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About


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About


About Us

At BalletNext the search for innovation trumps convention. In 2011, Michele Wiles, one of New York’s most acclaimed dancers founded the company with the vision to provide a platform for leading dancers, choreographers, and musicians. As a result, new work is produced and performed in an environment that promotes experimentation, creative problem solving, and a focus on process.

photo by Marco Giannavola

photo by Marco Giannavola

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Michele Wiles


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Michele Wiles


Michele Wiles, Artistic Director

Photo: Ken Browar & Deborah Ory

Photo: Ken Browar & Deborah Ory

Michele Wiles, founded BalletNext in 2011 with the vision to pair classically trained dancers and live musicians in a collaborative setting that encourages risk taking and a focus on process.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, at age 10 she moved to Washington D.C. to train at the Kirov Academy on full scholarship. She was a Gold Medal winner at the 18th International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria a Bronze Medal winner in Nagoya, Japan and a finalist at the Paris International Dance Competition. She was a Princess Grace Foundation – U.S.A. Dance Fellowship recipient for 1999–2000 and won the Erik Bruhn Prize in 2002. 

She joined American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company in 1997 and joined American Ballet Theatre in 1998.  She was promoted to soloist in 2000 and to principal in 2005. In 2011, she left that position to start BalletNext.

In addition to leading BalletNext as artistic director and dancer, Michele is choreographing. Ushuaia to music by Heinrich Biber, which premiered at New York Live Arts in February 2015 marks her formal choreographic debut.

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Artists


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Artists


DANCERS

Photo: Ken Browar & Deborah Ory

Photo: Ken Browar & Deborah Ory

Michele Wiles

AMY SAUNDER

 

GRACIE HUBER

JESSICA TRETTER

photo: Paul B. Goode

photo: Paul B. Goode

TIFFANY MANGULABNAN

LANDES DIXON

COMPOSERS & MUSICIANS

Photo: Ken Browar & Deborah Ory

Photo: Ken Browar & Deborah Ory

CHRIS LANCASTER
ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC CELLIST COMPOSER

ANNEKE SCHAUL-YODER
CELLIST

Liv Heym
Violinist
 

ELLIOT FIGG
KEYBOARDIST

BETH WENSTROM
VIOLINIST

CHOREOGRAPHERS

Photo: Ken Browar & Deborah Ory

Photo: Ken Browar & Deborah Ory

Michele Wiles

MAURO BIGONZETTI

Photo: Ken Browar & Deborah Ory

Photo: Ken Browar & Deborah Ory

JAY DONN, FLEX DANCER

photo: Brook Pifer

photo: Brook Pifer

Brian Reeder

Photo: Ken Browar & Deborah Ory

Photo: Ken Browar & Deborah Ory

Peter Quanz

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Repertory


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Repertory


REPERTORY

photo: Stephanie Berger

photo: Stephanie Berger

OUTSWIRL BY PETER QUANZ

photo: Marco Giannavola

photo: Marco Giannavola

SOMETHING SAMPLED BY JAY DONN, MICHELE WILES, AND CHRIS LANCASTER

photo: Paul B. Goode

photo: Paul B. Goode

La Follia by Mauro Bigonzetti

photo: Stephanie Berger

photo: Stephanie Berger

Different Homes by Brian Reeder

photo: Stephanie Berger

photo: Stephanie Berger

Picnic by Brian Reeder

photo: Stephanie Berger

photo: Stephanie Berger

UShUAIA BY MICHELE WILES

photo: Paul B. Goode

photo: Paul B. Goode

BachGround by Mauro Bigonzetti
 

photo: Stephanie Berger

photo: Stephanie Berger

Surmisable Units by Brian Reeder

Querencia by Michele Wiles