Scott Curley has been living in NY for a little over 3 years and is so proud to be involved with DANSPIEK. He began working with the company soon after moving to the city. Before arriving in the Big Apple, Scott trained in music, theater, and dance in Orlando, Florida, and received his BFA in Dance from Florida State University. He would like to thank his family for always being supportive of his artistic life and Rich Lugo for such a great opportunity!
Andrea Palesh is a Colorado native currently residing in New York City. She started her dance training at Miller's Dance Studio in Aurora, Colorado where she studied ballet, jazz, tap, and modern dance for 6 years. After graduating high school, she attended Colorado State University receiving a BA in dance and BS in fashion merchandising. While at CSU she had the distinct pleasure of rigorously training with faculty members Chung-Fu Chang, Jane Slusarski-Harris, and Judy Bejarano. Additionally, she had the chance to work with such guest artists as Gabriel Masson, Kim Neal Nofsinger, and Hannah Kahn. Beyond CSU, she attended two summer intensive programs: David Parsons in NYC, and Toronto Dance Theater in Ontario. Her studies during college cultivated her artistic desire to choreograph - leading to numerous pieces selected for CSU department concerts, a commissioned piece for the Aspen Dance Connection in 2007, and the chance to present a piece at ACDFA that same year. Inspired by the opportunities NYC had to offer, Andrea moved to the city upon graduation from CSU. While simultaneously working in fashion PR and digital marketing, Andrea danced in Eyes of a Blue Dog Dance under the artistic direction of Elspeth Brown performing at APAP, Dance Theater Workshop, Greenspace, and Jacob's Pillow Inside Out Series. The city also sparked an interest in Andrea to train in commercial and street style dance, receiving most of her training at Broadway Dance Center. She now regularly performs with entertainer Robert Taylor Jr. from Season 8 of So You Think You Can Dance? By combining her technical training in ballet and modern and stylistic influences of hip-hop, she is now actively pursuing her own choreographic endeavors in NYC.
dancer. blogger. person. For more info please visit: www.andreapalesh.com
Amy LeNoble is a professional dancer, choreographer, and instructor from Los Angeles, CA. She received a BA in Dance at Loyola Marymount University where she studied under amazingly talented professionals not limited to Holly Johnston, Paige Porter, Chad Michael Hall, and Michael Esperanza. Her senior year she performed a solo in Chad Hall's piece, Multiplex, which got nationally recognized at ACDFA; winning fourth place in the nation. Amy was also a member of B-Boy Status, performing with America’s Best Dance Crew winner & SYTYCD star Phillip Chbeeb. After college, Amy went on to dance commercially landing gigs with artists including: Omarion, K Smith, Ashley Tisdale, Lil Keesha, Fatal Mack, BoA, and Jupiter Rising. She also performed with dance companies Keshet Chaim, under the direction of Beyonce's choreographer Kobi Rozenfeld, and Blue 13 with Bollywood legend Achinta McDaniel. Later, she went on tour with the Urban Poets Dance Company to perform at the Fringe Festival in Scotland, dancing alongside SYTYCD star Phillip Attmore, and finalist Kathryn McCormick. Now Amy is currently residing in New York where she plans to take on the dance world! She has done promotional performances with Flash Mob America for vendors such as Suave, Arby’s, and Charmin. She performed with the very talented Michael Avila in his music video "Forbidden," as well as went on tour with pop sensation Jim Linehan as one of his dancers. Amy also starred in the short dance film, “Fractures,” directed by Rich Lugo, in which she played the supporting role. She recently finished choreography for singer/ songwriter Ebonie Smith, for her performance showcase at Katra Lounge. Currently, Amy has joined YWAM (Youth With a Mission), teaching and choreographing for outreach programs at Ivy League College Campuses. Amy is an artist who values perseverance, honesty, and faith. Do what you do best, step forward, and believe!
In 2011, native Louisianian, DeJayé Joseph, made the big move to the Big Apple in hopes of making his dreams of becoming a professional dancer come true. At an early age, DeJayé knew what he was put on this earth to do. After this realization he was enrolled in his local dance school, being the first male dancer to attend. At the age of six, DeJayé was inducted into the Dance Company where he went on to attain accomplishments such as appearing on The Maury Povich Show, and competing in the international talent competition, Bravo Bravissimo, in Rome, Italy. He is currently working with two up and coming recording artists based in Brooklyn while expanding his career in dance, music, and fashion. DeJayé's passion, talent and commitment to the art of dance shines through as a leading member of DANSPIEK.
Kelsey Milbourn is excited to be a part of such an incredible experience. Originally from Overland Park, KS, she moved to NYC after graduating From TCU with a BFA in Musical Theatre and Modern Dance, both areas her passion and life. Kelsey's been dancing since she was 2 and began professional work in dance companies at the age of 12. She hopes to continue dancing the rest of her life in as many places and projects as she can.
