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. 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 Italian television 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 to her to becoming an apprentice with Parsons Dance for the 2010-2011 season. In 2016, Elena was nominated for a Clive Barnes Award for dance excellence. She joined Parsons Dance in August 2011.
GEENA PACAREU (Dancer) is from Tarragona, Spain, where she trained at Artemis Dansa and won numerous prizes at internationally renowned dance contests. In 2011, she graduated from the “Real Conservatorio Professional de Danza Mariemma” in Madrid, with a specialty in classical ballet. During this time, she assisted in workshops and summer intensives at “Laban Trinity” in London and Victor Ullate in Madrid, among many others, and performed works by choreographers such as Nacho Duato and Toni Fabre. Before graduating, she was accepted as a full time trainee for Ajkun Ballet Theater in NYC. She was promoted to company artist in 2012 and performed soloist roles in Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. Geena joined Parsons Dance in 2013.
EOGHAN DILLON (Dancer / Assistant Rehearsal Director) was born in County Tyrone, Ireland. At the age of four, he moved to Canada and began dancing at the age of 12. In 2012, 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 and 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. Eoghan joined Parsons Dance in 2014.
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 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. In 2013, Zoey performed with Nikolais Louis in the Yang Liping International Dance Festival in Kunming China. 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. Zoey joined Parsons Dance in 2015.
JUSTUS WHITFIELD (Dancer) is from Las Vegas, Nevada, and 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. In 2016, Justus graduated with a BA in dance from Point Park University, where he performed works by various choreographers including George Balanchine, Troy Powell, and Garfield Lemonius. Justus joined Parsons Dance in 2016.
DEIDRE ROGAN (Dancer) began her dance training in Fort Myers, FL at Gulfshore Ballet, under the direction of Melinda Roy and Roberto Munoz. Deidre has worked with such choreographers as Judith Jamison, Milton Myers, Matthew Rushing, Hope Boykin, Ronald K. Brown, and Cheryl Copeland. She performed as a United States Arts Ambassador for President Barack Obama during the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Hannover Messe. She is a three-time recipient of the BIG ARTS awards scholarship and a National Young Arts award scholarship. Deidre graduated with honors from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance and was a member of Ailey II from 2014-16. She was an understudy with Parsons Dance for the 2016-17 season before joining the company in the fall of 2017.
SHAWN LESNIAK (Dancer) began dancing at the age of seven in East Haven, Connecticut. At his hometown dance studio Shawn trained in various styles of dance including ballet, jazz, and tap. After dancing competitively for ten years, he decided to further his dance education at Point Park University. During his time at Point Park, Shawn was fortunate to perform works by Mark Morris, Matthew Powell, Emery Lecrone, and Septime Webre. Shawn joined Parsons in the fall of 2017.
HENRY STEELE (Dancer) was born and raised in Wollongong, NSW, Australia. He was a competitive gymnast for eight years, and a national gold medalist for three years. During his final years as a gymnast, he began making the transition to dance. In 2016, Henry graduated from Point Park University with a BFA in Modern and Jazz dance. At Point Park, he performed works by choreographers such as Lar Lubovitch, Mark Morris, Ronin Koresh, and Troy Powell. He has danced professionally with Owen/ Cox Dance Group, Texture Contemporary Ballet, and toured internationally with The Bad Boys of Ballet. This is Henry’s first season with the company.
Sumire Ishige (Apprentice) is from Greensboro, North Carolina and studied at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts high school program under the leadership of Brenda Daniels and Susan Jaffe. She is now in her third year of the Ailey/Fordham BFA program. In the summer of 2016, Sumire was selected to participate in an exchange program at the National Ballet School of Canada. She has performed pieces by Alvin Ailey, Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, José Limón, and Ohad Naharin and has worked with distinguished choreographers such as Gregory Dolbashian, Juel D. Lane, Jennifer Archibald, and Tom Weinberger.
Rosalia Panepinto (Apprentice) was born in New York City and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. Rosalia began dancing at the age of 15 in contemporary, jazz, and hip hop. She attended The Joffrey Ballet School Contemporary Program for two years after high school and will graduate from the Peridance Certificate Program in June. Rosalia has performed with the Peridance Contemporary Company in works by Igal Perry, Bradley Shelver and Manuel Vignouelle. Rosalia has also performed in the Florence Dance Festival and has studied with many teachers in Italy. She now performs with Caterina Rago Dance Company.
Madeline Parrish (Apprentice) was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee and completed her early dance training under the direction of Kaylee Cahoon at the Franklin School of Performing Arts. In 2015, Maddie began studying at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts under the tutelage of Seán Curran. While in school, Maddie performed works by Crystal Pite, Sonya Tayeh, and Paul Taylor. In 2015, the NYU faculty selected her to study abroad at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in 2017. Maddie will receive her B.F.A. in Dance from NYU in May 2018.