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Wendy Miner began her study of dance at the age of three under the instruction of Karen Alwin. Wendy also grew up as a member of The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company. She began teaching and coaching rehearsals at age 14 and performed leading roles in Performers’ productions. Wendy went on to study ballet at both the University of Utah and Chicago Ballet and studied jazz at Lou Conte’s school in Chicago and EDGE Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. Wendy danced with companies in Chicago, Los Angeles and Albuquerque, including Touch Dance Ensemble and Luis Fuente Ballet New Mexico. Wendy has taught Master Classes across the country and was on faculty with Lines Ballet School. After returning to New Mexico, Wendy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of New Mexico with additional studies in biology and nutrition. She is currently on faculty at Alwin School of Dance and has received her Teacher’s Certification for Cecchetti grades one through four. In addition to teaching, Wendy is an accomplished choreographer and has commissioned full-length shows for both The Performers and Santa Ana Star Casino as well as numerous ensemble pieces and solos. In 2010 Wendy became the new Artistic Director of The Performers Ballet and Jazz Company. Wendy and her husband Allen are the proud parents of three children.
Andrea Basile has performed with several dance companies including The San Francisco Ballet, ODC Dance, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Kate Weare Company, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, Smuin Ballet, and The Foundry. Alonzo King choreographed “Pas” for Homer Avila and Ms. Basile, which premiered with Axis Dance Company, and was also featured on the cover of Dance Magazine. She has been teaching for many years in genres such as ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary ballet, improv, and composition classes. Ms. Basile has been an instructor at many dance schools including Alwin’s School of Dance, LINES Ballet School, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Cincinnati Ballet Academy, Marin Dance Theater, and the ODC School. She has also greatly enjoyed teaching for dance companies such as ODC Dance, Smuin Ballet, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, and Robert Moses’ KIN. Currently, Ms. Basile resides in Albuquerque, NM and is very excited to be part of the faculty at Magnify Dance Center.
Lynn Cox studied under such noted teachers as Erik Bruhn, Francoise Martinet, Alfonso Cata and Robert Barnett. She was recognized by the National Federation of Music Clubs and received the first place honor in their ballet division. Ms. Cox went on to dance professionally with the Atlanta Ballet for several years, performing such classics as Serenade, Sleeping Beauty, Carmina Burana, Raymonda, Allegro Brilliante and The Nutcracker. She previously held the position of Ballet Mistress for two regional companies and was the Pre-Professional Division Head for the Marin Ballet. She is currently the resident choreographer and Associate Division Young Dancer Division Head at Marin Dance Theatre. Ms. Cox is a vital part of MDT’s training program. She is skilled as a teacher on all levels: she now oversees and trains the faculty, with Mrs. Bassing, creating an atmosphere for all the dancers that is both developmental and consistent. She has received numerous awards for her outstanding choreography.
Kelsey Paschich is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in dance from Point Park University. Kelsey has danced and performed with The Moscow State Classical Ballet (Moscow, Russia), DCDC2 (Dayton, Ohio), Thodos Dance Chicago (Chicago, IL), River North Chicago Dance Company (Chicago, IL), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and most recently the Interdansa Dance Festival 2010 (Costa Brava, Spain). During this time Kelsey had the honor of performing in the ballets Don Quixote, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Spartacus, Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldate”, and Swan Lake. She was fortunate enough to perform in Russia, France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, New York, Chicago, and many other parts of the United States. She has worked with choreographers such as: Ann Reinking, Lucas Crandall, Robert Battle, Lar Lubavitch, Margo Sappington, Kevin O’Day, Alan Heinline, Joanie Smith, Frank Chavez, Melissa Thodos, Zac Whittenburg, Curtis Uhlmann, Robert Moses, Gail Gilbert, and many more. Kelsey has a passion for performing, teaching, and choreographing. She has been teaching dance to all ages for many years. Kelsey is thrilled and honored to be a part of Keshet Dance Company.
