Miranda Haywood-Curry (Executive Director) serves also as a Choreographer, Ballet Mistress, Teacher, and Dancer for FRDC. Miranda is a native of Ada, MI received her dance training on scholarship with the Grand Rapids Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet schools. Mrs. Curry also studied at the School of American Ballet in New York City, NY. As a senior in high school, she joined Grand Rapids Ballet signing her contract as a paid apprentice in the company. She has performed professionally with the Grand Rapids Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Charlotte Total Theatre and the Moving Poets Theatre of Dance. She has also been a guest artist for Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey and Ablemarle Academy of Dance where she was the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker. Mrs. Curry served as the first dance team coach for Providence Day High School (Charlotte, NC) in 2003. As of January 2011, Mrs. Curry is serving a professor of dance at Grand Valley State University. She instructs over 170 students each semester in ballet, jazz, modern, ballroom, and stretch and tone. Since 1998, she has served on the faculty for many of North Carolina and Michigan's finest ballet schools: the school of the North Carolina Dance Theatre, Charlotte School of Ballet, Community School of the Arts, Charlotte City Ballet, Miller Street Dance Academy, Weir Dancin', Las Americas, Turning Pointe School of Dance and Classic Pointe.
Joseph Curry (Artistic Director) originally from Greensburg, PA, has danced professionally for fifteen years. He also carries the title of Choreographer, Teacher, and Ballet Master. He obtained a bachelor of fine arts degree from North Carolina School of the Arts. Mr. Curry spent five years with the North Carolina Dance Theatre followed by eight years with the Moving Poets Theatre of Dance. He also guest performed, choreographed and taught dance classes for West Michigan Youth Ballet Company, New York City Opera, Mia Ballet, Kunami Ballet, Augusta Ballet, Greenville Ballet, Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, Fairfax Ballet, Roanoke Ballet, and Charlotte Youth Ballet. In March 2007, Mr. Curry directed and produced Artzilla, a Festival of the Arts in Charlotte, NC. This festival had an array of over 65 artists that included dancers, actors, storytellers, rappers, musicians, drummers, models and mimes. Joseph has also dedicated his life to working with children in dance by teaching and creating outreach programs for an number of schools which include North Carolina Dance Theatre, Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, Roanoke Ballet, and Savannah Dance Theatre. He has choreographed full length ballets for Flat River Dance Company including the Nutcracker, 12 Dancing Princesses, Good Night Moon, Tribute, The Magical Doll Shoppe, and Bluegrass.
|Amber-Rose (Dance Instructor) is thrilled to be back teaching at Flat River Dance Company. She has performed, directed and choreographed over 85 operas, ballets, featured films, music videos, pageants and musical theater productions in professional, regional and community realms. Career highlights include singing for the Michigan National Guard Troops where former VP Dick Cheney was the keynote speaker, hip hop dancer for recording artist Troma and performing at Carnegie Hall with the National Community Chorus. Amber has obtained a BA in Business Administration from Belmont University as well as an Associates in Music. She has studied at The Grand Rapids Ballet, National Ballet School of Canada, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet and North Carolina School of the Arts. She has danced professionally with The Grand Rapids Ballet, Flat River Dance Company, and Opera GR. She has worked with Grand Rapids Civic Theater, Circle Theater, Flat River Community Players, Actors Theater and Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts. In classes, it's her goal to inspire and challenge her students to do their best and reach their full potential.|
|Anna Gottschalk (Dance Instructor) is from Walled Lake, Michigan, and has been immersed in the dance culture for 17 years. Ms. Anna received her professional training at the Dance Dynamics Performing Arts Center. She is experienced in entertaining for dance, modeling, and musicals. She has performed in various productions, all around the country, specifically New York, Las Vegas, and Orlando, Florida. She has held various leadership roles and instructed dance through her training. Currently, she is a student at Grand Valley State University, where she is studying to be an English teacher on the secondary level. Ms. Anna made her debut with Flat River Dance Company performing Exchangeable, Interchangeable, Replaceable in the Spring of 2012. Ms. Gottschalk has also taught the Prince and Princess Camp. She is very excited to be joining the team here at Flat River Dance Company as one of its first new dance instructors in Pre Ballet, Tap, Creative Movement, and Jazz. Her classes will include Pre Ballet I, II, III, & Jazz I & II. Her title will not only be limited to teaching dance, she will also be serving a choreographer, and dancer. |
Charlie Clark (Professional Guest Artist) is making a return to the Greenville Performing Arts Center with Flat River Dance Company. He debuted in FRDC's production of the Nutcracker in 2012, as the Snow King and Arabian King. He is currently in his second year at Grand Valley State University. He also danced in Act I of Suite Dreams in a trio along side with Martin Skocelas and Miranda Haywood-Curry.
