DANCERS

JAMES BARRETT

James received his BA in Dance from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. While in school he had the opportunity to perform works by Doug Varone, Trey McIntyre, and Kevin Iega Jeff.

He furthered his studies at Deeply Rooted Dance Theater and Springboard Danse Montreal. After graduation, James worked with Pittsburgh-based companies Reed Dance, Texture Contemporary Ballet, and Attack Theatre. In 2014 he joined Visceral Dance Chicago where he performed works by Ohad Naharin, Fernando Melo, Marguerite Donlon, and Banning Bouldin.

James joined New Dialect in August 2016. 


DAVID FLORES

Born and raised in San José - Costa Rica, Flores received a scholarship to attend Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. He graduated in 2015 with a BFA in Dance and received the Golden Key award for modern dance, a prestigious University accolade in recognition of outstanding achievements in dance. During his college career, Flores performed works by Aszure Barton, Dwight Rhoden, Lar Lubovich, Doug Varone, Loni Landon, Chase Brock and other world-renowned choreographers. 

In 2013, he had the opportunity to perform for Nokolais Dance Theater in the First Yunnan Kunming Yang Liping International Dance Festival in Beijing and Kunming, China. He attended Springboard Danse Montreal.

In 2014 and 2015 were he worked closely with and performed works by Fernando Melo, RUBBERBANDance Group, MADBOOTS DANCE and Banning Bouldin. After graduating Marymount Manhattan College, Flores performed for Loni Landon Dance Projects and shortly after became a member of Catapult Entertainment; a dance company with which he toured through Germany, France, Lithuania and the United States.

David is currently one of the newest members of New Dialect after joining the company in August 2016.


LIZZY GRAVES

Lizzy was born in Vacaville, CA and grew up dancing at Vacaville Ballet Theatre.  She moved to Nashville, TN in 2009 where she trained at Nashville Ballet till 2014, performing works by Paul Vasterling and Banning Bouldin.  

She moved to Vancouver, Canada for two years to dance at ArtsUmbrella under Artemis Gordon, performing works by Lesley Telford, Crystal Pite, Marie Chouinard, James Kudelka, and Medhi Walerski.  She also had the opportunity to work with Cindy Salgado, Eric Beauchesne, Johnathan Alsberry, Tom Weinberger and Doug Letheren.  

She participated in the Pre-Movement Invention Project in 2014 under Alexandra Wells and the inaugural group of Axis Connect in 2016, created by the Barton sisters.

Lizzy joined New Dialect as an apprentice in August 2016. 


MARY RUTH ISBELL

Mary Ruth began her dance training at the School of Nashville Ballet, where she performed in several works by Paul Vasterling, Nicole Koenig, and Banning Bouldin. She has participated in summer intensives with the American Dance Festival, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Movement Invention Project, and regularly trains with the Nashville-based contemporary aerial company FALL.

Mary Ruth joined New Dialect as an apprentice in October 2012.


ERIN KOUWE

Erin is originally from Ontario, New York. She studied at Point Park University and received her BA in Dance in 2011. Erin spent two seasons apprenticing with Luna Negra Dance Theater under the direction of Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, and later danced with Visceral Dance Chicago and as a freelancer in the Chicago area.

Erin joined New Dialect in 2016.


ROSEMARIE MIENTKA

Rosemarie grew up in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado. She became a Mentor/Apprentice with ARC Dance Company in Seattle, WA, in 2009. She moved to Nashville in 2011 to join Nashville Ballet 2 Training Division where she began studying with Banning Bouldin.

Rosemarie performed in Ritual—Bouldin’s site-specific work created for the Nashville Ballet 2 during the 100th Anniversary of Shelby Park in October 2012—as well as the premiere of New Dialect's MultiLingual at OZ Nashville in August 2014, Belinda McGuire's creation Incorporeus in December 2014, New Dialect's Murmuration in March 2015, Trisha Brown’s “Planes” installation in May 2015 and New Dialect’s performance ofSouvenirs in March 2016.

In the fall of 2014 Rosemarie was invited to participate in New Dialect's Choreographers LAB series. During her three week residency, she worked with our company members to create a new ensemble work, Turns to Blue, which was partly inspired by the visual art of Wassily Kandinsky, the German abstract expressionist.  Turns to Blue premiered at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts on November 16, 2014, during the Center's Kandinsky retrospective.

In the summer of 2015, Rosemarie was one of six choreographers chosen to participate in the San Francisco Conservatory's choreographic summer residency.


TONY MONTALVO

Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Tony began dancing at the age of three. He started pursuing ballet at Faubourg School of Ballet under direction of Watmora Casey, and Tatyana Mazura. He then started dancing with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago in their youth cast of the Nutcracker in 2001. From there, in 2003 the late founder and artistic director Gerald Arpino invited Tony to be a part of his new world premiere piece I/DNA. Through this, Tony had the opportunity to tour California and perform in the Dorthy Chandler Pavilion.

