Tim Veach (Artistic Director/Choreographer/Dancer) is the Artistic Director and founder of Columbus Dance Theatre where he is the resident choreographer, teaches in the school and serves as chief administrator. He holds an M.F.A. in choreography from The Ohio State University and a B.F.A. in acting from The University of Illinois. He has trained extensively with some of the leading ballet and modern dance instructors including: David Howard, Diana Cartier, Warren Conover, Jan Erkert and Shirley Mordine. Mr. Veach has choreographed dozens of works for Columbus Dance Theatre including its signature ballet, Matchgirl. For more than two decades he has worked as a performer and choreographer touring internationally and throughout the U.S. with both ballet and contemporary dance companies.
His choreography for dance, theatre, and opera has been presented by: Opera Columbus, The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, WOSU-TV, The Crested Butte Music Festival, The Toledo Opera, Contemporary Dance Fort Worth, The Lancaster Arts Festival, JazzMet, The Ohio State University, Towson University, Illinois State University, Ohio Wesleyan University, and New York Central Ballet among others. Mr. Veach has directed and/or choreographed dozens of plays and musicals. Among them are: Sweeney Todd, Phantom, Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Hunt of the Sun, Fiddler on the Roof, Arcadia, Marriage of True Minds, Trojan Women, A Chorus Line, Camelot, Out of this World, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and Christina Kirk’s Conversations with Judith Malina. He is a nationally recognized teacher having taught at numerous universities and festivals throughout the U.S. and has held academic positions at: The Ohio Wesleyan University, The Ohio State University, Ohio University, Wright State University, and Bowling Green State University. His students have gone on to dance in professional Companies including: Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Hubbard Street Dance Company, The Louisville Ballet, The Nashville Ballet, and Cleveland Dancing Wheels. Many of his students continue to gain acceptance at leading summer and resident programs including: The Juilliard School, The School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Louisville Ballet, the Chautauqua Dance Institute, and North Carolina Dance Theatre. He continues to enjoy his work with Opera Columbus. His choreography for OC’s Hansel and Gretel was celebrated in Opera News as “spellbinding dance.” In 2010 he directed Berlin to Broadway, the music of Kurt Weill for Opera Columbus. Mr. Veach continues to serve as the chief administrative director of CDT and has authored dozens of successful grants on behalf of the organization. In 2005 he received a citation of merit for his work on behalf of the arts by the Ohio Senate. His work has been nominated for the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s award for Artistic Excellence three times.
Christian Broomhall is a native of Columbus and began dancing at the age of four in creative movement classes at BalletMet Dance Academy. He graduated from the Professional Training Program and subsequently joined the company under the direction of David Nixon. He later went on to dance for Northern Ballet Theatre in Leeds, England, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Luna Negra Dance Theater. Christian has had the privilege of dance pieces by Jiri Kylian, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, Alejandro Cerrudo, Twyla Tharp, Victor Quijada, Christopher Wheeldon, and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. Christian is excited to start his third season at Columbus Dance Theatre.
Erika Junod began her dance training Dance Centre North and the Center for Ballet and Dance Arts in Syracuse, NY, and is a graduate of BalletMet Columbus' Pre-Professional and Professional Trainee Programs. Erika has had the pleasure of performing works choreographed by Gerard Charles, David Nixon, Marius Petipa, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and August Bournonville. Most recently, Erika has performed and choreographed CDT's Dancer's Making Dances, was a winner of the 2014 Columbus Dance Fellowship for her premiere of Parasite, and had a principal role in Judson Veach's premiere of Ever Forward. Her favorite roles include Tim Veach's Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet, the premiere performance of Anne: Diary in Dance, in which she originated the role of Anne Frank, and the title role of the encore performance of Claudel, which won the 2015 Greater Columbus Arts Council's Artistic Excellence Award. Erika gives thanks to her family, friend and instructors for all their guidance, love and support. Erika is thrilled to be returning to CDT for her fourth season.
