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Cincinnati Made – Program

Program

Burning Moon (excerpts)

Choreography: Missy Lay Zimmer & Andrew Hubbard
Music: Bothered, written & recorded by Over the Rhine; My Funny Valentine, written by Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart, recorded by Over the Rhine; Ohio, written & recorded by Over the Rhine

Untitled

Choreography: Gabriel Gaffney Smith
Music: Untitled,  written & recorded by Gabriel Gaffney Smith

Ich Bin Bei Dir (I Am With You)

Choreography: Amy Seiwert
Music: Franz Schubert, 3 Schubert Lieders:
Schwanengesang, D.957, performed by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau & Gerald Moore; Ständchen Leise flehen meine Lieder, performed by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau & Gerald Moore; Heidenröslein, D.257, performed by Ian Bostridge & Julius Drake; Nähe Des Geliebten, D. 162, performed by Barbara Bonney & Geoffrey Parsons

Swivet (Pas De Deux)

Choreography: Andrea Schermoly
Music: 20:17 by Olafur Arnolds, Nils Frahm

Great American Dream

Choreography: Arcadian Broad
Music: There Used to Be a Ballpark, written by Joe Raposo & recorded by Frank Sinatra; Take Me Out to the Ballgame, written by Jack Norworth; Rhapsody in Blue, written by George Gershwin

Habitual

Choreography: Heather Britt 
Music: Habitual, written & recorded by Gabriel Gaffney Smith

Viva Vivaldi

Choreography: Victoria Morgan
Music: Antonio Vivaldi, Trio Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 5 No. 17 performed by the Purcell Quartet

The Hot Club of Milford

Choreography: Victoria Morgan, Cervilio Miguel Amador
Music: Ain’t Misbehavin’, written by Fats Waller; Brazil (Aquarela do Brasil), written by Ary Barroso; Night and Day, written by Cole Porter; Dinah, written by Harry Akst, Sam M. Lewis, & Joe Young;
All performed live by The Hot Club of Milford 
Matt Tolentino – vocals, clarinet, accordion
Jack Early – bass guitar
Charlie Merk – trumpet
Patrick Oakes – electric guitar
Paul Gibby – guitar
Matthew Wallenhorst – tenor saxophone

Production Sponsors

T. & Halle Quinn

Presenting Sponsors

Sarah Frank Fogarty &
Tim Fogarty

Choreography Sponsors

Casting

Season Sponsors

Thursday, November 5, 2020 – 7:30 PM

Burning Moon (excerpts)

Choreography: Missy Lay Zimmer & Andrew Hubbard

Samantha Riester, Bella Ureta, Marcus Romeo, Daniel Wagner


Untitled

Choreography: Gabriel Gaffney Smith

Christina LaForgia Morse, David Morse


Ich Bin Bei Dir (I Am With You)

Choreography: Amy Seiwert

Blair Bagley, Nikita Boris, Daniel Baldwin, Matthew Griffin


Swivet

(Pas De Deux)

Choreography: Andrea Schermoly

Minori Sakita, Michael Mengden


Great American Dream

Choreography: Arcadian Broad

Jacqueline Damico Amador, Melissa Gelfin De-Poli, Abbey Gonzalez Kay, Arcadian Broad, Taylor Carrasco


Habitual

Choreography: Heather Britt

Maizyalet Velázquez, Joshua Stayton


Viva Vivaldi

Choreography: Victoria Morgan

Samantha Griffin, Sirui Liu


The Hot Club of Milford

Choreography: Victoria Morgan, Cervilio Miguel Amador

Jacqueline Damico Amador, Melissa Gelfin De-Poli, Maizyalet Velázquez, Arcadian Broad, Taylor Carrasco, Joshua Stayton


*All casting subject to change

Friday, November 6, 2020 – 8:00 PM

Burning Moon (excerpts)

Choreography: Missy Lay Zimmer & Andrew Hubbard

Samantha Riester, Bella Ureta, Marcus Romeo, Daniel Wagner


Untitled

Choreography: Gabriel Gaffney Smith

Christina LaForgia Morse, David Morse


Ich Bin Bei Dir (I Am With You)

