Born in California, Leyna Woods began her ballet training at the age of twelve at a local studio on scholarship. At fourteen, she was selected to be privately coached by a former dancer of American Ballet Theatre, Christina (Gibbs) Lyon. Under Lyon’s tutelage, Woods attended American Ballet Theater’s Detroit Summer Intensive (2006) and Kirov Academy of Ballet’s Summer Intensive (2008). A generous sponsorship to attend these intensives was provided by David Howard. In 2009, Woods was hired by the Crystal Cathedral to perform as a dancer in the Glory of Christmas productions. From 2006-2010, Woods founded and directed a small troupe of dancers, called Rejoice Ballet Troupe, which ministered to nearby nursing homes and churches. Most recently, Woods received further training and dance education at Belhaven University where she graduated in 2014 with her Bachelor of Fine Arts. Here she studied under the instruction of Laura Morton, Caleb Mitchell, and Ravenna Tucker. She was awarded the Bezalel Award (2010) and the Daniel Award (2014) and represented the university at two American College Dance Festival Associations (ACDFA). In 2012, she accompanied a group of Belhaven students and faculty to perform and host outreach events in South Korea.
Angela Mia belmonte
Angela Mia Belmonte grew up in Clinton NY. She trained in classical ballet at Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute from 2004 to 2013 with Nancy Long and Lynn Bollana. In addition she trained in jazz and modern with Kathy Ryan. At the Arts Institute she performed as the Snow Queen, Sugar Plum Fairy and many other leading roles. In 2013 Angela Mia worked with Artistic Director, Larry Keigwin of Keigwin + Company and performed his original work Pivot Step. She spent several summers studying at Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive in Saratoga NY. During her time there she studied ballet under former New York City Ballet dancer Melinda Roy and Roberto Munoz, Simon Ball, Ashley Bouder. She was featured as “Little Stars” lead in George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes at the Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive performance. Angela Mia received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Belhaven University. While at Belhaven she studied under professors Ravenna Tucker-Wagnon from the Royal Ballet, Caleb Mitchell from Houston Ballet and more. During her time there she performed many original works by Choreographers Vincent Hardy, former Complexions Contemporary Ballet dancer and Elizabeth McMillan, Artistic Director of Vivid Ballet.
Calvin grew up in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, studying ballet at the Raleigh School of Ballet, in Raleigh, North Carolina. He graduated from high school in 2013, and attended the University of Hartford, The Hartt School. There he studied Ballet, Modern, and Contemporary dance, performing such works as Psalm and There Is A Time by Jose Limon, and Diversion of Angels by Martha Graham, as well as The Four Temperaments by Balanchine, and La Vivandiere by Arthur Saint-Leon. He also participated in many new works by choreographers such as Adam Barruch, Manuel Vignoulle, Charlotte Griffin, and Gemma Bond. Another highlight of his time at Hartt was his senior choreography project, titled What Happened At The Garden Party, which was accepted to be performed at Jacob’s Pillow in August, 2017. He graduated in May, 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance.
Lea-Janell Mitchell is originally from East Lansing Michigan. She grew up dancing with Capitol Ballet Theatre of Michigan and Happendance. After graduating from high school in 2011, Lea moved to Connecticut where she attended The Hartt School for Performing Arts on scholarship. Lea graduated in May of 2015 with a BFA in Dance Performance and Ballet Pedagogy. She has performed in 15+ classical ballets, some under the direction of artists such as Angel Corella, Laura Alonso, Xiomara Reyes, Hilda Morales and Stephen Pier. More recently, she has danced professionally with Fort Wayne Ballet and danced leading and soloist roles such as Dewdrop, Chinese and Snow Crystal in The Nutcracker, Little Swan in Swan Lake and been a lead in select contemporary works. This will be her first season with Vivid Ballet.
Erin Moody of Natick Massachusetts began her study of dance at Walnut Hill Dance Academy with Kathryn Stark and graduated from the high school division at Walnut Hill School for the arts under the direction of Michael Owen and Denise Lewis. Erin went on to obtain her BFA in ballet performance at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. There she was given the opportunity to perform guest roles in Dayton Ballet’s The Nutcracker. During her third year, she studied abroad at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. In Scotland she trained with and performed works by instructors Louisa Ross, Fabrice Maufrais and Diana Loosemore, of Scottish Ballet.
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