Meet Our Company Members

Michael Bishop

Michael Bishop is a native of Gulfport, Mississippi. At age 21, he started his formal dance training at Belhaven University, where he graduated with a BFA in dance and choreography. While at Belhaven, Michael joined T.A.L.K Dance Co. and served as a rehearsal assistant to Christopher Caines at the 2010 International Ballet Competition. In his final year at school, he was the recipient of the Bezalel Award for outstanding artistic achievement. Upon graduation, Michael moved to New York and began training at the The Ailey School.

Performance credits include: International European Tour of West Side Story 2012-2014, David Gordon Company National Tour, Deeply Rooted Productions in Chicago, Forza Malizia Dance Company, LOVING BLACK by Anthony Williams (original cast), National Ballet of Canada’s Alice In Wonderland, Opera Philadelphia’s La Traviata, Wick Theatre production of West Side Story, Fringe Festival’s The Dance of Life, Alessandra Corona Performing Works Company, Opera Philadelphia, Amanda Selwyn dance theatre, Bakin/SelissenDance Project, the Chase Brock Experience, and choreography by Bill T. Jones.

Michael is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists, Actors Equity Association and is SAG-AFTRA Eligible. His IMDB film and dance credits include: Lost In Manhattan, Strivers Row and Poyzen TV-The Fever. He has also been featured in dance films: Pas De Deux, Afghan Whigs, The Enemy, All Hands On Deck and Self produced Mannequins After Dark.

Ali Block (Sponsored by Pamela Montgomery)

Ali is a ballet and contemporary dancer based in New York City. Her professional credits include dancing with Texas Ballet Theater, Eugene Ballet Company, Sarasota Ballet, and Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance. Currently, Ali dances with Eglevsky Ballet (where she created the title role in Curry’s Cinderella), Lydia Johnson Dance, Thomas/Ortiz Dance, and Movement Headquarters Ballet Company. She has been a member of Columbia Ballet Collaborative since 2015, where she has performed the works of Claudia Schreier, Emory LeCrone, Barry Kerollis, Amy Hall Garner, Daniel Mantei Keene, Ursula Verduzco, and others. As a young dancer, Ali performed the role of Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular for two years. Additional credits include dancing in the opening night gala at the Hollywood Bowl alongside Placido Domingo and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a feature in the documentary, And We Will Dance. In addition to dancing, Ali is pursuing a degree in psychology at Columbia University.

David Hochberg

David Hochberg is from New York City, where he trained on scholarships at Studio Maestro/Manhattan Youth Ballet under Francois Perron & Nadege Hottier, and Ellison Ballet under Edward Ellison. In 2012, Mr. Hochberg joined Sarasota Ballet under director Iain Webb where he danced for two seasons. Mr. Hochberg then joined Nevada Ballet Theater in Las Vegas in 2014, where he danced for five seasons under James Canfield and subsequently Roy Kaiser. Since returning to New York last spring to embark on a freelance career, he has had the pleasure to work with The Chase Brock Experience, Graham Lustig at The Princeton Festival, XAOC Ballet, and Margo Sappington.

Weston Krukow

A California-native, Weston Krukow is a graduate of the University of Arizona School of Dance. Upon graduation, he joined Smuin Ballet, where he honed his performing, choreographic, and artistic voices. In 2014, he partnered with Cameo Cross to win the US Open Swing Dance Cabaret Competition. The following year, Weston co-choreographed a pas de deux with Nicole Haskins that was honored at the McCallum Theatre Choreography Festival, where he first met Barry Kerollis. In the same year, along with Ben Needham-Wood and a team from Comcast, he became an Emmy award-winning choreographer for their collaboration on BaseBallet. Two years later, alongside Mr. Needham Wood, Weston’s Athletic Art Productions won four more Emmys with BaseBallet: Into the Game. In 2016, Wes left Smuin Ballet and began working as a freelance artist performing in Helen Pickett’s Les Troyens at the Lyric Opera, dancing with Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, and touring both nationally and internationally as the dance captain in Wheeldon’s An American In Paris. Weston deeply thanks his family, friends, and teachers for guiding his path, one that humbles and inspires him everyday.

Francis Lawrence

Francis was born in Melbourne, Australia and studied with Lorraine Blackbourn before furthering his studies at the Australian Ballet School. He has danced with The Australian Ballet Company, New York Theatre Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet and the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Francis has performed in all of the major classical ballets, plus contemporary repertoire by George Balanchine, Nacho Duato, Twyla Tharp, Jiri Kylian, Jose Limon, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, Ulysses Dove, Glen Tetley, Lew Christensen, John Neumeier, Olivier Wevers, Mario Radacovsky, Donald Byrd, Darrel Grand Moultrie and Robert Garland. He has also performed in musicals, including Wheeldon’s An American in Paris, Bergasse’s I Married An Angel, and McIntyre’s The Wiz. Outside of performancing, Francis is also an active teacher and choreographer.

Shannon Maynor

Shannon is originally from Los Angeles, where she studied at California Dance Theatre under Stanley Holden and Kim Maselli. While at CDT, she was a semifinalist at The Music Center Spotlight Awards. She went on to train and perform with San Francisco Ballet before joining Oregon Ballet Theatre. Currently, Shannon lives in New York City, where she has worked as a freelance artist for over 10 years. She has worked with CelloPointe, Eglevsky Ballet, Nomad Contemporary Ballet, Dances Patrelle, as well as with choreographers Emery LeCrone, Miro Magliore, and Gabrielle Lamb. She also manages and dances with Tabula Rasa Dance Theater. Beyond the stage, Shannon has taught at American Theater Dance Workshop and is on guest faculty at Eglevsky Ballet, DPS in Tokyo, and Area Dance in Milan. As a choreographer, Shannon has created original works for CelloPointe and for Pacific Festival Ballet’s Kaleidoscope program in Southern California. In June 2018, Shannon completed a residency at Compagnie Marie-Chouinard in Montreal. Since fall 2018, she has been freelancing internationally- primarily between New York and Germany.

