ronald o. belger
RONALD O. BELGER originally from St. Louis, Missouri began his dance training at COCA (Center of the Creative Arts.) Ronald continued his education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. Later he continued his studies at the Dance Theatre of Harlem and The Ailey School both as a scholarship recipient. He has performed master works of Paul Taylor and George Balanchine. He also performed works of Troy Powell, Earl Mosley, Pedro Ruiz and Germaul Barnes. He has danced with Columbia City Ballet ,Opus Dance Theater, Wylliams Henry Dance Theater, Ballet Neo, Storling Dance Theater and Norwegian Cruise Lines.
KIMBERLY CHMIELEWSKI a native of Chicago, Illinois, Kimberly Chmielewski graduated magna cum laude from The University of Iowa, receiving her BFA and Honors in Dance and Sociology. While at The University of Iowa, Kimberly was a member of Iowa’s elite touring company, Dancers in Company, for three consecutive years, and had the privilege of working with choreographers such as: Nina Watt, Jaime Camarena, Harrison McEldowney, Gina Patterson, Julie Bour, Karen Burns, and all faculty members at Iowa. Other outstanding performance achievements at Iowa include: featured dancer in the resetting of José Limón’s “Psalm,” soloist in a new work created by Joanna Rosenthal-Read, soloist in Michael Medcalf’s “Hearthside,” and a cast member in Melinda Myers’ “Green Rooms.” Ms. Chmielewski was also one of twelve students sent to represent The University of Iowa in a cultural exchange and performance with Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, Mexico. Currently, Kimberly dances professionally for Nu-World Contemporary Danse Theatre, Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet, Hannah Kahn Dance Company and Moraporvida Contemporary Dance. Ms. Chmielewski is involved with The Choreographer’s Collective as both a choreographer and performer. As co-founder of BaiKo, she has toured her two-woman show nationally. Kimberly previously danced for Apex Dance and Kim Robards Dance. She began her training under Judith Svalander and Greg Begley and with Altin Naska, director of S.P.A.C.E. Dance Company in Chicago and the Dance Chicago Festival. During past summers, Kimberly has attended Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet School, and Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre’s intensives on scholarships. Kimberly is the director of the children’s program at The Classical Ballet of Colorado, as well as head faculty for their contemporary program. Her students have competed and placed her choreography at the prestigious Youth American Grand Prix competition. Ms. Chmielewski’s love for teaching is relentlessly fueled by her students’ creative intuition, positivity, and hard work.
ELLEN COLLISON is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with her BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Dance Performance. While in school she had the opportunity to train with Judith Chitwood, Paula Frasz, Autumn Eckman, Brian Carey Chung, as well as many other well known choreographers and instructors. She interned with Ballet Concerto of Fort Worth, TX in where she worked with renowned choreographer Luis Montero performing as a soloist in his works. Ellen moved to Denver three years ago to join Kim Robards Dance and was a member of the company from June of 2014 to April of 2015. She has taught for various studios throughout Denver and the Chicagoland areas, working with all ages and teaching various styles including ballet inspired barre classes with The Ballet Physique. Ellen has spent her past four summers with Burklyn Ballet Theatre in Johnson, VT and has been the director of their Intermediate Program for the past two summers. She just completed her second season with Davis Contemporary Dance.
ATTIYYA FORTUNE a native of Dallas, Texas, Attiyya began her training at Dallas Black Dance Theatre and was a member of the Allegro Ensemble for four seasons. She is an alum of Lakehill Preparatory School and is currently a junior BFA candidate in Dance and a Business minor at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has had the privilege to perform several works by many esteemed artists in the Dallas and Boulder communities. Attiyya is thankful for the experiences she has made and those to come.
Jenny Gram, originally from Santa Clara, California, is a performer, educator and creator making work under The JGram Project. She has performed with such artists as Jennifer Archibald, Mark Dendy, The Moving Architects, Racoco Productions, and Larry Keigwin for musical artist Kimbra in New York City and Shen Wei Dance Arts at the North Carolina Museum of Art during the American Dance Festival. Recently, Jenny toured Europe with John Lehrer for a two-month tour in Germany, Luxembourg, and Austria. Since moving to Denver, Jenny has been working with Moraporvida Contemporary Dance and Nu-World Contemporary Danse Theatre. For more information on Jenny, check out: www.thejgramproject.com.
RACHAEL HARDING has trained extensively in jazz, tap, modern, and ballet. She holds an MFA in dance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BFA in dance and a BS in Business Management from the University of Arizona. She was a member of the Denver based company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble and served as Assistant Rehearsal Director. Rachael toured the United States as a solo dancer with winds quintet, Imani Winds, in “Josephine Baker: A Life of Le Jazz Hot.” In Denver, Rachael has performed in the productions Nixon in China, The Pearl Fishers and Rusalka with Opera Colorado. She has worked with Colorado based professional dance companies; Davis Contemporary Dance, Moraporvida, Interweave Dance Theatre, Kim Robards and New Breed Dance Company. She has had the pleasure to perform at notable venues; Apollo Theatre, Joyce Theatre, Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center. Rachael has been teaching dance for over twenty years to children and adults at the recreational, competitive and professional levels. She has taught master classes at Denver School of the Arts, Loughborough University (UK), University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Arizona, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance School and at various dance studios throughout the Denver area. She has set choreography professionally for Aspen Dance Connection and for the Rusalka and Aida productions with Opera Colorado. She is the Artistic Director for Denver Dance Starz and the owner of Miss Rachael's Dance in Denver. Rachael is honored and inspired to be a part of Nu-World Contemporary Danse Theatre.
