Lexi DiFilippo hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she attended the High School for Creative and Performing Arts directed by LaDeva Davis. During her time at CAPA, Lexi was appointed as dance captain of the dance department and choreographed works for department concerts, the 6ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade, television promotions for the Kimmel Center, and more. In 2012, she was chosen to be a workshop assistant for Artists Simply Human’s first national tour where she assisted choreographers such as Wes Veldink, Christopher Huggins, Braham Crane, and Dee Caspary. Other performance credits include Royal Caribbean Cruises, Disney World, the Joyce Theater in NYC. She will be graduating with a BFA in dance performance from Chapman University where she has trained under Ido Tadmor, Alicia Guy, Jennifer Backhaus, and more. Lexi hopes to continue her performance career in both New York City and Los Angeles before transitioning into creative and artistic direction.
Ellie Edwards is a BA in Dance at Chapman University. She was born and raised in Austin, Texas. Ellie started dancing at age 10 and trained at Alisa's Dance Academy. Since starting, she has been staring in dance in film, magazines, and live performances. Ellie can be seen dancing in the move Bernie and music videos by Paramore and Ruby and the Reckless. She worked at Disneyland this summer and danced in the parades. Ellie has taught dance since she was 16 in Texas and now in California. She has choreographed solos and group pieces for competitions and performances, Ellie loves working with kids and spreading her love for dance to those of the younger generations. She hopes to one day dance professionally on tour or for the NFL or NBA. Ellie plans to eventually move back to Austin and start her own dance studio and dance convention promoting love and positivity.
Avery Emmert was born and raised in Dallas, Texas where she trained at Power House of Dance, Next Step Dance Performing Arts Center, and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She's had the privilege of working with choreographers and dancers such as Brian Nicholson, Sarah Davison, Ido Tadmor, Desmond Richardson, Dwight Rhoden, Robert Battle, Lauren Adams, Debbie Allen, and many more. After gaining much experience with choreography throughout high school she released a short film in 2013 which allowed her to graduate with honors. Aside from that she choreographs at studios in the DFW area when she is home. She now attends Chapman University as a dance major with a Bachelor in Fine Arts and a minor in Psychology, and is graduating this upcoming May. As she finishes her senior year she is excited to choreograph for the Technology for Live Performance show. Avery wants to thank her professors and CDA for the many performance opportunities that Chapman has offered.
Kelly Eustis grew up in Simsbury, Connecticut and started dancing at the age of three. She intensely trained and competitively danced at New England Dance & Gymnastics Center in Westfield, MA in the disciplines of jazz, contemporary, jazz funk, ballet, tap and acrobatics. She was also heavily involved in the performing arts program of her high school and community where she performed in several musicals, choir and private vocal lessons. Since coming to Chapman University in 2014, Kelly has been a part of many performances including Chapman Celebrates, Chapman University Dance Touring Ensemble and the Mainstage Spring Dance Concert. She is a BFA Dance Performance major and has a minor in Integrated Educational Studies. As a senior this is an amazing way to end her four years with Chapman performing in this epic show and upon graduation she plans to pursue a professional commercial dance career.
Amanda Garcia is a Senior BFA in Dance Performance with a minor in Entrepreneurship at Chapman University, Orange, CA. She is originally from Dallas, TX where she trained under the direction of Camille Billelo at Prodigy Dance and Performing Arts Centre, as well as Lily Cabatu Weiss at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Amanda has been dancing for eighteen years. Her dance training includes jazz, jazz funk, contemporary, ballet, modern, hip hop, heels, yoga and pilates, however she is also very dedicated to the choreographic field. Amanda has choreographed on several occasions during her time at Chapman University. Amanda is constantly thriving to learn new ways of movement, as well as create her own innovative movement. She will be moving to Los Angeles, CA in June 2018 in hopes to pursue a professional commercial dance career.
Drew Gliwa is a current Junior, Dance Performance Major at Chapman University. He began his training at the age of three at Art in Motion in Champaign, Illinois. Through working with Tricia Trimble, his love for dance began to grow. It wasn’t until he got the opportunity to perform in the Capezio ACE-Awards with Terry Schulke and Mandy Rogers, that he decided that to pursue a professional dance career. After graduating high school at age sixteen, he moved to Orange County to study dance. Drew has performed in the Fall and Spring Dance Concerts, and Chapman Celebration during his time at Chapman. He was awarded for outstanding choreography for his piece, “Sunder”, his sophomore year. He trains under Alicia Guy, Will Johnston, Wilson Mendieta, and Charles Maple while at school. This summer he will be attending the SoulEscape Company Intensive under the direction of Justin Giles.
