Lieneke Matte grew up in the Bronx and received her early training at Ballet Tech and the School of American Ballet. She then attended Fiorello H. La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts in New York. Lieneke studied for a semester at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and graduated summa cum laude with a B.F.A in dance from SUNY Purchase College in May of 2013. There she also received the President’s Award for the dance conservatory. She has performed in works by George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Lar Lubovitch, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Nicolo Fonte, Nicholas Villeneuve and Xiao-Xiong Zhang. This is Lieneke’s fourth season with Verb Ballets.
Megan Buckley is a proud native of St. Louis, Missouri. She received her formal training from Alexandra Zaharias, performing principle roles in full-length productions in all styles of dance with Alexandra Ballet Company. Megan furthered her dance education at many national programs including Joffrey-NYC, Nashville Ballet, Steps on Broadway-NYC, DanceWorks-Milwaukee, and Missouri Ballet Theater-St. Louis. She performed professionally with Milwaukee Ballet 2 and has been a guest in Chicago, Virginia, Jackson, MS, Ohio, and has returned to St. Louis as a returning guest alum for Alexandra Ballet. She performed with Portland Ballet in Maine for five seasons performing critically-acclaimed principle roles. Megan is an experienced Pilates Mat class instructor, Zumba fitness instructor and regional dance teacher. She is excited to call Cleveland her home. This is Megan’s third season with Verb Ballets.
Stephaen Hood is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a B.F.A. in Ballet Performance. He has been studying dance and has trained at numerous ballet institutions such at Mid Atlantic Youth Ballet, Rock School For Dance Education, and the University of The Arts in PA as a Ballet Major. He has also trained in a vast amount of studies such as Horton, Balanchine, Forsythe and jazz dance. He was a principal dancer for the Mid Atlantic Youth Ballet Company and company member for Ballet-Fleming. He has also been a guest artist in various companies such as Poetic Expression Dance Company and Carbon Dance Theater. He has also performed lead roles in ballets such as Coppelia, La Bayadere, and The Nutcracker. He is happy to have embarked on this journey with Verb Ballets and is excited to expand his mind as an artist. This is Stephaen’s third season with Verb Ballets.
Christina Lindhout grew up in Mansfield, Ohio. Starting dance at the age of five, she grew up training at Opus II Dance Studio under the direction of Hellie Schussler. Throughout high school and middle school she was a member of Opus II’s pre-professional company, Ashland Regional Ballet. She also spent summers training at the Orlando Ballet School, Magnus Midwest, American Ballet Theatre, and BalletMet Columbus, working with teachers such as Peter Stark, John Magnus, Warren Conover, Alaine Hubert, Susan Dromisky and Dmitri Suslov. Upon graduating magna cum laude from high school in 2013, Christina accepted a traineeship at BalletMet under the direction of Edwaard Liang. While at BalletMet she had the opportunity to perform in many professional works with the company, including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Symphony in C, and Carousel. This is Christina’s third season with Verb Ballets.
A Dallas native, Omar began his training at the age of fourteen with Happy Nia Dance Theater Productions at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters. A graduate from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, he received training through scholarship from Dallas Black Dance Theater, LINES Contemporary Ballet, Bates Dance Festival, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and camp, and as a fellowship student at the Ailey School. Omar is a recipient of the Dance Council of North Texas Charles Kulp Memorial Scholarship. He has performed in some of Dallas’s major theaters and has also appeared on GOOD MORNING TEXAS. Omar received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Oklahoma where he had the unique opportunity to perform works by Alvin Ailey, Jessica Lange, Donald McKayle and José Limon. This is Omar’s second season with Verb Ballets.
Was born in Puerto Rico. At the age of 10, he began his ballet studies at Ballets de San Juan. Later, he received a scholarship to study during the summer of 2006 at Orlando Ballet School, where he had the opportunity to train with Peter Stark and Richard Cook. In 2008, he obtained another scholarship to attend Miami City Ballet School, where he trained with Edward Villella, Yuri Zhukov and Alex Lapshin. From 2009 to 2012, he danced with Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico Company. Later in 2013 he joined with Andanza Contemporary Dance Company until 2016, allowing him to dance an extensive repertoire of choreographers from Puerto Rico, Spain and Brazil. In 2015, he received a training experience with Emio Greco, currently director of the Ballet National de Marseille, and he was invited to dance at the Edanco Contemporary Dance Festival in Santo Domingo. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages concentrating in French and Portuguese from the University of Puerto Rico and he has also attended the University of Coimbra, Portugal. This is Nathanael's first season with Verb Ballets.
Kelly Korfhage, originally from Cleveland, Ohio began her training at age 10 under Joanne H. Morscher and Ana Lobe. She attended summer intensives at ABT Detroit, CPYB, BalletMet, Cincinnati Ballet, and North Carolina Dance Theatre. She went on to further her dance education at the University of Cincinati-College Conservatory of Music as a Corbett Award scholarship recipient, and graduated cum laude with a B.F.A. in ballet performance. While there, Kelly had the pleasure of performing principal roles in Giselle, Victoria Morgan’s Unseen, and George Balanchine’s Serenade. Following graduation, become a member of Kansas City Ballet's second company for two seasons. As a KCB2 she had the opportunity to perform with the company in repertoire such as Septime Webre’s Alice (In Wonderland), George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, and Adam Hougland's Rite of Spring. This is Kelly's first season with Verb Ballets.
Antonio is from Orlando, Florida. He received his Associate of Arts in Dance Performance from Valencia College in Orlando. He is currently completing his BFA in Dance Performance from the University of South Florida. Antonio has performed with the Patel Conservatory's Next Generation Ballet as well as Tampa City Ballet. Antonio has performed works by Jon Lehrer, José Limón, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Robert Moses' Kin, and Maurice Causey. Antonio is very excited and humbled to be a part of the Verb Ballets' legacy for his first season.
Born and raised in the small town of Broomfield Colorado, Michael Hinton started competitive gymnastics when he was 5. After three years of strict training and competitive successes within the USAG gymnastics program Michael decided to start ballet in order to add grace and poise to his gymnastics routines. It took one class for Michael to decide to quit gymnastics and attend ballet class full time at Ballet Nouveau Colorado (BNC). At the age of 15, after seven years of training and performing at BNC, Michael auditioned for The School Of American Ballet. He was accepted into the school and moved to New York City where he trained for three years before accepting his contract with Verb Ballets.
Verb Ballets, a contemporary ballet company, presents dynamic programming through bold artistry, unique styles and technical excellence that captivates a broad audience. Under the direction of Dr. Margaret Carlson, Producing Artistic Director and Richard Dickinson, MFA, Associate Director, the company will present a season that ignites passion in the energy, beauty and athleticism of dance.