Dancer Bios

Grayson Driver
Grayson Driver

Originally from Apex, North Carolina, Grayson began dancing at Cary Ballet Conservatory where she trained with Rossana Machi. She continued her training at University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Grayson then went on to dance as a trainee and apprentice at Charlotte Ballet (formerly North Carolina Dance Theatre) under Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride, and Mark Diamond.

While at Charlotte Ballet she had many performance opportunities including roles in Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and the Pas de Trois des Odalisques from Les Corsaire. Before joining Ballet Evolution, Grayson danced with Atlanta Festival Ballet, where she performed many soloist roles including Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, and with Southern Arc Dance Theater.

Gwen Kelley
Gwen Kelley

Gwenyth Kelley was raised in Boston MA and began her training with Jackie Cronsberg and Carter Alexander at Ballet Workshop of New England. She then went on to graduate from University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she worked with such teachers as Melissa Hayden, Kee Juan Han, and Warren Conover. During her time at UNCSA she was privileged enough to perform Balanchine's Serenade at Melissa Hayden's Memorial Tribute at the "Opening Night of the Hollywood Bowl" in LA.

From there she continued her training with Ballet Austin, performing Stephen Mill's, "The Nutcracker", "Not afraid of the Dark", and "Carnival of the Animals" as well as Thaddeus Davis's "The Monologue Project". She proceeded to dance with Charleston Ballet Theatre dancing in Jill Eathorne-Bahr's Wings, Firebird, Poetry with a Splash of Red Blood, Midsummer Night's Dream, and Balanchine's "Who Care's" and "Allegro Brilliante". Gwenyth has had the honor to teach with Charleston Dance Institute for the past three years and is thrilled to be starting her first season with Ballet Evolution.

Danielle Lewis ballet dancer
Danielle Lewis

Danielle Lewis grew up in Birmingham, Alabama where she studied at Alabama ballet with Wes Chapman and Roger Vanfleteren; She finished her training in Alabama at Briarwood Ballet studying under Ken Tolle and Joanna DeHart. Danielle attended the University of Oklahoma where she studied under Mary Margaret Holt, Jeremy Lindberg, Steve Brule, Clara Cravey, Rebecca Herrin and Holy Schmidt. While at The University of Oklahoma, Danielle had the opportunity to dance the lead in Balanchine’s Valse Fantasy, as well as roles in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty act III, and other works created and set by the professors there. She also had the opportunity to participate in several collaborative works with the OU Opera and the OU School of Musical Theatre. Danielle received her BFA in Ballet Pedagogy.

Mrs. Lewis went on to dance with Oklahoma City Ballet where she had the privilege of performing Balanchine’s Rubies, Toni Pimble’s Jungle Book, and Robert Mill’s Nutcracker. Danielle also danced with City Ballet of San Diego where she once again had the privilege of performing Rubies, as well as Balanchine’s Four Temperaments, and Walpurgisnacht Ballet. While at City Ballet she also danced in new works created by Betsy Wistrich, The Nutcracker and Don Quixote. Danielle has also performed internationally; she most recently performed in Cuba while a guest artist with Briarwood ballet’s Ballet Exaltation. Danielle has also danced several summer seasons with Ken Tolle’s Hosanna Sacred Arts. Danielle is so excited to join Ballet Evolution for her first season.

Crystal Wellman
Crystal Wellman

Crystal Wellman is a North Carolina native. She started her dance training at the School of Gaston Dance Theatre, under the direction of Pat Wall. Wellman continued her training at the Atlanta Ballet School, the Joffrey Ballet, The University of North Carolina School of the Arts and holds a BFA from East Carolina University. Professionally she has worked with the Montgomery Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theatre, Martha Connerton/Kinectic Works Dance Company, Charleston Dance Project and The Moving Poets Charlotte.

Throughout her career she feels blessed to have performed a wide range of work, ranging from principal classical roles to working with new world renowned contemporary choreographers. Wellman has choreographed her own works for Oklahoma City Ballet and the Charleston Dance Project. A RYT yoga teacher, sharing her love for yoga has become a passion of hers in the last few years.

Ahmaud Culver
Ahmaud Culver

Ahmaud Culver, a first generation Egyptian-American, was raised in Lancaster, California. Ahmaud began his dance studies at California Institute of the Arts and The Rock School of Ballet. Ahmaud's first professional dance company position was with the Santa Monica, California based Helios Dance Theatre at 20 years of age. In 2009 Ahmaud moved to New York City where opportunities allowed him to work with many dance companies from around the world such as the International touring company NY2Dance, Eglevsky Ballet, Augusto Solada BrazzDance, the National Company of Colombia Danza Concerto, Gainville Ballet, and Armitage Gone!Dance. Ahmaud was a featured guest artist for Ballet Evolution’s premeire of American Tapestry and is thrilled to return for our current season.

