Luna Mexicana Cast
Landes Dixon is from Jacksonville, FL. After graduating from Southern Methodist University and studying at the Martha Graham Dance School, Dixon had performed with Steps Repertory Ensemble, Heidi Latsky Dance, Trainor Dance, and BalletNext. Landes is excited for his first season with Oakland Ballet Company.
Matthew Ebert began his formal training with San Francisco Ballet School. As a student, he performed in their annual Nutcracker and student showcase as well a few other ballets with the company. After graduating high school from the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C., Matthew spent a few years abroad. He attended the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy, where he graduated in June 2013. He currently dances with Bay Pointe Ballet as well as freelances around the Bay Area.
Ramona Kelley is from Berkeley, CA where she began her training at Berkeley Ballet Theater. She went on to earn a BFA in dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she performed in works by William Forsythe and Ronald K Brown. Ramona danced the principal role of ‘Betsy’ in the touring production of Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away. She is a current member of Twyla Tharp Dance based in NYC. Ramona has also performed with Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Sidra Bell, and the Phantom of the Opera (25th Anniversary Tour) among others. She is thrilled to be in the Bay Area dancing with Oakland Ballet for her fourth season.
Emily Kerr is a Bay Area native and received her training at Pacific Ballet Academy and Boston Ballet School. In addition to Oakland Ballet, she has also appeared with Lustig Dance Theatre, Chamber Dance Project, Ballet Neo, Menlowe Ballet, Milissa Payne Project, Mark Foehringer Dance Project, Los Angeles Ballet, and BalletMet Columbus. Emily has had the pleasure of performing works by Graham Lustig, Bat Abbit, Amy Seiwert, Val Caniparoli, Betsy Erickson, Dennis Nahat, Robert Moses, Robert Dekkers, Janice Garrett & Charles Moulton, Ron Guidi, Molissa Fenley, and Jennifer Archibald. This is Emily’s eighth season with Oakland Ballet.
Sharon Kung was born in New York, and currently resides in the Bay Area. She received her early training at the Jean M. Wong School of Ballet in Hong Kong, and continued in the Bay Area before graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of California, Irvine with a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Economics. Her repertory includes works by Amy Seiwert, George Balanchine, Lucas Crandall, William Forsythe, Bob Fosse, Yayoi Kambara, Molly Lynch, Dexandro “D” Montalvo, Robert Moses, and Donald McKayle. Her experience includes Dance Theatre of San Francisco, Kambara+Dancers, Oakland Ballet Company, and freelance projects in Amsterdam, Morocco, and San Francisco. This is Sharon’s seventh season with Oakland Ballet Company.
Born in Los Angeles, Richard Link was an undergraduate at Princeton University before deciding to pursue ballet. He received his pre-professional ballet training with South Bay Ballet, as well as dancing summers at Milwaukee Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. He began his professional career as a trainee with Kentucky Ballet Theatre. From there, he joined Nashville Ballet’s second company where he danced the past two seasons. His professional performance experience includes roles in Carmen, Sleeping Beauty, and Peter Pan, as well as featured roles in The Nutcracker, Anne Frank, Peter and the Wolf, Clowns and Others, and Degas and the Little Dancer. He is excited and honored to dance with Oakland Ballet for his second season.
Coral Martin is a Bay Area native who began her classical ballet training at Berkeley City Ballet with Grace Doty. Coral furthered her studies at Contra Costa Ballet School with Zola Dishong and Richard Cammack, at Oakland Ballet School with Ronn Guidi, and at the Ballet Studio San Francisco with Henry Berg. In addition, she attended intensive summer courses at San Francisco Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell, American Ballet Theater, the Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet, among others. Since graduating Cum Laude from Harvard University with Highest Honors in Social Anthropology and Visual Art, Coral has enjoyed furthering her maturation as a dancer through freelancing opportunities and fellowships in the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, New York City, and Paris. In addition to performing, Coral is also passionate about teaching dance to artists of all ages. This is Coral’s third season with Oakland Ballet.
Leilani Neal began her training at The Dance Network in Fairfield, CA. She continued to train with schools such as Contra Costa Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Academy of Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and received scholarships with Lines Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Miami City Ballet. Leilani has danced professionally with Peninsula Ballet Theatre and Bay Pointe Ballet under Bruce Steivel. In addition to dance, she is currently a signed model with Marla Dell Talent Agency which has given her opportunities to be in commercials with Intel, Nikon,Ford, Microsoft, and Visa. She was featured in the Mr. Carmack 2016 Coachella set and danced in the Romance music video for island artists CRSB that hit top charts in Hawaii. She’s excited to perform in her first season with Oakland Ballet.
Maxwell Dennis Simoes grew up in Philadelphia, PA where he first discovered his passion for dance and began performing around the age of 12. He attended the Creative and Performing Arts High School (CAPA), where he trained in all genres of dance. During this time, he also began training with ballet mentor, Olga Kresin and Lev Assuaulyak. He went on to place gold at the Tanzfestival Berlin Tanzolymp and placed as a finalist in the YAGP NYC final competition. Following graduation from CAPA, Max was accepted into the Rudra Bejart school in Lausanne, Switzerland. With the Bejart Ballet Lausanne, he performed pieces by Maurice Bejart including, Bolero, Le Sacre du Printemps, and Petruschka. He has also worked with such companies as Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, Eglevsky Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Performa 15 featuring David Hallberg/Francesco Vezzoli. In July 2014, Max moved to New York City, where he started performing aerial ballet pieces on the lyra and silks in addition to performing with The Metropolitan Opera and The Brooklyn Ballet. He continues to strive toward excellence for his next performing endeavors, as well as his drive and interest for teaching and coaching children.
Hailing from Maysville, Kentucky, Calvin Thomas received his foundational training at the Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet. He has supplemented his studies at Boston Ballet School, The School of American Ballet, Ballet Austin Academy, & The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre. Performing with the Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Austin, Company C Contemporary Ballet and NY Theatre Ballet are among some of the highlights of his career. His repertoire includes works by Thang Dao, Gregory Dawson, Yuri Zhukov, and Maurice Causey among others. When not dancing he still enjoys time in the studio sharing knowledge and teaching the next generation of dancers. He has been on faculty with the Contra Costa Ballet Centre for over three years. Calvin is excited and blessed to take the stage for his second season with Oakland Ballet Company.