Ursula Verduzco Dancer & Choreographer
Ms. Verduzco trained at Ballet Austin Academy and the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City with full scholarship; having the honor to perform with Ballet Austin at the time. After graduating, she has danced with several companies including Staten Island Ballet, Benjamin Briones Ballet, New York City Opera, Eglevsky Ballet, Ajkun Ballet Theatre, Connecticut Ballet, New York Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre in Westchester, Ad Hoc Ballet, among others.
She has been honored to appear in Dance Magazine as one of the dancers to highlight in their “Race Issue”, July 2010
As a choreographer Ms. Verduzco has created commissioned works for The Staten Island Ballet for The International Choreographers Festival, the Ellison Ballet for the Youth America Grand Prix, Benjamin Briones Ballet and Nomad Contemporary Ballet. She has also presented her work at “Independance”, “Dance Tracks”, “Mix-Tape”, “Kat Wildish Productions” “International Choreographers Festival”, “The Latin Choreographers Festival” and ” YAGP” among other productions.
As a teacher, Ms. Verduzco is currently invited to instruct ballet as a guest company teacher with Les Ballets Grandiva in NYC, she has been on faculty at The Joffrey Ballet School and has taught extensively throughout the NYC area.
She is a professional actress with experience in the TV and the Theatre Play world since the age of nine.
As the Founder and Director of The Latin Choreographers Festival, Ms. Verduzco created this Festival in 2008 with the mission to share, support and present the work of talented Latin Choreographers in NYC.
Elisabeth Jeffrey Dancer
Started her classical training under the tutelage of Carlos Stroia in Minnesota at the age of seven. She went on to train at the Joffrey Ballet School under a full merit scholarship when she was fourteen. During her years there, she attended workshops with schools such as the American Ballet Theater, the Houston Ballet School, the Washington Ballet School, and the Royal Ballet School of Covent Garden. She also performed with Arts Umbrella Dance Company in Vancouver, Canada, and Peter Pucci Plus Dancers in NYC. Upon graduation from the Joffrey Ballet School, she accepted invitations from Complexions Contemporary Ballet to attend workshops and company classes. Elisabeth is also currently a member of Periapsis Music and Dance. She has performed roles in The Nutcracker, Raymonda, Le Corsaire, Gisselle, Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Flames of Paris, Paquita, Serenade- George Balenchine, Samsera- Margo Sappington, Birthday Variations- Gerald Arpino, Billboards Willing and Able- Peter Pucci, Hoopla- Peter Pucci, Kettentanz- Gerald Arpino, Capriccious- Trinette Singleton, Onegin. Check out her website at: elisabethjeffrey.com
Eva Janiszewski Dancerr
Received her early dance training in Connecticut, until she moved to New York City to train with Gelsey Kirkland. As she danced full time, Eva began to study with Martha Yoshida in the Yoshida technique of alignment, while dancing additional character roles with Larisa Calero from Mosiev Dance Company. Upon graduating the academy, Eva Janiszewski danced in The Gelsey Kirkland Ballet Company, performing as a principal character dancer as well as ballet dancer.
Eva has also been teaching and privately coaching students for 5 years at numerous schools including Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet and Brooklyn Ballet.
Eva started dancing with Benjamin Briones Ballet in 2015 and is thrilled to be a part of the BBB team.
Diana Sorokova Dancer
Originally from Slovakia, started as junior competitor in Rhythm Gymnastics achieving gold three times in national competitions. At age 14 she decided to start classical ballet joining Slovakian Ballet Company as a corps-de-ballet member at age 17. She shortly she became a soloist dancer. She got her Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Ballet at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She joined Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza, touring around Mexico and USA. Recently she moved to New York where She collaborate in numerous dance projects, music and fitness videos, and she became a soloist with Sans Limites Dance Company. Now she's an Elite Personal Trainer and she's dancing with Benjamin Briones Ballet.
Danielle Rutherford Dancer
Following training at Walnut Hill School for the Arts and graduating from Marymount Manhattan College, magna cum laude with the Gold Key award for excellence in ballet, Danielle embarked on her freelance career in New York City. She dances professionally for XAOC Contemporary Ballet and Exit 12 Dance. She has performed with both companies in multiple productions, including Norte Maar's CounterPointe, Battery Dance Festival, and as part of the Americans for the Arts 4th National Summit: R&R Festival of Performing Arts.
