Jordan C. Medley


Jordan C. Medley is a NC based dancer and choreographer. Jordan received his Bachelors Of Fine Arts in contemporary dance from the University Of North Carolina School of the Arts and has performed in many full scale dance productions which gave him the chance to work with several renowned choreographers. A few of his dance credits include; dancing in Doug Varones’ “Democracy” and "Of the Earth Far Below", “Measuring Blue” by Tom Simons, “Change of Address” by the late Merce Cunningham, and works choreographed by Sean Sullivan, Trish Casey, Ming-Lung Yang, Brenda Daniels, Kira Blazek, Robyn Mineko Williams, Shen Wei Dance Arts, as well as student work showcased in UNCSA’s Emerging Choreographers and SPREE. Jordan C. Medley has set and premiered dance works at High Point University, Dance Project Inc, and several Musical Theater productions in the NC, area.

Paul Taylor


Paul Taylor, one of the most accomplished artists this nation has ever produced, helped shape and define America’s homegrown art of modern dance from the earliest days of his career as a dancer and choreographer in 1954 until his death in 2018. As artistic director of the Paul Taylor Dance Company he created 147 dances, many of which rank among the greatest ever made. A trailblazer throughout his 64-year career, in 2015 he helped ensure the future of modern dance by establishing Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, which brings to Lincoln Center great modern works of the past, outstanding works by today’s leading choreographers, and commissioned works made on the Paul Taylor Dance Company. 

Mr. Taylor continued to win public and critical acclaim for the vibrancy, relevance and power of his dances into his eighties, offering cogent observations on life’s complexities while tackling some of society’s thorniest issues. While he often propelled his dancers through space for the sheer beauty of it, he more frequently used them to comment on such profound issues as war, piety, spirituality, sexuality, morality and mortality. His repertoire covers a breathtaking range of topics, but recurring themes include the natural world and man’s place within it; love and sexuality in all gender combinations; and iconic moments in American history. His poignant looks at soldiers, those who send them into battle and those they leave behind prompted the New York Times to hail him as “among the great war poets” – high praise indeed for an artist in a wordless medium. While some of his dances have been termed “dark” and others “light,” the majority of his works are dualistic, mixing elements of both extremes. And while his work was largely iconoclastic, he also made some of the most purely romantic, most astonishingly athletic, and downright funniest dances ever put on stage. 

Paul Taylor was born on July 29, 1930 and grew up in and around Washington, DC. He attended Syracuse University on a swimming scholarship in the late 1940s until he discovered dance through books at the University library, and then transferred to The Juilliard School. In 1954 he assembled a small company of dancers and began to choreograph. A commanding performer despite his late start in dance, he joined the Martha Graham Dance Company in 1955 for the first of seven seasons as soloist while continuing to choreograph on his own troupe. In 1959 he was a guest artist with New York City Ballet, where Balanchine created the Episodes solo for him.

Mr. Taylor first gained notoriety as a dance maker in 1957 with Seven New Dances; its study in non-movement famously earned it a blank newspaper review. In 1962, with his first major success – the sunny Aureole – he set his trailblazing modern movement not to contemporary music but to baroque works composed two centuries earlier. Darker, sometimes controversial works followed, including Scudorama, From Sea to Shining Sea and Big Bertha. After retiring as a performer in 1974, Mr. Taylor turned exclusively to choreography, resulting in a flood of creativity that included his signature work, Esplanade. In the ensuing decades he created such iconic dances as Cloven Kingdom, Airs, Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rehearsal), Arden Court, Sunset, Musical Offering, Last Look, Speaking In Tongues, Brandenburgs, Company B, Promethean Fire, and Beloved Renegade

Mr. Taylor shed light on the mysteries of the creative process as few artists have. The documentary film about him, Dancemaker, received an Oscar nomination in 1999 and was hailed by Time as “perhaps the best dance documentary ever.” His autobiography, Private Domain, originally published by Alfred A. Knopf, was nominated by the National Book Critics Circle as the most distinguished biography of 1987.

