Charlotte Boye-Christensen, native of Copenhagen, trained in London and completed her MFA Degree at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. She has choreographed on Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet West, Singapore Dance Theatre, Danish Dance Theatre, at The National School for Contemporary Dance in Denmark, Tisch in NYC, Edge in London, EDDC in the Netherlands, Lasalle-SIA in Singapore, the famed Bauhaus Institute in Germany and more. Charlotte was the Artistic Director of Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company for a decade and created 26 pieces on the company. In 2013, she stepped away from that position to form NOW-ID. To date, NOW-ID has created twelve productions/events/workshops and toured nationally and internationally. This fall, Charlotte becomes head of the dance program at Texas Tech University in addition to her ongoing role as co-director/founder of NOW-ID.
Born in Taipei, Tawian, LeeWei Chao began his ballet training at age 15 with Ms. Xiao Lee, who brought Vaganova training from Russia to Taiwan. After dancing with Taipei City Ballet and Henry Yu Dance Company, he joined Singapore Dance Theater. In 1996, Mr. Chao joined Joffrey Ballet concert dancers in New York City, after which time he joined Joffrey Ballet Chicago and, later, Milwaukee Ballet Company. His choreographic works have been performed by Milwaukee Ballet Company, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Oklahoma City Ballet, New Mexico School for the Arts, and many others. In 2014, Mr. Chao received Regional Dance America’s National Choreography Recognition Award. Mr. Chao has taught at Stanford University, National University of Taipei (Taiwan), ODC, and San Francisco State University. Currently, Mr. Chao teaches at San Francisco Dance Center and is a faculty member at Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA and training programs.
Marianna Tcherkassky was brought up in Kensington, Maryland, and is of Russian and Japanese descent. She began her training with her mother, Lillian Oka Tcherkassky, and continued her studies at Mary Day’s Academy of the Washington School of Ballet and on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet in New York. She joined American Ballet Theatre in 1970, and was elevated to principal dancer in 1976. She has been recognized as one of the world’s leading ballerinas, having danced with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudolf Nureyev and was reviewed as “one of the greatest Giselles that American ballet produced” by Anna Kisselgoff of the New York Times. Since Miss Tcherkassky’s retirement from the stage in 1996, she has taught extensively, and in 1997 she received a Golden Ring Award honoring artistic excellence from the Asian-American Arts Foundation in San Francisco. On June 11, 1999, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Performing Arts from the University of Cincinnati. She is married to PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr.
Deborah Vogel has been active in the dance medicine field since 1978. She co-founded the Center for Dance Medicine in NYC and continues to present workshops focused on injury prevention and care. Her clients include professional dancers and athletes, actors, vocalists and musicians. Deborah’s articles can be found in Dance Teacher, Dance Spirit, and Pointe Magazines. Deborah wrote Tune Up Your Turnout: A Dancer’s Guide, and has co-authored a 3-level guide for teaching functional anatomy in dance classes. Currently, she is on faculty at Oberlin College and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.