MICHAEL BISHOP |
Belhaven Michael trained in the Vaganova based ballet technique as well as modern dance (Graham based), caribbean, improvisational and hip hop and joined T.A.L.K Dance Co. where he danced and toured internationally. Michael served as a rehearsal assistant to the choreographer Christopher Caines for the 2010 International Ballet Competition (IBC). In 2011, he received the Bezalel Award for outstanding artistic achievement in his senior class. Upon graduation Michael moved to New York and began training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT). After studying at AAADT he performed and toured nationally with the David Gordon Pick Up Performance Company, performed with Deeply Rooted Productions in Chicago, taught at Edge School Of The Arts (ESOTA) in Queens, NY and went on to tour for two years with the International European Tour of West Side Story 2012-2014. Since returning to the states Michael joined ForzaMlizia Dance Company as the rehearsal director and choreographer staging several original works. He presented his choreography in the Fertile Grounds workshop in New York, performed with Anthony Williams as a member of LOVING BLACK in the original cast and revised production and is performing as the lead male dancer/poet/ puppeteer and ensemble member for The Dance of Life as apart of the Fringe Festival New York 2016. Michael is a member of the AGMA Union and is SAG-AFTRA Eligible.
MAVI VILLA |
A native of Italy, Maria Vittoria Villa began her studies with Ballet and modern dance at “Centro Studi Coreografici Teatro Carcano”, Milano, where she graduated in 2013. She then was awarded with a scholarship at The Ailey School, where she performed with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in a work by Matthew Rushing. In 2014 she became a scholarship student at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance where she graduated in June 2016 after joining Graham 2, the junior company. In August 2016 she became a company member of Vanessa Long Dance Company and Smashwork.
CASSANDRA OREFICE | Performer
Cassandra is 24 year old dancer from Vancouver WA. She holds an Associates of Art degree from Clark College. She has been studying dance sincethe age of three starting with CecchettiBallet, then at sixteen she discovered the joys of Contemporary, Jazz, Theater, and Aerial Silks. Cassandra has also held two titles in the Miss America Scholarship Pageant and one title in the Miss Universe Pageant. Since moving to New York she has danced for New York Couture Fashion Week, Toys-R-Us Children’s Fund Gala, opened up a private personal training facility with her partner and ate a lot of really really good food. Cassandra is honored to be a part of A Corona Works and to get the chance to perform with these beautiful dancers.
NICHOLAS MONTERO | Performer
Nicholas Montero was born in Bogota, Colombia and began his ballet training at the Professional Conservatory of Dance Carmen Amaya in Madrid, Spain where he graduated. While a student at the conservatory he was featured in George Balanchine’s Agon and danced ballets Don Quixote, La Sylphide as well as Midsummer Night’s Dream choreographed by Daniel Otevrel. Nicholas has attend summer intensive programs on scholarship at Boston Ballet and Joffrey Ballet, New York. He has continued his training in the United States during the 2015-2016 term with Joffrey Concert Group New York. He has been invited to join Cleveland Ballet for the production of Coppelia choreographed by Ramon Oller and now he is thrilled to be working with him again for the production of “Thorns of the Crown”
DANNON O'BRIEN |
Dannon O’Brien currently lives in New York City and as of spring 2016 he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. While in school, he discovered a passion for Dance Theater and performance art and loves experimenting with irreverent, nonsensical material while creating work. Looking forward Dannon is excited to continue working with NYC based company J. Chen Project, choreographing professionally, and exploring all aspects of the performing arts.
JAMES JOHNSON |
James Johnson attended The Juilliard School and graduated with his BFA in dance in 2012. James has enjoyed the process and time with A Corona Works on “The Impossible Love” and “Just Joy.” He is also working with Young Soon Kim’s White Wave Dance Company, and prior to that he has worked with Alessandro Pellicani on a pre-production of “7 Doors, The Journey Within.” James has also worked in NYC with The Breton Follies, a show choreographed by Breton Tyner-Bryan and in a Nightmare: Horror Show production entitled “Broken” choreographed by Anthony Giorgio. Earlier engagements include performing in Boston for Touch Performance Art in a show called “AcousticaElectronica.” James has also worked with Attack Theatre Dance Company where he performed multiple productions and Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company where he was able to perform multiple productions on tour in the USA and Canada.
