COMPANY DANCERS

 

Our team is comprised of 10 diversely trained core dancers spanning four decades in age. 

 

 

KIM JONES, FOUNDER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Kim is an Associate Professor of Dance at UNC Charlotte and a régisseur for the Martha Graham Resource Center. She danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and served as a principal dancer in the US National Tour of The King and I. Kim is well known for her work with historic modern dances. Most recently, choreographer Paul Taylor offered Tracer (1962), a collaboration with the artist Robert Rauschenberg (set and costumes), as the subject of a scholarly reconstruction by Kim. She recreated the work using her research and dance expertise on Taylor 2 Dance Company members, thanks to funding from the NEA Art Works grant, UNC Charlotte Faculty Research Grant and Wells Fargo. Taylor 2 Dance Company premiered the reconstruction of Tracer at UNC Charlotte in September 2016. Tracer has been performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City in September 2017. In 2013, Kim reconstructed Martha Graham’s Imperial Gesture (1935), which is now on tour with the Martha Graham Dance Company. Both reconstructed works were featured in the Sunday edition of The New York Times. Kim has also restaged Graham’s Primitive Mysteries (1931), Panorama (1935) and Steps in the Street (1936), with funding from the NEA American Masterpieces grant. Kim is currently in London for the 2018/2019 academic year serving as the resident Director at Kingston University. She looks forward to making new contacts for Movement Migration in the U.K and in Europe.

 

 

E.E. BALCOS, REHEARSAL DIRECTOR

E.E. is a Filipino-American originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He began dance studies with modern dance pioneer Hanya Holm while simultaneously embodying the post-modern practice of contact improvisation. E.E. has been a prolific performer and choreographer for over 30 years. He is active in exploring investigations that are focused through a lens of somatic movement as it applies to choreography and dance performance. His collaborations with composers and musicians create interdisciplinary performances including new choreography, improvisation, contact improvisation and methods of dissemination through workshops, classes, performances and social media. E.E. is an Associate Professor of Dance at UNC Charlotte. He is a passionate gardener and landscaper, finding and exploring the parallels in nature and dance. 

 
 

AMY CLAUGUS

Originally from New York City, Amy began her training in the Vaganova technique under Parsla Vintere and on scholarship at Eliot Feld’s New Ballet School. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School, under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy, and of La Guardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in NYC. Amy has performed the works of Eliot Feld, Benjamin Harkarvy, Jiri Kylian, Alvin Ailey, Stanton Welch, Diane Coburn Bruning and Francis Patrelle, among others. She has performed and toured with New York Theater Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, Dances Patrelle, Chamber Dance Project and Pittsburgh Opera. She was a founding member and rehearsal director of Chamber Dance Project and her teaching credits include: Studio Maestro, currently known as Manhattan Movement & Arts (MMA) Center, NYC. She is humbled and thrilled to be part of Movement Migration!

 
 

ABDIEL JACOBSEN

Abdiel, a native of Côte d'Ivoire, is currently a Principal Dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company. He has performed many lead roles of Martha Graham’s repertoire, including partnering Prima Ballerina Diana Vishneva in Graham's iconic Errand Into The Maze and Étoile Aurélie Dupont in Graham's Lament. With the Martha Graham Dance Company, Abdiel has also performed various original contemporary works by Nacho Duato, Robert Wilson, Luca Veggetti, Sonya Tayeh, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Andonis Foniadakis, Michelle Dorrance, Richard Move, Doug Varone, Larry Keigwin and Bulareyaung Pagarlava. He received a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, and is a Certified Professional Champion Ballroom and Latin dancer and instructor. He is also a guest artist with the Cecilia Marta Dance Company and was a featured performer in GNC's national campaign "Respect Yourself."

 
 
 
 

MARIYA DASHKINA MADDUX (MASHA)

A native of Kiev, Ukraine, Masha was first introduced to dance through the classical Vaganova ballet technique. After moving to the United States, she studied under the direction of Ruth Weisen at the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet of Miami, FL, ultimately graduating summa cum laude with a BFA from New World School of the Arts under the directorship of Daniel Lewis. She joined the Martha Graham Dance Company in 2007 and rose to the rank of principal. She appeared in a feature film "Fall to Rise," and in Martha Graham technique instructional videos. He image was selected for the cover of the book The Art of Movement, conceived and created by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory. Masha is the founder and director of the Wake Forest Dance Festival.

