Kevin Bailey |
Kevin (Dancer / Aerialist / Choreographer) is from Cleveland but relocated to Columbus to pursue his occupation as a high school Spanish teacher and further his training in his recently reignited passion for dance. He began his training primarily interested in Hip Hop where he has danced with Roman Element, Step One All Stars, and most recently with Tru Kingdom Megacrew. His step choreography has been featured in Xclaim productions. His other dance experiences include: West African, as well as learning some basics in ballet, hip hop, contemporary and beginning in the 2013-2014 Season, aerial with Kelsey Keller. That is the year Kevin dove back into dance as a trainee with Xclaim. Xclaim is his first experience with contemporary and jazz dance styles, but he has been an enthusiastic and dedicated participant since. 2017-2018 is his fifth season. Kevin's interests include world travel and learning about other cultures.
Caroline (Dancer/ Rehearsal Assistant / Choreographer) has studied dance in England, North Carolina, Ohio, and California. In Orange County, she trained at Ballet Pacifica under Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner. After intensive ballet training for twelve years, including summers at The Rock School and ABT Detroit, she broadened her dance training by competing nationally in contemporary, jazz, and hip hop. Caroline earned her BFA in Dance at The Ohio State University. During her time there, she performed works by Susan Hadley, Esther Baker-Tarpaga, and Meghan Durham-Wall, along with having the opportunity to study abroad at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, England. Since graduating, Caroline enjoyed time dancing in New York City, but is happy to be back in Columbus. When Caroline isn't dancing she can be found working as an ER nurse. Caroline is delighted to join Xclaim for her fourth season.
Brittany (Dancer) has always felt she was born to be a dancer. At the age of 7, Brittany joined Archangels of Youngstown, OH where she did Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Tap dancing. Ms. Connor found her passion for dance in the world of hip hop and she moved on to join Jones Academy of Niles, OH where she participated in several dance performances, and competitions often placing in second and first place with her team. She has also danced with Monsters of Hip Hop with her team and as an individual competitor. Miss. Connor has always loved the world of dance. While receiving her Bachelor’s degree at Wittenberg University in Biology she picked up dancing with the University’s dance team. Brittany is thrilled to be joining Xclaim for her second year and is looking forward to what it has to bring.
Corrine (Dancer) Corinne began dancing at the age of 8 as a part of church dance ministry. In 2010 she started training at Leaps of Faith Christian Dance Company in the art of ballet. Her interests in dance grew as she took more classes such as: Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tap, Modern and Pointe. Beginning in 2011 and every year since she has participated in CBN's Rosh Hashanah telecast with Messiah Dance Company. Corinne attended "Vertical Movement" Workshop in 2013-2014 where she was introduced and fell in love with contemporary movement. She has been teaching Ballet and Hip-Hop at Leaps of Faith Christian Dance Company from 2015-2017. Also in 2015 she portrayed the role of Rosalia in Ohio University Lancaster's production of "West Side Story", encouraging her love for Musical Theater. Corinne is excited to be starting her first season with Xclaim.
Brett (Dancer) began his movement training in Bellefountaine Ohio where he attended Gloria's Tumbling for 9 years and was on a competitive team for 7 of those years. He then studied dance under the instruction of Lindy Chiles and taught an all boys hip hop class. Brett has attended various Master Classes in New York City to hone his craft. In 2011 Brett performed in the Orange Bowl Half Time Show, and was pictured in Bowl Games of America Magazine. Brett's natural ability and passion for dance are undeniable. He has been teaching dance for 6 years. Since 2013 Brett has shared his passion for dance with students as an instructor at eXtreme Dance Center in Wapakoneta, Ohio. This is his third season to take the stage with Xclaim!
Alyssa Elaine Nicholson
Alyssa (Dancer) graduated from the University of Akron in 2014 with her Bachelor of Arts in Dance. She has been teaching for dance 10 years, with a passion for choreography. Her years of dance experience have taught her many styles, but her joy is in the foundation of Ballet and Modern. She has danced with the University of Akron Dance Company and the New Vision Dance Company located in Westerville, Ohio. Her ultimate goal is to receive her Masters in Choreography, so that she can teach at a collegiate level, and eventually start her own dance company. Alyssa is excited to dance with Xclaim for her first season.
Nikki (Dancer) has a background in hip hop movement. She often travels to Atlanta and Chicago to hone her skills. She has taught hip hop classes at the ML Dance Academy and Patty Beery's School of Dance. Her notable performance credits include: Performing with John Legend in the “Be About It” Event, Powerfest (power1075 future concert)2015, Park Street Fest 2016 and 2017, background dancer for local recording artists and with local hip hop groups Roman element, street angelz, and 3D urban dance crew. Nikki is excited to expand her dance knowledge to more classical forms. This is her second season joining the Xclaim stage!
Ella (Student Trainee) began dancing when she was 3 years old. An eighth grade homeschool student, she has studied dance at Ballet Academy of Moses Lake (Moses Lake, WA), Field of Dreams Performing Arts Conservatory (Raleigh, NC), Footsteps Family Dance Center (Columbus), BalletMet (Columbus) and most recently Charisma Center for the Arts. She has studied Classical Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Musical Theater and Tap. Ella has also attended Summer Intensive at BalletMet. She has had the opportunity to dance in several renditions of The Nutcracker including BalletMet (Angel), Field of Dreams (Party Girl, Ginger, and Clara), and Ballet Academy of Moses Lake (Angel, Ginger). Additionally, she has performed in BalletMets Sleeping Beauty (Garland Girl), Coppelia (Village Girl, BAML), Jewels (Ruby, BAML), and various seasonal performances at her church. She is grateful for the opportunity to be in the Student Trainee Program with Xclaim.