Julia was born in North Logan, Utah, where she began taking dance classes at the age of 5. At age 7, she studied with the Cache Valley School of Ballet in Logan, Utah and was able to dance with the Cache Valley Civic Ballet through open auditions, and then as a member of its Junior Company, under the direction of Sandra Emile. While dancing with the CVCB, she performed in numerous productions of the Nutcracker, and Firebird, Sleeping Beauty and Hansel and Gretel. Upon moving to Cheyenne she began taking classes at En Avant Dance Studio, and continued on to become RDC’s youngest Principal Dancer in 2017. Julia hopes to dance throughout the rest of her life.
Casey grew up in the Washington, D.C. area, training at the School of the Washington Ballet under Mary Day, and later at the Kirov Academy of Ballet where she was fortunate enough to be a member of Alla Sizova’s last graduating class in the United States. As a student, she attended summer intensives at American Ballet Theater, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, and Boston Ballet. In 2004 she joined Colorado Ballet, and spent 11 years dancing corps de ballet, demi-soloist and soloist roles in all of the classical and neoclassical repertoire, as well as originating roles in many contemporary works by choreographers such as Dwight Rhoden, Jodie Gates, Val Caniparoli, and more. For the past several years, she has been teaching and coaching students throughout the Denver area, working in a class setting as well as offering private instruction to students of all levels. Casey is also certified to teach Marie Walton-Mahon’s Progressing Ballet Technique method. She is the owner and creator of her own brand, DECO dancewear, and has constructed the majority of RDC’s costumes since 2018. Additionally, she manages the company’s web, social and print media.
Cassidy started her dance training in Cheyenne. She has been dancing under the instruction of Kathy Vreeland since 2014 and is grateful for the continued training that has shaped her both as a dancer and person. She has performed in numerous local productions, including appearing as Clara in the San Diego Ballet’s Nutcracker. She has been to Haiti twice with Hope Force International and wishes to pursue an internship with them in the near future. Cassidy is extremely grateful to be a Principal Dancer with Reformation Dance Company.
Jonathan was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and traveled around the world with his military family before settling in Cheyenne. Jonathan began dancing at the age of 11, with a focus on ballet and contemporary work although he has worked with styles from tap, jazz, and hip hop to Irish step, modern, and aerial arts. He has studied around the country with some of the most renowned names in dancing, and has enjoyed collaborations with other local artists from Wyoming and Colorado.
Joining RDC for Fall 2019
Tristan Grant began his dance training at the age of 3 years old at his mom’s studio in Colorado Springs, CO and eventually moved to Fort Collins where he trained at Studio West Dance Center. At the age of 14 he built his technical and creative skills training at Artistic Fusion Dance Academy winning numerous awards and scholarships. Tristan graduated and continued his pursuit of inspiration on scholarship, at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. He has worked closely with and trained under choreographers such as Meghan Lawitz, Travis Wall, Stacey Tookey, Sabrina Phillips, Talia Favia, Wade & Chantal Robson, Dave Scott, Brian Friedman, Tabitha & Napoleon D’umo, and many more. He has performed as a featured dancer in Rogue Dance Company, was chosen as featured dancer in The Difference Between Company and has been featured in Kent Boyd and Matthew Kazierczak’s short film, “Collide in 1986.” He is quickly becoming a favorite master teacher and choreographer both across the U.S. and abroad, and his passion for dance and the creative process that he shares with other artists and dancers is obvious throughout his work.