The artists of Parsons Dance are among the most technically proficient and
critically acclaimed dancers in the world.
SARAH BRAVERMAN (Dancer) is Chicago-born and California-raised. She trained extensively in the Royal Academy of Dance under the direction of JoAnna Jarvis and Bernadette Hill, completing all examinations up to advanced II with distinction. Sarah graduated cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College in 2008 under the direction of Katie Langan and had the honor of performing works by David Marquez, Robert Battle, David Parsons, Graham Lustig, Stephen Petronio, and Joao Carvallo. Recently, Sarah was seen onstage in a lead role in NYC's Queen of the Night. Sarah joined Parsons Dance in 2008.
IAN SPRING (Dancer) is originally from Middletown, OH, where he began his training under the direction of Phyllis DeWeese-Morgan. He attended Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, graduating summa cum laude with his B.A. in Dance. Ian then worked with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company 2, and he was a swing in Radio City's "New York Spectacular" in the summer of 2016. Ian has been a member of Parsons Dance since 2010.
ELENA D’AMARIO (Dancer) was born in Pescara, Italy. She studied modern, ballet, contemporary and tap at various schools throughout Italy, most prominently at New Step Art Studio. Over the years, she has won multiple festivals and competitions, including the Pescara Dance Festival, the International Expression Dance Competition in 2008, and the International TipTap show in 2007 and 2009 in Rome. Elena has appeared on multiple TV shows including “Oscar TV”, “The Best years” and “Il ballo delle debuttanti”. She auditioned for the most popular Italian talent show “Amici di Maria De Filippi,” which led her to winning the opportunity to apprentice with Parsons Dance for the 2010-2011 season. She the joined Parsons Dance in August 2011.
GEENA PACAREU (Dancer) began dancing at an early age in her native Tarragona, Spain, at Artemis Dansa, and continued her training in The Royal Professional Conservatory of Dance "Mariemma" in Madrid, where she graduated in 2011 in classical dance. She also studied contemporary dance at various schools, during intensive summer courses and workshops, including Laban Trinity in London. Before graduating, she was accepted as a fulltime Trainee at Ajkun Ballet Theatre in New York City, and promoted to Company Artist in 2012. During her training, Geena assisted numerous workshops and intensive courses all over the world. She was featured as a cast member in numerous performances and has won multiple festivals and competitions. Geena has been a member of Parsons Dance since 2013.
Omar Roman De Jesus (Dancer) began his formal training at School for the Performing Arts in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Mr. Roman was a member of Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico from 2006-2011. During this period, he won the Championship Cup and Gold Medal at the National Dance Competition in Puerto Rico. He received scholarship to the Ailey School in 2011 and currently, he is in his third season with Parsons Dance. Mr. Roman has presented his choreography at Baruch Performing Arts Center, Capezio Center, Joe's Pub, Ailey Citigroup Theater and the 14 Street Y. In 2013, Mr. Roman's piece "(Des)pair" received the audience award at the Dance Gallery Festival. Following this, the piece was commissioned by "Instituto de Cultura de Puerto Rico.” Mr. Roman’s work has been produced by Roschman Dance, Harlem Arts Festival and recently won a commission for the Steps Repertory Ensemble as part of Reverb Dance Festival. Currently, Mr. Roman is being commissioned by Parsons Dance. His new work will premiere on May 2017, at The Joyce Theater.
EOGHAN DILLON (Dancer) was born in County Tyrone, Ireland. At the age of four, he moved to Canada where he began dancing at the age of 12. In 2012, Mr. Dillon received a full scholarship to the Ailey School in NYC where he studied under many prestigious professionals. After graduating, Eoghan attended the School at Jacob's pillow where he performed works by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Didy Veldman, and Sharon Eyal. He has since performed and toured with many professional companies, including Manuel Vignoulle Dance and The Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. This is Eoghan’s third season with Parsons Dance.
ZOEY ANDERSON (Dancer) was born and raised in Utah where she trained in contemporary, ballet, jazz and ballroom dance at Center Stage. She was the ballroom national smooth champion in 2010. Zoey graduated cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College in May of 2015 with a BFA in Ballet under the direction of Katie Langan. She has performed works by Dwight Rhoden, Lar Lubovitch and Aszure Barton, among others. Zoey has performed with Nikolais Louis in the Yang Liping International Dance festival in Kunming China in 2013. Other credits include the Broadway premiere gala of On The Town, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Dancing With The Stars webisodes, and Macy’s Passport Tour with P. Diddy. This is Zoey’s second season with Parsons Dance.
JUSTUS WHITFIELD (Dancer) is from Las Vegas, Nevada where he trained in ballet, modern, and jazz at Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. He performed with Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater in 2014 under the direction of Bernard Gaddis. Justus graduated with a BA in dance from Point Park University in 2016 where he performed works by various artists including George Balanchine, Troy Powell, and Garfield Lemonius. Justus is honored to begin his first season with Parsons Dance.
Deidre Rogan (Understudy) began her dance training in Fort Myers, FL at Gulfshore Ballet under the direction of Melinda Roy and Roberto Munoz. She also trained in summer intensives at Miami City Ballet, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Ms. Rogan has worked with choreographers Milton Myers, Matthew Rushing, Hope Boykin, Ronald K. Brown, Sonia Dawkins, and Cheryl Copeland and performed in Alvin Ailey’s Memoria during Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 2012 New York City Center season. She is a three time recipient of a BIG ARTS awards scholarship and a National Young Arts award scholarship. In May 2015, Ms. Rogan graduated with honors from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance. Ms. Rogan just finished her second season with Ailey II, and is currently an apprentice with Parsons Dance.
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