Master Classes

Matthew Bourne
Sir Matthew Bourne OBE is widely hailed as the UK’s most popular and successful choreographer and director. For over 30 years he has been creating and directing dance for musicals, theatre, film as well as his own highly successful, award-winning companies.Matthew is the creator of the world’s longest running ballet production, and has been recognized by numerous international awards. He was knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours 2016 for services to dance, and awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award – one of the most coveted honours in the world of dance – in recognition of his outstanding services to the art of ballet.
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Isabella Boylston

Born in Sun Valley, Idaho, Isabella Boylston began dancing at the age of three. While training at the Academy of Colorado Ballet, she won the gold medal in 2001 at the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City. In 2002, she began training at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, on a full scholarship.Boylston joined the ABT Studio Company in 2005, the main Company as an apprentice in May 2006 and the corps de ballet in March 2007. She was promoted to Soloist in June 2011 and to Principal Dancer in  August 2014. Her repertory with the Company includes Nikiya and Gamzatti in La Bayadère, the Ballerina in The Bright Stream, Fairy Godmother and the Fairy Summer in Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, Moss in James Kudelka’s Cinderella, Aurora in Coppélia, Gulnare and an Odalisque in Le Corsaire, Chloe in Daphnis and Chloe, Kitri and a flower girl in Don Quixote, the second girl in Fancy Free, Lise in La Fille mal gardée, the title role in Alexei Ratmansky’s Firebird, Giselle, the peasant pas de deux and Moyna in Giselle, the title role in Jane Eyre, Manon and Lescaut’s Mistress in Manon, Clara the Princess in The Nutcracker, Olga in OneginOther Dances, Juliet and a Harlot in Romeo and Juliet, Princess Aurora and Princess Florine in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, Princess Florine and the Fairy of Fervor in The Sleeping Beauty, Odette/Odile, the pas de trois and the Polish Princess in Swan Lake, the Mazurka in Les Sylphides, Sylvia and Persephone in Sylvia, the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, the lead in Theme and Variations, Princess Tea Flower in Whipped Cream, leading roles in AFTERITE, Bach PartitaBallo della ReginaThe Brahms-Haydn Variations, Désir, Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once, Her Notes, From Here On Out, Monotones I, Songs of Bukovina, Symphonie Concertante, Symphony in C and With a Chance of Rain, and featured roles in After You, Birthday Offering, Brief Fling, Deuce Coupe, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, In the Upper Room, Gong, The Leaves Are Fading and Sinfonietta.Boylston created Columbine in Alexei Ratmansky’s Harlequinade, The Spirit of the Corn in Ratmansky’s The Seasons, the Diamond Fairy in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, leading roles in Ratmansky’s Chamber Symphony and Christopher Wheeldon’s Thirteen Diversions, and featured roles in Lauri Stallings’ Citizen, Ratmansky’s Dumbarton and Demis Volpi’s Private Light.Boylston won the 2009 Princess Grace Award and was nominated for the 2010 Prix Benois de la Danse. In 2011 she received the Clive Barnes Award. She was the recipient of the 2014 Annenberg Fellowship. She has appeared as a guest artist with the Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg and the Royal Danish Ballet.Ms. Boylston's performances with American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Linda Allard and Andrea and Ken Brodlieb.

Genessey Castillo
New Yorker Genessey Castillo began dancing at three years old, participating in her first dance recital performance a year later. It was at 11 that she began taking her training seriously, later joining the competition team at the Ultimate Dance Academy, attending Tremaine Dance Conventions and the famous Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts as a dance major.  Genessey placed third on the hit show, "So You Think You Can Dance."

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Misty Copeland
Misty Copeland studied at the San Francisco Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive on full scholarship and was declared ABT’s National Coca-Cola Scholar in 2000. Misty joined ABT’s Studio Company in September 2000, joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in April 2001, and in August 2007 became the company’s second African American female Soloist and the first in two decades. In June 2015, Misty was promoted to principal dancer, making her the first African American woman to ever be promoted to the position in the company’s 75-year history.
Lloyd Culbreath
Lloyd Culbreath, a veteran Fosse dancer, has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. Currently, he is lead instructor for the Fosse Master Class Series sanctioned by the Verdon Fosse Estate. Lloyd’s Broadway credits include DANCIN’, Sophisticated LadiesThe Tap Dance Kid, Big Deal, National Tour of Sweet Charity, Honky Tonk Nights, Guys and Dolls, On The Town (Assistant Choreographer), Man of La Mancha (Assistant Choreographer), National Tour of Chicago (Dance Captain) and Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life.
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Alyssa Epstein
Alyssa is thrilled to join the Verdon/Fosse Legacy as one of the first proteges! As a protege, Alyssa assists in recreating, archiving and teaching the work of Mr. Fosse to the next generation of dancers. She has spent the last 14 years kicking up her heels as a Radio City Rockette. Alyssa has been seen dancing on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day ParadeThe Today ShowGood Morning AmericaRachael RayLive with Kelly and MichaelAmerica's Got Talent and many more! She has worked with Broadway choreographers Randy Skinner and Chet Walker on various projects. Favorite regional theater credits include, Showboat42nd St and Crazy For You. Most importantly Alyssa is a three year Breast Cancer Survivor! She works with many charitable organizations around the country in spreading hope to those that need it most!