Choreography: Amy Seiwert

Blair Bagley, Nikita Boris, Daniel Baldwin, Matthew Griffin


Swivet

(Pas De Deux)

Choreography: Andrea Schermoly

Minori Sakita, Michael Mengden


Great American Dream

Choreography: Arcadian Broad

Jacqueline Damico Amador, Melissa Gelfin De-Poli, Abbey Gonzalez Kay, Arcadian Broad, Taylor Carrasco


Habitual

Choreography: Heather Britt

Maizyalet Velázquez, Joshua Stayton


Viva Vivaldi

Choreography: Victoria Morgan

Samantha Griffin, Sirui Liu


The Hot Club of Milford

Choreography: Victoria Morgan, Cervilio Miguel Amador

Jacqueline Damico Amador, Melissa Gelfin De-Poli, Maizyalet Velázquez, Arcadian Broad, Taylor Carrasco, Joshua Stayton


*All casting subject to change

Saturday, November 7, 2020 – 2:00 PM

Burning Moon (excerpts)

Choreography: Missy Lay Zimmer & Andrew Hubbard

Blair Bagley, Nikita Boris, Daniel Baldwin, Matthew Griffin


Untitled

Choreography: Gabriel Gaffney Smith

Minori Sakita, Michael Mengden


Ich Bin Bei Dir (I Am With You)

Choreography: Amy Seiwert

Christina LaForgia Morse, Bella Ureta, David Morse, Marcus Romeo


Swivet – Pas De Deux

Choreography: Andrea Schermoly

Samantha Riester, Daniel Wagner


Great American Dream

Choreography: Arcadian Broad

Jacqueline Damico Amador, Gabrielle Collins, Abbey Gonzalez Kay, Taylor Carrasco, Jace Pauly


Habitual

Choreography: Heather Britt

Maizyalet Velázquez, Joshua Stayton


Viva Vivaldi

Choreography: Victoria Morgan

Abbey Gonzalez Kay, Alyssa Manguiat


The Hot Club of Milford

Choreography: Victoria Morgan, Cervilio Miguel Amador

Jacqueline Damico Amador, Gabrielle Collins, Maizyalet Velázquez, Taylor Carrasco, Jace Pauly, Joshua Stayton


*All casting subject to change

Saturday, November 7, 2020 – 8:00 PM

Burning Moon (excerpts)

Choreography: Missy Lay Zimmer & Andrew Hubbard

Samantha Riester, Bella Ureta, Marcus Romeo, Daniel Wagner


Untitled

Choreography: Gabriel Gaffney Smith

Christina LaForgia Morse, David Morse


Ich Bin Bei Dir (I Am With You)

Choreography: Amy Seiwert

Blair Bagley, Nikita Boris, Daniel Baldwin, Matthew Griffin


Swivet

(Pas De Deux)

Choreography: Andrea Schermoly

Minori Sakita, Michael Mengden


Great American Dream

Choreography: Arcadian Broad

Jacqueline Damico Amador, Melissa Gelfin De-Poli, Abbey Gonzalez Kay, Arcadian Broad, Taylor Carrasco


Habitual

Choreography: Heather Britt

Maizyalet Velázquez, Joshua Stayton


Viva Vivaldi

Choreography: Victoria Morgan

Samantha Griffin, Sirui Liu


The Hot Club of Milford

Choreography: Victoria Morgan, Cervilio Miguel Amador

Jacqueline Damico Amador, Melissa Gelfin De-Poli, Maizyalet Velázquez, Arcadian Broad, Taylor Carrasco, Joshua Stayton


*All casting subject to change

Sunday, November 8, 2020 – 1:00 PM

Burning Moon (excerpts)