Elena Keeny studied at the Dayton Ballet School under the artistic direction of Dermot Burke. She later joined their second company and performed with the main company in all of the full-length productions and had the opportunity to work with many guest choreographers including: Septime Webre, Stephen Mills, and Christian Holder. Miss Keeny went on to train with The Joffrey Ballet School in New York City for two seasons under the direction of John Magnus. She also performed as a guest artist with Les Grandes Ballets Canadiens de Montreal for the touring production of the Nutcracker. After one season with The Charleston Ballet Theater, Miss Keeny returned to Columbus. At the Columbus Dance Theatre she originated the role of Rose in the critically acclaimed production of Claudel. This is her fifth season with CDT.
Jaime Kotrba was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in Manton, Michigan, and received her primary training in Traverse City, Michigan with Betsy Carr and Interlochen Arts Academy. She attended the Dance Theatre of Harlem School before joining the professional company with which she toured nationally and internationally dancing works by George Balanchine, John Taras, and Michael Smuin. In 2006, Ms. Kotrba helped found the Janusphere Dance Company based in New York City. Additionally, she has danced with Les Grands Ballet Canadiens and Balletmet Columbus, and continues guest dancing with Collage Dance Collective in Memphis, TN as well as Viewpoint Dance in New York City. Jaime is thrilled to begin her seventh season with Columbus Dance Theatre!
Gavin Mark McNally started training with the Fort Wayne Ballet at the age of eight. He furthered his studies at Interlochen Arts Academy. He then moved on to study with Violette Verdy at Indiana University. Gavin then joined the Kansas City Ballet, performing works by; Todd Bolender, George Ballanchine, and Twyla Tharp. In New York City, he furthered his movement studies in aerial, acrobalance, and breakdance, performing with various companies including Janusphere, The NYC Tranzformers, and Team AntiGravity. In addition to dance, he is a professional cosmetologist, makeup artist, and marching band flag constructor. Mr. McNally is pleased to be returning to Columbus, dancing and teaching for Columbus Dance Theatre in his 5th season!
Terrence Meadows enters his tenth year of dancing at CDT, starting in the school and now as a Company member. TJ has performed in multiple Company productions including: Tim Veach Dance, Matchgirl, and the premieres of Courage in 2011, Cleopatra in 2012, Midsummer Night's Dream in 2013, and both Claudel and O. Twist in 2014. He has studied at ABT New York on a full scholarship. Other summer study programs include: LINES Ballet in San Francisco and North Carolina Dance Theatre. He is excited to be in his sixth season as a full member of the company.
Chloe Mellblom originally from Boise, Idaho, started her training at the age of 7 at Ballet Idaho with Cathy and Jeff Giese and Lisa Moon. When she was 12, Chloe moved to Columbus where she received training from Columbus Youth Ballet and BalletMet Academy where she danced under Sharon Daye, Susan Dromisky, Dimitri Suslov, Maria Glimcher, and Sonia Welker. Chloe came to CDT in 2009 and continued her training in the Intensive Training Program. She has had the opportunity to dance in Matchgirl, Cleopatra, Midsummer Night's Dream, and O. Twist. She has performed various variations and choreography staged by Savannah Biedenbach, Anne Adair, Tim Veach, Kristina Isabelle, Shelby Bakies, and Judson Veach. Having graduated from the CDT Intensive Training Program Chloe was promoted to Company Apprentice. This is Chloe’s sixth year as a full company member.
Alexandra Napoli began her dance training in Pittsburgh, PA at The Dance Company for the Performing Arts under the artistic direction of Patricia McKeown. She has attended the Vaganova Summer School with Mansur Kamaletdinov, director and master teacher, The Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Summer Intensive Workshops, The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Workshops. Alexandra attended Wright State University as a dance major before acquiring an apprenticeship opportunity at the Columbus Dance Theatre in 2005/2006 with Tim Veach. While at CDT, Alexandra had the title role in Matchgirl and danced in numerous roles with the Company. In 2007-08 she danced as a company member with the Canadian Pacific Ballet under co-artistic directors Roberta Taylor and Graham McMonagle performing various roles in a number of classical ballets. Alexandra is very excited to be back at CDT for her sixth year as a company member.