Mr. Taylor received nearly every important honor given to artists in the United States. In 1992 he was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors and received an Emmy Award for Speaking in Tongues, produced by WNET/New York the previous year. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton in 1993. He was the recipient of three Guggenheim Fellowships and eight honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees. Awards for lifetime achievement include a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship – often called the “genius award.” Mr. Taylor was awarded France’s highest honor, the Légion d’Honneur, in 2000 for exceptional contributions to French culture.

Mr. Taylor’s final work, Concertiana, made when he was 87, premiered at Lincoln Center in 2018. He died in Manhattan on August 29, 2018, leaving an extraordinary legacy of creativity and vision not only to American modern dance but to the performing arts the world over.

Laura Halzack

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Laura Halzack grew up in Suffield, Connecticut and began her dance training at the age of four with Brenda Barna. She furthered her training at The School of the Hartford Ballet and studied at the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in History from the University of New Hampshire in 2003. She then studied at the Hartt School and at The Taylor School before joining the Paul Taylor Dance Company 2006. During her 13 year tenure in the Paul Taylor Dance Company Mr. Taylor created 16 works on Ms. Halzack, and cast her in 67 of his other works, in over 80 different roles. Ms. Halzack has also performed with the Amy Marshall Dance Company, Syren Modern Dance, in Martha Graham’s Diversion of Angels, and in the original works of Larry Keigwin, Doug Elkins, Lila York, Doug Varone, Bryan Arias, Margie Gillis, and Pam Tanowitz. Dance Magazine has highlighted Ms.Halzack in its “On the Rise” and “Behind the Curtain” series, and featured her on its February 2018 cover. Recently retired from PTDC, Ms. Halzack is now a freelance dancer, teacher at the Taylor School, a collaborating artist with @studiothreeny, and a co-founder of the Asbury Park Dance Festival.

Michael Trusnovec


Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the world’s most luminous dancers,” Michael  Trusnovec grew up dancing on Long Island, inspired by his idols Fred Astaire and Gene Kelley.  He graduated from the Long Island High School for the Performing Arts, and earned a BFA in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University. 

For over two decades, Michael was a principal dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, creating over 25 roles with, and appearing in more than 70 dances by Mr. Taylor. He also premiered new works by Larry Keigwin, Doug Elkins, Doug Varone, Lila York, Margie Gillis and Pam Tanowitz, and was featured in the company’s presentation of Martha Graham’s Diversion of Angels. In addition, Trusnovec was Associate Rehearsal Director, was featured in the 2004 PBS Great Performances: Acts of Ardor and the 2013 Paul Taylor in Paris, and continues to serve as the Director of Worldwide Licensing and as a repetiteur of Mr. Taylor’s dances. 

Among his honors are the 2018 Dance Magazine Award, the “Positano Premia La Danza” Dancer of the Year 2016, a 2006 Bessie Award, and in 1992 he was a YoungArts awardee and Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Michael serves on the Board of Directors of Dance Films Association, as well as Austin, TX based Dancing into Science, and is a 2019 Dance Panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts. He is also a national reviewer, mentor and Alumni Advisory Council member for YoungArts, and is a co-founder of the Asbury Park Dance Festival. 

Claire Fisher

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Claire Fisher earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance at The State University of New York the College at Brockport. She has been involved with various restaging’s of Doug Varone’s Strict Love, and Trisha Brown’s Set and Reset. Recently she has worked with Wild Beast Dance and Cassie Burns Dance Project in the Northeast Region. Claire has performed at the Rochester Fringe Festival, along with multiple American College Dance Association Festivals in which she presented her own work. She collaborated and created her first own evening length work that was shown in Brockport, NY. 

Jess Shell

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Jess Shell is a somatic based choreographer, dancer, and teacher. She holds a BA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College, and an MFA in Choreography from UNCG. Her research includes somatic based choreography, and more recently outer space and astrophysical theories. She is also interested in the intersection of somatics, ritual, and site specific dance.Her work has been performed in North Carolina, New York, and Italy. She is the co-director of Tobacco Road Dance Productions. Jess teaches dance in the Upper School at Carolina Friends School. She is also a licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist and brings her extensive anatomical knowledge to her process. Jess loves the collaborative process and is proud to be on this journey with Lindsay Winthrop.

