for the past 13 years. Julie currently teaches an adult beginner and an intermediate ballet class at CPDC which offer students an opportunity to review their ballet skills before attempting the advanced level classes.|
|Alla Khaniashvili graduated from the Moscow Choreographic School before joining the Stanislavsky Theatre Ballet. In 1981, she won the gold medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition and joined the Bolshoi Ballet as a principal dancer. Ms. Khaniashvili has toured all over the world with the Bolshoi and as guest artist with Ballet Stars of Moscow, the Moscow Classical Ballet and various companies.|
|Reid Olson was a principal dancer with the Los Angeles Ballet for 10 years. He also danced with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and has performed internationally as a guest artist. Reid freelances as a guest teacher and choreographer, and has staged ballets for major companies around the world, including Rome Opera Ballet and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.|
|Charlotte Richards is a former dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and Los Angeles Chamber Ballet where she also held the position of Rehearsal Director for 3 years. Ms. Richards privately trains serious young dancers and assists many local choreographers in presenting their work. She is currently a professor of dance at Loyola Marymount University and Santa Monica College.|
|Karen McDonald has been teaching in the Los Angeles area for over 20 years. Her Broadway show credits include Purlie, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Wiz, and Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies. Karen is also Artistic Director/Choreographer of the New-Age Dance Workshop. She has developed a unique and provocative modern-jazz technique that allows dancers to discover the power, healing qualities, creativity and spiritual balance that dance brings to light in the artist.|
|Maura Owens Townsend studied dance at Inner City Cultural Center and received her BFA in Dance from United States International University in San Diego. She has performed with dance companies such as JAZZANTIQUA, New Age Dance Workshop, Winifred R. Harris' Between Lines, and the Lula Washington Dance Theater. Maura is currently the Artistic Director of Project 21 - A Performing Arts Consortium which provides a creative outlet for artists of various disciplines who have merged their foundation in dance with other technologies for unique visual presentations.|
|Carla Luna danced in Spain for 10 years, appearing as a soloist with some of the most renowned flamenco artists in the world. She has also toured internationally with the companies of Jose Greco and Lola Montes. Ms. Luna has been a guest instructor at numerous colleges and universities throughout the United States and has choreographed extensively for dance companies and for professional dancers.|
|Patricia Caballero Schillaci has trained as a dancer and teacher for over 20 years, obtaining her Teacher's Certificate with Distinction from the Royal Academy in London. In 1990, she founded the Los Angeles Children's Ballet Theatre, a performance group open to young dancers of every level. Ms. Schillaci offers instruction for girls and boys ages based on the Royal Academy of Dancing syllabus taught in over 60 countries worldwide.|
|Yuri Grigoriev was Premier Danseur of the Stanislavsky Musical Theatre in Moscow for 25 years and was Master Teacher at the Moscow Choreographic School of the Bolshoi for 10 years. Mr. Grigoriev has also taught ballet in Japan, Korea, and Turkey.|
American Repertory Dance Company
Bonnie Oda Homsey, Artistic Director
Janet Eilber, Co-Founder
ARDC performs rarely-seen dances by the rebellious visionaries who forged the art form called modern dance. Combining vigorous research with glorious artistry, ARDC's artists Nancy Colahan, Bonnie Oda Homsey, John Pennington, Risa Steinberg, and Carole Valleskey, restore these dances spanning almost 100 years to their original power in performance.
The company has performed at American Dance Festival, DanceAspen, UCLA Center for Performing Arts, The Getty Center, and represented the U.S. at the World Dance Alliance Festival in Korea. ARDC has been profiled in Dance Magazine, on CNN's All About Women, and in Living Fit Magazine.
For more information please call ARDC's artistic office at (323) 664-0553.
Los Angeles Jazz Tap Ensemble
Lynn Dalley, Artistic Director
Founded in 1979, the Jazz Tap Ensemble was the first dance company in the United States to bring tap and jazz to the concert stage. Recognized for their excellence as performers and master teachers, JTE has also been honored to present and work with such well-known tap masters as Jimmy Slyde, Harold Nicholas, LaVaughn Robinson, Savion Glover, and Gregory Hines, as well as with the late greats Charles "Honi" Coles, Steve Condos, and Eddie Brown.
Based in Los Angeles, the company recently completed a tour of Latin America sponsored by the US Government's Arts in America program. JTE has appeared in major theaters around the world and at tap festivals throughout the US. Their TV and film credits include JTE Live in Concert on BRAVO, KQED San Francisco's JTE with Honi Coles, and Christian Blackwood's award winning film Tapdancin'.
For more information about JTE call (310) 475-4412.
Conjunctive Points Dance Center
3631 Hayden Ave., Culver City, CA 90232
tel: (310) 836-3962 - fax: (310) 836-9831