He then continued his training around the Chicago-land area  at Salt Creek Ballet, and at Ruth Page Center for the Arts, where he was the recipient of the Orrin Kayan scholarship for two years. Tony then received a scholarship to attend Interlochen Arts Academy, an arts boarding high-school in northern Michigan where he trained under the direction of Cameron Basden. There he performed lead roles in ballets such as: Ashton's Les Patineures, Massine's  Gaîté Parisienne, and Bluebird from Sleeping Beauty.

Upon graduating in 2011, Tony moved to Nashville to join Nashville Ballet 2, where he first met Banning.  He then became an apprentice with the ballet for one year before leaving to join New Dialect in the summer of 2014.


EMMA MORRISON

Emma began her dance training at the Franklin School of Performing Arts. Over the years, she has trained with, and was awarded scholarships to BalletMET in Columbus, Ohio, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem, North Carolina. In June and July of 2013, she participated in the American Dance Festival's 80th anniversary season, where she trained with teachers and choreographers such as Pamela Pietro, Jesse Zarritt, and Michelle Gibson. She was one of 16 dancers chosen to perform in an original work Treefrog in Stonehenge set by Twyla Tharp for the anniversary. After returning to Nashville, Emma began training with New Dialect's artistic director, Banning Bouldin.

She joined New Dialect in August 2013.


BECCA PLACE

A Wisconsin native, Becca began dancing at age four and trained at the Makaroff School of Ballet, the Milwaukee Ballet School and the UNC School of the Arts. She worked as an apprentice with the Montgomery Ballet before moving to Nashville to work as a second company member at Nashville Ballet. There, she began work with Banning Bouldin and joined New Dialect in June 2013.

Becca has participated in the Netherlands Dance Theatre summer intensive, the Gaga intensive, and the chuthis Movement Intensive, as well as Springboard Danse Montreal, where she participated as both a mover and assistant to emerging choreographer Banning Bouldin.

She has performed in works by Alex Ketley, Peter Chu, Bryan Arias, Léon & Lightfoot, Marco Goecke, Belinda McGuire, Fernando Melo, and Katharine Hawthorne.


SARAH SALIM

Originally from North Carolina, Sarah began dancing at the Holly Springs School of Dance, Cary Ballet Conservatory, and International Ballet Academy. In 2009, she worked as a trainee with Carolina Ballet and in 2011 joined Nashville Ballet 2 where she started training under Banning Bouldin.

Sarah joined New Dialect in 2012.

Since joining, Sarah has performed in the premiere of New Dialect’s MultiLingual at OZ, Belinda McGuire’s Incorporeus, New Dialect’s Murmuration, Trisha Browns Planes, and Rebecca Allen’s Kat5

Sarah also workshopped with Bryan Arias, Peter Chu, Joy Davis, Laurel Jenkins, Alex Ketley, David Norsworthy, Idan Sharabi, and Yin Yue.


REBECCA STEINBERG

Rebecca is originally from Danvers, Massachusetts. She received her BFA in Dance and BA in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2013. Upon graduation she lived in Israel and danced in Vertigo Dance Company's International Training Program. Through her training Rebecca has had the opportunity to perform works by Ohad Naharin, Hofesh Shechter, Inbal Pinto, Noa Wertheim, Roy Assaf, and Noa Zuk. 

Rebecca was a freelance artist in New York before joining New Dialect in August 2015. 


CURTIS THOMAS

Curtis, a native of New Orleans, began his dance training with the New Orleans Ballet Association’s Center for Dance. He has also trained at the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA program, and received his degree in dance from The Boston Conservatory. While at the Conservatory he performed the works of Bill T. Jones, Danny Buraczeski, Doug Elkins, Dwight Rhoden, and Francesca Harper.

Professionally he has worked with TU Dance, Marigny Opera House Dance Company and Narcisse Movement Project. Curtis is also a proud member of the JUNTOS Collective, an organization committed to intercultural exchange and global unity through dance.

Curtis joined New Dialect in 2016.


REBECCA ALLEN (rehearsal assistant)

Becky is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, where she began her dance training with the Jefferson Ballet Theatre. She studied both dance and the visual arts at Loyola University and the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. In 2001, she received her B.A. in Cultural Studies from the University of New Orleans. That same year, she moved to Nashville where she has worked as an artist and educator for the past 15 years with local organizations such as the Nashville Ballet, Vanderbilt University, and Metro Parks Dance Division. In 2004 she became the assistant director to modern dance company StillPoint Dance Theatre and performed with the company for 7 years. 

She has been collaborating as a dancer and instructor with Banning Bouldin and New Dialect since the collective's inception in 2012, and more recently as a rehearsal assistant and choreographer.

Her most recent work Kat 5, was commissioned by Intersection New Music Ensemble in collaboration with New Dialect and premiered at the Platform in April 2016. 

She maintains a studio (RA | Studio) where she designs and creates her own line of functional ceramics. In her work as a multi-disciplinary artist, Becky loves to explore the intersection of her experience with the visual arts and dance.