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 world's leading ballet and modern dance instructors including: David Howard, Diana Cartier, Warren Conover, Marjorie Mussman, Jan Erkert and Shirley Mordine. Mr. Veach has choreographed more than 50 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, Ohio University, Wright State University, Bowling Green State University, and is currently teaching at The Ohio State University and Otterbein 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, Boston Ballet, 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. 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 five times with his original evening-length work Claudel winning the award in 2015.
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 gives thanks to her family, friends and instructors for all of their guidance, love and support and is thrilled to be returning to CDT for her sixth season.
Savannah Dunn grew up in Boise, Idaho. She began her training with Idaho Regional Ballet and in 2012 was admitted to the dance program at Butler University on academic scholarship. She performed roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and many others. During her time there, she undertook studies in choreography and was invited to show a work of her own at the Indianapolis Arts Festival. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2016 having received the Lynett-Jordan Schisla Scholarship for dance, honors in fine arts and performance, and faculty accolade.
In 2016 Savannah moved to Chicago to continue her studies as a scholarship student at Lou Conte Dance Studio under the direction of Claire Bataille. Savannah also worked as a freelance artist performing with professional companies such as Elements Contemporary Ballet and Chicago Repertory Ballet. Her scholarship studies and freelance work allowed her the opportunity to perform the work of artists such as Shannon Alvis, Wade Schaaf, Mike Gosney, Joseph Caruana, Dolores Long, Jin-Wen Yu, Robyn Mineko-Williams, Ela Olarte, and many others. This is her first season with Columbus Dance Theater.
Kristina D'Onofrio recently graduated with a MFA from the Department of Dance and a Graduate Interdisciplinary minor in College Teaching from The Ohio State University. At OSU she was a graduate teaching associate and the recipient of an Ohio State University Fellowship.
Kristina danced professionally with Tulsa Ballet II, Louisville Ballet, Festival Ballet Providence and was a guest artist with Dayton Ballet and Kentucky Ballet Theater. She also danced with Colleen Cavanaugh's, contemporary dance company, Part of the Oath Dance Theater and was an instructor in her outreach after school program. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Cincinnati with a B.F.A. in dance, where she studied on scholarship.
Kristina is excited to be joining CDT for her second 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. Elena is excited to be returning for her seventh season.
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.
At CDT, Jaime has enjoyed dancing many works by Director Tim Veach and is thrilled to begin her tenth season with the company.
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 seventh 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 eigth 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 eigth 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 eighth year as a company member.
Dominique Neff (photo coming soon), 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.
Kiahna Saneshige was born in Canton, Ohio and wasOriginally trained at Canton Ballet. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music and has enjoyed dancing the roles of Black Swan and in David Hochoy's iconoGlass. She was also a recipient of the 2017 Suzanne Farrell Scholarship upon graduation. This is her first year dancing as company member with Columbus Dance Theatre and she cannot be more elated!
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 twelveth season with CDT.
Brenna Sweeney (Photo coming soon) of Pittsburgh, PA, began her dance training at the age of three. She went on to pursue her intensive ballet training at the age of nine with Jean Gedeon at the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Company. She is a graduate of The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Ballet and BA in International Relations. During her time at CCM, she enjoyed dancing roles in David Hochoy’s iconoGlass, George Balanchine’s Valse-Fantaisie, and soloist roles in Marius Petipa’s Sleeping Beauty and La Bayadère. She also had the opportunity to perform in both The Nutcracker and Swan Lake with the Dayton Ballet as well as the unique opportunity to debut her own choreographic work, Montage, in the 2018 Choreographer’s Showcase. Brenna is thrilled to be joining Columbus Dance Theatre for the 2018-2019 season!
Reccardo Townsend begins his first year as an Apprentice with Columbus Dance Theatre having been a member of the Intensive Training Program at CDT for four years. He began his training in Memphis, Tennessee with Collage. At CDT he has performed in a variety of roles including: Rose Boy in Matchgirl, The Hunter in Peter and the Wolf and The Groom in Tim Veach's The Wedding. Recently, he was featured dancing in Anthem for Ancestors with the Carpe Diem String Quartet. Reccardo has studied on full scholarship at the Cincinnati Ballet Summer Intensive, The Houston Ballet Summer Intensive, and at Columbus Dance Theatre.
Luke Ciminillo-Delamotte, born in Columbus Ohio, started his training at the age of nine at The School of Columbus Dance Theatre. Luke has had the opportunity to attend summer programs at Cincinnati Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and The Julliard School He has performed most recently as Porthos in Columbus Dance Theatre's, The Three Musketeers. Luke is also a student at OSU. He is very excited to start his first season as an Apprentice at Columbus Dance Theatre.