"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.

“We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognize that human beings are more alike than we are unalike.”

- Maya Angelou
JADE MONET HOOPER, from Riverside, CA, began her training at Bre Dance Studio under the direction of Clifford Breland. As an attendee of the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Summer Program, she was recognized with the Homer Avila Scholarship Award, given to a one dancer in the program. Jade attended California Institute of the Arts, graduating with a BFA in Dance and Minor in Maths and Sciences in 2015. After graduation, Jade moved to Chicago to join Hubbard Street 2. She has had the honor of working with choreographers including Lawrence Blake, Julie Bour, Alejandro Cerrudo, Shannon Guillen, Ihsan Rustem, and Robyn Mineko Williams. Jade joined DanceWorks Chicago in October 2017.

"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.

"The boy stood up shakily, and looked once more at the pyramids. They seemed to laugh at him, and he laughed back, his heart bursting with joy. Because now he knew where his treasure was."

- Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
CAMERON LASATER, from Austin, TX, started his training at the Ballet Austin Academy’s Boys Scholarship Class. Cameron attended The Ailey School (New York City) as part of the Scholarship Program and Certificate Program. In 2016, he graduated from the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program (San Francisco), where he was a scholarship recipient. Cameron danced with dawsondancesf, under direction of Gregory Dawson, for the 2016-2017 season Les Vérités. Now he is thrilled to be welcomed into another strong, creative, and unique dance community as a part of DanceWorks Chicago! Cameron joined DanceWorks Chicago in October 2017.

“When we share what we were brought here to give, we are in alignment with our highest, most powerful selves."

- Jen Sincero
RACQUEL MAR, from Clarkston, MI, began her training at multiple studios in southeast Michigan including Spotlight Dance Works under the direction of Liz Schmidt. She trained in many dance styles and performed works by choreographers Sonya Tayeh, Travis Wall, and other notable artists.  In 2017, Racquel graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from University of California, Irvine, where she had the privilege to work with distinguished choreographers including Charlotte Griffin, Molly Lynch, and Tong Wang.  Racquel had the tremendous honor and opportunity to study with legendary Donald McKayle as a member of the UCI Etude Ensemble. In addition, she was selected by Lar Lubovitch to perform his Legend of Ten during her senior year. Racquel has expanded her artistry and dance training through attendance at summer programs with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance.  Following graduation, she had the pleasure of training at b12 Berlin Workshop with multiple teachers and choreographers from all over the world. Racquel joined DanceWorks Chicago in October 2017.