 
 

BLAKELEY WHITE-MCGUIRE

Blakeley is a critically acclaimed, award winning dance performer, maker and teacher. She embodies the iconic lead roles of modern dance, most notably as Principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company (2002 - 2016, 2017). Through this work as well as contemporary interdisciplinary collaborations, she has performed on the world’s greatest stages including Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera, Beijing Opera, Theatre du Chatelet, Sadler’s Wells, Hollywood Bowl, Teatro Greco di Siracusa and the Herodion. Blakeley has created original works for The Museum of Arts and Design, Downtown Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow’s INSIDE/ OUT, The Art Mill, the Key West Modern Dance Festival and Rivertown Artists Workshop. Her writings expressing the 21st-century dancer experience have been published by The Dance Enthusiast, Dance Films Association, The Huffington Post, Dance Magazine and Performance Research Journal, U.K..

 
 

LORENZO PAGANO

Lorenzo joined the Martha Graham Dance Company in 2012 and dances lead roles in Graham’s Appalachian Spring, Embattled Garden, Night Journey, Dark Meadow and Diversion of Angels and in contemporary works by Andonis Foniadakis, Nacho Duato, Pontus Lidberg and Sonya Tayeh. A native of Torino, Italy, he moved to the US and trained as a scholarship student at The School at Jacob’s Pillow and The Martha Graham School. In 2016, Lorenzo received the Italian International Dance Award for “Male Rising Star”.

 
 

PABLO FRANCISCO RUVALCABA

A native of San Diego, California, Pablo is a Juilliard School graduate and a 20-year Limón Dance Company veteran. Pablo joined the Limón Dance Company in 1996, during his tenure, he originated roles by such noted guest choreographers as Doug Varone, Donald McKayle, Murray Louis, Lar Lubovitch among others. He has performed José Limón's roles in LDC’s revivals of Missa Brevis, The Traitor, Lament For Ignacio Sanchez Mejías and The Moor's Pavane as well as featured in reconstructions of works by Sokolow, Tudor, Kylián, and more. Pablo is a Co-Founding Director of The Higher Ground Festival of New York City, and a founding member of Movement Migration. He is current faculty at Hofstra University of New York, and teaches the Limón technique and it's  repertory  extensively nationally and internationally.

 
 

JACQUELINE WHITE

Jacqueline began her training with Arnott Mader of the Richmond Ballet and furthered her training at the Virginia School of the Arts. Upon graduating from NCSU with a degree in Environmental Design, Jacqueline went on to study with the Nutmeg Ballet before returning to North Carolina to teach and to perform. Jacqueline has performed with numerous regional companies, including Martha Connerton/Kinetic Works, Kim Robards Dance (Denver, Co.), Echo Contemporary Dance Arts, Opera Carolina and as a founding member of “project incite.” She is the owner/director of Open Door Studios and has taught in public schools, private studios and as a visiting lecturer at UNC Charlotte. Her choreography has been performed at SCEDA, BalletFest Atlanta, the Charlotte Dance Festival and the North Carolina Dance Festival. She is thrilled to work with Kim Jones and the artists of Movement Migration.

 

 

DOMINIQUE WILLIS

Dominique is native of Bermuda, and currently dances with Bodiography Contemporary Ballet Charlotte under the direction of Maria Caruso. Her training is from the In Motion School of Dance, Dean College, where she graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Dance, the American Ballet Theater, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Parsons Dance, RIOULT and River North Dance Chicago. Dominique has received multiple scholarships for academics, artistic ability and community service from The Bermuda Ballet Association, National Dance Foundation, DanceBermuda, Ross Blackie Talbot Foundation, The Peter Leitner Arts Scholarship, The Bank of Bermuda Foundation and Dean College.  Dominique has performed in Martha Graham’s Panorama, in numerous ballets, and has performed works by Duane Cyrus, Christian Von Howard, Gaspard Louis, Robert Battle, Frank Chaves and Kevin Iega Jeff. Dominique is currently dance faculty with the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District, Precision Dance Center and Havilah Dance Company.