Junichi Fukuda / artistic director & choreographer
Junichi Fukuda holds a BFA in Dance from the Boston Conservatory and has been a member of Ballet Tech/NY, Oakland Ballet, Smuin Ballet/SF, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, the New York Baroque Dance Company, Nejla Yatkin’s NY2 Dance, Buglisi Dance Theatre and Peridance Contemporary Dance Company where he was featured in numerous principal roles. Back in New England, Junichi became a member of Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre while he maintains his choreographic journey.
Junichi was the recipient of the 2012 S&R Washington Award and the Dance Place’s 2012 New Releases Choreographer Commission. His choreography has been presented at 18MASDANZA in Spain, Dance St. Louis’ The Spring to Dance Festival, DanceNow at Joe’s Pub Festival, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival. Junichi has been commissioned to create new works for Christopher K. Morgan & Artists (Trinitus, April 2013), for Bowen McCauley Dance (Segments, March 2014), and general staging/choreography for Opera (Jeanne: a story of the woman, September 2015, named as best in dance of 2015 by the Arts Fuse). At its premiere, dance critic Sarah Kaufman of the Washington Post called Segments “the evening’s chief pleasure” and went on to say “Fukuda knew exactly what he was doing here: creating a work of easeful harmony...bringing to mind freedom and flight…The real credit was due to Fukuda’s modest, tasteful proposal.” Junichi is a recipient of 2016 Bates Dance Festival’s Emerging Choreographer Residency, Dance Complex’s 2016 CATALYSTS Artist Residency, Somerville Arts Council’s Professional Development, New England Foundation for the Arts’ New England Dance Fund, Boston Cultural Council's Opportunity Fund, and a winner of the 2017 Boston Dance Alliance Rehearsal and Retreat Fellowship.
Haruka Tamura / dancer
Haruka Tamura was born in Tokyo, Japan, and started training at the age of 5. She was a scholarship student at University of Hartford’s The Hartt School, graduating Magna Cum Laude with her BFA in Dance Performance under direction of Stephen Pier in 2014. She also spent her training in summer intensives at Boston Ballet and Atlanta Ballet.
In her time at Hartt, there she performed Martha Graham’s “Dark Meadow Suite: They Who Dance Together” at The Joyce Soho in New York as an original cast member of Peggy Lyman-Hayes’ 2011 revision and as the lead dancer “Eliza” in “The King and I” at The Muny, St. Louis, in 2012. Some of her most memorable roles include the lead in “Paquita”, Balanchine’s “Who Cares”, “Four Temperaments”, and numerous contemporary works by choreographers such as Helen Pickett, Emory Lecrone, Viktor Plotnikov, and Charlotte Griffin. She is a Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship Recipient (2011-2012).
Upon graduating she worked with Gwen Rakotovao Company and was offered a contract with José Mateo Ballet Theatre in 2014. In addition to performing, she is a faculty member at JMBT School and The Brookline Ballet School.
Lauren Ganther / dancer
Lauren was born and raised in Appleton, WI. She received her training from Jeanette Makaroff at the Markaroff Youth Ballet. She also studied at Milwaukee Ballet, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre's extension program, and Batsheva Dance Company in Isreal.
She continued her training at The Boston Conservatory where she received her BFA in dance. At the conservatory she performed a lead role in Gerald Arpino's ballet "Light Rain" along with works by: Paul Taylor, Jose Limon, Larry Kegwin, and many others.
Lauren joined the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 2013 and was promoted to the company in 2014. Lauren also dances with Convergence Ballet Company in Arizona.
Betsy Boxberger / dancer
Betsy Boxberger trained under Victoria Lyras and Roberta Wong at Indianapolis School of Ballet. She graduated from Duke University with a double Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Environmental Policy. She received the Clay Taliaferro Dance Award and the Julia Wray Dance Award from the Duke Dance Program. This past summer, she trained on scholarship at the Boston Conservatory under Kurt Douglas and Gianni Di Marco.
Betsy has performed as a guest artist with Dance Kaleidoscope and the Indianapolis School of Ballet, and as a company member with Ballet Quad Cities. Featured roles include the lead soloist in Gerald Arpino’s Reflections, Second Violin in Concerto Barocco, the lead girl in Valse Fantasie, Raymonda in Raymonda, and George Balanchine’s Sugar Plum in The Nutcracker. She was recently honored with the Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Betsy currently dances at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre.
Vincent Brewer / dancer
Vincent Brewer, from Great Barrington, Massachusetts, trained with the Albany Berkshire Ballet and at Indiana University where he graduated with a BS in Ballet and Religious Studies in 2011 (honors). At Indiana University, he danced in Balanchine's Valse Fantasie and Allegra Brillante, and as Melancholic in The Four Temperaments. Additionally, he has danced in works by Ashton, Tudor and Tharp. Vincent has danced with Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Festival Ballet in Providence and Eglevsky Ballet, performing Balanchine's Tarantella and Bournonville's Flower Festival at Genzano.
Teagan Reed / dancer
Teagan Reed is a first year student at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. He graduated from the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg Florida. He was trained by artists such as Patricia Paige, Doricha Sales, Suzanne Pomerantzeff, and Patricia McNally. He has performed works by Bliss Kholemyer, Jennifer Archibald, Sir Brock Warren, and learned from John Parks. In addition to his training, he has also trained with the Patricia Ann Dance Studio and at summer programs with the Straz Next Generation Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Teagan is currently pursuing a B.F.A. in contemporary dance performance with a concentration in composition. He wants to eventually be the artistic director of his own company.
Nicole Nightingale / dancer
Nicole Nightingale has been dancing for 15 years. She started at Cobb Community Dance Theatre, but soon after joined Powerhouse Dance located in Kennesaw, Georgia. It was there that she trained with many teachers such as Fiona Fairrie, Kelly Tipton, Nicole Johnson, Lisa Rolfing and Allie Steele-Dawson. She trained there for ten years experiencing many forms such as Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Tap, and Modern including a little bit of Gaga. She taught classes for two years before she went off to college. She is currently a student at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee in Boston, Massachusetts. Nicole recently performed in a piece by Taylor Rodman at The Boston Conservatory and is looking forward to continuing her studies there.
Lauren Sylvia / dancer
Lauren Sylvia, a native of Rochester, MA, performed with the FBP company in many "Nutcracker" performances, participated in outreach opportunities, and trained under various classically trained teachers including Vera Kurmasheva, Jolanta Valeikaite, Yves de Bouteiller, Cosmin Marculetiu, Mihailo Djuric, Vilia Putrius, Mindaugas Bauzys, Ellie Lupo and Karin Tremblay. At YAGP, she won recognition for her contemporary dance variation. After graduating from high school, she joined the FBP Company as a Trainee member and continued on with her education at Rhode Island College as an accounting major. She danced in the FBP Company for two years, dancing roles such as the Canary Fairy from "Sleeping Beauty", as well as roles in contemporary pieces by Mark Harootian, Vincent Brewer, and Louisa Chapman. Following her years at FBP, she performed as a member of Part of the Oath, performed at Jacob's Pillow in Louisa Chapman's "The Elements" as part of the Berkshire Choreography Project, and she currently performs as a professional dancer for Cosmin and Melinda Marculetiu and works as a teacher for NEMA and IBA Norwell.