Brian Norris Choreographer/Teacher
Brian received his training at Jefferson Performing Arts in Portland, Oregon, while dancing with their student company - The Jefferson Dancers. At Jefferson he worked with modern choreographers Donald Mckayle and Rachel Lampert.
He danced with the world famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and performed in many major cities around the world from 1994 to 2001. While at Trockadero he worked with Meg Harper of The Merce Cunningham Company, Elena Kunikova formally of the Maly Theater Ballet in Leningrad, and Robert LaFosse from New York City Ballet. He served as company rehearsal assistant for four years.
Brian danced with, and was Ballet Mater for the Rochester City Ballet, and was a guest artist with New York Theatre Ballet.
Brian’s teaching credits include being on faculty at Draper Center for Dance Education Nazareth Academy, and Rochester Association of Performing Arts. As a guest teacher he has taught at 25 North Dance Academy, A Touch of Dance, The New England Ballet School, and conducted master classes at Live, Shinjuku-mura in Tokyo, and Dance Space in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has choreographed productions of Drood, Secret Garden, two productions of Les Miserables, as well as many Show Choir productions.
Brian joined Les Ballets Grandiva in 2004, where he continued to establish his place as an important contributor to male comedy ballet. 2009 brought his promotion as Artistic Director of Grandiva. In 2012, Brian debuted Men On Pointe, an all-male pointe ballet company in New York City. He is also co-director and presenter for Mid-Pointe Project with Benjamin Briones and Ursula Verduzco. Brian also worked on development and served as ballet master for Man Dance Company of San Francisco from 2013 to 2014.
Royce Zackery Choreographer/Teacher
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, has danced professionally for 13 years in the U.S and overseas and In New York City for the past 9. His background includes extensive training in tap, jazz, and musical theater. He is presently Certified in The American Ballet Theatre Teaching Curriculum and isreceiving his Masters in Higher Education and Ballet Pedagogy from N.Y.U. Steinhardt. He received his B.F.A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Royce has performed with professional companies performing Classical and Contemporary Ballet works, professional Modern based companies, and has done professional work in the field of musical theater as well. Royce has taught master classes and workshops in classical ballet, contemporary movement, and partnering in Dallas, Florida, Oklahoma City, Atlanta, Germany, and New York City. He has been on staff at Broadway Dance Center, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center's Ailey Extension Program, and The School at Steps on Broadway.
Amanda Turner Choreographer
Amanda Turner trained in the UK and had an international ballet and theater career working with Israel National Ballet, Munich Ballet Theater, Vienna Festival Ballet, and others. She performed in many musicals including Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Damn Yankees, Little Me, and West Side
Story, has taught and choreographed for the Broadway dance community in NYC for over 15 years, and is a guest teacher with the London College of Music. Ms. Turner has choreographed everything from classical ballet and musical theater, to music videos. She is also trained in Ayurvedic medicine, yoga, and spiritual counseling. Her passion is to inspire others and to explore the human inner landscape through dance and the arts, and to bring about social change, creative evolution, and intrapersonal transformation through the medium of dance, visual art, and choreographic work.
Megan Philipp Choreographer
Megan Philipp was born and raised in southern California. She graduated from Butler University in 2002 with a degree in dance pedagogy and relocated to NYC. She spent 8 years in NYC teaching, performing, and choreographing. In 2010 she graduated from NYU with a masters in Dance Education and relocated to Chicago to become a full time faculty member and curriculum coordinator for the Joffrey Academy of Dance. After three and a half years at the Joffrey Ballet, Megan returned to southern California. She is currently an artist in resident at State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara. She is thrilled and proud to be part of BBBallet and sends her best from the west coast to all of the artists.
Vera Huff Choreographer
Is a dancer, choreographer and teacher of diverse background. Vera spent the early 90's performing and choreographing in the downtown dance scene at such venues as DTW, Dixon Place, DIA (Joyce Soho), PS 122, Soundance and Eden's Expressway.
In the late 90's Vera choreographed Musical Theater in Regional Theater and Off-Broadway. From 1996-1998 she workshoped new musicals at the Harold Prince Musical Theater Workshop.
For the past 3 years Vera has been a collaborator and improviser with the Walter Thompson Orchestra. She also has a new Dance/Theater company called Veracity which is dedicated to presenting concert dance as well as collaborating with artists of all backgrounds to create new theatrical works.
Ana Cuellar Choreographer
She is a graduate of the Contemporary Dance program at UANL (The Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon) and in Theater from CEDART (National Institute of Bellas Artes) Alfonso Reyes in Monterrey, Mexico. She has studied, Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary – specifically the Techniques of Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and Jose Limon. A full time professional artist in La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil in Orlando, Ana performs as the captain of the Aerial Ballet in Silks Act, as the understudy of the featured Aerialist and has also performed as the Lead Character, La Petite Madame.
Her Choreographic work has been presented in the Orlando Ballet/Cirque du Soleil Choreographers’ Showcase, (Orlando), Cabaret Noche (Orlando), Cirque Cabaret (Vegas), The Latin Choreographers’ Festival (NYC), Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World (Orlando) All Stars of Dance (Orlando), 62nd International Choreographers Showcase (Guatemala), 15 Annual Las Vegas Dance in the Desert Festival (Vegas) and by the Dance Company she co-founded, Agape Contemporary Dance (Monterrey, Mexico). She
participated as a guest Choreographer for MeDance Company in Orlando Florida.
Felix Aarts Choreographer
Was born in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, he attended the ArtEZ
Institute of the Arts in Arnhem and graduated in 1997 from The Hague Royal
Conservatory with a BFA in Ballet.
Aarts has had an extensive career, dancing soloist rolls in ballets of renowned
choreographers such as G. Balanchine, M. Bejart, J. Kylian, J. Cranko, R. Nureyev and others, he also had numerous rolls created on him. During his dancing career Aarts has been engaged by companies such as the ballet of the State Opera Unter den Linden in Berlin, the Ballet du Rhin and the Leipzig Ballet, where he presented his first own choreography with “Traan” in 2007.
In 2009, Aarts moved to Oslo, Norway to study painting at the Strykejernet Art School. During his time in Oslo he created two new choreographies for the Norwegian National Ballet. In the spring of 2013 Aarts graduated from Pratt Institute in New York with an MFA in painting. Aarts has exhibited his work both in Europe and the USA. In 2011, Aarts published his first photo book portraying Italian principle dancer Giovanni Di Palma and in the spring of 2013 he designed the set for “We Were Right Here” by Choreographer Martin Chaix for the Deutsch Oper und Ballett am Rhein. Felix Aarts works and lives in New York City.