Dancers
Alise Adams, an Albuquerque native, has been dancing since the age of three including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Scottish Highland Dancing, Flamenco, Latin and Ballroom. Alise performed with NMBC for six years and has been a member of Festival Ballet Albuquerque since its inception. She is a member of CSP Dance Studio's Special Edition Co., a latin and ballroom performing company. While pursuing her degree in Nutrition and a Pre-Physical Therapy Program at UNM, Alise teaches ballet at Marshall's Performing Arts Conservatory as well as Zumba classes at Dance Theatre Southwest and other local studios
Jennifer Boren began her extensive performing career training on scholarship at the University of Oklahoma, starting her professional career with Tulsa Ballet Theatre, then becoming principal dancer with Southwest Ballet in New Mexico.  She continued her studies in New York, Paris and London and toured Europe with Weinner Ballett Theatre and Taiwan with Kirov and Bolshoi stars in Superstars of the Russian Ballet.  Jennifer has guest performed with companies in Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and California.  Locally, Jennifer has danced as a principal with the Southwest Ballet, the University of New Mexico Dance Ensemble, Ballet Repertory Theatre, New Mexico Ballet Company and Festival Ballet Albuquerque.  She has received critical acclaim for her roles as Lucy in Dracula and as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Jennifer teaches currently for several local studios, the Albuquerque Academy and travels often as a master teacher and choreographer throughout New Mexico, most recently working in conjunction with State Street Ballet Co. on their Jungle Book tour.
Jaime Chacon is a native from Taos from mother Maya Cabot-Chacon and Andrew Chacon. He received his training from The Studio School of Classical Ballet and Dance Theatre Southwest. He began his performing career with Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre where he worked with artists such as Alan Hineline, Debra Hadley, Barbra Crockett and Debra Rogo. He danced the roles of Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake Act II, Hilarion in Giselle, the Preacher in Our Town and the Snow King and Arabian Coffee in The Nutcracker. Mr. Chacon has had the opportunity to work with Natalie Thomas from Frankfurt Ballet where she built the original principal role of Point of Exposure around him. As a principal with New Mexico Ballet Company, he danced the lead male role in George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco, and Snow King and Arabian Soloist in The Nutcracker.
Jerry Church began his involvement in dance as a principal tuition payer for his daughter Jackie.  He received his first break dancing the role of Humpty Dumpty in Dance Theatre Southwest's Mother Goose and Friends.  Several years ago he performed the role of the Butler in New Mexico Ballet Company's The Nutcracker Ballet and has been hooked ever since.  When he is not dancing, he is camping, hiking and biking with his three children.  During the day he works at Intel Corporation as a Shift 5, Thin Films Supervisor.

Garrett Dellios, a senior at Albuquerque Academy, studies ballet, modern, hip hop and world dance at Marshall Performing Arts Conservatory (where he has competed regularly with high marks and national recognition for three years), and at Albuquerque Academy with Rosalinda Rojas. This past summer, he studied with the Long Beach Ballet's pre-professional program through which he toured to China for three weeks with the Ballet Ambassadors to China.  After graduation, Mr. Dellios hopes to be accepted into the B.F.A. dance partnership with the Ailey School (school of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) and Fordham University.  He made his debut with the company as Dr. Seward in the 2012 production of Dracula.  He is excited to be a member of the Festival Ballet ABQ and looks forward to future performing.

Jessica Flores dances at Dance Theatre Southwest and has been with Festival Ballet Albuquerque since its inception two years ago.  She danced in Festival Ballet's productions of Firebird, Dracula, Peter and the Wolf, and The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment.
Kevin D. Gallacher started tap dancing at age sixteen and continued his education of classical ballet with Park Avenue Dance Works in Colorado, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and Moving People Dance Santa Fe (MPD). His studies also included contemporary ballet, jazz, modern, swing, hip-hop, break-dancing, and gymnastics. He has studied and worked with Gail Gilbert, Sam Watson, Jock Soto, Suzanne Quinn, Dudley Davis, Michael Vernon, Layla Amis, Arturo Fernandez, and Valeria Madonia. He has been a principal dancer for Park Avenue Dance Works, Moving People Too!, MPD, NMBC and was a company member of Moving People Dance Santa Fe for seven years. He has also performed with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Circus Luminous, and three seasons with The Santa Fe Opera. He recently returned from touring the East Coast, performing in The Carnival of Wonders, working with choreographer Peggy Hickey, and artistic director Joanie Spina. Mr. Gallacher returned to Festival Ballet Albuquerque in March 2011 and recently performed as Arthur Holmwood Godalming in Dracula.

