Dancers--2012-2013 Season

Allyson Ashley

Allyson Ashley (Goldberg Variations, Theme and Variations, The Nutcracker & the Mouse King)
Allyson Ashley is a native of Prairie Village. She began her training at Kansas City Ballet School. She apprenticed with the company and studied as well at PacificNorthwest Ballet School and the School of American Ballet. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Allyson is a certified instructor of Gyrotonic and Gyrokenisis as well as a Usui and Oden Reiki Master. She has danced with Pennsylvania Ballet, BalletNY, Collage Dance Collective, and The Dance Theatre of Harlem, where in her first year she was the company's nominee for the Princess Grace Award.

Christopher Barksdale

Christopher Barksdale (Theme and Variations, The Nutcracker & the Mouse King)
A shining star in the Kansas City dance community, Christopher Barksdale enjoyed a 21 year career with the Kansas City Ballet before retiring form the company in 2009. He received his training on scholarship at the Kansas City Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, Pacic Northwest Ballet School and Chicago City Ballet School. He has performed leading roles in Agon, Allegro Brillante, Danse Concertante, Valse Fantaisie, La Sonnambula, The Four Temperaments, Coppélia, Jardi Tancat, Lambarena, Rodeo, Stravinsky Violin Concerto and the title role in Prodigal Son. Christopher was honored to create an archival video of Balanchine's Phlegmatic variation from The Four Temperaments coached by Todd Bolender in New York at the George Balanchine Foundation and the Gigue from Mozartiana with Stanley Zompakos.

Winston Dynamite Brown

Winston Dynamite Brown (Theme and Variations, The Nutcracker & the Mouse King)
Dynamite, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, started dancing at Smith Sisters Dance Studio. He continued his training at the Missouri State Ballet, the University of Missouri Kansas City, where he received his BFA, and The Center Dance under the mentorship of Tyrone Aiken. Winston has participated in numerous intensive programs - Kansas City Ballet, Alonzo King's pre-professional program, Ailey summer intensive as three time fellowship recipient and the Ballet and Modern programs at Jacobs Pillow as the inaugural recipient of the Lorna Strassler Award. He has worked with the Wylliams/Henry Danse Theatre, Deeply Rooted Productions, Albany Berkshire Ballet, Metropolitan Opera and Taylor 2. Winston has been a member of the Pilobolus touring company since 2009.

William Cannon

William Cannon (The Nutcracker & the Mouse King)
William began his dance training at age 11 at BalletMet Dance Academy in Columbus, Ohio. As a student, he performed with the company works by artistic director David Nixon. In 2002, William was selected to participate in the National Foundation for the Advancement of Arts "ARTS week". He became a BalletMet company member in 2002, and performed works by George Balanchine, Stanton Welch, and others. Cannon went on to dance with Hubbard Street 2 and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Dance Magazine named William one of 25 to Watch in 2005. He spent three seasons with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, performing works by Jorma Elo, Nicolo Fonte, and Jiri Kylian, and is currently working with Philadelphia’s BalletX.

Michael Davis

Michael Davis (Theme and Variations)
Michael Davis began his ballet training at the Marya Kennett Dance Centre in Goshen, NY, at the age of 10. After attending summer courses at The Rock School for Dance Education in Pennsylvania, he was accepted into their year-round residency program on a merit scholarship. Upon graduating from The Rock School, he joined Oregon Ballet Theatre in 2007 and danced for two years under the direction of Christopher Stowell and Damara Bennett. He has performed in George Balanchine’s Valse Fantasie, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Serenade, Allegro Brillante and Symphony in C, as well as Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena. Michael is currently in his fourth season with Kansas City Ballet, and appears with Owen/Cox Dance Group courtesy of Kansas City Ballet.

Christine Edwards

Christen Edwards (Goldberg Variations, Theme and Variations)
Christen began formal ballet training at age 10 with Southwest Virginia Ballet. She later studied on scholarship with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Boston Ballet School. She has worked with accomplished dancers and teachers Patricia McBride (New York City Ballet), Mark Diamond (Milwaukee Ballet), and Christine Auchincloss-Fehr (Les Grands Ballet Canadiens). Christen has performed professionally with Ballet North, Georgia Dance Theatre, and North Carolina Dance Theatre. Her favorite role to dance is "Myrtha" in Giselle. Christen is thrilled to be performing with Owen/Cox and looks forward to collaborating with such a genuine and talented group of artists.

