Rooks was a principle dancer for the Martha Graham Dance Company from 1981-1991. His performance credits with the Graham Company include the Metropolitan Opera House presentation of Diversion of Angels televised for "Celebrate! 100 Years of the Lively Arts at the Met", and as a featured dancer on the television special, "The Martha Graham Company in Japan". Rooks' choreographic credits include a solo--Outside, which was selected to be presented in the 1989 New Choreographers series during the Graham Company's fall season at City Center Theater in New York. A later work--Cool River, became a part if that company's 1996-1997 repertoire after its World Premier at Lincoln Center. Rooks currently serves as resident choreographer for the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre. Besides his work as assistant professor of dance at Vassar, Rooks is also a regular guest instructor at the Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham Schools of Dance. He has also taught internationally at several dance festivals, as well as the Dallsa Black Dance Theater, Ballet Nacional de Mexico, The American Academy of Ballet, and the Houston Ballet. also include SERPA (2013), Adelphi University, Dance Arts Conservatory, Uptown Dance Company, Brigham Young University, and Southern Methodist University.
Lozano is a Brooklyn-based dancer who currently performs and tours with the Brian Brooks Moving Company, Pam Tanowitz Dance, and Madboots Dance. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School (B.F.A.) and a fellow of the Juilliard Career Advancement Award (2016). Lozano creates his own work and has presented his choreography in Houston, Miami, and NYC.
Lauded as "refreshingly original" by Alastair Macaulay of The New York Times, choreographer Miro Magloire is the founder and artistic director of New Chamber Ballet. Magloire has created over 60 ballets in his signature style for his company, all distinguished by sweeping elegance, a striking theatricality, and bold musical choices. "It's heartening to see work so focused on the meeting of dance and music,” Macaulay wrote in his Times review, “always you're aware of an intelligence at work that resists romantic cliché." Known for his visionary collaborations with musicians - singers, violinists, pianists and large ensembles - Magloire has a special affinity for cutting-edge contemporary music, which has led him to work with many of today's leading composers. Magloire, the subject of a 2008 full-page profile in the Sunday NY Times, recently received an O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation Grant. His works have been commissioned by Joyce/SoHo, Roulette, the Moving Sounds and Sonic Music Festivals in NYC, the Sarasota Opera, Grace Farms Connecticut, the Center for Faith and Work NYC, and the American Academy in Rome, Italy; and performed at the Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Stage, Ailey/Citigroup Theater, the Center for Performance Research, the Museum of Art and Design, and Bramante's Tempietto at San Pietro in Montorio in Rome, among other venues. He has collaborated with the Argento Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Ensemble Sospeso and, in addition, has created ballets for CelloPointe, Periapsis Music and Dance, the Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the State Academy of Dance in Cologne, Germany. Born in Munich, Germany, Magloire started his career as a composer. At age 17 he won the “Forum of Young Composers Award” in North Rhine-Westphalia, and went on to study with Mauricio Kagel at the Conservatory of Music in Cologne, Germany.
Silas Farley is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. He began his training when he was 7 years old with Sal and Barbara Messina at King David Christian Conservatory in Charlotte, North Carolina. At the age of 9, he was accepted on scholarship into Charlotte Ballet Academy (then The North Carolina Dance Theatre School of Dance), where his teachers were NYCB alumna Patricia McBride, Kathryn Moriarty, and Mark Diamond. At the age of 14, Mr. Farley attended the summer course at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of NYCB, and was then invited to enroll as a full-time student. A choreographer since age 11, Mr. Farley has created ballets for SAB’s Student Choreography Workshop, SAB’s Winter Ball, SAB’s Summer Choreography Workshop, and for The New York Choreographic Institute. In the summer of 2017, he served as the choreographer for the Practicing Silence workshop at Grace Farms Foundation in New Canaan, CT. In the fall of 2017, Mr. Farley was commissioned by MetLive Arts to create a new site-specific ballet that will premiere in the spring of 2019 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2012, Mr. Farley was one of two advanced SAB students selected by Peter Martins for a student teaching pilot program at SAB. Since 2016, he has taught at SAB, first as a Teaching Fellow and now as a consistent guest teacher. He has guest taught for Charlotte Ballet, Ballet Austin, Ballet SND (Slovak National Ballet), Southern Methodist University, and The Hartt School. In both 2016 and 2017, he conducted masterclasses on the teaching