Camila Rodrigues

Camila Rodrigues was born in Volta Redonda, Brazil and moved to Rio de Janeiro to begin her professional training at the age of 11 at Escola Estadual de Dança Maria Olenewa, the Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theater’s ballet school, where she graduated. During that time, Camila also trained with Nora Esteves at the prestigious Centro de Movimento Deborah Colker. At the age of 18, she received a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City and was asked to join the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group. Camila then joined Nashville Ballet II, where she also performed with the main ballet company while maintaining her position with the Joffrey Ensemble. She won first place at World Ballet Art Competition Grand Prix in 2016 and Best Interpretation of the Contemporary Compulsory at Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition in 2017. Camila is currently based in New York City and has performed soloist and principal roles with companies such as Connecticut Ballet, Ziriguidum Dance Group, Lotería Performing Arts and Ballet Neo, to name a few.

Kennedy Roese

Kennedy Roese began dancing at Princeton Ballet School and privately with Kyra Nichols. She went on to train at The School of Pennsylvania Ballet under Arantxa Ochoa, performing with the company in George Balanchine’s Serenade and Raymonda Variations and Angel Corella’s Don Quixote and Le Corsaire. She attended numerous summer intensives; including The Washington School of Ballet, Boston Ballet SDP, and on scholarship at The School of Ballet Arizona and The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre. Since moving to New York in 2017, Kennedy has danced with Eglevsky Ballet, Dances Patrelle, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, and MorDance. She is excited to be working with Movement Headquarters.

Amy Saunder

Amy Saunder was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and moved to the United States when she was eleven years old. She trained at North Carolina School of the Arts under the tutelage of Ethan Stiefel, and continued her dance training at Charlotte Ballet and Richmond Ballet. Amy has danced professionally with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Ballet Next, Ballet NY, Eglevsky Ballet, and as a guest artist with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. She is currently freelancing in New York City and is the co-director of konverjdans (con-verge-dance), a contemporary ballet company based in Brooklyn.

Bradley Schlagheck

Bradley Schlagheck began his training at The School of Performing Arts in Maitland, FL, under the direction of Russell Sultzbach. In 2004, he was selected to join Boston Ballet School, where he was awarded the Pao Merit Scholarship and began his training with Franco Devita. In 2005, Bradley joined Boston Ballet II, under the direction of Raymond Lukens, and began performing extensively with the company. Bradley joined the Corps de Ballet in 2006, was promoted to Second Soloist in 2012, and Soloist in 2013.

He toured nationally and internationally with Boston Ballet to Charleston, South Carolina, Washington D.C., New York City, 9 cities in Spain, Seoul, South Korea, Helsinki, Finland, and London, England. He has performed in galas around the globe including Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and Tokyo, Japan.

In 2015, Bradley joined the Broadway cast of Christopher Wheeldon’s An American in Paris. Since then he has toured the country with the First National Tour of An American in Paris, danced in the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, and performed with the cast of Broadway’s Carousel on The 72nd Annual Tony Awards. He is also Company Manager and founding member of Cirio Collective, under the direction of Jeffrey and Lia Cirio, which has performed at the Vineyard Arts Project on Martha’s Vineyard, The Cape Dance Festival in Provincetown, MA, the American Dance Competition Gala in Daytona Beach, FL, the Joyce Theater Ballet Festival in New York City, and the Despertares Impulsa Festival in Guadalajara, Mexico. Bradley currently lives in New York City and continues to work as a Broadway performer and freelance artist.

Serena Lu - Apprentice (Sponsored by Robin Kerollis Napiecek & Jerry Napiecek)

Serena Lu was raised in Blaine, Minnesota, where she began training at an early age in classical ballet with Lirena Branitski at the Minnesota Dance Theater and in rhythmic gymnastics. From 2011-2018, she was a member of the USA Rhythmic Gymnastics National Team, and competed at the 2014 Pan American Championships, 2014 and 2015 World Championships, and 2017 University Games. Currently, she is studying at Princeton University majoring in Psychology with a certificate in Dance under the direction of Susan Marshall and Rebecca Lazier. During her time with the Dance Department, she has performed works by Robert Battle (staged by Elisa Clark), Hofesh Shechter (staged by Alexandra Damiani), Crystal Pite (staged by Alexandra Damiani), and Omri Drumlevich.

Gemma Beasley - Trainee

Gemma is originally from England where she trained at Doreen Bird Dance and Musical Theatre College, graduating with First Class Honors. Following the ISTD syllabus, Gemma holds certificates of Honors in Advanced Ballet, Tap and Modern. She also won the Janet Cram Premier Modern award, Marjorie Davies Star Tap award and received additional recognition at the Imperial Ballet Awards. Gemma was selected as a Ballet Scholar with ISTD in conjunction with dancers of the The Royal Ballet and became a demonstrator for the new ISTD Ballet and Modern syllabus. Since moving to America, Gemma continued her training at The Ailey School in their scholarship course, where she was chosen to dance for Matthew Rushing and was mentored by Hope Boykin. She recently completed the Broadway Dance Center Professional Semester, where she was fortunate to work with Barry Kerollis. Gemma is very excited to start working with Movement Headquarters.