Alumni Dance Gala

Monday, July 29, 2019

Location Amphitheater

$45–55, Preferred seating available, gate pass or event ticket required

$45 General Admission
(Included with a valid Chautauqua Institution gate pass)
$55 Preferred 2 (unreserved)
($10 for those who already have a gate pass for the day)

Angelica Generosa, Pacific Northwest Ballet
Anna Gerberich, Joffrey Ballet
Jacqueline Green, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Jordan Leeper, Atlanta Ballet
Pete Leo Walker, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Antonio Douthit-Boyd, Special Guest Artist and former dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Tina LaForgia Morse, Cincinnati Ballet
David Morse, Cincinnati Ballet

The 2019 Alumni Dance Gala promises to be a spectacular evening that features former Chautauqua School of Dance students who are now prominent artists from Pacific Northwest Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Atlanta Ballet. Repertoire includes Alvin Ailey’s seminal work Revelations and George Balanchine’s Tarantella, coached by Chautauqua Master Teacher and Kennedy Center Award Recipient Patricia McBride, who debuted the role in 1964 with Edward Villella. A vast array of styles, technique and repertoire will be on display once again as we celebrate these magnificent alumni. This program is curated by Sasha Janes, Artistic Advisor for Dance.

Angelica GenerosaAngelica

Angelica Generosa is from South River, New Jersey. She studied on scholarship at the School of American Ballet and Princeton Ballet, and she attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet, Chautauqua Summer Program, and New Jersey Ballet. She also studied with Gina Forcella in Sayreville, New Jersey. In 2011, Ms. Generosa joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice. She was promoted to corps de ballet in 2012 and soloist in 2016.Ms. Generosa was the recipient of the Youth American Grand Prix Regional Hope Award in 2005, and she was a YAGP New York finalist in 2007. She also was the recipient of the School of American Ballet Mae Wien Award for Outstanding Promise.Ms. Generosa has performed as a guest artist with the Vail International Dance Festival and American Academy Ballet.

Anna GerbichAnna Gerberich

Anna Gerberich joined The Joffrey Ballet in 2015 and rejoined in 2018.Ms. Gerberich is a native of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, and began her training at the age of seven with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. She was a featured performer with the CPYB Performing Company and had the privilege of dancing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker with Benjamin Millepied. Her training also included rewarding summer programs including Kaatsbaan, Kirov Academy, and American Ballet Theatre.She was awarded the Pointe Magazine NERDA Award of Promise in 2001. She received first place at the 2003 Youth America Grand Prix regionals and placed in the top 10 at the finals. In 2004, she was awarded the Barbara Weisberger RDA Founders Award for Excellence. That same year, she was invited by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride to apprentice with the Charlotte Ballet, and in 2005 at the age of 16, was hired into the Main Company. She was promoted to Soloist and then Principal within three years. She recently spent two years with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.In her career, Ms. Gerberich has danced many fun and interesting roles including: Bonnefoux’s Cinderella (Cinderella), Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy), The Sleeping Beauty (Aurora), Dwight Rhoden’s Othello (Desdemona), Jiri Kylian’s Forgotten Land (Black and Red Couple), Sleepless (Red), and Return to a Strange Land (Blue), Marius Petipa’s Don Quixote (Kitri), Jorma Elo’s 1st Flash, Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs, Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes (The Liberty Bell), Who Cares? (Turning Girl), Western Symphony (1st movement lead), and Coppelia (Swanilda). She performed the role of Juliet in Romeo and Juliet in London with the Bad Boys of Ballet. Ms. Gerberich participated in the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors on CBS and was on a PBS documentary honoring Patricia McBride.

J Green 1Jacqueline Green

Jacqueline Green (Baltimore, MD) began her dance training at the age of 13 at the prestigious Baltimore School for the Arts. After being accepted into the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program by Denise Jefferson, she graduated Cum Laude in 2011. During this time, she also received training at the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, Chautauqua Institution for Dance, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. In her career, she has performed works by a wide range of choreographers, including Wayne McGregor, Jirí Kylián, Elisa Monte, Ronald K. Brown, and Kyle Abraham. In 2016, she performed as a guest artist with the Royal Ballet. Ms. Green is the recipient of a 2014 Dance Fellowship from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA and a 2015 Clive Barnes Award nominee. She is also the recipient of the 2009 Martha Hill Fund’s Young Professional Award and the 2010 Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship. She was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 2011.