Amanda Geilenfeldt was born and raised in Albuquerque and recently received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at The University of New Mexico. She began her ballet training at Lana's School of Dance at the age of two and later moved to Dance Theatre Southwest to train with Patricia Dickinson Wells. She has performed with The New Mexico Ballet Company for fourteen years, training under Jolie Sutton-Simballa and Suzanne Johnston. She has received many roles in NMBC productions including the lead in Concerto Barocco, Handmaiden and Evil Minion in Dracula and Clara, Columbina Doll, Snow Queen and the Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker Ballet. In 2009 she travelled to Madrid, Spain and studied with dancers from the Victor Ballet company. Amanda performed in the inaugural concert for Festival Ballet ABQ where she danced many roles, including Mina in Dracula and Swanhilda in Coppelia.  She has danced Mina in Dracula for several seasons.
Kimberly White, an Albuquerque native, returns from San Francisco where she was in the Alonzo King's LINES Ballet Training Program. She began her early training at La Mesa Dance Academy with Cecelia Jaramillo in ballet, jazz and tap. At age 12, she began training with Patricia Dickinson-Wells, Suzanne Johnston and Jolie Sutton-Simballa at Dance Theatre of the Southwest and the University of New Mexico. She has attended summer programs at the Jillana School, Joffrey New York, Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet and Alonzo King's LINES Ballet. Kimberly's training has allowed her to dance many leading roles including Clara in The Nutcracker, Dark Angel and Russian lead in Balanchine's Serenade.  While at LINES Ballet she trained under and performed works by Alonzo King, Maurya Kerr, Robert Moses, Yannis Adoniou, and Karah Abiog. Kimberly continues to train and perform in many dance styles. She recently became a member of Keshet's Repertory Company.

Courtney Giannini is a native New Mexican and has been dancing for over twenty years. She has competed in numerous competitions around the country and has won several national awards. Courtney made her debut with New Mexico Ballet Company in The Nutcraker dancing Russian Trepak. She currently teaches at Marshall's Performing Arts Conservatory and is the head coach of the Sandia Prep dance team while pursuing a degree in education at UNM.  She would like to thank her husband Louie for all his love and support.
Louis Giannini, Jr. has danced in Albuquerque since 1991, in featured roles such as Harlequin doll, Rat King, Snow King, and Russian variation in The Nutcracker; the title role in Billy the Kid, and Jonathan Harker in Dracula. For Ballet Theatre of New Mexico, he danced lead roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Magic Flute, Casa de Bernarda Alba, and was featured as the Cavalier in The Nutcracker. He has been in more than 20 productions as a choreographer and performer with Musical Theatre Southwest, including West Side Story as "Rif." Some of his ALT credits include A Funny Thing Happened on The Way To The Forum and Man of La Mancha as a choreographer.  Louis is currently a drama/dance teacher at Sandia Preparatory School and teaches at Marshall Performing Arts Conservatory.
Kelsey Rae Gorelick was born and raised in Albuquerque and has been dancing since age two. She grew up training at Dance Theater Southwest under Patricia Dickinson beginning at age six. She has traveled and trained at various dance schools such as Kansas City Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Fransisco Ballet, and attended the Julliard School in New York City in 2007 at age seventeen. Ms. Gorelick danced the role of the Handmaiden in FBA's 2012 production of Dracula.

