Domenico Luciano from Naples, Italy joined Dominic Walsh Dance Theater in 2005. Having made his American debut with Tulsa Ballet in 2004, Mr. Luciano studied at the Teatro di San Carlo Ballet School in Naples Italy, and danced with various companies in Europe as a Principal Dancer including Europadance in France, Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Germany, Teatro Comunale in Florence, Teatro Dell’Opera in Rome and Teatro di San Carlo in Naples.
His repertoire includes many of the classical principal leads such as Romeo, Paris, and Benvolio in both Sir Kenneth MacMillan and John Cranko’s Romeo & Juliet; Paris in Amedeo Amodio’s Romeo & Juliet with Eleonora Abbagnato, Principal Dancer with Paris Opera Ballet; Solor in La Bayadere, The Prince in The Nutcracker, and Albrecht in Giselle, all by Derek Dean; In the Night by Jerome Robbins; Onegin in John Cranko’s Onegin; Roland Petit’s Ma Pavlova with international ballerina Lucia Lacarra; and Don Jose with the National Ballet of China in Carmen.
Mr. Luciano also excels in his contemporary repertoire which includes George Balanchine’s La Valse; Nacho Duato’s Jardi Tancat and Without Words; Orfeo in Carole Armitage’sOrfeo ed Euridice; and Mauro Bigonzetti’s Mediterranea. Also with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, he performed the American premiere of Bigonzetti’s Pression, Michele Merola’s With Painted Lips, Enrico Morelli’s Funabula, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano’s Dicese, Jirí Kylián’s Double You and 27’52″ (gala version), and Mats Ek’s Pas de Dans. Dominic Walsh has created many roles especially for Mr. Luciano including Clair de Lune, Le Spectre de la Rose, Desire in Sleeping Beauty, Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet, I Napoletani, Terminus and the title roles in Titus Andronicusand The Trilogy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for which he also designed the costumes.
Since 2005, Mr. Luciano has danced in all of the company’s tours to Mexico, Italy, Spain, Greece, Romania, Florida, New York, Iowa, and Kansas. In 2003, he received the Leonide Massine award in Positano, Italy as Best Male Dancer of the Year and in October 2008, he was named “Best Dancer” by the Houston Press. He also made his choreographic debut in 2008, co-creating The Nutcracker with Mr. Walsh for Ballet Quad Cities. More recently, he performed Mr. Walsh’s tour de force The Firebird with Paris Opera Étoile Marie-Agnès Gillot, Victor Frankenstein, and Time out of Line. Mr. Luciano was named one of 12 Standout performers in 2009 by Pointe Magazine for his portrayal of the White Swan in the White Swan pas de deux from Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, and he also received the “Young Italian Talent Award” in Florence, Italy in 2010. He currently dances as a Soloist for Colorado Ballet.
Danielle Brown* was born in Libertyville, Illinois where she began her training with Lisa Shippman Sheppard and Paula Young David. She continued her training at North Carolina School of the Arts with Melissa Hayden before joining Ballet Austin as an apprentice and the Nashville Ballet in 2006. Ms. Brown joined Sarasota Ballet in 2007 and returns this season as a Principal Dancer. Since joining Sarasota Ballet, she has danced in a wide variety of the company’s repertoire, including Sir Frederick Ashton’s Façade, The Two Pigeons, and Les Patineurs, George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and Divertimento No. 15, Dame Ninette de Valois’ Checkmate and The Rake’s Progress, Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations, Andre Prokovsky’s Anna Karenina, Renato Paroni’s Rococo Variations, and Matthew Bourne’s Infernal Galop and Boutique. Her Principal roles include: Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Las Hermanas (The Jealous Sister), Antony Tudor’s Lilac Garden (An Episode in his Past), Sir Peter Wright’s Giselle (Queen of the Wilis and Pas de Six), Andre Prokovsky’s Vespri (Pas de Deux), Mikhail Fokine’s Les Sylphides (Waltz), The Nutcracker (Queen of the Snow), George Balanchine’s Donizetti Variations, Peter Darrell’s Othello (Desdemona), John Cranko’s Pineapple Poll (Mrs. Dimple), Dominic Walsh’s I Napoletani, Galina Samsova’s Paquita, and Marius Petipa’s Diana and Acteon Pas de Deux. Roles created for Ms. Brown include Dominic Walsh’s Wolfgang for Webb and The Trilogy as well as Jamie Carter’s A Deux Mains, which she also performed at The Peacock Theatre, London, in the presence of Dame Beryl Grey and Sir Peter Wright.
