Stefanie Roper was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She was raised in Orem, Utah where she attended her first ballet class at the age of 20. As a current NYC resident, Stefanie is a graduate from Utah Valley University receiving a BFA-Ballet, free lancing and dancing professionally in the city. Her performance experience includes Ballet Hispánico, Ballet Hispánico Dos, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, Born Dancing Inc., Repertory Ballet Ensemble, and Utah Regional Ballet guest artist. She was the executive producer of a local company called Latino Legacy for 3 years, choreographing as well as dancing contemporary and Latin folklore. With her diverse dance background she has had the opportunity to tour around the world, including the White House for President Barack Obama.
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.
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.
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.