The L.A. Dance Project Company is comprised of twelve full-time dancers based in Los Angeles and is led by Artistic Director, Benjamin Millepied along with Associate Artistic Director, Sebastien Marcovici. The LADP Company rehearses and performs at L.A.Dance Project Studios: 2245 in addition to to being presented around the world. Performance repertory is comprised of new creations from Millepied, vital historic reconstructions, and a collection of diverse new commissions from emerging choreographers. New works endeavor to be multidisciplinary collaborations with visual artists, musicians, designers, filmmakers and composers. Previous collaborators have included Barbara Kruger, Emily Mast, Bryce Dessner, Liam Gillick, Tino Sehgal, James Welling, and Mark Bradford.
Since its founding, the L.A. Dance Project company has performed and conducted master classes at prestigious venues and festivals in approximately 100 cities around the world, including the Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Théâtre du Châtelet, the Holland Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, La Maison de la Danse, the Saitama Arts Center, and the Shanghai, Beijing, and Dubai Opera Houses. In the US, the company has performed at eminent venues including Jacob’s Pillow, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Joyce, New York City Center, The Shubert Theatre at the Boch Center, and the Vail Dance Festival. In its home city of Los Angeles the company has performed at The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, MOCA, Union Station, The Theatre at Ace Hotel, and The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
2018 - 2019 Company
Doug Baum began his dance training in Maryland at Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts before graduating from the Baltimore School for the Arts in 2006. In 2010, Doug received his BFA from Fordham University in collaboration with The Ailey School, where he apprenticed with Ailey II for two years. Since graduating, he has worked with Bad Boys of Dance, Compagnie Flak, Les Ballets Jazz and most recently Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Doug has completed three seasons with Zhukov Dance Theater in addition to guesting with Peridance, Ezdanza, Thang Dao, and Company XIV.
Anthony Lee Bryant earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Juilliard. He also trained at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC as well as in his home state of North Carolina at University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he received his high school diploma with a concentration in Ballet. Touring credits include: Disney’s The Lion King, Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan and L.A. Dance Project. Anthony has performed works by William Forsythe, Benjamin Millepied, Victor Quijada, Aszure Barton, Eliot Feld and other renown choreographers. Proficient in dance and gymnastics he has worked with Christopher Harrison’s AntiGravity and most recently Jacob Jonas The Company. Aside from performing he teaches for The Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation in New York and The Gabriella Foundation in Los Angeles. Anthony is excited and honored to be dancing again with L.A. Dance Project.
Aaron Carr began dancing at age six in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida where he studied throughout high school as an ABT National Training Scholar and continued his education at The Juilliard School, graduating in 2009. He immediately became a member of KEIGWIN + COMPANY while simultaneously dancing with ZVIDANCE until joining LADP in 2013 . In addition to international touring and dance work, he worked as repetiteur for Larry Keigwin at UNCSA and CNSMDP in Paris as well as an assistant at the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Aaron is also committed to his work in education and has taught programs with Broadway Dance Center, New York University's summer program, Keigwin + Company's program at Juilliard, the Edinburgh International Festival, and also back home with Ballet Pensacola.
David Adrian Freeland, Jr. received his early dance training at LaVilla School of the Arts in Jacksonville, FL and at the Jacksonville Centre of the Arts. He furthered his dance studies at several prestigious intensive programs affiliated with The Juilliard School, Nashville Ballet, Atlanta Festival Ballet, and the Bates Dance Festival. David attended the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase College and began working toward his BFA in Dance before being invited to join Ailey II, the second company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, where he danced for three years. During this time, he performed seminal works by Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, Robert Battle, as well as new works by Troy Powell, Dwight Rhoden, Jennifer Archibald, Amy Hall-Garner, Malcolm Low, and Donald Byrd, among others. David’s professional experience also includes seasons performing with The Metropolitan Opera and Missouri Ballet Theatre. In 2016, David joined L.A. Dance Project where he has both created roles and danced in important stage and film works by Benjamin Millepied, Kyle Abraham, Justin Peck, Ohad Naharin, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Roy Assaf, Noé Soulier, and Shannon Gillen. David is the proud recipient of a 2018 Princess Grace Award in Dance.