Brandon Harneck (Professional Guest Artist) graduated with his BA in dance from Grand Valley State University in 2012. He began training at age 12 at The Dance Company in Port Huron, MI. After having received a dance scholarship, Brandon studied modern, ballet and jazz with GVSU faculty Shawn T Bible, Calin Radulescu and Sarah Magoon. His work in the GVSU Dance Company put him alongside many notable choreographers, such as Lauren Edson, Autumn Eckman, Lizzie MacKenzie and Julie Blume. In 2012, he was chosen to perform 'Vivaldi's: The Four Seasons' with Thodos Dance Chicago. In the past four years, Brandon has also performed with The Moving Company, West Michigan Youth Ballet, The Nutcracker Ballet Theatre Company Port Huron, Dance in the Annex, Momentum and Opera Grand Rapids. Brandon is moving to Chicago this summer to continue training and performing professionally.
Chris Tallmadge (Professional Guest Artist) is a dance major at Grand Valley State University. He began his dance training at Fabulous Feet Dance Studio in Fort Gratiot, Michigan, under the instruction of Mary Jennifer Miller. He's making his début as the lion in the Wizard of Oz.
Laura McQueen Schultz (Summer Guest Teacher) was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she started her ballet training at age seven at the School of the Grand Rapids Ballet. She was a member of both the Junior and Senior Professional Trainee programs, and also studied with the Houston Ballet Academy, San Francisco Ballet School, and the National Ballet School of Canada. She joined the Grand Rapids Ballet as an apprentice in 1999. In 2001 Laura danced with the St. Louis Ballet for two seasons and returned to the Grand Rapids Ballet in 2003. Her leading roles include such ballets as The Nutcracker, Paquita, Raymonda, Swan Lake, Gordon Peirce Schmidt's Peter Pan, Francis Patrelle's Black Forest Carousel, David Parsons' The Envelope, Lew Christensen's Con Amore, Mario Radacovsky's Black Swan White Swan, Balanchine's Who Cares?, and Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs. Laura frequently appears as a guest artist in the USA, Canada, Europe and Asia for companies including Ballet Bratislava, Long Beach Ballet, Farrell Ballet Theatre and Grand Rapids Dance Project.
Kyohei Giovanni Yoshida
(Summer Guest Teacher) is originally from Japan where he received his training from the Tokyo Ballet School. He later attended The Rock School for Dance Education in the United States on a full scholarship. Yoshi received the senior bronze award at the 2010 USA International Ballet Competition, Jackson. His other awards include Senior Silver at the Bruno International Ballet Competition, Senior Finalist at the ShangHai International Ballet Competition and many others. Yoshi has been featured in such roles as Don Quixote, Tchaikovsky Pas de deux, Swan Lake, Midsummer Night's Dream, and Flowers of the Forest. Yoshi danced for two years with Slovak National Ballet before coming to Grand Rapids. This is Yoshi's second season as a company member of Grand Rapids Ballet after performing one season as a resident guest artist.
Francis Lawrence (Guest Teacher for FRDC) is from Melbourne, Australia. He studied at The Australian Ballet School where he graduated with a diploma in dance. While at the school, he danced with The Australian Ballet and with its regional Dancers Company for two years. Upon arriving in the states, Mr. Lawrence joined New York Theatre Ballet for their 30th season in Cinderella and Dance/Speak: The Life of Agnes de Mille and has danced for the Grand Rapids Ballet Company under the direction of Patricia Barker. During his time in the company, he performed repertoire by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, José Limón, Paul Taylor, Ulysses Dove, Lew Christensen, David Parson and Mario Radacovsky. In the states he has studied under programs offered by The Ailey School, Complexions and Hubbard Street, getting to work with choreographers like Pedro Ruiz, Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson. Mr. Lawrence most recently worked with Olivier Weavers on Fragments, as well as a new work, The Couch.
