Chief Creative Officer
Artistic Director / Choreographer
Garrett Ammon is an acclaimed choreographer who began his tenure as artistic director of Wonderbound (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado) in 2007. Since that time, Wonderbound has garnered national attention and praise for its daring work, including being named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” (2009). Ammon was also recently honored as a Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Livingston Fellow (2011); named one of Denver Westword‘s “Ten People to Watch in 2013″ and is the recipient of the 2013 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.
A prolific dancemaker, serial collaborator and self-professed tech geek; Ammon has created over 50 dance works over the past fourteen years. He has conspired with artists across an array of disciplines and developed a trademark aesthetic that seamlessly blends tradition with adventurous new ideas. Ammon has forged a deep creative relationship with poet Michael J. Henry which has produced When the Power Goes Out (2009) and the multimedia, evening length production Intersection (2009). In 2014, Ammon and Henry will work with musician Ian Cooke to create the all new full length piece Gone West. He has also worked closely with director Chip Walton to create Curious Theatre Company‘s award winning production of Sarah Ruhl‘s Eurydice (2009) and with painter/sculptor Mark Allen Henderson to create in pieces (2010).
Ammon’s passion for collaboration has also led to the celebrated production Carry On (2011) with Colorado band Paper Bird, the multimedia experience Love in the Digital Age (2012) with digital artist Kristopher Collins; A Dangerous Liaison (2012) with Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado; and A Journey of the Human Spirit (2013) with Central City Opera, the Colorado Symphony, Newman Center Presents, Mizel Arts & Culture Center and composer .
In 2011, Ammon and Denver singer/songwriter Jesse Manley worked together to create Vagabond Hill. In 2013, they again joined forces along with Illusionist Professor Phelyx, to create the full-length piece A Gothic Folktale. Most recently, Garrett has worked with Ofer Ben-Amots and Colorado College on Odessa; Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe on the Klezmer-fusion piece, Memories and Well Grounded Hopes; and Israel’s Liat Dror Nir Ben Gal Dance Company along with the Mizel Arts & Culture Center in the creation of an international collaborative piece.
As a dancer, Ammon was a member of Houston Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre and Ballet Memphis. He also toured to Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Vail International Dance Festival and Wolf Trap for three summers as a founding member of Trey McIntyre Project. During his performance career, he danced leading roles in world premieres by McIntyre, Julia Adam, Mark Godden, Lila York and Ben Stevenson, as well as principal roles in ballets by George Balanchine, Bebe Miller, Septime Webre and Donald Byrd.
Ammon lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife and muse Dawn Fay. They have worked alongside each other continuously since they first met in 1999.
Director of Craft & Particulars
Dawn Fay was named Producing Director of Wonderbound – Ballet Nouveau Colorado in 2007. Her professional career spanned more than twenty years, including being named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” for 2007. Dawn is a native of Memphis, Tenn. and trained at several schools before attending and graduating from North Carolina School of the Arts. She began her professional career at Ballet Oklahoma and went on to dance with Miami City Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders and Ballet Memphis. Dawn has performed classical works including Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Fleming Flindt’s La Sylphide, Giselle, Cinderella and Coppelia. She has worked with contemporary choreographers such as Garrett Ammon, Trey McIntyre, Jiri Kylian, George Balanchine, Choo San Goh, and Lila York.
In 2005, Dawn became a founding member of Trey McIntyre Project, dancing at festivals around the country including The Vail International Dance Festival and Jacob’s Pillow. As a repetiteur and ballet mistress for Trey McIntyre Project, she has staged Mr. McIntyre’s work on his own company as well as The Washington Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Ballet Augsburg and Smuin Ballet.
Dawn is married to Artistic Director Garrett Ammon.
Head of Patron Experiences
Patron Services Manager
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Elaine Adair was raised in Cripple Creek, CO where she was first introduced to the art of dance, taking part in an after-school ballet program during her elementary years. This process trained her to appreciate dance, as well as the artistic world as a whole. She then moved to Greeley, CO in order to attend the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado to pursue her passion for creativity and organization in the marketing field.
In 2010, Elaine graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Marketing and a minor in English. Following graduation she worked with the Inside Sales Department of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche. Elaine joined Wonderbound – Ballet Nouveau Colorado in 2011 and has quickly become a pivotal member of the administrative team.
