“Hamilton: An American Musical” at the Kennedy Center
The XA Project gave away 6 tickets to pediatric patient families (1 patient + 1 guest) from the DC/MD/VA area see “Hamilton: An American Musical” (August 5th and 11th performances) at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts!! In addition, The XA Project send a family of 4 from the Children’s Inn at NIH to see “Hamilton: An American Musical” on September 2, 2018 – the 5 year anniversary of Xavier’s hospitalization – see Media/Briefs page.
May 26, 2018 – June 4, 2018: Silent Online Auction for The XA Project
Items included: 2 tickets Hamilton: An American Musical, 2 tickets to Washington Nationals Baseball, 2 tickets to Strathmore, Fine Wine, Jewelry, Caribbean Travel Accommodations, Gift Certificates, and MORE.
March 11, 2016: 2nd Annual “The Arts Touching Hearts” Concert (Benefit Concert for The XA Project)
Date: March 11, 2016
Time: 8:00pm (concert+champagne reception with the artists!)
Location: Kreeger Auditorium, JCCGW
6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD 20852
THANK YOU to all who attended!!
Sharón Clark: Ms. Clark has brought festival and concert audiences to their feet across the U.S. and Europe. Her New York run drew raves from the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal, and she won New York’s Bistro Award for Best Vocalist. Ms. Clark has made multiple international tours in recent years, making her debut in Israel and returning to Russia, where she has developed a major following. Her most recent release, “Do it Again — My Tribute to Shirley Horn,” is on its third printing, and she grabs top honors wherever she goes. Ms. Clark won the Gold Medal and $10,000 top prize at the Savannah Music Festival’s American Traditions Competition. She then took first place in the Billie Holiday Vocal Competition, which offers a $2,500 prize along with a featured appearance with the Baltimore Symphony. Ms. Clark appears regularly in DC at Blues Alley, the Kennedy Center, and Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club. A featured soloist with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony, Clark has headlined the East Coast, Mid-Atlantic, Duke Ellington/DC, Cape May and Savannah music festival. Both the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and The Ludacris Foundation chose Ms. Clark to perform for their separate tributes to Quincy Jones.
Yolit Flamenco: Yolit was born & raised in Israel, and fell in love with dancing as a child. She grew up studying difference dance genres, such as Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and more. As a teenager, she was introduced to Flamenco and was immediately taken and moved by the music, dance and passion. She studied and performed with Carmel Natan-Shelly, and Timo Luzano. Upon arriving to the US in 2004, Yolit started studying and performing with Edwin Aparicio’s company – Flamenco Aparicio, as well as Anna Menendez’s group – Pastora. She has been studying in both the US and Spain with some of the most world renown Flamenco Maestros, such as Manolo Marin, Eli “La Truco”, Marco Flores, Manuel Linan, Maria Juncal, Alfonso Losa and Mercedes Ruiz, among others. Performance venues in the US have included Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Sidney Harman Hall at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Public Playhouse Theatre, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Dance Place, Gala Hispanic Theatre, Tablaos and Festivals.
Maki Onuki: Maki Onuki of Yokohama, Japan, is in her 11th season with The Washington Ballet after one season with TWB’s Studio Company. Before joining TWB, Onuki danced with Goh Ballet in Canada under Choo Chiat Goh and Lin Yee Goh. She trained at John Cranko Ballet School under the direction of Tadeusz Matacz, and at Mika Sasaki Ballet Academy under Mika Sasaki and Mikio Ikehata. Additionally, she attended Boston Ballet’s summer program on scholarship. Onuki has performed in numerous classical ballets including Serenade, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Diana and Acteon, Carnival of Venice, La Sylphide, Romeo + Juliet, the Esmeralda pas des deux, The Sleeping Beauty, Flames of Paris and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Onuki has performed in contemporary works by Christopher Bruce, Edwaard Liang, Karole Armitage, Mark Morris, Christopher Wheeldon, Twyla Tharp and Trey McIntyre. She has received numerous awards including the 2010 bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi and a MetroDC Dance Award for Outstanding Individual Performance for Wunderland by Edwaard Liang in 2011.
