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Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
The Colombian-Belgian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa completed her dance education at the Royal Ballet School of Flanders in Belgium. She started choreographing at the early age of 11, and decided in 2003 to end her dance career to focus her energies solely on choreography.
Luis R. Torres
Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Luis R. Torres is currently the Ballet Master at Hong Kong Ballet. Torres graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Dance and Psychology and completed a Master of Fine Arts from George Mason University.
Virginia (Ginny) Hendricksen’s dancing career began with William Forsythe in Ballett Frankfurt. For two seasons under his direction, she danced a range of contemporary and modern works, and was introduced to his improvisation technologies.
Amy Seiwert enjoyed a nineteen-year performing career dancing with the Smuin, Los Angeles Chamber, and Sacramento Ballets. As a dancer with Smuin Ballet, she became involved with the “Protégé Program,” where her choreography was mentored by the late Michael Smuin.
John Sauer is an important link to the Ted Shawn era at Jacob’s Pillow. Sauer first accompanied classes here in 1971, Shawn’s final season. He was a close colleague to Shawn’s composer/accompanist, Jess Meeker, for more than 25 years and performed in the two-piano arrangement of the Shawn-Meeker Kinetic Molpai as part of the Jacob’s Pillow’s Men Dancers project at New York’s Joyce Theater.