Head of Fascinations & Histories
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Amber joined Wonderbound in early 2013. Born and raised in Colorado, Amber has always been a huge fan of the arts and tries to be involved with them any way she can, from being part of the drama club in high school, to taking aerial dance, swing, and salsa classes. She even lived with two professional Opera singers for a year and was privileged to be immersed in that world. After graduating from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in Marketing, she has spent over 10 years putting her knowledge and passion to work for non-profits and organizations that worked to make the world a better place. As Communications Manager for Wonderbound, Amber gets to continue that work by helping to create posters, programs, websites, events and other exciting things that will allow more people to experience the great work that Wonderbound does.
Director of Illumination & Conceptualization
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Seth joined Wonderbound in 2013, and is excited to work with such a dedicated and talented group of artists. Born and raised in the mountains of Colorado, Seth first began his journey in the performing arts running the spotlight at the age of 15 for a small theatre company in Cripple Creek. Since those early years, Seth has worked with performing artists from across the country and around the world.
Seth graduated from Colorado State University in 2010 with a BA in Theatre and Political Science. After spending two years working and teaching at CSU, Seth moved to LA, where he served at Technical Director for a A Noise Within Theatre Company and taught Technical Theatre at the University of Redlands. Missing the mountain air and family, Seth moved back to Colorado in 2013, and is excited to see where life takes him next.
Head of Garments & Aesthetics
Wardrobe Supervisor / Costume Designer
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Rachael Kras joined Wonderbound – (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado) in 2011 when she created the costumes for “Love in the Digital Age”. Since then, her unique voice has quickly found a home in Wonderbound’s ongoing creative projects. Her work has most recently been seen in “A Dangerous Liaison” and “Perpetual Beauty”.
Her involvement in professional performing arts began in 2007, and since then has spanned dozens of shows from Theater to Dance. She has had the honor to work in the Arvada Center’s costume department for several seasons of their productions, which includes the award-winning “Les Miserables”, “Big River”, “Miss Saigon”, “Nine”, “Evita” and “Sweeney Todd”, among others. During her 15+ years of involvement in costuming, she has found her passions are costume design, construction, and millinery. She is delighted to be working with Wonderbound and all the talented dancers and crew.
Head of Calculations & Transactions
Dave started in the corporate tax department of Bethlehem Steel a long time ago but did not do accounting for many years, in fact he was in management in the furniture business for quite a while before he retired. He is now as he puts it “semi-retired” and doing the books for Wonderbound.
He and his wife, Carole have always been interested in the arts and have been singers since they were in high school together. They have performed with the Charlotte Carl Society, the Evergreen Chorale and many church choirs.
He loves being involved with the exciting younger group of creative people at Wonderbound.
Head of Logistics & Timing
Production & Theatre Manager
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Eleanor joined Wonderbound in the fall of 2008. She is a native of southern Wisconsin and has had the pleasure of working with Janesville Performing Arts Complex, United Arts Alliance, American Player’s Theatre, New Court Theatre, and Armory Dinner Theatre. Eleanor’s dance experience began at age of 5 but after 12 years of on stage performing she found her true passion to be behind the scenes. She is a graduate of University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with a BS in theatre arts management and fine arts. In addition to working with the Wonderbound Hares, Eleanor proudly oversees the Wonderbound partnership with the Pinnacle Charter School in managing the Performing Arts Complex at PCS. Through this partnership, she has had the pleasure of working with hundreds of organizations from all over the country. Eleanor also works with Colorado Conservatory of Dance, Northglenn Youth Theatre and Northglenn Players.
Candice began her training in Littleton, CO under the direction of Shelly Trujillo and Louanne Davies. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arizona in May 2011 with a B.F.A in Dance and a Minor in Business. During her time at the U of A, she was featured in James Clouser’s Carmina Burana and performed Sanguinic Principal in Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. In 2012 she toured with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s The Nutcracker. With BNC/Wonderbound, Candice has danced Garrett Ammon and Michael J. Henry’s Intersection and Garrett Ammon’s A Stitch in Time, Carry On, For Pity’s Sake my Love, Journey of the Human Spirit, and Serenade for Strings, as well as works by Sarah Tallman and Lane Gifford. Candice is happy to be dancing in her 2nd season with Wonderbound and would like to send love to her family, friends, and all the Wonderbounders out there!