Morgan Stinnett, originally from Akron, Ohio, started his ballet training at Nan Klinger's Excellence in Dance at the age of six on scholarship, joining the pre-professional Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet at age 8. He worked with renowned choreographers such as Francis Patrelle, Bill Hastings, Karen Gabay, Tom Everet, John Selya, Tom Gold, and Michael Vernon. Attending Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, he majored in Dance with a Ballet Performance concentration, performing soloist and principal roles in fourteen ballets over a three year period, including Giselle, George Balanchine's Raymonda Variations, Divernamento 15 and Symphony in C. He worked with resident choreographers such as Nicholas Petrov, Peter Merz, Ron Tassone and Dana Arey, as well as Lindy Mandrajieff and Melissa Barack (New York City Ballet), Erin Halloran and Alan Obuzar (Pittsburgh Ballet Theater) and Tony award winning Ann Reinking ('Chicago' Original Broadway Cast). In 2009, he joined Texas Ballet Theater and during his first season, was fortunate to perform several roles in ballets including Prince Igor, Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet and Sleeping Beauty. In his second season, he performed corps and soloist roles in Ben Stevenson's Cinderella, Nutcracker, Jazz Lovin' and Balanchine's Theme and Variations. In 2011 & 2012, he joined Connecticut Ballet as a corps member and soloist 2012, and Ajkun Ballet Theatre as a soloist and has been featured in principal roles. Currently living in NYC, he also dances with Dances Patrelle, CelloPointe, K/M D/M, Intermezzo Dance (founder: ABT soloist Craig Salstein) and is the Ballet Master for the View Dance Challenge Convention in Canada. In addition, he was a Dance Captain for 'Lives on The Edge' and has been seen on ABC's "666 Park Ave" and "She's Out of My League" from Warner Brothers Pictures. He is also featured on a new pilot for “Social Media Meltdown” which is in production.
Arielle received her BFA in Musical Theatre from The New School and also graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Acting, singing, and dancing have always been a big part of her life. She enjoys various styles of dance such as lyrical, contemporary, ballet, jazz, theatre, hip hop, and tap! Some of her most recent credits include, NEW YORK THEATRE: ‘Bound for Broadway’ Showcase: Featured soloist, Oedipus, Blood Manor: Haunted House. REGIONAL THEATRE: The Apple Tree: Eve, Lovers and Other Strangers: Joan, Blue’s Clues Live: Blue, What I really need to know I learned in kindergarten, and Sweeney Todd: Johanna. FILM: Painful Memory (Student film): Kim. Arielle is a current member of the Ya'el Tap Dance Company. With DANSPIEK Dance Theatre, she played Ariana in 'Lives on the Edge' and is a featured dancer in the film NUDIS ANIMIS. She's looking forward to doing more projects with the company! In addition to performing, she teaches private Pilates at Erika Bloom Pilates Plus.
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Ariel grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and was a member of the company COCAdance. She attended Yale University and graduated with a B.A. in Sociology. At Yale she was a member, choreographer, outreach coordinator, and eventually artistic director of Groove Dance Company. In fall of 2010 she moved to NYC and completed a training program at Broadway Dance Center. She has worked on a few independent projects with various choreographers in the city. Ariel joined DANSPIEK Dance Theatre in May of 2012. As a person who considers herself mostly a jazz dancer, with some ballet and hip hop mixed in, she is absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with Rich! DANSPIEK has been a dream come true, and she eagerly looks forward to upcoming projects. Currently she is also studying medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, and plans to eventually become a primary care doctor.
Mary Linehan is a graduate of Morehead State University with Bachelor’s degrees in Theatre and Psychology. Her most recent credits include the world premiere and remounting of The Four Seasons by Charles L. Mee (Ancestor ensemble) in the LES and Rutland, VT. She played numerous roles in Shakespeare in the Parking Lot’s production of Cymbeline, and was a featured singer in The Actor’s Project NYC’s 26th Season showcases. Stoned, a short film starring Mary, has also been accepted in the New York Independent Film Festival after spending time at both the Cannes festival and the LA Movie Awards.
LaQuelle Mills graduated from New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida where she received her Associates Degree in the Arts. Her outstanding performances afforded her an opportunity to travel to Kaohsiung Taiwan, where she performed and trained in other culture styles of dance. For the past thirteen years LaQuelle has directed rehearsals, assisted in choreography, and performed around the country in the following capacities: LaVerne Reed's 'The Chocolate Nutcracker,' Good Morning America with Stepp Stewart, Diggy Simmons' "Jet-Setter" Tour, a Nokia flashmob with Nikki Minaj, Shakespeare in the Park, and more. LaQuelle has studied with Angel Salzaar (Chi-Chi in the film 'Scarface') and danced with the following artists and companies: as a principle dancer in Dundu Dole West African Ballet Company (dir. Jai Hinson), Garth Fagan dance company, Vissi Dance Company (dir. Courtney French), Soul Movement dance company (dir. Laurie Taylor), Forces of Nature Dance Theater (dir. Adel Salaam & Dyane Harvey), & Balance Dance Theater (founder Obediah Wright). LaQuelle recently toured China, where she danced background for different singers and as a dance member with Concept Studios under the direction of Stephen. Having recently returned back to the states, she is currently working with ILuminate and starting her journey with DANSPIEK. LaQuelle looks forward to the journey ahead and is patiently waiting for God to open any doors along her path.