Jamey Hampton was born in Portland, Oregon, where he began his dance training in the burgeoning modern dance scene of the early 1970′s. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1976 with a BFA degree in Drama. He joined Pilobolus Dance Theater in 1978, setting off for his first tour to the Indian sub-continent. He has danced with Tasndy Beal and Company, Crowsnest, was an original member of Momix, and in 1987 co-founded ISO Dance. In 1997, he co-founded BodyVox with Ashley Roland.
Mr. Hampton’s dance and choreography have taken him around the world, performing throughout Europe, the Far and Middle East, South America, the Caribbean, and throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 1989 he was the recipient of an Emmy award for his performance in the KCET television production “Episodes”. In 1998, he co-choreographed and performed in the Oscars, and in 2002 won an American Choreography Award for his work in the film series “Modern Daydreams”. He has created works for Ballet Pacifica, Portland Opera, the Lille Opera, Oregon Ballet Theater, Ririe/Woodbury Dance Company, Trinity Irish Dance Company, the Pacific Northwest Dance Project, as well as the full length Ballet “Peer Gynt” for the Geneva Opera Ballet. With BodyVox, now in its sixteenth season, Mr. Hampton has collaborated with Ashley Roland on the creation of twelve full evening works, as well as numerous chamber pieces for the company.
Gabrielle Lamb, a native of Savannah, GA, was a longtime soloist at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal and in 2009 was invited by Christopher Wheeldon to join his company Morphoses in New York City.
In addition to her choreography, Ms. Lamb is a self-taught animator. Her dance works for stage and screen have been presented by BalletX, Ballet Austin, Ballet Memphis, Jacob’s Pillow, Dance Theatre of Harlem, SUNY Purchase Conservatory, Milwaukee Ballet, Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center, and the American Dance Festival, among others.
She has also won choreographic competitions at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Milwaukee Ballet, and Western Michigan University, as well as, in 2014, the Banff Centre’s Clifford E. Lee Award and a New York City Center Choreography Fellowship. In October 2014 she received a Princess Grace Award for Choreography.
Joshua Manculich hails from Windber, PA, graduated valedictorian in 2005 and pursued dance and psychology at Point Park University. His performance credits include The Pillow Project, Jaxon Movement Arts, Chicago Repertory Ballet, Pursuit Productions, as well as five seasons with Thodos Dance Chicago. His dances Ride, The Rate In Which I Am and Monologue have been toured internationally with DanceWorks Chicago. Other choreography endeavors include, Dancing in the Parks, Grand Valley State University, Interlochen Arts Academy, MetDance, Piel Morena Contemporary Dance, Thodos Dance Chicago and Western Michigan University. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Fine Arts in Dance at The Ohio State as a recipient of the Susan Huntington Dean's Distinguished University Fellowship. Most recently, he had the honor to perform with pianist Dr. Susan Chess as part of TedX OSU. In 2016, he received a Princess Grace Foundation Award - Choreography Fellowship to create a work with The Big Muddy Dance Company.
Gina Patterson has been hailed as a choreographer of “startling originality” (Back Stage) and “engaging creativity” (Richard Christensen) and is the artistic director of VOICE Dance Company, a project-based laboratory for her work. She was awarded the Choo San Goh Award for Choreography, the B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Choreographer, and was selected five times for the Ballet Builder’s Showcase in New York. She was recently nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award - Outstanding Achievement in Choreography. Ms. Patterson is a winner of the Hubbard Street 2 National Choreographic Competition and the National Choreographic Initiative, and her ballets have been presented internationally in Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Spain. Since 1998, she has created over 70 original works for companies including VOICE, Richmond Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, CoDa21, Ballet Austin, Ballet Concierto, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Florida, Dayton Ballet, BalletMet, DanceWorks Chicago, Imagery, Ballet Pacifica, Ballet East, Point Park University, and the University of Iowa.
Ms. Patterson is known as a versatile, consummate performer of classical and contemporary principal roles. Over the last 25 years, she has danced with VOICE, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Ballet Austin, Ballet Florida, American Repertory Ensemble, and as a guest artist, performing in the US, Canada, Iceland, Greece, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, and France.
Meg Paul has been principal dancer with Joffrey Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Ron De Jesus Dance. She was part of the creative team and the lead understudy for Twyla Tharp’s Tony-award winning show Movin’ Out and staged the national touring cast. She is currently Ballet Master for Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Faculty at WSU Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance and Program Director for Complexions Detroit Summer Intensive. Meg was the Director of Dance at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts where she conceived and directed a benefit for dance titled National City Stars of Ballet and Broadway. For her work on National City Stars of Ballet and Broadway, Meg was honored as a ‘Detroit’s Renaissance Hero’ by the Detroit Free Press. Meg is the ballet master for Complexions Contemporary Ballet and directs the 313 Choreography Expo at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, showcasing Detroit’s creative impact with other major cities, such and New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Meg’s recent choreographic work, ‘seed’, was chosen to perform at the Kennedy Center for the American College Dance Association festival.
Ahmad Simmons, Eisenhower Dance Resident Choreographer, is native of Fort Worth, Texas. While in Texas, he trained extensively through the Dallas Black Dance Theater, the Debbie Allen Dance Institute and the Dian Clough West Dance Center. Upon graduating from Point Park University with a BFA in Dance, he spent one season with the Eisenhower Dance before joining River North Dance Chicago in 2011. In addition to touring the US and abroad as a dancer with River North, he is also a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association and has performed with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera in a number of shows including Cats, West Side Story, Oklahoma with Shirley Jones, Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby, Hairspray, and The Producers. Ahmad is a co-founder of Pursuit Productions, a company that produces and presents dance/theater fusion work throughout Chicago. His choreographic body includes work on Thodos Dance Chicago, DanceWorks Chicago, Nomi Dance Company, and Dance in the Parks. He is a 2014 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist.
Mexican born Edgar Zendejas was drawn to the United States where he received a bursary to study at the United States International University in San Diego. Edgar’s interpretive career began in Chicago where he performed with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Giordano Jazz Dance. In the early nineties, Edgar joined Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, now BJM Danse, where he found himself evolving as an artist and choreographer. After the successful premiere of Zendejas’s first work, “Breve Enlace,” Louis Robitaille, artist director of BJM, promoted Edgar to associate choreographer. Most notably works are from Jacob’s Pillow; Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, DanceWorks Chicago; Luna Negra Dance Theater, State Street Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Northwest Dance Project and Ballet de Monterrey, Mexico. Edgar Zendejas’s North American acclaim continued to grow: he won the Hubbard Street 2 National Choreographic Competition in 2010, competed as a finalist for the Milwaukee Ballet’s choreographic competition “Genesis” in 2011, and won the Outstanding Choreographer Award from Youth American Grand Prix in 2012. In January 2006, he co-founded ezdanza. As the company expands, Zendejas is able to explore new areas of choreographic collaboration and direction such as “ENTRESORT,” a collaborative creation celebrating the 25th anniversary of Starlight Contemporary Circus, Switzerland. As well as a new creation with seven chosen artists from Ecole National de Cirque in Montreal, in September 2014.