Choreography: Missy Lay Zimmer & Andrew Hubbard

Blair Bagley, Nikita Boris, Daniel Baldwin, Matthew Griffin


Untitled

Choreography: Gabriel Gaffney Smith

Minori Sakita, Michael Mengden


Ich Bin Bei Dir (I Am With You)

Choreography: Amy Seiwert

Christina LaForgia Morse, Bella Ureta, David Morse, Marcus Romeo


Swivet – Pas De Deux

Choreography: Andrea Schermoly

Samantha Riester, Daniel Wagner


Great American Dream

Choreography: Arcadian Broad

Jacqueline Damico Amador, Gabrielle Collins, Abbey Gonzalez Kay, Taylor Carrasco, Jace Pauly


Habitual

Choreography: Heather Britt

Maizyalet Velázquez, Joshua Stayton


Viva Vivaldi

Choreography: Victoria Morgan

Abbey Gonzalez Kay, Alyssa Manguiat


The Hot Club of Milford

Choreography: Victoria Morgan, Cervilio Miguel Amador

Jacqueline Damico Amador, Gabrielle Collins, Maizyalet Velázquez, Taylor Carrasco, Jace Pauly, Joshua Stayton


*All casting subject to change

Sunday, November 8, 2020 – 6:30 PM

Burning Moon (excerpts)

Choreography: Missy Lay Zimmer & Andrew Hubbard

Samantha Riester, Bella Ureta, Marcus Romeo, Daniel Wagner


Untitled

Choreography: Gabriel Gaffney Smith

Christina LaForgia Morse, David Morse


Ich Bin Bei Dir (I Am With You)

Choreography: Amy Seiwert

Blair Bagley, Bella Ureta, Matthew Griffin, Marcus Romeo


Swivet

(Pas De Deux)

Choreography: Andrea Schermoly

Minori Sakita, Michael Mengden


Great American Dream

Choreography: Arcadian Broad

Jacqueline Damico Amador, Melissa Gelfin De-Poli, Abbey Gonzalez Kay, Arcadian Broad, Taylor Carrasco


Habitual

Choreography: Heather Britt

Maizyalet Velázquez, Joshua Stayton


Viva Vivaldi

Choreography: Victoria Morgan

Samantha Griffin, Sirui Liu


The Hot Club of Milford

Choreography: Victoria Morgan, Cervilio Miguel Amador

Jacqueline Damico Amador, Melissa Gelfin De-Poli, Maizyalet Velázquez, Arcadian Broad, Taylor Carrasco, Joshua Stayton


*All casting subject to change

Choreographers

Cervilio Miguel Amador – The Hot Club of Milford

Cervilio Miguel Amador trained with the Vocational Ballet School in Camagüey, Cuba and National Ballet School of Cuba. He danced with the National Ballet of Cuba as a corps de ballet dancer and corifeo (demi-soloist) before joining Cincinnati Ballet in 2004 as a Soloist. He was promoted to Senior Soloist in 2005 and Principal Dancer in 2006 and has danced numerous lead roles in full-length ballets throughout his extensive career at Cincinnati Ballet, including Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, King Arthur in King Arthur’s Camelot, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Peter in Peter Pan. He has also had several new works created on him by esteemed contemporary choreographers such as Adam Hougland, Jennifer Archibald, Ma Cong, and Victoria Morgan. In 2014, Amador was invited to perform at Lumenocity on a balcony suspended on Cincinnati’s Music Hall as part of the renowned light show and has been invited three times to dance at the Titas Command Performance Gala in Dallas, Texas, among several of the top ballet dancers in the world. He is currently a Ballet Master of Cincinnati Ballet and Co-Artistic Director/Founder of Moving Arts Cincinnati.

Heather Britt – Habitual

Heather grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio where she began her dance training at The School for Creative and Performing Arts.  After performing professionally in San Francisco, Heather returned to her hometown to perform, choreograph, and teach.


Heather’s choreographic reach spans from work for professional ballet companies to commercial dance choreography. She has had the opportunity to choreograph contemporary ballet works for multiple organizations including Cincinnati Ballet, Kansas City Dance Festival, and Nashville Ballet, theatrical productions for Playhouse in The Park, commercial choreography for  “Zone Perfect Bars” and “Secret Deodorant” and concert choreography for Fleetwood Mac.


