KAIROS Dance Theater’s creative process is a collaborative one. The dancers’ artistic talents and commitment to craft play an integral role in the creation of every performance. Our process requires dancers to engage their intellect and curiosity; our choreographic aesthetic challenges them to constantly push the limits of their physicality; the emotional content of our work asks them to examine and reveal their own personal truths. The dancers are willing to give themselves generously, totally, to this process. Peeling back layers to expose your most vulnerable self takes a courageous heart. KAIROS recognizes and acknowledges the beauty and bravery of our most important collaborators, our dancers.
I.J. Chan is a dance artist and educator born, raised and now based in Boston. She joined KAIROS Dance Theater in 2015, two months after graduating from James Madison University with a BA in Dance and Journalism. She is also currently dancing with choreographers McKersin Previlus/Lakaï Dance Theater, Kristin Wagner, and Jennifer Lim. In addition to performing, she is passionate about bringing quality dance instruction to low-income and minority youth populations within the city.
[ARTISTIC DIRECTOR || CHOREOGRAPHER]
DeAnna Pellecchia is proud to be Boston-born and bred; recognized by The Boston Herald as one of the city’s “finest artists”. Over the past 18 years she has established herself as one of the Commonwealth’s most prominent dance-makers, teaching and touring internationally throughout India, Russia and the United States. She has danced with horses, in trees, on stilts, under water and through air and been featured in rodeos, operas, plays, fashion shows, dance films, books, movies, music videos and publications including STUFF Magazine, Dance Magazine, Contact Quarterly, Backstage Magazine, The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald, among others. DeAnna has performed at venues including Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington D.C., Los Angeles Convention Center, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Dance Theater Workshop in NYC, and the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert; and throughout India at The National School of Drama, University of Calicut and Abhinaya Theater, among others. Ms. Pellecchia received a B.A. in Dance / Performance from Roger Williams University. She has been a principal dancer with Paula Josa-Jones / Performance Works, Kinodance Company, Anna Myer & Dancers and Anikaya Dance Theater, among others. DeAnna currently resides on dance faculty at Boston University, Simmons College, Boston Ballet and The Dance Complex. deannapellecchia.com.
Katie Von Wald
Katie Von Wald is originally from Boulder, Colorado where she grew up intensively studying classical ballet. A graduate with honors of Boston University in 2014 (with majors in History and International Relations and a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies), Katie joined KAIROS in 2012. She has also had the opportunity to perform with Paula Josa-Jones/Performance Works and Heidi Latsky Dance. Katie is currently pursuing a Masters from Simmons College in Gender and Cultural Studies.
[Rehearsal Director || Principal Dancer]
Kristin Wagner has been performing with KAIROS Dance Theater since 2012, during which time she has served as soloist, principal dancer, and rehearsal director for the company. She is also currently dancing for Brian Feigenbaum. In addition to performing, Kristin has enjoyed teaching in a variety of studio settings, and is currently on faculty at Miss Maria’s School of Dance, Wilmington Dance Academy, and Koltun Ballet Boston. Kristin graduated from Boston University with a minor in dance, and has continued her training and education at a variety of festivals and intensives, including the Bates Dance Festival and the Christopher K. Morgan & Artists Winter Workshop. kristincwagner.com
Olivia Blaisdell was born in Connecticut, but raised in Los Angeles, where she grew up studying dance at The Vonder Haar Center for the Performing Arts. Olivia returned to the East Coast to attend high school at The Walnut Hill School for the Arts where she studied ballet, modern, and choreography with Michael Owen, Denise Lewis, Diane Arvanites, Monica Lender, and Kathy Kozul. She has also trained with Hubbard Street, Joffrey Chicago, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet; and artists including Meredith Dincolo, Alexei Kremnev, Cindy Montoya, and Glenn Edgerton. Olivia is currently studying Dance and Physical Therapy at Boston University. She is excited to be joining KAIROS as an apprentice for the 2017 season!
Amy Green is joining KAIROS as an apprentice for the 2017 season. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Amy trained in ballet and modern technique at Minnesota Dance Theatre. She also trained extensively in competitive Irish dance, which afforded her the opportunity to perform in London, Dublin, Montreal and New York. Amy has taught dance at several studios in both Minneapolis and Boston. She is currently working towards a B.A. in Marine Science with a minor in Dance at Boston University.
Alyssa Vernet graduated from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance with a BFA in Dance. As a young dancer, she participated in several dance festivals and intensives, including Summer Stages where she was fortunate enough to perform in The Bang Group’s “Nut/Cracked”. Currently she is dancing with KAIROS Dance Theater, Paradise Lost: A Movement Collective, Pantos Project, and Boston Community Dance Project. In addition to performing, Alyssa enjoys sharing her passion for dance through teaching, and most recently, adjudicating with Dance Masters of America.
Tracy (Yaqi) Wu
Tracy (Yaqi) Wu is an international contemporary dance artist. She received her MFA in Choreography and BFA in Dance Education from Minzu University of China, the most renowned dance program in the country. Tracy has also studied the traditional folk dance of the Tibetan, Mongolian, Uyghur, Korean, Han, Dai, Yi, Miao, and Wa people. She performed in the 2015 Beijing Dance Festival, 2015 Guangzhou Dance Festival, 2016 Nan Luo Gu Xiang Theater Festival, 2016 D-stage Festival and the Shanghai West Bund Art Center in 2016; the opera Cavalleria Rusticana and Punchinello in National Center For The Performing Arts of China, and the English Broadway musical Robin Hood with Beijing Playhouse. Tracy is currently a faculty member at Bright Pearl Dance Arts Academy in Newton, MA. She joined KAIROS as an apprentice in 2017.
Anastasiya Efimova is a professional dancer based in Moscow, Russia. She is a graduate of the Moscow State Academy of Choreography commonly known as Bolshoi Ballet Academy which is an affiliate school of the Bolshoi Ballet. From 2014 – 2016 she played the role of Meg Giry in Moscow’s production of Phantom of the Opera. Anastasiya joined KAIROS Dance Theater in 2017.
Valeria Migalina is an award-winning professional dancer based in Moscow, Russia. In 2013 she became a principal dancer with The Russian Ballet Theater performing solos in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Gizelle and Sleeping Beauty. From 2014 – 2016 she played the role of Meg Giry in Moscow’s production of Phantom of the Opera. In 2017 Valeria became a dancer and choreographer for the musical Catch Me If You Can; and began dancing with KAIROS Dance Theater.
[Company Manager || Rehearsal Director]
Katarina Zelenskaya, a native of St. Peterburg, Russia is an international actress, dancer, model, clown and TV personality. Involved in theater at the very young age, Katarina has toured throughout Russia as well as Germany, Poland and Latvia with the St. Petersburg-based theater company Rain People. She has worked with Moscow’s acclaimed Bulgakov’s Theater Troupe and appeared as a cast member on the Russian TV series Stolipin. Unlearned Lessons.
Katarina joined KAIROS Dance Theater in 2012 while living in Boston. As a soloist and original cast member of HER, she performed with the company throughout New England and New York from 2012-2013.
After returning to Russia in 2014, Katarina performed in the musical Zombie created by award-winning choreographer Vladimir Varnava. In 2015 she hosted the television program Show On The Tariff on RBK TV. In 2017 she rejoined KAIROS as the company’s manager, international liaison, and rehearsal director in Moscow. Katarina is also currently studying opera directing at the acclaimed Russian Academy of Theater Arts.