Dwayne Brown is from New York and graduated from Vassar. He has danced for Dragone Productions, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co., Reggie Wilson/Fist&Heel PG, Maija Garcia, Roger Jeffery, Anouk van Dijk, Lula Washington Dance Theater, Sean Curran Company, Connecticut Ballet, The Metropolitan Opera, Little Orchestra Society, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. This is his second season with Trainor Dance.
Emily Craver is a New York-based dancer hailing from the great town of Framingham, Massachusetts. Emily graduated magna cum laude from Skidmore College where she studied dance and government. In New York City she has worked with various companies including Trainor Dance, Sum Bones Dance Co, Beth Soll and Company, RG Dance Projects, The Paper Industry, TrioDance Collective, and Adanzavecvos, in addition to being a board member for NACHMO. Emily has shown her own work at The Comedy in Dance Festival, Skidmore College, Dancewave’s Works in Progress, WAXworks, and Westfest. Additionally, she loves frolicking in the world of theater and has choreographed for youth and Community Theaters such as Framingham High School, Weston Drama Workshop, Stoneham Theatre young company, and Wellesley Players. Emily dances with her own performance group The Little Streams and can be found on the virtual landscape at www.emilybcraver.com.
Landes Dixon hails from Jacksonville, Florida. After graduating from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and Jacksonville Center of the Arts, he attended Southern Methodist University receiving his B.F.A. Dixon has performed with Heidi Latsky Dance, Trainor Dance, Bruce Wood Dance Project and the Steps Repertory Ensemble. Landes has performed works by Aszure Barton, Shannon Gillen, Twyla Tharp, Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, and Benoit-Swan Pouffer. This will be Dixon’s third season with the Trainor Dance.
Kaitlyn Gilliland is in her third season with Trainor Dance, where she has performed featured roles in Caitlin Trainor’s Kaitlyn/Caitlin, Faux Pas, and Courante. Since leaving the New York City Ballet in 2011, Kaitlyn has also appeared with BalletNext, BalletCollective, Ballet Tech, Emery LeCrone Dance, Intermezzo Dance Company, Minnesota Dance Theatre, New Chamber Ballet, Pontus Lidberg Dance, and Twyla Tharp Dance. She originated the role of “Clara” in “A Nutcracker: Part 1 (The Workshop)” produced in collaboration with Designated Movement and JV Squad, and presented #loveyoumeanit, an original work created in conversation with Will Rawls, for Danspace Project’s 2015 Platform Series “Dancers, Buildings, and People in the Streets.” She most recently joined Twyla Tharp for her 2015 50th Anniversary National Tour. Kaitlyn has served on the faculty of the School of American Ballet and as an instructor for the Ballet Tech School (New York City Public School for Dance). She graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University with a degree in Psychology in May of 2015.
Allegra Herman is a native of New York City and is thankful for the endless opportunities this environment has given her. She has trained in ballet since she was 6 years old at both Manhattan Youth Ballet and the School of American Ballet where she performed in numerous productions with the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center. She has studied contemporary for many years primarily under Brice Mousset and began dancing with his company, OUI DANSE, this year. She has performed with them at festivals including NuDance, Peridance Presents, the Gratitude Project, and Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out (2014). She was honored to be the recipient of a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for her role in Sarah Michelson’s Dover Beach in 2009—Allegra and three of her fellow cast members were the youngest dancers to ever receive this award. She furthered her contemporary training with Bryan Arias, Gregory Dolbashian, and at the Movement Invention Project (2012) and the Nederlands Dans Theater Summer Intensive (2012 and 2014). She graduated from LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts as a Drama major and is currently an undergraduate at Barnard College. Allegra is thrilled to be working with Trainor Dance.
Emily Pacilio began dancing in Utica, NY and continued her study at Skidmore College, graduating Magna Cum Laude with special distinction in dance. Since moving to New York City, Emily has had the opportunity to perform with RG Dance Projects, Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, Rose&Stags, and Designated Movement Co., in addition to Trainor Dance. She also works with CabinFever, a Seattle based performance company.
Michael Rivera began his dance training at the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance and has a Bachelors of Science from Skidmore College in performance and choreography. He holds a minor in American Studies and Ceramics and hopes to combine the two art forms in the future. His work has been invited back for the Saratoga Arts Festival and his senior thesis was presented at the Francis Young Tang Teaching Museum & Art Gallery and was awarded a Periclean Honor Nomination. He has the the honor of performing works by Debra Fernandez, Mary Harney, Jose Limon, Melinda Marques, Sandra Rivera, Dusan Tynek, and most recently Caitlin Trainor. After graduation, Michael had the honor of working with Debra Fernenedez and acclaimed musician and composer, David Lang, on a collaborative curation of sound, art, and dance called "I Was A Double." Currently, Michael is apprenticing with Trainor Dance for its 5th Annual Fall Season.
Aaron R. White
Aaron R. White, Chicago, IL native, found dance at the age of 14. His training began in high school with Deidre M. Dawson (former member of Joseph Holmes Dance Theater) and soon intertwined with Pierre Locket of the Joffrey Ballet. White leapt to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to acquire his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Dance and was the progenitor of the Outstanding Performance Award, presented by the
Department of Dance. He has performed works by Jennifer Archibald, Germaul Barnes, Sean Curran, Paige Cunningham, Whitney V. Hunter, Bill T. Jones, Renee Redding-Jones, Alex Ketly, Linda Lehovec, Andrea Miller, Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, Cynthia Oliver, and Paul Singh. Immediately upon graduating with his B.F.A., White attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts to obtain his Masters of Fine Arts degree in Dance. During his time of study, he discovered the healing power of Reiki. Serendipitously, his path linked with Marilyn Vega to further deepen his energetic studies. White is honored to be in the Trainor Dance family for a second season. More at AaronRWhite.com
Leslie Ziff is so happy to be in her third season with Trainor Dance. Leslie also currently works with Steeledance. She received a BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts and spent the first seven seasons of her New York career dancing with KDNY. Leslie is the proud mama of Lillian.