The Cincinnati Enquirer has called Heather’s work “mesmerizing”, “exuberant”, “moving”, “eloquent” and “heartbreaking”.


Heather is the Owner and Artistic Director of HBDC and DANCEFIX, a wildly popular dance workout class offered at Cincinnati Ballet, DANCEFIX Blue Ash, and Nashville Ballet.  The New York Times has recommended her classes for out-of-town visitors and Cincinnati’s CityBeat named DANCEFIX “the best damn dance workout” in the city.  Heather served as a full time dance faculty member at Northern Kentucky University from 2008-2016 . In 2011, The YWCA recognized Heather as a “Rising Star” and in 2015 she was named as “one to watch” in Cincinnati Magazine’s Future of Cincinnati edition. 

Arcadian Broad – Great American Dream

Arcadian Broad is from Titusville, FL originally. He began dancing at nine years old in various styles like tap, hip-hop, and jazz. After winning a scholarship at ADC IBC, he attended the Orlando Ballet summer program at age 25 and fell in love with the challenge of ballet.


The following year after training briefly and the prestigious Juilliard School, Arcadian was hired as a professional company dancer with Orlando Ballet. Under the direction of Robert Hill, he became the youngest hire in the company’s history to date. During his eight seasons with Orlando Ballet, Arcadian rose as a Principal Dancer and established the Artist in Residence program in 2018.


He has performed numerous principal roles such as: Romeo (Romeo & Juliet), Franz (Coppélia), Basilio (Don Quixote), Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Prince Ivan (The Firebird), Jonathan Harker (Dracula, choreographed by Michael Pink), Prince Charming AKA Bob (A Cinderella Story, choreographed by Val Caniparoli), Scarecrow (The Wizard of Oz, choreographed by Septime Webre), Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Suite, and Jerome Robbins’s Fancy Free.


Arcadian is also a dual Choreographer and Composer. He has created 15 contemporary works and 2 full-length ballets: Beauty & the Beast and WonderLand: Made Tales of the Hatter. His full-length productions feature original orchestral scores composed by himself – an accomplishment that is not widely achieved and has become somewhat of a signature to his full-length work.


Arcadian has place in the Top 10 of Season 4 of America’s Got Talent and has been featured on The Ellen Show and So You Think You Can Dance.


In 2019, he joined Cincinnati Ballet and is beyond grateful to be given the opportunity to continue sharing his work with a brand new audience. “I’m so ecstatic to premiere Great American Dream with Cincinnati! I hope in this celebration of a Cincinnati icon, you are transported to a beautiful place of nostalgia which gives you hope for a brighter future beyond 2020. Enjoy!”

Victoria Morgan – Viva Vivaldi, The Hot Club of Milford

Cincinnati Ballet has experienced tremendous growth and success under the leadership of Victoria Morgan, now in her 24th season. In 2008, Morgan took on the role of executive leader, serving as both the Artistic Director and CEO. Under her leadership, after years of growing deficits, the company stabilized their finances, built a $13 million endowment fund (today at $14.5 million), created an operating reserve, presented several million-dollar capital projects, and expanded the Otto M. Budig Academy and Community Engagement programming. In 2017 with the arrival of Scott Altman, Victoria became a full-time Artistic Director, giving her the opportunity to focus exclusively on artistic excellence. During her tenure at Cincinnati Ballet, Morgan choreographed numerous one-act and full-length ballets, including world premieres of King Arthur’s Camelot, the new Nutcracker and her revised choreography for Cinderella. Morgan was instrumental in fundraising efforts to secure support for Cincinnati Ballet’s iconic nine-studio brand new facility, scheduled to open June 2021. With Cincinnati Ballet’s administrative and artistic team, Morgan responded to COVID-19 in a creative and science-based way, enabling Cincinnati Ballet to safely present one of the nation’s first ballet performances – with an audience! It took place outdoors at the Procter & Gamble Pavilion in September 2020.

