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Cristiana Cavallo (Rehearsal Director) is from Utica, NY and began dancing at the age of 3. She received her training at the Dancenter and at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute School of Dance. Cristiana graduated in 2014 from the University at Buffalo with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Sociology. As a UB student, she was a member of the Zodiaque Dance Company, performed in several musicals, choreographed for many student productions and acted as Director of Dancer’s Workshop. She attended numerous summer programs, including NYSSSA, Thodos Dance Chicago Intensive, and Steps Summer Study. During her senior year, Cristiana was chosen for the Jon Lehrer Dance Observership, allowing her to train with the company and gain valuable insight into the professional world of dance. In 2019, Cristiana was invited to choreograph as part of the Barn Dance Project at the Theater at Woodshill, curated by Caitlyn Schrader. Since 2020, she has also been the Director of Programs and Finance for JUNTOS Collective. Cristiana has been with JLDC for 7 years, becoming an integral part of the company's success both on and off the stage.
Gabrielle DiNizo is originally from Dayton, OH where she began her dance training at Dayton Dance Conservatory. While there she performed for their pre-professional company, Dayton Dance Conservatory Company, for two years before moving to New York City for college. In May 2021, Gabrielle graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University/The Ailey School with a BFA in Dance and English. She has had the honor of performing works by Robert Battle, Brice Mousset (Oui Danse), Adam Baruch, Earl Mosley, and Manuel Vignouelle. Gabrielle spent her recent summers training at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Dance Italia, where she cultivated her love for contemporary and modern dance. This is Gabby's first season with JLDC.
Myles Mungo is a Willingboro, New Jersey native and attended Stockton University, where he received a BA in Dance with a concentration in Performance. While at Stockton, Myles achieved multiple awards and worked with many talented artists including Meredith Rainey, Julie B. Johnson, and Germaul Barnes. As a professional, Myles has danced for Rain Ross Dance, Andrea Mychael Dance Project, and Roger Lee Dance Company. This is Myles' first season with JLDC.
Aoi Ohno started dancing when she was 3 years old in Kanazawa, Japan. She graduated from Tokyo Visual Arts Vocational School, after which she joined the dance company RAKUDO. Upon moving to New York City, Aoi began training exclusively at the The Ailey school, working with many renowned teachers and choreographers including Ray Mercer and Darrel Moultrie. Since graduating from the Ailey School, Aoi has worked with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Impact Movement Collective, Albano Ballet, Arch Ballet, and Ballet Nepantla. Aoi has been with JLDC since 2019.
Mamiko Nakatsugawa is originally from Miyagi, Japan where she started dancing at 9 years old. Mamiko moved to New York in 2015 to attend SUNY Fredonia, where she earned her degree in 2019. During this time, she spent her summers at many prestigious training programs in NYC including Broadway Dance Center Professional Summer Semester, Paul Taylor Dance Company Summer Intensive, Gibney Dance Company Summer Intensive, Gaga New York Winter Intensive, and Module 19. As a professional, Mamiko has worked with Matthew Westerby Dance Company as an apprentice, performing “ReNew 3” with the company. She has performed in many musical theatre productions in Japan and United States, including Anne of Green Gables (Japan tour ensemble), Cabaret (Kit Kat Girls), and South Pacific (Liat).
Mamiko has been with JLDC since 2019.
Mamiko has been with JLDC since 2019.
Patrick Piras is from Udine, Italy and began his dance training at the age of 6 focusing on professional ballroom dancing for three years until a sudden injury 3 years later made him stop. At age 14, Patrick started dancing again thanks to Arianna Zanello, who invited him to attend her school, Filodanza, and later became his mentor. He then focused his study in ballet, modern, jazz, and contemporary dance and received scholarships to several summer intensives in Italy. Patrick came NYC to attend The Ailey School in 2013 where he graduated as a Scholarship Student. He has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Matthew Rushing, Ronnie Favors, Tracy Inman, Martin Lofsnes, Amy Hall, Darshan Bhuller, Nathan Trice, Nicholas Villenueve, Nai Ni Chen, Sheena Annalise and Christopher Rudd. He has performed “Memoria” with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at New York City Center in December 2014 and “Concurrence” representing the Ailey School in the Ailey Spirit Gala at David H. Koch Theatre in June 2016. Patrick performed with 360° Dance Company, as a guest artist with Nai Ni Chen, Arch Contemporary Ballet, and is on faculty at The Ailey School. Patrick has been with JLDC since 2019.
Nathan Rommel is from Kansas City, MO and attended Hope College where he received his degree in Dance Performance. Upon graduation, Nathan moved to Chicago where he performed with GIordano II, having the pleasure of working with choreographers Ray Mercer and Peter Chu. Most recently, Nathan performed with Odyssey Dance Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah and as a soloist in Chicago Repertory Ballet's Macbeth, choreographed by Wade Schaaf. Nathan has been with JLDC since 2019.
Richard Sayama is originally from Honolulu, Hawai’i. He attended Marymount Manhattan College where he double majored, earning his BFA in Modern Dance and his BA in Business Arts & Management. As a professional, Richard has worked with General Mischief Dance Theater Group, iKADA Contemporary Dance, One Day Dance, Alison Cook Beatty Dance, H.T Chen & Dancers, and Rock Dance Collective. He has also had the pleasure of performing works by Paul Taylor, José Limón, Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish, Alison Cook Beatty, Elisabeth Motley, H.T. Chen, and Maria Torres. Richard has been with JLDC since 2019.
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