*Danielle Brown appears courtesy of the Sarasota Ballet
Juan Gil* was born in Valencia, Spain, and started his dancing career as a ballroom dancer at age 9. He was Spain’s champion in numerous occasions. He went on to represent Spain in the world championships. After finalizing his career as a professional ballroom dancer he then decided to train in classical ballet Juan accepted a scholarship to London Studio Centre under the direction of Margaret Barbieri. As part of the Images of Dance Company, attached to Studio Centre, he danced in a tour of the UK performing Salzburg Divertimento (Slava Samodurov), Sommeil (Christopher Marney), and Tchaikovsky’s Ballet Fantasy (Matthew Hart). In 2011, Juan joined the Sarasota Ballet under the direction of Iain Webb. His repertoire includes Diamonds, Donizetti Variations, (George Balanchine), The two pigeons, Les Patineurs, Monotones II, Façade, Les Rendezvous, Birthday Offering, La Fille Mal Gardee (Sir Frederick Ashton), Lilac Garden (Sir Antony Tudor), John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker (Matthew Hart), The American (Christopher Wheeldon), Spielende Kinder, Changing Light (Will Tuckett), Salute (Johan Kobborg), Bello, I Napoletoni (Dominic Walsh), Nine Sinatra Songs (Twyla Tharp), Company B (Paul Taylor’s). Juan recently had the opportunity to dance at the Kennedy Center for Ballet Across America III with the Sarasota Ballet. He currently dances with the Sarasota Ballet as a coryphée.
* Juan appears courtesy of Sarasota Ballet
Ashley Lynn Gilfix* is originally from the Chicago area, where she received her pre-professional training from Ms. Sherry Moray. She performed with the Alabama Ballet, under Wes Chapman, prior to joining Ballet Austin in 2002. As a dancer with Ballet Austin, Ashley has premiered many works by Stephen Mills and toured to Italy, Slovenia, Puerto Rico, The Joyce, and The Kennedy Center –dancing in collaboration with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet in 2008, and most recently as a part of Dance Across America III. In September 2013, she will tour Israel with Ballet Austin, performing Mills’ acclaimed Light: The Holocaust and Humanity Project. Ashley has danced principal roles in The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Hamlet, Cinderella, Swan Lake, Coppelia, La Sylphide, The Magic Flute,Romeo & Juliet, and Giselle, as well as in works by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Dwight Rhoden, Mats Ek, Nicolo Fonte, Thang Dao, Gina Patterson, Loni Landon, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Dominic Walsh. She has been a featured guest artist with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater since 2010.
*Ashley appears courtesy of Ballet Austin
Maximilian Isaacson* started his dance training at the age of eight at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts under Lynette Mason Gregg and Luis Fuente in Webster, Texas. In 2010 Max attended the JKO School at American Ballet Theater under full scholarship. Max has just finished his first season with the Orlando Ballet II dancing in various productions including Vampire’s Ball and The Nutcracker. This is his first season with the Orlando Ballet. Max has recently been training with Dominic Walsh and Domenico Luciano and is thrilled to perform with DWDT for their New York City, Joyce Theater debut.
