Santiago Castañeda was born in Medellin, Colombia and began his ballet studies at the age of 8 at Andrea Wolff Ballet. After completing high school, Mr. Castaneda moved to Miami and continued his training at the Miami City Ballet School on scholarship. As a student at MCB, Santiago had the opportunity to perform several Balanchine ballets and classical ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia and Ballabile. Mr. Castenada has had the pleasure of originating roles in works choreographed by Gerald Ebitz Durante Verzola, Ariel Rose and Pam Tanowiz. In 2014, Santiago participated in the Youth America Grand Prix finals where he won two scholarships to the Harid Conservatory and Houston Ballet School. In 2018, Santiago joined Miami City Ballet as an apprentice. As an apprentice, Santiago has performed George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Jewels “Diamonds”, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. He also performed works by Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp and Justin Peck. This is Santiago’s first season with Collage Dance Collective.
LUISA CARDOSO is a native of Salvador, Brazil. She began her training at Ebateca Escola de Ballet, directed by Juliana De-Vecchi. In 2014 she moved to Miami, FL after receiving a scholarship to attend the Miami City Ballet School pre-professional program, directed by Darleen Callaghan. While a student with the Miami City Ballet School, she had the opportunity to perform works by George Balanchine such as Western Symphony, Stars and Stripes, and Theme and Variations. Ms.. Cardoso has also worked with choreographers Maribel Modromo, Olivier Pardina, Maria Torija, Geta Constantinescu, Ebtiz and Lourdes Lopez. In 2016 she graduated from Miami City Ballet School and moved to Memphis, TN to join Collage Dance Collective. This is Luisa’s fourth season with the company.
RICKEY FLAGG II was born and raised in in Windsor, CT. At 16 he attended the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and was also part of the Hartt School Community Division under the direction of Miguel Campaneria. Rickey continued his training with Mr. Campaneria in Cary, NC dancing roles in Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Spring Waters pas de deux and excerpts from Raymonda. Mr. Flagg has choreographed solos for the Youth American Grand Prix and World Ballet Competition, several of which placed in the contemporary category. In 2012, Rickey was awarded a full scholarship to attend Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Professional Training Program under the direction of Virginia Johnson. Upon completion of the training program at DTH, Rickey was offered a contract with Charlotte Ballet II. This is Rickey’s sixth season with Collage Dance Collective.
KENDALL LOCKHART, originally from Houston, Texas, started her training with the pre-professional dance company, Ballet Forte, at Fort Bend Academy of Dance. She later attended Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts BFA program where she additionally studied communications and advertising. During her four years at SMU, Kendall trained under the directors of Complexions Contemporary Ballet and performed new works choreographed by both Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson. She also performed the works of choreographers Bridget Moore, Danny Buraczeski and Adam Hougland. In the 2019-2020 year, Kendall joined Ballet Dallas under the direction of Carter Alexander. This is Kendall’s first season with Collage Dance Collective.
a Chicago native, has trained with The Dance Theatre of Harlem, Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center, and Chicago High School for the Arts. Nia’s diverse training includes classical ballet, modern, African, Latin, jazz, and hip hop and has taken her around the world to numerous countries, including Barcelona, St. Thomas, and South Korea. This is Nia’s first season with Collage Dance and comes to us from the Dance Theatre of Harlem School in New York. She looks forward to inspiring and mentoring young dancers while continuing to break barriers herself.
MIYESHA MCGRIFF is a Kansas City, Missouri native. She trained at the Kansas City Ballet School where she was a company apprentice for the 2006-2007 season. She then attended and graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance, May of 2011. After graduating, she danced at Dallas Black Dance Theatre II for the 2011-2012 season in Dallas, Texas. She then went to dance with Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company for the next four seasons. In the summer of 2014, She relocated to New York to pursue her dance career. Since she has moved to the Big Apple, she has danced with a few project-based companies and continues to grow in her artistry. In 2017, Miyesha joined Collage Dance Collective of Memphis, TN as a company member.
LEONARD PEREZ, from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, has trained in Spanish dance with the Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater and in ballet and modern dance at the Ruth Page School of Dance. He has studied on scholarship at Northeastern Illinois University and has been awarded full scholarships to summer intensive programs at Dance Theater of Harlem, The Ailey School, River North Dance Chicago, Thodos Dance Chicago, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, and The Ruth Page School of Dance. He danced with Milwaukee Ballet II during the 2015–2016 season and has performed works by Ron de Jesus, Michael Pink, Septime Webre, Randy Duncan, Ruth Page, Lee Wei Chao, Ilya Kozadayev, Brian MacDonald, Victor Alexander and Spanish dance duo Angel Rojas and Carlos Rodriguez. Leonard has performed in the Chicago Dancing Festival, Jacob’s Pillow International Inside/Out Dance Festival, Dance for Life Chicago, and St. Louis’ Spring To Dance Festival. He has also danced professionally with Dayton Ballet where he performed works by Gina Patterson and Jiri Kylian and Indianapolis Ballet where he performed works by Joshua Bergasse and George Balanchine. This is Leonard’s second season with Collage Dance Collective.
Born and raised in Houston, Texas Lauren began studying ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theater at the age 3. At age 12, she was accepted to the Houston Ballet Academy on scholarship. A year later she was invited to train in the Professional Division full-time. As a student, she performed in Ben Stevenson’s and Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker. After her family relocated to Colorado, she finished her training at Colorado Ballet Academy on scholarship and performed as Myrtha in the academy’s spring production of Giselle. She also performed in Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker and Septime Webre’s The Wizard of Oz. Miss Philson attended summer programs at American Ballet Theatre (NYC), School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet SDP, Colorado Ballet Academy, and Houston Ballet Academy. She is thrilled to begin her professional career with Collage Dance Collective.
Caio Rodrigo, a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, began his ballet training at Projeto Social da Prefeitura Municipal de Piraí. He has also trained at the Escola Estadual de Danças Maria Olenewa, belonging to Theatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro and the Centro de Movimentos Deborah Colker. In 2014 he was awarded a full scholarship to train at the Miami City Ballet School, where he had the opportunity to work with choreographers Olivier Pardina, Maria Torija, Geta Constantinescu and Gerard Ebitz. Mr. Rodrigo has danced professionally with Projeto Ballet Gacemss and Rumo Cia de Danca in Brazil and with Atlantic City Ballet in New Jersey. With Atlantic City Ballet he performed soloist and leading roles in such ballets as Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Raymonda. This is Mr. Rodrigo’s third season with Collage Dance.
João Pedro Silva is a native of Bahia-Brazil. He began his formal dance training at the age of 12 at the Ballare Studio of Dance. At the age of 15 he relocated to Rio de Janeiro to continue his ballet training at Dance School Alice Arja and the Cia of Ballet. He participated in the American Dance Competition where he was awarded scholarships for the Colorado Ballet Academy, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Sarasota Ballet School and Orlando Ballet School. At 17, he moved to the United States to study at the Miami City Ballet School. This is Mr. Silva’s first season with Collage Dance.