and work of George Balanchine at The Academy of the Performing Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia. Mr. Farley was an inaugural Jerome Robbins Dance Division Fellow at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, which included his writing an essay that compared the lives and works of August Bournonville and George Balanchine. He has lectured on ballet for New York City Ballet, The New York Philharmonic, and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. He is the recipient of SAB’s 2012 Mae L. Wien Award and Lincoln Center’s 2015 Martin E. Segal Award. In August 2012, Mr. Farley became an apprentice with NYCB and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in August 2013. Silas has served as Artist in Residence for Ballet Hartford, in which role he regularly teaches the Company, choreographs new works, and advises the Artistic Director and Board
Michelle Thompson Ulerich
Originally from California, Michelle Thompson Ulerich trained at San Francisco Ballet for nine years. She also received training from the Kirov Academy of Ballet, American Ballet Theater, and Tisch School of the Arts. She moved to Texas and joined Ballet Austin in 2001. During her 14 years with Ballet Austin, she performed in works by Stephen Mills, Balanchine, Tharp,Ulysses Dove, Nelly van Bommel, James Gregg, Thang Dao, Greg Dolbashian, Amy Seiwert, Gina Patterson, Thaddeus Davis, and Sidra Bell. Also during her time in Austin she completed a Dance and Humanities degree from St. Edward’s University. Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Ballet Austin, Ballet Spartanburg, Blanton Museum, Motion Dance Theater, SUNY Purchase, Ballet Hartford, The Hartt School, and Spark Movement Collective have commissioned Michelle for choreography. She was chosen as the Women’s Choreography Project winner by Avant Chamber Ballet in Dallas, and has recently shown works for Arts On Site, Translate, NACHMO, Theorist Fest, and The Dance Collective. Michelle’s Illusory Impressions collaboration and co-directorship with composer Catherine Davis was given an award by the Austin Critics’Table for excellence in a Site-Specific work as well as Robert Faires’ Top 10 Classical Music/Dance Treasures of 2016. She is currently an adjunct professor at SUNY Purchase, teaches with the NYC Yoga Project, and subs at Ailey Extension, Peridance, Ballet Arts, and NYC Community Ballet. She performs in New York with XAOC Contemporary Ballet and Spark Movement Collective. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.
Stephen Pier has performed throughout the world with the Royal Danish Ballet, the Hamburg Ballet, the José Limón Company and as a guest artist. His repertoire spanned a vast range including the works of Petipa, Bournonville, Balanchine, Cranko, Kylian, Limón, and Neumeier. He created roles in original works for choreographers John Neumeier, Maurice Béjart, Kim Brandstrup,and Laura Dean. Critically acclaimed as “highly defined, a tour de force”, “ a dancer of tremendous taste and insight.”, “one of the most gifted dancers on the modern dance scene today.” Mr Pier went on to became internationally known as a teacher and coach for both Limón work and Ballet. He taught for the Royal Danish Ballet’s company and school while serving as ballet master from 1990 -1996. He served on the faculty of the Juilliard School from 1996-2010, Alvin Ailey School, Martha Graham Center, Regional Dance America, New York International Ballet Competition and for many notable companies in Europe, America and Asia including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Atlanta Ballet, Bat Dor, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Introdans, Scapino Ballet, New National Theater Tokyo, and Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance. His students have danced in companies around the world including, The Royal Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Forsythe Company, Netherlands Dance Theater, Martha Graham Company, Lar Lubovitch, José Limón Dance Co., Mark Morris Dance Group, Doug Varone Dancers, Cullberg Ballet, Cedar Lake Ensemble, Alvin Ailey and Bat Sheva. In 2004 Mr. Pier began PierGroupDance to explore and collaborate with dancers and artists in various art forms. He has created over 40 works for the concert stage, opera, theater, and film. His work has been presented by The Hamburg Ballet (Ger.), Royal Danish Ballet, Royal Danish Theater, Royal Danish Opera, Bat Dor (Israel), The New National Theater (Japan), the Juilliard Dance Ensemble, The Di Capo Opera Company (NYC), Nilas Martins Dance Company, and the Dance on Film Festival at Lincoln Center. In 1998 he was selected to be part of Jacob’s Pillow Choreographer’s Project. He co-founded and directed the emerging choreographer’s workshop, “Danses”, at the Royal Danish Ballet 1990-1996 Stephen was the Artistic Director of Juilliard’s innovative Mentoring Program from 2007 - 2010 and in September 2008 he began a 3-year tenure as director of Visions and Voices: Altria/ABT Women’s Choreography Project at American Ballet Theater. In October of 2009, Mr. Pier was appointed Director of the Dance Division at The Hartt School, University of Hartford