Leah Abbott is a contemporary mover with a strong classical background. She started her ballet training at South Carolina Dance Theatre under Susan Rowe. In high school, Leah attended the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities under Josée Garant where she continued to progress in classical ballet and was introduced to modern techniques. Leah Abbott recently graduated from Boston Conservatory at Berklee with a BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance. Outside of Queen of Nori, she is the co-founder of a new dance collective called OneScape Dance, dance captain of a Boston-based company, Hybridmotion, under Jun Kuribayashi, and teaches for studios in the Boston area. Her long-time love for the fantasy worlds of Doctor Who, Harry Potter, and the video game, Dota2, are what drew her into this new fantasy ballet.
Charles Antenen was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He started his dance training at Dekalb School of the Arts and Decatur School of Ballet. He is currently a 3rd year BFA Musical Theatre student at Florida State University, last seen in the mainstage production of CHICAGO. He has spent his summers training at Dance Canvas and Ballet Institute of Atlanta.
Originally from Florida, Katherine was first introduced to dance at Dance Empire in Miami. She continued her training with the Portland School of Ballet in Maine, and then went on to graduate from Canada’s National Ballet School. Katherine has received additional training from summer intensives with San Francisco Ballet School, Houston Ballet Academy, Dominic Walsh’s Compass Coaching Project, and Springboard Danse Montreal. She earned her B.S. in Ecology and Environmental Science with a minor in dance from the University of Maine, while performing with Robinson Ballet and Bangor Ballet. Katherine joined Festival Ballet Providence in 2015, where she found the opportunity to grow within the unique family-like community under the direction of first Mihailo Djuric, and now Kathleen Breen Combes. At Festival, she has enjoyed performing works by choreographers such as Viktor Plotnikov, Kurt Douglas, Mary Ellen Beaudreau, Christopher L. Huggins, Mihailo Djuric, Yury Yanowsky, and George Balanchine. While in R.I. she has particularly enjoyed meeting and collaborating with local artists, participating in projects with WaterFire Providence, The Worcester Chamber Music Society, and the RI Women’s Choreography Project..
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Casey Copeland is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and researcher currently based in North Florida. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with her BFA in Dance from Florida State University and is pursing her MA in Dance at Florida State University. Copeland has had the privilege to train under Anjali Austin, Ilana Goldman, Jawole Willa Zollar, Tim Glenn, Gwen Welliver, and Dr. Tom Welsh. Copeland currently serves as head instructor and artistic director for the Dance Workshop in Perry FL and has directed productions of Alice in Wonderland, Thumbelina, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, and Jungle Book. As a researcher her work delves into the under-explored areas of mental health, wellness and communication for dancers. Her work seeks to discover what exists now and what the future can become.
Heather Easley is a movement artist based in Boston, MA. In 2020, Heather graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance. While attending, Heather’s understanding of movement was broadened immensely to include various techniques such as Limone, Horton, Release, Gaga, Graham, Countertechnique, and more. Heather has had the pleasure of working closely with incredible teachers and choreographers Kurt Douglas, Marcus Schulkind, Joy Davis, Joseph Toonga, and Loni Landon, and has performed for Missy Elliot, Justin Timberklake, Alex Lacaimore, John Legend, and other musical artists. Additionally, Heather has had the opportunity to continue her dance training with Holfesh Shechter, Batsheva, BODYTRAFFIC, and Kidd Pivot. In addition to performing in New England, Heather is Artistic Administrator for Hybridmotion. Heather has had the pleasure of founding, or co-producing, many programs such as BPMI Dance, The Hybridmotion Training Program, co/motion Summer Intensive, and more. She is also the co-founder of OneScape, a dance collective that prioritizes collaboration and is working to change the way dance companies are traditionally run.
Kylie Victoria Edwards is a dancer, singer, actress born in Vermont, and raised in New York City. She began her training at the Vermont Ballet Theater and moved to NYC at 15 to train in ballet professionally under Valentina Kozlova and Sara Knight, and Irina Dvorovenko while also attending the Professional Children’s School. Upon graduation she danced with City Ballet of San Diego, performing works such as Balanchine’s “La Source,” and “Serenade.” Professional theatre/film credits include: The Gilded Age (HBO), The Marvelous Mrs.Maisel (Prime), 1st National Tour of Anastasia (Maria/Marfa/u/s Odette), and the upcoming West Side Story Spielberg Remake.
Carolyn Noriko Feher began her training in Londonderry, NH. She studied the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus for twelve years, completing her Vocational Exams at eighteen. She performed soloist and corps de ballet roles with the New England Dance Ensemble, and twice earned a gold medal with distinction in the American Academy of Ballet Performance Awards. She attended The Yorkshire Ballet Seminar in England, Ballet Hawaii’s Summer Intensive, the American College Dance Festival in California, the Ballet and Dance Workshop Ostrava in the Czech Republic, and the National Dance Institute Teacher Training Program in New York City.
