Kaileigh discovered her love for movement when she started dance classes at age four. She continued training in various styles of dance before beginning her formal, classical training as a teenager at the Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet under Debra Rogo. Soon after, she became a member of Mid-Columbia Ballet, an honors company through Regional Dance America. She went on to earn her BFA in dance performance and choreography, graduating with honors from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Simultaneously she obtained her DK Body Balancing Pilates certification through the University. During her time at UNLV she was chosen to be one of four students to study abroad at the Korea National Sport University in Soul. She also had the opportunity to apprentice and perform with the Eric Hawkin’s Dance Company and the Repertory Dance Theater of Utah. Kaileighs professional performance career includes touring in Denmark and Israel as a soloist with the project based company, Ballet Mink. She was most recently the featured ballet dancer and magician’s assistant in the show Steve Wyrick Ultra Magician in Branson, MO. She is happy to be back in the Pacific Northwest, and is joining PDX Contemporary Ballet for her second season.
Katherine Evans began dancing at a young age in Sparta, New Jersey. At the age of fifteen, she decided to begin her formal ballet training at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, where she spent the next four years. During her time training she attended numerous summer programs, the two most notable being Hungarian National Ballet Summer International Intensive/Competition and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. It was there that she was exposed to, and fell in love with, the world of contemporary dance. The sense of openness and collaboration was completely new, foreign, and exciting to her. After graduating Nutmeg in 2011 with an award for “Most Outstanding Performance,” she spent the next few years as a nomad, dancing in companies around the country. These companies include Nashville Ballet II - where her love of contemporary movement was further intensified through work with Banning Bouldin - Nevada Ballet Theatre, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Ballet Neo, a project based company in New York City. While there, she had the opportunity to train at Manhattan Youth Ballet with Debbie Wingert and Brian Reeder. She also worked with Miro Magliore of New Chamber Ballet and participated in the Steps on Broadway Professional Training Program. During her time at various ballet companies and projects, she realized that throughout the season, the programs she lived for were the ones with a basis in explorative movement. During her years of training and professional work, she has enjoyed dancing roles including Myrtha in Giselle, Dewdrop Fairy, Mouse Queen and Arabian in Nutmeg Conservatory's The Nutcracker, several soloist roles choreographed for her by Victoria Mazzarelli, Prayer from Coppellia, soloist roles in Kate Thomas's Measurement and Caution, and roles in Christopher Stowell's Swan Lake and Balanchine's The Nutcracker and Serenade.This is Katherines second year with PDX Contemporary Ballet.
Sari grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and started training with Kathleen Callaghan and Barry Gager. She studied at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts on scholarship and spent her summers training with the Joffery Midwest, UNCSA, Corella Ballet, Nashville Ballet and Magnus Northwest. Her professional career includes, Portland Festival Ballet under the direction of John Magnus and Vanderbilt Dancer Theatre under the direction of Jennifer McNamara. In Nashville, Sari had the pleasure of collaborating with visual artists and musicians, performing self-choreographed works at Ground Floor Gallery, The East Room, Fond Object, and Queen Ave Art Collective. This is Saris third year with PDX Contemporary Ballet.
Tessa Salomone is a 2015 cum laude graduate of TCU with a BFA in Ballet and Writing minor as a Nordan Fine Arts Scholar. She received her early training in the Houston suburbs from Fort Bend Academy of Dance, where she was a member of Regional Dance America Southwest Company, BalletForte. She later studied year round at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC and the Joffrey Ballet School Trainee Program in New York City on merit scholarship. While in New York, she toured the tri-state area and North Carolina with Ballet for Young Audiences, performing The Nutcracker and other children's ballets. At TCU she performed featured roles in re-stagings by Susan Dromisky (Napoli Act III pas de six, August Bournonville), and Willy Shives (Birthday Variations, Gerald Arpino), as well as original works by Michael Bearden, Li-Chou Cheng, Elizabeth Gillaspy, Susan Jaffe, and Armando Luna. Upon graduating, Tessa danced professionally in Houston with LEON Contemporary Dance Company, Juxtapose Arts Collective, and as a guest artist with NobelMotion Dance. Tessa has recently returned to the states after training and performing in Rome with VIVO Ballet under the direction of Enzo Celli and Elisabeth Minutoli. She is excited to be joining PDX Contemporary Ballet for the 2017-2018 Season.
Victoria began dancing at the age of four in Carson City, Nevada. She studied ballet, jazz, tap and modern at Ayako's Dance Studio (formally Pinkerton Dance Academy) for fourteen years. Victoria continued her ballet training at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas under the direction of former ABT principle, Stan Rogers. While earning her BFA in ballet, she was featured in several of Stan's work including "Les Sylphides," "A Midsummer Nights Dream" as Titania, and "The Nutcracker" as the Dew Drop Fairy and Harlequin Doll. She was a soloist in Dominic Walsh's "Piano Works." After graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2015, Victoria moved to Portland and had the opportunity to perform with Northwest Dance Project in the world premier of Yin Yue's "Distant Fold." This is Victorias second year with PDX Contemporary Ballet.
Amara Malcom received her early dance training at Columbia Dance under the direction of Jan Hurst. While training there she performed roles such as Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker, and danced in Bob Fosse's "Blackbird" and "Steam Heat" restaged by Laura Haney. Amara won a scholarship to a summer dance intensive from Regional Dance America in 2015, and she also was awarded the Laura Mockford sunshine award in 2011. Amara attended Northwest Dance Project's summer intensive in 2016, and studied closely with the company members at NWDP such as Ching Ching Wong, Franco Neito, Victor Usov, Lindney McGill, and Andrea Parson. In 2016 Amara graduated from Clark College with her Associates in Arts Degree with honors. She is planning on completing her Bachelors degree in Business Management through Arizona State University. Amara was fortunate to work closely with Eowyn Emerald and Dancers as an understudy. In June of 2016 Amara performed the work Same, but Different choreographed by Shaun Keylock, a Portland based choreographer. Amara is on the faculty at Columbia and loved to share her knowledge of dance with the community. She is excited to be a part of PDX Contemporary Ballet.
Sara Gilbert was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She began training in various dance styles at a young age. Throughout high school Sara was a part of Arts and Communication Magnet Academy's "Dance West," directed by Julane Stites. Sara passion for ballet intensified and she continued additional classical training with Sarah Rigles at the Classical Ballet Academy. Sara has studied ballet at the Joffery New York, Boston Ballet on scholarship, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Upon returning to Portland, Sara danced with Melissa St. Claire's company "Annapurna." Through her training and professional experience, Sara has performed notable pieces and roles including Sugar Plum Fairy, Dew Drop, and Mouse Queen in "The Nutcracker," featured roles in "Peter Pan," Alvin Ailey's "Reflections in D," Gerard Theoret's "Balletango" Pas De Deux, and Les Watanabe's "Tablao Flamenco." She holds a B.A. in Women Studies from Portland State University. She is thrilled to be joining PDX Contemporary Ballet for her first season.