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ERICA LALL

was raised in Cypress, Texas and began her ballet training at the Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy in 2006.  She performed with Houston Ballet in several productions, including seven seasons of The Nutcracker.  Lall attended summer programs at Houston Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem and American Ballet Theatre, among others.  In 2013 she continued her training at the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School.  Lall was an ABT National Training Scholar from 2012-2013. She received The Houston Ballet Academy Award in 2013 and the Josephine Premice Fales Award/ABT Project Plié Scholarship from 2013-2015. Lall joined the ABT Studio Company in September 2014, where her repertoire included Duets, Hush, excerpts from Le Corsaire, Little Improvisations, the Bluebird pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty and Susan Jaffe’s Metallurgy.

Lall joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in December 2015 and became a member of the corps de ballet in May 2016.  Her repertoire includes a Porcelain Princess in Aurora’s Wedding, the Canteen Keeper in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Red Riding Hood in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, a little swan and the Italian Princess in Swan Lake and featured roles in AfterEffect, Deuce Coupe, Dream within a Dream (deferred) and In the Upper Room.  She created a featured role in Praedicere.

PEIJU CHIEN-POTT

Described as “one of the greatest living modern dancers” and “the most dramatically daring & physically chameleon-esque Graham dancer of her generation,” PeiJu Chien-Pott is an internationally acclaimed contemporary dance artist & one of our newest instructors joining the team. Principal dancer for Martha Graham, PeiJu has taught for major institutions including Duke University, Martha Graham Dance School, School of Nimbus, Taipei National University of the Arts, Ballet Forte, Rutgers, Zhengzhou Institute of Technology & more.

ASHLEY MENESTRINA

Ashley Menestrina is a freelance artist performing her own work around the world. She graduated with a BA in dance from Point Park University. Her self-choreographed solo, Always a Creature has been seen at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, the CURRENT SESSIONS’, Peridance’s Salvatore Capezio Theater, Center for Performance Research, and the 14th Street Y. Her second solo work, The Human Condition: Absent Presence premiered at The Martha Graham Theater in NYC in April 2018 and has been performed at festivals in New York City, Los Angeles, Turkey, Mexico City, Portugal, and Israel, taking home 3rd place at the International Choreography Competition in Jerusalem. Her newest work, Combative Echoes, was selected to premier in Germany at the 24th International Solo-Dance-Thetare Festival Stuttgart in March 2020.

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