Mario Gonzalez started dancing at the Marya Kennett School of Dance in Goshen, NY. He received his pre-professional training at Walnut Hill School for the Arts under direction of Michael Owen and went on to attain his BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase College. While on scholarship Mario has attended summer intensives with the San Francisco Ballet, The Juilliard School, Nederlands Dans Theater, M.I.P. The Cunningham Fellowship Workshop and Springboard Danse Montreal. Prior to joining LADP Mario danced with Visceral Dance Chicago and American Repertory Ballet. During his career he has danced in works by Danielle Agami, George Balanchine, Nicolo Fonte, Mark Godden, Madboots Dance, Stephan Laks, Paul Lightfoot & Sol Leon, Jose Limon, Matthew Neenan, Kevin O’Day, Kirk Peterson, Erica Sobol, Doug Varone and Yin Yue. This is Mario’s first season with LA Dance Project.
Daisy Jacobson is a French-American born in Manhattan Beach, CA and a recent graduate from The Juilliard School. She is a 2013 Youth America Grand Prix Finalist, National Young Arts Winner, and Presidential Scholar in the Arts. While attending Juilliard, Daisy performed new works by Takehiro Ueyama, Loni Landon, Zvi Gotheiner, Matthew Neenan, and Benjamin Millepied. She performed leading roles in masterworks such as Merce Cunningham’s BiPed, Jiri Kylian’s Symphony of Psalms, and Nacho Duato’s Por Vos Muero. Daisy attended programs with Houston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Nederlands Dans Theater, Batsheva/gaga Barcelona, ChuThis, BodyTraffic, Ballet BC/ArtsUmbrella, and Springboard Danse Montreal. During these programs, Daisy was privileged to perform works by Alexei Ratmansky, Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, and Aszure Barton.
Nathan B. Makolandra began dancing and choreographing in Greenville, South Carolina. He is a graduate from The Juilliard School under director Lawrence Rhodes. There he performed works by Alexander Ekman, Nacho Duato, Jerome Robbins, Bronsilava Nijinska, Eliot Feld, Sidra Bell, and Jose Limon. Nathan’s work appeared in Juilliard’s Choreographic Honors concert (2009-2012), and is a recipient of the Hector Zaraspe Award for choreography (2012). In 2011 he placed 1st runner up for the Capezio Award for Choreographic Excellence. He collaborated with composer Jared Miller, and choreographed Richard Walters’ music video, “American Stitches.” Nathan created “Attitude du Cage” with fellow L.A. Dance Project member, has choreography featured on So You Think You Can Dance, and is a Fresh Dance Intensive faculty member. Professionally Nathan has performed the works of Benjamin Millepied, William Forsythe, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Hiroaki Umeda, Emmanuel Gat, Danielle Agami, Julia Eichten, and Justin Peck in locations such as Los Angeles’ Union Station, the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and the Gardens at the Palace of Versailles.
Rachelle Rafailedes is a native Ohioan that began her formal dance training at an early age. She has since received her BFA from The Juilliard School in 2009, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes, where she was awarded the Martha Hill Prize for excellence in leadership and dance. In her career thus far, Rachelle has been fortunate to perform work by renowned choreographers including: Ohad Naharin, Twyla Tharp, Antony Tudor, Merce Cunningham and William Forsythe, as well as guest perform with Keigwin + Company and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. She was a member of Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion from 2009-2012 and is a Bessie Award winning collaborator for Mr. Abraham’s The Radio Show. Rachelle joined L.A. Dance Project in 2013.
Gianna Reisen is originally from Wyckoff, New Jersey, where she trained at In the Spotlight Dance Studio for four years. In 2010, she began studying at the School of American Ballet in New York and danced in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker in Lincoln Center for two years while in the children’s division. She also performed in five of the school’s annual June Work- shops. Reisen participated in the SAB’s Student Choreographic Workshop as a dancer in 2014 and in 2015 as both a dancer and a choreographer. She danced in the New York Choreographic Institute’s Spring 2015-2016 sessions and soon after, participated in NYCI’s Fall 2016 session as a choreographer where she created her second work titled Hexapoda. In 2017, Reisen graduated from both Professional Children’s School and the School of American Ballet. That same year, she was commissioned by former artistic di- rector Peter Martins to create a ballet for the New York City Ballet’s Fall Fashion Gala. Her work, Composer’s Holiday set to music by Lukas Foss, premiered in the fall of 2017 naming her the youngest choreographer in NYCB’s history. After her premiere, Reisen moved to Dresden, Germany to join SemperOper Ballet as an apprentice. Gianna joined L.A. Dance Project in 2018.
