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The Dancers

JOANNA BINNEY

Joanna Binney was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She trained in both the preparatory and college divisions at Cornish College of the Arts.

Joanna danced professionally with Richmond Ballet prior to attending Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude in 2008 with a BA in Biology. While at Harvard, Joanna danced with the Harvard Contemporary Dance Ensemble and the Harvard Ballet Company. In addition to dancing, Joanna teaches Pilates mat and reformer classes in Cambridge.

Joanna joined José Mateo Ballet Theatre in 2008.

MADELEINE BONN

MADELEINE-BONNMadeleine Bonn was born and raised in San Francisco, California and has studied with San Francisco Ballet School, Royal Ballet of London and Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet.

Madeleine attended Sorbonne University of Paris and continues her education at Harvard Extension School. In addition to her formal education, she is furthering her dance training by learning the Argentine Tango.

Prior to joining José Mateo Ballet Theatre in 2004, Madeleine danced with San Francisco Ballet, Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley and Peninsula Ballet Theatre.

As company member with José Mateo Ballet Theatre, Madeleine has performed several featured roles in the repertory includingReverie, Schubert Adagio, Covens, House of Ballet, and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker.

BETSY BOXBERGER

boxberger_headshotBetsy Boxberger trained under Victoria Lyras at the Indianapolis School of Ballet. She graduated from Duke University with a double Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Environmental Policy.

Betsy has performed as a guest artist with Dance Kaleidoscope and the Indianapolis School of Ballet, and as a company member with Ballet Quad Cities. Featured roles include the lead soloist in Gerald Arpino’s Reflections, Second Violin in Concerto Barocco, the lead girl in Valse Fantasie, Raymonda in Raymonda, and George Balanchine’s Sugar Plum in The Nutcracker. She was recently honored with the Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

This is Betsy’s first season with José Mateo Ballet Theatre.

RYAN BULSON

Ryan Bulson fell in love with the art of dance at age 10 and began his formal training at age 14 at Dance Dimensions LLC in Brookfield, CT. He is a recent graduate of The Hartt School at the University of Hartford with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Performance. Ryan studied under the direction of Stephen Pier, Nina Watt, and Hilda Morales along with several other wonderful instructors from across the nation.

Over his 4 years at Hartt, Ryan has performed works by numerous prominent choreographers including José Limón, George Balanchine, Doris Humphrey and Doug Varone.

Some of his most prestigious roles include “Pegasus”from José Limón’s “The Winged” and the title role of “Petrushka”. Ryan has also trained during the summers at American Academy of Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, PointPark University, The Nutmeg Conservatory of Ballet,Doug Varone & Dancers, and the Julidans International Dance Festival in Amsterdam.

Ryan joined José Mateo Ballet Theatre in 2015.

RACHEL ANN BURKE

RACHEL-ANN-BURKERachel Ann Burke is a Cambridge native. She received her early training under Larissa Luvisichuk in the Vaganova method then went on to study at Boston Ballet and Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. She also spent summers at American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, and Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet.

Following her early education she went on to receive her B.F.A from The Boston Conservatory under partial scholarship where she studied ballet pedagogy under Donna Silva.

Since then she has danced with various companies in the Boston area including Contrapose Dance, BalletRox and is currently dancing with Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre.

BRITTANY BUSH

Brittany_BushBrittany was born and raised in Jamestown, NY. She received her early dance training with Monika Alch at the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet, as well as attending summer programs at the New York State Summer School of the Arts, BalletMet Columbus, Boston Ballet, and Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre.

She went on to continue her training at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance. While at Purchase, she danced in George Balanchineʼs Serenade, Jessica Langʼs Prayers, The Nutcracker, and an original solo work, Adrift, choreographed by Emery LeCrone.

Brittany joined Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 2013, and was promoted to a full company member in 2014.

PATRICIA CHIANG

Patricia_Chiang_Headshot for webPatricia was born in Columbus, OH and raised in Concord, MA. She is a graduate of Josè Mateo Ballet Theatre’s Young Dancers Program, where she danced with their pre-professional performance group, YouthWorks. She has also trained with Boston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and the Nutmeg Conservatory.

