Jordan Norton began her dancing career at the age of three in Little Falls, New Jersey at her local dance studio “For Dancers Only” where she studied dance under the direction of Kelly Allen and teachers including Jamie Salmon, Ray Leeper, and Al Blackstone. She was lucky enough to also work with countless guest teachers both at her local dance studio and take additional classes in New York City at Joffrey Ballet School, Broadway Dance Center, and Peridance. While dancing competitively and winning two national titles in 2004 and 2005, Jordan also had the pleasure of being a part of Jamie Salmon Hoctor’s instructional video “Sleeping Beauty” as well as “Broadway’s Leading Men” national tour, where she performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Throughout her high school career at Wayne Hills High School, Jordan was head of the school’s Dance Team and Student Dance Association programs. She then moved to Purchase, New York where she graduated with honors from State University of New York at Purchase College with a Bachelor of the Fine Arts Degree in Dance while working closely with her mentor and choreographer Nelly van Bommel. Jordan is currently a dancer for Asha Dance Company. This is her first performance with Heather Harper and the Harper Continuum Dance Theatre and is thrilled to be given this wonderful opportunity.
Amy Perkinson received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography and a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Virginia Commonwealth University. She also studied at the Consorzio Universitario Mediterraneo Orientale A R.L in Siracusa, Italy, with VCU Associate Professor Melanie Richards. She has continued her dance training by attending the American Dance Festival Winter Intensive, Doug Varone and Dancers Winter Intensive, Joe Goode: Movement for Humans Workshop, and the Inaugural ODC Next Moves Summer Intensive in San Francisco, California. She has had the privilege of working with VCU Guest Artist Kate Weare, and VCU faculty Martha Curtis, Robbie Kinter, Autumn Proctor, and Christian von Howard. She also performed at New York City's Lincoln Center in Mark Dendy’s world premiere of “Ritual Cyclical.” Her work has been presented at the American College Dance Festival Mid- Atlantic Conference, and she recently performed in the 2016 Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars. She is currently co-owner of Pure Barre- Williamsburg, VA.
Allison Podolsky performed with HCDT during the New York City premiere and continues to be a part of Harper Continuum Dance Theatre’s work. Allison began her dance training under the direction of Melanie Hodges in New York. Through Hodges, she had the opportunity to perform work at Lincoln Center in New York City and at the DUMBO Dance Festival. She recently graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a Minor in Business. While at George Mason University, she had the privilege of performing in pieces by Susan Shields, Linda Miller, Jim Lepore and her talented peers. She has studied and worked with various companies such as Parsons Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Mark Morris Dance Group, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Broadway Dance Center, and Steps on Broadway. Additionally, Allison has choreographed various works which have premiered at Harris Theatre in Fairfax, Virginia. Allison is also currently a dancer with Asha Dance Company.
Marisa Post was born in Salisbury, MD, where she began her early ballet and contemporary training under the direction of Elena Manakhova-Amy and Christina Ennis at Salisbury Dance Academy and the Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre. She continued her studies at George Mason University’s School of Dance in Fairfax, VA. While at Mason, Marisa was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to perform in guest artist pieces including the works of Ulysses Dove, Mark Morris, and Camille A Brown. She was also involved in the creation of some faculty works, by Jim Lepore and Karen Reedy, and in countless student projects. In addition, Marisa choreographed two of her own pieces for the stage through Mason Dance Company, of which she was Co-President for her senior year. Marisa graduated with honors from the Honors College at GMU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance. Since relocating to New York City, she has worked with Nathan Trice/RITUALS Dance Theater in his annual Recognizing Women Project and has continued her training around the city. She is delighted and grateful to join Harper Continuum Dance Theatre for their upcoming performances.
Kristina Hakobyan was born in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan and moved to Los Angeles at the age of seven. There, she began training in ballet, tap, hip-hop, jazz, and modern dance. Four years later, she moved to Las Vegas and continued her dance training. She began to focus on contemporary dance at the age of 15 as well as training
daily in the other techniques.
Kristina graduated from a performing arts high school after majoring in dance. She is currently continuing her education as a student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas focusing on her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance.
Lonnie Chaney III, from Las Vegas, found his love for dancing at 18 years old. He attended many dance competitions looking for a way to connect with dance. With a major interest in the hip hop company at High Profile Dance Academy, he auditioned and became a powerful leader and choreographer for the team. Chaney decided to pursue his BFA in choreography and performance at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has had the opportunity to learn choreographic methods and gain teaching and performance experiences throughout his years at the university. He has training in multiple techniques including ballet, various modern and jazz techniques, West African, contemporary as well as hip hop. Lonnie was recently awarded "Most Outstanding Performer and Choreographer," of 2016 at UNLV. Lonnie has participated in many tribute shows but is a recurring performer for Moonwalker, a tribute show to Michael Jackson that travels all over the US: MJ Live- a live show at the Stratosphere casino nightly in Las Vegas. He's traveled and performed at the International Association of Blacks in Dance conference and alongside UNLV dance performance ensemble to Seoul, Korea to train in ballet. Chaney has media credits with Cirque du Soleil "AMANZI", a One Night for One Drop charity event, and many opportunities to work on dance concept videos and exhibitions with local artists. Lonnie is able to give back as a volunteer at The West Las Vegas Art Center with the performance and theatre company, where he began his training. Lonnie strives to grow as a choreographer, he continues to perform a variety of works and learn as much as he can all during his developing career in dance. As Lonnie finishes his last semester at UNLV he stays busy performing in shows and performing repertory works of Tyrell Rolle. He is choreographing for small showcases in Las Vegas and teaching community classes to the public to share his passion with the world through dance.