Joseph Gonzales Jr. is a native New Mexican born for the stage. Some of his talents include dancing as well as teaching flamenco, ballroom, latin, country and western, and salsa. He has taught, performed, and studied with many local choreographers including Hans Kliphuis, David Chavez, Eva Enciñas-Sandoval, Cissy King, Larry Aguilar, Pablo Rodarte, and Mike Haley. He is the current director of Top Hat Entertainment. Joseph has been featured in the Arabian pas de deux, Russian divertissement, and as the Rat King in Ballet Theatre of New Mexico's The Nutcracker.

Dominic Guerra was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At the age of nineteen he was awarded a scholarship from the Alvin Ailey School of Dance in New York City where he received formal training in classical ballet and modern dance with a focus in the techniques of Lester Horton and Martha Graham. In 2001, Guerra became a professional company member and principal dancer with American Repertory Ballet. Guerra's showmanship has been depicted in roles such as the Dancing Master in Cinderella, Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew, and Droselmeyer in Graham Lustig's Nutcracker. Guerra has shaped roles in " VISTA " by Graham Lustig and "Exorcising Man" by Lauri Stallings. Other roles that showcase his dynamic sense of movement and expression include Dominique Dumais' -a part between parts-, and Amy Seiwert's Monopoly. Guerra has also danced with Luis Fuentes Ballet in New Mexico, Connecticut Ballet and Zig Zag Ballet. He has returned to his hometown of Albuquerque to pursue a bachelor's degree in Business.  Guerra danced the title role of Dracula in FBA's October, 2012, production at NHCC.
Kami Hornak started dance in Texas and in 1996, began training with Patricia Dickinson Wells at Dance Theater Soutwest (where she is currently on faculty) and with Alwin's School of the Dance. As a member of NMBC, under the direction of Dickinson Wells, Kami performed in many productions including dancing the title role in Coppelia. She has also studied modern, jazz, tap and flamenco, including summer intensives with Joffrey and Kansas City Ballets. From 2006-2009, she had the pleasure of performing as a dancer with the Macy's Great American Marching Band in NYC. Along with performing with Festival Ballet ABQ, she is currently a sophomore at the University of New Mexico and is very involved with the dance department where she was honored to partcipate in the Martha Graham piece, Panorama.

Kyle Linzer studied on scholarships with teachers from American Ballet Theater, Joffrey, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Paris Opera Ballet, the Bolshoi, Hubbard Street, Ballet Aspen, as well as from Twyla Tharpe's and Martha Graham's companies. He trained at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, the Dance Space, the Dance Foundation, the Dance Academy, the College of Santa Fe and Prince Ballet in Santa Fe, the Arrowhead Manor School of Dance in California, and UNM in Albuquerque.  His lead roles include Blue Jean Blues, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderfella, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Nuts Crackers and Sweets, Swingin' Suites, Pandora's Box, Footsteps in the Sands of Time, Oklahoma!, and The Wizard of Oz.  In addition to teaching and performing dance in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, Kyle stays in shape by also teaching Yoga and Pilates classes at Cleveland High School, Defined Fitness, the Placitas Fire station, and internationally for resorts in the Caribbean.
Ludmila Malakhov has been studying with Dance Theatre Southwest since the age of seven. She has attended summer intensives with the Moscow Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, and Kirov programs. She has also performed in The Firebird, Peter and the Wolf, and The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment with Festival Ballet Albuquerque.

Natalee Maxwell began her dance education with the Performers Ballet and Jazz Company, where she trained under Karen Alwin and Deanna Encinias for thirteen years. She is currently a sophomore at UNM pursuing architecture and design. Ms. Maxwell has performed her own choreographic works in Youth America Grand Prix competition, where she was also a finalist. In addition, she has trained at renowned schools such as Joffrey Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Ballet West with scholarship. She recently spent the summer at Alonzo King's LINES Summer Intensive, where she studied contemporary ballet for an exhilarating five weeks.  Ms. Maxwell's first appearance with Festival Ballet ABQ was as the Queen of the Underworld in Dracula.