Patricia joined Josè Mateo Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 2010 and became a full company member in 2011. She is also a member of the teaching faculty at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre and is pursuing a degree in psychology from the Harvard University Extension School.

ANGIE DEWOLF

ANGIE-DEWOLFAngie DeWolf was born and raised in Greenville, Pennsylvania. She credits her dance training to Sharon Filone at Lake Erie Ballet (Erie, PA), Barbara Banasikowski Smith at Greater Lansing Ballet and the Michigan State University Repertory Dance Company.

Angie is a graduate of Michigan State University where she received her Pre-Med degree and danced professionally with the Greater Lansing Ballet Company. In addition, Angie was involved in a cultural exchange with The Vaganova Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia and is a proud faculty member at José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s school.

Angie joined José Mateo Ballet Theatre in 2004. She has held featured roles, most notably in Streams, Timeless Attractions, Back to Bach, Escape, Presage, Sound Secrets, Risk of Repetition and danced as the Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker.

JUNICHI FUKUDA

Junichi-FukudaJunichi Fukuda is a native of Japan. He holds a BFA in Dance from the Boston Conservatory and has been a member of Ballet Tech/NY, Oakland Ballet, Smuin Ballet/SF, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Nejla Yatkin’s NY2 Dance, Buglisi Dance Theatre and Peridance Contemporary Dance Company where he was featured in numerous principal roles.

Back in New England, Junichi became a member of Portland Ballet Company and Prometheus Dance, while he maintains relationships with the New York Baroque Dance Company, Bowen McCauley Dance, and Christopher K. Morgan & Artists as Guest Artist and Choreographer.

Junichi’s choreography has been presented nationally and internationally in France, Japan, Brazil, Germany and Spain. His solo, Eclosion,  is frequently selected for festivals and was recently chosen for the Official Section’s Solo Contest at 18MASDANZA in Spain.

Junichi was the recipient of the 2012 S&R Washington Award and the Dance Place’s 2012 New Releases Choreographer Commission. He was recently named RAW Washington DC’s 2013 Performing Artist of the Year and was nominated for the 2013 DC Dance Award for Outstanding Individual Performance.

He has been commissioned to create new works for Christopher K. Morgan & Artists (Trinitus, April 2013), and for Bowen McCauley Dance (Segments, March 2014). At its premiere, dance critic Sarah Kaufman of the Washington Post called Segments “the evening’s chief pleasure” and went on to say “Fukuda knew exactly what he was doing here: creating a work of easeful harmony…bringing to mind freedom and flight…in this altogether pleasing work. The real credit was due to Fukuda’s modest, tasteful proposal.”

Junichi joined the company in 2014.  For more info, www.fukudance.com.

LAUREN GANTHER

Lauren-GantherLauren was born and raised in Appleton, WI. She received her training from Jeanette Makaroff at the Markaroff Youth Ballet. She also studied at Milwaukee Ballet, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s extension program, and Batsheva Dance Company in Israel.

She continued her training at The Boston Conservatory where she received her BFA in dance. At the conservatory she performed a lead role in Gerald Arpino’s ballet “Light Rain” along with works by Paul Taylor, Jose Limon, Larry Kegwin, and many others.

Lauren joined José Mateo Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 2013 and was promoted to the company in 2014.

JANELLE GILCHRIST

Originally from Stoneham, MA, Janelle developed her skills and expertise through studies at Harriet Hoctor Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, José Mateo Ballet Theatre, Broadway Theater Project, Concord Academy, and Dance Theater of Harlem. She earned her BFA in Dance at the University of Hartford, CT.

Janelle has danced professionally with the Hartford Ballet, New Jersey Ballet and BalletRox, Boston. In addition, Janelle has performed with Legends in Concert, Celebrity Cruises, Anna Myer, David Parker and Island Moving Company. Janelle has also held small roles in several major movie productions, including 27 Dresses (20th Century Fox, 2008) and What’s your Number(Contrafilms, 2011).

Janelle has recently served as choreographer and casting director of two flash mob performances for Media Direct Productions, in Boston and Las Vegas. Janelle has worked as company manager for Balletrox and currently coordinates the BalletRox dance programs in Boston Public Schools. She also teaches dance at Tony Williams Dance Center and Step by Step in Waltham, MA.