FULVIO DELLA VOLTA |
“Born in Switzerland, raised in Italy, crafted in New York”. Fulvio is an Italian actor and interpreter. In 2005 he earned his Masters in Communication & Media studies at La Sapienza University of Rome, and in 2009 he graduated from the William Esper Studio Two Year Conservatory Program in New York. Post-graduation, he continued to work closely with Bill Esper on the Meisner Technique in his invitation-only Master Class. In 2011 he became a member of SAG-AFTRA. In 2013 he began working with the Educational Theater of New York. Recents stage credits (Strictly Dishonorable, The Gioconda Smile, Garbo, Long Legged Lies, Visit to Relatives), indie short films (Parallel Differences, The Pinball Prophet, The Tuner), feature films (Radius, The Fabulous Thunderbirds), commercials and voiceovers (Google, Puma, Galbani, Fiat, Duracell, Martini, Pixar, HBO)
MARIACARMEN GARCIA |
Maricarmen Garcia is an internationally-renown flamenco artist who has performed in the world’s leading theaters, companies, and festivals. Notable productions include ‘Guernica Flamenco’ she created for her own ensemble, Company Maricarmen Garcia. She choreographed and danced in her production ‘Flamenco Progressivo’ as a duet for her and her partner, Cristobal Reyes. The production ‘Cumbre Flamenca’, in which she also served as Assistant Director, toured to The Joyce Theater in New York, and also to Sadler’s Wells in London, the Hong Kong Festival and the Sydney Festival. With her longtime creative partner and collaborator, Ramon Oller, she appeared in his acclaimed production of ‘Carmen’ that was presented in New York’s The Joyce Theater. Other companies in which she performed include the Jose Montalvo Company, Company Carmen Koko, and Ramon Oller’s Company Metros. She is delighted to be collaborating, once again, with Alessandra Corona in her production of ‘Dulcinea in Manhattan’.
NICK BURRAGE |
Nicholas Burrage began dancing in Westfield, Massachusetts, where he grew up, at New England Dance Centers, under the direction of Loree Cloud. He currently resides in New York City and has recently graduated from Marymount Manhattan College where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, under the direction of Katie Lagan. Nicholas currently dances for Emery Lecrone Dance. Nicholas has performed works by Bill T. Jones, Paul Taylor, Alexander Ekman, Aszure Barton, Kate Skarpetowska,and Emery Lecrone to name a few. He has also trained with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and at Springboard Danse Montreal.
ALEXANDRE BARRANCO |
Alexandre Barranco was born in Brazil. In 2001, at the age of 11, he began his dance studies at ABAMBA (Benefactors and Friends of Dancers and Actors Boys Association). In 2008, he had his first professional experience in the “Ballet of the City of Taubaté,” mainly working with contemporary dance. In 2010, he worked with the “Young Dance Company of São José dos Campos”. He has performed within Brazil and abroad dancing classical ballet and contemporary dance and has been awarded with many national and international prizes in competitions. In 2014, Alexandre started training in New York at Peridance Capezio Center in their certificate program with a full scholarship while simultaneously apprenticing with the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company.
MARIO ROSINI | Music Director, Pianist and Singer
Mario Rosini, from Gioia del Colle, Italy, studied piano at the Niccolo Piccinni conservatory in Bari, but his artistic choices steered him towards musical styles that diverged from classical. For two years, he frequented the Umbria jazz clinics and won a scholarship for a course taught by Joe Zawinul on keyboard and computer music. He has had numerous collaborations with national and international jazzpop artists. He has performed as a pianist and vocalist on tour with Anna Oxa, Irene Grandi, Mia Martini, Rossana Casale, Tosca, Neri per Caso, Alex Britti, Gino Vannelli, and was the opening act for Al Jarreau and Michael Buble during their European tours. He frequently performs in live concerts with major exponents of the Italian and international jazz scene. He has released numerous recordings with the collaboration of artists such as Billy Cobham, Pino Daniele (his artistic producer), Mick Goodrick, Rossana Casale, Dirotta su Cuba, Fabrizio Bosso, and others. In 2004, he won second prize in the San Remo festival with the song, “Sei la Vita Mia.” Since 2008, he has been the President of the Mia Martini Prize. Since 2005, he has been professor of jazz singing at the Paisielllo Conservatory of Taranto and in 2012 also joined the faculty of the Duni di Matera Conservatory. Mario is currently the Music Director, Pianist, and Singer for the ACoronaworks productions, “Dinner with Friends” and “Dulcinea in Manhattan” directed by Alessandra Corona.
