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L.A. DANCE PROJECT IS A DANCE COMPANY FOUNDED IN 2012 BY CHOREOGRAPHER AND DANCER BENJAMIN MILLEPIED, ALONG WITH COMPOSER NICO MUHLY, ART CONSULTANT MATTHIEU HUMERY,FOUNDING PRODUCER CHARLES FABIUS AND COMPOSER NICHOLAS BRITELL.

The L.A. Dance Project is a platform for the development, creation, support and presentation of world-class dance in Los Angeles. Comprised of an internationally acclaimed dance company, a brand new performance space in Los Angeles’ burgeoning Arts District and a program of media initiatives, LADP promotes dance not only as an artistic practice but as a way of being in the world. LADP seeks to foster dance-centered artistic collaborations across all disciplines, cultures and communities in Los Angeles and around the globe.

Since its founding, L.A. Dance Project's company has toured and given master classes at international venues and festivals including the Holland Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival, La Maison de la Danse, the Saitama Arts Center, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Shanghai and Bejing Opera House, Theatre des Champs Elysees and Theatre du Chatelet. In the US, the company has performed at venues including Jacob’s Pillow, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City Center and the Joyce Theater. In it’s home city of Los Angeles the company has performed at The Music Center’s Walt Disney Music Hall, MOCA, Union Station, The Theatre at Ace Hotel, and The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

 

LADP IS A REGISTERED 501 (C)(3) NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION, AND ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE TO THE EXTENT PROVIDED BY LAW. 

 

 

TEAM
 

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR                                                       Benjamin Millepied  

FOUNDING PRODUCER                                                Charles Fabius

 

 

LADP ADVISOR COLLECTIVE

Nico Muhly, Nicholas Britell, Matthieu Humery  

 

BUSINESS & LEGAL AFFAIRS                                          Christopher Macdougall PLLC

 

COMPANY MANAGER                                                    Rebecca Misselwitz

PRODUCTION MANAGER                                               Davison Scandrett

ASSISTANT PRODUCTION MANAGER                             Francesca Muscolo

LIGHTING DIRECTOR                                                       Josh Johnson

 

BALLET MASTER                                                               Sebastien Marcovici

ASSOCIATE ARTIST                                                          Carla Korbes 

 

 

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Dancers


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 DANCERS


Janie Taylor was born in Houston, TX where she began her ballet training at age 2 with Gilbert Rome. She trained at the Giacobbe Academy of Dance in New Orleans from 1993-1996. After attending two years of the summer program at the School of American Ballet, she became a full-time student in the fall of 1996.  While a student at SAB she originated a featured role in Christopher Wheeldon's Soiree Musicale for the Spring workshop performance in June of 1998. She received the Mae L. Wien Award at the SAB Annual Workshop and was invited to become and apprentice with New York City Ballet. A month later, she became a member of NYCB's corps de ballet. She was promoted to the rank of of Soloist in February 2001 and to Principal in 2005. During her career with New York City Ballet she originated roles in ballets choreographed by Peter Martins and Benjamin Millepied. She also performed featured roles in numerous ballets by George Balanchine, and Jerome Robbins, as well as pieces by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Susan Stroman, Twyla Tharp, and Mirriam Mahdaviani. Ms. Taylor appeared in the film Center Stage directed by Nochilas Hytner which was released in 2000. She retired from the New York City Ballet on March 1, 2014.

 

Ms. Taylor is now a repetileur setting ballets for Justin Peck and Benjamin Millepied on companies around the world and has since started a career in design. She has designed costumes for the New York City Ballet and L.A. Dance Project.

Aaron Carr began dancing at age six in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida where he studied throughout high school as an ABT National Training Scholar and continued his education at The Juilliard School, graduating in 2009. He immediately became a member of KEIGWIN + COMPANY while simultaneously dancing with ZVIDANCE until joining LADP in 2013 . In addition to international touring and dance work, he worked as repetiteur for Larry Keigwin at UNCSA and CNSMDP in Paris as well as an assistant at the Royal New Zealand Ballet.  Aaron is also committed to his work in education and has taught programs with Broadway Dance Center, New York University's summer program, Keigwin + Company's program at Juilliard, the Edinburgh International Festival, and also back home with Ballet Pensacola.

Aaron Carr began dancing at age six in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida where he studied throughout high school as an ABT National Training Scholar and continued his education at The Juilliard School, graduating in 2009. He immediately became a member of KEIGWIN + COMPANY while simultaneously dancing with ZVIDANCE until joining LADP in 2013 . In addition to international touring and dance work, he worked as repetiteur for Larry Keigwin at UNCSA and CNSMDP in Paris as well as an assistant at the Royal New Zealand Ballet.  Aaron is also committed to his work in education and has taught programs with Broadway Dance Center, New York University's summer program, Keigwin + Company's program at Juilliard, the Edinburgh International Festival, and also back home with Ballet Pensacola.