Prior to coming to Cincinnati Ballet, Morgan was resident choreographer for the San Francisco Opera and a principal dancer for San Francisco Ballet and Ballet West. She served on numerous boards including Dance USA, Dance Magazine, the NEA evaluation panel, and was a judge for several International Ballet Competitions. Morgan graduated Magna Cum Laude with an M.F.A. from University of Utah and was honored as a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement in 2009.

Andrea Schermoly – Swivet

Andrea Giselle Schermoly was born in South Africa. She trained at the National School of the Arts, Johannesburg and on full scholarship at both Rambert Ballet and Contemporary School and The Royal Ballet School, London. She competed internationally as a member of The South African National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team. She danced professionally for Boston Ballet Company and the Netherlands Dance Theater.


Andi is the resident choreographer at Louisville Ballet Company. She has choreographed for Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Met, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Cape Dance Company, Kansas City Ballet Company, State Street Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Louisville Ballet Company, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, Festival Ballet Theater, Ballet Theatre Afrikan, Quixotic Cirque Nouveau, Barak Ballet, SFDanceWorks and directed/choreographed a dance narrative film for The Ashley Bouder Project presented at The Joyce Theater, NYC, which was presented at San Francisco Dance Film Festival. She was awarded the “Outstanding Choreographer” award in 2012, 2013 and 2017 at Youth America Grand Prix. In 2014 she choreographed at Lincoln Center for YAGP’s 15th anniversary gala evening on dancers Maria Kochetkova (principal San Francisco Ballet) and Joaquin de Luz (principal New York City Ballet). The piece has since been re-staged at ‘Buenos Aires International Dance Gala’ Argentina and ‘Stars of the 21st Century Gala’ in the Champs Élysées, Paris. Andi has choreographed for feature films, commercials and music videos including Beautiful Now, Bunheads, Justin Bieber/Poo Bear and Deorro music video and choreographically assisted on projects as ‘Budweiser Superbowl Commercial’ and ‘Star Trek into Darkness’. Andi has had the honor of re-creating two iconic Martha Graham works in collaboration with Louisville Ballet and Louisville Orchestra: Appalachian Spring and Judith. Appalachian Spring will be performed at Carnegie Hall February, 2022.  She is currently working on Rite of Spring with Louisville Ballet for 2021.  

Amy Seiwert – Ich Bin Bei Dir (I Am With You)

Cincinnati native Amy Seiwert enjoyed a nineteen-year performing career dancing with the Smuin, LA Chamber, and Sacramento Ballets. As a dancer with Smuin Ballet, she became involved with the “Protégé Program,” where her choreography was mentored by the late Michael Smuin. She was Choreographer in Residence there upon her retirement from dancing in 2008 until 2018. Named one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine, her first full evening of choreography was named one of the “Top 10” dance events of 2007 by the San Francisco Chronicle. Other awards include a Bay Area IZZIE Award for Outstanding Choreography and a “Goldie” from the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Her ballets are in the repertory of Ballet Austin, BalletMet, Smuin, Washington, Atlanta, Oakland, Sacramento, Colorado, Louisville, Cincinnati, Carolina, Oklahoma City, Milwaukee and American Repertory Ballets as well as Imagery, Robert Moses KIN and AXIS Dance. Seiwert served as Artistic Director of Sacramento Ballet from 2018-2020.

Dale Shields – Ballet Master

Dale Shields trained at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Butler University before joining Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, where she rose to principal dancer under artistic director George Verdak. Dale performed principal roles in productions including Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coppélia, Night Shadow, The Moor’s Pavane, and many original works. She served as Principal Ballet Mistress for Ballet Internationale, assisting the original choreography of full-length ballets by artistic director Eldar Aliev and worked alongside Irina Kolpakova in staging many well-known classics. Accepting Artistic Director John McFall’s invitation to join Atlanta Baller as Ballet Mistress gave her the opportunity to assist in mounting numerous full-length productions. She assisted on works by inspiring national and international choreographers including Alexander Ekham, Helen Pickett, Twyla Tharp, Liam Scarlett, Alexey Ratmansky, David Bentley, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Amy Seiwert, among others.