Amanda Copple grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado studying various forms of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and contemporary. She began her professional career in 2008 performing for Carousel Dinner Theatre in the musicals Carousel and Cats. After a year and a half of college at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Amanda took a semester off to explore the dance culture in Europe. Returning to California she received her certification to teach yoga at the 200 hour level through YogaWorks and danced for both Monat Dance and BodyTraffic dance company/Barak Marshall. This past May, Amanda graduated from the Alonzo King LINES Dance program in San Francisco with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Business. She is excited to be dancing in her first full season with Wonderbound.
Marian received her training in the Philippines as a member of Ballet Manila, where she performed soloist and principal roles in full length classics such as The Nutcracker, La Bayadere, and Don Quixote. She was also a Philippine representative at several international ballet competitions. She was a semi-finalist at the Xth Moscow IBC and a finalist at the Japan IBC in 2005. In 2008, Marian joined Ballet Philippines and danced with them for two seasons, performing many original Filipino works. She has danced with Dance Theatre of Tennessee and was a recipient of the 2012 Individual Artist Fellowship for Dance given by the Tennessee Arts Commission. As a dancer at Wonderbound, Marian’s favorite ballets include Garrett Ammon’s A Stitch in Time, Love in the Digital Age, Intersection, and Carry On.
Colby Foss began his training in Fargo, ND under the direction of Eddie and Kathy Gasper. He attended summer programs on full scholarship with Milwaukee Ballet, Boston Ballet, and River North Chicago Dance Company. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arizona in 2008 with a BFA in dance. At the U of A, he was featured in ballet, modern, and jazz works by Frank Chaves, Doug Nielsen, Sam Watson, James Clouser, and George Balanchine. Colby has taught and performed with Ballet Magnificat in Tucson and was featured as a Principal Artist in Central City Opera’s production of Oklahoma!. Since joining Wonderbound – Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Colby has performed in Garrett Ammon’s An Occasional Dream, No Passengers, A Stitch in Time and Love in the Digital Age, as well as in works by Ma Cong, Joshua Blake Carter and Jon Sloven.
Brandon Freeman, better known as “Private”, started dancing at CSU and with Canyon Concert Ballet, before a very successful 12-year career with ODC/Dance, in San Francisco. Brandon has worked with many dance and theater companies and schools, including guest appearances with Colorado Ballet, Mark Foehringer Dance Project, Little Seismic Dance, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, Oakland Ballet Company, and Sonya Delwaide; and was a principal dancer in the movie, The Matrix II: Reloaded. Brandon received Isadora Duncan Awards for Ensemble Performance in 2002 with Brian Fisher, and in 2012 with Katie Faulkner, in her renowned duet Until We Know For Sure. Notably, Brandon received a nomination for Individual Performance in 2004 for his role in Brenda Way’s masterpiece, Investigating Grace. In addition to teaching ballet and modern dance technique (including Dance for Parkinson’s Disease), he enjoys woodworking and oil painting. With Wonderbound, Brandon has been featured in Garrett Ammon and Michael J. Henry’s Intersection as well as Garrett Ammon’s A Stitch in Time, Love in the Digital Age, Rock Ballets and Serenade for Strings. He gratefully acknowledges all who have influenced his dance career; specifically Brenda, KT, Sonya, and Randy.
Corbin Kalinowski’s training started in Tucson, AZ in the forms of jazz and tap under the direction of Todd and Jodi Wilson. During that time he also trained with Sheryl Oden and Eva Zorilla-Tessler at Tucson High MS, and later was taken under the wing of Slawomir Wozniak at Master Ballet Academy in Phoenix, AZ. During his senior year of high school, he was invited to attend classes at the University of Arizona School of Dance, where he later became an official student and graduated with a BFA. During his time there, he performed in a number pieces from Sam Watson, James Clouser, Doug Nielsen, George Balanchine, and Melissa Lowe requiring ballet, jazz, and modern technique. Corbin has also toured with the companies Moving People Dance Theatre in Santa Fe, NM and Art.If.Act Dance Project from Tucson, AZ to various places in China. At Wonderbound – Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Corbin has been featured in Garrett Ammon’s Love in the Digital Age and Rock Ballets.
