Stephen James Behan trained at The School of American Ballet in New York City and American Dance Theater in Herricks, NY. Stephen trained at The Ailey School as a fellowship scholarship student and graduated from State University of New York (S.U.N.Y.) Purchase College in White Plains, NY with a B.F.A. in Dance. Stephen spent summers training with Miami City Ballet, Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, Ballet Austin, and Dance International New York in Spain and New York. He performed with Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater, apprenticed with the Staatstheater Nürnberg Ballett in Nurnberg, Germany. Danced as a member of the Second Company at Ballet Hispanico.
Stephen has also performed with the Eglevsky Ballet and the RG Dance Project.Stephen has been a company dancer with VERB BALLETS, Ballet Nebraska (American Midwest Ballet), Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, City Ballet of Boston, Janelle Gilchrist Dance Troupe, North Atlantic Dance Theatre, and Margot Parson’s Dance Vision. Stephen was a featured dancer in Greta Gerwig’s Motion Picture “Little Women” and worked with Monica Bill Barnes and Flannery Gregg.
Betsy Boxberger trained under Victoria Lyras at the Indianapolis School of Ballet. She graduated from Duke University with a double Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Environmental Policy. Betsy is currently a company member with City Ballet of Boston. Prior to joining CBB, Betsy danced with José Mateo Ballet Theatre and Ballet Quad Cities. She has also performed as a guest artist with Dance Kaleidoscope and the Indianapolis School of Ballet. Featured roles include the Pink Girl in Gerald Arpino’s Birthday Variations, Second Violin in Concerto Barocco, the lead girl in Valse Fantasie, Raymonda in Raymonda, and George Balanchine’s Sugar Plum in The Nutcracker. In 2015, she was awarded the Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship by the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Betsy is excited to be performing with Janelle Gilchrist Dance Troupe!
Kirsten Glaser is a native of Cape Cod who began dancing at age three with Cape Cod School of Ballet. She then went on to attend Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts which she graduated from in 2009. After graduation she attended the New York International Ballet Competition and was given the opportunity to dance with Colorado Ballet’s studio company. After a season in Colorado she moved to Charlottesville,VA where she danced with the Charlottesville Ballet for several seasons. In 2014 she moved to Boston after having her son and began teaching in the area. Kirsten has also had the opportunity to dance with several choreographers in the area including Kathy Hassinger, Lynn Modell and Gino di Marco. She is currently in her second season with City Ballet Boston. Kirsten is very excited to be performing with Janelle Gilchrist Dance Troupe.
Haley Jean Race-Kidwell
Haley-Jean Race Kidwell Originally from Southern Maryland, Mrs. Kidwell began her professional career as an Apprentice with Roanoke City Ballet while obtaining a BFA in Dance Perfomance at Radford University. Upon graduation, she joined Ballet Evolution as a company member in Charleston, South Carolina, performing soloist roles in many of their original works. Haley-Jean is now with City Ballet of Boston as a company member for her second season.
Avery Saulnier de Reyes
Avery Saulnier de Reyes is a freelance dancer in the Boston area, recently performing with SundanceX, City Ballet of Boston, Dance Currents, and Columbia Pictures. She received her classical training at Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theater and Lexington School of Ballet. Avery is grateful for the love and support of her family, friends, directors and colleagues, and is happy to be working with Janelle Gilchrist Dance Troupe.
Ronnie Terrell Thomas is an active dancer, director, choreographer, and teacher in the New England area and the founder of Mystique Illusions Dance Theatre. His initial training started with the Boston Arts Academy, under the watchful eyes of ballet teacher Cosmin Marculetiu. Thomas was offered numerous scholarships from The Boston Conservatory, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet. At the age of 16 Thomas was featured in The American Ballet Theater production of Giselle, shortly after he had the amazing opportunity to share the stage with Mikhail Baryshnikov and his company, White Oak Dance Project in the piece Past Forward. By age 18, Thomas had performed with Jose Mateo Ballet Theater, The Hybrid Movement Company, Quixotic Fusion Performance Ensemble, Anna Myer and Dancers, and Teatrul De Balet Sibiu, Romania. As an aerialist, Ronnie has performed with the Hybrid Movement Company, Vance Garrett Productions and Rudy Benda Productions. He also has performed breakdance with the NYC Tranzformerz Breakdance Crew. Ronnie’s choreographic and collaborative work spans dance, aerial and body2body partnering.