Stefani Repola began her training in Columbus, Ohio under Irveline Evans. She studied and graduated from the Intensive Training Program at Columbus Dance Theatre. Stefani is a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music where she received a BFA in ballet performance. While at CCM, Stefani had the opportunity to perform in Balanchine’s Pas de Dix staged by Frederic Franklin, and work with highly acclaimed butoh artist Maureen Fleming. Stefani also danced with Ballet Theatre Midwest in Cincinnati, Ohio while she was earning her degree. This is Stefani’s seventh year with CDT.
Kerri Riccardi, a New York native, is in her third season with the CDT company. Ms. Riccardi received her training from Ballet Academy East as well as the School of American Ballet. Prior to joining Columbus Dance Theatre, she danced with BalletMet for six seasons. Ms. Riccardi has enjoyed performing works by numerous choreographers such as James Kudelka, Jimmy Orrante, David Nixon, Amy Seiwert and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. Some of her favorite roles include The Chosen One in James Kudelka’s The Rite of Spring, Alice in Gerard Charles’ Alice in Wonderland and Cecile deVolanges in David Nixon’s Dangerous Liaisons. For Columbus Dance Theatre, she danced the role of Camille Claudel in the GCAC Columbus Makes Art Excellence Award winning production of Claudel; and originated the role of Ophelia in Hamlet Prism. Ms. Riccardi thanks her family, friends and teachers for their continual love and support. This is Kerri's third season at CDT.
Seth Wilson started his dance training at the age of 4, under the late Stanley Bates in Queens, New York. A native of Queens, Seth continued his training throughout New York at many institutions such as Alvin Ailey, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Ballet Hispanico. He also trained at LaGaurdia High School for the Performing Arts and later attended Purchase College State University of New York. Seth has toured internationally in Germany, Costa Rica, and Bermuda, as well as within the United States. Seth has performed with Dance Theatre of Harlem’s, Dancing Through Barriers Ensemble, Alvin Ailey, New York Theatre Ballet, Opus Dance Theatre and Viewpointe Dance. Seth has been a guest artist with Fred Benjamin, Creative Outlet with Jamel Gaines, and has danced for Lincoln Center Outdoors under Earl Mosley. Recently Seth has performed with Janusphere Dance Company in the company’s debut in Santa Barbara, California and Brooklyn, New York. This is Seth’s tenth season with CDT.
Leah Hiller danced in the school of Columbus Dance Theatre for nine years. In the Intensive Training Program of the school, she had the opportunity to dance with the New Albany Symphony Orchestra in Peter and the Wolf as the Cat, and as the role of "Sarah" in Tim Veach's Dear Sarah. She has performed in repertoire by Tim Veach, Anne Adair, Laura Wade, Seth Wilson, Jaime Kotrba, Stefani Crea, Christian Broomhall and Shelby Bakies. She has attended the summer programs of American Ballet Theatre and Cincinnati Ballet. This is Leah's first season as an apprentice with the company.
Devyn Kreeger began dancing under Alice H. Bock in Brandon, Florida. She later moved to Dallas, Texas where she trained with Ann Etgen and Bill Atkinson at the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet. Devyn spent her summers training at Kansas City Ballet, American Ballet Theater in NYC, Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, the Jillana School, and the Academie Americaine de Danse de Paris in Paris, France. Devyn is a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in Ballet Performance. While at OU, Devyn had the opportunity to tour to Eisenstadt, Austria as well as work with distinguished guest artists Francia Russell and Jock Soto. Devyn is very excited to start her first season as an apprentice with CDT.
Nicholas Spaeth-Cook (photo coming soon) was born in Columbus, Ohio and started his training at the age of 19 under the tutelage of Lee Edwards of the Dance Theatre of Harlem. While training year-round with Edwards, Nicholas performed with Not Just Ballet Theatre at events and local festivals in the Columbus area. More recently, Nicholas trained intesively with teachers Wilhelm Brumann, Lisa Lockwood, and Elena Kunikova. In June of 2015, Nicholas joined the Intensive Training Program at Columbus Dance Theatre. He made his debut in the 2015-2016 season in the corpse de ballet in Tim Veach's Matchgirl. His repertoire with CDT includes Matchgirl, Hamlet Prism, V2 (understudy), and Romeo and Juliet. After a warm welcoming at CDT in 2015, Nick feels priviledged to perform alongside these beautiful artists in his hometown.