“These men and women easily embody the choreographer’s sense of dancers as angelic athletes.”

– Robert Greskovic, The Wall Street Journal

The dancers of the Martha Graham Dance Company comprise the oldest dance company in the United States and one of the most celebrated in the world.  Whether performing the masterworks of Martha Graham or new works from some of today’s top choreographers, these versatile dancers are exemplars of contemporary dance.  Under the artistic direction of Janet Eilber since 2005, the Company is made up of 15+  extraordinarily athletic, expressive dancers of unmatched virtuosity.

PEIJU CHIEN-POTT (Principal) joined the Company in 2011. She received the Positano Premia La Danza 2014 award for Best Contemporary Dancer, was named one of the year’s “Best Performers” in 2014 and 2017 by Dance Magazine, was an honoree of the “Women’s History Month” by Hudson County and received a 2017 Bessie award for Outstanding Performer. Ms. Chien-Pott has created lead roles by many of the world’s most celebrated choreographers including Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, and Andonis Foniadakis. She graduated with a BFA. from Taipei National University of the Arts, and has since been honored with their Outstanding Alumni Award. She recently received an Outstanding Dance Artist Award from the government of Taiwan.

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LLOYD KNIGHT (Principal) joined the Company in 2005 and performs the major male roles of the Graham repertory including in Appalachian SpringEmbattled GardenNight Journey and many others. Dance Magazine named him one of the “Top 25 Dancers to Watch” in 2010 and one of the best performers of 2015. Mr. Knight has starred with ballet greats Wendy Whelan and Misty Copeland in signature Graham duets and has had roles created for him by such renowned artists as Nacho Duato and Pam Tanowitz. He is currently a principal guest artist for The Royal Ballet of Flanders directed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.  Born in England and raised in Miami, he trained at Miami Conservatory of Ballet and New World School of the Arts.

BEN SCHULTZ (Principal) joined the Company in 2009 and dances lead roles including King Hades in Clytemnestra and Jason in Cave of the Heart. He premiered Martha Graham’s work in Russia performing Errand into the Maze with prima ballerina Diana Vishneva at the Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg. Earlier dance credits include the Tony Award® winning Blast!, the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, and Hannah Kahn Contemporary Dance. Mr. Schultz has served as faculty and resident choreographer for the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Mr. Schultz starred in the world premiere of AXE, a work created by Mats Ek for the Company.

XIN YING (Principal) joined the Company in 2011 and performs lead roles in Cave of the Heart, Chronicle, Diversion of Angels, Clytemnestra, Woodland and I used to love you, among others. In 2008 she received the China Dance Lotus Award. She was the director of the Dance Department at Sichuan College of Arts & Culture and a guest teacher at the Graham School, the Beijing Dance Academy and Nanjing University of Arts. She was awarded a full scholarship to the Graham School, and was a member of Graham 2.

NATASHA M. DIAMOND-WALKER (Soloist) is from Los Angeles and joined the Company in 2011. She was immediately chosen to dance solo roles in such Graham classics as Diversion of AngelsCave of the HeartEmbattled Garden and Appalachian Spring.  She has also originated roles in works created for the Company by a great range of today’s top choreographers such as Kyle Abraham, Liz Gerring, Bobbi Jene Smith, Pam Tanowitz, Lil Buck, and Nacho Duato. Apart from her work with Graham, Ms. Diamond-Walker is a guest artist with Annie-B Parson’s Big Dance Theater, and can be seen in myriad TV/Film projects. Ms. Diamond-Walker holds a BFA from Fordham University.

CHARLOTTE LANDREAU (Soloist), a native of France, joined the Company in 2013. She dances Martha Graham’s own roles in Appalachian SpringErrand into the Maze, and Night Journey and stars in Graham’s The Rite of Spring as well as in Diversion of AngelsMaple Leaf Rag and others. Ms. Landreau also performs in new works by top choreographers such as Nacho Duato, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Pam Tanowitz and Bobby Jene Smith. Trained as a rhythmic gymnast, Ms. Landreau was third in France.  She attended the Béjart School in Switzerland, studying acting and dance, before coming to NYC to study at the Martha Graham School.  She danced with Graham 2 and was honored with the Excellence in Performance Award.

LLOYD MAYOR (Soloist) is of Swiss and British  nationality and joined the Company in 2012. Lloyd has danced a series of lead roles in the Graham repertoire,  including Appalachian Spring,Errand Into the Maze and Embattled Garden. He has also been featured in contemporary works by Michelle Dorrance, Larry Kegwin, Sonya Tayeh, Andonis Foniadakis, Richard Move, Kyle Abraham, Nacho Duato and Pam Tanotwitz. In January 2014, Lloyd won the Clive Barnes Award, which recognizes outstanding talent in dance and theater. In 2019, he was appointed co-president of the foundation. Former dance critic of the New York Times, Alastair Mcauley wrote that “The attack, sweep and openness of this man’s style is remarkable”.

ANNE O’DONNELL (Soloist) joined the Company in 2014 and performs Martha Graham’s own roles in Appalachian Spring, Dark Meadow Suite, El Penitente, Every Soul is a Circus and solos in Diversion of Angels, Embattled Garden and Cave of the Heart. She has had roles created for her by a great range of choreographers including Mats Ek, Bobbi Jene Smith, Pam Tanowitz, Annie-B Parson and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. She was awarded a scholarship at The Ailey School prior to an invitation into Ailey II, and danced for Buglisi Dance Theatre as well as Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Program, Glimmerglass Opera Festival, and SpringboardDanse Montreal. Anne graced the cover of Dance Spirit’s February 2016 Issue “Young and Modern”.