Megan Horton

Megan Horton (Theme and Variations, The Nutcracker & the Mouse King)
Megan was born in Camarillo, CA and trained primarily at the Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica, CA. She spent several summers at the School of American Ballet in addition to the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School’s year-round program. Her professional experience includes appearances with the Colorado Ballet, Columbia City Ballet, the Sacramento Ballet, and Madison Ballet among others. Megan can also be seen as a featured dancer in the upcoming National Geographic special Party Like, and is pursuing her B.A. through the LEAP program of St. Mary’s College of California.

Marcus Oatis

Marcus Oatis (Theme and Variations)
Marcus Oatis, a native of Kansas City, began his training with the summer program Ailey Camp and subsequently began studying at the Center Dance and Kansas City Ballet. Additionally, he performed with Ailey Camp The Group and Paseo Academy of the Fine and Performing Arts. While completing his B.M. in music performance, he began working with Omaha Dance Project under the direction of Sara Mau and Jonathan Fagan. Marcus danced for four seasons with Kansas City Ballet, where in was been featured in Jessica Lang's Splendid Isolation III and Jose Limon's The Moor's Pavane.

Fernando Rodriguez

Fernando Rodriguez (The Nutcracker & the Mouse King)
Fernando is originally from Port Huron, Michigan. He is a graduate of Lakewood School of Therapeutic Massage and attended Grand Valley State University as a dance major. At Grand Valley Fernando performed in works by Robert Battle, Thang Dao, Pascal Rioult. While at Grand Valley he performed with Grand Rapids Ballet Company in George Balachine’s The Prodigal Son. During his summers, Fernando was a scholarship student at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor and with the Thang Dao Dance Company, where he performed in works by Paul Taylor, Kevin Iega Jeff, Gary Abbott and Jessica Lang. Fernando is currently in his third season with Missouri Contemporary Ballet and would like to thank all of his teachers, family and friends for their endless knowledge, love and support. A special thanks to Gerry Schultz for introducing him to the beautiful world of dance.

Catherine Russell

Catherine Russell (Goldberg Variations, Theme and Variations, The Nutcracker & the Mouse King)
Catherine Russell was raised in Philadelphia, PA where she trained and performed with The Pennsylvania Ballet and later with the Massachusetts Youth Ballet under such wonderful teachers as Gloria Govrin, Carter Alexander, Sandra Jennings and Suzanne Farrell. In her professional career, she has performed in New York, St. Louis, California and at The Kennedy Center in D.C. Ms. Russell danced with the Kansas City Ballet for 12 years performing many principal roles including Lisette in La Fille Mal Gardee, the Paquita Pas de Trois, and Desdemona in Limon's The Moor's Pavane as well as many Balanchine works, most notably the Stairway to Paradise soloist in Who Cares? She has also been involved in several contemporary dance projects in the Kansas City area including Exhibit Sway and Quixotic. Catherine is delighted to be joining Owen/Cox Dance Group for their exciting 6th season.

Danny Ryan

Danny Ryan (Theme and Variations)
Danny Ryan began his training with Rafael Delgado in his hometown of Milwaukee before moving to New York to further his studies with the Jorey Ballet School. He went on to perform with the Louisville Ballet, Kansas City Ballet and Texas Ballet Theater, dancing in works by Balanchine, Ben Stevenson, and Trey McIntyre to name a few. As a freelance artist he has had the opportunity to perform across the country and on international stages, as well as continuing his passion for teaching and choreography. Danny is thrilled to be performing with Owen/Cox Dance Group. Further information can be found at dannyryan.net.

Danny Ryan

Shane Tice (Goldberg Variations)
Shane Tice is from Seattle, WA, where he started dancing in Pacific Northwest Ballet's "Dance Chance" outreach program. He trained on scholarship at American Ballet Theater, Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and School of American Ballet summer programs. He has since danced for Minnesota Dance Theatre in Minneapolis, State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, Smuin Ballet in San Francisco, Jose Mateo in Cambridge, and Festival Ballet in Providence. Shane first appeared with Owen/Cox Dance Group in the spring of 2012.

Latra Wilson

Latra Wilson (Goldberg Variations, Theme and Variations, The Nutcracker & the Mouse King)
Born in Tyler, Texas, Latra began her training at the Dance Factory under the tutelage of Pamela Erwin. She went on to study at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she received her BFA in Dance in May 2005. She performed numerous works by DeeAnna Hiett, Sabrina Madison-Cannon, Jennifer Medina, and Rodni Williams. Ms. Wilson was a two-time fellowship participant in the Alvin Ailey summer intensive program. She performed at the Kennedy Center at the National College Dance Festival, Setting the Stage with Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, and with Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company. From 2005-2009, Ms. Wilson was a member of Taylor 2. She has been dancing with Owen/Cox Dance Group since 2010.

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