Since moving to Hawaii in 2005, Carolyn has enjoyed performing professionally with Hawaii Ballet Theatre, the Onium Ballet Project, Divino Ritmo Dance, and Hawaii Opera Theatre. She taught at Punahou Dance School, Honolulu Classical Ballet, Hawaii Academy, The Dance Space, and The Movement Center before opening Kailua Dance Academy in 2017.
Carolyn graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2010 with a BFA in Dance Theatre and a BBA in Marketing. She is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance, and is a National Dance Institute certified teacher.
Ian Evans Guthrie, an emerging composer, performer, and researcher, has received the Mile High Freedom Bands 2021 Commission, a nomination for a 2020 award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1st prize for the Arcady Composition Competition, twice received 2nd prize for the American Prize, and other accolades for his compositions. Many of his works have been performed publicly around the world by fEARnoMUSIC, the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Erik Drescher, Del Sol String Quartet, and others. He has served on various committees, including NACUSA, where he is the new Treasurer, and the Society of Composers, Inc., where he has served as the Region VI Student Representative from 2015 to 2017 before serving as Assistant Marketer and Marketer. His most recent works include the score for the story ballet The Queen of Nori. As a pianist, Guthrie has won awards from MTNA, the Great Composer Competition, and others, and actively accompanies instrumentalists, vocalists, and dancers, most recently the Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Hannah Haines is a dancer, choreographer, and educator based in southern Maine. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Anthropology, and Dance with a concentration in performance and choreography from Skidmore College in 2019. While at Skidmore Hannah had the opportunity to perform original creations by Skidmore faculty, as well as works by Earl Mosley, Ohad Naharin, Paul Taylor, Danny Grossman, and Isadora Duncan. She has presented her own choreography in film and live performances at Engine Gallery, The Frances Tang Teaching Museum, and the American Dance Festival’s Movies by Movers film festival. Hannah was selected to participate in the panel “How to be an Ethically Engaged Anthropologist: Activism and Advocacy through Partnership and Collaboration” at the Northeast Anthropological Association Conference 2019, and to present at NYU’s 2020 Mapping Cultures conference for her theoretical research investigating using dance film as an ethnographic method. She is currently an Apprentice and Teacher Certificate Candidate with Lori Belilove and the Isadora Duncan Dance Company.
Jacob grew up in the Boston area, and trained at Walnut Hill, Boston Dance Company, and Miami City Ballet School. He was a dancer with José Mateo Ballet Theatre in Cambridge, MA, the Vanemuine Theatre in Tartu, Estonia, and most recently with Festival Ballet Providence, RI. He has also performed with North Atlantic Dance Theatre, and City Ballet of Boston, and Robinson Ballet in Maine.
In addition to dance, Jacob is fascinated by mathematics and language, and is currently pursuing a PhD at McGill University in Montreal, in computational linguistics. While trying to balance studying and manage to keep dancing, he also looks for moments to play the fiddle when he has the time. Jacob is excited to participate in the Queen of Nori project. It is gratifying that, along with difficulties, this year has brought such new collaborations and unexpected opportunities.
Meredith Hunter-Mason is a professional dancer and arts enthusiast from Massachusetts. She was formerly a member of City Ballet of San Diego and received a Bachelor of Science in Dance Arts Administration from Butler University in Indianapolis. While at Butler, Meredith performed in numerous classical ballets including The Nutcracker and Giselle, as well as several original works by Stephan Laurent. During the summer of 2016, she traveled to Eastern Europe where she had the opportunity to train and perform in Poland, Slovakia, Austria, and the Czech Republic. During her time at City Ballet of San Diego, Meredith danced in corps de ballet roles in Swan Lake and The Nutcracker as well as soloist roles in Alice in Wonderland. Meredith also has a passion for nonprofit management and has worked administratively at Bolshoi Ballet’s and Nashville Ballet’s summer intensives. She was most recently the Strategic Projects Specialist at Boston Ballet. Meredith is thrilled to join the Queen of Nori cast as she begins her freelance career!
Madeline Miller is a performance artist based in Boston, MA. She began studying classical ballet while growing up in North Dakota and Montana, and later joined the Ballet Chicago Studio Company in Chicago, IL. She graduated summa cum laude from Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2019 with a BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance. While at the Conservatory, she had the honor of working with numerous acclaimed choreographers such as Darrell Moultrie, Roderick George, Adam Houghland, and Stephanie Martinez. In addition to her performance work, Madeline holds a ballet teaching certification from the Royal Academy of Dance. Currently, she is a Master of Arts candidate at Lesley University studying mental health counseling and dance/movement therapy. In addition to performing and studying, Madeline dabbles in acting, singing, songwriting, and visual art. She’s a jack-of-all-trades, and she can’t wait to see what the future holds.
