New Dancers!

Recently the company added 3 new dancers to the company! Here are their bios to help you get to know them better.

LIZ BERES (dancer), a proud Wisconsinite, completed her BFA at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2009.  While in school, she worked with Ronald K. Brown, Jill Johnson of The Forsythe Company, and Brook Notary, and served as KEIGWIN + COMPANY’s administrative intern.  Liz has performed at Danspace’s Food for Thought summer series, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center’s Fridays at Noon, and LaMaMa Moves Dance Festival.  She has been privileged to train outside of NYC at Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance and Bates Dance Festival.

ALICIA PEGUES (dancer), a Texas native, began her training at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma. She has toured internationally with the Modern Repertory Dance Theatre, and attended the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center's Fellowship Program.  Alicia is a former member of Dallas Black Dance Theatre and Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn. She has worked with choreographers such as, Ray Mercer, Nejla Yatkin, Hope Boykin, Christopher Huggins, Jessica Lang and many more. Alicia joined Elisa Monte Dance in March, 2009.

SAMUEL TURNER (dancer), a native of West Palm Beach, FL, began his training at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts and continued with the Academy of Ballet Florida. He then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance with an Outside Field in Kinesiology from Indiana University where he studied with Violette Verdy. Shortly after college, Mr. Turner went on to dance with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Dance Theater, and Roxey Ballet. In 2007 he joined American Repertory Ballet under the direction of Graham Lustig, performing in works by Graham Lustig, Lisa de Ribere, and Twyla Tharp. Mr. Turner moved to New York City in 2008 and has since worked with various renowned choreographer such as Karen Gayle of Xodus Dance Collective , Jennifer Archibald of Arch Dance Company, and Mark Morris; dancing in his revival of Orfeo ed Euridice at the Metropolitan Opera in Lincoln Center.