ANNOUNCING 2018 MENTOR, MATTHEW NEENAN!
In the 2015-2016 Season, with support from the Wyncote Foundation, BalletX launched the Choreographic Fellowship program, an opportunity for emerging artists to expand their experience and further develop their unique voices under the mentorship and guidance of established choreographers.
Each season, BalletX Artistic Director and Co-Founder Christine Cox, Associate Artistic Director Tara Keating, Co-Founder Matthew Neenan, and an expert panel of dance leaders will select one promising choreographer to create a world premiere work on the BalletX company. Read more below about 2017 fellow Tommie-Waheed Evans and mentor Cayetano Soto.
Born in Los Angeles, CA, Tommie-Waheed Evans began his training with Michelle Blossom at Dance Connection and Andrea Calomee at Hamilton High School. He has worked and performed for Matthew Rushing, Benoit- Swan Pouffer, Debbie Allen, and Thaddeus Davis, and he has assisted Troy O'Neil Powell. Evans has danced with Lula Washington Dance Theater, PHILADANCO!, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, working with amazing choreographers such as Dwight Rhoden, Alonzo King, George Faison, Louis Johnson, Lynne-Taylor Corbett, Ronald K. Brown, Rennie Harris, and Milton Myers, to name a few.
As a choreographer, his work has been presented in/by the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Garden State Dance Festival, D/2 (PHILADANCO's Second Company), Smoke, Liles and Jade (directed by Zane Booker), and Philadelphia Dance Boom Festival. He has been commissioned to do works on Grace Dance Theater, Cleveland's Verb Ballet, Straight to the Pointe Dance Company, Lula Washington Youth Dance Ensemble, Greene + Medcalf Movement Project, and Eleone Dance Theatre. He is the Resident Choreographer of Eleone Dance Theatre.Cayetano Soto
Born in Barcelona and based in Munich, Cayetano Soto has created work for major companies worldwide. His technical, high-pitched and unpredictable choreography can be seen at international festivals in Europe, USA and Canada. Soto started his dance education in Barcelona at the Institut del Teatre and continued his studies at the Koninklijke Conservatorium in The Hague. After receiving his degree in Classical Dance, Soto danced with IT Dansa Barcelona in 1997, before joining Ballet Theater Munich a year later where he created several successful ballets and one of his first signature pieces, 'Fugaz.'
Since 2005, Soto has worked as a freelance choreographer with Nederlands Dans Theater, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Balé da Cidade de São Paulo, BJM Montréal, Introdans, Introdans voor de Jeugd, Ballet BC, Gauthier Dance Company, Companhia Nacional de Bailado, Perm Opera and Ballet Theater, Národní Divadlo Brno, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Tanz Luzern Theater, Ballet Hispanico, and Northwest Dance Project. He also created several ballets with German companies including Stuttgarter Ballet, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Augsburg Ballett, Ballett in Revier, Staatstheater Nürnberg and Ballett Dortmund.