Tamas Krizsa: Tamás Krizsa, of Hungary, is in his ninth season with The Washington Ballet. Krizsa graduated from the Hungarian Dance Academy with honors in 2002. During his school years, he was offered scholarships to the International Summer Course in Budapest, Elmhurst School for Dance and Performing Arts in England, North Carolina School of the Arts Summer program, Miami City Ballet School Summer Dance Program and American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive. During this time, he also performed in Japan, Germany, the United States, Latvia and Hungary. After finishing school, Krizsa danced for Columbia Classical Ballet, Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre, Budapest Ballet and Ballet Theater Hagen in leading roles, including Oberon in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Prince in Cinderella, Albrecht in Giselle among others. Some of his favorite roles with The Washington Ballet include Siegfried in Swan Lake, Albrecht in Giselle, Tom Buchanan in Great Gatsby, Petite Mort by Jiří Kylián. In 2000 he received an award from the Hungarian Dance Academy and in 2001 received the Hungarian Dance Academy’s Maria Keresztes Memorial Prize. In 2006 and 2007, Krizsa was named Best Young Dancer in the Northwest Region of Germany. In 2014 won the gold medal in duet and silver in choreography category at VKIBC in New York. Krizsa is also a recipient of the 2015 Washington Awards.
Francesca Dugarte: Francesca Dugarte of Caracas, Venezuela, is in her second season with The Washington Ballet. Dugarte trained at Academia de Ballet Clasico Nina Novak and La Scala Theatre Ballet School. Before joining TWB, she was a principal dancer at Teatro Teresa Carreno, a demi-soloist at Zurich Ballet, a principal dancer at Victor Ullate Ballet and a guest artist at Slovakia National Ballet. In 2011, Dugarte was a contestant on the reality show, Amici di Maria de Fillippi in Rome. She is the winner of numerous awards including second place in the Youth American Grand Prix. In 2007, she won First Place in Korea’s International Ballet Competition and in 2010, she was the winner of the “Presidential Sponsorship Award” at Korea’s International Ballet Competition. Dugarte has danced a variety of repertoire including Coppélia, The Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, La Sylphide, Swan Lake, Diana & Acteon, Paquita, Esmeralda, Flames of Paris, Napoli, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Balanchine’s Serenade, Graduation Ball, Carmen, Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Firebird, 27’52”, In the Upper Room, Samsara and Jaleos.
Luis Torres: Luis R. Torres (Studio Company and Trainee Ballet Master) from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, in his 13th season with The Washington Ballet joins The Washington Ballet’s artistic team as the Studio Company and Trainee Ballet Master. Prior to joining TWB, Torres was a soloist with Ballet Theatre of Maryland (1995-1997) in Annapolis, Maryland, and performed soloist and principal roles with Ballet Arizona from 1997-2003. Many dancing roles have been created for him by a number of world renowned choreographers such as Moses Pendleton, Ib Anderson, Dwight Rhoden, Edwaard Liang and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Torres began his training in Puerto Rico under the direction of Elizabeth Calero before accepting a Roberto Clemente scholarship transfer to Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he had the opportunity to train under the tutelage of Roberto Munoz. During his time at Point Park University, he received the outstanding sophomore of the year award adding to his scholarship aid. A few of his featured roles during his tenure at TWB include Snow King, Drosselmeyer and Anacostian Man (Arabian) in The Nutcracker, Tom Buchanan in the world premiere of Septime Webre’s The Great Gatsby, Lord Capulet in Romeo + Juliet, Captain Hook in Peter Pan and the King of Hearts and Cheshire Cat in the world premiere of ALICE (in wonderland). Torres received a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) concentration in dance and psychology from Arizona State University (ASU) in 2003 and completed his Master in Fine Arts from George Mason University (GMU) June 2014. Currently, Torres is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University and a guest teacher and choreographer in many locations in the Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC areas.
