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 in 2010 and is beginning her fifth 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. She joined XAOC in March 2012.
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. She joined XAOC in April 2013.
XAOC Contemporary Ballet's fifth anniversary marks Danielle Rutherford's third year dancing for Ms. Young, and second year as a company member. Danielle trained at Atlantic Contemporary Ballet Theatre under the tutelage of Phyllis Papa. After graduating from Walnut Hill School of the Arts, under the direction of Michael Owen, Danielle moved to New York City to attend Marymount Manhattan College, where she performed works by Katie Langan, Nancy Lushington, John Butler and Mark Morris. Danielle graduated Magna Cum Laude after receiving the Gold Key Award for excellence in ballet. Since then she has performed with XAOC in the Boston Dance Festival, Rider University's Emerging Choreographers Competition, and Counterpointe, among other opportunities with the company. She is excited to rehearse and perform with XAOC as it prepares for Project Ignite.
Alanna Newkirk is originally from Columbus Ohio and pursued an education in dance at Marymount Manhattan College. There she had the pleasure of performing works by Shen Wei, Lar Lubovitch, Robert Battle, Ray Mercer, and others. With a concentration in choreography,she premièred four works. One piece called "I am Vertical" was chosen for an Honors Day presentation. After graduating with a BFA Magne Cum Laude, and receiving the gold key of excellence in Choreography, she continued to pursue dance in the city. After joining XAOC in September 2013, she has grown with the opportunities XAOC has given her. Alanna also works with other companies in various ways including MoveWorks and MishiDance.
Rebecca Greenbaum was born in Brooklyn, NY, and trained year-round at the Joffrey Ballet School. She has attended programs with American Ballet Theatre, Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Toscana Dance Hub. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts in dance from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She earned her Bachelors from Skidmore College Magna cum Laude with Periclean Honors and the Margaret Paulding award for excellence in dance. In addition to dancing for XAOC since April 2013, she dances for Jamal Jackson Dance Company, Maverick Dance Experience, and the Brooklyn Contemporary Ballet Collective. She has presented work at Dixon Place in NYC and the Florence Dance Festival in Italy.
Chiara Gagliardo was born in Vicenza, Italy, where she received her early ballet trainig. She moved to Siena, Italy, to continue her dance studies at Ateneo della Danza, run by Marco Batti, where she graduated in July 2013. Chiara joined the Balletto di Siena, run by Marco Batti too, in August 2013 as a company member until December 2014. She performed all the company’s repertory dancing with great italian dancers as guest artists like Giuseppe Picone and Mick Zeni. Meanwhile in May 2014 she came in New York City to take the final exam of the ABT National Training Curriculum. She decided to move to New York City in January 2015 and she has been trained since then at the Joffrey Ballet School, run by Era Jouravlev. She started to perform with XAOC Contemporary Ballet in May 2015 and she joined XAOC as a company member in July 2015.
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. She joined XAOC in April 2013.
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 programs in New York City and Chicago, IL. Eila has work with Griselda Hunt as a model/performer and as a guest performer for DeMa Dance Company and Dance Times Square and choreographer Yesid Lopez. She dances with Peridance Contemporary Dance Company.