Alex Meeth is a multidisciplinary artist from Dousman, Wisconsin at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where he will graduate with a BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance in 2022. He began taking dance classes at the age of 13, studying Vaganova ballet technique under the direction of Eddy Bray, and was inspired to pursue a deeper and more diverse understanding of dance. At the Boston Conservatory, he has rigorously studied ballet along with various modern techniques (such as Graham, Horton, Limón, Release), jazz, tap, swing, composition, and contact improvisation. Over the course of his studies he has choreographed for various dance concerts and performed works by many influential artists, including Mark Morris, Catherine Coury, José Limón, Daniel Pelzig, and Bradley Shelver. Alex has also attended Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s pre-professional summer intensive and workshopped with Valery Lantratov, a former principal at Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet and Kremlin Ballet. In the summer of 2019, Alex performed at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre in Agostino Steffani’s Orlando generoso with the Boston Early Music Festival, and he will appear in the Festival’s upcoming virtual season.
Noelle Morrow is a biomedical researcher in Boston and dancer with Harvard Ballet Company. She studied classical ballet and character dance for thirteen years under Eugene Petrov at the Irine Fokine School of Ballet and Petrov Ballet School in Bergen County, New Jersey. She then attended Skidmore College to continue her ballet training, as well as pursue modern technique, receiving her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude as a double major in Human Physiology and Dance Performance in 2019. Noelle’s performance experience includes corps, soloist, and principal roles in a wide range of classical ballets, as well as prominent modern works by Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, Ohad Naharin, and Robert Battle. Noelle’s love for dance is intertwined with her fascination for the human body and her interest in optimizing health and performance. Her current projects focus on genetically engineering stem cells for beta cell replacement therapy to treat Type 1 Diabetes. She is passionate about constantly using her curiosity, skepticism, and creativity to bridge science and art in her approach to research, dance, and life.
Dara Nicole is a dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Providence, Rhode Island. She is originally from Florida, where she received early training with Gloria Gaither before moving on to train under Peter Stark and Ivonne Lemus at Next Generation Ballet at the Patel Conservatory, as well as intermittent coaching and mentorship from Dominic Walsh.
After her training Dara found freelance work for a year with Brandon Ballet and The Sarasota Opera, and then danced for Nashville Ballet’s second company for two years before joining Festival Ballet Providence. In her time with Festival Ballet Providence Dara has performed works by Yury Yanowsky, Mary Ellen Beaudreau, Christopher Huggins, George Balanchine, and many others. Dara has also originated soloist roles for both Viktor Plotnikov and Ty Parmenter.
Holly Stone is a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and educator currently based in the Greater Boston Area Currently teaching through Arthur Murray Dance Studios, she is the Resident Choreographer for Wanderlust Theatre, and has created dance films for festivals internationally. Recent theater choreography credits include CATS and SOUTH PACIFIC for Quincy Musical Theatre, A NEW BRAIN for FSU Theatre, and CANDIDE for FSU Opera. Her backgrounds in ballet, contemporary, and ballroom dance allow her to move seamlessly between genres and challenge expectations of gender and partnership. She is an interdisciplinary alchemist who seeks to synthesize art and science: She holds an MFA in Dance from Florida State University and a Bachelors of Science in Bioengineering & Neuroscience from Syracuse University.
Maude Warshaw was born and raised in New Hampshire with her two sisters and brother. She was immersed in dance from the moment she could walk, studying alongside her siblings at her local dance studio. There, she was introduced to traditional techniques such as ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and hip hop. After graduating from high school Maude moved to Boston in order to attend The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Where she could refined her art and strengthen her individual artistic voice. Maude has had the opportunities to collaborate with many phenomenal artist on new works. Including In search of… Choreographed by Martha Nichols, Tongues Choreographed by Bradley Shelver, Metallica Project Choreographed by Otis Sallid, Maude graduated in the Spring of 2021, she is now a freelance dancer bouncing between Boston and New York pursuing a life of movement and collaboration through artistic views.
Henry Winslow is a dancer who grew up in Bellingham Washington where he started performing as a child. At 17 he moved to Oregon to study for a year in The Portland Ballet’s Career Track program. He has also attended summer programs at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Batsheva, and Jacob’s Pillow. He Graduated with a BFA in contemporary dance performance from Boston Conservatory in May of 2021. He has been able to work with and perform works by Adrienne Hawkins, Darrell Moultrie, Anne Mueller, Pam Tanowitz, KT Nelson, Catherine Coury, and Martha Nichols, as well as repertory by choreographers such as Alejandro Cerrudo, Peter Chu, Jose Limon, George Balanchine, and Trey McIntyre. Henry has also found a love for choreography and collaboration while producing and choreographing shows with his classmates in college. He is beginning to work as a freelance dancer between Boston and New York City and hopes to build a sustainable and enjoyable career in the arts.
Past Cast Members: Bridgette Borzillo, Catherine Grimley, Sabrina Karlin, Jenna Myers, Kyra Singh, Lindsey Stephens