Kaley Pruitt Ozminkowski is originally from Ketchum, Idaho. She received her professional training at Idyllwild Arts Academy, The Boston Conservatory, and Florida State University. She graduated from FSU with a BFA in Dance and was a member of Dance Repertory Theatre. She has been working in New York City as a dancer and choreographer since 2011. Alongside of Kaley Pruitt Dance, she has performed with Leanne Schmidt & Company, The Treehouse Shakers, Megan Sipe, and Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre. She’s also had the opportunity to perform works by Jose Limon, Steve Koester, Gerri Houlihan, Lynda Davis, Roger Bellman, Anne Krampen, Shelley Bourgeosis, & Jackie O’Toole. Kaley is on dance faculty at Illinois State University & Illinois Wesleyan University, and was previously modern faculty at Steffi Nossen School of Dance. She is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with Bohemia Realty Group in New York and Berkshire Hathaway in Illinois. She has served on the Advisory Board of Inception to Exhibition as well as Dance/NYC’s Junior Committee. (photo by Hailey Tucker)
Megan Wubbenhorst began her professional dance training in the Arts in Motion Company at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University with a BFA in Dance. She has performed works by Jose Limon, Alan Danielson, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Gerri Houlihan, Lynda Davis, Rick McCullough, and Tim Glenn. She was also a member of Dance Repertory Theatre under the direction of Lynda Davis. She has worked as a Development and Administrative Associate for ZviDance and Shen Wei Dance Arts. Megan is also a member of Summation Dance and has performed with the company since 2012. (photo by Christopher Duggan)
Cassandra Bowser, originally from Huntsville, AL, began her training in the Huntsville Ballet Company under the tutelage of Rachel Butler and Philip Otto. Cassandra graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program in 2014 with a BFA in dance where she performed works by Dusan Tynek, Carolyn Dorfman, Adam Barruch, Jennifer Archibald, Ronald K. Brown, Karol Armitage, Darell Grand Moultrie, and Kirven Douthit-Boyd. After graduating, Cassandra danced with Kaleidoscope Theater- The Sean Mcleod Dance Experience, and is currently a company member of Ariel Rivka Dance and Kaley Pruitt Dance. In addition to performing, Cassandra is also a certified yoga instructor and vegan with a focus on healthy living. Cassandra is thrilled to be back in the studio with Kaley Pruitt Dance and cannot wait for the season!
Ashley Ervin is originally from St. Louis MO, and began her training in dance at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA). She joined their pre-professional dance company, Cocadance, and was fortunate to work with amazing artist such as Robert Battle, Kate Sharpetowska, and Frank Chaves. She received an undergraduate degree at George Mason University, and graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Dance and a minor in psychology. At George Mason she studied with various choreographers such as David Parsons, Mark Morris, and Jaqulyn Buglisi. She also traveled to Cuba to learn afro-cuban movement and culture, as well as explored her own choreographic abilities. Following graduation in 2012, Ashley moved to New York City to pursue a career as a professional dancer. Since moving to New York City, she has worked with Caterina Rago Dance Company, Dansfolk, Oni Brown, Arthur Aviles, Spotted Deer, and Erin Pryor Dance Theatre. She is currently a member of the Treehouse Shakers, and very grateful to be working with Kaley Pruitt Dance again.
Erica Frankel has danced on stage, screen, and museum floor with Meredith Monk, Yina Ng, expandance, VaBang!, Ilana Webber, Naomi Goldberg Haas, Red Dot Dance, ETCH Movement Works, Belinda He and many others. She received her BFA in Dance from NYU Tisch and an MA in Dance and Sacred Texts from NYU Gallatin. www.ericafrankel.com @ericafrankel (photo by Robyn Spector Photography)
Maddie Naylor (Guest Artist), originally from Boston, MA, holds a BFA in Dance from the Ohio State University where she completed a focus curriculum in performance and choreography in 2016. During her time at OSU, she performed in works by Dianne McIntyre, Sofie Clemmensen, Mitchell Rose, David Covey, and Susan Hadley amongst others. After graduation she relocated to New York City and has since developed and shown work at Alexandra Bellar’s Fall Choreolab and Triskelion Art’s Comedy in Dance Festival, as well as performed in new works in progress by Dianne McIntyre. She’d like to thank her family and teachers for their unending support and guidance, and is so grateful for this opportunity to perform with Kaley Pruitt Dance this season!