Originally from Brookfield, Wisconsin, Meesh Harvey started dancing at the age of four. She trained intensively at a competition studio in styles such as ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap and musical theatre. In 2014, Meesh began her collegiate studies at Chapman University where she will graduate with a double major in Bachelor of Arts in Dance as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising. In her four years at Chapman University, Meesh trained under elite faculty such as Alicia Guy, Will Johnston, Larry Rosenberg and Liz Maxwell. Meesh participated in numerous Chapman University dance concerts, including but not limited to, “American Celebration”, “Chapman Celebrates”, “Mainstage” as well as “Fall Faculty”. She is currently represented by The Movement Talent Agency, and plans to continue working with them following graduation in the spring of 2018. Meesh will be moving to Los Angeles to pursue a commercial dance career.
Born and raised in Orange County, California, Shannon began dancing at the age of 5. Now at 21 years old, she is completing her college education at Chapman University as a double major in Dance and Sociology. Shannon has grown up attending numerous competitions, intensives, and conventions, and has had the opportunity to work with various well-known choreographers in the dance industry. Several choreographers include Brian Nicholson, Alicia Guy, Will Johnston, Sarah Davison, Ido Tadmor, Justin Giles, Cindy Peca, and Ricky Lam among many others. Along with performing on stage several times a year, she is a member of the 9-time undefeated Chapman University Dance Team, where she enjoys keeping up her technique and competitive side. Shannon is trained in Jazz, Jazz Funk, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Ballet, Modern, and Tap. In September 2017, Shannon signed with The Movement Talent Agency to be represented as a dancer. Upon graduation in May 2018, she plans on moving to Los Angeles to continue her career as a commercial dancer. While performing is her number one passion, she enjoys diversifying her fitness regime by going to the gym, doing pilates, hiking, swimming, kick-boxing, cycling, and trying out new activities. She also cherishes the relationships she has made with fellow dancers, choreographers, and her agents. Shannon is so excited to begin working as a professional commercial dancer and cannot wait to see what life has in store.
Cassi Mihalovich is from Scottsdale, Arizona and trained at Plumb Performing Arts Center and Tempe Dance Academy. She began her training at seven years old when she joined the competition team at Plumb Performing Arts Center. She trained in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, acrobatics, partnering, ballroom, tap and hip hop. Cassi has worked with professional choreographers like Dana Wilson, Denise Wall, Travis Wall, Joe Lanteri, Andy Pellick, Joey Dowling, Suzi Taylor, Jason Parsons and many more. Along with competing in these various styles, from the ages of seven to twelve, Cassi was in the Furious Styles hip hop crew. This training led her to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance at Chapman University. Cassi is currently in her senior year at Chapman and has been on the executive board for the Chapman Dance Alliance, co-president of the undefeated Chapman University Dance Team, received the “Freshman of the year” award and a performance award for her BFA solo. After graduating, Cassi is planning to move to Los Angeles to pursue her professional dance career.
Meredith Miller was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas and has been incredibly passionate about life and dance for as long as she can remember! She will be graduating from Chapman University in May with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and a minor in Integrated Educational Studies. Her post graduation plans are to move to Los Angeles and pursue a commercial dance career. Her favorite styles of dance are jazz, hip hop, and jazz funk and her dream job would be to dance with Ariana Grande on her world tour. Meredith would like to thank her family for their everlasting support and love and Alicia and Don Guy for the incredible opportunity to participate in this unique, one of a kind Technology for Live Performance course!
Kelly Nimens (Toronto, Canada) embraced her passion and became a competitive dancer at aged 5 training at Elite Danceworx and Performing Dance Arts. Simultaneously she trained in national level gymnastics and competed successfully in both. Later, Kelly became an international student at Chapman University and will graduate in May 2018 with a BFA in Dance Performance and Theatre Arts/Technology cluster. Early accomplishments include; Junior Footloose National Champion, “Rising Star” award Dance Spirit magazine, Alvin Ailey & Radio City Rockettes intensives and “The Next Step”. Kelly studied under the following prominent choreographers; Tyce Diorio, Alicia Guy, Will Johnston, Nick Lazzarini, Shannon Mather, Blake McGrath and Sabrina Phillips. While at Chapman, Kelly benefitted from the varied Dance Performances, CDA, Dance Tour and being Co-Captain of the 10 year National Championship Dance Team. Most recently, Kelly successfully auditioned for the Cirque du Soleil database, Radio City Rockettes pre-professional program and Movement Talent Agency. Kelly plans to pursue a professional dance career post graduation.