 

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Tyce Diorio
Tyce Diorio's credits include Taylor Swift's RED and 1989 World Tours (including her music video Shake It Off), working with The Weeknd on his Can't Feel My Face music video, and won an Emmy for his work on So You Think You Can Dance, where he's appeared on 13 seasons.a He has danced with Janet Jackson on her Velvet Rope World Tour as well as in her If, Together Again, and You videos. Also on the American Music Awards, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Saturday Night Live and throughout Europe with her. He has danced extensively for Paula Abdul (Under My Spell World Tour), Jennifer Lopez (On the 6, Let's Get Loud NBC special from Puerto Rico), Ricky Martin (Livin La Vida Loca Tour), Samantha Mumba (with *NYSNC Pop Odyssey Tour), as well as many others. He was a featured lead in the broadway show Fosse dancing the Percussion 4 and Mr. Bojangles solos. He appeared in the workshop of All Shook Up in its pre-Broadway run. Also had the privilege of working one on one with Twyla Tharp. He has been bicoastal for many years and works in TV and film as well. He has appeared in such films as Showgirls, Starsky and Hutch, 13 going on 30, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. He was featured in the ipod commercial with U2 for their hit song Vertigo, and appeared in a layout for Instyle magazine alongside Jennifer Lopez for her film Shall We Dance.Tyce is on faculty with the newest dance convention on the scene called RADIX with a stellar group of master teachers and choreographers. He has worked celebrities such as Katie Holmes, Megan Mullally, Cameron Diaz, Matthew Morrison, and Tom Cruise. His choreography can also be seen on Grey's Anatomy on ABC Network. Tyce is an established choreographer and an alum of LaGuardia High School.

Troy Powell
On July 1, 2012, Troy Powell became only the second person to lead Ailey II since its inception in 1974. A native New Yorker, Mr. Powell began his dance training at the age of nine as a scholarship student at The Ailey School. Following his graduation from The High School of Performing Arts, he became a member of Ailey II and then joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1991. He toured throughout the United States, South America, Europe, and South Africa for ten years with the Company before becoming a master teacher at The Ailey School and resident choreographer of Ailey II. Mr. Powell has choreographed ballets for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, The Ailey School, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, National Dance Company of the Bahamas, and Alaska Dance Theater, as well as three episodes of “Sesame Street.” His guest artist credits include performing with companies including Batsheva, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Complexions. Mr. Powell has been featured in an American Express commercial with the Ailey company and has also appeared on television in George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum, the PBS Great Performances: Dance in America special “A Hymn for Alvin Ailey,” choreographed by Judith Jamison, “America’s Next Top Model,” and most recently the Polish version of “So You Think You Can Dance.”

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Desmond Richardson & Tyce Diorio
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Desmond Richardson
Desmond Richardson was the first African-American principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre, and is hailed by The New York Times as one of the greatest dancers of his time. Nominated for a Tony Award for his role in the original Broadway cast of Fosse and deemed a standout in the Tony-Award winning production After Midnight, Richardson is highly esteemed by the concert dance and American theater community. He appeared in Twyla Tharp’s Broadway production Movin’ Out, and had his singing debut in Burt Bacharach’s and Hal David’s The Look Of Love, choreographed by Ann Reinking and Scott Ellis. 