Will Indermaur


Will Indermaur is a Swiss-American dancer and teacher based in Durham, North Carolina. A 2015 graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, they hold a BA in Dance Theory & Practice and Women’s & Gender Studies. From 2015 to 2017 they were a dancer with Greensboro Ballet, performing in classical and neoclassical repertoire including Mozartiana, Coppélia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Nutcracker, and Snow White. In May 2016 Indermaur performed in New York City at the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance’s Choreographer Showcase. From 2017-2018 they were a cheerleader for the Federal Hockey League’s Carolina Thunderbirds in Winston-Salem. Indermaur has also danced as a guest artist with the Burlington Academy of Dance and Arts in their productions of Cinderella, Unto Us A Son, and The Sound of Music, and with UNCG Opera Theatre in their production of Amahl and the Night Visitors. In April 2019 they performed through the North Carolina Dance Festival at BOOM Charlotte in Lindsay Winthrop’s Protection. Currently, Indermaur is exploring the nature of gender and sexuality in classical and contemporary dance.  

Nancy Macasieb

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Nancy Macasieb is a movement enthusiast and has cultivated a diverse movement background with training in martial arts, Kathak classical Indian dance, aerial arts, and yoga. She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a RYT-200 hr certification in vinyasa yoga. Nancy has performed in her home state of North Carolina all the way to Perugia, Italy. Her original choreography was nominated for and performed at the ACDA Mid-Atlantic conference in 2015 at Towson University, Maryland. More recently, she has been commissioned to create soundscapes for Angie Yetzke, dance professor at Hope College in Holland, Michigan and performed for Lindsay Winthrop as part of NC Dance Festival in Charlotte, NC.

Alayjah T. Morrison

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Alayjah T. Morrison is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where she obtained her bachelor's degree of Dance in December of 2017. Alayjah is 23 years old and from Durham, NC. Alayjah is an inactive member of Bellan Contemporary Dance Theatre in Durham, NC. She had most of her training at Bellan since the age of 13. Through her dance career, she has also studied dance at ADF events and 9th Street Ballet, as well as attended workshops at the Pulse Tour, Young Choreographers Collective, and NC underground dance workshops. Alayjah is currently getting back active in her dance career after the birth of her baby girl. She is currently seeking higher education as she wants to obtain her master's degree.  

Lindsay Winthrop

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Lindsay Winthrop is a local dancer, choreographer, and teacher based in Raleigh, North Carolina. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she holds an MFA in choreography and a BFA in dance education from East Carolina University. Lindsay teaches movement at Raleigh Oak Charter School and is co-owner of Tobacco Road Dance Productions. She has presented dance works in local festivals, including Emergence and the North Carolina Dance Festival. Currently excited about experiential and experimental performances, Lindsay enjoys exploring sensory movement through the use of elements. In continual search of choreographic findings, she is invested in studying the transformation of space by utilizing sensory experiences, natural materials, and energies incited by human bodies. 

Brittany Piazza

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Brittany Piazza was born and raised in Syracuse, New York where she trained in classical ballet, jazz, modern, and tap. She is an alumna of NYSSSA School of Dance directed by Carolyn Adams. Brittany graduated magna cum laude from Adelphi University in May of 2015 with a BFA in Dance. While at Adelphi she performed works by; Jacques Cesbron, Martha Graham, Leda Meredith, Orion Duckstein, Takehiro Ueyama, Jiří Kylián, and Paul Taylor. This is Brittany's fifth season with CoreDance Contemporary and she is thrilled to continue her journey with the company.

Jessica Nolan


Jessica Nolan began her dance training in Australia and continued upon moving to Canada. In Edmonton, AB she graduated from the Victoria School for the Performing and Visual Arts with a scholarship to attend The State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase. Jessica studied abroad at The Western Australian Academy for Performing Arts. While in the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase she performed works by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, Justin Rutzou and Kyle Abraham. Jessica had the opportunity to perform works by Marie Chouinard, and Manuel Vignoulle. She has performed with MADArt and Periapsis Music and Dance. This is Jessica’s seventh season dancing for CoreDance Contemporary under the direction of Rebecca McCormac. 