David Adrian Freeland Jr. is from Jacksonville, FL. He began his dance training at LaVilla School of the Arts under the direction of Michelle Ottley-Fisher and Susan Jennings. He went on to study at the Jacksonville Centre of the Arts, where he received much of his training under the direction of Kezia Rolle. David has attended summer intensives at the Nashville Ballet and The Juilliard School under full scholarship. He later studied at the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase College. David was a member of Alvin Ailey's second company, Ailey II, for three seasons. During that time, he performed the works of Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, Robert Battle, Troy Powell, Dwight Rhoden, and Jennifer Archibald. David has also performed in the 2015-2016 season at The Metropolitan Opera House. David is excited to share the stage with the amazingly talented artists of the L.A. Dance Project.

David Adrian Freeland Jr. is from Jacksonville, FL. He began his dance training at LaVilla School of the Arts under the direction of Michelle Ottley-Fisher and Susan Jennings. He went on to study at the Jacksonville Centre of the Arts, where he received much of his training under the direction of Kezia Rolle. David has attended summer intensives at the Nashville Ballet and The Juilliard School under full scholarship. He later studied at the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase College. David was a member of Alvin Ailey's second company, Ailey II, for three seasons. During that time, he performed the works of Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, Robert Battle, Troy Powell, Dwight Rhoden, and Jennifer Archibald. David has also performed in the 2015-2016 season at The Metropolitan Opera House. David is excited to share the stage with the amazingly talented artists of the L.A. Dance Project.

Rachelle Rafailedes is a native Ohioan that began her formal dance training at an early age. She has since received her BFA from The Juilliard School in 2009, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes, where she was awarded the Martha Hill Prize for excellence in leadership and dance. In her career thus far, Rachelle has been fortunate to perform work by renowned choreographers including: Ohad Naharin, Twyla Tharp, Antony Tudor, and Aszure Barton, as well as guest perform with Keigwin + Company and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. She has spent the past four years dancing with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion and is a Bessie Award winning collaborator for Mr. Abraham’sThe Radio Show. Rachelle is delighted to be a member of L.A. Dance Project.

Rachelle Rafailedes is a native Ohioan that began her formal dance training at an early age. She has since received her BFA from The Juilliard School in 2009, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes, where she was awarded the Martha Hill Prize for excellence in leadership and dance. In her career thus far, Rachelle has been fortunate to perform work by renowned choreographers including: Ohad Naharin, Twyla Tharp, Antony Tudor, and Aszure Barton, as well as guest perform with Keigwin + Company and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. She has spent the past four years dancing with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion and is a Bessie Award winning collaborator for Mr. Abraham’sThe Radio Show. Rachelle is delighted to be a member of L.A. Dance Project.

Nathan B. Makolandra began dancing and choreographing in Greenville, South Carolina. He is a graduate from The Juilliard School under director Lawrence Rhodes. There he performed works by Alexander Ekman, Nacho Duato, Jerome Robbins, Bronsilava Nijinska, Eliot Feld, Sidra Bell, and Jose Limon. Nathan’s work appeared in Juilliard’s Choreographic Honors concert (2009-2012), and is a recipient of the Hector Zaraspe Award for choreography (2012).  In 2011 he placed 1st runner up for the Capezio Award for Choreographic Excellence. He collaborated with composer Jared Miller, and choreographed Richard Walters’ music video, “American Stitches.” Nathan created “Attitude du Cage” with fellow L.A. Dance Project member, has choreography featured on So You Think You Can Dance, and is a Fresh Dance Intensive faculty member. Professionally Nathan has performed the works of Benjamin Millepied, William Forsythe, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Hiroaki Umeda, Emmanuel Gat, Danielle Agami, Julia Eichten, and Justin Peck in locations such as Los Angeles’ Union Station, the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and the Gardens at the Palace of Versailles.

Nathan B. Makolandra began dancing and choreographing in Greenville, South Carolina. He is a graduate from The Juilliard School under director Lawrence Rhodes. There he performed works by Alexander Ekman, Nacho Duato, Jerome Robbins, Bronsilava Nijinska, Eliot Feld, Sidra Bell, and Jose Limon. Nathan’s work appeared in Juilliard’s Choreographic Honors concert (2009-2012), and is a recipient of the Hector Zaraspe Award for choreography (2012).  In 2011 he placed 1st runner up for the Capezio Award for Choreographic Excellence. He collaborated with composer Jared Miller, and choreographed Richard Walters’ music video, “American Stitches.” Nathan created “Attitude du Cage” with fellow L.A. Dance Project member, has choreography featured on So You Think You Can Dance, and is a Fresh Dance Intensive faculty member. Professionally Nathan has performed the works of Benjamin Millepied, William Forsythe, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Hiroaki Umeda, Emmanuel Gat, Danielle Agami, Julia Eichten, and Justin Peck in locations such as Los Angeles’ Union Station, the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and the Gardens at the Palace of Versailles.