ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Christopher Jackson(associate director, dance captain) Maywood, IL He's a graduate of The Chicago Academy for the Arts Dance: River North Dance Chicago(apprentice), Ailey ll, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Theater: Kill Kill or Die!, Freedom the Musical, Disney's The Lion King National Tour, The Wiz(Broadway 40th Anniversary Concert), Dreamgirls the Musical(DTC). He is currently on faculty at The Ailey School and New York University. In 2008 danced for President Barack Obama at The Kennedy Center. He serves as judge and Master of ceremonies for National Dance Showcase Competition. He is excited to be apart of Victory Dance Project as an original company member.
Aika is a versatile dancer, trained in all disciplines of dance. She started dancing at the age of 13 in Osaka Japan. She has pursued many styles of street dance, Locking, Popping, Hip Hop and House. She later began her training in Contemporary, Jazz and Ballet. Upon arriving in NYC, Aika trained at Peridance Capezio Center and Broadway Dance Center.
She is also a member of Reaction Dance Company.
Aika has won in many battles and competitions, such as best 4 in a Locking 2 on 2 battle "GUDASUI", winner of West Japan university championship, MVP in dance competition "BUZZ STYLE."
Her other credits include: soloist in a musical "Sun & Seeds"(Japan), show "ESTADO INGRAVITTO" conceived by Ashlé Dawson who was top 4 of SYTYCD, MV of NY-based band Misterwives “Not Your Way”, Bulgarian pop star Alek Sandar “Let me do it”.
Ty Evans is a NYC bred performer who comes from a family of performers. As a child his hip hop skills were given a foundation by his aunt Mildred "Cherokee" Evans who provided him his first performance at the age of 11 in her talent showcase and continued to train him in her dance organization C.Y.P.A.O.
While continuing to perform in dozens of shows across the east coast as a teen Ty expanded his talents into theatre staring a lead an off Broadway musical named "License To Dream", working with Castillo Theatre and Dzul Dance Company. The following year working with choreographer Desmond Richardson for the All Stars Project 2012 Gala. Ty Evans currently trains and performs with performance crew D Solez, and Fiyah Dancehall Theater. As well as artistic directing, choreographing, and performing for various singers, artist, and groups. With no full-time institution for training, his passion for performing pushed him to travel NYC, learning from its talent, in which landed him to do theater on 42nd street. As well as work with choreographers Desmond Richardson and Tanisha Scott.
Pierre Jefferson, was born in Haiti. He is a choreographer and an international dancer who recently danced through out France. He has also danced for many big companies in Haiti such as Digicel and Ministère de la Culture, as well as dancing for Chris Brown and Lil Wayne.
Tre SmithMember of Eleone Dance Theatre, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and is currently a member of Camille A. Brown & Dancers
Randy CastilloCompania Nacional de Danza, Dresden Ballet, Opera Ballet de Lyon, LA Dance Project and The Jessica Lang Dance Company
Alicia LundgrenCompany member Ailey 11, Dallas Black Dance Theater, and Philadanco. the Merropolitan Opera, The Rockettes, Shuffle Along on Broadway
Ayo Janeen JacksonBill T. Jones/Arnie Zane company, Spiderman on Broadway, Princess grace Award recipient, Super Fly The Musical, City Opera
Erin MooreThe Metropolitan Opera, Philidanco, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, HBO's Boardwalk Empire, American Hustle, American Dance Machine 21, on Broadway in After Midnight and Shuffle Along
Florient Cador2012 winner of the French 'So You Think You Can Dance, STEPS on Broadway and the Westchester Ballet, choreographers such as Derek Mitchell, Vienna InternationalBallet Company
Jessica IsrealShe has performed works by Darrell Moultrie, Francesca Harper, Ursula Payne and David Parker, Good Morning America, in music videos by Hettie Barnhill, a Bollywood featured film "ABCD"
Maggie SeagalBachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from The Juilliard School, Arias Dance at Jacob's Pillow, Springboard Danse Montreal and the Gaga Intensives, Performed the works of Pina Bausch, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Jose Limon, Merce Cunningham, Jill Johnson, Andrea Miller, Alex Ketley
Miquel BanketAmazing Grace (Bank of America theater,) Carnival (Goodspeed,) West Side Story (West End). Opera: Enchanted Island, Armida (Met Opera,) Aida (LA Opera.) Carmen (Arizona Opera.) Film: Something New. Companies: Philadanco, Jazz Antiqua & The Lula Washington Dance theater
Ricardo ZayasStudied with the Dance Theater of Harlem and the San Francisco Ballet. A memeber of Ailey Dance Theater, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Sidra Bell Dance New York, Post:Ballet, and Alonzo King/LINES Ballet, and Bill T. Jones' FELA!, Hamilton The Musical
GARY MAURICE LEWIS
Born and raised in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., Gary Lewis has forged a singular career in Dance and Theatre in the United States and abroad since 1982. Lewis spent his summers in New York City studying at Dance Theater of Harlem Summer Intensives under the direction of Arthur Mitchell.
Lewis trained professionally at the Washington School of Ballet (TWSB), under the direction of and founder Mary Day. Known nationally and internationally. In 1989 Lewis made his professional debut as a company member of the Capitol Ballet. He had the opportunity to perform the critically acclaimed ballet “The River”, by Alvin Ailey. Lewis was then accepted at the Alvin Ailey American Dance School with a full scholarship under the direction of Denise Jefferson.
In 1997 Lewis joined the acclaimed Ron K. Brown EVIDENCE NYC. He went on to make his Broadway debut in the original cast of “The Lion King” on Broadway becoming assistant Dance Captain. Lewis also performed in the cast of “The Lion King National Gazelle Tour”
Other featured performances include the 1998 Tony Awards with The Lion King; the 2008 Middle Eastern Film Festival Opening and Closing Ceremonies in Abu Dhabi, choreographed and directed by Otis Sallid; and performances of FAUST and CARMINA BARANA with the Colorado Symphony. Gary Lewis has been rehearsal director for The Victory Dance Project since its premiere season.