Dancer, actor and choreographer, Chasen Greenwood is bicoastal primarily in L.A. giving him opportunity to work with artists such as Lady Gaga’s choreographer Richy Jackson, and Director Neal Brennan for Xbox Super Bowl commercial. Chasen has been featured in Dancer Magazine as "one to watch," completing a nationwide tour as soloist with State Street Ballet. His choreography won "Best Young Choreographer" at Regional America Southwest.
Chasen began his career performing with Leann Rimes, and in the musical Casper (national tour), training on full scholarship with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Ballet Austin. Chasen performed West Coast premiere of "Newsies," as well as on the East Coast. He is currently studying with Jeffrey Marcus Acting Studios". Chasen is a founding dancer of LA Dance Moves and is thrilled to be creating new works as Resident Choreographer.
Fun Fact: Chasen is an avid classic muscle car lover owning a convertible Mustang and will keep upgrading his muscle car collection…forever!
Elise Filo is a company dancer with American Contemporary Ballet where she has danced for four seasons and performed featured principal roles. These roles range from Balanchine repertoire to original Petipa choreography to new works.
Elise began her training in New Orleans under Harvey Hysell and later moved to the San Francisco Bay area where she trained under Alexi Zubiria from San Francisco Ballet. She started her professional career with Charlotte Ballet where she performed corps de ballet roles with the company. She then went on to earn her BFA in Dance Performance from Butler University before accepting a contract with American Contemporary Ballet. Elise is also a teacher of adult beginner ballet on the app Steezy Studio.
Elise is excited to be guesting with LA Dance Moves.
Fun Fact: Elise is fascinated by the brain and has taken courses in positive psychology and the science behind goal setting.
Michelle Lebowski is a Los Angeles native and received her training in the greater Los Angeles area and later with the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, where she received classical Russian and Balanchine training. Michelle then danced with the Colorado Ballet, IB Stage Gala, the Indianapolis Ballet, and several freelanced performances as a Guest Artist.
Currently, Michelle is enrolled in receiving her BA in Business while creating her own networking business (Ballerinas of Los Angeles) catered to solidifying a strong ballet community in the Los Angeles region. Michelle is grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Nancy Paradis and LA Dance Moves and looks forward to an exciting future with the company.
Fun Fact: Michelle is an avid gardener and created a pointe shoe garden during quarantine.
Jenna began her ballet training at age four at Inland Dance Academy in Highland, California. In 2011 she joined Los Angeles Ballet as a trainee and appeared in their production of Swan Lake. From 2012 to 2013 Jenna worked as a dancer at Disneyland Resort and Disney California Adventure. In 2013 she accepted a trainee position with Ballet Magnificat in Jackson, Mississippi and toured with them all throughout the Southern states, Mexico and Honduras. In 2018 Jenna accepted an apprentice position with Inland Pacific Ballet in Montclair, California and after one season with the company she was promoted to corps de ballet. In 2020 Jenna was honored to accept a position as company dancer with LA Dance Moves
Fun Fact: Jenna used to play the flute.
Yelena Zerkovska began her training in ballet and character in Ukraine at the age of 5. She continued her ballet training in Los Angeles, CA and was then accepted into North Carolina School of the Arts where she graduated with BFA in Ballet. Yelena has performed professionally with the New Jersey Ballet, Staten Island Ballet, Pasadena Dance Theatre, Riverside Ballet and LA Chamber Ballet/Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet. She has performed solo roles from many classical ballets which include: Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, Firebird, Paquita, Raymonda, La Bayadere and Nutcracker.
For the last 3 years, Yelena has been working internationally with Russian National Ballet Theater, Russian Moscow Ballet, Classical Ballet Theater and the State Ballet Theater of Russian. Here, Yelena has performed solo roles in such ballets as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, the Nutcracker and Cinderella.
Fun Fact: Yelena speaks fluent Russian. She received 6 years of training as a classical pianist and... she loves parrots because they love to dance as much as she does!
Greyson Myles began his dance training at the age of 8. I have trained in classical ballet for 15 years, contemporary ballet and modern dance for 8 years and jazz for 5 years. He is currently a Company Dancer with Festival Ballet Theatre. Greyson recently graduated from The Claire Trevor School of the Arts and The University of California, Irvine - School of Biological Sciences with a BFA degree in Dance Performance and a BS degree in Exercise Sciences, respectively. While at UCI, Greyson was a fourth time recipient of the William J. Gillespie Scholarship for Ballet Studies.
He has performed in many classical ballets such as Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadère, Valse Fantaisie, and The Nutcracker. Some contemporary works performed include “The Secret Garden,” Choreographed by Josie Walsh, and “Alice in Wonderland,” Choreographed by Robert Sund. He is so excited to be a part of LA Dance Moves!
Fun Fact: Greyson is an avid health nut and fellow gym rat!
