September 24, 2014


Ryan Albee Arch Contemporary Ballet

Ryan Albee

Ryan Albee of Philadelphia, studied at Joffrey Ballet School. His diverse repertoire of movement has allowed him to work with numerous companies of all styles including Candice Franklins Jazz Ain’t Dead, Nijawwon Mathews, XY Dance Project. He has also created his own works presented at The MMAC Theater and The 14th Street Y Theater Dance Series.

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Erika Citrin

Erika Citrin began dancing at the age of 13, training at Step by Step Dance Studio in New Jersey. She recently completed her training at Joffrey Ballet School under Director Michael Blake. Erika has always found a love in ballet, finding it challenging mentally and physically. She emphasizes maintaining diversified training and has had the pleasure to work with master instructors and choreographers such as Bradley Shelver, Jean Emile, Jayson Vasquez, Jana Hicks, Sekou McMiller and many more. Erika has worked closely with choreographers Matthew Powell, Violeta Galagarza, and Lane Gifford, being named rehearsal assistant and choreographer’s assistant while working for them.

Eryka Clayton

Eryka Clayton is a professional contemporary ballet dancer, artist, and movement coach based in New York. She combines her passion for movement, visual imagery and storytelling to reveal the essential beauty and truth of human experience. She was trained at Alvin Ailey and New World School of the Arts. Eryka has danced with numerous companies, directors, choreographers, film productions and artists locally and in Europe, such as: Fedicheva Ballet, The Isadora Duncan Dance Company, Lindsey Lollie, Olivia Goldberg, Hassan Christopher, Rachael Lincoln, Asava Dance Theatre, Breton Tyner-Bryan, Phillip Lopez, GOMP, Justin Timberlake, Cheyenne, The MTV Movie Awards and has done residencies with LINES, BODYTRAFFIC, and Jose Limon. She currently dances for Roya Carreras + Artists as well as Arch Contemporary Ballet.

Arch Contemporary Ballet Acee Francis Laird

Acée Francis Laird

Raised in, Milwaukee, Acée Francis Laird joined the Milwaukee Ballet School in 2007 where he received training from Mireille Favarel, Rolando Yanes and Karl von Rabenau. In 2011 Acée was also awarded the Peter Schetter Scholarship for the Milwaukee Ballet School year. In 2009 and 2011, Acée danced as Her Cavalier in the Makaroff Youth Ballet’s presentation of the Nutcracker. Acée’s other roles have included Gargoyle in Snow White, March Hair and King of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland; Russian, Waltz of the Flowers, Spanish and Cavalier in the Nutcracker. In D. Management’s International Summer Program he performed as a toreador in Don Quixote; and as a peasant Pas De Deux Duet in Giselle. In 2014 Acée was accepted into the Nancy Einhorn’s Milwaukee Ballet II where he has had the pleasure to perform in the Nutcracker as the Arabian, the More in Michael Pink’s Don Quixote, in Michael Pink’s Giselle, and in Isaac Sharrat’s Greener Grass. Acée spent the summer in Chicago dancing with the Hubbard Street Dance Company’s Summer Intensive. This previous year Acée danced in New York City at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre’s Independent Study Program.

 Tori Hey Arch contemporary ballet

Tori Hey

Tori Hey was born in Sioux City, Iowa and raised in Chester, New Jersey. Tori began her dance training at age three in a variety of styles, but gravitated towards classical ballet as she grew older. She began training at Ballet Forte, under the direction of Andrea Kramer, in 2008 where she performed the role of the Arabian Soloist in the Nutcracker and performed the final pas de Deux from Paquita with her partner Junio Teixeira. In high school, Tori was a member of Nancy Turano’s New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, and in her Senior year of high school, she trained at the French Academie of Ballet under the direction of Francois Perron. Tori also trained privately with Alexandra Wells, Francesca Harper, Linda Kent and Talin Kenar. Tori has performed works by choreographers such as Nicholas Villeneuve, Adam Barruch, Maurya Kerr, Milton Meyers, Paul Taylor, Dorrell Martin, Bradley Shelver, and Iyun Harrison, and she has spent summer training at programs such as the LINES Contemporary Ballet Summer Intensive, and the Complexions Contemporary Ballet Summer Intensive. Tori is currently a student in the Ailey/Fordham BFA program where she is a recipient of the Agnes Varis Scholarship and the Ailey Artistic Scholarship.

Patrick Piras

Patrick Piras from Udine, Italy began his dance training at the age of 14 at Filodanza in his hometown, where he focused his studies in ballet, modern jazz, and contemporary dance. He attended several summer intensives in Italy, mostly as a scholarship student, standing out in his area for his talent. Patrick came to The Ailey School in 2013 and is currently a scholarship student. He has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Martin Lofsnes, Darshan Bhuller, Nathan Trice, Nicholas Villenueve, and Christopher Rudd. He also has performed with 360° Dance Company and is currently part of Forza Malizia Dance Company and Arch Contemporary Ballet.


Madison Pineda

Madison was born in Minnesota and raised in California and Texas. She has performed under the direction of Michael Blake, as well as principal roles under the direction of Desmond Richardson and Tyson Garner. Additionally, she has performed for Alice Ayse, Rena Butler, Donald Byrd, Candice Michelle Franklin, John Vincent Leggio, and Josie Walsh. In addition to dancing for Arch Contemporary Ballet, she dances with XY Dance and is a scholarship trainee at the Joffrey Ballet School.

Adrienne Riter

Adrienne was born and raised in Portland, OR and received her early ballet training at The Portland Ballet. After graduating high school in 2008, she moved to New York City to attend Marymount Manhattan College, which she graduated from in 2011 with a BFA in Dance and a Business Minor. Adrienne moved to Stamford, CT in September of 2012 when she accepted a position with The Connecticut Ballet and then joined Arch Contemporary Ballet in February of 2014. In addition to working with Arch, Adrienne is also a dancer and assistant to Illusionist Ryan Dutcher. She also has a passion for teaching, and currently teaches a variety of dance styles throughout the Stamford area to students of all ages. Adrienne is currently a soloist with ACB and has had the opportunity to perform numerous pieces, as well as tour the nation with the company! Adrienne is very excited to continue her third season with Arch Contemporary Ballet!

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Katelyn Somers

Katelyn Somers (Nekoosa, WI) began her dance training at Academie De la Danse at the age of three and continued on to graduate high school from Interlochen Arts Academy. To further her growth as a dancer, she went on to receive her BFA in dance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Katelyn has danced with Connecticut Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet ll, Traverse City Dance Project, Ballet Theatre Midwest (guest artist), and can be seen in Abanar Dance Company’s upcoming film Salt Water. Katelyn is excited to be joining Arch Contemporary Ballet!