COMPANY MEMBERS OF PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY:
MICHAEL APUZZO grew up in North Haven, Connecticut. He studied economics and theater at Yale University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2005. Growing up in musical theater, he began his formal dance training while in high school, performing and choreographing in undergraduate companies. After being dance captain for an original production of Miss Julie choreographed by Peter Pucci, Mr. Apuzzo debuted professionally at the Yale Repertory Theater. He has since performed in numerous musicals at equity theaters across the county, and recently finished performing in the National Tour of Twyla Tharp’s Broadway show, Movin’ Out. He holds a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He recently published Flying Through Yellow and is a certified personal trainer in NYC. Mr. Apuzzo joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 2008.
MICHELLE FLEET grew up in the Bronx and began her dance training at age four. She attended Ballet Hispanico of New York during her training at Talent Unlimited High School. There she was a member of The Ballet Hispanico Jr. Company. Ms. Fleet earned her B.F.A. in dance from Purchase College in 1999 and received her M.B.A. in business management in 2006. She has performed in works by Bill T. Jones, Merce Cunningham, Kevin Wynn, and Carlo Menotti. Ms. Fleet joined the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company in Summer 1999. She made her debut with the Paul Taylor Dance Company in September 2002.
GEORGE SMALLWOOD is a native of New Orleans. He earned a B.F.A. degree in dance performance and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an International Focus from Southern Methodist University. He has been a member of the Parsons Dance Company, where he performed the signature solo Caught, and the Martha Graham and Lar Lubovitch companies. As co-founder of Battleworks he performed, taught master classes and re-staged Robert Battle’s works across the country. He has been in regional productions of Spamalot, Chicago, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma!, Crazy for You, The Music Man, White Christmas, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and 42nd Street. He first joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company in Spring 2011 and rejoined in Summer 2012.
…AND THEIR GIFTED CONTEMPORARIES:NATANEL BELLAISHE (Broadway Dance Lab) Born and raised in Be’er Sheva Israel, Netanel graduated from the Bat-Dor school of ballet, and joined the Bat-Dor Dance company in Israel, working/recreating pieces choreographed by Paul Taylor, Lar Lubovitch, Igal Perry and many others. He performed with The Israeli Opera, The Israeli Ballet, Kamea Dance Company, Ido Tadmor Dance company and more. Netanel also took part in Israeli production of American musicals on the stages of Habima (Israel’s national theatre) and Beit Lessin Theatre and Haifa Theatre. Netanel is the winner of Israel’s So You Think You Can Dance Season 3, also knows as Born to Dance. In the US, Netanel graduated from AMDA, and then toured with the national tour of A Chorus line, was nominated for a Wilde Award for best actor in a musical (Steam Heat), and won the title of Best Male Performer for portraying the role of Gene Kelly in the play What a Glorious Feeling. Among the roles he played: Mike – A Chorus Line, Tommy Djilas – The Music Man, Ethan – The Full Monty and more… In NY Netanel performed with American Dance Machine and recently debuted on Broadway in Disney’s Aladdin.
KRISTINE BENDUL (Broadway Dancer) has appeared in seven Broadway shows, five City Center Encore productions, Live from Lincoln Center, the Academy Awards, the Tony’s, numerous TV, film, commercials, music videos, has been nominated for a Helen Hayes Award, won 1st in the Pro Cabaret Division in the international Salsa and Hustle Congress and Bill Cameron’s Swing Dance Championships and has even done company work, her most proud dancing as a principal for Ron De Jesus in Chicago’s Dance For Life. Kristine is honored to be presenting a piece of her’s for Dancers For Good . www.kristinebendul.com
ADRIENNE CANTERNA (ROCK the Ballet) Kirov Academy of Ballet scholarship graduate Adrienne Canterna, is the recipient of numerous national and international awards including winning the GOLD medal at the 1998 USA International Ballet Competition at 15 years old. Other prestigious awards include the Grishko Award of Excellence, Teen Miss Dance of America and more. Ms. Canterna is a proud brand ambassador for CAPEZIO. Adrienne has toured the world as a dancer, choreographer, model & juror. As a Principal guest ballerina she danced the roles of Gamzatti in “La Bayadere”, the Sugar Plum Fairy in “The Nutcracker”, and Kitri in “Don Quixote” with the Universal Ballet in Seoul, Korea. She has danced with the Washington Ballet and Complexions Contemporary Ballet in NYC where she was partnered by dance superstar Desmond Richardson. Adrienne is a proud brand ambassador for Flexistretcher. She has danced in numerous galas worldwide including the “Vail International Dance Festival”, “Gala de Danza”, “Dance Against Cancer”, “Dance Open” in Russia and “Les Gala des Etoiles” where she performed “Le Corsaire” pas de duex with international ballet star, Carlos Acosta. She appeared as a soloist in the PBS TV tribute to Placido Domingo, in a segment directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen. She can be seen as a ballet soloist in the motion picture “Step Up”. Ms. Canterna is also a model for MPG Sport. Adrienne is the choreographer & co-creator of the international hit dance show “ROCK the Ballet”. After touring over 40 countries since 2008, RTB continues to wow audiences across the globe. Adrienne was a special guest performer & choreographer with BAD BOYS of DANCE on TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance”. In 2013 she created & choreographed the world premiere of Rasta Thomas’ “ROMEO & JULIET” in Europe to rave reviews from critics & audiences alike. Prestigious UK dance critic Graham Watts wrote “Adrienne created a ballet for the Snapchat age. Dancing as Juliet in her own choreography, Canterna’s exciting portrayal is delivered with a cocktail of personality and movement that mixed a quirky dollop of Lady Gaga, a touch of burlesque, the length of Sylvie Guillem’s limbs and the hyper-flexible spine of an Olympic gymnast”. In 2014, Adrienne founded BAD BOYS of BALLET & they became Semi-Finalists on Season 9 of the hit TV show “America’s Got Talent”. Adrienne is the proud mother of daughter Anami Halo and Founder of SweetBird Productions. Find & follow Adrienne on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter!