MAGDALENA GYFTOPOULOS

MAGDALENA-GYFTOPOULOSMagdalena Gyftopoulos received her dance training at the Boston Ballet School with Anne-Marie Holmes, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and José Mateo Ballet Theatre Young Dancer’s Program as a scholarship student.

Magdalena joined the company at José Mateo Ballet Theatre in 2006, and is a member of the teaching faculty.

In addition, Magdalena has worked with various other dance companies in the Boston area including Mariah Steele’s QuickSilver Dance, Tony Williams’ BalletRox, and Contrapose Dance where she has had the opportunity to work with choreographers David Parker, Sydney Skybetter, and Gianni Di Marco.

STEPHEN JAMES

Stephen_Behan_Headshot_200A native New Yorker, Stephen James trained at School of American Ballet in New York City and American Dance Theater in Herricks, NY. He studied at Ailey School as a fellowship student and graduated from State University of New York (S.U.N.Y.) Purchase College in White Plains, NY with a B.F.A. in Dance.

Stephen spent summers training with Miami City Ballet, Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, Ballet Austin, and Dance International New York in Spain and New York. He performed with Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater, apprenticed with Staatstheater Nürnberg Ballett in Nürnberg, Germany and danced as a member of the second company at Ballet Hispanico “BHdos”. Stephen has also performed with the Eglevsky Ballet, RG Dance Project, and company dancer with Verb Ballets of Cleveland, OH, and company dancer with Ballet Nebraska of Omaha, NE.

This is Stephen’s first season withJosé Mateo Ballet Theatre.

SPENCER DORU KEITH

Spencer_Headshot_websiteSpencer was born in Romania and raised in Honolulu, HI.

He received his training at Academie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace, Woodbury Ballet and Hawaii State Ballet and was taught by instructors Randyl Errica, Marika Besobrasova and John Landovsky.

In 2008 Spencer was invited to participate in the Bolshoi Ballet Academy’s Gala performance. He was awarded a gold medal for pas de deux in the Connecticut Classic Competition in 2011 and a silver medal for variation in 2012.

Spencer joined Josè Mateo Ballet Theatre in 2011.

JACLYN SANFORD

JACLYN-SANFORDJaclyn is a native of Hingham, MA. She is a graduate of Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s Young Dancers Program and YouthWorks. As a student, she performed the role of Clara in JMBT’s “The Nutcracker.” She has also received training from the Boston Ballet School.

Jaclyn joined Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 2008 and was promoted to company member in 2009. She is a member of JMBT’s teaching faculty, as well.

in May 2014, Jaclyn graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in English, Extension Studies and is currently pursuing a Master of Liberal Arts degree in English, Extension Studies from Harvard University.

COLTON WEST

Colton_West_HeadshotColton West trained in Colorado with Ballet Society of Colorado Springs. He spent a year abroad studying at l’Academie de Danse Singapore under the direction of Jonathan Guillarme. He attended summer intensive programs at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, Ballet Austin, American Ballet Theatre, The Rock School for Dance Education, and the Paris Opera Ballet School. Colton has participated in the International Concours de Grasse and Youth America Grand Prix.

He began his professional career as a guest artist with State Street Ballet and participated in their tour of China. He then joined Ballet Idaho for their 2015/2016 season and was featured in Twyla Tharp’s ’Nine Sinatra Songs’ and as the Bluebird in ’Sleeping Beauty.’  Colton had the pleasure of joining the Eugene Ballet Company for their 2016/2017 season and danced as Puck in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ Nutcracker Prince in ‘The Nutcracker,’ as well as being featured in Stephanie Martinez’ ‘Wandering On.’

Colton West is performing courtesy of Eugene Ballet Company.

JULIA STETSON – APPRENTICE

Julia Stetson_WebsiteJulia Stetson born in Westchester, NY and trained with Cleveland Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet. She completed the Royal Academy of dance grades III-V with distinction. She attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts and the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, where she earned her BFA and was selected to dance with both Dayton Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet.

Julia has danced professionally with Albany Berkshire Ballet, Ballet Quad Cities and Boston Dance Company.

Julia is a certified instructor of the Burdenko method Water and Sports Therapy as well as Barre Boston. She is completing her Pilates certification this summer.