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Claude Alexander III (Rehearsal Assistant)
A native of Washington D.C., Claude comes to Dallas Black Dance Theatre after graduating from Towson University. He began his training with Spirit Wings Dance Co. and additionally with The Ailey School, Parsons Dance and DBDT’s Professional Summer Intensive on full scholarship. Claude has had the opportunity to guest with Dishibem, Dance RINK, Ballet Frontier of Texas, Tuzer Ballet, and Dance Iquail. Notably, Claude performed in the 2017 Command Performance Gala by TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND. He has choreographed two ballets for Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Face what’s facing you! (2018) and A Tender Pardon (2019). This is his 11th season.
Hana Delong, began her dance training in Orlando, FL. She studied dance at the Dr. Phillips High School Dance Magnet and the Orlando Ballet. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Adelphi University and was a scholarship student at The Ailey School. She has performed with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Memoria and Revelations Cast of 50 and has performed pieces by choreographers such as Ulysses Dove, Matthew Rushing, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Margo Sappington, and Ray Mercer. She was a member of DBDT: Encore! and this is her sixth season with the company.
San Francisco native Lailah LaRose is a 2015 graduate of Howard University where she holds a BFA in Dance Arts. She owes her first experiences in dance to Destined 2 Dance Studio and Performing Arts of Oakland, CA. She has had the privilege to perform several works by many esteemed artists, notably, principal dancer, and mentor, Hope Boykin, of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Lailah has had the opportunity to perform alongside legendary Operatic Soprano, Kathleen Battle, at the Winspear Opera House (Dallas, Texas) in 2018. She was a 2-year member of DBDT: Encore! where she was able to guest with the main company in various works, and is now overjoyed to be in her third season with Dallas Black Dance Theatre.
Sierra Noelle Jones
Sierra Noelle Jones, from Fort Washington, MD is a 2015 honors graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance & Choreography. She graduated from Baltimore School for the Arts (2011) and received her training through Donna’s Dance A Company, The Dance Institute of Washington, and Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Pre-Professional Residency program. Sierra has performed in works by Dianne McIntyre, Elisa Monte, Ulysses Dove, Matthew Rushing and Darrell Grand Moultrie. She also performed two seasons with DBDT: Encore! and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Sierra is ecstatic to be entering her fourth season with DBDT.
Xavier Mack joins the company from Washington, D.C. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Modern Language & Linguistics from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC). Before dance, Xavier trained in gymnastics and received national and regional awards. He began his dance training at Divine Dance Institute, in Capitol Heights, Maryland. Xavier received summer intensive scholarships from Dance Theatre of Harlem and Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Mack has performed works by Talley Beatty, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Dianne McIntyre, and Matthew Rushing. He is a former member of DBDT: Encore! and this is his fourth season with Dallas Black Dance Theatre.
Charles Michael Patterson
Born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago, Charles moved to the United States at the age of ten. He began his dance training at the Boston Arts Academy and after-school program Jeannette Neill studio. Charles received his Bachelor of Fine Art in Ballet Pedagogy from The Boston Conservatory on full scholarship. Mr. Patterson has been awarded scholarships to summer intensives such as American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and The Juilliard School. Charles accepted his first company contract dancing with Complexions Contemporary Ballet 2016–2017 season as an apprentice. This is Charles’ third season performing with Dallas Black Dance Theatre.
A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, Zion is an alumni of The Certificate Program at The Ailey School in New York City, New York. He received additional training from Dance Theatre of Harlem as a Merit Scholarship student, Complexions Contemporary Ballet Winter Intensive, and The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre as a scholarship student in the Collegiate Program. Zion has performed works such as Sinatra Suite by Twyla Tharp, Absolute Rule by Elisa Monte and David Brown, Awassa Astrige/Ostrich by Asadata Dafora, and other works by Darrell Grand Moultrie, Ray Mercer, and Juel D. Lane. This is Zion’s fifth season with Dallas Black Dance Theatre.
Sean J. Smith (Rehearsal Assistant)
A proud Canadian, Sean trained with Goh Ballet Academy, Ballet British Columbia’s Mentor Program and The Ailey School. He has performed with Bruce Wood Dance Project, Rhythmic Souls Tap Company and African American Repertory Theater. Sean has performed with Dallas Theater Center in The Wiz (2011) and Hairspray (2018). Sean has taught the Lester Horton technique for Ailey Athletic Boys (AAB), Dallas Black Dance Academy, and Southern Methodist University. Sean has choreographed two works for Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Monologues (2013) and Interpretations (2017) and one work for DBDT: Encore!, Dollhouse (2015). This is Sean’s 11th season with DBDT.
Born in Kansas City, MO, De’Anthony was drawn into dance by his grandmother at the age of three. She ran a performing arts school and introduced him to all forms of dance. He attended Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey and the Kansas City Ballet School. He continued his training in New York City at The Ailey School on scholarship. Prior to joining Dallas Black Dance Theatre, he was a member of the Von Howard Project. This is Mr. Vaughan’s seventh season with the company.
Renee began her journey in dance through a variety of styles within the competitive dance genre. She later went on to purse her studies with a more classical concentration at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Houston Ballet’s Pre-Professional program. Renee received additional training from the summer intensive programs at Miami City Ballet, Boston Ballet, as well as summer and winter intensives at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Renee graduated from University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor in Human Behavior and Intercultural Communications in May 2018. During the latter part of her college years, she danced with 6 O’Clock Dance Theatre and was a founding member of Zion Dance Project. Renee is extremely grateful to be returning for her third season.
A native of Cincinnati, OH, Jasmine began her dance training at the Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts. In addition to earning her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University and minor in Arts Management, Jasmine has studied on scholarship at The Ailey School, Martha Graham School, Cincinnati Ballet Academy and other intensives across the country. Jasmine performed two seasons with DBDT: Encore! and is an instructor at both Dallas Black Dance Academy and Texas Ballet Theater. She is currently the director of the Senior Performing Ensemble within DBDA. This is Jasmine’s sixth season with DBDT.
Ms. Willis is a Dallas native, and began her training with the Dallas Black Dance Academy and Özsoy’s School of Ballet. She is a graduate of Booker T. Washington HSPVA, and in the midst of her time there she received the Texas Commission on the Arts Young Masters scholarship. In 2015 she received her Bachelor of Fine Art in Modern Dance Performance with a minor in Health and Exercise Science from the University of Oklahoma. She made her debut with the Bruce Wood Dance Project in 2011 as an apprentice, and again as a performing member in 2015. This is her sixth season with Dallas Black Dance Theatre.
Photography by: Brian Guilliaux