Richardson has appeared on celebrated stages across the world, namely The Metropolitan Opera, The Kennedy Center, Paris Opera, The Bolshoi Theatre, The Mariinsky Theatre, The State Kremlin Palace, Teatro Massimo, and Teatro alla Scala. He has been a member and invited guest of prestigious companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Frankfurt Ballet, Royal Swedish Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Washington Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet, to name a few. Richardson, a YoungArts Finalist and Presidential Scholar, has received numerous awards including the Dance Magazine Award, Capezio Award, Ailey Apex Award, L.A. Ovation Award, Bessie Award, YoungArts Alumni Award, and most recently the Roosevelt “Rosey” Thompson Award presented by the Presidential Scholars Foundation.  In the spring of 2109, Richardson received an honorary doctorate degree from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts in recognition of his extensive contributions to the field of dance. Richardson has been a celebrity guest performer and choreographer for productions across media such as the American Music Awards, the Academy Awards, City Center’s Encores! series, Italy’s AMICI, and international franchises of So You Think You Can Dance. Richardson has been featured by famed artists such as Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Elton John, and Aretha Franklin, and he appears in celebrated films such as the Oscar-Award winning Chicago, Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe, and the recent independent film, Fall to Rise. He has worked with fashion icon, Tom Ford, Chic’s Nile Rodgers, and recently contributed to Grammy-Award winning Jill Scott’s video Back Together, which features dancers from COMPLEXIONS. Internationally and domestically, he is a master teacher for dance programs such as the New York’s All Stars Project, YoungArts Miami, United Way, The Pulse, NYCDA, and ASH. He served as co-creative director and choreographer with David Monn for the Park Avenue Armory Gala Masquerade. Richardson is currently guest artist in residence at USC’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and is the visiting adjunct professor of dance at Southern Methodist University. Desmond is an established choreographer and an alum of LaGuardia High School.

Jose Tena
Jose “Boy Boi” Tena is an accomplished young man hailing from The Bronx, New York. Boy Boi has worked with such superstars as Beyonce for her “Lets Move” Campaign and can be seen in the film Step Up 3D. Other credits include Nickelodeon “Show Us Your Moves,” and The Jonas Brothers Little League Baseball Special on ESPN. Boy Boi is a 2012 YoungArts Finalist, Monsters of Hip Hop Alumni and has recently traveled as an Elite Protege with the faculty of The Pulse on Tour. He is currently dancing and training as a company member of the contemporary fusion company Dana Foglia Dance. His joy and passion for learning and sharing is infectious. Not only does his passion come with a great deal of humility, but staying humble and grounded are traits that he finds very important. He has many loves some of which include the teaching and sharing of movement as well as entertaining and performing. Most importantly, helping others around him and striving to push the art of dance forward. Jose “Boy Boi” Tena continues to be a young voice in the world of dance and is excited for life and all the experiences coming next in his budding career.Boy Boi has recently moved to Los Angeles and can be found teaching regularly at two of LA’s top dance studios Movement Lifestyle and Millennium Dance Complex. Also, performing with Ariana Grande. He is an alum of LaGuardia High School.

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James Whiteside
James Whiteside In 2002, Whiteside joined Boston Ballet II, where he continued to train under the tutelage of its director Raymond Lukens, now director of ABT’s National Training Curriculum.  Whiteside joined the corps de ballet of Boston Ballet in 2003 and became a second soloist in 2006. He was promoted to first soloist in 2008 and to principal dancer with Boston Ballet in 2009.Whiteside’s repertoire with Boston Ballet included Principal roles in George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Coppélia, Ballo della Regina, Rubies, The Four Temperaments (Sanguinic), Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Who Cares?, Serenade, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Symphony in 3 and La Valse; Maina Gielgud’s Giselle; Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker and Swan Lake; John Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet; Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty and Raymonda Act III; Antony Tudor’s Dark Elegies; Jiři Kylián’s Bella Figura, Sarabande, Petite Mort and Sechs Tänze; Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room; and Mark Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes. He created roles in Jorma Elo’s Brake the Eyes, Plan to B, Carmen, Slice to Sharper and In On Blue; Helen Pickett’s Eventide and Etesian; and Mark Morris’ Up & Down.Whiteside joined American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in September 2012 and was named a Principal Dancer in October 2013. His repertoire with the Company includes Solor in La Bayadère, the Prince in Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, Conrad and Ali, the Slave in Le Corsaire, Daphnis and Bryaxis in Daphnis and Chloe, Basilio and Espada in Don Quixote, Oberon in The Dream, the third sailor in Fancy Free, Colas in La Fille mal gardée, Albrecht in Giselle, Astrologer in The Golden Cockerel, Lescaut in Manon, the Nutcracker Prince in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Prince Gremin in Onegin, Iago in Othello, Champion Roper in Rodeo, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Prince Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty, Prince Siegfried and von Rothbart (Ballroom) in Swan Lake, Orion in Sylvia, Caliban in The TempestTchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Prince Coffee in Whipped Creamleading roles in Bach Partita, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Duo Concertant, Chamber Symphony, Her Notes, Raymonda Divertissements, Symphonic Variations, Symphony in C, Theme and Variations and Valse Fantaisie, and featured roles in Gong, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, In the Upper Room and Sinfonietta. He created The Man in AfterEffect, Harlequin in Ratmansky’s Harlequinade, Zephyr in The Seasons, leading roles in AFTERITE, Garden Blue, Serenade after Plato’s Symposium and With a Chance of Rain, and a featured role in Dream within a Dream (deferred).