* Max appears courtesy of Orlando Ballet
Tara Lee* grew up in Connecticut, where she trained with Donna Bonasera of Connecticut Dance Theatre. She has been a member of Joffrey II, Ballet British Columbia, New Orleans Ballet Theatre, and the Atlanta Ballet, her artistic home for 17 seasons to date. Tara has performed works by Wayne McGregor, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, James Kudelka, Jorma Elo, Helen Pickett, Gina Patterson, John Alleyne, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Principal roles include those in John McFall’s Swan Lake and Firebird, Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly, Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella and Three Preludes, Michael Pink’s Romeo & Juliet and Dracula, Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room and Princess and the Goblin, David Bintley’s Carmina Burana, Christopher Hampson’s Rite of Spring, Mark Godden’s The Magic Flute, Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena, Lauri Stallings’ big, George Balanchine’s Serenade, and Martha Graham’s Appalachian Spring. Tara has choreographed three pieces for Atlanta Ballet, most recently Pavo, which premiered in May 2012. She will present a new work for the company in May of 2014.
* Tara Lee appears courtesy of Atlanta Ballet
Houston soprano Nancy Curtis enjoys a multifaceted career as a singer of opera, symphonic repertoire, and recitals. Nancy’s commitment to her artistry has drawn praise from colleagues, audiences, and critics alike, and she is in demand as a vocalist and teacher. Hailed as a “stand-out”, Ms. Curtis has been featured with opera companies including the Virginia Opera, Houston Grand Opera, the New York City Opera, the Tulsa Opera, and the Lyric Opera of San Antonio, and has been presented as the soprano soloist for the Austin Symphony, the Maryland Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, the Arkansas Symphony, the Santa Fe Symphony, and the Tulsa Philharmonic and Ballet. As a winner of the prestigious Enrico Caruso International Vocal Competition, Nancy was invited to sing concerts throughout Italy including an appearance at the famed opera house, La Scala. Ms. Curtis lives in Houston with her husband Ryan and two sons, Ashton and R.J.
Lachezar Kostov is hailed for the “awesome purity of his playing” and described as a “prodigiously skilled protagonist.” The Bulgarian cellist has performed as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in USA, Japan and Europe. In 2006 Mr. Kostov was the National Winner at the MTNA competition. Lachezar Kostov gave his Carnegie Hall debut in 2009 together with his longtime friend and chamber music collaborator pianist Viktor Valkov. Their first commercial CD was released by NAXOS in 2011 and includes the complete music for cello and piano by Nikolai Roslavets. In 2011 the Kostov-Valkov Duo won the Grand Prix and all special prizes at the Liszt-Garrison Competition in Baltimore. Mr. Kostov is currently pursuing DMA degree at Rice University. He holds diplomas from Yale University, NCSA and the National Music Academy in Bulgaria. Highlights of the 2012-2013 season include solo appearance at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany, and a performance of Prokofiev’s “Sinfonia Concertante” with the Shepherd School of Music Orchestra as well as multiple appearances in New York, Houston, Baltimore and San Francisco.
David J Deveau, a native of Houston, is a freelance lighting designer, technical director and artistic collaborator for dance. He is currently in his fourth season with NobleMotion Dance and his third season with The Dominic Walsh Dance Theater. Several recent credits include working as the lighting designer with the Dance Gallery Festival held at Sam Houston State University (2010-2012) as well as the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre (2012). He most recently premiered an evening length work as a collaborator and light artist with NobleMotion Dance, Spitting Ether: A Reality Bending Dance. Other works with NobleMotion include working with the Texas Weekend of Contemporary Dance, the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company’s Quirky Works, Big Range Austin, the Jewish Community Center’s Triple Focus and the Dance Gallery Festival (New York, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, 2009 & 2010). He has recently worked with Infinite Movement Ever Evolving (iMEE, Italy), Hope Stone Dance (Houston), Revolve Dance Company (Houston), and Urban Souls (Houston). He holds a full time position as technical/lighting director at the Sam Houston State University Dance Department, and will be joining the faculty as an adjunct after recently receiving his MFA in Dance (SHSU).