HERMAN PAYNE |
Herman Payne is a Juilliard graduate where he earned a BFA, and is proficient in ballet, modern, jazz, and hip-hop / jazz funk. He has performed with Aspen Ballet Company, and has appeared in the international tours of ‘Fosse’ under the direction of Debra McWaters, and the international tour of ‘West Side Story’ under the direction of Joey McKneely. On Broadway, Herman appeared in the musical ‘9 to 5’ choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbueler. For the New York City Center Encores’ series, Herman appeared in their productions of ‘The Wiz’, choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbueler, ‘House of Flowers’, choreographed by Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall, ‘The Pajama Game’ choreographed by Tony Award winner John Carrafa, and ‘The ID of BOB’, directed by Hinton Battle. From 2000-2013 Herman was in ‘The Radio City Christmas Spectacular’ choreographed by Linda Haberman. He was in ‘Michael Jackson’s 30th Anniversary Special’. Besides working with Michael Jackson, Herman has performed with Mariah Carey, Usher, Mya, Destiny’s Child, Whitney Houston, and Deborah Cox. His extensive background in dance education includes his studies at Interlochen School of the Arts, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, Alvin Aiely American Dance Theater, Boston Ballet, and Jacob’s Pillow. Herman has choreographed many industrials, corporate events, and has taught at many summer intensive programs, including ‘The Broadway Theatre Project’ (Assistant Art Director), and Miami City Ballet.
ASHLEY ADAMEK |
Ashley is a New York City based singer/dancer. Originally from North Carolina, Ashley holds a degree in vocal performance from UNC-Chapel Hill. Favorite credits include: Broadway: Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark; Tours: Chicago (Hunyak/ u/s Roxie), Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2011 Winter Tour (back-up singer/dancer); and the world premier of White Noise. Ashley has also performed with recording artists Florence + The Machine and Kanye West.
LEONARDO TOMASI |
Leonardo Tomasi is a young Italian actor and singer from Sinnai, Italy. He was trained by Maria Assunta Calvisi, Artistic Director of Teatro Civico di Sinnai and studied acting at its school, ‘Fulvio Fo’. He has worked on numerous productions with the L’Effimero Meraviglioso, the Dual Band and Riverrun Company, and now, with Acoronaworks, under the direction of Alessandra Corona, on her production of ‘Dulcinea in Manhattan’. In 2009, Leonardo performed in the production ‘Piccioccus’, at the Endinburgh Fringe Festival, a co-production with the companies L’Effimero Meraviglioso, which toured to the Teatro Civico di Sinnai, the Dual Band and Riverrun Company in Milano, and in Porto Torres, Italy. Other productions include ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’, ‘La Favola del Figlio Cambiato’, ‘Il Colore Rosa’, ‘Una serie di Sfortunati Eventi’and ‘LaBolla’.
THOMAS LENTAKIS |
Thomas Lentakis , music composer, born in New York City, comes from a musical background: his mother was a concert pianist who studied at Julliard College, and both his mother and father played the accordion, often as a duo. Mr. Lentakis started studying the piano at the age of 7 and later also studied the drums and guitar. He formed his first band, the Poxdoctors, when he was 11 . After studying writing and music at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College, Mr. Lentakis co-founded the Agents, a New York-based band and started composing electronic music for dance productions. He has worked with various choreographers including Ramon Oller(Barcelona) , Renato Greco (Rome), and Alessandra Corona (New York).
Since 2012 Mr Lentakis has composed original music for all the productions of “A Corona Works” Dance/Theater Company.