DBDT: Encore! Dancers
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A native of Plaquemine, Louisiana, Ketreon Butler began his dance training under the direction of Sharon Mathews at Baton Rouge Magnet High School. He was then awarded a full scholarship to train at the Dancer’s Workshop and Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre under the artistic direction of Sharon Mathews and Molly Buchmann. He has trained on full scholarships at The Oklahoma City Ballet, The Debbie Allen Dance Academy, The National Choreography Intensive, and The American Ballet Theatre. In 2015, he was awarded the Regional Dance America: Choreography Award for his piece Yearn. This marks his first season as an apprentice with DBDT: Encore!
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Carmen began her pre-professional training at the Jacksonville Center for the arts and the Douglas Anderson School of the arts. She is a 2018 graduate of SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance, and a minor in Arts Management. Carmen has performed renowned works by Kevin Wynn, Doug Varone, Martha Graham, Trisha Brown, Christopher L. Huggins, Levi Marsman and José Limón. She has completed intensives at The Ailey School, Dance Italia, Movement Invention Project, Bates Dance Festival and Dallas Black Dance Theatre. She has performed at the Kuandu Arts Festival in Taipei Taiwan, New York live Arts, New York City Center, and Peridance Capezio Center. This is Carmen’s second season with DBDT: Encore!
Marques Gregory Furr of Nashville, TN & DC/MD/VA area graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance with a minor in Musical Theatre from the University of the Arts. He began his formal training at the Nashville School of the Arts. He danced with Eleone Dance Theatre for three seasons. Mr. Furr traveled on Broadway with the production of Ragtime and is the recipient of the Tennessee Dance Festival’s Kitty Sharp Ballet Award. He has studied on Scholarship at The Dance Theater of Harlem, Ballet X and received the Oprah Winfrey Foundation Scholarship at The Ailey School for summer studies in 2018. He has performed the works of Juel D. Lane, Robert Battle, Gary D. Jeter, Tommie-Waheed Evans, Beth Gill, Kyle Clark, Dara J. Meredith, Amy Hall Garner, Lamar Baylor, Nora Gibson, Wayne St. David, Shawn-Lamere Williams, Thaddeus and Tonya Wideman-Davis, Molly Misgala, and E. Leon Evans. This is his first season with DBDT: Encore!
Floyd McLean Jr.
A native of East Orange, NJ, began his pre-professional dance training at Sharron Miller’s Academy for The Performing Arts In Montclair, NJ and The Cicely L. Tyson High School of Performing and Fine Arts. He has trained at The Dance Theater of Harlem, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, NYU Future Dancers and Dance makers and Dallas Black Dance Theatre intensives. Floyd is a 2018 graduate with a BFA in Dance from Point Park University where he was awarded the Don Craig Scholarship. He has trained with and danced in works by Garfield Lemonius, Jason McDole, Kiesha Lalama, Joshua L. Peugh, Stephanie Batten-Bland, Doug Bentz, Christopher L. Huggins, and many more. This is his second season with DBDT: Encore!
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Bianca received her dance training at the Gwinnett Ballet Theater under the artistic direction of Lisa Sheppard Robson and Wade Walthall. Bianca furthered her training at Point Park University, with professors Jason McDole, Judith Leifer-Bentz, and many others. In 2018, Bianca graduated from Point Park receiving her Bachelor in Fine Arts with Magna Cum Laude. Having been part of a conservatory directed under Ruben Graciani and Garfield Lemonius, Bianca has had opportunities to work with choreographers such as Troy Powell, Sidra Bell, Helen Simoneau, Kiesha Lalama and many others along with performing works by Mark Morris and José Limón. In addition, Bianca has spent many of her summers training at intensives like Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Mark Morris Dance Group, Ballet West, Atlanta Ballet, and Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Along with her training, Bianca enjoys teaching students of all ages in ballet, jazz, modern, and Haitian folklore dance. Bianca is excited to participate in her second season with DBDT: Encore!
A native of Baltimore, MD, is a recent graduate from Point Park University Conservatory of Performing Arts under the direction of Garfield Lemonius. He began his dance training with the Ava Fields Dance Company under the direction of Ava Fields. He later received a full scholarship to study at Johns Hopkins Peabody Conservatory. He has attended summer intensives at Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Dallas Black Dance Theatre. During his time at Point Park, he trained and performed works by master choreographers and teachers, José Limón, Lucinda Childs, Jennifer Archibald, Ori Flomin, Judith Leifer-Bentz, Garfield Lemonius, Jason McDole, and Kiesha Lalama. This will be Terrell’s second season with DBDT: Encore!
Photography by: Brian Guilliaux