|As members of Nicholas Andre Dance, these extraordinary dancers/artists blend their talents to bring the enjoyment of modern dance to both traditional dance audiences and to audiences that are new to the world of dance. The following people make up the driving force behind Nicholas Andre Dance.|
|Nick Ross, (Artistic director)
“Mr. Ross is one of those choreographers who are fully immersed in dance. Taken together the pieces suggested a creator who is happiest when swimming pleasurably through the waters of dance, cuffing ideas and styles as he goes, rather than rushing into a studio with a burning theme for a new work.”
– The New York Times
“Mr. Ross’ affinity for sports plays out in the sheer athleticism of his work, where strenuous movement and pulsing momentum drive his choreography. He creates risk-taking dances…space-gobbling movement performed at breakneck speeds…”
–The Houston Chronicle
“If one of Monet’s giant Water Lily paintings could come to life, it would move in the form of Nick Ross’ choreography. Infused with scientific exactness and the romance of personal artistic reflection, like those famous canvases, Mr. Ross’ choreography hints at the illusion of a never-ending journey, creating the refuge of a peaceful meditation in the midst of a chaotic life. It is not simply technical difficulty or poetic beauty that makes Mr. Ross’ dances stand out. Nor is it just the crystalline clarity of his phrasing and transitions. He is a skilled architect at home moving in complicated patterns, making work that flows like the patterns in a kaleidoscope. Powerfully athletic yet always beautifully clear, his work pops off the stage like fireworks.”
Nicholas Ross was born in Massachusetts but grew up in Colorado. Nick was a member of Peter Pucci Plus Dancers from 2002-2007, and has also worked with H.T. Chen and Dancers, Amy Marshall Dance Company, Jennifer Muller/The Works and Michael Mao Dance Company. He holds a BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY-Purchase.
In 2003, Nick formed Nicholas Andre Dance, and he has since choreographed over 16 works for his company. Nick has restaged and created new works for dance programs at SUNY-Purchase, Manhattanville College Adelphi University, Richard Stockton College, Cedar Crest College, Arvada Civic Dance Theater, University of Northern Colorado, Houston School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Delaware Dance Company.
Nick has served as an adjunct professor at Manhattanville College and Adelphi University and created and directed Adelphi’s first Pre-College Summer Dance Program. Nick has also been a guest teacher at SUNY-Purchase, Southern Methodist University, Richard Stockton College, Cedar Crest College, Hofstra University, Rice University, Houston Community College and Cecil County Community College. He has taught in New York City at the Joffrey Ballet School, Dance New Amsterdam, 92nd St Y/Harkness Dance Center, as well as in California, Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, Virginia, and in Brazil. Mr. Ross also keeps an active role in athletics. He played collegiate baseball and continues today by being the head varsity baseball coach and assistant varsity football coach at a school in New York City.
|Heather DeLussa, (rehearsal assistant/dancer)
Heather DeLussa was raised in Vineland, New Jersey where she began dancing at the age of eight. In 1989 she moved to New York to attend the Juilliard School. While at Juilliard, Ms. DeLussa, regularly performed with the Julliard Dance Ensemble and the Lincoln Center Cross Cultural Tour. In 1993, Ms. DeLussa graduated with a BFA in Dance. Heather has performed with the Baltimore Opera Co., the New Jersey Opera Co., Omega Dance Company, and Michael Mao Dance Company, including a one month tour to mainland China in 2002. She has worked with Peter Pucci, Bayork Lee, Kevin Wynn, Gloria Marina and other choreographers. Heather also works as a certified Pilates and GYROTONIC® instructor in NYC. Ms. DeLussa is an original member of Nicholas Andre Dance.
|Trista Jennings, (dancer)
Trista Jennings began her dance training at Beth Marks Ballet Arts Centre in Jacksonville, Fl. She attended Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and performed works by Bill Evans, Alonzo King, Demetrius Klein, Ronen Koresh, and Eddy Toussaint. In 2008, Trista graduated with a BFA in dance performance from Southern Methodist University Division of Dance. Ms. Jennings joined Nicholas Andre Dance in October 2008.
|Tommy Scrivens, (dancer)
Tommy Scrivens is a Florida native, where he trained at New Tampa Dance Theatre. Tommy graduated from The Ohio State University with a BFA in dance performance in 2005. He has performed with Columbus Dance Theater contemporary ballet company, in the United Kingdom tour of Tap Fusion, as a guest artist with BalletMet Columbus, Collide, and most recently Parsons Dance. He is also currently dancing with dre.dance and MarInspired.
|Christopher Ralph, (dancer)
Christopher Ralph was born and raised in Long Island, New York. He began his dance training at Holy Trinity High School, were he was accepted into the theater/dance program lead by Cathy Murphy. While training at school he simultaneously attend classes at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. Mr. Ralph attended SUNY Purchase College and graduated with a BFA in Dance in 2009. Mr Ralph has also performed works by Lauri Stallings, , Yung-li Chen and Doug Varone and currently dances for CorbinDances and DASH Ensemble. Mr. Ralph joined Nicholas Andre Dance in September 2009.