January 20, 2015: “The Arts Touching Hearts: A Celebration of Xavier Atienza” (Benefit Concert for The XA Project)
Date: January 10, 2015
Time: 5:00pm (concert); 8:00pm (concert+champagne reception with the artists!)
Location: American Dance Institute
1570 E. Jefferson Street
Rockville, MD 20852
THANK YOU to all who attended!!
Alli Mauzey: A Southern California native currently living in New York City Alli recently made her Off-Broadway debut as Selma in Red Eye of Love at the Di Capo Opera Theatre. Before that she appeared on Broadway as Glinda in the 10th Anniversary company of Wicked. Other Broadway credits include Lenora in the musical Cry-Baby, for which she won a Theatre World Award and was nominated for a Drama League Award. Alli also originated the role of Lenora in the Pre-Broadway production of Cry-Baby at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego receiving a Theatre Critics Circle Award. She played Brenda in Hairspray on Broadway and in the original company of the First National Tour. Other New York credits include her City Center Encores! debut in the role of Sydney in It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman. Regionally Alli has appeared as Mallory in City of Angels for Reprise!, Snookie in 110 in the Shade at the Pasadena Playhouse, and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors at The Muny for which she was nominated for a Kevin Kline Award. Ms. Mauzey has performed with many of the top orchestras in North America including alongside the Nashville Symphony Orchestra in the title role of Cinderella benefiting the charity organization Show Hope. She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a B.F.A. in acting and a minor in music.
Eden Espinosa is most recognized for her portrayal of Elphaba in the Broadway production of “Wicked.” She has also performed the role of the green witch in both Los Angeles and San Francisco to critical acclaim.
Other musical theater accomplishments include originating the title character in “Brooklyn the Musical” from the original workshop through its Broadway run, starring as Flora in the Reprise Theater Company’s production of “Flora the Red Menace,” and playing Maureen in the closing company of “Rent,” the final performance of which was filmed live for Sony, and is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
Currently, Eden is performing at live concert venues throughout the U.S. to celebrate the release of her award winning debut solo album Look Around.
Available on iTunes, Amazon, and www.edenespinosa.com
Morgann Rose, of Lake Forest, California, is in her 13th season with The Washington Ballet after dancing with Elliot Feld’s Ballet Tech in New York City. She began her training with Rebecca Wright, Tania Lichine and David Allen and has received scholarships to several prominent summer programs including the School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and National Ballet of Canada. Ms. Rose graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts high school program before joining her first ballet company. In addition to dancing with The Washington Ballet, she has been a guest artist with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Carolina Ballet, City Dance Ensemble and ARKA Ballet. Some of her principal roles include Myrta in Giselle, Snow Queen in Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker, Effe in La Sylphide and Choleric in The Four Temperaments. Ms. Rose is a certified Gyrotonic instructor.
Jonathan Jordan, of Phoenix, Arizona, is in his 14th season with The Washington Ballet. Mr. Jordan began studying ballet at the Tucson School of Ballet and the Phoenix School of Ballet, later training at the Kirov Academy of Ballet (Washington, DC) and The Washington School of Ballet with Roudolf Kharatian. Prior to joining TWB, he danced with Le Jeune Ballet de France, Ballet Metropolitan de Monterey and ARKA Ballet. He has performed with the Trey McIntyre Project, Christopher Wheeldon’s Morphoses and the Copenhagen International Ballet for the SommerBallet Project, under the direction of Alexander Kolpin. Mr. Jordan’s notable awards include finalist in the 2000 Varna International Ballet Competition, finalist in the 2000 Paris International Ballet Competition, bronze medalist in the 2003 New York International Ballet Competition and the 2008 MetroDC Dance Award for Outstanding Individual Performance. Mr. Jordan teaches at The Washington School of Ballet as a guest artist and coach. He was named associate artistic director of ARKA Ballet in 2007.