LORENZO PAGANO (Soloist) joined the Company in 2012 and dances lead roles in Graham’s Appalachian SpringEmbattled GardenNight Journey, and Diversion of Angels and in contemporary works by Andonis Foniadakis, Lucinda Childs,  Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Nacho Duato, Pontus Lidberg and Lar Lubovitch. A native of Torino, Italy, he moved to the US and trained as a scholarship student at The School at Jacob’s Pillow and The Martha Graham School. In 2016 Pagano received the Italian International Dance Award for “Male Rising Star”.

ANNE SOUDER (Soloist) joined the Company in 2015 and performs Martha Graham’s own roles in Dark Meadow SuiteChronicleEkstasis and Deep Song as well as featured roles in Herodiade and Secular Games to name a few.  She has also been featured in works commissioned for the Company by Marie Chouinard, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Maxine Doyle and Bobbi Jene Smith. Ms. Souder began her training in Maryville, Tennessee and earned her degree in the Ailey/Fordham BFA program, graduating with a double major in Dance and Theology. There she performed works by Alvin Ailey, Ron K. Brown, Dwight Rhoden, and more. Upon graduation, she joined Graham 2 and was awarded a Dizzy Feet Foundation scholarship.

SO YOUNG AN (Chorus), a native of South Korea, joined the Company in 2016. She performs featured roles in such Graham classics as Embattled GardenDiversion of Angels and Secular Games and in roles in contemporary works by Anne-B Parson, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Lar Lubovitch, Bobbi Jene Smith and Maxine Doyle. Ms. An is the recipient of the International Arts Award and the Grand Prize at the Korea National Ballet Grand Prix. Ms. An has danced with Korean National Ballet Company, Seoul Performing Arts Company and  Buglisi Dance Theatre. She has also performed works by Yuri Grigorovich, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Mats Ek, Patricia Ruanne and Samantha Dunster.

ALYSSA CEBULSKI (Chorus) from Michigan, joined the Company in 2016 and performs in Chronicle, Maple Leaf Rag, Diversion of Angels and Primitive Mysteries. Outside from her work with Graham she has performed works by Dwight Rhoden, Aszure Barton, Kate Skarpetowska, Larry Keigwin, and others. Alyssa was a member of Graham 2 and has a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College.

ALESSIO CROGNALE (Chorus), from Abruzzo, Italy, joined the Company in 2017 and dances featured roles in Graham’s Errand into the Maze and Diversion of Angels as well as in works by Pontus Lidberg, Michelle Dorrance, Larry Kegwin, Bulareyaung Pagarlava, among others. Mr. Crognale graduated with high honors from Centro Studio Coreografici Teatro Carcano in Milan and from the Graham School where he was a member of Graham 2.

LAUREL DALLEY SMITH (Chorus) joined the Company in 2015, performing lead roles in Steps in the Street, Errand into the Maze, Cave of the Heart, Diversion of Angels and Maple Leaf Rag. She also dances featured roles in new works by renowned Choreographers – Pam Tanowitz, Bobbie Jene Smith, Maxine Doyle, Lucinda Childs, Lar Lubovitch and Marie Chounaird. Laurel guests internationally with Yorke Dance Project, dancing solo roles choreographed for her by Sir Robert Cohan, also creating work independently with Kim Brandstrup and Darshan Singh Bhuller. Laurel graduated from Central School of Ballet London with a First Class Honours Degree, upon graduation she joined the 50th Anniversary cast of ‘West Side Story’ performing featured Jet and Shark roles.

JACOB LARSEN (Chorus) joined the Company in 2016 and performs featured roles in the classics Diversion of AngelsSecular Games and Appalachian Spring as well as in Woodland by Pontus Lidberg. Mr. Larsen received his BFA from Marymount Manhattan College performing works by Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Aszure Barton among others. He has worked collaboratively with Sidra Bell Dance New York, and while at Springboard Danse Montreal 2015, performed works by Alexander Ekman and Banning Boulding of New Dialect. Mr. Larsen was a member of Graham 2.

MARZIA MEMOLI (Chorus), from Palermo, Italy, joined the Company in 2016  and performs lead roles in Graham’s El Penitente, “Steps in the Street” and works by Pontus Lidberg, Bobbi Jean Smith, Maxine Doyle and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. In 2018 Dance Spirit said she “may be the… Company’s newest dancer, but her classical lines and easy grace are already turning heads.” She graduated from the Academy of Teatro Carcano in Milan and the Bejart’s school, where she performed with the Bejart Ballet Lausanne.

LESLIE ANDREA WILLIAMS (Chorus) was born in Newport News, VA and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ms. Williams joined the Company just two months after graduating from The Juilliard School in May 2015. Since then, she has performed numerous featured roles in iconic Graham ballets, such as ChronicleAppalachian Spring, Diversion of Angels, and Embattled Garden. She was recently featured in Dance Magazine as a dancer “On The Rise.”

AOI SATO (Apprentice) began her ballet training at Liscombe International Ballet School in Japan. She received a scholarship from The Ailey School where she performed Memoria with the Ailey Company. She has also worked with Virginie Mécène, Tracy Inman, and Nai-Ni Chen, among others. Ms. Sato was a member of Graham 2 and received the Pearl Lang Award for Excellence in Performance.

ANDRONIKI VASILI (Apprentice), a native of Athens, Greece, graduated from the National School of Dance of Athens. She deepened her studies at the Martha Graham School where she joined Graham 2 and received the Ooi Meland Accelerated Scholarship Award. Ms. Vasili has performed works by Martha Graham, Akram Khan, Jasmin Vardimon, Brice Mousset and Adonis Foniadakis, among others. This is her first season with the Company.