DEANDRE COUSLEY

(Queens, NY) began training at the age of thirteen following his acceptance to Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. He received a Merit Award from The National YoungArts Foundation prior to his graduation in 2014. Immediately following, he attended Steps on Broadway's Professional Training Program on full scholarship. After completing the training program in 2016 Mr. Cousley went on to tour with the company Janis Brenner & Dancers which had its world premiere of “Once You’re Not A Stranger” at the Sarajevo Winter Festival in February 2017. He also has a passion for commercial dance, he has worked with MTVs Video Music Award winning choreographer Matthew Pasterisa and danced in several music videos. He is pursuing a career in both commercial and concert dance as a performer and choreographer. This will be Mr. Cousley’s first season with Nimbus 2.

 

 

LEIGH ANN CURD

(Orange County, NY) received her BFA from the Boston Conservatory on the Anamarie Sarazin performance scholarship. While there, she was featured in new works created by Luis Fuenté, Gianni DiMarco and Kathryn Posin, as well as had the privilege of performing classic works by dance legends like Anthony Tudor and Martha Graham. She has performed as a guest principal in Tony Williams’ Ballet Rox and Urban Nutcracker, with Opera Boston, and has done freelance work with XT Danscollective. From 2012-2014, Ms. Curd had the opportunity to study and perform abroad in London, UK. Ms. Curd is a founding member of the Brooklyn based dance company, Inclined Dance Project, where she is still a current dancer and the rehearsal director for the company. Ms. Curd is so excited to be performing with Nimbus2 this season.

 

SHAYLA HUTTON

(Kelowna, BC, Canada) began her dance training at the age of four with The Canadian School of Ballet. After graduating high school, she moved to New York City to further her dance training at Joffrey Ballet School. There she was asked to join and perform with the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group under the direction of Davis Robertson. Ms. Hutton has frequently performed in cities across the United States and internationally in Italy and Canada. She has worked closely with ballet masters Stacy Caddell, Sam Meredith, Brian McSween, and Nicole Duffy. Ms. Hutton has performed in original works created by choreographers Africa Guzman, Gabrielle Lamb, Gary Chryst, Julie Bour, Jean Emile, Tyler Gilstrap and Davis Robertson. She has also performed signature works by George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino and Donald Byrd. Ms. Hutton graduated from the Joffrey Ballet School in 2017 and is looking forward to starting her first season with Nimbus2.

 

TAMARA McCLOSKEY

(Sussex, NJ) graduated from Point Park University with BFA in dance. She has performed in pieces by Stefanie Batten-Bland, David Norsworthy, and Gregory Dolbashian, to name a few. Ms. McCloskey has been dancing since elementary school, attended a performing arts high school, and enjoys the never-ending lessons dance can teach. Outside of dancing, Tamara enjoys hiking and hanging out with her pug Rosie. This is her first season with Nimbus2.

 

REGINALD STARLING JR.

(Washington, D.C.) began his training at Duke Ellington School of the Arts.  Since Ellington he has trained with The Washington Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School of New York, and Bates Dance Festival all under scholarships. He received his Bachelors of Arts from The University of the Arts in Ballet Performance. He has worked with choreographers such as Andre Fuentes, Iquail Shaheed, Christopher Huggins, Douglas Becker, Ronen Koresh, and Christine Cox . Reginald has performed works with Eleone Dance Theater, DanceSpora, Reflections Dance Theater and has been a guest artist to a variety of local dance and theater companies in Washington D.C and Philadelphia Area. Mr. Starling’s recent work includes Ballon; directed by Sandra Holloway performing at The Kennedy Center, as a dancer/model for AD Print-ware "Make Smart Cool," a movement to integrate arts, fashion, and sports into educational institutions. This is Mr.Starling’s first season with Nimbus2

 

 

HANNAH WAGNER

(St. Paul, Minnesota) Hannah Wagner began her dance training at the Classical Ballet Academy of Ballet Minnesota, and St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, along with completing intensives with LINES Ballet, Hubbard Street and the Martha Graham Dance Company. Ms. Wagner graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography in 2017. While at UMKC, she has had the opportunity to perform in Memoria with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Yes, Virginia Another Piano Ballet by Peter Anastos.  She has also performed works by DeeAnna Hiett, Gregory Dawson, Kirven Douhit Boyd, Kevin Iega Jeff, Gary Abbott, and Mary Pat Henry. Ms. Wagner has danced professionally with Ballet Minnesota, Wylliams Henry Contemporary Dance Company and Buglisi Dance Theater. She is excited to be a part of Nimbus2 this season.