Chelsea Robicheau
Chelsea Robicheau

Chelsea grew up in Vermont and began her early dance training at the Lebanon Ballet School in New Hampshire. She continued her training at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she spent four years in the high school program. Upon graduation, Chelsea joined the Boston Ballet Trainee Program, where she performed in the Boston Ballet Night of Stars Gala as well as the company’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Chelsea continued her training and education at Mercyhurst University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance.

Chelsea has had many performance opportunities, including Balanchine’s Scherzo a la Russe, as well as the principal role in Valse Fantaisie. Chelsea has performed Bournonville’s Konservatoriet, the role of Sugarplum in Lake Erie Ballet’s The Nutcracker, and has worked with Susan and Rick McCullough, Deirdre Miles Berger, and Margaret Tracey. Most recently, Chelsea danced as a trainee with Charlottesville Ballet, where she was given opportunities to perform corps and soloist roles with the company. Chelsea is excited to join Ballet Evolution for her first season and continue her dance career.

Haley-Jean Race
Haley-Jean Race

Haley-Jean Race began her dance training at the Abigail Francisco School of Classical Ballet in Maryland. She went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from the Radford University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and a minor in Design. In college, she studied the Vaganova technique with Associate Professor, Inessa Plekhanova, as well as jazz, modern, contemporary, and tap.

She performed soloist and demi-soloist roles in classical ballets including The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Esmeralda, and LaBayadere. In 2014, she was selected to perform for the NY Jazz Choreography Project in New York City. While pursuing her dance degree, she was a Trainee with the Roanoke City Ballet under Artistic Director, Saundra Meythaler, and Ballet Master, Rolando Sarabia. Haley-Jean is excited about her first season dancing with Ballet Evolution.

Caroline Wilde
Caroline Wilde

Caroline Wilde, a Pennsylvania native, began her dance training at the Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh primarily under teachers Steven and Lindsay Piper and Lindy Mandrajieff. She danced with the Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh for seven years where she had the opportunity to perform principal and soloist roles in ballets such as the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and George Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht and Raymonda Variations.

After graduating from high school, Caroline went on to continue her dance training in the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Graduate Program, under directors Marjorie Grundvig and Dennis Marshall. As a student, Caroline had the opportunity to perform with the company in productions such as La Bayadère, the Nutcracker, and Lew Christensen’s Beauty and the Beast. Caroline also had the privilege to perform with Ballet Evolution as a guest artist in the premiere of American Tapestry and is delighted to return for her first season as a company member.

Delaney Shorb
Delaney Shorb

Delaney Shorb grew up in York, Pennsylvania and began her dance training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She danced with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet for ten years where she had the opportunity to perform many of George Balanchine’s works including The Nutcracker, Serenade, and Stars and Stripes in addition to other original works of guest choreographers. After graduating high school, Delaney continued her dance training and education at Point Park University on scholarship where she received a bachelor’s degree in dance with a concentration in ballet.

Delaney spent a year dancing professionally with Ballet Austin, as a fellowship dancer, where she performed in Stephen Mills’ production of The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and as well as many fellowship performances for the community. She has also worked as a guest artist for Lake Erie Ballet and Baltimore Ballet. Delaney has attended many summer intensives on scholarship including; Pacific Northwest Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Ballet Austin and Charlotte Ballet. Delaney is looking forward to her first season with Ballet Evolution.

Andres Neira
Andres Neira

Andres Neira was born in Cali, Colombia. He started his dance education at the Colombian Institute of Classical Ballet (Incolballet). Eight years of intense training provided him with the opportunity to work with teachers, choreographers and coaches of national and international notoriety. After graduating Mr. Neira joined the Ballet de Cali Company, where he became the youngest soloist in the company’s history to date, performing a wide variety of classical and contemporary roles worldwide.

Mr. Neira’s career in the U.S.A. began when in 1996 he received the first ever Lefkowitz Award for Outstanding Performance of a Solo at the New York International Ballet Competition (NYIBC), then he went on to participate as guest dancer and/or guest ballet master for numerous companies in the U.S. and abroad such as New Jersey Ballet, Connecticut Ballet center, Ballet Hispanico, Eglevsky Ballet, Granite State Ballet, The Renval Project, and Bejart Ballet Lausanne.

Mr. Neira’s performance experience includes a wide range of rolls varying from Petipa’s classics such as Corsaire, Don Quixote, Raymonda and Sleeping Beauty, to contemporary works, some of which have been created for him, including Backthi by Maurice Bejart, Tango by Johan Renval, Rhapsody in Blue by Alex Proia, For Ella by Margo Sappington with music by Ella Fitzgerald and many more.

Mr. Neira joined Ballet Evolution as a principal guest artist for the world premiere of Ancient Tales in 2015 and is glad to return for our 2015-16 season.

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