JUSTIN DOMINIC (Performer) is a professional dancer, educator, and filmmaker. Born in Newark, NJ, he trained at Arts High School, Ailey School, American Ballet Theater, and Joffrey Ballet School. Justin received his BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and went on to perform and tour with several contemporary dance companies - Limón Dance Company, Mark Morris Dance Group, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Nai Ni Chen Dance Company, LaneCoArts, and Keigwin + Co. After finishing his MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he continues to teach and guest lecture at schools and universities. In 2018, he returned as a dancer with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet - credits include Marnie, Don Giovanni, Aida, Les Troyens, and Orfeo ed Euridice. In addition, Justin with his partner, Daniel Calderon, was most proud to create and produce their first film - unapologetic me: BLACK | GAY | MAN.
JOHN EIRICH (Performer) was raised in Orlando, FL, where he studied ballet and jazz at Southern Ballet Theatre. He earned his BFA in dance from New World School of the Arts in 2005, was a student at Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Traditions Program and performed with Miami Contemporary Dance Company, the Florida Grand Opera and Amy Marshall Dance Company. John was a member of Taylor 2 (2006-2010), Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre (2010-16), has been a member of TAKE Dance since 2007, and joined Megan Williams Dance in 2017. He has also performed in The Magic Flute at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis directed by Isaac Mizrahi (2014), Missa Brevis with Limón Dance Company and L’Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato and The Hard Nut with the Mark Morris Dance Group. John has danced for Dance Heginbotham since 2011.
KRISTEN FOOTE (Performer) is originally from Toronto, Canada, and joined the Limon Dance Company in 2000. She has since performed as a soloist in roles by José Limón, Isadora Duncan, Doris Humphrey, Anna Sokolow, Jiří Kylián, Donald McKayle, Murray Louis, Lar Lubovich, Susanne Linke, and Adam Hougland. Her training began in Toronto where she studied in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz before joining the Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, where she toured with the International Pre-Professional Company and began her training of the Limón technique. She has been hailed by the New York Times as “marvelously versatile” and has been recognized by Dance Magazine in their “Top 25 To Watch” in 2005, as one of the “Most Amazing Performers” of 2010, and a featured dancer in their September 2011 edition. In addition, she has also been a guest artist with the Yard, Thang Dao Dance Theater, Riedel Dance Theater and with Catherine Gallant and Dancers. She has also performed with Mark Morris Dance Group, was a Radio City Rockette and is a member of AUSTERLAND and Pajarillo Pinta’o. Ms. Foote also teaches Limon Master classes, workshops and re-stages Limón repertory across the U.S. and Canada. Ms. Foote is proudly supported by The Bay & Paul Foundations and the Enoch Foundation.
LINDSEY JONES (Performer) is originally from St. Louis, MO. She attended London Contemporary Dance School and received her BFA from SUNY Purchase. Lindsey has performed with GREYZONE, Jonathan Allen, Ian Spencer Bell, June Finch, Adriane Lee, Jordana Toback and The Dreamland Follies, and is currently working with Pam Tanowitz Dance, Bill Young, Caleb Teicher & Company, Kimberly Bartosik/daela, Sally Silvers & Dancers, and The Merce Cunningham Trust. She originated the role of 'The Cat' in Isaac Mizrahi’s Peter & the Wolf and was featured in his production of The Magic Flute at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Lindsey has collaborated and performed with the musical artists Blood Orange, kuxxan SUUM, Loving You, and Stone Cold Fox. Lindsey has been dancing with Dance Heginbotham since 2012.
COURTNEY LOPES (Performer) is originally from Bermuda, attended The University of North Carolina School of the Arts for her high school education focusing on Contemporary Dance, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase in 2012. Courtney had the opportunity to study abroad in Taiwan at the Taipei National University of the Arts, and has studied with the American Dance Festival, José Limón Dance Company, and Doug Varone and Dancers. Courtney has performed works by choreographers such as Mark Morris, Lar Lubovitch, Paul Taylor, Jessica Lang, and Huang Yi of Cloud Gate Dance Company. Courtney is delighted to currently be working with Dance Heginbotham, MeenMoves, Sue Bernhard Danceworks, Kathryn Alter & Dancers, and Megan Williams Dance.
VICTOR LOZANO (Performer) is originally from Houston, TX, where he began his dance training at The Houston Ballet and Houston Metropolitan Dance Center. He received his BFA from The Juilliard School under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes, and was awarded with the Juilliard Career Advancement Fellowship in 2016 and 2017. Victor has performed with The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Brian Brooks Dance, and is currently working with Pam Tanowitz Dance, Madboots Dance, and The Merce Cunningham Trust. Victor is very excited to join Dance Heginbotham for the 2018-2019 season.