KENNY CORRIGAN (ROCK the Ballet) was born and raised in Southwick, MA. As a young dancer, he won numerous scholarships and titles including America’s Dancer of the Year in 2009. Kenny attended Point Park University where he trained under many prestigious teachers and choreographers. He was chosen to represent his school at The Jazz Dance World Congress, as well as at the Destiny Rising show at the Joyce Theatre in NYC. He has also performed with Texture Contemporary Ballet and Queen of the Night in NYC. Kenny has been touring with ROCK the Ballet and Rasta Thomas’ ROMEO & JULIET, choreographed by Adrienne Canterna since 2013. Kenny was a semi finalist with BAD BOYS of BALLET on season 9 of the hit TV show “Americas Got Talent”.
DEANA DOYLE (Broadway Dance Lab) Former dancer of Kansas City Ballet, dancing numerous principal and soloist roles in ballets choreographed by Agnes de Mille, Donald McKayle, Twyla Tharp, and Paul Taylor. She trained at School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theater, as well as tap and jazz from her mother. She made her Broadway debut as Meg Giry in Phantom of the Opera, performed as Ivy Smith in Barrington Stage’s On the Town, and most recently was nominated for an Astaire Award for playing 17-year-old Winnie Foster in Broadway’s Tuck Everlasting, directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw. She has been featured at the Astaire Awards and Career Transition for Dancers, danced with the Metropolitan Opera, appeared in national commercials such as Tide and Twix, and danced in the first season of Josh Prince’s Broadway Dance Lab. When not performing, she teaches at Broadway Dance Center and Joffrey Ballet School. www.Deanna-Doyle.com
KYLE LUCIA (ROCK the Ballet) New Jersey born and bred, Kyle Lucia has been dancing since age 2 and teaching since 15. With years of experience in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, and even Breakdancing, he specializes in Hip Hop and Contemporary bringing his diverse, lifelong dance training and gymnastics background to the fluidity of his performance and choreography. He trained at In The Spotlight, Broadway Dancer Center and Steps on Broadway. Major achievements include 2009 Senior Male Dancer of the Year at Tremaine and dance scholarship awards around the world. Kyle has won numerous awards for his choreography national dance competitions. Kyle performed in the upcoming artist Garek’s debut music video and choreographed the singer’s second video. Kyle has toured the world in the shows ROCK the Ballet and Rasta Thomas’ ROMEO & JULIET, choreographed by Adrienne Canterna. Kyle was a SemiFinalist on Season 9 of “America’s Got Talent” with BAD BOYS of BALLET.
TYLER STEWART (ROCK the Ballet) is a native of Robbinsville, New Jersey. At the age of four he began his dance training at Stewart-Johnson Dance Academy, Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. During his education, Tyler won numerous regional and national awards from West Coast Dance Explosion, Dance Masters of America, American Dance Awards, Onstage New York and more. Tyler has danced with the Atlantic Contemporary Ballet Theatre in their annual “Nutcracker”, “Dancer’s Responding to Aids” at Symphony Space in NYC, and in half-time shows for the Philadelphia 76ers and the NCAA Men’s Basketball teams. He has also participated in The Naked Brothers Band as a dancer, body double and extra for their television show aired on Nickelodeon. Tyler’s work includes teaching master classes for Dance Masters of America, faculty member at Stewart-Johnson Dance Academy where he has been recognized for his award winning choreography and participating with Michael Susten and Company in NYC. Tyler has been touring the world with ROCK the Ballet, BAD BOYS of BALLET and Rasta Thomas’ ROMEO & JULIET, choreographed by Adrienne Canterna since 2014.