"When you become the image of your own imagination, it's the most powerful thing you could ever do."
- Ru Paul
KATLIN MICHAEL BOURGEOIS, from Gonzales, LA, began his dance training at multiple studios in south Louisiana including A Touch of Class Performing Arts and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). After high school he accepted a full scholarship to the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program in San Francisco from which he graduated in 2014. Katlin joined Hubbard Street 2 as an apprentice and was promoted to a contracted position the following year. In his dance career, he has worked with teachers and choreographers at the top of the industry including: Bryan Arias, Sandrine Cassini, Alejandro Cerrudo, Kara Davis, Arturo Fernandez, Shannon Gillen, Maurya Kerr, Dexandro (D) Montalvo, Ihsan Rustem, and Robyn Mineko Williams. Katlin joined DanceWorks Chicago in September 2016.
"Trust the still, small voice that says, 'this might work, and I’ll try it.' "
- Diane Mariechild
DAVID GOUROV, from Farmington Hills, MI, attended Dance Dynamics PAC in Walled Lake. He trained in all styles of dance and guest performed for Ballet Americano in their Nutcracker. He graduated from New York University Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Economics in May of 2016. At NYU, David performed in many student pieces and works by faculty members Cherylyn Lavagnino and James Martin. Performances at NYU also include dances by guest choreographers Gregory Dolbashian and Vita Osojnik as well as the role of Cavalier in The Nutcracker, A Contemporary Ballet at the Alvin Ailey City Group Theater in NYC. David joined DanceWorks Chicago in September 2016.
"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique."
- Martha Graham
SARAH JONES, from South Lyon, MI, began dancing with Melva Stelzer-Zavisa at the American Dance Academy. In 2016, she graduated summa cum laude from Western Michigan University with a B.F.A. in Dance. At Western, she had the privilege of working with choreographers James Gregg, Gabrielle Lamb, and Eddy Ocampo, and dancing in Gerald Arpino’s Viva Vivaldi, Lew Christensen’s Con Amore, Ohad Naharin’s excerpts from Kyr and Anaphase, and Antony Tudor’s Continuo. She proudly represented WMU as a member of Western Dance Project. Sarah studied in New York City at The Joffrey Ballet School under Francesca Corkle, Meg Paul, and Davis Robertson, as well as Complexions Contemporary Ballet with Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson. After graduation, Sarah was a member of Contexture Dance Detroit under the direction of Tracy Pearson. Sarah joined DanceWorks Chicago in September 2016.
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”
- Lao Tzu
TERESA MARSALA, from Naperville, IL, began dancing at The Academy of Dance Arts under the direction of Artistic Director Sherry Moray and trained with Ricky Ruiz and Carrie Nicastro–Ruiz. After finishing her senior year at The Academy in 2014, she continued her training through Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Summer Intensive and also received a full scholarship to attend The Joffrey Ballet School’s (NYC) Jazz Summer Intensive. During fall 2014, she had wonderful opportunities to perform works by Dionna Pridgeon and hip-hop icon Ian Eastwood. In spring 2015, Teresa had the privilege of performing with Chicago Repertory Ballet, working with choreographers Tenley Dorrill, Kristina Isabelle, and Artistic Director Wade Schaaf. She has had the joy of being a part of the Lou Conte Dance Studio’s Scholarship Program, under the tutelage of Claire Bataille and the LCDS staff, to further her artistic growth. Teresa joined DanceWorks Chicago in October 2015.
"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
- Maya Angelou
GINNY NGO, from Alhambra, CA, began her dance training under the direction of Shin Yue Wang at Shin Dance Academy, with a concentration on classical Chinese folk dance and ballet. She continued her dance education at the University of California, Irvine, graduating with a B.F.A. in Performing Arts and a minor in Biological Sciences. As an undergraduate, Ginny was privileged with the opportunity to work with distinguished choreographers such as Jodie Gates, Loretta Livingston, Molly Lynch, Donald McKayle, and Tong Wang. For two incredible years, Ginny studied closely with Mr. McKayle as a member of his Etude Ensemble. Since graduating, Ginny continued to cultivate her artistry through dance intensives and outreach programs such as Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s summer intensive and Movement Exchange in Panama, where Ginny shared her passion for dance with at-risk youths and children. She has also danced with Ali McKeon Dance Project, in Mountain View, CA. Ginny joined DanceWorks Chicago in October 2015.
"I want to know if you can be with joy mine or your own if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human."
- Oriah Mountain Dreamer
JIMI LOC NGUYEN, from Grand Rapids, MI, began his classical training at the age of nineteen with the University of Michigan Department of Dance, completing his BFA in Dance in 2015. As a Joseph Wojczynski Memorial Scholarship recipient at UM, Jimi performed in works such as Bill T. Jones’ D-Man in the Waters and excerpts from Lucinda Child’s Dance #1, in addition to many works created by UM's esteemed dance faculty. Jimi represented UM Dance in the 2014 “Promising Artist Concert” in Costa Rica, in which he performed works by Sandra Torijano DeYoung. That same summer, Jimi had the honor of being a cast member of Spirit of the Fringe award-winning presentation of The Warriors: A Love Story in Edinburgh, Scotland with ARCOS Dance. In the summer of 2015, he was invited to perform with Next Level Dance Company, a hip-hop crew from Detroit, at the World of Dance Finals in Los Angeles. Jimi concluded summer 2015 returning to ARCOS Dance before relocating to the vibrant city of Chicago. Jimi joined DanceWorks Chicago in October 2015.