Company Dancers 2019/2020
Guest Artist: Lindsay Dekleva
Lindsay began her dance education at age 7 in her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She attended summer intensives at Houston Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Indiana University, and the Cecchetti Council of America. After graduating from high school, Lindsay trained on full scholarship at Marin Dance Theater with Margaret Swarthout and Lynn Cox. She then danced with the Kansas City Ballet as a trainee/second company member, performing in Devon Carney’s world premiere of “The Nutcracker” and “Swan Lake,” as well as many other works.
Lindsay spent three seasons performing with Ad Deum Dance Company, a professional modern/contemporary dance company in Houston, TX. She trained extensively with seasoned artists Randall Flinn, Steve Rooks, Durell Comedy, Alicia Graf Mack, Richard Bowman, Steve Brule and others; performing works in Graham, Limon, and Horton styles as well as contemporary ballet. As a principal dancer with the company, Lindsay performed and taught across the United States and Europe. She has danced as a guest artist with The Performer’s Ballet and Jazz Co., Friendswood Contemporary Ballet, and Zion Dance Project. Lindsay is currently a senior pursuing a degree in Worship Studies from Liberty University. She is passionate and excited about sharing her love and knowledge of dance with the next generation.
Guest Artist: Natalia Harrison
Natalia was born and raised in Albuquerque where she began her training at Alwin’s School of Dance at the age of 3.
She has been dancing classical ballet for 19 years as well as many other forms of dance including contemporary, jazz, tap, and modern. She has performed in various productions including The Nutcracker, George Balanchine’s Valse Fantasy, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, as well as playing the role of Mary in How Love Wins and Christmas Joy. In 2014, Natalia was selected to compete in the Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition where she was placed in the finals, earning her a scholarship with Richmond Ballet Company as a Trainee for a year. There, she trained rigorously performing in The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, George Balanchine’s Serenade, and several contemporary pieces. Natalia is thrilled to continue her career performing with us.
Guest Artist: Lauren Maddock
Lauren started pursuing her passion for dance at the age of three. She began training under Karen Alwin, at the Alwin School of Dance in 2013, and joined the Performers Ballet and Jazz Company in 2014. Lauren completed testing for Cecchetti I-VII in the fall of 2018 under Karen Alwin and Wendy Miner’s guidance. Throughout the past 7 years Lauren has been involved in Christmas Joy, How Love Wins, Spring Gala, showcases put on through Magnify Dance Center, and was a part of the rehearsal process for the Dancer Initiative Project and Dance For a Wish:Magnify Showcase 2020 this past year. For the past 3 years Lauren was chosen and represented the company as a leading soloist. Lauren has attended The Performers Ballet and Jazz Company Summer Intensive for many summers, where she has received training from prestigious teachers such as: Lee Wei Chao, Lynn Cox, Joanna Berman, Amy London, Ben Needham- Wood, Jo Bolden, Christina Woodward, Kevin Jenkins, Todd Wilson, and others. In 2017, Lauren attended the very first Five Point Dancer intensive led by Andrea Basile, which introduced her to how she could become the best version of herself. Lauren attended The Jillana School in Taos, New Mexico during the summer of 2015, and trained under Jillana herself, where she learned numerous variations and performed part of the well-known and beautiful ballet Serenade. In the summer of 2018, Lauren traveled to Marin, California to attend the Marin Dance Theatre summer intensive on scholarship, where she trained under Lynn Cox, Margaret Swarthout and the other renowned faculty members. Lauren attended Modas during the summer of 2019 at the University of New Mexico, and trained under Layla Amis, Elana Anderson, Vladimir Conde Reche, and was selected to be in a set piece of repertoire choreographed by the prestige Yin Yue.
Lauren recently graduated from Saint Pius X High School, with first honors and belonged to the National Honor Society. Lauren will be attending the University of New Mexico in the fall and is excited for what the future holds. Dance has truly helped shape the woman she has become, and is beyond blessed and excited to share her tremendous love for dance with the next generation of students.
Guest Artist: Carolina Valverde
Carolina Valverde is a New Mexico native and began her dance training under Ms. Karen Alwin at the age ofseven. She trained in ballet, jazz, and contemporary, and received her student certifications for the Cecchetti Method Grades I-VII by the age of 14. Very early on Carolina felt a passion for dance and performing and joined the Performer’s Ballet & Jazz Company in 2008. While in the company, Carolina performed lead roles in various productions such as “Christmas Joy,” “How Love Wins,” and “Project Jazz.” Receiving incredible training during the summer workshops at Magnify Dance Center from teachers including Wendy Miner, Andrea Basile, Luis Fuentes, Catherine Batcheller, Joanna Berman, and Lee Wei Chao, Carolina was inspired to explore more of what the dance community had to offer. Carolina traveled to Marin Dance
Theater with a full tuition scholarship, where she spent two summers (2014, 2015) training with Lynn Cox and Margaret Swarthout.
In 2017, Carolina auditioned for and attended the Houston Ballet Summer Intensive Program to which she received a full scholarship. Carolina was infatuated with this new world of ballet she had come to discover and was offered a full scholarship to train at Stanton Welch AM’s Houston Ballet Academy year-round. With the support of her family and dance teachers, Carolina felt it was the right time to further her dance education and moved to Houston, Texas, where she progressed through the Professional Program at HBA to the status of Invited Guest of Houston Ballet’s second company, HBII. Carolina trained with Stanton Welch AM, Claudio
Muñoz, Vicki Attard, Melissa Bowman, and Cherynne Busch. In her three years in the prestigious academy, Carolina performed both classical and contemporary works which are widely known throughout the country and across the globe. Some of these works and roles include “Swan Lake,” “Raymonda,” “La Bayadère,” by Stanton Welch AM, Red Riding Hood from Claudio Muñoz’s, “The Sleeping Beauty,” a solo from “The Ladies” (Welch), Moyna from “Giselle” (Welch), the Sugar Plum Pas de Deux from “The Nutcracker,” and “Molto Espressivo” by Ilya Kozadeyv. Carolina also performed alongside the Houston Ballet company in numerous productions, which she enjoyed very much. Carolina is very fortunate that ballet helped her develop determination, discipline, and passion, not only in ballet but in everything she does and is grateful that she can continue her dance journey with the artists of MDE.