Samantha Bell, from Orange County, California, trained with the Anaheim Ballet on full scholarship and joined their company in 2008. She won third place at Youth American Grand Prix and went on to the New York City finals. From 2010-2015, Samantha danced with the State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara (SSB) where she performed soloist roles including the Autumn Fairy in Rodney Gustafson’s Cinderella and Bianca in Robert Sund’s Taming of the Shrew. She originated the lead role of Mrs. Medlock in Josie Walsh’s premiere of The Secret Garden. Samantha’s piece, titled Pistolero, became the first-ever dancer choreographed creation to be added to the company repertoire. She toured extensively with SSB, traveling both internationally and nationally, including a two month tour of China. Samantha has danced in commercials, films, as well as the MTV Video Music Awards. Since moving to the Bay Area, Samantha has performed with Menlowe Ballet, Western Ballet, as well as guesting in numerous places. This is her first Spring season with the Oakland Ballet.
Vincent Chavez was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His dance education has been generously funded and nurtured through full tuition scholarships from the following dance institutions: Dance Theater Southwest, Ballet Hispanico, Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre and Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program. His professional experience includes New Mexico Ballet Company (2003-2007), Nevada Ballet Theatre (2007-2011), Robert Moses’ Kin (2012-Current) and Oakland Ballet Company (2013-current). Since Vincent joined OBC he has danced in works by Robert Moses, Molissa Fenley, Val Caniparoli, Janice Garrett/Charles Moulton and Graham Lustig. In addition to company life, Vincent works independently as a Bay Area Dance Artist, teaching, choreographing, collaborating with various projects and performing as a guest artist.
Landes Dixon is from Jacksonville, Florida and pre-professionally studied at LaVilla School of the Arts, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, and Jordan College of the Arts. Landes graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BFA in Dance Performance and is certified in Laban Notation. Landes attended The Martha Graham Summer and Winter Intensives, Bates Dance Festival, and Atlanta Ballet Summer Intensive. Post university, Landes has performed and collaborated with various repertory companies such as The Bruce Wood Dance Project, Steps Repertory Ensemble, Heidi Latsky Dance, Trainor Dance, Saltmarsh Dance, and BalletNext. Beyond concert repertory, Landes has performed for multiple Mary Kay Cosmetic International Conventions and commercials for Palmers Lotion. This is Landes’s second season working with Oakland Ballet Company.
Christopher Dunn has danced as a principal dancer with Reno Dance Company (RDC) productions in Reno, NV since 2002 – dancing classical and contemporary works. He also danced professionally on the Royal Caribbean International Cruise Line, and various productions throughout Nevada and California. He has taught jazz, tap, ballet and hip-hop at numerous schools, including the University of Nevada, Reno. In the Bay Area, Christopher has danced with Napoles Ballet and Peninsula Ballet and joined Dance Theatre of San Francisco in 2013 as a founding member. This is Christopher’s second season dancing with Oakland Ballet.
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 Forsyth and Ronald K Brown. Ramona danced the principal role of ‘Betsy’ in the touring production of Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away and went on to dance with the Tharp company creating new roles in addition to performing repertory works. She has danced leading roles with Oakland Ballet since 2013 and was honored with Dance Europe’s ‘Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer’ for her work in Mr. Lustig’s 2017 production of Consort. Ramona has also performed with Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Claudia Schreier and Co, Minnesota Dance Theatre, Post:Ballet, Sidra Bell, and Phantom of the Opera (25th Anniversary Tour) among others. She has taught master classes in Tharp technique across the country and is on the summer ballet faculty at NYU’s Tisch Dance.
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 BA in Economics. Her repertory includes works by George Balanchine, Lucas Crandall, William Forsythe, Bob Fosse, Yayoi Kambara, José Limon, Graham Lustig, Dexandro “D” Montalvo, Robert Moses, Donald McKayle, and Amy Seiwert. Her experience includes Dance Theatre of San Francisco, Kambara+Dancers and freelance projects in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, 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 this season.
Constanza Murphy trained at The North Star Ballet in Fairbanks, Alaska before attending the University of Utah. She has danced with several classical and contemporary companies throughout the country, including Ballet San Antonio, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, and Bay Pointe Ballet. Her career has been highlighted by roles such as Tinkerbell, Lucy, and Swanhilda, as well as opportunities to dance in works created by Amy Seiwert and Renaud Doucet. She last danced with Oakland Ballet Company in 2013 and is very happy to return for her second season.
Nina Pearlman was born in Los Angeles, California where she began her dance training at Los Angeles Ballet Academy, under the direction of Andrea Paris. In 2009, Nina relocated to the Bay Area to attend the Alonzo King Lines Ballet BFA program at Dominican University, and graduated in 2013 with a BFA in dance. Throughout her career, she has performed with Dawson Wallace Dance Project (Denver, Colorado), Soulskin Dance, Milissa Payne Project, Marika Brussels, and most recently as a corp de ballet member with Bay Pointe Ballet. Apart from dancing, Nina is a certified GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® teacher and has a regular practice in both San Francisco and Marin County. This is Nina’s first season with Oakland Ballet, and she’s thrilled to be dancing with the company.
Frankie Lee III
Frankie Lee III graduated from the University of North Carolina school of the Arts. He is also a former student of the American Dance Festival, The Pulse on Tour, The Merce Cunningham Trust, The Dance Company Experience & Springboard Danse Montreal. Frankie is currently a bi-coastal freelance dancer, performer, choreographer, faculty assistant & teacher/dance instructor. His brand is, “.fLEE dance”; fleeked, loving, enlightened & educating. He has taught classes, workshops, and choreographed for the Alonzo King Lines Ballet Dance Center Training Program, Dance Mission’s Dance Brigade, RAE Studios, SF MOMA, and many more. He has worked with several companies, including dawsondancesf, Emote Dance Theater, RAW Dance SF, Rising Rhythm Project SF, Juxtashade, Man Dance Company, House of Prolific, and Rae Agency. This will be Frankie’s second season with Oakland Ballet Company.
Jazmine Quezada is from Ventura County, California where she began her ballet training at age 11 with Ventura County Ballet and was the first to receive the Ron Noblin Full Scholarship Award with Ventura County Ballet. Jazmine attended American Ballet Theater’s New York summer intensive in 2011 and was accepted to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT that same year. She then attended the Joffrey Chicago International summer dance intensive on full scholarship and in 2016 she moved to San Francisco to continue her training on scholarship at the San Francisco Ballet School. Jazmine has performed San Francisco Ballet productions such as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and the 2018 Gala, and danced the lead role of Grace in Helgi Tomasson’s Meisten Mozart. This is Jazmine’s first season with Oakland Ballet Company.