Carolyn Lajara, born in Brooklyn, is currently attending the University of Nevada Las Vegas for her BFA in Performance and Choreography. She has trained in a variety of styles with specialities in Jazz, Contemporary, and Modern. Carolyn is also an avid photographer. Her understanding of movement allows her to capture stunning live action moments.
Kalie McLaughlin is a dancer/ballroom dancer and choreographer. She graduated from Las Vegas Academy of the Arts as a dance major in the highest level with an Advanced Honors Diploma. She was then accepted into the University of Nevada Las Vegas and is currently a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography, with a Pilates Minor as she continues to work towards her Pilates teaching certification. Kalie has traveled around and out of the country to teach Pilates, dance, and to perform. She specializes in Modern, Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary work. She is also a high level Collegiate and Amateur Latin Ballroom dancer. She performs around Las Vegas with her ballroom partner, Gary Knox-Derry, who is on tour with a professional ballroom dance company. She currently lives in Las Vegas Nevada working in the community, interning with Pilates instructors, teaching kids to dance, and dancing with the University of Nevada Las Vegas' dance department and choreographing for the department as well.
Summer Reece started studying dance at a young age with the school of Nevada Ballet Theater, participating in Nutcracker many years and understudying for company roles. She then switched to Kwak ballet becoming one of their first students at the schools opening. Discovering her true calling for modern and contemporary dance with Las Vegas Academy she decided to pursue her more creative side by attending CalArts, a conservatory college in Valencia, CA. Ultimately she ended up returning to Las Vegas to finish her BFA close to family, at UNLV with a major in Dance Performance. She has performed in many dance festivals throughout the states including IABD, ACDFA, Check it out and Dance in the Desert as well as internationally performing in Korea collaborating with KNSU. She's currently a contemporary dancer with SampleDance and teaches ballet and contemporary at Kwak Ballet, as well as performs with Kyu Dongs' Las Vegas Ballet Company.
Lucinda (L.Jay) Luevanos is a graduate at UNLV receiving a Bachelors in Fine Arts and Choreography. Her choreographic work has not only been premiered in four UNLV Dance Concerts but as well as in concerts for dance companies in Las Vegas. She was also awarded UNLV's Dance Department's Outstanding Performer Award. Her background is in hip-hop and contemporary, which she draws inspiration from and truly loves to mix both genres creating a blend of hard hits and smooth releases.
Avree Walker is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada and a graduate of the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. Avree attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas as a scholarship student in the dance department, representing the program in South Korea, Canada, Europe and though out the United States. Shortly after, Avree became a member of the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater under the direction of Bernard H. Gaddis, touring and performing works by Alvin Ailey, Ulysses Dove, Elisa Monte, Rennie Harris, Milton Myers, Zane Booker, Hope Boykin and many others. Avree joined the cast of Donn Arden’s Jubilee! At Bally’s Las Vegas from 2015-2016. Avree most recently joined the cast of VEGAS! THE SHOW on the Las Vegas Strip.
STACEY CAHEELY Originally from Virginia, Caheely's dance training began at Richmond Ballet located in Richmond, VA. Caheely continued to train through high school attending Appomattox Regional Governors School for the Arts in Petersburg, VA. While attending high school, Caheely took 3 months leave to perform "Footloose" with the North Carolina Theatre. During Caheely's Senior year she created, choreographed, and directed an evening of dance titled Reflections. Upon graduating high school, Caheely attended and graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance. While attending college, Caheely taught dance at Fairfax Ballet. Upon Graduating, Caheely relocated to New York to pursue a dance performance career. Caheely has worked with BEings Dance Company and STREB. Performances include Laura Dean's "Skylight," 60X60 World Financial, Steps Lab, Rodger Belman "Trace," Richmond Ballet "Nutcracker," Moscow Ballet "Swan Lake," Training also includes Broadway Dance Center's Shelia Barker, Michelle Barber and L.A Contemporary. Caheely has danced with Harper Continuum Dance Theatre since their debut in 2010. Her performances include The High Project, Intrinsic Amusement and Bound & Determined. She is joining the cast of Coalesce for the first time in Las Vegas.