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, after graduating from James Madison University with a BA in Dance and Journalism. IJ is also currently dancing with choreographers McKersin Previlus/Lakaï Dance Theater, Jennifer Lin, and Jean Appolon. In addition to performing, she is passionate about bringing quality dance instruction to low-income and minority youth populations within the city. IJ is interested in exploring the Asian-American narrative in her own choreographic work which was recently presented in “…that’s what she said”, a dance theater production focused on presenting works from the female perspective.
[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 and Boston Ballet.
deannapellecchia.com | Instagram: @deannapellecchia
[Rehearsal Director || Principal Dancer]
Kristin Wagner is a dance performer, choreographer, educator, and administrator based in Boston, MA. She has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Boston Center for the Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Jordan Hall, among others. Kristin has been dancing with KAIROS Dance Theater since 2012, and currently serves as principal dancer and rehearsal director for the company. Kristin also performs with Brian Feigenbaum and Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion, and has been creating a series of collaborative duets with Tony Guglietti. Independently, Kristin has presented choreography at the Salem Arts Festival, Boston University, The Dance Complex, the Third Life Choreographers Series, NACHMO! Boston, and the American College Dance Festival. Kristin is currently on teaching faculty at the New England Conservatory, Wilmington Dance Academy, and Koltun Ballet Boston.
kristincwagner.com | Instagram: @kriscross392
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 and modern primarily under Michael Owen and Diane Arvanites. She has also trained at Hubbard Street Chicago, Joffrey Chicago, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. In her first year of college, Olivia joined Kairos Dance Theater as an apprentice for their 2017 season. She is currently in her junior year of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Boston University. In her free time Olivia never strays too far away from dance, for she runs her photography business “halfasianlens / Olivia Blaisdell Photography” where she specializes in dance photography and portraits.
Instagram: @oliviamoooon & @halfasianlens
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.
Tracy (Yaqi) Wu
Tracy (Yaqi) Wu is an international dance artist. She received her MFA and BFA in Dance from Minzu University of China, the most renowned dance program in the country. Yaqi is a virtuoso of various folk dance forms in Asia including Han, Tibetan, Mongolian, Uyghur, Korean, Han, Dai, Yi, Miao, and Wa. She is also professionally trained in Ballet and Contemporary dance. Yaqi has performed in major festivals and venues across China including the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing Dance Festival, and Guangzhou Dance Festival. Since arriving in Boston in 2017, she has performed with KAIROS Dance Theater, Pasy Contemporary West African Dance Company and Abilities Dance Company. Yaqi currently resides on faculty at Harvard Asian Dance Troop and Bright Pearl Academy. Her Chinese Dance choreography has won several top awards at the Taoli World (Chinese) Dance Competition.
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. Instagram: @katyooshaa