From Denver, Colorado, Silken Kelly began her training at the Academy of Colorado Ballet. She attended summer intensives at the Harid Conservatory and American Ballet Theatre. As a full-scholarship student, she attended the School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Ballet West. She joined the Houston Ballet’s second company and performed the solo from Stanton Welch’s A Dance in the Garden of Mirth in Switzerland at the Prix de Lausanne Gala. Ms. Kelly toured nationally and internationally with Houston Ballet as a company member performing works by Stanton Welch, David Bintley, and Ben Stevenson. Since relocating to New York in 2015, Ms. Kelly joined Dance Theatre of Harlem and performed at the New York City Center in works by Robert Garland, Elena Kunikova, and Darrell Grand Moultrie. Ms. Kelly performed with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in their production of Le Casse-Noisette/The Nutcracker in Montreal in 2015 and 2016. She has also worked with Miro Magloire/New Chamber Ballet, Christopher Caines Dance, and Margo Sappington, performing a solo from her ballet Entwined.
Born in Damascus (Syria), where he received his formal training in Classical Ballet and Theater Arts at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus. His professional career started with ENANA Dance Theater as a Dancer and then soloist, performing and touring internationally for 12 years throughout the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. In the year 2013 he Joined Caracalla Dance theater, and soon afterwards, decided to move to the United States to further continue his exploration in learning new styles and forms of dance. In New York, he studied professional ballroom dancing and worked at the Arthur Murray Dance Studios which connected him to FJK Dance and lead to many collaborations and joining the company in 2017.
Elisa Toro Franky was born in Bogotá (Colombia) where she began her training at the Myriam Guerrero School of Ballet. In 2004, she came to the US to train at the Miami City Ballet School. In 2007, she began dancing professionally with the Washington Ballet. Upon moving to New York in 2008, she toured and performed with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. In 2010, Elisa competed at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. As a company member with the New Jersey Ballet from 2010 to 2014, she performed a wide range of works including principal roles in George Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliant and Johan Renvall’s Tango. In addition to her work as a classical ballerina, she performs as a featured artist with both the New Generation and Christopher Caines dance companies.
Harold was born Habana, Cuba. He started his ballet training at a young age in the specialized ballet school Alejo Carpentier and continued on to Escuela Nacional de Artes Fernando Alonso. He was accepted into the prestigious Ballet Nacional de Cuba where he interpreted roles in Theme and Variations, Giselle, Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quijote, The Magic Flute, La Fille Mal Gardée, Napoli, Nutcracker, among others. He then pursued his artistic growth dancing soloist and principal roles in companies such as The Art of Classical Ballet, Arts Ballet Theater of Florida, Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, CoDa21, Brandon Ballet, and Connecticut Ballet.
Harold has also toured internationally with several companies through countries such as Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico, Uruguay, Puerto Rico, and United States.
Lucia Jackson began her dance training in Madrid, Spain. She attended the Professional Dance Conservatory of Madrid, where she learned ballet and flamenco. At the age of 18 she returned to her birthplace New York, after being accepted into The Ailey School where she completed a Certificate in Dance and was also awarded a Scholarship Level 1 for one more year. Lucia has worked with choreographers Amy Hall, Carlos dos Santos, Erika Pujic, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Michael Foley, Sidra Bell, and Sonia Dawkins.
In 2013 she performed Memoria with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the New York City Center. In 2014 she was a part of the Ailey Spirit Gala at Lincoln Centers David H. Koch Theater performing Revelations Cast of 50.
Dannys Gonzalez, a native of Cuba, trained and graduated from the prestigious Cuban National Ballet School in Havana. There he took master classes with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Royal Danish Ballet dancer and artistic director Frank Andersen. He began his professional career in the Cuban National Ballet directed by Alicia Alonso. There he participated in the International Ballet Festival in Havana. In 2009 Gonzalez became a soloist in Ballet de Cuba Company. His classical repertoire includes major roles in Swan Lake, Coppelia, Don Quixote, La Bayadére, La Sylphide, La Fille Mal Gardée, Paquita and The Nutcracker. Gonzalez has toured the world with the show “Ballet Revolucion“.
After moving to New York City he continued developing his training at The Alvin Ailey School. He has performed with various ballet and contemporary companies around the US. Some of the venues include the acclaimed Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and Battery Park Dance Festival. Mr. Gonzalez is also a classical ballet teacher in the faculty at The School at Steps.
Born in Santiago de Querétaro, México, Luis Felipe began his dance studies at the age of six, learning and performing the Mexican folk dance that originated in this region of Mexico. He then went on to study and professionally perform various styles of dance including Flamenco, Modern Dance, Jazz as well as different methods of cross training to to obtain the tools for optimum performance and body art. His early training included a Bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in Dance, from the Center for Arts Education "Ignacio Mariano de las Casas” and Classical Dance Art School Cuban “Corpodanza”. He attended the National Center of Contemporary Dance under Guillermina Bravo in Querétaro, Mexico; where he was mentored by Christine Dakin, Orlando Scheker, Antonia Quiroz and Claudia Trueba for the International Teacher Course in Contemporary Dance for 3 years.
Felipe also attended notable programs with the University of Colima and Iberomexicana University and showing an auspicious talent for teaching, began doing so at the age of 14.
Nick began his training at the Pacific School of Dance in CoosBay, Oregon and later at the Oregon Ballet Academy under the direction of John Grensback. After attending SUNY Purchase as a Dance Major for a year, he received a full scholarship to train at The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia in 2009. He has performed with several dance companies including: Lustig Dance Theatre, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet Balletfleming, Roxy Ballet, Peoria Ballet, Charleston Ballet as well as many others. Most recently Nick was working with the Sarasota opera winter season. This will be Nick's first season with FJK Dance.
Serena Giannini began her dance training at the Area Danza in Bellinzona, Switzerland, where she studied ballet, modern, jazz and flamenco. In 2009 she was invited to attend the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. After her training there, she moved to New York and was accepted into The Ailey School, where she completed a Certificate in Dance in 2013. Serena participated in many competitions all over the world, such as TanzOlymp in Berlin, Youth American Grand Prix In New York, Odyssee de la dans in Lyon and Progetto Danza in Italy.
In 2012 she performed Memoria with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the New York City Center. Serena has worked with Choreographers Sidra Bell, Carlos dos Santos, Amy Hall, Erika Pujic, Mi Jung Manfrini-Capra and Laura Bindelli.