Rebecca Allen

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Rebecca Allen, originally from Staten Island, New York, graduated with a BFA from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. While there she performed works by Doug Varone, Ori Flomin, Mark Morris, and John Heginbotham. She also studied in Perth, Australia at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, focusing on contemporary dance and aerial circus silks. Rebecca has danced with Synthesis Dance Project, Copy That Dance, and was a guest artist in Doug Varone's Choreographic Intensive where she had the opportunity to dance with Dance Householder, MATYCHAK, and Sum Bones Co. This is Rebecca's sixth season with CoreDance Contemporary and she is thrilled to continue her journey with the company. 

Rebecca McCormac

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Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Rebecca McCormac completed her Masters in Dance at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2006.  A registered teacher of The Royal Academy of Dance, Ms. McCormac holds her Jazz Award and Teaching Diploma in Tap for the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dance and in 2002 was the recipient of the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dances’ Blue Sash Award.   A successful audition for LINK Dancer’s Company in 2005, spurred a European tour and an invitation to join the Golden Key International Honor Society. In 2008, Ms. McCormac moved to New York City to join Barry Blumenfeld’s Tap Fusion, Ellen Stokes-Shadle’s Dance Works and the faculty at Perfect Pointe Performing Arts Studio.  In 2011, Ms McCormac founded CoreDance Contemporary, an Australian Modern Dance Company, which holds residence in New York City. Still living and working in the New York Tri-State area, she has been commissioned to teach and choreograph contemporary, modern and tap work on both a national and international scale. Most recently she was engaged as the Dance Adjudicator for the 2018 Southern Tasmanian Dancing Eisteddfod, TAS, and to teach at Peridance and PMT Dance Studio’s in New York City.  McCormac has an interdisciplinary approach to her work drawing ideas both contextually and visually to create work that is engaging for herself and her audience. Her work has been shown at APAP New York City Center, The ODC Theatre San Francisco, The Dairy Arts Center Boulder, The Dance Complex Boston, CHI Movement Arts Center Philadelphia, Your Move NJ, Alvin Ailey, New York City Center, Steps on Broadway, DANY Studios, PMT, Dixon Place, White Wave, Triskelion Arts, The Actors Fund Arts Center and Green Space.

Zoe Walders

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Zoe Walders is a choreographer, dancer, and videographer living in Rochester, NY. She holds a BA in Dance from SUNY Potsdam. Most recently, she presented her piece, Sonata for Soloist, at Dances at MuCCC Festival and Mark Morris Dance Group’s SharedSpace. Other performances include, Link Work, in Mare Nostrum Element’s Emerging Choreographers Series and Fern Dair, at The Outlet Dance Project’s Day of Dance Festival. As well as creating, she is currently dancing Frazee Feet Dance and Hettie Barnhill. Focusing mainly in the contemporary movement genre, her work is highly detailed and gestural and often generated from improvisation practices. 

Marcelo Martinez

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Marcelo Martinez was born in Paraguay where he began his training at the former Academia de danza Bettina Ramos. He then continued his training in Brazil at the Centro de Dança Rio under the instruction of Maria Angelica Fiorani. At age 17 he was accepted into the Companhia Jovem do Teatro Municipal do Rio De Janerio where he danced under the directions of Dalal Aschar and Mariza Estrella. Mr. Martinez accepted a position with The Washington Ballet where he danced lead roles including Cavalier in The Nutcracker, Stravinsky Violin Concerto by Balanchine, and The Rite of Spring by Trey MacIntyre. In 2007, he joined Carolina Ballet and rose through the ranks. With Carolina Ballet he’s danced many principal roles. Mr. Martinez has also appeared as a guest artist with Greensboro Ballet, Susan Farrell Ballet, Arka Ballet and The Raleigh Dance Theater.

