Success Stories: Dance

Zach Ingram (HS '02) is the latest to join the ranks of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s principal company, which previously had signed him up to train and perform with Alvin Ailey II as soon as he graduated from New World in 2002. Ingram, Machanic, and fellow NWSA High School alumni Cheryl Rowley-Gaskins (HS ’93) and Jamar Roberts (HS ’00) have all been featured stars who performed all over the world. Yusha Sorzano (HS ’00) joins Sharron Williams (HS '01) in Ailey II. NWSA Dance Professor Peter London, who teaches in the Ailey Summer Intensives Program, says New World has honed the skills of more Ailey dancers than any conservatory in the nation.

Raquel Aedo ( HS ’89) White Oak Dance Project.

Leymis J. Bolanos (BFA ’99) Coordinator for FSU Dance SARASOTA. Teacher modern dance at Booker High School/Sarasota Visual and Performing Arts Center and New College and is an independent choreographer.

Valerie Barreiro (BFA ’01) Dance teacher, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Magnet Program

Carlos de Barros (BFA ’98) Freddick Bratcher Contemporary Dance Theater, the Demetrius Klein Dance Company

Robert Battle (High School ’90) is earning the respect of the New York critics as a young modern dance choreographer for his own New York company Battleworks. He was formerly a principle dancer and choreographer with the Parsons Dance Company, and has been commissioned to create new works for Alvin Ailey. He returns to New World teach master classes and stage his works “Battlefield” and “Rush Hour.”

Stephanie Bastos (BFA, ’97) is performing with the Axis Dance Company in Oakland, California. She previously was with the Urban Bush Women NYC and the Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble in Miami.

Shin-Yun Chou (BFA ‘99) Chen and Dancers, NYC

Eva Cavros-Robbins (BFA ‘96) Artistic Director, Gilda’s Club South Florida “Dancing from the Heart”

Barbara Delgado (BFA ‘98) Owner, New Image Dance Studio, Miami.

Lynne Dreeson (BFA ‘92) Dance Teacher, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Magnet Program.

Carolina Garcia (BFA ‘96) Urban Bush Women, NYC

Lazaro Godoy (HS ’96) Bern Ballet, Bern Switzerland

Alexandra Gonzalez (BFA ‘04) is a principal ballerina in the Cedar Lake Ensemble based in Greenwich Village. The new company was founded two years ago by Nancy Walton Laurie, an heir to the Walmart fortune, who is building the ensemble a new theater.

Afua Hall (BFA ‘01) Arts Administrator, NYC

Ebony Haswell (HS ‘00) is a principal dancer in her fourth season with the Dance Theater of Harlem.

Reina Hidalgo (BFA ’02) Gloria Estefan

Hsin-Ya Hou (BFA ‘97) Chen & Dancers, NYC

Paunika Jones (HS ‘96) is a principal dancer in her sixth season with the Dance Theater of Harlem.

Jennifer Knepper (BFA ‘97) Dance Teacher Miami-Dade County Public Schools Magnet Program.

Gelan Lambert Jr. (HS‘95) is in his second season as a principal dancer in the Martha Graham Dance Company.

Barbara Lorenzo (BFA ‘94) Dance Teacher Miami-Dade County Public Schools Magnet Program.

Gary Lund (BFA ‘94) Independent Choreographer and Dancer, Faculty at Florida International University, Miami, FL

Wen-Jinn Luo (BFA ‘96) Teacher at Tsoying Sr. High School, Kachsiung, Taiwan.

Heather Maloney (BFA ‘00) Independent Choreographer and Dancer, NYC.

Ricardo Marchosky (BFA ‘98) Producer for Univision Television, Miami, FL.

Christina Marcus (BFA ’03) is in her second season with the Buglisi Forman Dance Company at the Joyce Theater in New York. She joined the company immediately after graduating from New World’s college program.

David Martinez (BFA ‘03) Parsons Dance Company, NYC.

Catina Maxwell (BFA ‘96) Dancer Teacher Miami-Dade County Public Schools Magnet Program.

Walter McLean (BFA ‘98) Houlihan & Dancers, Miami, FL.

Laura Murphy (HS ’89) is now teaching at her alma mater, after working as a founding member of the Maximum Dance Company in Miami.

Zia Mustafa (BFA ‘96) Dance Teacher Miami-Dade Magnet Program.

Doris Noriega (BFA ‘98) Artistic Director, Coconut Grove Ballet, Miami, FL.

Ana O’Hare (Bolt) (BFA ‘93) Dance Teacher Miami-Dade County Public Schools Magnet Program

Ana Padron (HS ‘01, BFA ’04) is now a member of the Martha Graham Dance Ensemble, the junior company to the main company.

Dawhone Perry (HS ’97) Central Florida Ballet, Orlando, FL

Sara Reategui (BFA ‘92) Dance Teacher Miami-Dade County Public Schools Magnet Program.

Laura Reynolds (BFA ‘98) Dance Teacher, Stetson University, Deland, FL.

Maria Risolia (BFA ‘01) Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble, Miami, FL.

Gayle Roseman (HS ’90, BFA ‘94) Dance Teacher, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Magnet Program.

Chris Rudd (HS ’98) Carolina Ballet, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Meghan Schardt (BFA ‘96) Freelance Dancer in New York City.

Sylvia Schumacher (BFA ‘94) Dance Teacher, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Magnet Program.

Jeremy Smith (HS ’02) is a member of the Parsons Dance Company in New York City.

Nate Stokes (HS’99) Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble, NYC.

Randolph Ward (HS ‘01) San Francisco Ballet’s pre-professional program, Ballet Met in Columbus, Ohio.

Ruth Ann Wiesen (BFA ‘96) Director, Thomas Armour Ballet, Faculty New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL.

Fareedha Williams (BFA ‘98) Chuck Davis Dance Company, NYC.

Karrell Williams (HS ’03) is studying dance at The Julliard School on full scholarship.

Kevin Whitaker (HS ‘96) is working in Los Angeles in commercial dance.

Wen Shuan Yang (BFA ‘96) Chen & Dancers, NYC.

Hui-Ya Yang (BFA ‘95) Chen & Dancers, NYC.