mona lisa (follower #2)
I wonder what secrets Mona Lisa had?
Christopher D'Ariano (he/him)
Christopher D’Ariano is from the Bronx, New York. Christopher is a creator of Studio D’Ariano, a film and dance production company and is currently a dancer at the Pacific Northwest Ballet. He is a graduate of The School of American Ballet and is a Mae L. Wien award recipient.
He has trained in courses at Netherlands Dans Theater, Boston Ballet and Ballet Tech and has been a dancer in several choreographic institutions, including 4 seasons of New York Choreographic Institute, ChopShop Dance Festival, The Seattle Project, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Christopher has choreographed for Seattle Art Museum, Seattle International Dance Festival, Pacific Northwest Ballet and PNB School’s Next Step for 3 seasons.
Ashton Edwards (he/she/they)
Ashton Edwards, originally from Flint, Michigan, started their training at the Flint School of Performing Arts. Ashton has attended summer ballet intensives at Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago, Houston Ballet School, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. In 2018, Ashton represented Flint in the NACCP National ACT-SO competition. In the Performing Arts, Ballet dance category, Ashton came in 3rd place, winning a bronze medal. Ashton competed again in 2020, coming in 2nd place, winning a silver medal.
In 2019, they began training at Pacific Northwest Ballet as a Professional Division student. The following year, Ashton started training en pointe at PNB in addition to his “Men’s” training. In the fall of 2021, Ashton will join Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice with the intention of performing all roles regardless of gender. Ashton is a 2021 recipient of the Princess Grace Award for Dance.
Joh Morrill (he/him) is from Seattle, Washington. He studied at Pacific Northwest Ballet and on scholarship at Colburn Dance Academy and attended summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, and on scholarship at School of American Ballet and Palluca. Joh joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2021.
Amanda Morgan is from Tacoma, Washington. She studied at Dance Theatre Northwest and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and she attended summer courses at Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Boston Ballet School, and the School of American Ballet. She participated in PNB School’s exchange with the Palucca University of Dance in Dresden, where she also performed with Dresden Semperoper Ballett. Amanda joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2016 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2017.
In addition to her dance career, Amanda is a newly established choreographer. She has choreographed for Pacific Northwest Ballet's Next Step Program, premiering her works "Pages" (2018) and "The Argument" (2019) at McCaw Hall. She also was selected to be a choreographer in the Seattle International Dance Festival in 2019. In 2019, Amanda won a residency at Northwest Film Forum and Velocity Dance Center, giving her the opportunity to create her own show at Northwest Film Forum. Later in 2019, she launched her project titled "The Seattle Project" which is a group of collaborative artists, led by Amanda, that creates new work and dance that breaks down accessibility barriers in the community. In February of 2020, she had her first show "The How of It Sped" premiere at Northwest Film Forum, and in July of 2020 she created and premiered her piece "Musings" for Seattle Dance Collective's Continuum Program. In October of 2020, Morgan made her first piece for Pacific Northwest Ballet's Digital Season. Ms. Morgan was named “25 to Watch” in Dance Magazine for the 2020 year. She also has been featured on the National Endowment for the Arts podcast in February of 2021.
Score by Thomas Nickell & Fiona Stocks-Lyons
This is the second installment of the Follower series that premiered in the Next Step program for the Pacific Northwest Ballet in June 2021.