|Zac Hammer, (dancer)
Zac Hammer began his dance training at age ten with Charlotte Wendel and Densil Adams. During his early training, he apprenticed with Ballet Oklahoma, under the direction of Bryan Pitts. In 2007, Zac graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in dance performance from Southern Methodist University, where his original choreography was produced as part of the Mainstage Season. While at SMU he danced works by Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, William Forsythe, Agnes DeMille and Alison Chase. He has been cast in numerous industrials, and has become a nationally recognized teacher of ballet, modern, and jazz. For the past three years Zac has toured both abroad and domestically with the world-renowned Parsons Dance, and in 2010 he joined the New York cast of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. He continues to dance, teach and choreograph throughout the country. Mr. Hammer joined Nicholas Andre Dance in July of 2010.
|Cat Cogliandro, (dancer)
Cat Cogliandro, (dancer) is a native of Houston, Texas and trained under Sheryl Rowland, Rowland’s School of Ballet and Kingwood Dance Theatre. She attended SUNY-Purchase and in May 2009 received her BFA from the Conservatory of Dance. Since graduation, Cat has performed with Emily Bufferd/BEings Dance, John Zullo/John J Zullo Dance, Erick Montes, Malcolm Jason Low, Paige Manley and Loni Landon/Red String Dance. Cat can also be seen in a music video with the Greek artist, Sophia Strati, titled “This Can’t Be Love”, as well as Paige Manley’s Scene Interactive shoot titled “Monster”. She recently premiered her own work, “kastro”, at the Young Choreographers Festival at Symphony Space here in NYC. She is excited to be a part of the Nicholas Andre Dance family and looking forward to the year to come! Ms. Cogliandro joined Nicholas Andre Dance in July 2010.
|Jamie Baptist, (dancer)
Jamie Baptist, (dancer) was born and raised in West Long Branch, New Jersey. Jamie began her dance training at the age of two. Jamie attended George Mason University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance as well as K-12 Dance Education Certification. At GMU, Jamie received numerous scholarships and awards and has had the privilege to perform the works of Elisa Monte, Mark Morris, Doug Varone, David Parsons, Robert Battle and Ohad Naharin as well as performing the solo role in Twyla Tharp’s “Eight Jelly Roles”. Ms. Baptist has worked with Marinspired; The storytellers Jamie would like to thank her family for their unwavering support! Ms. Baptist joined Nicholas Andre Dance in June 2011.
|Miguel Quinones, (dancer)
Miguel Quinones was born in New York City, and grew up in Miami, FL. Miguel began his dance studies at the Miami Conservatory under Ruth Weisen. Miguel also competed in NYCDA, and Dance Rave with Barbara Delgado. Miguel attended the New World School of the Arts High School and graduated with a focus in visual arts. Miguel has performed works by David Parsons, Jennifer Muller, Robert Battle, Jose Limon, and Peter London. Miguel received his BFA in dance from New World College in May 2005. He also received the Rising Star award in 2011. Miguel joined Parsons Dance in July 2005. Mr. Quinones joined Nicholas Andre Dance in October 2011.
|Andy Monroe, (composer)
Andy Monroe has been accompanying dance classes in New York City for the past twenty-five years. He currently plays at The Paul Taylor School, The Ailey School, The Juilliard School, Eugene Lang College, and The Limon Institute. He has also released three albums (JOYFUL NOISE: DISC ONE, RAIN, and JOYFUL NOISE: DISC TWO), made specifically with dance instructors in mind. He has created scores for Elisa King and Dancers, Buglisi/Forman Dance Company and Thomas/Ortiz Dance, as well as choreographer Noah Gelber. In addition to his work with dancers, Andy has written the music for two full-length musicals: THE TRAGIC AND HORRIBLE LIFE OF THE SINGING NUN (New York Musical Theatre Festival, 2006) and THE KID (The New Group, 2010). He is the recipient of the 2001 BMI Foundation Jerry Harrington Musical Theater Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement and was a 2007-8 Dramatist Guild Fellow. A member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, he received the 2009 Jerry Bock Award Excellence in Musical Theatre for his work on THE KID.
|Image coming soon||Burke Wilmore, (lighting designer)
Burke Wilmore began working with Nicholas André dance in Janurary 2009. He is the resident lighting designer of Keigwin + Company, and recently lit Stephen Petroniofs evening-length ballet Tragic Love, for Ballet de Lorraine at the Montpelier Festival. He was the resident designer for the entire life of Battleworks (2001–2010), and lit Robert Battlefs Juba In/Side The Hunt Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.His work is in the repertories of Swedenfs NorrDans and Hollandfs Introdans. He has worked in 17 countries and 38 states. He frequently collaborates with director and Broadway star André de Shields, for whom he lit the Louis Armstrong musical Ambassador Satch – most recently in Abu Dhabi. Mr. Wilmore is a member of the United Scenic Artists Local 829. He was an honors graduate, some time ago, of Wesleyan University. He lives in Brooklyn.