Misa Mochizuki Dancer
Born in Hyogo, Japan, began dancing at age 5 at Yuki Ballet Studio. In America, she trained at Joffrey Ballet School and Ballet Arts. She performed in several leading competitions receiving prizes in various categories. In 2013 she joined Albano Ballet Company and performed Spanish, Snow Queen and many contemporary and modern pieces as Soloist. In 2016 she joined Albany Berkshire Ballet Company and has performed Sugar Plum Fairy and Dew Drop as Principal. Currently, she receives coaching in classical ballet technique from Luis Villanueva.
Yuriko Sakai Dancer
Was born in Kyoto, Japan. She began her ballet training at the age of 3 years old at the Hiroko Mizuno Ballet Academy, later continued at the Ballet School Benedict-Manniegel in Germany. In 2016, Yuriko graduated from the Peridance Capezio Center Certificate Program in NYC.
After graduation, Yuriko joined Brooklyn Ballet. She also has performed with The Next Stage Project. Yuriko started dancing with Benjamin Briones Ballet in 2017.
Lana Hankinson Dancer
Born and raised in Marietta, Georgia, Lana Hankinson is currently a freelance artist performing, working, and teaching (under ABT® Certification) in New York City. In early years, she studied at Anne Burton Avery’s Academy Dance Company (Marietta, GA) and then in the Metropolitan Ballet Theatre’s Conservatory Program (Alpharetta, GA) under the direction of Prima Ballerina Maniya Barredo and Andrea Pell. Hankinson has extensive training in classical ballet, contemporary, modern, and jazz dance and recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from Adelphi University as recipient of the Jeff and Tina Bolton Scholarship and Provost Talent Scholarship. Some of her past roles include Swanhilda and La prière in Coppélia, the title role in Giselle, and various roles in Flames of Paris, Le Corsaire, La Esmeralda, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadère, Les Sylphides, Paquita, Swan Lake, and Reflections. She is very happy and grateful to be a part of the Benjamin Briones Ballet family.
Beatriz Hernandez Dancer
Began her training at the Royal Academy of Dance program in México. Then continued dancing in Danza Téllez and attending several summer programs all over the country. Recently she moved to NYC to keep training and joined BBB as an apprentice.
Agostina Mocibob Dancer
Is a native from Cordoba Argentina. She began her studies in ballet and contemporary dance at Sandra Racedo Ballet. She dance with Compañía Nueva Linea. In 2012 she won a scholarship for the Instituto Superior de arte del Teatro Colon, in Buenos Aires. Where she studied ballet, modern dance, flamenco, character dance. She also dance with the Teatro Colon company in many of the Ballet repertories. In 2016 she moved to New York where she started dancing with Ajkun Ballet theater. She also got accept at The Ailey School, where she is currently studying modern dance, ballet and jazz. She teaches and study tango at Dardo Galletto studios. She is currently dancing with Dardo Galletto dance company and Benjamin Briones Ballet.
Yui Hasegawa Dancer
Is Originally from Nagoya, Japan. She began her ballet training at the age of 8 with Yukari Kanbara at Yukari Ballet. She danced principal rolls with this company and became a teacher of Yukari Ballet. She was casted by the well known choreographers and performed as a principal for “Carmina Burana” by Tatsue Sata, “Schuman” by Hideo Fukagawa and as a soloist “Flower Stone”by Vladimir Issaev. In 2011, she moved to New York. She studied and graduated from Ballet Arts. After that, she became a teacher of Hariyama Ballet and dancer of M-performing arts.
Kazuya Furukawa Dancer
Born in Fukuoka Japan. He began dancing at age17 at Koji Otonari dance school.
since he came to New york, he graduated The Ailey School and also he has learned ballet technique from Richard Marsden and Kenny Larson at Ballet Arts. In 2016 he joined Albany Berkshire Ballet and has performed Caviler as principal. He also performed at Makoto Dance School in Japan and Mami Hariyama ballet School in New york as guest. Currently he also works as choreographer in this 2 years.