Julie trained with David Taylor Dance Theatre, and went on to train at Virginia School of the Arts under Petrus Bossman, Martha Faesi and Kris Cangelosi. She received the prestigious Margot Fonteyn award upon graduation. Before joining BNC/Wonderbound Julie performed with Nashville Ballet and Ballet Austin in several classical and contemporary ballets. At BNC/Wonderbound Julie has performed in world premier ballets by Joshua Blake Carter, Jon Sloven, Mark Godden, Heather Malloy, Ma Cong, Maurya Kerr, Lauri Stallings and Alex Ketley and numerous works by Garrett Ammon. Her favorite roles include Garrett Ammon’s Rock Ballets, For the love of Pete, No passengers and Carry On. Julie is happy to be dancing in her 9th season with Wonderbound.
A former member of Ballet Memphis and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Damien Patterson graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts where he studied under Stephanie Powell and Toni Wilson. He also studied at the Arena Players Youth Theatre and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. Damien has performed his choreography at Wonderbound – Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Ballet Memphis, Morgan State University, Theatre Project, and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History. He has appeared as a guest artist for Towson University, Dance Baltimore! and the Men’s Project at Theatre Project and has traveled and performed in a two man show that is based on the life of Emmett Till. Since joining Wonderbound, Damien has been featured in Garrett Ammon’s For the Love of Pete, Hemlocks and Primroses, Love in the Digital Age and Rock Ballets, as well as Garrett Ammon & Michael J. Henry’s Intersection. He has performed in Alex Ketley’s Kill the Anthem and Maurya Kerr’s Groundling.
Danny Ryan began his creative career as any young man does, bringing life to G.I. Joes, making baseballs out of rags and duct tape, and playing soldier in the forest on summer camping trips. It was the fascination of taking a little bit of magic and imagination to create something from nothing that attracted him to dance. He began his training at the age of fifteen in his hometown of Milwaukee, WI with Rafael Delgado. From that humble beginning, he was able to go on to further his studies at the Joffrey Ballet School with John Magnus, and from there continue on to a professional career. Over the years he has been fortunate to work with some incredible dancers, directors, and choreographers. These experiences have led him to become a part of Wonderbound. It is with great joy that he is able to join the incredible artists and creative minds of this company. Here’s to wonder, here’s to creativity, here’s to art and here’s to the human experience!
Meredith trained with Chamberlain School of the Performing Arts and attended summer programs on full scholarship at School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet, Ballet Austin and Pacific Northwest Ballet. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the celebrated Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance and an Outside Field in Comparative Literature. In college, Meredith performed noted roles such as Choleric in Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and the Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty. Since joining BNC/Wonderbound, Meredith has been nominated for the Princess Grace award and has danced leading roles in Garrett Ammon’s and tomorrow came, Love of My Life, Moulin Rouge, Bang, Bang and An Occasional Dream, as well as world premiere works by Ma Cong, Maurya Kerr, Alex Ketley, Amy Seiwert and Lauri Stallings. Meredith has taught within Wonderbound’s affiliated school, CCD, for eight seasons and is a certified Pilates instructor.
Dancer / Choreographer
Sarah Tallman holds a BA with honors in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Northern Colorado, where she was the two-time recipient of Dancer of the Year. She has participated in the Inside ODC Professional Workshop, Baardar Dance Institute, and has studied with Lizanne McAdams Graham, Arthur Leeth, Cherie Noble, and Jeffrey Rockland. Sarah has danced with David Taylor Dance Theatre, Kim Robards Dance, Lynn Barr and Dancers, Baardar Dance Institute, and Colorado Dance Theatre. Off- season, Sarah has been a Principal Artist with Central City Opera performing in Carmen, Seven Deadly Sins and Oklahoma!. Since joining Wonderbound – Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Sarah has danced leading roles in Garrett Ammon’s Smile, When the Power Goes Out, and tomorrow came, and An Occasional Dream. Sarah has also performed in works by Alex Ketley, Amy Seiwert, Ma Cong and Lauri Stallings. An accomplished choreographer, she has created several works for Wonderbound, BNC’s Student Company, and Burklyn Ballet Theatre. Sarah has been a faculty member of the School of BNC for several years. Her interests include yoga, the mountains, snowboarding, twinkling lights, and the color orange.
Kelli Buckley Strother (Chair)
Eli Wald (Vice Chair)
Bryan Smith (Treasurer)
Catherine Cox Blair (Secretary)
Caterina A. Fagelson
Lisa Sanchez Trask