Allison McDonald, an Albuquerque native, trained with Karen Alwin since age three, and had the privilege of dancing for The Performers Ballet and Jazz Company from1996-2007.   In 2009, Allison began her dance career at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  She has danced in the stage shows "Celebrate The Season" and "High School Musical 3: Senior Year", and has danced in classic Disney parades such as "Celebrate A Dream Come True", "Block Party Bash", "Countdown to Fun", and "Disney's Electrical Parade".  She also had the honor of dancing the role of "Mary" in Christmas Joy in 2010 and 2011 for The Performers Ballet and Jazz Company.

Joe Moncada, a native of El Paso, has been dancing since the age of 16.  He performed with the El Paso Association for the Performing Arts, Ballet Repertory Theater of New Mexico, New Mexico Ballet Company, Moving People Dance Company, Baila! Baila! and Ballet Folklorico Rio Grande.  He has trained and competed in the professional American Rhythm division in Ballroom Dancing for over 10 years, receiving awards in the professional division including top teacher for numerous Pro-Am competitions with Fred Astaire Dance World.  He now shares his time between teaching his students to reach a higher level of competitive ballroom dancing and exhibition dancing.  When not wearing his dance shoes, Joe is dedicated to the design and construction of his beautiful and very creative dance costumes, using his unique vision to design each costume to enhance and flatter each dancer's specific body type and dance style.
Shane Montoya began dancing in 1999, forming the dance crew U.H.F. (United Hip-Hop Family), which continues to travel the country competing and performing. Mr. Montoya teaches at various studios, schools and outreach programs.  He has been given the opportunity to perform with several leading dance companies in Albuquerque, as well as organize some of the biggest hip-hop based events throughout the community. Through these opportunities he has been able to share his knowledge and gain experience in other disciplines such as: Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Latin, and Ballroom.  Shane has danced in The Firebird, Dracula, A Love Story, and The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment  with Festival Ballet ABQ.

Jackson Stewart has been dancing 17 years and primarily received his training with Dance Theatre Southwest.  He went on to dance on scholarship with Virginia School of the Arts, State Street Ballet and ABT.  For the past two seasons he danced professionally with State Street Ballet Company.  He has danced leading roles locally with New Mexico Ballet Company, NMBC II, Ballet Repertory Theatre, UNM and most recently, Festival Ballet Albuquerque, of which he is a founding principal dance member.  Jack is actively pursuing his college studies while continuing to dance for Festival Ballet ABQ and teaching locally at Marshall's Performing Arts and Dance Theatre Southwest.
Andrea Owens began her ballet training in England under Harriet Greene at the age of ten. Subsequent training included The Dance Center of Colorado Springs, Colorado College, Boston Ballet, Long Beach Ballet and fourteen years at Dance Theater of the Southwest. Performed and trained with Luis Fuentes in 1998-1999. In 2000, she toured Taiwan with Los Angeles Ballet under David Wilcox. Andrea has danced professionally with New Mexico Ballet Company for eleven years, performing in The Nutcracker, Dracula,Serenade, Coppelia, Billy the Kid, and many more. Andea joined Ballet Repertory Theater in 2008 performing roles such as Sugar Plum Fairy, Cinderella's step sister, Larks Acceding, Arabian Soloist and has performed many other lead and corp roles. Since Ballet Festival of Albuquerque was founded she has performed as a lead in Ode to the Troops and Dracula.
Eugene "Trey" Pickett, born in Altadena, California, is a choreographer, dancer, instructor,  personal trainer/life coach who moved to New Mexico with his performing family. He has a new dance studio, Advance Dance West, located in Rio Rancho. He is the Artistic director of Disciples of Chaos Production co. He has choreographed, been featured, and performed in several music videos, classical ballets, concerts, and productions. He most recently performed with Festival Ballet ABQ as the Wolf in Peter and the Wolf. and as the King of the Underworld in Dracula. Mr. Pickett specializes in fusion and free spirit movement.

