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Jennifer Cafarella

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Ms. Cafarella has returned to Arizona after spending some time dancing in other parts of the world. As a child she studied at Ballet Arizona under Donald Dadey, Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts and SUNY Purchase. Her career began with Ballet de Cali, Colombia, and continued with Granite State Ballet, Northern Ballet Theater, Portland Ballet, Ballet New England, and Jose Mateo's Ballet Theater.

Since she has been back in the valley, she has performed with Center Dance Ensemble, Terpsicore Dance Company and AZ Dance Group. She has been dance captain and most recently choreographed Carousel for Mesa Encore Theater. Ms. Cafarella has recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with her MFA in Dance.

RaShawn Hart

RaShawn Hart

CHOREOGRAPHER

RaShawn Hart, a dancer from Phoenix, Arizona, while in Arizona RaShawn received his Associates of Fine Arts in Dance from Scottsdale Community College under the directive of Angela Rosenkrans. During his time at Scottsdale Community College he performed with Moving Company and Instinct Dance Corps, getting the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Carley Conder of CONDER/Dance who RaShawn is currently dancing with, Ron Amit former member of Batsheva Dance company, and Kathryn Alter of Limon Dance Company.

In May of 2018 RaShawn graduated from San Houston State University with his Bachelors degree of Fine Arts in Dance. While at Sam Houston State University RaShawn was able to work with Joshua L. Peugh of Dark Circles, Dionne Noble of Noblemotion Dance, and Mike Esperanza of BARE Dance company. RaShawn has since been performing and showing his work in festivals both in Phoenix and Los Angeles.

Alexander Patrick

Alexander Patrick

DANCER

Alexander Patrick, PhD recently relocated to Phoenix, from New Orleans, LA and is a Residential Faculty member in the Department of Social Sciences at Glendale Community College. Prior to and throughout his dancing timeline, he continued to enjoy being a theater performer. Alex began his dance training with the Baton Rouge Ballet a few years ago and has since danced for Of Moving Colors, the Cangelosi Dance Project, The Atlanta Dance Connection, Magnolia Dance Theatre, KM Dance Project, Scorpius Dance Theatre, Desert Dance Theatre, and CaZo Dance just to name a few. In addition, he has also danced for a number of charities, and is currently dancing as a new member of Convergence Ballet Company. He enjoys a large variety of dance styles and is very thankful for all of the amazing and inspirational teachers, dancers, choreographers, family, and everyone who has supported and nurtured his talents over the past years.

Amy Symonds

Amy Symonds

DANCER

Amy Symonds first began dancing at the age of 13 and discovered a true love for the art a few years later. She has received numerous scholarships and awards at conventions and competitions, including a national title, and her choreography has been recognized both regionally and nationally. Amy danced with the Youth American Ballet Company for two seasons performing both soloist and principal roles in The Nutcracker, Firebird, Giselle, and Paquita. Currently, she is training and performing around the valley with Scorpius Dance Theatre, Rogue Dance Theater, Instinct Dancecorps, and Convergence Ballet.

Aubree Dagilis

Aubree Dagilis

DANCER

Aubree Dagilis started dancing when she was three at the Dance Studio in Prescott, Arizona. Her attendance to the Southwest Classical Dance Institute Summer Intensives, directed by Natasha and Joshua Brooksher, sparked her interest in ballet, thus starting her classical ballet training at The School of Ballet Arizona under the direction of Nancy Crowley. She continued her training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary for a year. In 2011, she returned to Arizona to continue her training under Daniel Baudendistel. She eventually began to study under Slawomir and Irena Wozniak at Master Ballet Academy and continues to take classes from them. She also went to New School for the Arts and Academics in Tempe, studying under Tricia LaRoche and Angel Castro. She has danced for Terpsicore Dance Company under the direction of Danna Parker in Phoenix, Arizona. Aubree has attended many summer intensives, including Ballet West, American Ballet Theater, School of American Ballet, The School of Ballet Arizona, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Boston Ballet. She has also competed in World Ballet Competition and Youth America Grand Prix, receiving Top 12 in Classical Variations in San Diego YAGP in 2015. She is excited to be a part of Convergence Ballet!