Lara O’Brien


Lara O’Brien grew up in Crystal Lake, Illinois outside Chicago. She began dancing at age 8 and trained with the School of Ballet Chicago and the School of American Ballet in New York City. In 2000, Ms. O’Brien was the Dance American National Cultural Exchange scholarship student and was chosen to train at the Royal Danish Ballet for two months. In 2003 Ms. O’Brien was chosen by Lynne Taylor-Corbett to dance the lead in The Ugly Duckling. Ms. O’Brien has originated several principal roles by Robert Weiss, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Zalman Raffael, Marin Boieru, Attila Bongar and Tyler Walters and danced several more by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Christopher Stowell.

Robert Weiss

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Robert Weiss has served as Carolina Ballet’s Artistic Director / CEO since the company’s professional launch in 1997 until July 2019. Under his artistic and executive leadership, Carolina Ballet has become one of America’s premier professional ballet companies, and one of the nation’s finest arts organizations (The Wall Street Journal).

Mr. Weiss has created over 60 new works for Carolina Ballet, including the first full-evening ballet choreographed to Handel’s Messiah, an original full-length Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Carmen, and The Nutcracker. In addition, he has choreographed repertory pieces to Stravinsky’s Firebird, Petruschka, Symphony in C and Concerto for Two Pianos; Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto, Grosse Fuge, and the 9th Symphony; Bach’s Musical Offering; Grieg’s Piano Concerto; Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony; and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. He has worked with contemporary composer Paul Moravec using his Tempest Fantasy and Time Gallery to create new ballets; and he has collaborated on several short works and a full evening Macbeth with contemporary composer J. Mark Scearce.

After studying ballet from the age of 8, and performing as a child with the New York City Ballet; American Ballet Theatre; the Kirov Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet (on their U.S. tours), Robert Weiss began his career as a professional dancer at the age of 17, when he joined the New York City Ballet at the request of George Balanchine. He remained with the company for 17 years, rising to the rank of principal dancer. He performed principal roles in over 40 ballets, some of which were created for him by both Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. He was also featured in Illuminations and Dim Lustre by Frederick Ashton and Antony Tudor respectively, and worked directly with these esteemed choreographers on the revival of these works for New York City Ballet.

Upon retiring as a dancer, Mr. Weiss was appointed Artistic Director of Pennsylvania Ballet in Philadelphia. There he precipitated a period of great artistic growth for that company and a complementary growth in revenue and audiences, both of which more than tripled during his nine seasons. Mr. Weiss has also created works for American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Maurice Bejart’s Ballet of the 20th Century, The Caramoor Festival, the Palm Beach Festival, Stars of American Ballet, and Philadanco Dance Company. In January 2012, Weiss directed and choreographed the opera Les Enfants Terribles to music of Philip Glass for the North Carolina Opera.

Mr. Weiss is a recipient of two fellowships for choreography from the National Endowment for the Arts. In May 2005 Robert Weiss received the Medal of Arts from the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, and in fall 2009 he was honored by the Phi Beta Kappa Society of North Carolina. In May 2011, Mr. Weiss received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts Degree from North Carolina State University. He is married to Melissa Podcasy, the company’s founding principal ballerina, now a Ballet Master with the company.

Claire Westby

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Claire Westby is originally from Minnesota and now resides in Brooklyn. She holds a BFA in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts NYU and also studied at Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD). She has taught dance at Tisch School of the Arts NYU, Columbia College Chicago, Gibney Dance, Mark Morris Dance Center, St. Paul Ballet, Steps on Broadway, and Jacob’s Pillow. In addition to dancing with Helen Simoneau Danse, Ms. Westby also performs with Liz Gerring Dance Company. Claire has also performed in and helped create original roles in works by Gwen Welliver, Benjamin Kimitch, Russell Stuart Lilie, John Jasperse, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Hollis Bartlett, and RoseAnne Spradlin.

Kayla Farrish

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Kayla Farrish was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina into a dance-loving family. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2013 summa cum laude, and was granted the Gertrude Shurr Award for excellence in modern dance and passionate dancing. Since moving to New York, she’s had the opportunity to work with wonderful choreographers including Helen Simoneau Danse, Kate Weare Company, Aszure Barton and Artists, Gallim Dance, Chris Masters Dance, Bryn Cohn, Elena Vazintaris, Bare Dance Company, Schoen Movement Company, Matthew Westerby Dance Company, CEMA Dance, and others.