Erika Alloway 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 under the direction of Gerard Charles.
While with BalletMet Columbus, Erika has had the pleasure of performing works by Gerard Charles, David Nixon, Marius Petipa, and August Bournonville. Most recently, Erika has performed and choreographed for CDT's Dancer's Making Dances and was a winner of the 2014 Columbus Dance Fellowship. She has also performed a principle role in Judson Veach's premiere of Ever Forward and has guest performed the role of Sugar Plum Fairy for the Warren County Theatre Project. Notable 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 title role of the encore performance of Claudel, which won the 2015 Greater Columbus Arts Council's Artistic Excellence Award. Erika is thrilled to be returning for her sixth season and teaches Ballet and Jazz in the ITP Program.
Scott Brown is currently on the faculty at Marjorie Jones School of Ballet, Otterbein University, and Columbus Dance Theater. He spent 20 years as a professional dancer performing with BalletMet, Nashville Ballet, Columbus Dance Theatre, Washington Ballet, and as a guest performer with many other companies. He was fortunate to be a part of many WorldPremieres: James Kudelka’s There, below; Peter Pucci’s Suite Mizike; Alonzo King’s Without Wax; John McFall’s Radiant Echoes, Underbelly, Beyond Midnight; Paul Vasterling’s Dracula, Robin Hood, Awaiting Redemption; David Nixon’s Dangerous Liaisons, Sudden Impulse, Tim Veach’s Romeo and Juliet and recently performed in James Kudleks’s masterpiece The Four Seasons. His training started at the very young age of 6 with Ms. Patricia William School of Dance. He then started formal training while attending Memphis State University under the tutelage of Ms. Pat German and Ms. Jane Lewis. While at University, Mr. Brown was part of a class of dancers that started the dance program in the Department of Theater and Dance. From there, he did his finishing school at the Academy of Arts in Champaign Illinois under the direction of Petrus Bosman, former Principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, and Robert DiCello of the Le Grand Ballet de Canadian. His teachers at the Academy also included Valerie Taylor (Royal Ballet), Christine Henessey (Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo), and Francesca Corkle (Joffrey Ballet). Teaching since the early 1990’s, he has served on the staff of BalletMet under the direction of John McFall, David Nixon and Gerard Charles, Nashville Ballet under the direction of Paul Vasterling, and Columbus Dance Theater under the direction of Tim Veach as well as going through the teacher program at the National Dance Institute of New Mexico. Scott holds a few things special from his time as a dancer: performing for 3 United States’ Presidents and many dignitaries from around the world, being part of the first dance performances in the new Opera House in Cairo Egypt as well as performing in Basel Switzerland with Nashville Ballet. Scott teaches the Adult class and Ballet for the ITP Program.
Leah Hiller began her training in the School of Columbus Dance Theatre at the age of eight. As a senior in high school, Leah was promoted to Apprentice to the Company of CDT where she had the opportunity to perform repertoire by Tim Veach and several members of the Company. Last season, Leah spent a year training in the Second Company of Nashville Ballet where she had the privilege to work with Kate Linsley, Denise Eaton, Allison Zamorski, and Erin Kouwe, as well as perform repertoire set by Paul Vasterling and Colby Damon. She has also attended summer programs with Cincinnati Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Nashville Ballet. Leah is excited to return to CDT for her second season as an Apprentice this season and teaches classes in the Young Children’s Program.
Jaime Kotrba grew up in Michigan and received her primary dance training at Company Dance Traverse in Traverse City, Michigan. She later graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy where she was a dance major under the direction of Sharon Randolph. She then attended the Dance Theatre of Harlem School, before joining the professional company. With DTH she toured nationally and internationally, dancing works by George Balanchine, John Taras, Michael Smuin and Geoffrey Holder. In 2006, Jaime helped found the Janusphere dance Company in New York City which they premiered in Santa Barbara, California. In 2007 she joined BalletMet Columbus and enjoyed dancing works by Gerard Charles, David Nixon and many others. She has been a guest artist with Les Grands Ballet Canadiens' production of The Nutcracker, Viewpoint Dance in New York City, and Collage Dance Collective based in Memphis Tennessee where she worked with Kevin Thomas, Thaddeus Davis and Kevin Iega Jeff. Jaime is thrilled to begin her tenth season with the company and teaches Ballet and Contemporary in the ITP Program.
Mackenzie Laflamme began her dance training at the age of 3 at Northpointe Dance Academy. At the age of 13 she began training at Columbus City Ballet School, where she performed works such as A Midsummer’s Night Dream, The Nutcracker, and Stars and Stripes. At the age of 15 Mackenzie came to the school of Columbus Dance Theatre and joined the intensive training program. Since joining the school she has had the privilege of performing roles such as The Flame and Death in the student cast of Matchgirl, variations from Le Corsaire, and La Bayaderé in the Intensive Training Program showcases, as well as pieces set by Laura Wade and Anne Adair during CDT’s summer program. Mackenzie is very excited to begin her fourth year at Columbus Dance Theatre as a Trainee and teaches classes in the Young Children’s Program.
Dominique Neff, of Huntington, WV, began her training with Huntington Dance Theatre. She went on to attend summer programs with Burklyn Ballet Theater, BodyTraffic, and SALT Contemporary Dance Company. She graduated with her B.F.A. in Ballet Performance Magna Cum Laude from University of Cincinnati's CCM. During her time there, she performed with The Dayton Ballet and at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Some of her favorite roles have been as principal dancer in Valse Fatasie and Sarah Tallman's, Look for America. She is excited to be joining Columbus Dance Theatre as a full company member and teaches in the Young Children’s Program.
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 twelfth season with CDT and he teaches Ballet and Modern in the ITP Program.