Kai Ogawa is from Los Angeles, California and has been dancing since she was five years old. She is currently at Chapman University pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and a minor in Health Science. She has trained in multiple styles including ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, and modern. During her time at Chapman, she has choreographed her own pieces and been a part of many performances including the Fall Faculty Concert and Chapman Celebrates. She has been blessed with the opportunity to work and learn from numerous choreographers including Alicia Guy, Will Johnston, Jackie Sleight, and Sean Greene. Kai is so thankful for the constant support from her family and friends and is so grateful for Alicia and Don Guy for creating such a beautiful and unique opportunity. After graduation, she hopes to move to Los Angeles and work towards a professional dancing.
Serena Smith was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where she began dancing at the age of three. She has trained in all styles of dance including jazz, hip-hop contemporary, ballet, lyrical, tap, musical theater, pointe, and modern. Serena is currently a student at Chapman University and plans to graduate in May 2018 with a BFA in Dance. She has won numerous awards in both performance and choreography. Serena has been in eight professional productions, one providing her with an IMDb credit. Serena was accepted through audition into the Cirque du Soleil Casting Database in November 2017. She has worked with a multitude of successful choreographers including Dana Foglia (mentorship and apprenticeship programs), Brian Nicholson, Sarah Davison, Destini Rogers, Will Johnston, Chad McCall, Tessandra Chavez, and Emily Shock. Serena hopes to continue her education throughout her life to create a full and diverse dance career.
Tiffany Theodore is currently attending Chapman University in Orange, CA as a BFA in Dance Performance with a minor in Advertising and Integrated Educational Studies. She was on America’s Got Talent Season 6 with the Silhouettes and has performed in various LA venues such as Club Jeté, and Movement Lifestyle: Emergence as well as participated in Red Bull’s Bracket Reel Dance contest. She’s featured in many choreographer’s conceptual videos on Youtube and continues to train in all styles of dance. Tiffany was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2011 and hopes to inspire others through her story and dance, showing hard work and positivity pay off. As a leader and teammate, Tiffany excels in balancing academics with her passion for dance. She is signed with MTA and plans to pursue a professional career in dance upon graduating college.
Lily Thongnuam is from Madison, Wisconsin where she started dancing at age 3. She has trained in a variety of styles at a young age, including contemporary, jazz, ballet, hip hop, tap, and ballroom. She is currently a junior at Chapman University and is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance performance and a minor in studio art. Throughout her dance career, she has had the opportunity to train and work with well known and successful choreographers, such as Jackie Sleight, Will Johnston, Alicia Guy, Melaina Larson, Ido Tadmor, Marissa Osato, Sean Greene, Jennifer Backhaus, and Liz Maxwell. She has always had a strong passion for teaching and choreographing along with dancing and she began doing so when she was 12 years old. After graduation, she plans to move to Los Angeles to pursue a commercial dance career.
Eugenia Rodriguez is originally from Monterrey, Mexico, and received the majority of her dance training at Monique Dance Studio under the direction of Monique Letayf. Eugenia currently attends Chapman University in California and will graduate in May 2018 with a B.F.A in Dance Performance and an Entrepreneurship and Anthropology Minor. Over the years, she has had the honor of working with choreographers Will Johnston, Marissa Osato, Dwight Rhoden, Alicia Guy, Teddy Forance, Jenny Backhaus, and Sean Green in addition to dancing in Lauren Black’s “Scared to be Lonely” music video and Alyssa Lemon’s “Neon Light’s” film. Eugenia has choreographed, taught and presented original work internationally. Additionally, she has traveled to and trained in Cuba, India, Canada, Mexico and America, which have influenced her unique, dynamic contemporary style. Eugenia looks forward to moving to Los Angeles after graduation and in pursuit of expanding her experiences and education in dance.
Vickie Roan began her dance training at The Dance Factory School of Performing Arts in Rancho Palos Verdes, California and went on to graduate from the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA). She is now pursuing her undergraduate education at Chapman University, where she is planning to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance with a minor in Psychology. She is grateful to play an active role in her Chapman dance community as the current co-vice president of Chapman Dance Alliance on campus while having the opportunity to explore performance endeavors that include Cat Cogliandro's catastrophe! and Justin Giles' SoulEscape. She is so honored to have the chance to collaborate with her peers in such a high-caliber and immersive environment. She is immensely grateful to Professor Alicia Guy for her guidance and support throughout the course’s creative process and Cirque Du Soleil for the opportunity to be a part of a legacy as compassionate, genuine and legendary as theirs.
Ashley Sims grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. She began dancing at the age of 4, training in jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, and musical theater. She is currently a junior at Chapman University, double majoring in dance and public relations & advertising. She hopes to launch her professional dance career after graduating, and later advertise within the entertainment industry. She is extremely excited and grateful to perform in this year’s technology for live performance show.