Marika Plugge, an Albuquerque native, began her dance training at various studios with her teacher Royalene McDonald before joining Dance Theater Southwest six years ago at age 13. She has danced with several companies in town and in many local productions as well as dancing with the New Mexico Ballet Company and Festival Ballet Albuquerque. Her favorite role thus far is being a Merliton in The Nutcracker.  Marika shares her love of dance through teaching young children and performing her own choreography. She is currently studying math and physics working towards a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Louis Roccato has been dancing since 2002.  He has studied in jazz, lyrical, ballet, modern, contemporary, and hip-hop, as well as training in martial arts and tumbling.  He is an original member of Disciples of Chaos Dance Company. He has performed The Nutcracker in various roles including Rat Demi-Soloist, Flower Gentleman, Russian, Rat King, and the Nutcracker.  Louis is currently attending the University of New Mexico, studying Biology and Dance, as well as teaching dance at Advance Dance West.

Emily Schrader is a student at Sandia High School and has danced at DTSW since the age of three. She has performed in NMBC's The Nutcracker and Alice in Wonderland and Festival Ballet's Kaleidoscope of Choreographers and The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment, among others.

Lora Sturm has been dancing for nearly her entire life. She has studied ballet, modern, and flamenco in Albuquerque and bharata natyam, South Indian classical dance, in Middletown, Connecticut and Paris, France. When she was ten years old, she began studying with Patricia Dickinson and her company and performed in productions of The Nutcracker, Dracula, and Balanchine's Serenade, to name a few. Lora holds a B.A. in French Studies from Wesleyan University.

Thax von Reither began his dance career in 1990 with the Northwest Florida Ballet while perusing a degree in Physical Education.  He has also performed with First City Dance Theatre, Ballet Pensacola, Idaho Dance Theatre, Ballet Repertory Theatre of New Mexico, New Mexico Ballet, and now, Festival Ballet Albuquerque. Over the past twenty-three years he has performed principle roles in ballets such as  The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppellia, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Firebird, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Scheherazade. In addition to his classical work, Mr. von Reither has spent a great amount of his time performing contemporary ballet and modern work.  He is also an accomplished choreographer having choreographed original works such as Fraternus, Skyy, Orientation, Letting Go, Umbraculum, and most recently, Equus Ferus,  to name a few.  He has taught men's and pas de deux classes at Dance Theatre of the Southwest. He is honored to now step into the role of Artistic Advisor for Festival Ballet Albuquerque.  His high attention to detail and his enthusiastic manner will help the company produce strong and energizing performances.
Jennifer Wenderlich is an Albuquerque native and began her ballet training at age 4.  She has studied with Patricia Dickinson Wells at Dance Theatre Southwest since 1998 and has attended numerous intensive workshops with Jillana (New York City Ballet), Arthur Mitchell (Dance Theatre of Harlem), Mel Tomlinson (Alvin Ailey) and Antoinette Peloso (Metropolitan Opera Company of NY).   Her performance credits include various roles in The Nutcracker for the New Mexico Ballet Company and Ballet Repertory Theatre of New Mexico as well as Balanchine's Serenade for NMBC and BRT's Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella.  Jennifer has been a member of Festival Ballet Albuquerque since its inception and performed most recently as a princess in The Firebird.
Kendra Williams has danced for over five years under Patricia Dickinson Wells at Dance Theatre Southwest.  She danced in Firebird, Dracula, several choreographer showcases, and The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment with Festival Ballet Albuquerque.

Sean Winkless-Hall is a soldier in the US Army National Guard. He has danced locally with Dance Theatre Southwest, NMBC, and UNM. He has trained with Patricia Dickinson, Lana Kroth, Joetta Jercinovic and Suzanne Johnston. A number of his summers were spent training around the country including The Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts in Connecticut , Joffrey Ballet NY in New York City, and various studios across New Mexico. Mr. Winkless-Hall has a Bachelors of University Studies from the University of New Mexico with an emphasis in the Fine and Performing arts. His military training is in Aviation as an Air traffic Controller. Additionally he has graduate credits from the UNM School of Law. During his hiatus from the theater world he worked in a number of fields giving him a wide range of world experiences including working at the Walt Disney World Resorts in Orlando, Florida. His most recent role with FBA was as Dr. Van Helsing in Dracula.