Jordan LeeperJordan Leeper

Jordan Leeper, a native of Jamestown, N.Y., began dancing at age 12 with the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet and later studied at San Francisco Ballet. Leeper danced with Charlotte Ballet under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride, performing at the John F. Kennedy Center during Ballet Across America in 2013. He has performed works by Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Twyla Tharp, Jiří Bubeníček, Sasha Janes, Mark Diamond and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, among others. He has been a guest artist with Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and City Ballet of Wilmington. He also danced with Complexions Contemporary Ballet under Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson during the company’s 20th-anniversary season at the Joyce Theater in New York City.

Pete Walker HeadshotPete Walker

Pete Leo Walker, From Jacksonville, FL, Pete began his training at Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts. In 2010 Pete joined Charlotte Ballet, where he danced a diverse repertoire including works by George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Twlya Tharp, Jiri Kylian, Sasha Janes and Dwight Rhoden. In 2011-2012 Pete received the prestigious Princess Grace Dance Fellowship Award and in 2012 was promoted to Principal Artist. The following year he was listed in Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch” 2013 edition. In December 2014, he performed “Who Cares” at the Kennedy Center Honors Awards, as tribute to Patricia McBride. Following his tenure with the Charlotte Ballet, in 2015 he joined Aspen Santa Fe Ballet under the direction of Tom Mossbrucker; performing works by artists such as Gerald Arpino, Cayetano Soto, Alexander Ekman, Nicolo Fonte, and Jorma Elo.

Antonio Douthit 3Antonio Douthit-Boyd

In 2015, Antonio Douthit-Boyd was named Co-Artistic Director of Dance of COCA, where he began his dance training at age 16 under the direction of Lee Nolting. Douthit-Boyd returned to COCA after 11 years with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He also trained at the Alexandra School of Ballet the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Joffrey Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem School. Douthit-Boyd became a member of Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1999 and appeared in featured roles in the ballets South African Suite, Dougla, Concerto in F, Return, and Dwight Rhoden’s Twist. He was promoted to soloist in 2003. He also performed with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. He is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. He is also on faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, teaching modern dance in the collaborative MFA program between the University and COCA.

Tina LaForgia MorrisTina LaForgia Morse

Tina LaForgia Morse started dancing at the age of 11 in Summerville, South Carolina. She went on to spend her high school years at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she was awarded the Dean’s Merit Scholarship. Upon graduating from UNCSA, she spent three seasons dancing professionally with the Charlotte Ballet.

Since joining Cincinnati Ballet in 2014 Tina has enjoyed the opportunity to perform works by choreographers such as George Balanchine, Jerome Robins, Ohad Naharin, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Jennifer Archibald, Kate Weare, Amy Seiwert, Nicolo Fonte, Ma Cong, Adam Hougland, Trey McIntyre, Myles Thatcher, Taylor Carrasco, and David Morse. 
Tina has had the privilege of dancing with summer companies such as Heather Maloy’s Terpsicorps in Asheville, NC, Amy Siewert’s “Sketch 7” tour which performed in San Francisco, The Joyce Theater and at Jacobs Pillow, and has also enjoyed having the opportunity of collaborating with the Kansas City Dance Festival and Moving Arts Cincinnati.

David MorrisDavid Morse

David is a choreographer, musician, and a soloist with Cincinnati Ballet. After training under Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Darleen Callaghan, Patricia McBride, Kathryn Moriarty, and Mark Diamond and spending his summers studying at the Chautauqua Institution he danced for 8 seasons with Charlotte Ballet. In his time there, he danced numerous featured roles in the works of George Balanchine, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Jiří Bubeníček, Mark Diamond, William Forsythe, Sasha Janes, Jiří Kylián, Dwight Rhoden, and Twyla Tharp as well as much of the classical repertoire. His choreography has been performed throughout the United States by professional companies, universities, and pre-professional schools, and has been recognized by various awards and accolades. Most recently he created a new work for Cincinnati Ballet entitled “Gathering.” In 2017 his ballet "Short Ride in a Fast Machine" won the second prize at the McCallum Theatre Choreography Festival (Division I). David has twice been invited to the New York Choreographic Institute where he created new works on dancers from New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet. He has also created works for Ballet Academy East and the dance department at Point Park University.

Beginning in 2018 David has served as Program Director for Cincinnati Ballet’s Collegiate Summer Intensive produced in partnership with University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music.

David was honored to be a nominated for the Rolex Mentor Protégé Arts Initiative’s 2014-2015 cycle. Additionally, he has been nominated for the Princess Grace choreography fellowship.

Also, an accomplished pianist, David has served as a ballet class accompanist for Cincinnati Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, The Chautauqua Institution, and Regional Dance America. He has also played as a guest accompanist for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Ballet Academy East, University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, and New York City Ballet.