Janie Taylor was born in Houston, TX where she began her ballet training at age 2 with Gilbert Rome. She trained at the Giacobbe Academy of Dance in New Orleans from 1993-1996. After attending two years of the summer program at the School of American Ballet, she became a full-time student in the fall of 1996. While a student at SAB she originated a featured role in Christopher Wheeldon's Soiree Musicale for the Spring workshop performance in June of 1998. She received the Mae L. Wien Award at the SAB Annual Workshop and was invited to become an apprentice with New York City Ballet. A month later, she became a member of NYCB's corps de ballet. She was promoted to the rank of Soloist in February 2001 and to Principal in 2005. During her career with New York City Ballet she originated roles in ballets choreographed by Peter Martins and Benjamin Millepied. She also performed featured roles in numerous ballets by George Balanchine, and Jerome Robbins, as well as pieces by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Susan Stroman, Twyla Tharp, and Miriam Mahdaviani. Ms. Taylor appeared in the film Center Stage directed by Nicholas Hytner which was released in 2000.
She retired from the New York City Ballet on March 1, 2014 and began working as a repetiteur setting ballets for Benjamin Millepied and Justin Peck on companies around the world. She also started a career in costume design. Her designs can be seen at the New York City Ballet, and L.A.Dance Project. In December of 2016, Ms. Taylor joined L.A. Dance Project as a dancer.
Patricia Zhou was born in Canada and raised in the United States, she started her formal ballet training at the age of 13. She received four years of training at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C., where she graduated with the president's award - honoring excellence in both academic studies as well as artistry. Patricia competed in a few international competitions including the Prix de Lausanne, which as a prize winner led to an apprenticeship at the Royal Ballet in London and a spotlight segment on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars". Patricia joined Staatsballett-Berlin in 2012, and has since danced many lead and solo roles in both classical and contemporary pieces, and has been hailed as one of the most interesting and versatile dancers in the company. Patricia joined L.A. Dance Project in 2017.
Associate Artistic Director
Sébastien Marcovici began his ballet training at age eight with local teachers, and at age 12 he enrolled at the School of the Paris Opéra Ballet. During the summer of 1993, while studying with Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride at the Chautauqua School of Dance, Mr. Marcovici was invited by Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins to take Company class with New York City Ballet at Saratoga Springs. In November of 1993, he was invited to join New York City Ballet's corps de ballet. Mr. Marcovici was promoted to the rank of soloist in 1998 and to principal dancer in May 2002.
Mr. Marcovici has performed featured roles in numerous ballets by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins and additional works by David Parsons and Lynne Taylor-Corbett. Mr. Marcovici also originated roles in Robbins' Brandenburg and West Side Story Suite as well as in works by Peter Martins, Mauro Bigonzetti, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Robert Lafosse, Miriam Mahdaviani, Benjamin Millepied, Angelin Preljocaj, Twyla Tharp and Christopher Wheeldon.
Mr. Marcovici retired from New York City Ballet in March 2014. He worked as a ballet master with Paris Opera Ballet from 2014 - 2016. He currently works at L.A. Dance Project as Associate Artistic Director and sets ballets for Benjamin Millepied on ballet companies around the world.
L.A. DANCE PROJECT ALUMNX
Stephanie Amurao, Laura Bachman, McKenna Birmingham, Randy Castillo, Frances Chiaverini, Julia Eichten, Kaitlyn Gilliland, Charlie Hodges, Axel Ibot, Carla Körbes, Morgan Lugo, Robbie Moore, Francisco Mungamba, Lilja Ruriksdottir, Miranda Wattier, Amanda Wells