Nicholas Schultz (Professional Guest Artist & Summer Teacher) began his ballet training at age seven with the School of Grand Rapids Ballet. He was a member of both the Junior and Senior Trainee programs, and spent summers with the Joffrey Ballet School and the National Ballet School of Canada. He joined the Grand Rapids Ballet as an apprentice in 2001 and was promoted to a full company member the following year. Nick has appeared in many of the Company's works, dancing featured roles including Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Mario Radacovsky's Romeo and Juliet and Black Swan White Swan, Balanchine's Prodigal Son, Serenade and Who Cares?, Ulysses Dove's Red Angels, Septime Webre's Where the Wild Things Are, Olivier Wevers' The Sofa and Gordon Peirce Schmidt's Can Can and Jack the Ripper. He frequently appears as a guest artist in the USA, Canada, Europe and Asia for companies including Ballet Bratislava, Long Beach Ballet, Farrell Ballet Theatre, Alma College, Flat River Dance Company, Grand Rapids Dance Project and Southhold Ballet Theatre.
Jon Upleger, (Professional Guest Artist)
originally for Ann Arbor, Michigan, began training seriously in 1997 under the direction of Petrus Bosman and David Keener at the Virginia School of the Arts. Upon graduation, he received the school's prestigious Dean's Award and then joined Nashville Ballet as an Apprentice in 2000.
During his time at Nashville Ballet, Jon has performed roles from such varied repertoire as Romeo in Paul Vasterling's Romeo & Juliet, the Cavalier in Nashville's Nutcracker, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake and Albrecht in Giselle.
Other leading roles include Salvatore Aiello's Satto, Sarah Slipper's Ploughing the Dark, Vasterling's Awaiting Redemption, the Protagonist in Vasterling's Firebird, Twyla Tharp's Sinatra Suite and Vasterling's Cinderella.
In addition to performing with Nashville Ballet's company, Jon also performs with Configurations Dance Theater in New York, Missouri Ballet Theater and Terpsicorps Theater of Dance in Asheville, N.C. He also recently taught men's class and pas de deux to students from across the country at Nashville Ballet's Summer Intensive.
If he is ever not dancing or teaching dance, Jon is watching his favorite football teams in person or on screen.
He will be made his debut performance with the Flat
River Dance Company as Pecos Bill.
David Schultz (Professional Guest Artist) began his training in Grand Rapids, MI with the School of Grand Rapids Ballet. Before joining the company for four seasons, David studied with the National Ballet of Canada. He has performed works by Gordon Pierce Schmidt, Peter Sparling and Septime Webre, as well as Prodigal Son by Balanchine. David has studied the techniques and works of Paul Taylor, George Balanchine, Lester Horton, Martha Graham and Nacho Duato. He joined HS2 in September 2009 and became a main company member in 2011.
has performed as a Prince in Twelve Dancing Princesses, the Dream
Weaver in Good Night Moon, and in Fours Seasons and its Changing Times
with a Tribute for Flat River Dance Company, along with a contemporary duet X vs. Y.
Attila Mosolygo (Professional Guest Artist & Summer Guest Instructor)
was born in Kisvarda, Hungary. He received his early training at the National Ballet Institute in Budapest. After moving to the United States, he joined the Joffrey Ballet School. He has performed as a guest artist with Mobile Ballet, Bravo Dance, Harrisburg Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Chicago and the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. This is Attila's sixteenth season with the Grand Rapids Ballet and fifth year as Ballet Master for the Company. He is also excited about his second year as Artistic Director of the Junior Company. Attila and his wife Mindy have one daughter, Vivian and one son, Cameron.
Calin Radulescu (Professional Guest Artist & Summer Guest Instructor)
is originally from
Bucharest, Romania, where he graduated with high honors from the
Romanian National Ballet School. After graduation he spent four years
in the Romanian National Ballet, where he danced as a principal dancer
and toured with the company all over the world, performing in
Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, Italy, Greece, France, Turkey,
Bulgaria and Luxembourg. Next he traveled to Germany, dancing for
Pfaltz Theater Kaiserslautern. In the United States he was invited to
join Cincinnati Ballet where he spent two seasons. He also danced with
Tulsa Ballet and Grand Rapids Ballet, all together completing ten years
of professional career. He has been teaching since 1996 accumulating a
lot of experience in this domain. Some of his teaching credits include
Grand Rapids Ballet School, Aquinas Collage, Toledo Ballet, Burklyn
Ballet Theater, Cecchetti Council Of America, Plymouth-Canton Ballet
Company, Metro Shores Ballet Company, Dance Masters Of Michigan, Blue
Lake Fine Arts Camp among others. Returning for his fifth year as a
Visiting Professor and Ballet Master at Grand Valley State University,
Calin enjoys teaching and choreographing.
Calin has appeared as
the Cavalier in the Nutcracker, The Soldier in Twelve Dancing
Princesses, and Star pas in Good Night Moon with the Flat River Dance