Ballet ADI – Under the direction of former Washington Ballet and Suzanne Farrell Ballet dancer Runqiao Du, ADI’s resident dance company features classical and contemporary ballet works performed by professional dancers working in the Washington DC Metro area. Performances have featured new works choreographed by Du as well as excerpts from classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Giselle and Le Corsaire.
Peter Arizmendi “Bam The Liquid Robot” (hip-hip artists/dancer): BAM‘S determination and love for urban culture has lead him to work with some of the biggest names in the industry as a choreographer, and dancer. BAM’S choreography credits include Nike with (Derek Jeter), Coca Cola Lite , Sprite and Triple 5 Soul Clothing. BAM’S performed with celebrities such as Aretha Franklin, Donnie McCurklin and Omarion. Film Credits include: “Perfect Holiday” (Queen Latifah, Cedric the Entertainer and “Daddy Can’t Dance.” In 1998 he partnered with Fred “Re-Run” Berry and created New Yorks first Locking school covered by The New York Times. He also co-directed and choreographed Break “The Urban Funk Spectacular “Hip Hop musical. Stage play and musical “Dreams Do Travel” directed by Darrin Henson a”Darren’s Dance Groove” and proud to be a part of the first Hip Hop Musical “Jam On The Groove” Minetta Lane Theatre.
Glenn Sales (concert pianist) has been well-known to Washington DC audiences since his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center at age 14. He has since been soloist with that orchestra on several occasions working with Murray Sidlin and Hugh Wolff. He was also a soloist with The Boston Pops Orchestra under Arthur Fiedler. He has been praised as “a first-rate musician…played with impressive clarity and passion”(The New York Times). He attended the Juilliard School under the tutelage of the late legendary pianist Earl Wild. Glenn has been an invited guest for American Ballet Theatre since 1990 and has also played for The Washington Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The Paris Opera Ballet, The Suzanne Farrel Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater among others. He has played the premieres of several ballets and has performed works of choreographers Choo San Goh, George Balanchine, Chistopher Wheeldon, John Cranko, Mark Morris, Jerome Robbins, Maurice Bejart, Twyla Tharp among others. He has made a film for The Balanchine Foundation under the auspices of Suzanne Farrell. Mr. Sales was invited to participate in the first dance workshop ever given in the East Room of the White House. He has collaborated with Damian Woetzel and Yo-Yo Ma in the Arts Turnaround Program for public schools. He is presently the Director of Music at the American Dance Institute located in the outskirts of Washington DC.
Dana Kristina-Joi Morgan (concert pianist) is a graduate of the Howard University Master of Music Program. She received a Bachelor Degree in Music Performance from Capital University Conservatory of Music in Columbus, Ohio.
Dana has won numerous accolades and awards of achievement. She was a 2014 finalist in the Washington International Piano Artist Competition where she placed as a finalist and won the “Audience Favorite”, “Press Jury “, “Best Beethoven Work”, and “Best Classical Work” awards. Dana was also a featured performer on the televised 2011 Trumpet Awards where she was able to share the stage with legendary performers such as Aretha Franklin and Earth, Wind and Fire.
Dana has attended various summer programs which include the Interlochen World Center for the Arts, Northwestern University Summer Music Institute, The Recording Workshop, The Cleveland Institute, and the Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Her laurels include various Mayor and City Council Proclamations, countless appearances, engagements and recognition throughout the United States and abroad.
Olivia Sun is a 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a member of the US National Martial Arts Team. She trains at Kim Studio Martial Arts in Rockville, MD. Olivia began studying martial arts at the age of 10, and has been training and competing for over 20 years. Throughout her competitive career, Olivia has won numerous championship titles at the regional and national levels. She is a 4-time AAU Tae Kwon Do National Champion, and was the 2013 World Champion at the World Martial Games in Dublin, Ireland.