Robert Perales, originally from Chicago, Illinois, first began dance at the age of 18 at Wheeling High school under the instruction of Diane Rawlinson. During his time there, Robert was able to explore improvisational and compositional aspects of dance, working with some of Chicago’s most prolific figures including Eddy Ocampo, Lizzie Mackenzie, and Marc Macaranas. Robert recently received a B.S. in Dance performance from Illinois State University and was fortunate enough to create work with several artists during his time there including Stephanie Pizzo, Darby Wilde, Sara Semonis, Teena Marie-Custer, Chris Marosi, Greg Merriman, Michael Richman, Jennifer Harge, Tiffanee Arnold, Lindsey Miller, and Greg Patterson. Perales is a graduate of the American Dance Festival where he attended in both 2015 and 2016 under scholarship. At ADF, Perales was selected to work with Abby Zbikowski, artistic director of Abby Z and the New Utility, and Sara Procopio of Shen Wei Dance Arts. Perales has loved and felt incredibly fortunate to work alongside Kaley Pruitt Dance for their latest season and would like to thank his family and friends for their constant love and support.
Joshua Reaver, a graduate of Florida State University with a BFA in Dance, has been performing in the BESSIE award-winning immersive show Then She Fell as the White Rabbit since February 2013 and is collaborating with Third Rail Projects on upcoming performances. Joshua also currently dances with Kaley Pruitt Dance and Elizabeth Dishman. He has also had the opportunity to work with Gerri Houlihan, Dan Wagoner, Suzanne Farrell, Bulayoung Pagalava, Alan Danielson, & Clay Taliaferro. Joshua freelances as a technologist, assisting arts organizations in various technological mediums including web design,graphic design, and video editing. His past clients include Shen Wei Dance Arts, Zvi Gotheiner, Ariane Reinhart, and the Pema Chödrön Foundation. www.joshuareaver.com
Andrea Ellis was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduating from Montclair State University cum laude, she earned a BA with a minor in Dance. She was a member of Jennifer Muller/The Works as an Ensemble member performing with the company last season and is currently a member of a Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre as well as The Kennedy Dancers. She is thrilled to be a member of Kaley Pruitt Dance!
Jillian Sawyer was born and raised in the small, but elegant town of Kent, CT. She finished high school at North Carolina School of the Arts and received a BFA in Dance & Choreography from SUNY Purchase. Currently, Jillian dances with John Zullo, Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre and is honored to be working with Kaley Pruitt Dance. Past credits include Jennifer Muller/The Works, Rebecca Moore Dance and is experienced in teaching kids dance. Jillian has also attended the Amy Gossels Commercial Workshop, Neutral Mask Workshop with John Murphy allowing her to explore her passion for acting. Check out her website www.JillianSawyer.com to see pictures from past fashion shows and photo shoots. Jillian is so grateful to be able to live in NYC and explore the different styles of art that make the city so unique. It would not have been possible without the continuous love and support from her family, friends.
Jen Silver Ed.M., B.F.A., received her Master’s Degree in Dance Education with PK-12 Dance Teacher Certification (NJ CEAS) from the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. Prior to this, Jen graduated Summa Cum Laude with her B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Professionally, Jen has danced with Mark Travis Rivera of Marked Dance Project, Kimberly Prosa of Humanistics Dance Company, and Erin Pryor of Erin Pryor Dance Theatre. She has also performed works by choreographers including Jodi Melnick, Joe Goode, Randy James, John Evans, Keith A. Thompson, and Kim Gibilisco and has studied under the instruction of Carolyn Dorfman, Tiffany Mills, David Parker, Roni Koresh, David Parsons, Claudia Lavista, and Omar Carrum. As a dance educator, Jen has had the pleasure of working with students at Center for Dance Education, Cindy Smith Dance Studio, Metuchen Dance Centre, South Jersey Ballet Theatre, Washington Rock Dance, and the American Ballet Theatre Certified School at Mason Gross School of the Arts. Jen is thrilled to be performing with Kaley Pruitt Dance this season!
Kurt Wubbenhorst is a GRAMMY nominated musician, producer, entrepreneur, and educator. As a multi-instrumentalist, Kurt has recorded and/or toured with Sevendust, OneHundredThousand, Wolfgang Van Halen, Three Years Hollow, Walking With Giants, Hello Demons Meet Skeletons, Jerad Finck, and many more. He is the co-founder & owner of Architekt Music, a recording studio, lesson studio, live venue, and artist management company based in Butler, NJ. Born and raised in Kinnelon, NJ, Kurt began playing classical piano at 10 years old before venturing into learning guitar, bass, and drums. Kurt graduated cum laude from Seton Hall University, where he earned his B.S.E. in Music Education and was awarded the Julius Szako music award. Kurt resides in Northern NJ with his wife, Megan, and dog, Turbo.