Lauren Olofsson, MS RD CDN, is a native of North Carolina and a high school graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a major in Ballet. She served as faculty and company member of the Triangle Youth Ballet in Chapel Hill, NC while completing a BSPH in Nutrition at UNC-Chapel Hill. Upon relocating to New York in 2010, Lauren became a founding company member of XAOC and is beginning her fourth season with the company while working as a Registered Dietitian for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. She has also trained with North Carolina Dance Theatre, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Lorenzo de Medici Art Institute and Centro Danza E Movimento in Florence, Italy
Jacline Camille Henrichs is a native of Victoria, Texas and holds a BS in Kinesiology Pre-Physical Therapy with a minor in science and dance from Texas Woman’s University. Ms. Henrichs received her early dance training with Victoria Ballet Theatre and through summer intensives with Ballet Austin and Craft of Choreography Conference, in which she received a full scholarship. Ms. Henrichs has performed with The Festival Ballet of North Central Texas, La Hunter In Flight Dance Theatre, and Lake Cities Ballet Theatre. Ms. Henrichs has also dance internationally with VBT in Tanzomer, Austria and returned as a alumni guest artist in The Nutcracker as Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy. Jacline has danced with Eidolon Ballet in Concert, and worked with other choreographers including Jill & Amy Schulster and Giada Ferrone.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Katie received her pre-professional training at Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, under the direction of Sandra Carlino. While training at PRB Katie had the honor of participating in various master classes by Luis Fuente, Jeffrey Gribler, Kirsten Kaschock, and Kristen Weiser. Katie continued her training at SUNY Purchase and received her BFA in May of 2012. During her time at Purchase Katie performed works by renowned choreographers including Jessica Lang, Merce Cunningham, George Balanchine and Victoria Silva. Katie has also attended intensives at School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Craft of Choreography conference and Pennsylvania Regional Ballet.
Originally from New Jersey, Debra trained at Princeton Dance and Theater Studio under the direction of Susan Jaffe and Risa Kaplowitz. She continued her dance training at SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory of Dance and graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Dance in 2012. While at Purchase, she performed works by prominent choreographers including Stephen Petronio, George Balanchine, and Susan Jaffe. Debra is also an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher for Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum and teaches at Princeton Dance and Theater Studio. She is currently living in New York and dancing with mishiDance and XAOC Contemporary Ballet.
Danielle Rutherford began her dance training locally in South Jersey. She then entered into Walnut Hill School of the Arts in Natick, MA as a ballet major. Danielle attended Marymount Manhattan College under the direction of Katie Langan. While there, she had the great pleasure of dancing works by Katie Langan, Nancy Lushington, John Butler and Mark Morris, as well as making her own choreographic debut with the piece "Paradigm." She graduated with her Bachelors of Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude, after receiving the Gold Key for excellence in ballet. Danielle is also a teacher of Horton modern dance technique, and an avid photographer.
Rebecca Greenbaum was born in Brooklyn, NY, and trained at the Joffrey Ballet School. She has attended programs with American Ballet Theatre, Alonzo King's LINES Ballet and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She graduated Skidmore College Magna cum Laude with Periclean Honors and the Margaret Paulding award for excellence in dance, She is currently an MFA Candidate and Graduate Assistant at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. In addition to dancing with XAOC, she dances with the Jamal Jackson Dance Company. She has danced for INSPIRITdance/Christal Brown and apprenticed for ZviDance/Zvi Gotheiner. She is a certified Pilates instructor and teaches at Equinox and Uptown Pilates.
Eila was born in Gandia, Spain. She started her Ballet training at the age of 7 at a local school and moved to Madrid at the age of 15 to attend the Professional Real Conservatory of Dance Mariemma, where she graduated as Professional in Classic Ballet. She received 1st prize in Classic Ballet from the Community of Madrid and 1st prize in the 2nd International Dance Competition "Ciutat de Barcelona" where she was awarded with a full scholarship for the Certificate Program at Peridance in New York City, NY and The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, IL. Eila has work with Griselda Hunt as a model/performer for her Release Sequence instructional Dance Fitness Video. She also works as a guest performer for DeMa Dance Company and Dance Times Square and choreographer Yesid Lopez in Contemporary Ballet and Latin Ballroom Styles.
Kaarin Holmquist is originally from Baltimore, Maryland, but received her early dance training at The School of the Richmond Ballet in Virginia, as well as at Ballet Austin and American Ballet Theater. She came to New York to study use of performance art in culture and choreography at New York University. She is a founding member of XAOC Contemporary Ballet, a member of Vital Dance, and has had the opportunity to work with other choreographers including Christopher Caines and Diego Funes.
Raised in Charlotte, NC, Bethany Lange trained at the School of North Carolina Dance Theatre, where she was awarded the 2003 John-Pierre Bonnefoux Merit Scholarship. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from The Ailey School/Fordham University under the direction of Tracy Inman and Melanie Person. There she danced work by Alvin Ailey, Sidra Bell, Camille A. Brown, Emery LeCrone, and Joyce Trisler, among others. While in school, Ms. Lange worked with Ballet Neo, Eglevsky Ballet, Ballet Mink Colbert, Lior Shneior and Dancers, and performed in the 92nd st. Y ‘s “Tribute to Janet Collins” in 2011. She is also the 1st place scholarship recipient of the 2008 National Society of Arts and Letters, AZ Chapter, Dance Division. Ms. Lange studies with Ernesta Corvino.
Catherine Jaeger, a native of Poughquag, NY, began her dance training at The Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance where she received the Patricia Schuster Award for Dance Excellence. She had the opportunity to perform for James Robey Dance and also studied at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In May 2012 Catherine graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance from The Boston Conservatory. As well as performing works by Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Alwin Nikolais, Thang Dao, Danielle Agami, Trisha Brown and Ohad Naharin she has performed for BalletRox in Boston, MA. Catherine is currently working with Nimbus Dance Works under the direction of Samuel Pott, and has toured with Ballet Hispanico under the direction of Eduardo Vilaro.
Photos by: Marusya Rybokova