Gabriel Gaffney Smith – Untitled

Gabriel Gaffney Smith (American Artist, b.1985) is a modern-day renaissance man with an artistic resumé spanning multiple mediums.  Raised in beautiful upstate New York, Smith began dancing at Saugerties Ballet Center at the age of 12.  After completing his training at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater school, he was asked to join the company in 2005.  Gabriel then joined BalletMet in 2008 where he continued his career under the directorship of Gerard Charles and Edwaard Liang.  As an accomplished fine artist, Smith’s intricate wood carvings have been showcased in museums, private collections, and galleries across the country. His award-winning choreography has graced the stages throughout the dance world alongside his musical compositions.  Find out more at www.GabrielGaffneySmith.com

Missy Lay-Zimmer & Andrew Hubbard – Burning Moon

This creative duo has been transforming the dance world for the past two decades with their choreography’s unique style and musicality.


Together their professional credits include:


Broadway/National tours of CATS as Victoria/Tumblebrutus, Jesus Christ Superstar; Anniversary Tour (Carl Anderson and Ted Neeley), Broadway’s Footloose, Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, Soap: Guiding Light, “All I Want for Christmas” Mariah Carey video (60’s version)  / co choreographer, appearing on SNL, MTV/VH1 and The Today Show.


 Artistic Directors and Founders of Exhale Dance Tribe ‘25 to Watch’ by Dance Magazine, Missy and Andrew bring a contemporary verve to the stage.   Exhale is a resident company at the Broadway Series theater in Cincinnati, the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The Tribe premiered at Merce Cunningham performance studios in 2012 in NYC.  In 2020 they presented a world premiere at the New Zealand Arts Festival (curator, Laurie Anderson) with their dance company Exhale Dance Tribe in collaboration with Ōkareka Dance Company (Auckland),


Performance/Choreography credits: Mariah Carey, Peter Frampton, Lou Bega,Over the Rhine,  rapper Rakim, Bootsy Collins, Tarkan (Turkish pop star), Paramount Productions, Cincinnati Ballet (8 seasons), Exhale Dance Tribe (16 seasons), Kings Productions, Orion Pictures, Cincinnati Shakespeare Theater and Tommy Boy Records (Jock Jams) .


Featured in publications: New York Times, Fit Magazine “Babes of Broadway”, Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit and Cincinnati’s City Beat, Enquirer, Cincinnati MAGAZINE “Best of City” 2019 and the Post. The couple was also honored with a Princess Grace  Award nomination for Excellence in Choreography for their full length work with Cincinnati Ballet. Films: Little Man Tate / Missy was Jodie Foster’s (body double).

Adjunct Faculty: Broadway Dance Center NYC (current faculty), Dean College (adjunct faculty), Okareka Summer School at UNITEC New Zealand, Maggie Allesee Dept of Theater/Dance at Wayne State University, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music CCM (Guest Dance + Musical Theater), NKU, UK, Wright State University , Planet Dance Cincinnati, SCPA and North Carolina School of the Arts.


Faculty Conventions: JUMP (guest), Dance Directives, SHOCK and Access Broadway.

Owners of Planet Dance Cincinnati, “Best of City” 2019 by CINCINNATI MAGAZINE


Capezio ACE Choreography Award Finalists in NYC 2011/13. “Top 10”


The duo created a full-length ballet for Cincinnati Ballet’s Infamous Love Songs with International musical genius Over The Rhine LIVE. Followed by choreographing a LIVE show with OTR and Exhale Dance Tribe for the Restoration Project (Emery Theater/Cincinnati) Requiem Project on 11-11-11.

This dynamic duo understands creativity to be the ultimate form of expression and they embrace continuing to inspire others to honor their own unique journey.

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