Belinda DePasquale

Belinda DePasquale

DANCER

Belinda DePasquale began her training in Massachusetts and has trained with Maria Vegh, at Boston Ballet’s Dance Lab, and at David Howard’s Summer Dance Intensive, and trained privately under Daniel Baudendistel. This is Belinda’s fourth season dancing with Convergence Ballet. She has also danced with Terpsicore Dance Company and as a guest artist for Yuma Ballet Theater and Southwest Ballet Theatre. As a choreographer, she has worked with Bard College dance majors, Terpsicore Dance Company and as Assistant Choreographer to Daniel Baudendistel for Southwest Ballet Theater’s production of The Nutcracker. Belinda is Assistant Director and Ballet Mistress at Ballet Theatre of Phoenix. As a ballet instructor, she has also taught at Arizona School for the Arts, The School of Ballet Arizona, Scottsdale School of Ballet, and at Mesa Community College as Adjunct Professor of Dance. Belinda DePasquale is an ABT® Certified teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National training Curriculum. Belinda is also certified in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT).

Nolan Austin

Nolan Austin

DANCER

Nolan Austin began his dance training at Barbara Driscoll's School of Ballet in El Paso, Texas. Under the teachings of Barbara Driscoll and Ann Gavit, Mr. Austin established a strong foundation in both ballet and modern technique as well as an enduring love for dance and the arts. After attending summer intensives with Washington Ballet and Ballet Austin, Mr. Austin was invited join Ballet Austin's year-round Professional Division Trainee program. There he gained professional experience training and performing with company members of Ballet Austin.

Mr. Austin then went on to join the University of Arizona's prestigious School of Dance. Working with a variety of choreographers, from professionals to fellow students, Mr. Austin greatly broadened his understanding and mastery of dance. In addition to performing featured roles in ballet, modern, and jazz, he discovered a love and talent for choreography and many of his works were selected to perform in School of Dance main-stage productions. Upon completing school Mr. Austin joined Ballet Tucson where he performed roles both classical and contemporary. This is Mr. Austin's first season with Convergence Ballet and is thrilled to be a part of such a talented company.

Samantha Kelly

Samantha Kelly

DANCER

Samantha began her training at the Arizona Ballet School, then later at Scottsdale School of Ballet and Ballet Etudes. She has also spent time training at State Street Ballet, Orlando Ballet School, the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, the Cuban National Ballet School, and most recently, under Daniel Baudendistel in Phoenix.
Samantha’s professional career has included dancing with the San Diego Ballet and Ballet Arizona, and is currently a performer for Showstoppers Interactive Entertainment and AZDance Group.

Samantha Lupascu

Samantha Lupascu

DANCER

Samantha Lupascu was raised in Yuma, AZ, She began dancing at age 8, and trained primarily in ballet with Thom Clower. She began training in modern dance at the University of Arizona and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance. She has performed Jane in Bartlesville Civic Ballet’s production of Tarzan, in Bartlesville, OK., Sugar Plum Fairy and Arabian in Nutcrackers, Glinda the Good Witch in Wizard of Oz and soloist roles for Center Dance Ensemble, Terpsicore Dance Company, Funhouse Movement Theater, Yuma Ballet Theatre, Southwest Ballet Theatre and independent artists bridging the gap between dance, art and culture. She is currently a member of Stilo Dance Company and Sentidos Dance. She is also a Physical Therapist and has two wonderful children.

Past Choreographers

- Aaron Gilbert

- Amber Willett

- Dana Metz

- David Maurice

- Diane McNeal Hunt

- Emanuel Vaceanu

- Eric Rivera

- Keven Jenkins

- Nicole Olson

- Tracy Marion

- Ryan Orion Beck

- Rusty Toth

- Thom Dancy