KEITH HAYNES a Houston native, is in his final year as a MFA Dance candidate at the University of Colorado at Boulder. As an artist, Haynes uses contemporary dance and video projection elements to investigate and explore the connections between identity, race, and faith. Haynes’s research emerges from investigations about how identities collide and coincide within one body. His choreography addresses the implications of socially deemed norms in the lives of people of color. Haynes has worked with Heather Samuelson, Gesel Mason, and Helanius J. Wilkins. Recently, he performed at the Kennedy Center and the American College Dance Association Gala.
MARISA HOLLINGSWORTH began her training in Detroit, Michigan. She later graduated from Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts in History while her summers were spent in New York City at the Dance Theater of Harlem. She danced five seasons with Ballethnic Dance Company in Atlanta, Georgia and later joined the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble for four seasons in Denver, Colorado. After Cleo, she danced with 7Dancers and then joined the Hannah Kahn Dance Company for eight seasons. She has also performed with Nu-World Contemporary Danse Theatre, New Breed Dance and Chadash Contemporary Dance Movement. She has taught all forms of dance throughout the Denver area as well as been a judge for the Ms. Colorado Pagent and the Denver Bronco Cheerleaders. She is currently serving as a board member for the Children’s Museum of Denver. She is a wife and a mother of two.
LINDSAY MARQUINO is originally from Satellite Beach, Florida. She started dancing at the age of 4 at the Rhythm In Motion Dance Studio. She then continued to study dance at the University of Wyoming and graduated in 2011 with a BFA in Dance and Minor in Communications. After graduating, she moved to California to dance professionally in Los Angeles and San Francisco. She has danced for Donna Sternberg and dancers, LA Choreographers and Dancers, Hart Pulse Dance, OdDancity, Fuerza Rumbera, and David Herrera dance company. In 2017, she moved to Colorado and continued to pursue dancing. She is currently a company member of Nu-World Contemporary Danse Theatre and Moraporvida Dance Company. When Lindsay is not dancing, she is out frolicking in the mountains with her dog.
NYNA MOORE was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, currently trains at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance and is also a member of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Youth Ensemble. As a member of the Youth Ensemble she has been able to perform at the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference as well as performing with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble in their productions of Romeo & Juliet, Porgy and Bess, and Granny Dances To A Holiday Drum. Later in the summer, she will be attending the Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine. She is very thankful for the opportunity to be apart of Nu-World Contemporary Danse Theatre.
Khanhsong's passion for dance began at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. She continued to pursue this passion into her studies at Colorado College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and Smith College, earning her Masters in Social Work after completing research on the therapeutic impact of dance on symptoms of depression and anxiety. She has danced with local companies such as The Damsels Dance Company, Avatar Movement Dance, and spent four seasons with Davis Contemporary Dance Company. Khanhsong is thrilled to be performing with Nu-World Contemporary Danse Theatre this season.
WILLIAM ROBERSON a native of Tennessee, began his dance training during his sophomore year at Howard University in Washington, D.C. where he earned is Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. During that time, he worked and performed with notable artists and choreographers such as Hope Boykin of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ray Mercer of Broadway’s The Lion King, Debbie Allen, Camille A. Brown, and others. After graduating in May of 2013, he apprenticed with Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence, A Dance Company. Following the apprenticeship, he began working with companies such as Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Damage Dance in Denver, and Thomas/ Oritz in NYC. he continues to work with other choreographers such as Dianne McIntyre, Kevin Iega Jeff, Mathew Rushing, Gary Abbott, and many more. He has performed in a number of notable venus such as the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Art Museum, and the Athenaeum Theater in Chicago, IL. Outside of performing, William is also a certified personal trainer. In 2018, he also joined Ronald K. Brown's Evidence, a Dance Company.
SHALE WONG is a pediatrician, professor and vice chair of the department of pediatrics at University of Colorado School of Medicine, teaching child health, advocacy, and health policy with focused interests in integrated care and achieving health equity. Her professional experience spans sectors of medicine, academia, government, philanthropy and the arts. She leads the Farley Health Policy Center and was formerly a senior program consultant to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Shale served as health policy advisor to First Lady Michelle Obama for development and implementation of her signature child obesity initiative, Let’s Move, and assisted in launching Joining Forces to improve health and wellness of military families. Presently, she is vice chair of the board of directors for Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. As a lifelong dancer, she is inspired to advance health through the arts. For this performance, Shale offers her warmest appreciation to Chris and Bashir, as well as all of the Nu-World dancers for the incredible opportunity to live and dance together.