Francoise Pender began ballet in Paris at the age of 6 with Olga Alexendrovitch, principal dancer from the Paris Opera, becoming a student there as well, studying with Raymond Franchetti, Alexandre Kalioujny, Rene Bon, Gilbert Mayer and Daniel Franck, later joining the company as a corps member. She Danced in London with The London festival Ballet as a soloist. In the US she has studied jazz at the Roland Dupre Dance Academy in Los Angeles. When a knee injury cut short her dance career, she became an actress and performed for several years at the French National Theatre, la Comedie Francaise. She also worked on TV and films. In the past few years she has returned to dance, working with actors doing choreographic work for theater and films in France and in the US. She is currently teaching Ballet for the junior and professional divisions at the Ailey School and the BA and BFA program at Marymount Manhattan College in New York .
Bradley Shelver (South Africa) holds his advanced Diplomas in Tap, Jazz and Ballet through the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in London and attended the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg as well as The Ailey School. He received his South African National Colors in Dance in 1996 He has danced as a soloist with the companies of Alvin Ailey Repertory Company, Elisa Monte Dance, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Hispanico of New York, Limon Dance Company, Metropolitan Opera Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theater in the UK.
He has performed as a guest artist with opera Singer, Jesse Norman at Carnegie hall in 1999, in the off Broadway Musical, ” The making of a Perfect Mate” in 2000 and with companies like; The Mark Morris Dance Group, Universal Ballet Company, Lar Lubovich Dance Company, New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble, Eglevsky Ballet, Minnesota Ballet Arts, Nathan Trice Dance, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance and the Francesca Harper Project, performing Works by Francesca Harper and William Forsythe. He has also performed with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
In 2002, he was invited to perform “The Blackbird Solo” choreographed by Mr. Jiri Kylian for the 70th Anniversary of Jacobs Pillow Festival in Massachusetts. He also performed works by Angelin Preljocaj and Ohad Naharin for the festival. He was Principal dancer and Singer in Javier De Frutos’ , “Cattle Call” which has toured around the UK in collaboration with Composer, Richard Thomas.
His Choreographic experience includes works for Purchase Collage/Reverb Festival, Ballet Austin, Cedar Lake 2, Svenska Balett Skolen (Goteborg), The Dance Umbrella Festival, OURE Contemporary Dance (Denmark),The Alvin Ailey School, Long Island University, Sobers & Godley Dance, New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble, The STEPS Ensemble, Cape Dance Company (South Africa), Lustig Dance Theater, Solo Tanze Theater Festival (Stuttgart, Germany)in 2012 and, for the 2004/2005 Elan Awards in New York City the Artists of the Millennium Gala in 2004. He has created Solo and Company works which have premiered in Italy, Israel, Brazil and Denmark, and has been featured in International gala’s as a solo performer as well as conducting solo tours. He was Co-Producer and Curator for the annual, New york based, REVERBdance Festival, from 2013-2016. He is co-founder and Artistic Director of Bradley Shelver Contemporary Dance Theater founded in 2003 and was the Artistic Director of The Steps Repertory Ensemble and Production Manager for Steps Beyond Foundation from 2013-2016. His book, “Performance Through The Dance Technique of Lester Horton” is available on Amazon.com
He is on the Teaching Faculty of: The Alvin Ailey School (NY), Joffrey Ballet School, Peridance, Oure Sports School (Denmark), STEPS on Broadway (NYC), Estemporada Academy (Italy) Labart School (Napoli), Ials ( Rome), Svenska Balett Skolen (Sweden), London Contemporary Dance School, Millennium School (London) MAS Academy ( Milan) as well as conducting master classes and workshops throughout the US, Europe , South America, Israel and Africa. He has taught as company teacher for Matthew Bourne’s Adventures in Motion Pictures’ since 2009 and Phoenix Dance Theater (UK). He has Taught for the Alteballeto Festival in Italy, and the Bartholin Ballet festival at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen and the Laban Centre in London.
Nicole Duffy Roberston is a co-founder and Associate Artistic Director of the New York Dance Project. She danced with the Joffrey Ballet for over a decade, based both in New York and Chicago, where she performed works by Joffrey, Arpino, Ashton, Balanchine, Cranko, DeMille, Limon, Massine, and Nijinska, as well as many contemporary works. She is a répétiteur for The Gerald Arpino Foundation, most recently staging Arpino’s Suite St. Saens and Light Rain. She has taught nationally and internationally, including workshops in Florence, Italy and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is also on the faculty of the Ballet Hispanico School, Marymount Manhattan College, and a guest teacher at STEPS on Broadway.
Ms. Duffy was raised in Puerto Rico, where she began her training with Ana Garcia and Maria Carrera at Ballets de San Juan, dancing the classical repertory. She has a B.A. in Art History from Columbia University, and is currently a master’s candidate at New York University’s Gallatin School. Her writing has been published in The Massachussetts Review, Eye on Dance and the Arts, and the NYU journal Esferas.
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