2018 – 2019 Guest Faculty
Amy Aldridge was born in Richmond, VA and began her dance training at the School of the Richmond Ballet and spent her summers studying at the School of American Ballet and the Boston Ballet School. She is a graduate of the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts, where she received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. Aldridge joined the Pennsylvania Ballet in 1994 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2001. She has always had a passion for the Balanchine ballets and has danced principal roles in The Nutcracker™, Square Dance, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Ballo della Regina, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Rubies from Jewels, Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, Allegro Brillante and Theme and Variations. Aldridge has had the privilege of working one on one with many renowned choreographers over the years including Peter Martins, Christopher Wheeldon, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, William Forsythe, Liam Scarlett, David Dawson and Twyla Tharp and has created original roles in ballets for Dwight Rhoden, Trey McIntyre, Matthew Neenan, and Jorma Elo. In May of 2017 Aldridge retired from the Pennsylvania Ballet with George Balanchine's Rubies pas de deux. After 23 years on the stage with the company she will return in the Fall to work with the dancers and coach the Balanchine repertoire.
Director of the First State Dance Academy in Milford, Delaware, Michele Xiques is an award-winning choreographer. Vaganova background- Over 40 years of dance experience, Professional Ballerina with the Empire State Ballet, NY & the Atlanta Ballet, GA. Obtained the Actor’s Equity Card and performed in: 42nd Street, Fiddler on the Roof, Funny Girl, Annie (with Joanne Worley), My Fair Lady (with David Baxter Bernie), Hansel & Gretel Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Macbeth and Die Fledermaus Opera, Wilmington, DE. Training has included: Atlanta School of Ballet, GA, Joffrey Ballet, NYC, North Carolina School of the Arts, NC, Point Park College, PA, Delaware Regional Ballet Company and Marion Tracey Dance Studio with Tatiana Akinfieva-Smith (Vaganova), Teresa Emmons, Tony Purnell, Cheri Noble, Flossie Vogel. Education and teaching experience: Two years Point Park College, Pgh, PA, has developed a full-time dance program at Sussex Central H.S., DE, former artistic director of Diamond Dance Company, DE, former ballet mistress of Delaware Ballet, DE. Choreographed and taught at: Salisbury University, MD, Mid-Atlantic Ballet Company, DE, Central Delaware Dance Academy, DE Ballet, Delaware Technical Community College, Georgetown, DE.
Angela Craft is the Youth Enrichment and Sports ("YES") Program Director at the Hockessin Athletic Club (the "HAC"). Angie's true lifelong passion for and commitment to dance began when she started dancing at the age of 8. Angie owned her own studio for 10 years prior to joining Pike Creek Fitness in 2006 as the Dance Director, bringing over 18 years of experience in dance instruction with her. After HAC opened in June of 2007, Angie was promoted to Bundled Programs Director to manage all of the dance, tumbling and martial arts areas. In 2013, the Bundled Program became the YES Program, and Angie took over the entire tumbling program and created Youth Yoga. The YES Program offers instruction in numerous disciplines of dance, including ballet, lyrical, modern, tap, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, and hip hop. Angela will be teaching “Tap for Ballet Dancers” during Intensive and also this season during DEFGH Variety classes.
Award winning alumna, Aynsley Inglis Johnson, started with the Academy of the Dance at age 6. She later studied with First State Ballet and the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. She is a former member of the Universal Ballet Company in Seoul, South Korea and Tulsa Ballet. Aynsley was Bronze Medalist with the Seoul International Dance competition, Gold Medalist in 2006 YAGP Philadelphia in both Senior Classical and Contemporary and most recently a Silver and Bronze Medalist with the VKIBC competition in NYC. She is also the recipient of the Delaware Governor’s Tribute for the Arts and the City of Wilmington’s Award for the Arts.
Clyde Evans, Jr. began dancing Hip-Hop at 11 years old. Originally from Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Evans immigrated to the United States in the early 80’s where he began to learn how to Break dance. It was the Hip-Hop phenomenon of “Breakin” that inspired him to dance and allowed him to fit in to the American culture. His circle of friends encouraged him to dance on a popular kid’s television program, Dance Party USA where he met Rennie Harris, who is one of the pioneers of Hip-Hop Dance Theater. In 1991, Evans became a founding member and lead dancer in Harris’ company. Then in 2001 began Chosen Dance Company. His purpose in forming Chosen dance is a direct result to his faith in God and the belief of presenting Hip-Hop in a way that loves, is responsible, constructive and uplifting to its audience. This attitude has allowed him to teach and perform Hip-Hop all over the world, appear in movies and videos with renowned celebrities Robert Redford, Jill Scott, Bruce Willis, Will Smith, Brad Pitt and most recently M. Night Shyamalan. It has also afforded him the opportunity to perform in events like the ESPN X-Games, appear in NFL Super Bowl commercials, 106 & Park for BET, tours for Sunny D, etc. From the summer intensive dance program at Bates College, recreational centers in the inner city to America’s Best Dance Crew, Evans continues to teach Hip-Hop at all levels throughout Philadelphia and now at Wesleyan and Drexel Universities on the East Coast. As his opportunities increase, Evans desires to utilize technology with dance across genres of performance art.