AMBER STAR MERKENS (Performer) is originally from Newport, OR, where she began her dance training with Nancy Mittleman. She received her BFA from The Juilliard School under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy, and performed works by Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, José Limón, Jiří Kylián, Lar Lubovitch, and David Parsons, among others. Amber went on to dance with the José Limón Dance Company for two years before joining the Mark Morris Dance Group in 2001. For over a decade, Amber enjoyed dancing Mark's work; she was featured in numerous pieces and inherited Mark's own roles in Dido and Aeneas, Ten Suggestions, and Rondo. Amber is a recipient of the Princess Grace Award, she is mother to two beautiful children, and is also a doula and a photographer. She is absolutely thrilled to collaborate and perform with Dance Heginbotham.
MYKEL MARAI NAIRNE (Performer) Born and raised in New York City, Mykel Marai Nairne is a Brooklyn-based dancer, performer and filmmaker. She received most of her formal dance training at The Ailey School, where she held the Josephine Premice, Lizabeth & Frank Newman, and Henry & Lucy Moses Fellowships. Mykel earned her B.A. in Film and Media Studies with a concentration in documentary video production from Dartmouth College. Upon graduating in 2016 Mykel re-engaged with dance through intensives with Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, American Dance Festival, and Movement Invention Project. She has had the privilege of performing works by Bill T. Jones, Merce Cunningham, Robert Battle, Earl Mosley, and Pedro Ruiz, among others. Mykel is thrilled to join Dance Heginbotham during its 2018-19 season.
MAILE OKAMURA (Costume Designer) has designed and constructed dance and opera costumes for Dance Heginbotham, Mark Morris Dance Group, Houston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Tanglewood Music Festival, American Classical Orchestra, and Bard College. Maile was a member of Mark Morris Dance Group (1998-2016) and currently dances with Pam Tanowitz Dance.
NICOLE PEARCE (Lighting Design) Previously with John Heginbotham: 10 works (Dance Heginbotham & Atlanta Ballet). Selected dance with Mark Morris, Jessica Lang, Robert Battle, Aszure Barton, Sonya Tayeh, Brian Brooks, Andrea Miller, Alexander Ekman, Kyle Abraham, and Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, and companies including The Joffrey Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Houston Ballet, The National Ballet of Japan, Gallim Dance, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Jessica Lang Dance, Hubbard Street, Mark Morris Dance Group, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Nederlands Dance Theater, and American Ballet Theater. Selected New York theater credits includes work with directors: Edward Albee, Amir Nazir Zuabi, Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, and Jade King Carroll, with companies including McCarter Theater, Long Wharf Theater, Hartford Stage, Williamstown Theater Festival, Arizona Opera, and Minnesota Opera. www.nicolepearcedesign.com
DANIEL PETTROW (Performer) is an actor and director based in New York. He is an associate actor with The Wooster Group (since 2006). He has performed in Hamlet, Vieux Carre, and Who's Your Dada?!. He is also a teaching artist at The Wooster Group’s Summer Institute. Daniel is a frequent collaborator with multi-disciplinary theater company Bluemouth Inc. performing in Dance Marathon, How Soon is Now?, and Death by Water. He works closely with French Director Arthur Nauzyciel, having performed the lead roles in Jean Genet’s Splendid's, Bernard Marie Koltes’ Black Battles with Dogs and Roberto Zucco, and Mark Antony in Julius Caesar. Daniel has performed in over 60 plays at International and Regional theaters. He recently worked with renowned Italian director Romeo Castellucci, performing in Julius Caesar: Spared Parts for FIAF's Crossing the Line Festival. He directs NY-based sketch group SBJM. Daniel is the communications coordinator and drama teacher for Heifetz International Music Institute. He also is a guest teacher at NYU and other leading dance and theater companies. Daniel has collaborated with John Heginbotham as the drama director for YoungArts Miami (2015) and YoungArts LA (2016 & 2017). Daniel performs the role of “The Wolf” in Isaac Mizrahi’s production of Peter & the Wolf at Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum. TV: Red Band Society, Good Eats, and Don’t Know Jack. FILM: In Stereo, Sweet Parents, The Cult of Sincerity, The Last Adam, FightF*ckPray, Psychopathia Sexualis, Kathy T, and My Uncle Sidney.
MACY SULLIVAN (Performer) Originally from Camas, WA, Macy is a New York City-based dancer, collaborator, and teaching artist. She joined Dance Heginbotham in 2014 and has performed annually in Works & Process at The Guggenheim’s Peter & the Wolf with Isaac Mizrahi (choreographed by John Heginbotham) since 2013. Prior, she originated the role of Marie in Chase Brock's The Nutcracker and was a featured tap dancer in Tyne Rafaeli's The Poor of New York. Sullivan also dances for Caleb Teicher & Company and has enjoyed projects with The Bang Group, The Chase Brock Experience, Merce Cunningham Trust, and Pat Catterson. Her own work has been performed at Juilliard’s Center for Innovation in the Arts, Judson Memorial Church, The 92nd Street Y, and The Tank. As a teaching artist, she frequently works with Juilliard Global Ventures, Dance for PD®, and Together in Dance. She is the rehearsal director for Caleb Teicher & Company as well as Dance Heginbotham’s evening-length production, The Principles of Uncertainty. Sullivan holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School (Martha Hill Prize, John Erskine Prize, Choreographic Honors) and loves Lindy Hop.