Da’ Von Doane

Da’ Von Doane began his training at the Salisbury Studio of Dance, where he trained with Betty Webster, Tatiana Akinfieva-Smith and Elena Manakhova. At age 15, he began training at Atlantic Contemporary Ballet Theatre as a full-time academic student and remained there for four years. In 2008, Da’ Von moved to New York City to join the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble. In 2009, Da’ Von performed with Ballet Noir at East River Park, as part of SummerStage, and at Jacob’s Pillow. In the fall of 2009, he began dancing as part of Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH), and that winter he began touring with DTH as part of its Dance for America tour. As a guest artist, Da’ Von has performed with the Classical Contemporary Ballet Theatre and with choreographer Ja’ Malik in 2009’s E-Moves Emerging Choreographers Showcase. In the summer of 2010, Da’ Von performed once again with Ballet Noir in the 200th Anniversary Chopin Celebration and the 2010 World Dance Gala in Kielce, Poland. Da’ Von joined the newly reborn Dance Theatre of Harlem in 2012. Da’ Von was featured as one of Dance Magazine’s Top 25 to Watch in 2014 and in a new dance web series For the Love of Dance with Sarita Lou. Da’ Von can be seen in Estelle’s new video for the single “Conqueror” from her new album True Romance, directed by Paul Jung. With The Dance Theatre of Harlem, Da’ Von can be seen in various roles from “Black Swan Pas de Deux” staged by Anne Marie Holmes, “Act III Pas de Deux” from Raymonda, Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven by Ulysses Dove, and Balanchine’s Agon and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. He was also part of Nacho Duato’s Coming Together and works by other choreographers such as Robert Garland, Tanya Wideman and Thaddeus Davis, Helen Pickett, Donald Byrd, Bill Wilson, Arthur Mitchell, Darrel Moultrie, Francesca Harper and John Alleyne. Da’ Von performed this year as part of the Vail International Dance Festival’s International Evenings of Dance as well as the NOW: Premieres program alongside dancers from NYCB, ABT and more. As an independent artist, he has performed with numerous companies and worked with choreographers from across the globe. Da’ Von Doane has also created a number of original dance works curated and presented by Bryant Park, Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Periapsis Music and Dance, the CUNY Graduate Center, Composers Now Festival and Symphony Space. Da’ Von is currently pursuing his graduate degree at University of the Arts.

Doane leaping chest forward against a white backdrop. Doane mid-jump with dramatic lighting against a dark backdrop.

Stella Abrera

Ms. Abrera is from South Pasadena, California, and began her ballet studies at the age of five. After winning the Gold Medal of the Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition (fka Adeline Genee Awards) and performing on the Bolshoi stage at the Prix de Lausanne, she joined the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in 1996 at the age of seventeen. In 2001 she was appointed to Soloist, and then to Principal Dancer in 2015. During her 24 years as a ballerina with ABT, her repertoire included leading roles such as Aurora, Cinderella, Giselle, Juliet, and Tatiana, as well as in works by Fredrick Ashton, George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, William Forsythe, Martha Graham, Jiri Kylian, Jessica Lang, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Lar Lubovitch, Cathy Marston, Benjamin Millepied, Jerome Robbins, Antony Tudor, and Christopher Wheeldon. She created several roles at ABT in ballets choreographed by luminaries such as Mark Morris, Alexei Ratmansky, Twyla Tharp, and Paul Taylor.

In June 2020, Ms. Abrera retired as a dancer with ABT and was appointed Artistic Director of Kaatsbaan Cultural Park.

As a repetiteur of Alexei Ratmansky’s work, she has been invited to the Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia, as well as to ABT and ABT Studio Company. And she continues to teach ABT and ABT Studio Company classes on a regular basis. Previously, Ms. Abrera was the Associate Director of the summer Kaatsbaan Ballet Intensive and spearheaded Pro-Studio, a coaching program for professional ballet dancers in the formative initial years of their careers.

Ms. Abrera’s charity work includes founding Steps Forward for the Philippines, an organization that partnered with Operation USA to rebuild an elementary school in the wake of 2013’s Super Typhoon Haiyan. She cofounded Artists for Aveni, to benefit the Aveni Foundation’s mission to cure cancer. She also curated and danced in a series of galas in Manila in 2018 and 2019 to benefit the gifted yet economically disadvantaged Filipino children of CENTEX elementary schools in the Philippines, which resulted in the building of the Stella Abrera Dance and Music Hall in Batangas. She was also a frequent performer in galas for Dancers Responding to Aids and Dance Against Cancer.

She studied at Long Island University, Harvard University “Crossover into Business” program, and participated in the 2020 DanceEast Rural Retreat.

Ms. Abrera’s awards and nominations include:
Benois de la Danse Nomination for The Sleeping Beauty | 2017
New York State Assembly recognition for service to the community | 2017
Woman of the Year recognition from the Philippine Consulate General in New York | 2016
California State Senate recognition for contributions to the performing arts | 2015
Gold Medal, R.A.D.’s Adeline Genee Awards | 1995

Abrera center stage wearing white leotards and holding a vessel above their head.

Abrera in studio instructing students.
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Luis Napoles

Luis Napoles began his dancing training as a child at the National School of the Arts in Havana, Cuba. Upon graduating he danced with Dance Contemporary of Cuba and later with Ballet Theatre of Havana. He danced principal roles and traveled the world with both companies. In the U.S,  Napoles danced as a soloist with the Oakland Ballet, and in 1997 joined the Sacramento Ballet where he was a principal dancer for over 8 years. Napoles was also a resident choreographer at the Sacramento Ballet, creating over fifteen ballets.

​​In the classical repertory, Napoles has performed the role of Spade in Don Quixote, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Thesious in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Cavalier in the Nutcracker. He has danced principal roles in David Parson’s The Evelope and Instinct, Septime Webre’s Fluctuating Hemlines, Van Cannaparoli’s Devil Sonata; and Ron Cunningham’s Bolero, Carmina Burana, Rite of Spring, Fire Bird, Incident at Blackbriar, Etosha, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Tempest, Hamlet among others 

Napoles is the founder/artistic director of Napoles Ballet, Contemporary Cuban Company.