Company Members

 

Byunggyu “Jack” Kim  was born in Deagu, South Korea. He received his BA and MFA in dance from Korean National University of Arts.  He was awarded many prizes in nationwide competitions in South Korea, such as the 1st prizes in six sectors in the year 2009 alone. In 2014 and 2015, Jack was honored as he was selected as the New Artist of the Year by the Daegu Culture Foundation. He has received four major fellowships, amount to seventy thousand dollars in total. Since 2006 he has been choreographing numerous works, notably “Sacrifice,” “On the Skin,” and “Sell Dancing” as internationally performed and praised worldwide at several international dance festivals. In 2012 he founded Moving Channel Dance Company where he has been producing a number of works performed in South Korea and worldwide. He also taught at Yeung Nam University. Before moving to the US for ten years he had been a member of an acclaimed company, Laboratory Dance Project based in Seoul.To further explore the world of dance, Jack came to Southern California in 2015, and subsequently was invited to work with Intersect Dance Theatre as both a dancer and house choreographer. Jack is inspired to create and perform dances of storytelling to convey what the words cannot.

 

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Stella Aryan received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a minor in Dance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2008. She was invited to join Intersect Dance Theatre in 2010 and continues to work hand in hand with Sofia Carreras, the Artistic Director. Stella was featured in the solo “El Toro” which was asked to be performed at the BlakTina Festival in 2013. The trio “Underground” was invited and selected as a runner up at the 4×4 competition in Tijuana hosted by Lux Boreal. She has collaborated and danced in popular works like 3B, Under the Boot, Stand, and Stand part II. She is excited to continue to explore the journey and the vocabulary of Intersect.  Stella also dances and collaborates with beautiful Mrs. Julie Freeman, the Artistic Director of WHAT Dance Theatre which emerged in 2015. After working on Julie Freeman’s year-long MFA project on experimental choreography in 2014 at University of California, Riverside, Stella was very eager and interested to continue the creative process with Julie in her new company. Stella was featured in the duet “Buy-in” with talented Casey Avaunt and solo “iSelf” which were well received in the Riverside Community. Currently, Stella is the Co-Artistic Director of Safe Space Dance Collective with her main squeeze C.J Logel. They are actively exploring the idea of long distance collaboration.
Morgan Davison started her dance training at Riverside Ballet Arts under the direction of  Glenda Carhart and where she first met Sofia Carreras. She then furthered her studies at Ballet  Pacifica. Morgan began her professional career at 17 years old with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet. She continued her education on scholarship at the University of Utah, dancing with the  Department of Ballet’s resident student company, Utah Ballet.  She was then invited to join  Nashville Ballet’s second company. During her time in Nashville, she grew more interested in  exploring modern and contemporary dance through working with Banning Bouldin and Gina  Patterson.  She decided to explore further, moving to Chicago to train at the Lou Conte Dance  Studio under the direction of Claire Bataille.  After a year in Chicago, she danced with the  Madison Ballet in Wisconsin for a year.  Since returning to Southern California, Morgan has danced with Kenneth Walker Dance Project and Intersect Dance Theatre as well as teaching for a number of studios in the area.  Morgan is beyond thrilled to continue dancing with her Intersect family.
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 Justin Morris started his dance training at Riverside City College in multiple genres and has worked with    the City of Riverside, Parks and Recreation Department as a dance instructor. Justin has choreographed for  RCC’s Celebrate Dance in 2012 and 2013 and has performed in both the faculty and student choreographed  concerts. He has performed in numerous community events throughout Riverside and neighboring cities,  including Between the Tables at Back to the Grind, Trolley Dances Riverside, Histoire du Soldat with the  Redlands Symphony. He has performed works created by Sumi Clements and Taryn Vander Hoop of  Summation Dance Company, Kirsten Johansen, Mark Haines, Sue Roginski, Holly Johnston and as  a member of Intersect Dance Theatre. Justin is now continuing his education at Cal State University Long  Beach in hopes of attaining his BFA in dance.