Chelsea Paige Johnson
Chelsea Paige Johnston, a native Californian, is a classically-trained international guest dancer and model based in Los Angeles. She began her pre-professional training at San Elijo Dance and Music Academy under Benjamin and Lauri-Michelle Houk, and continued her study at American Ballet Theatre School (NYC), Houston Ballet Academy, Boston Ballet School and University of California Irvine. She danced professionally with Milwaukee Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, before returning to Southern California to join Los Angeles Ballet where she spent 10 seasons and rose to the rank of soloist. Currently, she performs internationally as a guest principle dancer and has been featured in film, television and couture fashion. Ms. Johnston is an enthusiastic Angeleno and is devoted to her family, friends and art.
Fun Fact: Chelsea loves cross-training and is a beast on the boxing bag!
Photo Credit: Elliot McGuken
Damara is a Los Angeles native who began her studies at Rozann-Zimmerman Ballet Center under the direction of Patrick Franz, former Premier Danseur of the Paris Opera Ballet, and later graduated from Idyllwild Arts Academy under the direction of Jean-Marie Martz. She started her professional career with Media City Ballet in Burbank, California as a soloist dancer, and then took her career to Denver, Colorado to dance with the Colorado Ballet and Ballet Ariel.
After returning to Los Angeles, she has worked with Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre, Contempo Arts Productions, and Pasadena Dance Theatre. Some of her notable roles to date include the title role in Cinderella, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Micaëla in Natasha Middleton’s Carmen, Mercedes in Don Quixote, and Juliet in Contempo Arts Productions’ Romeo and Juliet.
Damara is thrilled to be making her debut with LA Dance Moves in such a unique collaboration between music and dance.
Fun Fact: Damara loves dogs bigger than her, she's obsessed with Harry Potter and started playing violin at 3
Photo: Kristine Morgan
Originally from Tennessee, Akem began his dance training at the University of Memphis. He performed with the company Bridging Souls and furthered his training at The Joffrey Ballet before returning to Memphis to choreograph and teach.
Akem is the founder and Artistic Director of the Ace Dance Intensive, a training program that develops young dancers into strong, graceful and creative artists.
He moved to LA to continue his professional dance career and is grateful for the opportunities in this city. He now successfully works in both Memphis and LA.
Akem is excited for his debut with LA Dance Moves in such a heartfelt and creative production.
Photographer : @designerjov
Fun Fact: Akem’s Dad suggested he take dance in college to earn an easy “A", and it is now his profession!
Ana da Costa
Ana was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and received her ballet training from Centro de Danca Rio under the supervision of Angelica Fiorani. At the age of 16, she started her professional career by joining The Young Ballet of France in Paris, France, touring several cities in Europe and Latin America. She then danced at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro as a corps member and first soloist.
Ana comes to us as a principal ballerina of California Ballet in San Diego, Ca where she joined in 2014. She won the hearts of CBC audiences with her extensive repertoire of the classical ballets, and was awarded the honor or CBC Dancer of the Year in 2016. Ms. da Costa is excited to be a visiting artist and expand her style into the contemporary ballet world with
LA Dance Moves.
Fun Fact: This serious ballerina has a crazy fun sense of humor! She is also an actress and plans to expand her talents to the sets of Hollywood. Keep your eye out for this triple threat!
Lindsay Johnson comes to us a visiting guest from the Pacific Northwest and she is principal guest artist with American Liberty Ballet, NY. Lindsay began her career as a gold medal gymnast who transitioned into ballet. She is also musical theater dancer, performing roles of Jemina in CATS and Hunyak in Chicago. Her passion now lies in classical ballet, trained in the Vaganova syllabus, she performed repertoire from Miami City Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Ballet Idaho and Eugene Ballet. Lindsay brings a beautiful femininity to new works of LA Dance Moves Company.
Fun Fact: Lindsay is an avid horse lover, dog lover and she often does her daily stretching in the evening while mini holland lop rabbit, “Zizi Jean-Marie” hops around her. She named her bunny after the ballerina that made her want to be a ballerina!
Photo Credit: Andre Stanko
Hannah Fontaine Barr
Originally from Florida, Hannah trained with Next Generation Ballet as a trainee under Peter Stark before attending the Alvin Ailey BFA program with Fordham University in NYC. Hannah then went on to further her ballet training at Houston Ballet Academy and Atlanta Ballet. She also trained at the summer programs of Orlando Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, the French Academie of Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, the International Ballet Master Classes in Prague, and the Joffrey Ballet
in Florence, Italy. She is also the recipient of the Suffolk Signature Sponsorship.
Hannah previously danced with Atlanta Ballet 2 and Oklahoma City Ballet’s Studio Company, the latter whom she toured with for two seasons. Hannah is now a company dancer with American Contemporary Ballet here in Los Angeles, and is grateful to be guesting with LA Dance Moves!
Fun Fact: Hannah is one of the gold aliens in the Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
Photo Credit: Carmen Callahann