Santiago Villarreal was born in Monterrey Mexico where he began his dance career at age of 16 in his high school, Prepa Tec. Santiago moved to Orange, California in order to pursue his dance career at Chapman University where he has been taking Jazz, Ballet, Modern, and other dance styles. Santiago will graduate in May 2019 with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Public Relations. At Chapman, Santiago has had the pleasure to work with amazing teachers and perform work of recognized choreographers such as Ido Tadmor, Liz Maxwell, Sean Greene and Julianne O'Brien. Santiago is also currently a Backhausdance Apprentice and he has had the pleasure to perform works by the Artistic Director, Jennifer Backhaus and Walter Matteini. Santiago is looking forward to moving to LA and continuing to pursue his career in dance after graduation.
Jacqueline Ward grew up dancing in Orange County, California. She is currently a junior at Chapman University as a double major in Dance and Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. After graduation, she plans to move to Los Angeles and pursue a career in commercial dance. Later in life she would like to combine her interests and utilize her second degree to work on the business side of an entertainment company. Jacqueline is so excited to be apart of this show!
Hvrmony Adams is a BFA student in Dance of the 2019 graduating class at Chapman University. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., she began her training at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Hvrmony decided to attend Chapman to further her knowledge and passion for dance, while also broadening her scope; using skills in areas such as technology and stagecraft to enhance her possibilities in the future.
Danny Barba is an artist, technician, producer, manager, designer, engineer, Eagle Scout, scuba diver, and an avid car enthusiast; graduating from Chapman University in Spring 2019 with a B.A. in Theatre Technology; minors in Business Administration, and Psychology. He is currently employed on-campus in three different production technology and stagehand positions, at Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Musco Center for the Arts, and Chapman's College of Performing Arts. He was awarded A.C.U.E.T. (now U.S.I.T.T.) Freshman of the Year in 2016, before being elected Vice President in 2017. Every year, he produces his social fraternity's annual philanthropy event, Delta Queen, while often performing freelance work in the Southern California area. Danny has always been passionate about two things: art and science. He aims to use his skills, talents, intuitions and integrity to combine them; to create, share, and inspire authentic, innovative ideas that promote sustainable thinking across societies and cultures around the world.
Sam Dyck is a junior BA Theatre Studies major at Chapman University. In his time there he has worked on Hair (2015), Legally Blonde (2016), and Chapman Celebrates (2015, 2017)as A2, Merchant of Venice (2016)as spot op, and Delta Queen (2016, 2017, 2018)as a producer and stage manager.
Lyla Flashman is currently a junior at Chapman University studying for a B.A. in Theatre Technology along with double minoring in Production Design for Film, and Art History. One of the major attractions to Chapman University was the close relationship that both Professor Don and Alicia Guy had with Cirque du Soleil. Lyla is very excited and thankful for the opportunity to get a taste of what it is like to work in a Cirque venue. Her other passion in life is Production Design for film and television. Cirque’s style has been an inspiration to never stay within typical boundaries, or to settle for anything less than extraordinary.
Courtney Marshallis a 21 year old junior at Chapman University. Her hometown is Newport Beach, California. She is pursuing a major in News and Documentary Production with a minor in Organismal Biology. Courtney has been doing theater since her freshman year of high school and will always find it dear to her heart, and has chosen to take this class in order to continue to pursue theater throughout her life. She will be attending a school of Veterinary Medicine post undergraduate studies.
Rin Mizumoto is a sophomore at Chapman University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Technology and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Rin was born and raised in Japan until she moved to Hawaii and then to California. Something new and challenging is always exciting for her, and she loves to meet and connect with people from different backgrounds. Live entertainment has always been her passion and she currently works on a variety of shows as a lighting technician. Ever since seeing the Cirque du Soleil show “Corteo” in Japan, Cirque has been her source of inspiration. She believes it would be an unbelievable experience to put on a show on a Cirque stage.
Ethan Robarts - B.A. Theatre Technology. Ethan is a former actor, magician, juggler, singer, and circus arts performer. However, in recent events he has turned his pursuit towards theatrical consolation and technological construction in the magical arts. He hopes to one day be a working illusionist designer and consultant. He would like to thank Donald and Alicia Guy for their support and guidance, his family and friends, and his fellow crew members for making this production possible!
Keilani Spahn is a junior at Chapman University. She is involved on campus in clubs that focus on social justice and activism in the community. She has worked on productions such as Chapman Celebrates, The Who's Tommy, and last year's Tech For Live Performance.