 

Alicia Ann began her dance training at Riverside Ballet Arts at age 5. Her focus was classical ballet, and at age 11 she continued into pre-professional training, attending various summer dance intensives. She has studied with Ballet Pacifica, BalletMet, Joffrey Ballet, Harvard Dance, and Boston Ballet and has performed both soloist and corps de ballet roles in a myriad of classical and contemporary works, including David Allan’s “The Nutcracker”, “Swan Lake: Act II”, “Cinderella”; Clinton Rothwell’s “Concerto in G”; Damian Diaz’s “Ravel Waltz’s”, and “Moondance”, in addition to her works with Intersect. From 2010-2011 Alicia performed with California Riverside Ballet, dancing the roles of snowflake, waltz flower, and Chinese soloist in “The Nutcracker”. Presently, Alicia is excited to be a part of Ballet Carreras in addition to Intersect Dance Theatre. Alicia has performed with Intersect since its early inception in 2009, and is thrilled to still be a part in the company’s evolution as she continues to explore and expand her own technique and artistry; her favorite works with the company include “Under the Boot” and “Against the Grain”. Outside of the rehearsal space, Alicia  studies math at Riverside Community College and holds a pilates certificate through Body Arts and Science International (BASI).

 

Rebekah “Betti” Guerra began her dance career as a member of Riverside-based dance companies Counterpoint/Shift (2013) and Intersect Dance Theatre (2015). Further into her career, she transferred to University of California, Riverside where she received prestigious scholarships such as the Dorella Anderson Award, the Chancellor’s Performance Award in Dance as well as the opportunity to be a Gluck Fellow. In order to further her training as a contemporary artist, she has attended intensives with Ballet Hispanco, Bodytraffic and Joanna Haigood. In January 2018, Rebekah became a member of Ballet Carreras, which is artistically directed by Sofia Carreras , Jose Gonzalez Pilar (Ballet de Santiago) and Kelly Lamoureux (National Ballet of Canada).  When Rebekah is not in school and rehearsal she is teaching Ballet, Contemporary and Pilates across the Inland Empire.

Olivia Hamilton, originally from North Georgia, didn’t start dancing until she was a teenager. She fell in love with dancing quickly, and soon began her training with a pre-professional ballet company at Steps of Faith in Cartersville, Georgia. While there she enjoyed training and having featured roles in performances, as well as traveling to Trinidad and Europe to dance as well. During summers, Olivia was accepted to many prestigious intensives including ABT, Atlanta Ballet, Georgia Ballet, Backhausdance, Ad Deum, Ballet Magnificat!, and Complexions, where she had the privilege of studying under Desmond Richardson. Olivia graduated with honors from Belhaven University with her BA in Dance, and while at Belhaven she enjoyed performing in Faculty Concerts and Dance Ministry Ensemble, studying under Ravenna Tucker (The Royal Ballet), Caleb Mitchell (Houston Ballet), Laura Morton (Houston Ballet), and Sol Nazario (Ballet Puertoriqueno). She was also honored with the Bezelel Award for artistic achievement during her senior year.
Since relocating from the south to California, Olivia has danced with many professional companies including Fuse Dance Company, Nickerson-Rossi, Sodium, Evoke Dance Company, Aletheia Contemporary Dance Theatre, Intersect Dance Theatre, Kenneth Walker Dance Project, and has enjoyed taking classes throughout Orange County and LA. Olivia has also been a choreographer and instructor of dance for many years and was recently promoted to Artistic and Assistant Director at To The Pointe of Chino, CA. She is currently completing her Pilates Certification at RCC.

Aisha Shauntel Bardge started her dance training in multiple genres at A.B Miller High School Conservatory for Dance in 2010. After graduating in 2012, she continued her training at Riverside City College and has since trained and performed with artists across the Inland Empire. She is currently a company member in Intersect Dance Theatre, under the direction of Sofia Carreras.  Aisha is also an experienced choreographer, having choreographed work for RCC’s Celebrate Dance from 2015-2017 and a guest choreographer at A.B Miller High School in 2017 and returning this year to set more work. Aisha’s hard work was recognized in May 2016, she was awarded Student of Distinction by the RCC Dance Program and was chosen to be student director and choreographer for RCC’s Celebrate Dance 2017. Aisha is currently working with local dancer, Stephen Tanner, on short improvisation based duets and intends to debut works later this year. Aisha also intends to transfer to a university to obtain her BFA in Dance in Fall 2018.

 

Carlos Renteria started his training at the age of 12 at his local Middle School where he first met his Ballet Teacher, David King. He then continued dancing at his local High School and at Riverside Ballet Arts. During his training, Carlos spent a summer training under The Rock School of Ballet Education in Philadelphia. Carlos continued his training at The University of North Carolina School of The Arts in the modern program where he trained and performed in various styles including Merce Cunningham, Jose Limon, and Shen Wei. Since then, he has had the pleasure of dancing for Nickerson-Rossie Dance, Intersect Dance, Snow King in Inland Dance Theater’s Nutcracker and teaching at various schools around the Inland Empire in Southern California.