Natalee Maxwell has been dancing for 18 years and began her classical ballet training in Albuquerque with Karen Alwin. She completed Grade 6 of the Cecchetti Method and has received classical, contemporary, and modern training from Joffrey Ballet, Marin Dance Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet West, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Ad Deum Dance Company, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago with scholarship. Natalee has been a guest artist with The Performer's Ballet & Jazz Co. where she danced lead roles such as Mary and Mary Magdalene in Christmas Joy and How Love Wins. Natalee has also danced principal roles with Festival Ballet Albuquerque, under Patricia Dickinson-Wells, such as the Snow Queen, Queen of the Underworld,The Firebird, and was a soloist in Balanchine's Serenade. Natalee is currently a freelance artist and photographer at White Lily Art, where her love for dance and visual art merge together. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of New Mexico with a Major in Fine Art and a Minor in English. Natalee is overjoyed to be guesting with The Performer’s again in this year’s Christmas Joy as it holds a very special place in her heart and walk in faith.
Natalia Harrison was born and raised in Albuquerque where she began her training at Alwin’s School of Dance at the age of 3. She has been dancing classical ballet for 19 years as well as many other forms of dance including contemporary, jazz, tap, and modern. She has performed in various productions including The Nutcracker, George Balanchine’s Valse Fantasy, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, as well as playing the role of Mary in How Love Wins and Christmas Joy. In 2014, Natalia was selected to compete in the Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition where she was placed in the finals, earning her a scholarship with Richmond Ballet Company as a Trainee for a year. There, she trained rigorously performing in The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, George Balanchine’s Serenade, and several contemporary pieces. Natalia is thrilled to be performing in Christmas Joy for the 14th Year.
Kara Schubert Carroll began her dance training at age three with Karen Alwin. She joined The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company at age 7, and performed in Christmas Joy, summer intensives, showcases, and summer workshops around the country until she graduated from high school. She taught dance off and on at various studios in Oklahoma and Arizona while in college and grad school, and began dancing regularly at Magnify after returning to Albuquerque in 2013. Kara is currently pursuing her Teacher’s Certifications for Cecchetti Technique.
Kara holds bachelor’s degrees in history and Spanish from Oklahoma State University, and earned her Ph.D. in history from Arizona State University in 2009. She taught history at ASU for four years after graduation, and was thrilled to be able to move home to Albuquerque in 2013 after landing her dream job as a history instructor at Central New Mexico Community College. She and her husband Shiloh are the proud parents of two daughters, who love dancing at Magnify almost as much as their mother.
Deanna Encinias grew up in Albuquerque and received her early dance training from Karen Alwin and Lynn Cox (Atlanta Ballet). Later she studied with Suzanne Johnston, Luis Fuente (Joffrey Ballet), Mel Tomlinson (NYCB), and Melissa Hayden (NYCB). She studied flamenco at UNM with Eva Encinias-Sandoval, and continued her studies of flamenco, jota, and escuela bolera in Madird. At age 16, Deanna started teaching ballet at Alwin School of the Dance and later at various studios in Albuquerque, as well as Walnut Hill School in Boston. She has also taught flamenco and esucela bolera at the University of NM. She has performed ballet and flamenco around the country, and has recently retired from the stage, but enjoys her career as a teacher.
Jason Franklin trained with the School of American Ballet, where he danced principal roles in Bourree Fantasque and Christopher D’Amboise’s Tribute. Jason also studied on scholarship in summer programs at San Francisco Ballet, Kaatsbaan, ABT New York, Boston Ballet, and Harid Conservatory. Prior to BNC, he danced with J.A.R. Productions, Cincinnati Ballet, Queen City Ballet, New York Choreographic Institute, and Performer’s Ballet and Jazz Company. At BNC, Jason has danced leading roles in Garrett Ammon’s Love of My Life, An Occasional Dream and Moulin Rouge. Jason has also performed in Ma Cong’s Inner Voices and Passion, There and Joshua Blake Carter’s Mothertongue. He has choreographed for BNC for the past two seasons. Jason plays the guitar and enjoys the outdoors.
Joanna Harbaugh has been teaching dance to children of all ages for 9 years. She began her study of dance at the age of four under the instruction of Karen Alwin. Joanna became a member of The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company and danced in Performers’ productions as well as Touch Dance Ensemble until graduating high school. She then began coaching rehearsals for The Performer’s Ballet and Jazz Company and has also taught in The Performer’s Summer Intensive workshop for 9 years. In 2006 Joanna she became the Stage Director for The Performer’s production of Christmas Joy. Joanna went on to study Elementary Education at the University of New Mexico. She is currently teaching for Albuquerque Public Schools and is on faculty at Alwin School of Dance.